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IBPS RRB 2018 | Toppers’ Time & Question Selection Strategy

The IBPS RRB Officer Scale I and Office Assistant prelims exams are just around the corner. We hope you are taking enough mock tests and moving towards a rock solid preparation. In this article, we bring to you toppers’ time strategy for the IBPS RRB exams. We will also provide a step by step process to make your perfect exam attempt or question selection strategyThis will help you understand how much time should be allocated to a particular section and how to go about attempting the paper.

We will look at the exam pattern and IBPS RRB toppers time strategy for both Officer Scale I and the Office Assistant exams. So, read along!

How is the IBPS RRB toppers time strategy estimated?

We check the toppers'(Top 5% or >95%ile) time allocation and the time strategy given in the following sections is based on an average of how much time they spent. The IBPS RRB time strategy captures what some of the toppers on Oliveboard tests are doing on their IBPS RRB tests in terms of their time allocation across sections. 

How to use this toppers’ time strategy?

Based on your strengths & weaknesses, you can change this to suit your strategy. Use this only as a guideline if you are unsure of your allocation. If you have a better time strategy that is working for you, continue using the same and you need not deviate. Only practice will help you develop a strategy that works for you. 

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Why is having a time and question selection strategy for IBPS RRB Exam, so important?

The IBPS RRB exams pose a unique challenge to the test-takers. There are 80 questions to be solved in a mere 45 mins. Thus, time allocation and question selection are of utmost importance to maximize your scores!

IBPS RRB | Exam Pattern | Toppers’ Time Strategy

The following table gives you the toppers time allocation strategy. Use this time strategy as a guide. If you already have a strategy that works well for you, stick to it. If you don’t, adopt this one and see your performance in IBPS RRB Mock Tests. Analyze your performance and based on your knowledge of your weak and strong areas tweak the time that you spend on each section.

IBPS RRB Exams | Toppers Time Strategy
Section Questions Marks Time Toppers’ Time Strategy
Reasoning  40 40 45 minutes 21 minutes
Numerical Ability 40 40 24 minutes

Read IBPS RRB Toppers’ Preparation Strategy HERE

IBPS RRB | Question Selection OR Exam Attempt Strategy

With only 45 minutes to attempt a total of 80 question, knowing which question to attempt and which ones to skip can mark the difference between a successful attempt and a failed one. With about 12 days to go for the IBPS RRB exams, one of the best ways to refine or work on your exam attempt strategy is to take IBPS RRB Mock Tests.

Following is a step-by-step procedure to make an exam attempt strategy that works for you.

Step 1: Take a mock test.

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Step 2: Analyze your performance. While analyzing, try to answer the following questions:

  • How much time did I spend on each section?
  • Which are my weak areas and which are my strengths?
  • Which are the questions where I spent more time than required?
  • Out of the above-mentioned questions, how many questions and from which topic did I solve and got correct?
  • In how many questions and from which topic, I took extra time and still got them wrong?
  • Could you identify the question correctly, i.e. attempted all easy and moderate ones and left out on the hard ones?

Step 3: Use the above inputs, to figure out which topics are strengths and which ones drag your performance down.

Step 4: Take the next mock test. While attempting this, solve the questions the questions that you are comfortable with, first. Use inputs from the analysis of your previous attempt.

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Step 5: Analyze again. See what improved and what changes need to be made in terms of time allocation and question selection. Keep repeating the process, till you are sure you have a strategy that makes sure that you ace the IBPS RRB exams!

Hope this helps. All The Best!


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