How to Prepare for IBPS RRB Officer Scale I? (Subject Wise Tips)

How to Prepare for IBPS RRB Officer scale 1 exam

None of the competitive exams is a hard nut to crack, provided an aspirant approaches it with a correct blend of strategies. A positive attitude and firm determination act as an icing on the cake and help the aspirant to reach the zenith.

IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 prelims phase will start from 3rd August this year. There will be three rounds to recruit officers for IBPS RRB Scale-1, namely, Prelims, Mains and Interview round. The preparation strategy for this examination should be slightly different when compared with other probationary officer examinations as the preliminary round of this exam does not entail an English section.

The IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Prelims will include 80 objective questions from Reasoning and Numerical ability for a total of 80 marks. Both sections must be completed within a composite time of 45 minutes.

Tips for preparing IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Prelims-Reasoning

Being the most scoring section one must become well versed in tackling it efficiently. The concepts have to be practiced thoroughly and this will, in turn, help you to solve the questions in this section. This section will cover topics like Coding-Decoding, Input-Output, Syllogism, Blood relations, Sitting Arrangements, Puzzles which require analytical skills that come with practice.

Tips for preparing IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Prelims-Quantitative Aptitude

This section will include topics like Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Time and Work to name a few. As the adage goes, ‘Practice makes a man perfect’, quantitative aptitude requires a lot of practice in the right direction meaning one should know how to solve a mathematical problem with the shortest possible way to solve as time constraints are always there. Practicing your high school maths will help you in this regard.


Once you have cleared the prelims, the task is yet not over. You can see your destination but still, some hurdles are there which have to be passed. The IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Mains will include 200 questions from 5 sections for a total of 80 marks. The sections comprise of- Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Hindi/English Language, General Awareness and computer knowledge which must be completed within a composite time of two hours.

Tips for preparing IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Mains-English Language

Good command over the English language is a must to clear this section. You can read newspapers and magazines to build up your vocabulary. While reading comprehension you should know the technique of reading, like not reading aloud, skipping the articles while reading to name a few.

The more you practice reading, the better you become in dealing with tricky questions. This section contains spotting of errors, sentence rearrangement, cloze test apart from reading comprehension.

Tips for preparing IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Mains-General Awareness

To score well in this section it is important that you abreast yourself with the current happenings around, focusing especially on topics like Indian Economy, Marketing, Indian Constitution, Finance, Agriculture and Banking. You should inculcate in you a regular habit of reading newspapers and magazines and watching the daily news.

Tips for preparing IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Mains- Computer Knowledge

Computers have become an inseparable part of our lives. We all use computers and this is the easiest section to deal with. You need to have a basic knowledge of computers and networking in addition to some important topics like Operating System Functions, Basic Internet Knowledge and Protocols, basic MS Office. The knowledge of shortcuts will be an added advantage.

These are some of the tips from our end which can help you prepare better but no tips will be efficient unless put into rigorous practice, so you need to get going with your practice. Relentless efforts with proper time management can help you reach your goal.

Don’t forget to take regular bank mock tests also. They will help you to identify your weak areas and you can keep a track record of your performance from test to test. So, get geared up and give your best shot. All the very best from our team!