The Mains Exam of IBPS RRB Office Assistant will be conducted on 18th December 2016. Today we are sharing with you all some last minute tips for the RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam that we hope would help you achieve a better score in the exam.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam Pattern -

S. No.

Name of Subject

Medium of Exam

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Total Duration

Reasoning Ability
Hindi / English
Composite time of 2 hours
Quantitative Aptitude
Hindi / English
General Awareness
Hindi / English
English Language
Hindi Language
Computer Knowledge
Hindi / English



Students have to attempt either (a) or (b) from these two.
Take proper care of the following before attempting the RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam -
  • Time Management is imperative to clear the exam. Remember you don’t need to solve all the questions. Select the questions you solve first carefully, keeping in mind your stronger areas. Try to first attempt the questions which are less time consuming.
  • Speed and Accuracy are other essential factors that will help you make it to the merit list. Try to solve the questions (especially in Quantitative Aptitude Section) within a minute.
  • Please keep in mind that there is Negative Marking of ¼ marks per question for each Wrong Answer.
Let’s now have a look at some important tips regarding the individual sections –

Reasoning Ability

  • 40 questions will be asked from this section from the following topics – 
    Puzzle/ Seating Arrangement (Circular/ Linear), Input – Output, Inequality, Syllogism, Coding – Decoding, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous Topics (Blood Relations, Direction, Ranking)
  • Scoring Topics of this section are –
  • (a) Syllogism
  • (b) Inequality
  • (c) Miscellaneous topics including Blood relations and Direction based questions.
  • Try to attempt these questions before attempting Puzzles or Arrangement based questions.
  • Do not waste time on any puzzle or arrangement if you feel stuck anywhere.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • This section will comprise of 40 questions from the following topics – Data Interpretation, Number Series, Quadratic Equations, Approximation, Miscellaneous Topics including Average, Profit/ Loss, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Problem on Ages, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Probability.
  • The Scoring Topics of this section are - (a) Data Interpretation (especially Average and Ratio based questions)
    (b) Number Series
    (c) Approximation / Simplification
  • Try to attempt these topics first before moving on to the miscellaneous problems.
  • Try to be very attentive while solving the questions since a minute error in calculation can prove to be costly.
  • A good and consistent practice in this section can make all the difference in your exam score.

English / Hindi Language

  • As already mentioned, 40 questions will be asked in this section from following topics – Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Sentence Improvement/ Correction, Spotting Errors, Fill in the blanks, Sentence Rearrangement.
  • Following are the Scoring Topics of this Section –
    (a) Spotting Errors/ Sentence Correction
    (b) Cloze Test
    (c) Fill in the blanks
  • Try to attempt these questions first before moving to Reading Comprehension and Sentence Rearrangement.

General Awareness and Computer Knowledge -

  • We have already provided the GK Study Notes & Quiz for the General Awareness Section. Computer Notes are also available on the app to help you with this topic.
Try to go through the following topics –
  1. Government Schemes, Funds allotted etc
  2. RBI or other major banking institutes in News
  3. Sports News
  4. National and International News
  5. Awards and Honours
  6. Recent Appointments
  7. Static GK Topics like Countries in News with their capitals and currency
Do not use guess work for these sections.

Time that should be allotted to each section in the exam –



Reasoning Ability
30 - 35 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
30 - 35 minutes
General Awareness + Computer Knowledge
20 - 25 minutes
English / Hindi Language
20 - 25 minutes

Do’s and Don’t for the Exam –

  • Do not panic once the exam starts. Stay calm and start with the section you are most confident about.
  • Do read the questions properly first.
  • Do attempt the questions in the time you have assigned for each section and try not to spend more time than that.
  • Do not spend too much time on any one question.
  • Do not use guess work.
  • Do not fret over cutoffs, rather try to score as much as you can.
  • Do not forget to take along the photograph (same as that on the admit card) and xerox as well as the original ID proof with you.
All the Best for your exam..

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