### IBPS RRB Prelims Office Assistant (Multipurpose) Exam Pattern:

The overall difficulty level of **IBPS RRB prelims** could be easy to moderate. Attempt or answer 55 to 60 questions out of 80 questions to **qualify for mains**.

The main obstacle of prelims exam is **time management**. You need to answer 80 questions for 80 marks within 45 minutes. You need to **think smart and act fast**.

Think smart and answer only known questions. Each correct answer carries 1 mark. Every wrong answer 0.25 is reduced as the negative mark.

### IBPS RRB Syllabus for Prelims 2018:

#### I. Logical Reasoning:

The **Reasoning** Section will carry 40 marks. Here’s the list of **topics** that are asked from the Reasoning Section. Some important topics that you need to focus on:

- Blood relations
- Syllogism
- Inequalities
- Puzzles
- Arrangements
- Direction sense

Try to attempt atleast 20 - 25 questions correctly.

##### 1. Coding & Decoding

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I )**: 5-7 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**5-6 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Moderate in Difficulty
- Moderate to Highly Time Consuming
- Moderate Accuracy possible.

**Question Types:**- Coding by Letter Shifting
- Coding by Analogy
- Coding in Fictitious Language
- Coding Letters of a Word.

##### 2. Coded Inequalities/Mathematical Inequalities

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**5 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**3-5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Scoring
- Easy if Steps Followed properly
- Moderately Time Consuming
- High Accuracy possible.

**Question Types:**- Coded Relations between letters to be decoded and solved.

##### 3. Syllogisms

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**5 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**3-5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Moderate in difficulty
- Less time consuming
- Moderate Accuracy possible
- Very likely to appear.

**Question Types:**- Direct questions with 2-3 statements & 2-3 conclusions
- possibility based questions
- negative information based questions.

##### 4. Blood Relations

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**2-5 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**1-2 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Moderate in difficulty
- Low to Moderately time consuming
- Moderate to High Accuracy possible
- Requires clean charting with proper technique and step-by-step solving.

**Question Types:**- General Blood Relationship problems
- Family Tree Problems
- Coded Blood Relations.

##### 5. Ordering & Ranking

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**2-3 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**1 Q**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Moderate in difficulty
- Less time consuming
- High Accuracy possible.

**Question Types:**- Floor Based Puzzles
- Arranging by age
- height
- weight rank
- order in row etc.

##### 6. Alphabet Series

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**1-5 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**0-1 Q**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Moderate
- Quick Solve
- High Accuracy possible.

**Question Types:**- Complete the series
- Missing Term
- Wrong Term.

##### 7. Directions & Distances

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**1-3 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**1 Q**Topic Analysis:**- Easy but could be tricky
- Less time consuming
- High Accuracy possible
- Requires clean charting with proper technique and step-by-step solving.

**Question Types:**- Arranging by age
- height
- weight
- rank
- order in row etc.

##### 8. Data Sufficiency

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**4-5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to difficult.

**Question Types:**- Scheduling
- Blood Relation
- Direction and Distance
- Linear Arrangement
- Circular Arrangement
- Order & Ranking
- Miscellaneous.

##### 9.Double Lineup

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to moderate.

##### 10. Linear Seating Arrangements

**Weightage:**5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Moderate to Difficult
- Could be tricky
- Moderate to Highly Time Consuming
- Moderate to High Accuracy possible
- Requires clean charting with proper technique and step-by-step solving.

**Question Types:**- Single or Double rows facing each other/ away from each other/ in the same direction.

##### 11. Circular Seating Arrangement

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**5 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Moderate to Difficult
- Moderate to Highly Time Consuming
- Moderate to High Accuracy possible
- Requires clean charting with proper technique and step-by-step solving.

**Question Types:**- Uni- & Bi-directional problems on circular
- square
- rectangular
- hexagonal tables. May be combined with other information to make it a Blood Relations or Double Lineup type problem as well.

##### 12. Floor Puzzle

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I ) :**5 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**3-5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to difficult.

##### 13. Scheduling

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :<**5 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**0-5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Moderate to Difficult
- Could be tricky
- Moderate to Highly Time Consuming
- Moderate Accuracy possible
- Requires clean charting with proper technique and step-by-step solving.

**Question Types:**- Seven different persons work in 3 different department.
- Not more than 2 works on each department.
- Some of them are males & some of them are females.

##### 14. Arrangement & Pattern

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**3-6 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**10-12 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Moderate in Difficulty
- Less Time Consuming
- High Accuracy possible.

**Question Types:**- Random Sequence of Alphabets (based on group of 5 terms each of 3 alphabets OR series of alphabets)
- Number Arrangements (based on group of 5 terms each of 3 digits OR series of numbers)
- Mixed Series Dictionary or Alphabet based Arrangements etc.

##### 15. Analytical Decision Making

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**0-5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy but could be tricky
- Less time consuming
- High Accuracy possible.

##### 16. Classification

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I) :**0-1 Q**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Moderate
- Quick Solve
- High Accuracy possible.

**Question Types:**- Letter based
- Meaningful Words based
- GK based
- Number based.

**Topic Wise Reasoning Weightage**

S.No | Topic | No. of Que's |
---|---|---|

1. | Coding & Decoding | 5-6Q |

2. | Coded Inequalities/Mathematical Inequalities | 3-5Q |

3. | Syllogisms | 3-5Q |

4. | Blood Relations | 2-5Q |

5. | Ordering & Ranking | 2-3Q |

6. | Alphabet Series | 1-5Q |

7. | Directions & Distances | 1-3Q |

8. | Data Sufficiency | 4-5Q |

9. | Double Lineup | 5Q |

10. | Linear Seating Arrangements | 5Q |

11. | Circular Seating Arrangement | 5Q |

12. | Floor Puzzle | 3-5Q |

13. | Scheduling | 0-5Q |

14. | Arrangement & Pattern | 3-6Q |

15. | Analytical Decision Making | 0-5Q |

16. | Classification | 0-1Q |

#### II. Quantitative Aptitude:

The Quantitative Section will carry 40 marks. Here’s the list of topics that are asked from the Quantitative Section. The difficulty level could be between moderate to difficult. The important topics to focus in quants on:Answering 25 - 30 questions correctly.

