IBPS RRB Topic-wise Weightage | Office Assistant & Officers Scale I

IBPS has released the notification for IBPS RRB Officers and Office Assistants notification 2021. The vacancies have been revised for both PO and clerk twice by now increasing the vacancies for in few states. As we inch closer to the prelims, it is time to boost your exam preparations and set clear targets in terms of topics you will target. Prelims exam is all about Speed and Accuracy and you need a clear view of IBPS RRB topic-wise weightage. To help you with that, we are here with and analysis of the number of questions asked in all topics asked in IBPS RRB PO and Clerk exam over the last few years. To get a clear idea of the exam pattern, use the link below to take a free mock test.

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IBPS RRB Prelims Exam Pattern

Before we move to topic wise details, here is a tabular representation of the IBPS RRB PO and clerk exam pattern.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant & Officer Scale 1 Prelims Exam Pattern

SectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Reasoning4040
Quantitative Aptitude4040
Total8080

Keynote: A composite time of 45 minutes will be given to complete the test.

IBPS RRB Topic-wise Weightage | Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude of IBPS RRB consist of 40 questions carrying 1 mark each. There is no sectional timing and candidates need to solve 40 questions from reasoning ability along with 40 questions in quantitative ability in 45 minutes. In this section, we’ll have a look at the topic- wise weightage of quantitative aptitude section. Having a clear understanding of the major topics in quant is vital to score well in this section. Later in the blog, we’ll have the year wise analysis of topics and number of questions asked in reasoning ability as well.

Topic-wise WeightageQuantitative Aptitude | IBPS RRB PO Prelims

IBPS RRB PO prelims is conducted in multiple shifts and the topics of question asked vary with different shifts and days. The table below shows all the topics asked in multiple shifts / days in a particular year of IBPS RRB PO Prelims since 2017.

Topics2020201920182017Level
Data Interpretation10-1510-1510-1510-15Easy to Moderate
Quadratic Equation5555Easy
Number Series5555Easy
Quantity 1 and Quantity 2 based inequality5Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency5Easy
Approximation5555Easy to Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems10-1510-1510-1510-15Easy to Moderate
A total of 40 questions are formed using these topics in different shifts.

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Topic-wise Weightage Quantitative Aptitude | IBPS RRB Clerk Prelims

Just like IBPS RRB PO prelims, the clerk prelims is also conducted in multiple shifts and the topics of question asked vary with different shifts and days. The table below shows all the topics asked in multiple shifts / days in a particular year of IBPS RRB Clerk Prelims since 2018.

Topic202020192018
DI101010
Arithmetic10-1510-1510-15
Quadratic Equation555
Number Series555
Simplification101010-15
Data Sufficiency555

Important Quantitative Aptitude Topics

The most common quant topics asked in IBPS RRB are –

  • Arithmetic: Each year, 10-15 questions are asked form of word problems based on
    • Time and Work
    • Time, Distance, and Speed
    • Age
    • Profit, Loss, and Discount
    • SI / CI
    • Partnerships
    • Mixture and Allegation
    • Averages, Ratio and Averages
    • Pipes and Cisterns
    • Boat and Streams 
  • Data Interpretation:
    • About 10-15 questions are asked from DI based on:
      • Table
      • Bar Graph
      • Pie Chart 
      • Line Chart
      • Caselet
      • Missing DI etc.
    • Your strong concepts of Average, Ratio & Proportion, and Percentage will come in handy here.
    • Most common DI that can be asked in prelims are Tabular DI, Bar, Line graphs and Pie Charts. Time-consuming DI like Mixed, Caselets, and Missing DI are less likely a topic for prelims.
  • Approximation or simplification
    • Expect 5 questions from approximation
    • You’ll need decent calculation speed and accuracy to get these done quickly.
    • Multiplication tables till 20, squares till 25, cube till 15 and value of fractions till 1/15 will be handy.
    • Stick to BODMAS rule.
  • Number Series:
    • Two types of number series questions are asked in IBPS RRB prelims, missing number series or wrong number series.
    • 5 questions are asked from either of these.
    • A few of the most common number series are:
      • Prime Number pattern
      • Multiplication pattern 
      • Square pattern
      • Cube pattern
      • Arithmetic Progression pattern 
      • Addition/Subtraction pattern
      • Combination of the above-mentioned pattern
  • Quadratic Equations:
    • Root comparison, finding the relationship between roots of the quadratic equations are few important topics asked.
    • 5 questions are expected from this topic.

IBPS RRB Prelims – Common Topics in Quantitative Aptitude + Weightage

TopicWeightage (PO)Weightage (Clerk)
Number Series5 Questions5 Questions
Approximation5 Questions10 Questions
Quadratic Equation5 Questions5 Questions
Data Interpretation10-15 Questions10-15 Questions
Arithmetic10-15 Questions10-15 Questions

IBPS RRB Topic-wise Weightage | Reasoning Ability

The reasoning section is also comprised of 40 questions in both IBPS RRB Officer Assistant and Officer Scale 1 Prelims exam. Practice the following topics to score well in this section.

