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IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2021 Detailed Exam Analysis Aug 7 – All Shifts 

Today was the second last round of the IBPS RRB PO Prelims and by tomorrow the third round of examinations would be over as well. With the last shift, we usually witness the difficulty level going up. But let’s see through the analysis what turned out to be the reality. The students who clear the cut-off for RRB PO prelims will appear for the RRB PO mains examination.  

RRB PO 2021 Prelims- Shift 4 Exam Analysis 

RRB PO Prelims Shift 4 – Reasoning Analysis 

Topic No. of Questions 
Puzzles (Year-based, comparison, square-based, month-date based, Linear north with variable) 24 
Coding-Decoding 
Pairing 
Blood Relation 
Direction & Distance 
Syllogism 
Meaningful Word 
Total 40 

RRB PO Prelims Shift 4- Quantitative Aptitude Analysis 

                Topics  No. Of Questions  
Approximation (easy) 
Arithmetic 13 
Wrong Number Series 
DI (Case-let, Single pie chart-lengthy, tabular) 15 
Miscellaneous 
Total 40 

Good Attempts 

Sections Good Attempts  
Reasoning Ability 31-36 
Quantitative Aptitude 22-25 
Total 54-57 

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IBPS RRB PO 2021 Prelims- Shift 3 Exam Analysis

SectionsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Reasoning Ability40Easy
Quantitative Aptitude40Easy-Moderate
Overall80Easy-Moderate

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RRB PO Prelims Shift 3 – Reasoning Analysis 

Topics Number of questions 
Puzzles & Seating Arrangement (dual row, box based-10 boxes,
circular, uncertain linear, tabulation puzzle)
25 
Syllogism 
Direct Inequality
Direction Test 
Miscellaneous 

RRB PO Prelims Shift 3- Quantitative Aptitude Analysis 

TopicsNumber of Questions
Data Interpretation (Case-let, Pie chart, Bar)15
Quadratic Equation3
Number Series Missing5
Approximation3
Arithmetic14
Total40

Good Attempts

Sections Good Attempts  
Reasoning Ability 30-35
Quantitative Aptitude  (Moderate)24-27
Total 55-60

Overall Analysis of Shift-3

The reasoning section as usual since morning has been easy. And this time puzzles didn’t have variables this time to challenge the aspirants. The overall quant section was easy-moderate. The only surprising element was the 3 DIs given in a single paper. All three shifts have been easy so far except for a few challenges. Moreover, the fourth shift might take a different tangent altogether.

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RRB PO 2021 Prelims- Shift 2 Exam Analysis

SectionsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Reasoning Ability40Easy
Quantitative Aptitude40Quite Moderate
Overall80Moderate

 

RRB PO Prelims Shift 2 – Reasoning Analysis 

Topic No. of Questions 
Puzzles (Year-based, Linear base With variable, Inside & Out circle,  post-wise, Comparison) 22 
Coding-Decoding (1 single, rest of mix) 
Inequality (1-2 comma 2, 3 )
Blood Relation 
Direction & Distance 
Word arrangement 
Number Based  
Total 40 

RRB PO Prelims Shift 2- Quantitative Aptitude Analysis 

                Topics  No. Of Questions  
Approximation (easy) 
Quadratic equation (easy) 
Arithmetic 11 
2 Case-let (Speed, time & distance,
mall)
DI (Bar, Tabular) 10 
Total 40 

Good Attempts 

Sections Good Attempts  
Reasoning Ability 30-35
Quantitative Aptitude  (Moderate)22-23
Total 54-58

Overall Analysis of Shift-2

Shift-2 has followed the same pattern for reasoning. RRB is quite consistent with Direction & Distance & with Blood Relation questions (3 questions each in every shift). Also, asking for 1 puzzle with a variable is also common this year. Quant was surprising because of 2 case-let questions which surely raised the difficulty level. Approximation & Quadratic equation questions were the balancing act. Aspirants with rigorous preparation will enjoy this shift but for other categories of aspirants, there were tricky elements.

