RRB PO Officer (Scale I) 2019 Prelim Exam Analysis held on 4th Aug (All Slots)

It has been reported that the online RRB Officer (Scale I) Prelim examination held on 4th August 2019 was of moderate difficulty level. A similar trend was observed for exams held across all slots.

A snap shot of the prelim exam is given below.

Duration of the Exam 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 Qs
Reasoning Ability 40 Qs
Total Number of Qs 80 Qs

An analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below.

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section, on the whole, has been tagged as 'Moderate'.

  • There were 10 - 17 questions on Data Interpretation spread across slots. These questions involved calculations and were of moderate level of difficulty .
  • There were 5 questions on Number Series(all slots) which were easy to solve.
  • The individual questions varied from 10 to 14 in number across different slots. These questions were lengthy and calculations based.
  • In some of the slots, there were 5 questions on Quadratic Comparisons whereas in other slots, questions on Approximations were given instead of questions from Quadratic Comparisons.
  • In one of the slots there were 5 questions on Data Sufficiency (2 Statements).
Topic Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3 Slot 4
Data Interpretation 10(Bar Graph, Table) 16 (Table, Line Graph, Caselet) 16 -17 (Table, Line Graph, Caselet) 15 (Two sets on Bar Graph, Caselet)
Number Series 5 (Missing No) 6 (Missing No) 5 (Missing No) 9 (Wrong No)
Individual Questions (Ages, Ratio, Time & Work,
Time & Distance,
Averages, Mixtures &
Alligations, Percentages, Profit & Loss,
Partnership, Simple &
Compound Interest and Mensuration)
14 12 13 - 14 10
Approximations 5 6
Quadratic Comparisons 6 6
Data Sufficiency(2 Stmts) 5

Reasoning Ability:

This section, on the whole, has been tagged as 'Easy'.

There were 20 to 25 questions on Puzzles and some of these questions can be labelled ‘moderate’ in terms of the level of difficulty. Questions on Coding-Decoding, Symbols and Notations, Coding-Decoding and Deductions were easy to crack. There were 3 to 5 questions each on Blood Relations and Direction Sense.

Questions on puzzles were based on – Linear Arrangement (unknown no. of persons, 9 persons facing North, 8 persons etc..), Circular Arrangement (8 persons; all facing inside; some facing inside & some facing outside etc..), Months & Dates based, Age based, Square Arrangement, Distributions, comparisons (Heights, Weights etc..)

Topic Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3 Slot 4
Analytical Puzzles 22 25 20 22
Deductions 5 5 5
Symbols and Notations 5 4
Blood Relations 5 5 3
Direction Sense 3 5
Coding-Decoding 5 5 5
Data Sufficiency
Miscellaneous (Letter Arrangement, Word formation, Sequence etc..) 3 2 3 3

Overall, the paper can be rated slightly difficult as compared to the same exam that was conducted in 2018.