IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis

The IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis will help candidates appearing for the post of Officer Scale I in various Regional Rural Banks of the country to understand the exam pattern and the standard of exam in a clear manner.

The IBPS RRB PO prelims 2019 was conducted on August 4th, 2019 and candidates shall get a detailed section-wise and overall exam review of the Officer Scale I prelims exam further below in this article.

Candidates who are looking forward to applying for the IBPS RRB 2020 exam can refer to the linked article for more information regarding the examination.

While the IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis helped you understand the exam pattern well. Solving the Free Online IBPS RRB Mock Test Series will help you score more in the examination.

Also, refer to the links given below and prepare yourself for the upcoming Officer Scale I exam 2020:

The exam analysis from the previous year paper will help candidates preparing for the upcoming IBPS RRB PO exam understand the exam well.

The IBPS RRB Officer Scale I preliminary exam is tentatively scheduled to be conducted between August 1st and 16th, 2020. Candidates can refer to the exam review given in this article and prepare themselves accordingly for the exam.

Given below is the IBPS RRB PO exam pattern for the 2020 examination:

IBPS RRB PO Exam Pattern
Subject Number of Questions  Time Duration
Reasoning Ability 40 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40

Refer to the IBPS RRB syllabus and ensure that sufficient time is spent for preparing each topic under both the sections. 

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IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Exam Analysis – Prelims

The IBPS RRB PO Prelims exam was conducted on August 4, 2019 in four shifts. Given below is the overall IBPS RRB Officer scale I preliminary exam review for the four shifts along with the number of good attempts:

IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis – Overall (August 4, 2019)
Good Attempt Level of Exam
Shift 1 54-60 Moderate
Shift 2 56-61 Easy to Moderate
Shift 3 59-64 Moderate
Shift 4 56-59 Easy to Moderate

The overall level of exam was between easy to moderate and the accuracy and speed of candidates played a very important part in analysing the overall performance and standard of examination.

Candidates can also check the IBPS RRB PO Mains Exam Analysis for their reference and earn more about the Officer Scale I exam. 

IBPS RRB PO Section-wise Exam Analysis

To qualify any IBPS exam, it is important for a candidate to know that they not just have to secure the overall cut off declared by the conducting body but also need to attain the minimum qualifying marks for each section.

Similarly, for a candidate to qualify the IBPS RRB Officer Scale I prelims exam, he/she needs to qualify the sectional cut off as well.

Interested candidates can check the IBPS RRB cut off for prelims and mains exam , along with the sectional cut off at the linked article.

Given below is the section-wise IBPS RRB PO exam analysis for the prelims exam conducted on August 4, 2019:

IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis – Section-wise (August 4, 2019)
Section-wise Good Attempts
Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude
Shift 1 27-32 23-26
Shift 2 28-33 24-27
Shift 3 23-34 22-28
Shift 4 27-32 21-24

The prelims exam is only qualifying in nature and the marks scored at this phase of examination are not calculated for the final merit. The candidates who qualify for the prelims are further shortlisted for the mains examination. 

The syllabus for most of the bank exams is almost the same. So, candidates can also check the detailed, section-wise bank exam syllabus to prepare themselves for the upcoming IBPS RRB recruitment.

IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis – Reasoning Ability

The reasoning ability section is one of the most scoring sections in the various bank exams and the Regional Rural bank exam is no exception. 

The overall difficulty level of the reasoning ability section for the prelims exam was moderate and candidates could easily attempt at least 25-30 questions out of 40 in all the four shifts.

Given below is the IBPS RRB PO exam analysis for the reasoning ability section based on the overall level of questions in all the four shifts combined together.

The table below shows the topics from which questions were majorly asked in the prelims examination in all the for shifts combined together, along with the number of questions asked from those topics:

IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis – Reasoning Ability 
Topics Number of questions
Puzzles & Seating Arrangement 20-23
Syllogism 4-5
Blood Relations 3-4
Inequalities 2-3
Coding Decoding 5
Alphanumeric Series 2-3
Direction Test 2-3
Order and Ranking 3-4

The puzzles and seating arrangement questions asked consisted of:

  • Square Based Puzzle (8 people)
  • Linear Arrangement (9 people)
  • Box Based (11 people)
  • Age Based Puzzle
  • Circular Seating (Facing inside and outside)
  • 9 months based puzzle
  • Parallel Seating Arrangement (12 people)

Aspirants can look for the logical reasoning syllabus at the linked article.

To know more about the IBPS RRB PO result, steps to check it and important dates, candidates can visit the linked article.

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IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis – Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative aptitude section comes out as one of the toughest sections in the bank exams and candidates need to prepare themselves accordingly for this section. 

The quantitative aptitude section in the prelims exam for IBPS RRB PO was moderate, with not much complicated questions asked in this section.

The table given below gives the IBPS RRB PO prelims exam review for the quantitative section with respect to the questions asked in all the four shifts combined together. The topics along with the number of questions asked have been given:

IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis – Quantitative Aptitude
Topics Number of Questions
Data Interpretation 12-15
Quadratic Equation 4-5
Missing Number Series 5
Approximation 5-6
Data Sufficiency 4-5
Word Problems (Simple & Compound Interest, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Speed & Distance, Pipes & Cistern, Partnership, Age Problems, Boat & Stream and SI & CI) 15-17

Overall the paper was lengthy but candidates could attempt at least 24-31 questions in the quantitative aptitude section.

Candidates must note that the Regional Rural Bank Exam is one of the most sought after exams in the country and joining the banking sector as a Probationary Officer in RRB is a dream for many. 

Candidates with questions regarding the posting or the list of RRBs in India can check the linked article.

For information regarding the various other Bank PO exams, candidates can visit the linked article and know more about the job profile, responsibilities and recruitment details for other Probationary Officers exam.

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Frequently Asked Questions on IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Analysis

Q 1. Which subjects are included in the IBPS RRB PO prelims exam?

Ans. The IBPS RRB PO or the Officer Scale I prelims exam comprises two sections: reasoning ability and quantitative aptitude with 40 questions from each section.

Q 2. Was the reasoning ability section tough in the IBPS RRB PO prelims exam 2019?

Ans. The reasoning ability section was easy to moderate in level for the IBPS RRB PO prelims exam 2019.

Q 3. Is there Interview for the IBPS RRB Officer Scale I exam?

Ans. Yes, there is an Interview phase for the IBPS RRB Officer Scale I selection process.

Q 4. What is the time duration for the IBPS RRB PO prelims exam?

Ans. A composite time of 45 minutes is provided to the candidate to solve the 80 questions in the IBPS RRB PO prelims exam.

Q 5. What is the IBPS RRB PO exam?

Ans. The IBPS RRB PO exam is conducted to recruit Officers in Scale I in the various Regional Rural Banks of the country.

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