Top 10 Topics To Practice For IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2020

IBPS RRB 2020: Institute Of Banking Personnel & Selection has released the notification to recruit candidates as IBPS RRB PO. This is one of the coveted jobs in India. Once you are done with the application process the next step is to start your preparation and the exam pattern of IBPS RRB PO is different from other banks.

For this Exam there are only two sections namely: Reasoning ability & Quantitative Ability and in this space we will be discussing top 10 topics from these two sections that can fetch you a really good score.

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Top 10 Topics To Practice For IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2020 


This section of IBPS RRB PO will consist of 40 questions. Each question carries equal marks i.e. one mark for each of the 40 questions. We are giving you the list of some of the important topics and it is advised to all the candidates that you must get a good understanding of the theories of the following major topics to score well in this section:

Simplification/ Approximation:

Simplification/Approximation is one of the easiest and most important topic from the point of view of IBPS RRB exam. One can easily expect 5-10 questions from these topics in the exam. Good calculation sped will help save time and to increase accuracy and speed learn tables at least till 20, square till 25 and cube till 15. Always follow BODMAS rule while solving Simplification/Approximation questions.

Number Series:

Missing number series or wrong number series are very important and you can expect at least 5 questions from this topic in the exam. Practice questions of number series to familiarize yourself with these common patterns to solve such questions in less time.

Some common pattern for Number Series are:

  • Square/Cube pattern
  • Prime Number pattern
  • Arithmetic Progression pattern
  • Multiplication pattern
  • Addition/Subtraction pattern
  • Combination of the above mentioned pattern

Quadratic Equations:

Quadratic equations/Quadratic inequality is yet another important topic and once you learn the basics and tricks to solve these type of questions, they will become a cakewalk. In such questions, 2 quadratic equations are given and you have to get the roots of these equations. and the next step is that you need to recognize the relationship between these roots. You can expect minimum 5 questions from this topic in the exam.

Data Interpretation:

Data Interpretation is an essential part of IBPS RRB exam. You can expect about 10-15 questions from this topic in the exam. Data interpretation covers all the topics related to Average, ratio, Percentage, profit and loss. So to score well you need to practice these topics thoroughly.

Data Interpretation questions are based on:

  • Pie chart
  • Line chart
  • Caselet
  • Bar Graph
  • Tabulation
  • Radar Graph
  • Missing DI etc.


Arithmetic questions are basically a combination of various topics such as: Time, work and Wages, Mixture and allegation, Time and distance, Pipe and cisterns, Boat and streams, Age based problems, Profit and Loss, SI and CI, Partnerships, Ratio and Averages. You can expect about 8-10 questions with 1-2 questions from each topic.

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Reasoning ability also comprises of 40 questions of one mark each. Following are the topics  for your better understanding of this section and to help you score well in the exam:


It is an important as well as very common topic of this section. You can expect 4-5 questions from this topic in the exam. The questions generally contain 2-3 statements followed by 2-3 conclusions.


It is a very scoring topic and most likely direct inequality questions are asked in prelims, but you should also prepare for coded inequalities. You can expect 5 questions from this topic. With practice you can easily score full marks here.

Coding – Decoding:

Usually, fictitious language-based coding-decoding is asked in the exam. You can expect 5 questions from this topic. In this question, a set of usually 3-4 statements is given with their coded words and you have to decode the code for a particular word.

Seating arrangements and Puzzles:

Puzzles form a major part of the reasoning section of the IBPS RRB exams. You can expect 10-15 questions from this topic. The different topics for puzzles are:

  • Linear seating arrangement
  • Dual Row seating arrangement
  • Circular seating arrangement
  • Floor based puzzles
  • Scheduling – Day/week/year/date
  • Tabulation


A total of 10-12 questions can be asked from these topics in the RRB Prelims exam. Following are the miscellaneous topics of the reasoning section with expected number of questions:

  • Blood Relations: 2-3 Questions
  • Direction and distance: 2-3 Questions
  • Alpha Numeric series/ Alphabet Test: 5 questions
  • Order and Ranking: 1-2 questions.

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