IBPS RRB Topper’s Strategy | Strategy To Clear IBPS RRB PO and Clerk 2021

Toppers Strategy IBPS RRB PO & Clerk – Shweta Dwivedi, who has successfully cleared the IBPS RRB Officer and Office Assistant 2020 exam, shares her preparation strategy in this session to help you clear IBPS RRB 2021 at the very first go. We’ll also have a look at the preparation tips and ways to stay motivated during preparation. So let’s get to it.

Toppers Strategy To Clear IBPS RRB 2021 | Shweta Dwivedi

Let’s start with the most important traits that you should inculcate before and during your preparation for bank exams like IBPS RRB PO and clerk. All successful candidates suggest that the below-mentioned attributes have helped them get past most obstacles while preparing, and they are –

  • Hard Work
  • Consistency
  • Honesty
  • Positivity

And now you can go ahead and check the exam pattern for IBPS RRB PO and Clerk. We have given the exam pattern below for reference.

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern

Office Assistants

IBPS Assistant Preliminary Exam Pattern

The prelims exam is only eliminating in nature. The prelims score is not included in the selection process. Only the candidates who clear this stage are eligible for Mains. Here is the section wise break down of the exam pattern of office assistant exam. Candidates need to solve 80 questions in 45 minutes time.

Numerical Ability4040

IBPS Assistant Mains Exam Pattern

Unlike the prelims, the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam is decisive in nature and the selection is done based on the marks scored in mains only. The mains paper is consists of 5 sections with 40 questions each. Candidates get 120 minutes to solve 200 objective type questions.

Reasoning Paper4050
General Awareness Paper4040
Numerical Ability Paper4050
English/Hindi Language Paper4040
Computer Knowledge4020

No interview is required after the Mains Exam to get selected for the post of Office Assistant.

Officers Scale-I

IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Pattern

Just like Office Assistants are assessed for Quant and Reasoning aptitude in the IBPS RRB PO prelims. Candidates can expect a higher difficulty level in PO Prelims. Candidates need to solve 80 questions in 45 minutes time.

Name of TestsMedium of ExamNo. of Ques.Maximum Marks
Quantitative AptitudeBilingual4040
Total 8080

Note: Candidates have to qualify in both the tests by securing minimum cut-off. Candidates will be qualified based on the number appearing and the vacancies released

IBPS RRB PO Mains Exam Pattern

This included 5 sections with 40 questions each and a time duration of 2 hours. The sections and distribution of marks are mentioned below. Candidates can opt either 4 a or 4 b.

Sr. No.Name of TestsMedium of ExamNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
2.Computer Knowledge4020
3.General Awareness4040
4.a.English LanguageEnglish4040
4.b.Hindi LanguageHindi4040
5Quantitative Aptitude4050
 Total 200200

How To Prepare for IBPS RRB Prelims | Toppers Strategy

As we saw, the prelims exam pattern consists of 80 questions to be attempted in 45 minutes. Many candidates get worried about the less time period given the time-consuming topics of quantitative and reasoning aptitude. But this is true for all. Every candidate get the same amount of time and the normalization make the playing field even for all.

1. Don’t waste a time thinking about the time constrains and jump start your preparation.

2. Bring hard yet “smart” work to your preparation strategy. To do this, start taking mock tests from day 1 of your preparation. You can’t sideline mocks if you want to get selected. Here is how mocks help you.

  • Mocks play a very important role in selection of all toppers.
  • They help you in choice of questions while attempting and decide your sequence.
  • They help in increasing your speed.

3. As you take your first few mock tests, you might end up scoring less in the beginning, but as you analyse your weak and strong points there will be an increase in the overall score.

4. As the notification is out, do not go for learning new topics now. Rather, focus on topics that you are good at and practice your way up to solving these topics in the shortest possible time. Make sure you attempt enough topics to clear the cut-off with ease. IBPS RRB Clerk cut-offs are slightly higher than that of PO prelims, indicating that the difficulty level of PO prelims is slightly tougher compared to clerk prelims

5. Keep an accuracy of 90-95% during the mock tests. We recommend going through the solutions of previously attempted mock tests and then attempt a new one.

Shweta’s Preparation Strategy

As our topper started her preparation for Prelims, Mains exam was on her radar as well. Your positive approach is required in this duration. Prelims can be considered the main competition, as most of the candidates don’t make the cut. But your prelim’s preparation should be in such a way that you are certain to sit for the mains exam. So there should be a dedicated preparation for this stage. Here is our topper’s preparation strategy –

  • Mainly focused on Mock tests for Prelims along with regular practice of sectional and topic tests on a daily basis.
  • Used her spare time to prepare GA notes for Mains exam, honed her banking awareness and current affairs.
  • Took 2-3 weekly IBPS RRB Mains mock test while preparing for prelims to practice Mains level questions of concurrent topics in pre and mains.
  • Relied more on self study as it helped her explore more concepts and devote quality time solving questions on her own.

Getting Over the Negativity While Preparing

Concerns like stiff competition, less vacancy, high cut-off, and aspirants working harder than you can give aspirants nightmares. But what should actually go through your thoughts are the following facts –

  • You have to fight for 1 vacancy only, i.e. your own selection.
  • You don’t need to worry about lesser vacancy as all you need is 1 seat.
  • And when you carry a positive attitude, you’ll be able to give your best.

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Tips to crack IBPS RRB exam by Toppers

Given below are the tips and tricks shared by toppers to crack IBPS RRB exam.

TopperPreparation tips and strategy 
Aman Srivastava | IBPS RRB PO 20201. Always focus on your goal and always stick to your plan.
2. Never change your strategy and just believe in yourself.
3. Keep calm and stay away from negative things.
Amandeep Sharma | IBPS & RRB PO, JK Bank PO & Associate 20201. Make a proper timetable and follow it strictly.
2. One should rely on smart work along with hard work.
3. Consistency is also one important aspect.
4. One shouldn’t take long breaks from studies as it breaks one’s momentum.
5. One should analyze his weak areas and work on them too.
Sutapa Roy | Cleared IBPS and RRB PO 20201. Keep patience and never give up.
2. Make a proper daily schedule covering all subjects.
Pronab Banik | IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 2020 1. You can do it only if you really want to do it!
2. Always stay happy and never doubt yourself if you know you are doing the right for a better future.

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Topper Strategy IBPS RRB – FAQs

What is the ideal time to begin IBPS RRB preparation?

Candidates must start preparing for IBPS RRB exam a year in advance.

How many IBPS RRB mocks should I take?

Candidates are recommended to take as many IBPS RRB mocks as they can.

How to prepare for IBPS RRB GA?

To prepare for the IBPS RRB GA section, candidates should follow newspapers and refer to current affairs ebooks.

Is IBPS RRB mock test better than solving previous years’ question papers?

It is equally important to solve both IBPS RRB mock tests and previous years’ question papers.

Can I prepare for IBPS RRB exam without coaching?

Yes, candidates can prepare for IBPS RRB exam without coaching. This required dedication and determination.

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