Last Minute Tips for IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2017-18
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection had already released the IBPS RRB Recruitment Notification 2017 and the admit card for the same as well. Indeed, all the students are preparing their level best to crack the exam with best scores. Exams like are IBPS RRB are a bit tough but with a proper strategic preparation, you can easily match your flag on the scorecard.
A few days are left for the IBPS RRB Officer Scale- I Prelims examination and of course when such short span of time is remaining for a highly competitive exam, you cannot expect to learn each and everything. In other words, you need to be smart.
This is a high time as you need to finish off and start brushing up your preparation. At this point of time, a candidate must go through this article as here we have discussed the last minute preparation tips which could help you to attempt some extra questions and which can ultimately change the digits on your score card and leverage it to a great level.
As per the latest exam pattern, the preliminary examination will be of 45-minute duration, with two sections carrying 80 marks for 80 questions. Officer Scale I Exam will consist of 40 questions of reasoning and 40 questions of quantitative aptitude while for office assistant there will be 40 questions of reasoning and 40 questions of numerical ability. The medium of exam will be Hindi/English.
For a detailed insight of the IBPS RRB Officer Scale- I, you can check
The main focus of English Preparation should be on comprehension and grammar, as the questions usually involve – phrases and idioms, spelling, grammar, and passages.
Reasoning questions can be moderate or can be very confusing at times. Candidates should make sure that they focus on the key topics from the reasoning section. So, you need to focus on logical and analytical reasoning, blood relations, syllogisms, circular seating arrangement, linear seating arrangement, coded inequalities/mathematical inequalities etc.
The reasoning questions are also tricky because of the negative marking. So practice, and stipulate a certain amount of time for these questions during the exam, and don’t waste too much time on one question.
- General Knowledge
General Knowledge preparation can be done simultaneously with other subjects. Your Preparation should focus on Indian history, awards, agriculture, politics, finance and insurance, Indian economy, taxes, budget, currencies, sports, agriculture, and geography.
- Quantitative Aptitude
This section will test your speed, accuracy and calculating skills. This section is generally considered as complex as compared to others and should be prepared with formulas, concepts and practice extensively to keep your timing in proper check.
This section includes problems on concepts like – percentage, average, simple interest and profit and loss, so practice those as much as you can. Studying from NCERT class 8, 9 and 10 gives a great benefit to a candidate.
- Computer Knowledge
This section will basically test your computer knowledge from the very basic level. For this section, you must have the basic knowledge of computers and you must be well-versed with hardware, software, networking, the internet, operating system, Microsoft applications, and keyboard shortcuts.
Moreover, you can divide your time schedule according to the subjects and their topics accordingly. We have suggested below some topic-wise time division. You can follow the same for an adept preparation
Reasoning [2 hours to each Topic]
- Coding Decoding
- Direction& Distance
- Blood Relation
- Mathematical Inequalities
- Arrangement & Pattern
- Ordering & Ranking
- Grouping & Scheduling
- Machine Input Output
- Linear Arrangement
- Scheduling Puzzle (Months and Week)
- Circular Arrangement
- Double Line-Up
- Team Formation Puzzles
- Mixed Puzzle
Quantitative Aptitude [2 Hours to Each Topic]
- Simplification & Approximation
- Practice Quick Calculation Techniques(Fraction, Cubes, Square, Square Roots)
- Number Series
- Quadratic Equations
- Ratio & Proportion
- Problems on Ages
- Profit & Loss
- Basic Problems
– Dishonest Dealing
– Discount + M.P
- Basic Problems
- Data Interpretation
- Bar Graph
– Line Graph
– Tabular Graph
– Pie Chart
- Bar Graph
- Mixed of Two Types Data Interpretation
- Tabular + Pie Chart
– Bar + Line Graph
– All other
- Tabular + Pie Chart
- Permutation & Combination
- Time & Work
(Work Efficiency + Wages) and Pipe & Cistern
- Time, Speed & Distance
- Simple & Compound Interest (Instalment + Sales tax)
Also, attend a mock test after preparing 3-4 topics from each section; this will help you for a thorough preparation for IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2017-18.