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RRB PO 2021 Prelims- Shift 1 Exam Analysis 

SectionsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Reasoning Ability40Easy
Quantitative Aptitude40Moderate but lengthy
Overall80Moderate

RRB PO Prelims Shift 1- Reasoning Analysis 

Topic No. of Questions 
Puzzles (Date, month, parallel row Box-based 10 box, 9 floor with variable)  20 
Coding-Decoding 
Syllogism 
Word formation 
Inequality 
Blood relation 
Direction and Distance 
Total 40 

IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2021 Detailed Exam Analysis 1st Aug- All Shifts

RRB PO Prelims Shift 1- Quantitative Aptitude Analysis 

                Topics  No. Of Questions  
Approximation 
Quadratic equation 
Arithmetic 13 
Wrong Number Series 
DI (Table, double pie chart – ticket holder) 10 
Total 40 

Good Attempts 

Sections Good Attempts  
Reasoning Ability  30-35
Quantitative Aptitude  23-24
Total  54-58

Overall Analysis of Shift 1

The reasoning section was easy but aspirants were surprised by the floor puzzle as it came with a variable. Generally, variables aren’t expected in prelims. But it wasn’t something that couldn’t be solved. The quant section was too long because of the DI as it was calculative. And some of the arithmetic questions were meant to be left. Although attempts of quant can be maximized, most aspirants attend reasoning first. And reasoning being easy; tempted the aspirants to attend more of the questions. This would have caused some time loss for attempting the quantitative section.

Previous Year RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis

IBPS RRB PO Exam Analysis and Review: Shift I (September 12, 2020)  

The shift we are discussing here was the first shift of the examination. All the instructions were also provided in regional languages state-wise. No changes were observed from the last year’s paper in terms of the exam pattern.Β Β Β 

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Good Attempts for IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2020  

The overall difficulty level estimated was easy to moderate. Any prepared aspirant could easily have a good number of attempts with decent accuracy as well. The table below, however, mentions the average number of reasonable attempts.   

Subject Good Attempts 
Reasoning Ability 28 – 32 
Quantitative Aptitude 22 – 27 
Total 52 – 57 

Section-wise Analysis for IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2020  

Reasoning Ability  

The reasoning section was easy compared to the other sections. The section was dominated mainly by puzzles and seating arrangements. Around 25 questions were asked from the mentioned topic. Coding-decoding was the next topic that took the limelight by having been asked five times. Other topics included direction sense, alphabet-based, inequality, number-based, and a day-based miscellaneous question.   

Topics No. of Questions Level 
Puzzle and Seating Arrangement 25 Easy to Moderate 
Direction Sense Easy 
Number Based Easy 
Alphabet Based Easy 
Inequality Easy 
Coding-Decoding Easy to Moderate 
Day based miscellaneous question Easy 
Total 40 Easy to Moderate 

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Quantitative Aptitude  

Again, this section was also categorized as easy to moderate. As expected, the section was dominated by data interpretation and arithmetic word problems. The other topics which were asked were quadratic equations, missing number series, and quantity 1 and quantity 2 based inequality. A total of five questions were given for each of these quantitative topics.   

Topics No. of Questions Level 
Data Interpretation 10 Easy to Moderate 
Quadratic Equation Easy 
Missing Number Series Easy 
Quantity 1 and Quantity 2 are based on inequality Easy to Moderate 
Arithmetic Word Problems 15 Easy to Moderate 
Total 40 Easy to Moderate 

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Here are some the questions asked in the first shift   

Number Series  

1. 20, 12, 14, 23 ?.  

2. 19, 20, 42, 129 ? 2605  

3. 520, 532, 508, 544, ?, 556.  

3. 2033, ?, 2054, 2075, 2103, 2138.  

4. 302, 142, 62, ?, 2, -8.  

Arithmetic Questions  

Q1. A and B together can complete a work in 4 days. An alone takes 6 days less than B alone takes. In how many days c alone completes the work if he is 50% more efficient than B?  

Q2. There are 240 students in class ix, and out of that, 40% appeared in the exam, and in-class x 210 students out of that, 30% appeared in the exam. Then find the difference b/w number of students not appeared in the exam from both classes?  

Conclusion  

The level of paper last year for prelims was easy to moderate, and that can explain why the cut-off for last year was relatively low compared to the previous year in 2019. However, this doesn’t mean one should underestimate the IBPS RRB PO this year. On the contrary, it’s better to prepare for the best as we can never be sure about the difficulty level maintained by any of the examining bodies.   

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