Today was the third day of IBPS RRB Officer Scale - I (Preliminary) Exam 2016. It is being conducted in four time slots from morning to evening. A total of 80 questions had to be answered in 45 minutes. It comprised only two sections i.e. Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude and both were available English as well as in Hindi. There was a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.
The detailed break up of IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Prelims 2016 is as follows:
Section | Total Questions |
Level of difficulty |
Good Attempts |
Good Score |
Approximate time taken |
Reasoning |
40 |
Easy-Moderate |
22-24 |
18-20 |
20 |
Quantitative Aptitude |
40 |
Easy-Moderate |
22-24 |
18-20 |
25 |
Total |
80 |
Moderate |
44-48 |
38-40 |
45 |
Expected Cutoffs:
Subject | General |
SC/ST/OBC |
Reasoning (Out of 40) |
10-12 |
7-9 |
Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 40) |
8-10 |
6-8 |
Overall Objective Test (Out of 80) |
36-39 |
OBC: 35-40 |
Below is the section-wise analysis of IBPS RRB Officer Scale I (Prelims) 2016:
Reasoning section of IBPS RRB Officer Scale I (Prelims) 2016:
Topic | Number of Questions |
LevelÂ of Difficulty |
Puzzles (Floor Based) |
5 |
Moderate-Difficult |
Circular arrangement |
5 |
Moderate |
Linear Seating arrangement |
5 |
Moderate-Difficult |
Syllogism |
5 |
Easy-Moderate |
Mathematical Inequalities |
5 |
Easy |
Direction |
2 |
Easy-Moderate |
Blood Relation |
3 |
Moderate |
Miscellaneous (Singlet) |
10 |
Easy |
The Reasoning section was dominated by questions based on logical reasoning. The Novel read on several week days arrangement and the Linear Seating Arrangement set were attemptable while the set based on Floor Arrangement was a bit tricky. Blood Relation and Miscellaneous questions were easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level while questions on Syllogism were easy to solve. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.
Quantitative Aptitude section of IBPS RRB Officer Scale I (Prelims) 2016:
Topic | Number of Questions |
Level of Difficulty |
Number Series |
5 |
Moderate |
Data Interpretation (Table Based) |
5 |
Moderate |
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph) |
5 |
Moderate |
Data Interpretation (Pie Chart) |
5 |
Easy |
Simplification |
5 |
Easy |
Quadratic Equations |
5 |
Moderate |
Profit & Loss |
2 |
Easy-Moderate |
Simple Interest & Compound Interest |
1 |
Easy-Moderate |
Time & Work |
1 |
Moderate |
Probability |
1 |
Moderate |
Miscellaneous |
5 |
Moderate |
The Quant section saw questions from a variety of topics. Some commonly asked topics were Time and Work, Mensuration, Probability, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Percentage, Age, Mixtures & Allegations and Profit, Loss and Discount. The sets of Data Interpretation were not very calculation intensive and thus at-least two among them should have been attempted. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.
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