I hope you are already aware that IBPS has issued notification requesting applications for RRB Officer (I,II and III) and Office Assistant for the year 2015-16. If you are interested (which is why you are here right? 😀 ) you can apply online through IBPS website link from 08 July to 28th July 2015.
Follow the link if you have not read the complete notification – IBPS RRB Recruitment notification.
Though IBPS CWE/Clerk and SBI PO recruitment exams have been changed to a two tier exam system (preliminary screening followed by a mains exam), no such changes has been done in the IBPS RRB exam pattern (officer and office assistant).
There is however a tiny change that now you can opt for either English or Hindi as a language proficiency test.
IBPS RRB Syllabus – Officers
With lakhs of hopeful aspirants appearing for the IBPS RRB exam every year, it is important (very very important) for you to have a thorough knowledge of the syllabus and also the exam pattern.
IBPS RRB Officer exam has written (online) paper consisting of 5 sections with a total of 200 marks and a time allotment of 120 minutes or 2 hours.
IBPS RRB syllabus and pattern of the 5 sections are mentioned below:
The reasoning section in IBPS RRB section is of high level. It will have 40 questions carrying a total of 50 marks.
The topics usually covered under this section are: Verbal Reasoning, Alphabet test, Mathematical operations, Odd man out, classification, blood relations,syllogism, coding-decoding, causes effect, analysis, sitting arrangements,statement and conclusion, decision making, puzzle, assertion and reasoning, word formation, series. (Few other changes may be included from time to time.)
This section needs thorough preparation especially with the sitting arrangement kind of questions, but once you get the hang of it reason can prove to high scoring.
Try not to spend too much time on one question. A rough 35-40 mins should be targeted for solving 45 questions (its great if you can solve more 😀 )
Again of high level. This section will have 40 questions carrying 50 marks.
The topics usually are: Number system, LCM-HCF, Number series, Decimal Fractions, partnership, Simple/compound Interest, time distance and speed, time and work, profit and loss, percentage, permutation combination, Data Interpretation.
Data interpretation can comfortably be said to be the most important as it carries maximum number of questions (average of 10-15 marks). It includes questions on Pie charts, bar graphs, line graphs etc. and would require you to calculate real fast. Which means you have to practise much before the exam.
General Awareness (with special reference to banking industry)
Moderate to high level. 40 questions carrying 40 marks. Smart strategy is most important here. You can’t know everything, but you can try to memorise the important stuff.
Give special attention to economic news and current affairs of India and to world at large. You should be aware of the Banking terms e.g Repo rate. Rev. Repo, CRR, CAR, LAF etc and know the effects when they are increased or decreased etc.
(*From this year on, there is an option for opting either for English or Hindi as a language proficiency test)
Moderate to high level. 40 questions carrying 40 marks.
Topics in this section: comprehension (you can expect at least 2), jumbled sentence (time consuming unless you practice), fill in the blanks, idioms and phrases,synonyms antonyms, spelling check, spot the error in a sentence, one word substitution.
Basic level. This section will have 40 questions for 20 marks.
The idea here is to test your basic knowledge of computer operating system, MS Office, software and hardware, basic knowledge of Internet and networking system.
IBPS RRB Syllabus – Assistants
The syllabus for IBPS Assistants paper is almost the same. It differs from the officers exam mainly by the difficulty level of the questions asked. Assistant paper questions are comparatively easier than the PO paper.
All of you who aspire to join the banking industry need to put in sincere efforts as every year the number of candidate are increasing exponentially and the competition is getting tougher by every passing year.
Also now that you are aware of the IBPS RRB syllabus, go through our post on IBPS RRB exam pattern 2015 for more details.