IBPS RRB PO 2018 Main Examination

The online IBPS RRB Officers Main examination held on 30th Sep 2018 was moderate in terms of difficulty level, according to test takers.

While the Reasoning and English Sections were moderate, the Quant section was time-consuming. The GA section was ranged between easy and moderate, and the one on Computers can be tagged as easy.

A snap shot of the said exam is given below:

Test Area No. of questions Max Marks Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 40 Qs 50 120 Mins
Reasoning Ability 40 Qs 50
English Language 40 Qs 40
General Awareness 40 Qs 40
Computer Knowledge 40 Qs 20
Total 200 200

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section can be rated as moderate and lengthy.

The questions on DI were time-consuming. Individual questions in this section were drawn from topics like Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Averages, Mixtures and Alligation, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Probability etc. Most of these questions were reportedly tricky and required an in-depth knowledge of concepts to solve them. The 5 questions on Data Sufficiency were moderate with regard to level difficulty. There were 5 questions on Quadratic comparisons too, which were relatively easier to work out.

Test Area No. of questions
Data Interpretation (Table, Bar Graph, Pie Chart & Caselet) 20
Individual Questions (Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Averages, Mixtures & Alligation, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Probability) 10
Data Sufficiency (2 Statements) 5
Quadratic Comparisons 5

Reasoning Ability:

This section can be given a moderate tag, from feedback received by our students.

The emphasis here was on puzzles, which were challenging. Questions on Critical Reasoning and Input-Output can be assigned a moderate level of diffciulty. The Data Sufficiency topic posed questions with a moderate level of difficulty.

Test Area No. of questions Max Marks
Puzzles (Linear Arrangement with Blood Relation, Distribution, Quant based Reasoning with Distribution, 2 Row arrangement with distribution) 20 Moderate
Input - Output 5 Moderate
Direction Sense 5 Easy
Data Sufficiency ( 2 Statements) 3 Moderate
Critical Reasoning 5 Moderate
Miscellaneous (Word Formation, Sequence) 2 Easy

English Language:

This section was moderate in terms of difficulty level. There was a single RC passage from which ten questions were posed. The Cloze passage comprised 8 blanks. There were 5 one-blank Fill in the blank questions, and 5 on Sentence Rearrangement. Error Identification presented a total of 10 questions on, out of which 5 were the commonly asked traditional ones, while the other 5 were presented in a novel form. One sentence with four words in bold was given, and the aspirant was expected to pick the contextually inappropriate word from among them.

Test Area No. of questions
Reading Comprehension 10
Fill in the blanks (one sentence with one blank) 5
Cloze Test 8
Sentence Rearrangement 5
Error Identification (five conventional types and five related to word usage) 10
Miscellaneous 2

General Awareness:

As reported by our students, about 60 % – 70 % of the questions asked here were typically drawn from topics related to Current Affairs and Banking Awareness. Questions on Current Affairs were based on events organised in the months of April, May and June, or ones that took place during this period.

Computer Knowledge:

Questions in this section dealt with Acronyms, MS Office, Networking, Operating System, Internet, Computer Architecture etc.