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IBPS RRB Assistant Prelims Examinations 2016: Last Minute Exam Preparation Tips


Dear Aspirants,

IBPS has notified a recruitment exam to fill 8,824 RRB Office Assistant posts. This is a good post for freshers who are looking for a banking job with less work pressure.

What is the role of IBPS RRB Assistant?

The IBPS RRB Assistant is primarily involved in managing the lower level hierarchy in the rural banks and may play supporting functions. This is basically a clerical job with some multitasking.

IBPS RRB Assistant Salary Range

The typical pay scale for an IBPS RRB Assistant may vary from Rs.15,000 – 19,000 along with some perks. They will be on probation for an year.

Now we will see the IBPS RRB Assistant Prelims Exam 2016 Pattern and Syllabus:

IBPS RRB Assistant 2016 : Prelims Exam Pattern



No. of Questions

Maximum Marks






Composite time of

45 Minutes

Numerical Ability







Some Useful IBPS RRB 2016 Last Minute Preparation Tips are:

  • Revise thoroughly: Focus on revision. Study the important notes which you have prepared. Clear all the doubts. Take mock practice papers.
  • Answer questions confidently: The candidates should attempt the questions which they are sure about. If there is even a bit doubt, then it is better to leave it and move to the next question.
  • Attempt the easy questions first: Time is the most essential thing in any exam. Candidates should focus on solving more and more questions in the given time. It would be better to start with the questions which are easy and less time consuming and leave the difficult ones for last.
  • Avoid Tricky Questions: Candidates are advised that they should avoid answering tricky questions as they can take a lot of time to solve them and candidates may also miss out on many important questions. As there is a scope of Negative Marking candidates should avoid guess work for any answer as this could lead to loss of marks unnecessarily.
  • Keep Calm: Candidates should remain stress free at all times as stress will cloud their minds and hamper their judgement process.

IBPS RRB Assistant 2016 : Prelims Syllabus

Reasoning Syllabus

Numerical Ability Syllabus

  • Coding-Decoding
  • Analogy
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Logic
  • Alphabet Test
  • Eligibility Test
  • Puzzle Test
  • Theme Detection
  • Classification
  • Logical Venn Diagrams
  • Clocks & Calendars
  • Deriving Conclusions from Passages
  • Series Completion
  • Logical Sequence of Words
  • Statement – Arguments
  • Statement – Conclusions
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Situation Reaction Test
  • Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle
  • Inserting The Missing Character
  • Number, Ranking & Time Sequence
  • Number Systems
  • Computation of Whole Numbers
  • Decimals and Fractions
  • Relationship Between Numbers
  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operations
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple Interest
  • Average
  • Discount
  • Partnership
  • Time & Work
  • Time & Distance
  • Use of Tables and Graphs
  • Mensuration
  • Data Interpretation

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IBPS RRB Assistant 2016 Section wise Tips:

Reasoning :

In this section, there will be a total of 40 questions. Try to solve at least 25-28 questions accurately to clear the cut off marks. You can devote around 20 minutes for this section.

Some of the important topics which are definite in this section are:

  • Puzzle
  • Seating Arrangement (Linear/ Circular)
  • Syllogism
  • Coding - Decoding
  • Inequality
  • Miscellaneous Topics - Ranking, Blood Relations, Direction and Distance etc.

Numerical Ability:

There will be a total 40 questions which will test your mathematical skills. Try to use short cut methods and exact formulas to get accurate answers. Attempt at least 27-30 questions and you can devote around 25 minutes for this section.

Prepare below topics well to score good marks:

  • Number Series
  • Simplification/ Approximations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Data Interpretation (Tabular, Pie, Bar, Line, Mixed Graphs)
  • Miscellaneous Topics - Ratio & Proportions, Percentage & Averages, Profit & Loss, Mixtures & Allegations, Simple & Compound Interest, Work & Time, Time & Distance, Probability etc

Key Points to Note:

  • The prelims exam serves as a qualifying stage of the mains. So,try to clear the cut off instead of scoring high marks.
  • There is 0.25 negative marks for each wrong attempt. Try to avoid it.
  • Solve the previous year's exam paper
  • Take as many practice mock test papers as possible
  • Follow the instructions on the admit card and reach the venue before time.


All the Best for the exam.

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