Analysis of IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2018 Main Examination

The online IBPS RRB Office Assistant Main examination held on 7th Oct 2018, was moderate in terms of difficulty level, according to test takers.

While the Reasoning and English Sections were run-of-the-mill, the Quant section was drawn-out and lengthy. The GA section was ranged between easy and moderate, and the one on Computers was tagged as uncomplicated.

A snap shot of the avove mentioned exam is given below:

Test Area No. of questions Max Marks Duration
Numerical Ability 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

An analysis of the above stated session, as reported by our students, is being presented for you below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section, though overall moderate, can be termed tedious.

The questions on DI were long-winded and time-consuming. Individual questions in this section were related to topics like Ratio, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures and Alligation, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Simple & Compound Interest, Numbers etc. Most of these questions were reportedly tricky and required a thorough knowledge of concepts to work them out. The 5 questions on Data Sufficiency were moderately difficult and hence, doable.

Test Area No. of questions
Data Interpretation (Table(Missing Data), Line Graph, 2 Pie Charts & Caselet) 20
Individual Questions (Ratio, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Averages, Mixtures & Alligation, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Probability) 15
Data Sufficiency (2 Statements) 5

Reasoning Ability:

This section can be tagged as moderate, a gauged from feedback received by our students.

The emphasis here was on puzzles, which were challenging. The Data Sufficiency topic posed questions which were also not of a very difficult nature.

Test Area No. of questions Max Marks
Puzzles (2 Row Arrangement with numbers, Circular Arrangement + Distribution with 6 persons, Distribution with 9 people, dates and months, Distribution + Comparisons, Floor Arrangement) 25 Moderate
Input - Output 1 Easy
Blood Relations 2 Easy to Moderate
Direction Sense (with 2 different persons) 4 Moderate
Data Sufficiency ( 2 Statements) 5 Moderate
Deductions 1 Easy
Coding – Decoding 1 Easy
Word Formation 1 Easy

English Language:

This section ranged between easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level. There was just one RC passage from which ten questions were asked. Vocabulary related synonym and antonym questions were two in number, but the surprise element thrown here was in the form of a single blank in some part of the passage. Candidates were expected to fill the gap with a suitable word from among the choices given. The Cloze passage comprised 8 blanks. There were 5 single blank questions Fill in the blank questions, and 5 on Para Formation. A total of ten questions were based on Error Identification type, of which 5 were the commonly asked conventional ones, while the other 5 were tweaked and made to appear like new. One sentence with four words in bold was given, and the aspirant was expected to pick the contextually inappropriate word from among them. This was similar to the pattetrn of questions observed in the RRB PO Main Exam 2018.

Test Area No. of questions
Reading Comprehension 10
Fill in the blanks (one sentence with one blank) 5
Cloze Test 8
Para Forming Questions 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. There were a few questions on Static GK as well.

Computer Knowledge:

Questions in this section were easy and revolved around Acronyms, MS Office, Networking, Operating System, Internet, Computer Architecture etc.