Most Asked Topics in IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam 2020: Based on Previous Year’s Exam Analysis

Most Asked Topics in IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam 2020- As the time left for IBPS RRB 2020 exam is limited, this is the perfect time to tighten your seat belt and perform brilliantly in exam. In this space we will be discussing about the Most Asked Topics of IBPS RRB PO- Based on previous year’s analysis. The exam dates are almost near so make sure you don’t miss any topic mentioned here. The syllabus might seem vast but that’s okay because you don’t have to study everything. The aim of this article is to make sure that you invest your time on the right topics. Make sure you comply witht this list and give the right direction to your preparation. In this article, we are discussing the most Asked Topics In IBPS RRB PO 2020 Exam Based On Previous Year’s exam analysis.

The IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam in the years 2018 and 2019 was held over various shifts and here we are taking the reference of Shift-2 held on 4th August 2019 and Shift-1 held on 11th August 2018. Overall the difficulty level of exam held in both the years was moderate.

Subject Good Attempts 2019 Good Attempts 2018
Reasoning Ability 28-33 27-32
Quantitative Aptitude 24-27 20-25
Total 56-61 51-56

Most Asked Topics of Quantitative Aptitude in IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exams

If we see the questions asked in the quantitative aptitude section the trend remains more-or less the same where maximum weightage goes to the topic- Data Interpretation and Arithmetic Word Problems. In 2018 exam, although there were no direct questions on approximation but around 4-5 questions of arithmetic were based on approximation.

No. of Questions (2019)
No. of Questions (2018)
Data Interpretation
15- Moderate
15- Moderate – Calculative
Quadratic Equation
5- Easy
5- Moderate
Number Series
5- (Missing No. Series)- Moderate
5- (Wrong No. Series)- Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems
15- Moderate
15- Moderate – Calculative
40- Moderate
40- Moderate

In the Shift-4 held on 4 August 2019, there were near about 18 questions on Data Interpretation and 11 from Arithmetic Word Problems. The ration or the weightage may differ slightly from one shift to another but certainly these are the most important topics for IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam.

Most Asked Topics of Reasoning Ability in IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exams

Puzzles and Seating Arrangement always dominates the Reasoning Ability section in bank exams and so is the case with IBPS RRB PO Prelims exams as well. The level of the questions asked in the Reasoning Ability section in 2019 and 2018 was Easy to Moderate and Moderate respectively. The following are details on weightage of various topics in the reasoning section of previously held IBPS RRB PO Prelims exams.

Topics No. of Questions (2019) No. of Questions (2018)
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 20- Moderate 27- Moderate-Difficult
Syllogism (based on ‘A few’ concept) 05- Easy-Moderate 5-Moderate
Direction Sense 02- Easy 3- Easy
Blood Relation 03- Easy 3- Moderate
Alphabetical Series 02- Easy-Moderate 1- Easy-Moderate
Odd One Out 01- Easy
Order & Ranking 05- Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous 02- Easy-Moderate
Numeric Series 1- Easy-Moderate
Total 40- Easy-Moderate 40- Easy-Moderate

The following are the types of Puzzles and Seating Arrangements most frequently asked in IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam- Based on previous years’ exam analysis:

  • Linear Uncertain Number of people
  • Circular Seating Arrangement
  • Linear Seating Arrangement with certain no. on people
  • Parallel Rows Seating Arrangement
  • Random Arrangement Puzzle
  • Day Based Puzzle
  • Box Based Puzzle
  • Order-Ranking or Comparison based puzzle
  • Month Based Puzzle
  • Square Seating Arrangement


In today’s fierce competition, its best you adapt a smart approach along with the hard work you put in your preparation for IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam. We have seen a similar trend being followed in almost every bank exam where the Quantitative Section is dominated by Data Interpretation and Miscellaneous Arithmetic Word Problems and the reasoning section contains maximum number of questions from different types of Puzzles and Seating Arrangement. You can target the above stated topics specifically, if you want to clear the IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2020 Exam, and to supplement your preparation, team bankersadda has also launched a dedicated study plan where all this topics will be covered in form of daily practice quiz that you can attempt free of cost on bankersadda and on adda247 app.

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IBPS RRB PO Previous Years’ Exam Analysis

You can also watch the 2018 and 2019 IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis Videos given below, to understand the level of the examination held in previous years’ right from the exam centre.

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