How to crack IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Prelims 2017 - Important Tips

IBPS RRB Notification 2017 is expected to be released soon. Less than 2 months are now left for the Preliminary phase of IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Exam. You can go through some important tips for the upcoming IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Exam in this post that will help you crack this exam with a good score.
IBPS RRB Officer Scale I exam will be conducted in 2 phases, namely Preliminary and Mains Exam. In this post, we will cover some crucial tips for Preliminary exam of IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I 2017.

Tips to crack for IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Prelims

We hope you all have had a thorough look at the exam pattern, detailed syllabus, Job Profile, Salary Structure  as well as previous year cutoff of IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I by now. This is essential, because unless you have a fair idea of the structure of overall exam and how many questions you should attempt to clear it, you won’t be able to prepare efficiently.
IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Exam would comprise  of just 2 sections, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability, with 40 marks from each section.
Since there won’t be any test of English Language in this exam, qualifying it would be comparatively easy for many of the students, resulting in huge competition. This is also evident from previous year’s cutoff, with prelims overall cutoff even reaching 65-70 marks for some states. So, you need to gear up for this exam right away and prepare rigorously.
Let us first have a look at  some of the general exam preparation tips that you should always keep in mind.

  1. Efficient Time Management - This is the key to clear this exam. You will be allotted 45 minutes to attempt the above 2 sections in the prelims exam. So, divide this time among the 2 sections equally or as per your comfort level in them.
  2. Time Bound Practice - While practicing questions, attempt questions/ mock tests within the time frame that you have set for these 2 sections.
  3. Self Analysis - Keep a track of your performance. Analyse how you have been performing in the online tests and keep working on your weaker sections simultaneously.
  4. Define your goals/ targets - Set a target for yourself. Give yourself a minimum question attempt number and continuously strive to achieve it.
  5. Mock Tests - Mock tests are a must. If you wish to attempt questions in the exam like interface and have a smooth transition among the sections of exam, you need to attempt online mock tests. Mock tests will also help reduce your exam anxiety.
  6. Proper Time Table - Follow a proper time table. Frame a study plan for yourself, ensuring that you complete all the basic concepts of different topics on time and have ample time to attempt mock tests. Follow your time table properly and make sure that you compensate for it in case you miss out on any time frame.
  7. Regularity in Studies - Do not procrastinate. As we have repeatedly mentioned, you cannot clear this exam with 1-2 week study. You need to put consistent efforts if you actually want to get through the exam.
Now that you have read these sectional tips, have a quick glance at some common sectional tips which you should take due care of while preparing for this exam.

Reasoning Ability

  • Most of the questions in this section (10-15) will be asked from Seating Arrangement and Puzzles segment. So, have a thorough practice of this topic if you wish to improve your exam score. You cannot afford to completely ignore this topic.
  • Questions from Inequality are often easy to attempt and there’s a high probability that you’ll come across 5 questions from this topic. So, practice this topic as much as you can, so that you take up less time while solving these questions.
  • Possibility of new pattern based Syllogism question is less in the prelims phase, however, make sure that you are very clear with the approach to solve these questions as well.
  • Blood relations is probably one of the easiest topic of reasoning section and can easily fetch you 3-4 marks, if prepared well. Try to practice direct as well as coded questions of this topic.
  • You can expect questions from Alphanumeric series, direction sense, coding- decoding as well. These topics again are highly scoring. You just need to ensure that you finish them off first in minimum time frame.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation carries maximum weightage in Quantitative Aptitude section. You can easily expect 10-15 questions from this topic. So, make sure that you practice at least 5-7 questions DI regularly.
  • Next important topic of this section is Simplification/ Approximation, which can be easily mastered with thorough practice.
  • Practice Number Series on a regular basis because you can never perfect this topic in a week or two. The only way you’ll be able to recognise number patterns easily is when you practice questions of this topic daily. Same goes for Quadratic Equations.
  • Miscellaneous questions form another major portion of Quantitative Aptitude section in this exam. Almost 10 questions from various arithmetic topics are expected to be asked in exam. Focus more on Partnership, Time & Work, Profit & Loss since these questions usually carry maximum marks from miscellaneous segment.

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