Here are some points to be kept in mind while brushing up your preparation for IBPS RRB PO Prelims 2017-18:
- Be 100 Percent Focused
IBPS RRB PO toppers have shared that in the last remaining days, they were 100 percent focused towards performing well in the exam. Of course, being in a positive frame of mind also helps. During the last phase of preparation, aspirants should be dedicated and engrossed in their studies. Revise each and every topic thoroughly.
- Get Familiar with the Question Paper Pattern
Before setting out for the actual examination day, you must make sure that you are through with the question paper pattern and how to grab the questions accordingly. We have already provided the link to the question paper above in this article for the ease of candidates.
- Take up Mock Tests to Optimize Your Efforts
Mock Tests are very mandatory if you want to achieve a great score in any competitive examination. For IBPS RRB PO 2017, you can take up Mock Tests section-wise or topic-wise.
After the completion of each mock test, analyze:
- Your overall performance + speed.
- and types of questions which you attempt from each section and the ones that you skip.
- Your accuracy.
- The time that each difficult question takes.
- The time that each easy question takes.
- Do not Neglect the Chapters having Maximum Weightage
These chapters might be time-consuming but they can fetch you the maximum number of marks. Questions from these chapters appear in bulk and once you get these questions right, you can easily score enough to cross the cut-off marks.
- Quant: Data Sufficiency, Number Series, and DI – 30-35 questions
- Reasoning: Syllogism, Linear & Circular Arrangement, Double Line-up, Input-Output, Coding-Decoding – Around 30 questions
- English: Reading Comprehension, Cloze-test (vocal), Para Jumble (Verbal Ability), Phrase Replacement/Error spotting (vocal), Phrase Replacement/Error spotting (grammar) – around 40 questions
- Be wise and spare some extra seconds to carefully read the instructions
It can be helpful and good to be fast and save time in order to solve 80 questions in just 45 minutes but you have to be wise and careful as well. Instructions or directions of a question are very important and you should read the instruction of every question you are about to attempt. What if it was something you’ve already practiced but asked in a twisted way! You can actually save marks by reading the directions carefully.
- Always Keep an Eye on the Latest News
General Awareness is one of the most important aspects of the IBPS RRB exam and you just can neglect it at any cost. Make a habit of watching the news on a daily basis and be well-versed with all the current affairs.
- Aim at giving your best shot
Do not aim for becoming a topper; instead, focus on giving your best shot. Aspirants should not take stress at any point of their preparations. Studying should be fun! Put all your hard work while studying. Do not involve yourself in those activities which hinder your study schedule such as social media, mobile phones etc. It is only your hard work which pays off in the end. Put 100 percent effort to achieve your goal.
- Do not ignore simple questions
We often ignore simple questions in an exam thinking that we can easily solve them at the end. But, Simple or easy level of questions can be your savior in RRB PO prelims, so don’t just get engrossed in the difficult ones. Read the instructions carefully, and attempt simple or easy level questions to gain plus points in your scoring bag.
- Time Division for Each Section
You need to mark it in your mind that you have a fair time and you need to solve a decent number of questions in the time allotted to solve each and every section. 0 minutes for Reasoning and 25 minutes for Quant; this can be your Guru mantra of maximum time spends per section.
- Be relaxed
Keep your stress levels low. It is good to worry about the exam but doesn’t let the stress and anxiety take over you. Exercise, indulge yourself in recreational activities and have nutritious food. This not only helps in controlling the stress levels but can also keep your emotions stable.
- Revision is the Key to Success
The nature of IBPS RRB exam demands clarity on concepts. Thus, it becomes highly significant to brush up your skills and revise each and every formula, theory and fundamentals.
- Have a Good Sleep
Preparing for any competitive examination does not mean that you need to reduce your normal sleeping time and stress on to study every time. Apart from the IBPS RRB preparation, you need to take care of your body too. A normal human body requires at least 7 hours of sleep in a day.
- Reach the Exam Centre well Before Time
As you all are aware of the IBPS RRB Exam Centres List, reach your examination center at least 45 minutes before, so that you can reach there and relax for 15-20 minutes before taking up the exam. This could help you to focus well on solving the questions.
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