##### 1. Number Series

**Weightage:**5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Scoring Moderate in Difficulty
- Moderately Time Consuming.

**Question Types:**- Complete the Series
- Find the Missing Term
- Find the Wrong Term etc.

##### 2. Simplification

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I ) :**5 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**2-4 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Solve Less Time Consuming High Accuracy Possible.

**Question Types:**- BODMAS Rule
- Approximation
- Decimals Fractions
- Surds & Indices
- Percentage Fraction etc.

##### 3. Profit & Loss

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I ) :**2 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**2-4 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Moderate

**Question Types:**- Dishonest Dealings
- Successive Selling
- Partnership
- Discount and MP
- Sales Tax.

##### 4. Number System

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I ) :**1-3 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**1-3 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Solve
- Very Scoring.

**Question Types:**- Divisibility & Reminder
- Multiples & Factors
- Integers
- LCM & HCF.

##### 5. Ratio & Proportion

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I ) :**1-2 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Solve
- Less Time Consuming
- High Accuracy Possible.

**Question Types:**- Simple Ratio
- Compound Ratio
- Direct Indirect Proportion
- Componendo or Dividendo
- Fourth Proportional
- Third Proportion
- Mean Proportional.

##### 6. Speed Time & Distance

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I & Office Assistant) :**1-2 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Scoring Moderately difficult.

**Question Types:**- Partial Speed
- Relative Speed
- Average Speed
- Boat & River
- Problems on Train.

##### 7. Time & Work

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I & Office Assistant) :**1-2 Qs**Topic Analysis:**Moderately Difficult.**Question Types:**- Work Efficiency
- Work & Wages
- Pipe & Cistern.

##### 8. Interest

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I ) :**1 Q**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**1-2 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Solve
- Less Time Consuming
- High Accuracy Possible.

**Question Types:**- Simple Interest
- Compound Interest
- Simple & Compound
- Installments.

##### 9. Average

**Weightage:**0-1 Qs- Level: Easy to Solve
- Less Time Consuming
- High Accuracy Possible.
**Question Types:**- Average Weight/Height/Age/Marks
- Average Money Expenditure
- Average Temperature etc. But the concept remains simple.
- We have to use a single formula i.e. Average = Sum of Quantities/Number of Quantities

##### 10. Percentage

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I ) :**0-1 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**1-2 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Solve
- Less Time Consuming
- High Accuracy Possible.

**Question Types:**- Calculation-oriented basic percentage.

##### 11. Data Interpretation

**Weightage:**5-10 Qs- Level: Easy to Moderate in Difficulty
- Moderately Time Consuming
- High Accuracy Possible.
**Question Types:**- Line Graphs
- Bar Graphs
- Pie Charts
- Tables
- Miscellaneous Infographics
- Missing Data Type Caselets.

##### 12. Algebra

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I ) :**5-7 Qs**Weightage (For Office Assistant) :**1-3 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Could be tricky sometimes.

**Question Types:**- Linear Equation in 1 or 2 variable Quadratic Equation.

##### 13. Mixture Problem

**Weightage:**5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Solve.

**Question Types:**- Make mixture from two or more things
- Make mixture from two mixtures.

##### 14. Data Sufficiency

**Weightage:**3-5 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Moderate in Difficulty
- Moderately Time Consuming
- Tricky sometimes.

**Question Types:**- DS questions based on Number System
- Averages
- Percentages
- Ratio & Proportion
- Profit & Loss
- Simple & Compound Interest
- Time Speed & Distance
- Time & Work
- Problems on Age
- Mensuration
- Mixtures & Alligations.

##### 15. Permutation & Combination

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I & Office Assistant) :**1-2 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Could be tricky sometimes.

##### 16. Mensuration

**Weightage (For Officer Scale I ) :**1-2 Qs**Topic Analysis:**- Easy to Solve
- Less Time Consuming
- High Accuracy Possible.

**Question Types:**- Square
- Rectangle
- Circle & Semi- circle
- Triangle
- Rhombus
- Trapezium
- Parellelogram.

##### 17. Probability

**Weightage:**0-1 Q**Topic Analysis:**- Less Time Consuming
- Scoring
- Easy if all cases considered

**Question Types:**- Basic Selection & Arrangement Problems
- Very basic problems on Probability

**Topic Wise Quantitative Aptitude Weightage**

S.No | Topic | No. of Que's |
---|---|---|

1. | Number Series | 5Q |

2. | Simplification | 5Q |

3. | Profit & Loss | 2-4Q |

4. | Number System | 1-3Q |

5. | Ratio & Proportion | 1-2Q |

6. | Speed Time & Distance | 1-2Q |

7. | Time & Work | 1-2Q |

8. | Interest | 1-2Q |

9. | Average | 0-1Q |

10. | Percentage | 1-2Q |

11. | Data Interpretation | 5-10Q |

12. | Algebra | 5-7Q |

13. | Mixture Problem | 5Q |

14. | Data Sufficiency | 3-5Q |

15. | Permutation & Combination | 1- 2Q |

16. | Mensuration | 1-2Q |

17. | Probability | 0-1Q |