IBPS RRB PO and Clerk Mains Exam Strategy


Dear Students, the results of Preliminary Examinations of IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I (PO) are already out and results of Office Assistant (Clerk) are expected to be out in a few days. The Mains examinations are scheduled to be held on 30th September and 7th October. With the exam dates approaching near, you all must be worried regarding your preparations for the RRB PO and Clerk Mains Examination.

Before going for any competitive examination, one must always have an adequate knowledge of the syllabus, examination pattern, the changes introduced in the pattern of examination, and how one should plan his/her preparations in a way to do with the syllabus and the revision before the examination takes place. So, to help you crack this year's IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I and Office Assistant Mains Examination, Bankersadda is providing you all with a sound strategy.



As the level of exams is increasing day by day and the pattern of exams also keeps on changing so one can expect the same in the RRB Mains examinations. You really need to give an extra effort to sail through the examination.

IBPS Mains exam will contain 200 questions and time allotted will be 120 minutes. The pattern of the Mains exam is given below:

Sr. No. Name of Tests Medium of Exam No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50 Composite Time of 2 Hours
2. Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/English 40 50
3. General Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4. English Language
           Or
English 40 40
4. Hindi Language Hindi 40 40
5. Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40
Total 200 200


Quantitative Aptitude/ Numerical Ability Section 

The trick to scoring marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section is to attempt the questions on Quadratic Equations, Simplification and Approximation first and then going for Number Series. After having attempted all these questions efficiently, go for Data Interpretation. The remaining few questions will be based on miscellaneous topics like CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Partnership, etc. Attempt those miscellaneous topics first in which you are good at. Try to read each and every question so that you can attempt maximum number of questions. Try to attempt this section in 35-40 Minutes. 

Reasoning Ability Section 

The trick to attempt the maximum number of questions in Reasoning Section in minimum time is to attempt the difficult puzzles in the end. The expected number of questions on puzzles and seating arrangement is 15-20. Start with the questions that are not in the form of puzzles, you can choose to start with the questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series, and other random topics. Then try to start with puzzles that appear easy to be solved and proceed with moderate and difficult puzzles in a similar way. So, this is how you have to manage to attempt this section. Make sure you do not spend more than 28-30 minutes doing this section. This section can be scoring so try to attempt maximum number of questions.. 

English Language Section 

The trick to scoring in English section can vary from one person to another depending on his/her strengths and weaknesses. If you are good at vocab and reading then attempt the reading comprehension first and proceed with Cloze Test and other miscellaneous topics like Error Detection, Para Jumbles, Phrase Replacement, Double Fillers, etc. But if you are good at grammar, attempt Reading Comprehension in the end. The Reading comprehension too should be attempted in a way that you attempt questions based on vocab and phrases first and then the questions that need a deep penetration through the paragraphs. Try to complete this section in 25-30 minutes. 

Hindi Language Section 

The Hindi language is no doubt the most preferred language in our country as it is our mother tongue. Even most of the English Medium students prefer Hindi over the English language because they understand it well. So, you know yourself better, you know which subject you are good at. So, choose accordingly and choose the section in which you can attempt the maximum questions accurately. Try to do with the section within 21-23 minutes.

General Awareness Section 
General Awareness plays a very important role when it comes to mains examination. This section is the game changer and you need to prepare it well to crack the examination. General Awareness and Current Affairs are not a one day thing. You must read and revise these daily. We provide you with our “Daily GK Update” (Available in both Hindi and English languages) that contains only the news that is important from the point of view of competitive examinations. It contains all the news that is likely to be asked in the IBPS RRB Mains Examinations. You can go through the Monthly Capsules provided by us for both Current Affairs as well as Banking Awareness. 

Computer Knowledge Section 

Computer Knowledge is a subject that many students are already familiar with. With practice and the right approach, this section can fetch you those much easily attainable marks. To score well in this section you need to know some technical aspect and proper definitions. An important point for you to consider is that this section has high cut off every year so try to have the key points all grasped. This section can prove to be very scoring as you do not have to invest much of time while solving the questions of this particular section. Do not invest more than 12-13 minutes on this section.

Now, get yourself started and give your best in your preparations. Work Hard and Do not let it go this time. 

All The Best !!!