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IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) Preparation Strategy for Reasoning

IBPS RRB 2018 Officer (Scale-I) Preparation Strategy for Reasoning

The IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) Recruitment Notification 2018 has been released. This year, there are about 3,312 vacancies for RRB Officers (Scale-I) and the IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 Recruitment Exams are scheduled to be conducted in the months of August and September. With a little more than a month to prepare for the IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 examinations, every moment is important for preparation. Therefore, we at Oliveboard have brought you the article, ” IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) Preparation Strategy for Reasoning” to help you with the IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) Reasoning section.

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IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 Important Dates

Before proceeding with the IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) reasoning preparation strategy, let’s look at the important dates for the examination.

Event Important Dates
Online Registration Dates June 8 – July 2, 2018
Payment of Application Fees June 8 – July 2, 2018
Download of Call Letters for Pre-Exam Training July, 2018
Pre-Exam Training for Officer (Scale-I) July 30 – August 4, 2018
Download of Call Letters for Preliminary Exams July, 2018
Preliminary Exams – IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) August 11, 12, and 18, 2018
Results of Preliminary Exams September, 2018
Download of Call Letters for Mains Exams September, 2018
Mains Exams – IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) September 30, 2018
Results of Mains Exams October, 2018
Download of Call Letters for Interview November, 2018
Interview – IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) November, 2018
Provisional Allotment January, 2019

Alternatively, you can watch the video below on the important dates and other relevant details to have a quick idea of the IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 Recruitment Exam.

IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 Exam Pattern

To be sure that we are preparing correctly for the IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 examinations, it is necessary to be thorough with all the sections for each of the two examinations.

IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 Prelims Exam Pattern
Sr. No. Name of Test Medium of Exam Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability Hindi/English 40 40 Total Time of 45 Minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/English 40 40

Do note that 2 sections (Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude) have been repeated for both the Prelims and Mains examinations, and in the Mains examination, they have more weight in terms of grading and therefore this should be used to your advantage.

IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 Mains Exam Pattern
Sr. No. Name of Test Medium of Exam Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability Hindi/English 40 50 Total Time of 120 Minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/English 40 50
3 General Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4(a) English Language English 40 40
4(b) Hindi Language Hindi 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Total 200 200

IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 Syllabus

For the ease of reference, the IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I 2018 syllabus has also been shared below:

IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 Prelims Syllabus
Sr. No. Name of Test Syllabus
1 Reasoning Ability Syllogism, Analytical Reasoning, Blood Relations, Coding Decoding, Input Output, Inequalities, Direction Sense, Grouping and Ordering, Critical Reasoning, etc.
2 Quantitative Aptitude Quadratic Equations, Simplification. Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Speed, Time, and Distance, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Number Series, Number Systems, Surds and Indices, Permutations and Combinations, Mixtures, Averages, and Alligations, Probability, Mensuration, Time and Work, Data Interpretation, Caselets, Charts and Graphs

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IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 Mains Syllabus
Sr. No. Name of Test Syllabus
1 Reasoning Ability Syllogism, Analytical Reasoning, Blood Relations, Coding Decoding, Input Output, Inequalities, Direction Sense, Grouping and Ordering, Critical Reasoning, etc.
2 Quantitative Aptitude Quadratic Equations, Simplification. Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Speed, Time, and Distance, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Number Series, Number Systems, Surds and Indices, Permutations and Combinations, Mixtures, Averages, and Alligations, Probability, Mensuration, Time and Work, Data Interpretation, Caselets, Charts and Graphs
3 General Awareness Important government programs and schemes, awards and honors, new schemes of central and state government, sports, books and authors, country and capitals, currencies and countries, thermal and nuclear power stations, banking terms and abbreviations, etc.
4(a) English Language Reading Comprehension, Parajumbles, Cloze Test, Fill the Banks, Vocabulary Usage, Sentence Joining, etc.
4(b) Hindi Language व्याकरण – वर्तनी, वाक्य, नियमों के सेट सक्रिय निष्क्रिय आवाज, अप्रत्यक्ष प्रत्यक्ष भाषण, लेख, पूर्वसर्ग, वाक्यांशों और मुहावरों, वाक्य सुधार, खोलना त्रुटि प्रश्न, एक शब्द प्रतिस्थापन, रिक्त स्थान को भरना
शब्दावली – पदबंधों , समानार्थी शब्द, विलोम, वाक्य पूरा , शब्द गठन
5 Computer Knowledge Basics of Computer, Hardware & Software (MS Office), DBMS, Networking, Internet, Commonly Used Shortcuts on MS Office (Word), Input/Output Devices, Important Abbreviations

IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) 2018 Reasoning Topic-wise Tips

Syllogisms

  • Start by gaining a clear idea of the question. Syllogisms are all about understanding the statements.
  • Identify what all might be true and what is true (in terms of statements)
  • Venn diagrams are quite important and hence when used correctly will help you solve those questions.

Check out this video on Syllogisms

Inequalities

  • Start with simple inequalities or direct inequalities. They are simple if you are comfortable with the basic mathematical rules.
  • Coded inequalities are difficult, so care must be taken with the coding part of those questions.
  • Having said that, it can be quite manageable with adequate effort and practice.

Here is a video on Inequalities — 

Arrangements

  • Linear seating arrangements may be easier than circular seating arrangements, but practice needs to be thorough for both although circular seating arrangement problems need more effort.
  • Diagrams are essential and you must not start writing or drawing unless you have a diagram ready. Start with a line for linear or circle for circular seating arrangement, followed by addition of the details to the diagram for added illustration.

Here is a video on linear arrangements — 

Data Sufficiency

  • Questions can be asked in any form — charts, graphs, tables, etc.
  • Data sufficiency questions can be the most time-consuming questions, so practice all types of data sufficiency questions to ensure you are familiar with all of them.

Here is a video on the most common Data Sufficiency questions — 

Those are some of the most challenging topics in the Reasoning section of IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I), but following those tips can help you score higher. As an added material —

  1. If you have more questions – Check out the IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) FAQs.
  2. Wondering about the job profile of a IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I? Check the IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) Job Profile 
  3. Are you eligible to write the IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I examinations? Find out at IBPS RRB Officer (Scale-I) Eligibility Criteria
  4. What is the IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I exam pattern? Check it out here at IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Exam Pattern

All the Best!

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