IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Paper Analysis
IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Exam Analysis - 9th Sep,2017:
IBPS conducted the preliminary examination for RRB Officer Scale I recruitment on Saturday. The exam took place in four shifts and will also be conducted on 10th and 16-September. The exam overall was of an easy-moderate level. While this was a major relief to all the aspirants, it also means that the cut-offs could be on the higher side. Another big surprise was that there were no major departures from past year patterns and came as good news to many aspirants who have spent more than a year preparing for the test. Further, the difficulty level and types of questions asked were similar in all the four shifts today.
For those unaware, the RRB Prelims examination is being conducted by IBPS for 5193 vacancies of Officer Scale 1 roles across various Regional Rural Banks. The exam is of 45 minutes duration and consists of 80 questions from areas of Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. Students who cross the sectional and overall cut-off scores in the Prelims Exam are eligible to appear for the Mains Examination to be conducted on 5th November, 2017. Based on the his/her performance in the Mains Exam, the student is called for Interviews followed by final placement.
Today's test was therefore the first barrier that students needed to cross to get placed as an Officer (Scale 1) in the participating banks. RRB Prelims Exam - given the short duration of 45 minutes - tests aspirant's ability to think quickly and answer accurately. And this year too, it was no different.
One of the test takers, Srividya remarked that managing time was the biggest challenge in the test – more so than the difficulty of the questions asked. Let us look deeper into the sections and the kind of questions asked in today’s shifts.
The Quantitative Aptitude section consisted of 5 questions on Simplification that needed students perform mathematical operations like addition and multiplication, quickly and accurately. Test also consisted of 3 sets each consisting of 5 Questions based on Data Interpretation - ability to understand business / economy / banking related data in graphs and tabular formats. The difficulty of these can be categorized as easy to medium - however, each set had one or two questions which were lengthy and student would be wise to not attempt them. Being able to identify easy questions and avoid the difficult ones is the trick to cracking competitive exams such as these. There were also 5 questions from the area of Quadratic Equations - again at an easy to moderate level. There were around 10 questions from basic arithmetic topics like Profit & Loss and Time, Speed & Distance. The level of these questions was easy and students appearing for the test in subsequent slots are advised to read up on the basic concepts in these areas.
The Logical Reasoning section had 4 Puzzle Sets involving seating arrangements (both linear and circular). Students with good practice would have been able to solve them quickly as there weren't any unexpected twists thrown in. In addition to the puzzles, there were 5 questions each from Syllogisms, Inequalities and Coding-Decoding - all again on expected formats.
Students who wish to qualify for the IBPS RRB Mains Exam should ideally be able to attempt at least 24 to 26 questions in the Reasoning Ability Section and 22 to 24 in the Quantitative Ability section. Overall, 60+ attempts with at least 85% or higher accuracy - please note that there is also negative marking for incorrect responses, could put the student in a safe zone to qualify for the RRB Mains Examination.
OPTIMUM NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS:
|Section||Number of good attempts|
|Reasoning||24 to 26|
|Quantitative||22 to 24|
For students expected to take the test in subsequent slots, please note that the level of difficulty and question types asked could remain the same across slots. It would therefore help if you put in efforts to acquaint yourself with the question patterns stated above. Do remember that in tests of this nature - it is very important to be able to quickly identify the easy questions and avoid the difficult ones - that comes with practice alone. Make sure you take a few full-length mock tests before you for your final exam.
All the best!!