# IBPS RRB Clerk Prelims Preparation Guide

## Are you ready for IBPS RRB Clerk Prelims?

There are 3382 vacancies of RRB Clerk this year which is a golden opportunity for the aspirants who are looking for a government job. Do you want to secure your place in one of these vacancies? If your answer is yes, start preparing for this exam now. Please keep in mind that lakhs of aspirants are going to be in your competition and therefore you need to prepare exceedingly well.

Talking about the exam pattern, there will be 40 questions each of Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude (a total of 80 questions) which should be solved within 45 minutes. In this article, we’ll help you in kick-starting your preparation for the Reasoning section.

## Start preparing for the Reasoning Section

Reasoning section checks your analytical and logical skills by placing puzzles and tricky questions in front of you. You need to solve these tricky questions in a limited time and that too with high accuracy. But don’t worry; with continuous practice and evaluation, you can definitely get a good score in this section.

Before starting with your preparation we recommend you to take a Free Mock Test of RRB Clerk Prelims so that you get to know the areas where you are not so good at. Once you get to know that, you can put extra efforts to improve those areas.

Let’s have a look at the list of Reasoning Topics you should start your preparation with:

• Alphabet Test
• Analogy
• Assertion and Reason
• Blood Relation
• Causes and Effects
• Coding-Decoding
• Decision Making
• Direction Sense Test
• Figure Series
• Figure Series Test
• Number
• Puzzles
• Odd man out
• Ranking and Time
• Series Test
• Seating Arrangements
• Statement and Arguments
• Statement and Assumption
• Statement and Conclusion
• Syllogism
• Word Formation

## Start One Topic at One Time

Take the example of the topic ‘Alphabet Test’. Start with understanding its concept by reading it online/offline or by watching online videos. Once the concept is clear, start solving questions of different difficulty levels. Solve lots of questions on the topic and then move to the next topic.

Any topic which doesn’t interest you can be left to be dealt with in the end. This way, prepare all the topics. Once you are through with a majority of the topics, start taking Mock Tests and see how much are you able to score in a controlled environment.

Also, get benefitted with its insightful analysis which highlights your weak areas and compares your score with the topper in several aspects. The analysis also provides you with your rank and percentile so that you know how much more you need to work on your speed without sacrificing on the accuracy part.

For your convenience, we have divided the topics of reasoning into three levels as per their difficulty level.

## Level I

In the first level, we have put the topics which generally take the least time which are non-puzzle based questions like coding-decoding, syllogism, direction-sense related questions, blood relation questions, etc.

You may put any other topic (which takes very less time for you to solve) at this level. You should practice a lot of questions from all these topics as easy in nature and can be quickly answered. Don’t miss out on practicing questions of different difficulty levels so that no matter what kind of question you face from any of these topics, you are able to solve all of them.

## Level II

We have put critical reasoning, simple puzzles (blood relations, circular/linear seating arrangement, floor-based puzzle) and input-output as the topics in the second level. These questions take a little time but are doable for sure. You need to start practicing these questions and solve a variety of questions.

Keep an eye on your speed and accuracy as well and see that you don’t attract too much of negative marking. Put any other topic on this level which seems moderate to you.

## Level III

Puzzles/Seating Arrangement (double line) puzzles which are difficult to solve, are put in this last category. These puzzles take a lot of time and although you should learn how to solve them, it is imperative that in the actual exam, you should start solving these only when you have solved questions from the first 2 categories.

With this preparation strategy in mind, we are sure that you will be ready to ace the RRB Clerk Prelims on Aug 17, 2019. Wishing you Good Luck for your preparation!