IBPS RRB Exam 2018 Introduction – Complete Analysis

About the IBPS RRB Exam

IBPS RRB exam is conducted by IBPS every year, of which the recruitment notification is out. Job aspirants who are looking forward to being an IBPS RRB Officer are excited and most of them have taken their preparation to the next level and why not? Only 4941 vacancies are there for IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 and lakhs of aspirants would be vying for these coveted government jobs.

Let’s discuss the exam dates and the pattern of the exam in detail. The exam is divided into three parts: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam, and Interview. However, the final selection criteria will be the score in Mains exam and Interview.

The dates for the preliminary exam are Aug 11, 12 & 18, 2018 and that of the mains exam is Sep 30, 2018.

The preliminary exam will have only two papers: Reasoning and Numerical Ability in which there will be a total of 40 questions in each topic with a composite time of 45 minutes. Each question carries 1 mark. To summarize, you need to solve 80 questions (40 of Reasoning and 40 of Numerical Ability) in 45 minutes.

The mains exam will have 5 sections:

  1. Reasoning
  2. General Awareness
  3. Numerical Ability
  4. English/Hindi Language
  5. Computer Knowledge

Each of these sections will have 40 questions and a composite time of 2 hours will be provided to solve these 200 questions. Once again, each question carries 1 mark.

It is quite evident that be it the preliminary or the mains exam, you need to run a race against time. With only around half of a minute for one question, you should have practiced the different topics so well that within 10-15 seconds of seeing a question, you should be able to ascertain whether to attempt a question or to skip it.

If you are putting more than 1 minute on a single question, you may not be able to review all questions, leave alone answering them. Take a free mock test to assess your preparation now.

Revise, Practice, Repeat

Now that only 20-25 days are left in the prelims, the game is all about practice within time limits and increase your speed with a consistent accuracy. Also, keep an eye on which questions you did incorrectly and focus on that area as well. The more practice you do, the more adept you become.

Try solving previous year question papers within the specified time limits to get a hang of how questions were asked in the past and how are you performing over there. There are several resources on the web from where you can get previous years’ papers.

Taking Mock Tests

Practicing the previous years’ papers is the minimum you can do. To up the ante, you need to solve mock tests like anything. PracticeMock offers a free test which has been carefully prepared to keep this exam in mind.

These mock tests are scheduled to be taken at different dates which properly align with the preparation strategy for this exam. The tests provide immediate results and feedback which obviously help aspirants to drive his/her preparation on the right track.

Let’s have a look at the benefits of practicing via mock tests:

When to use Shortcuts

There are lakhs of candidates practicing the same. As already stated, by practicing vigorously you can come up with shortcuts. What is more important than shortcuts is to know when to apply which shortcut! And this can be attained only by thorough practice, assessment and a continuous focus on weak areas.

Immediate Results & Feedback

Mock tests provide you the results and the feedback immediately after you have submitted the test. The feedback helps you in identifying the section you are getting fewer marks in. You can always put some extra efforts to improve upon it and see if it actually improves in the succeeding tests.

The feedback also includes your rank as compared to other competitors helping you to understand how much more effort you need to put to be in the top league.

Improves Confidence

Based on the feedback, as you work on your weak areas and improve upon it, you should see the results in the succeeding mock tests which would definitely boost your confidence.

Hope this helps in your online preparation! Feel free to share your inputs about the preparation of this test in the comments section.