Topic-wise WeightageReasoning Ability | IBPS RRB PO Prelims

IBPS RRB PO prelims is conducted in multiple shifts and the topics of question asked vary with different shifts and days. The table below shows all the topics asked in multiple shifts / days in a particular year of IBPS RRB PO Prelims since 2017.

Topic2020201920182017
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement20-2520-2520-2520-25
Direction distance332-32-3
Alphabet Test222
Coding Decoding5555
Inequality5555
Syllogism5555
Blood Relation2-32-332-3
Alphanumeric Test2-32-32-32-3
Order Ranking3-43-43-53-4
Number Arrangement1-21-21-22
Miscellaneous2222
A total of 40 questions are formed using these topics in different shifts.

Topic-wise WeightageReasoning Ability | IBPS RRB Clerk Prelims

Just like IBPS RRB PO prelims, the clerk prelims is also conducted in multiple shifts and the topics of question asked vary with different shifts and days. The table below shows all the topics asked in multiple shifts / days in a particular year of IBPS RRB Clerk Prelims since 2018.

Topics202020192018
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement15-2015-2015-20
Syllogism53-53-5
Inequality544
Coding Decoding515
Direction Sense33
Word Formation1
Pairing1
Number Series555
Alpha-Numeric series54
A total of 40 questions are formed using these topics in different shifts.

Important Reasoning Ability Topics

  • Seating Arrangements & Puzzles – Puzzles forms 50% question at times in IBPS RRB prelims exam. Candidates can expect a minimum of 15 questions, i.e 3 puzzles and seating arrangement questions.
    • These topics are:
      • Linear, 2 Row, Circular, Square seating arrangement
      • Floor based puzzles
      • Scheduling – Day/Week/Year/Date/Time
      • Tabulation
  • Inequality – 5 Direct inequalities are asked constantly, but candidates must solve problems based on coded inequalities as well.
  • Coding-Decoding – 5 language-based coding-decoding / Chinese coding questions are asked in IBPS RRB PO and Clerk prelims.
  • Syllogism – 4-5 syllogism questions can be expected in IBPS RRB prelims. Candidates should prepare equally well for new pattern, i.e., Only/Only a few and traditional syllogism questions. Hone your set theory skills for this topic.
  • Alphanumeric Series / Alphabet Test – 5 questions are from this topic. Practice questions based on alphanumeric and alphabet. Memorizing the positions of alphabet forward and backwards ahead of the exam will be a time saver.
  • Miscellaneous – Apart from the topics mentioned above, 5-7 miscellaneous questions can be asked from the following reasoning topics.
Topic Expected Questions 
Blood Relations2-3 
Direction and Distance 2-3
Order and Ranking1-2
Pairing, Word Formation1-2
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IBPS RRB Prelims – Common Topics in Reasoning + Weightage

TopicWeightage (Clerk)Weightage (PO)
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement15-20 questions20-25 questions
Inequalities3-5 questions5 questions
Coding-Decoding5 questions5 questions
Syllogisms3-5 questions5 questions
Direction & Distances2-3 questions3 questions
Verbal Reasoning / Misc3 questions5 questions

RRB PO Prelims – Good Attempts

SubjectGood Attempts 2020Good Attempts 2019Good Attempts 2018
Reasoning Ability29-3128-3327-32
Quantitative Aptitude27-2924-2720-25
Total56-6056-6151-56

RRB Clerk Prelims – Good Attempts

SectionsGood Attempts 2020Good Attempts 2019Good Attempts 2018
Reasoning Ability35-3634-3534-36
Quantitative Aptitude30-3332-3531-33
Overall69-7268-7067-69

That’s all we have in this blog, where we have discussed the topic wise weightage in IBPS RRB prelims. The table mentioned above are based on previous year memory based questions. We recommend candidates to take free full, sectional and topic tests to practice different types of questions.

IBPS RRB Topic-wise WeightageFAQs

What are the sections of IBPS RRB Prelims exam?

IBPS RRB Prelims Exam For Officer Scale I And Office Assistant Contains Questions From Reasoning And Numerical Ability.

Is there any requirement of proficiency in local language for IBPS RRB Office Assistant post?

Yes. All the candidates who are appearing for IBPS RRB Office Assistant post, should have proficiency in the local language.

Is there any sectional IBPS RRB cutoff?

Yes, there is a sectional cut off in the IBPS RRB exam.

How many questions will be asked in the IBPS RRB exam 2021?

A total of 80 questions will be asked in the IBPS RRB Prelims exam, while 200 questions will be asked in the Mains. However, candidates appearing for Office 2 (Stage II – Specialist Cadre) will be asked 240 questions in the Mains exam. These questions will be asked in MCQ format.

What are the important topics of Quantitative Aptitude in IBPS RRB PO Exam?

The important topics of Quantitative Aptitude in IBPS RRB PO 2021 Exam:
Simplification/Approximation
Number Series
Quadratic Equations
Data Interpretation
Arithmetic

What are the important topics of Reasoning Ability in IBPS RRB PO 2021 Exam?

The important topics of Reasoning Ability in IBPS RRB PO 2021 Exam:
Syllogism
Inequality
Coding-Decoding
Miscellaneous


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