How to Prepare for IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains 2017?

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam 2017 is going to be held on 12th November 2017. The candidates who have qualified IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims exam are surely eligible for congratulations, but continuous reading, practicing and revision is necessary to reach to the final stage.


IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam Pattern 2017

This is the first step that you should be well acquainted with the Exam pattern, time constraints and Syllabus of the exam for which you are going to appear.
  • In this exam, the candidates can opt either English subject or Hindi Subject according to their convenience and preferences.
  • There is no sectional timing in individual sections.
  • Below table depicts the Exam pattern for the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam 2017 :
S. No. Test Name  Medium of Exam Number of Questions Maximum Marks Total Duration
1. Reasoning Ability English/ Hindi 40 50 Composite time of 2 hours
2. Numerical Ability English/ Hindi 40 50
3. General Awareness English/ Hindi 40 40
4 (a) English Language English 40 40
4 (b) Hindi Language Hindi 40 40
5. Computer Knowledge English/ Hindi 40 20
Total 200 200

Sections-wise Time Allotment for IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains 2017

 Section   Time to be allotted
 Reasoning Ability 35-40 Minutes
 Numerical Ability 40 Minutes
 General Awareness 15 Minutes
 English Language/Hindi Language 20-25 Minutes
 Computer Knowledge 10 Minutes

Preparation Tips for IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam 2017 :

Preparation Tips for General Awareness

Thsi is the most scoring section of the exam. To get a commendable score in General Awareness, you must prepare the following topics thoroughly :

1) Banking and Finance:

  • Static topics of Banking, such as all banking rates and ratios, headquarters of Banks and Institutions, banking history, About functions of Reserve Bank of India, Nationalization, type of accounts, cheques, Capital market and money market, abbreviations of Banking terms etc.
  • Apart from this, you should learn very well the current insights of Banking and economy such as chiefs of various banks, merges of banks, entry of new player in the banking sector, FDI limits etc.

2) Government Schemes :

Understand,  learn and well Revise all the schemes launched by the central Government. Focus mainly on important schemes and schemes related to Banking, economy and insurance sector.

3) Current affairs :

You should focus on preparing last 5-6 months current affairs. You should be well aware of persons in news, sports events, awards, new books launched, authors of the books. Focus on summits of important organizations, deals, treaties, Defense related and important events held. Start writing and maintaining notes of Current affairs.

4)Static General Knowledge :
In static GK portion, the questions mainly can be asked from Geography of the country. Revise the headquarters of important national and international organization, Wildlife sanctuaries, Current Chief ministers an governor of Each state, countries and capitals etc.

Preparation Tips for English Language 

  • Since this is an assistant level exam, the level of English Language will fall in to easy to moderate category. Performing good in English section depends on good reading habits, vocabulary knowledge and good grammar skills.
  • Since few days are left for the exam, you must revise all the important rules of Grammar. Understand very well the concepts of Tenses, Prepositions, Subject-verb agreement, conditional sentences. You should have in mind what are the common errors of English Grammer Chapters. Must go through all the chapters of Grammar in  Grammar scholar series to understand rules and errors in a better way.
  • Vocabulary cannot be built in a day. You should not skip reading newspaper on daily basis.It will enhance your reading skills as well as your vocab. Maintain a diary for vocab learning. Note down the new words you come through from anywhere and revise it often. Do go through Newspaper editorial wordlist ‘Shape up of your vocabulary’ everyday to get the progress in vocab.
  • Focus on the following chapters during your preparation
  1. Reading Comprehension (Story Based)
  2. Cloze test
  3. Spotting errors/Sentence Improvement/Phrase Replacement
  4. Fillers
  5. Para Jumbles
  6. Odd One out

Preparation Tips for Hindi Language 

  • If you are going to attempt Hindi Language section in IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2017 exam, then you must give equal attention to this subject while preparation.
  • Must solve previous year paper of Hindi Language section to get a wide idea of type and level of questions asked.
  • Go through the good quality Hindi Grammar books and notes available
  • Learn and revise some hard word daily. You can learn at least 20 words per day
In this section, the topics are usually same as English Language :
  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Fill in the blanks
  3. Parajumble
  4. Odd One out
  5. Cloze test
  6. Errors

Preparation Tips for Reasoning Ability 

  • It is all about speed to solve questions accurately in minimum time. This section can make or break your chances of Selections in the exam.
  • To have the skill of picking and solving the easy questions first is very important to score well in this section. Categorize the questions and topics in simple, medium and tough category.
  • Focus on following  topics the most, which hold the highest chances in the exam :
  1. Inequality (Direct inequality as well as coded inequality)
  2. Syllogism
  3. Puzzle (Floor Based, Day/Month Based)
  4. Seating Arrangement (Circular and Linear Seating arrangement)
  5. Coding-Decoding
  6. Direction
  7. Blood Relation
  8. Order And Ranking
  9. Alphanumeric series/Numeric Series

Preparation Tips for Numerical Ability 

  • The Numerical Ability Section is one that many aspirants are nervous about. You don’t have to be. In fact, one can score high marks in this section, provided you have enough practice. So, it is important to prepare thoroughly with plenty of practice for this section.
  • Work on your calculation skills. The faster you can calculate, the more questions you can answer and therefore, higher your chances of scoring more. However, faster problem solving should also be correct problem-solving.
  • Learn and revise the tables(1-40), Squares (1-50), Cubes (1-30) to solve questions in a fast manner in the exam.
  • Revise and practice the tricks of the square, square root, cubes, cube root finding. Practice techniques of approximation so that you take less time while addition, multiplication, subtraction and division operations.
  • Bbe thorough with the concepts of place value, face value, bodmas, rounding off, whole numbers and tables etc.
  • Practice the questions from the  topics of your choice, but make sure you are well versed with the good level
  • The following concepts are commonly covered in the RRB Office Assistant Exam Prelims :
  1. Number Series
  2. Simplification
  3. Approximation
  4. Data Interpretation – Tables, Pie Charts, Bar Charts and Line Graphs
  5. Ratio and Proportions
  6. Percentage
  7. Average
  8. Miscellaneous topics – Time and Work, Profit and Loss, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Time and Distance, Mensuration, Partnership, Mixtures and Allegations

Preparation Tips for Computer Awareness 

Computer knowledge and awareness questions will be asked rather than Computer aptitude questions.
This is a very scoring section provided you have the clarity of topics.
Focus on preparing following topics for the computer awareness section :
  • History of Computers
  • Computer hardware
  • Computer Software
  • Internet
  • MS Office (Word/ Excel/ Powerpoint)
  • Computer abbreviations
  • Few important questions of Data Base Management Systems

Expert Tips:

1.Mock test: Give mock test and Analyse them properly. Mock tests are the best way to identify your strength and weaknesses.Through mock tests, you will be familiar with the pattern and level of exam and hence you will be able to tackle exam pressure in the actual examination.
2.Identify your strengths and have a clear strategy: While preparation, identify your strengths in every section. You should have a clear plan in mind that of which type of questions you are going to attempt and which you will leave in the actual exam. You should prepare according to this plan for every section.
3.Don’t Cram: Just some days before the exam, do not cram yourself. Do not rush among so many books or websites. Just follow a good book and website for revising your concepts and for practising questions. Also do not forget to make notes of important points, formulas, rules, facts & figures during your preparation and revise them properly before the exam.
4.Don’t be pressurized: Do not feel nervous. Believe in yourself .If you have prepared sincerely , nothing can stop you.
5.Revise Daily:  Revise daily for the complete understanding of the concept and gain confidence.

Thanks & All the Best for your Exam
Team Aimsuccess
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