IBPS RRB 2016 (CWE V): Exam Process, Exam Pattern, Preparation Tips, and Topics to Focus

The IBPS RRB exam is an online exam conducted every year by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for the recruitment of assistants and officers in Regional Rural Banks (RRB).


Candidates with graduation degree can appear for this exam.

Difficulty Level:

Level of competition for government banking sector is getting tougher year-by-year. But, when compared to SBI PO and IBPS PO exam, IBPS RRB exam is quite easy to pass. This does not mean that you do not need a planned preparation. You increase your chances of getting shortlisted with focused preparation.

Exam Process:
The First Step in the exam process is an online preliminary exam, followed by main exam. Candidates may need to face a personal interview when appearing for the position of officers.
To get shortlisted candidates need to score minimum cut off marks in each section in pre exam, decided by IBPS to appear for the Main Exam. To get posted with the bank candidates need to score minimum cut off marks in Mains.

Exam Pattern:

  • IBPS RRB Preliminary Exam is of 45 minutes duration with 80 questions for 80 Marks.
    Mains Exam is of 2 hours duration for 200 Marks.
  • Pre Exam will include 40 questions from Reasoning and 40 questions from Quantitative Aptitude. Each question will be of 1 mark.
  • The Main Exam will include 40 Questions of different marks from each section; English/Hindi Language and General Awareness each of 40 marks, Reasoning of 50 marks, Computer Knowledge of 20 marks, and Quantitative Aptitude of 50 marks.
  • Candidates have to choose one language, either English Language or Hindi Language.
    The Exams include negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.

Candidates should focus on speed and accuracy. Guesstimates can lead to negative marking.
How to prepare to crack IBPS RRB exam

1. Reasoning sections is very scoring, as this includes maximum questions of comprehensive type reasoning. Give time to prepare this section.
2. Reasoning section could be a major game changer for you, as it includes 40 questions of 50 marks.
3. Aptitude can play a major role in increasing the marks you score. 40 questions of 50 marks, gives you a fair chance to score high in this exam. All you need is practice, speed and accuracy.
4. General Awareness is a sections which needs no calculation, if you are aware about current affairs, specially related to banking and finance sector, you can score well in this section.
5. To improve general awareness you must read daily newspaper, and magazines focused-on current affairs.
6. Computer Knowledge sections is an easy-to-score section because the syllabus is not vast. This a less time taking section which can get you 20 marks easily.
7. English/ Hindi Language section is another scoring section, you need to focus on comprehension, errors, and cloze test to score well. Mostly the exam include very long comprehension, so make a strategy to answer questions in less time.
8. Unlike all other sections that need calculation and solving skills, English/Hindi, Computer Knowledge and General Awareness help you score more marks in less time. So, don’t take these parts lightly, prepare them well and thrust me they will be very useful in scoring good marks.

Topics To Focus:
1. Statement and Conclusion
2. Seating Arrangements
3. Blood Relations
4. Data Sufficiency
5. Syllogism
6. Problem Solving
7. Tabulations

1. Number Series
2. Simple and Compound Interest
3. Decimal and Fractions
4. Time and Distance
5. charts
6. Profit and Loss
7. Missing Data Interpretation
8. Ratio and Proportion
9. Averages
10. Percentages

General Awareness:-
1. Banking & Finance Sector
2. Important dates
3. National and International Current news
4. New in Technology
5. Sports and Culture
English/ Hindi Language:-
1. Comprehension Passage
2. Sentence Improvement
3. Cloze Passage
4. Spot the Error
5. Parajumbles
6. Fill in the blanks

Computer Knowledge:-
1. Computer Fundamentals: Organization an generations of computers
2. MS Word/Excel and Power Point: Basic knowledge and shortcuts
3. Internet
5. Computer abbreviations
6. Input/output device
7. Memory Orientation
8. Modem

Tips to Crack IBPS RRB Exam 2016:

1. Purchase good books and study material for exam preparation.
2. Topic wise study, moving from easy to hard.
3. Daily practice of sections you are weak at, and revision of sections you find easy.
4. Reading newspapers like The Hindu, The Economic Times, and The Times of India daily to keep yourself updated on national and international current affairs.
5. Solve previous exam papers, this will give an idea of difficulty level of the questions.
6. Solve sample papers, to increase your speed and accuracy.
7. Appear for Mock Tests, this will give you feel of real exam, will help you analyse your exam preparation, and also helps you to decide a time management strategy for final exam.
8. Include exercise, yoga or meditation in your daily schedule.
9. Take proper diet and sleep.

Bottom Line:

Vince Lombardi has said “Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win.” So, if you want to taste success, don’t ever quit. No government exam is hard until you make it a goal.
Stay focused, prepare smart, and give your 100%. You will definitely reach your ultimate goal.