How to approach IBPS RRB Exams to score maximum marks in 45 minutes?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

How to approach IBPS RRB 2022 Exams: All the students who are preparing for IBPS RRB Exam must buckle up their seat belts to score maximum marks in the exam.
You all have been preparing day and night to secure your seat in the Rural Regional Banks. We are sharing some important tips on how you should approach the IBPS RRB Prelims 2022 exam to score as many as possible marks.
Let’s understand the exam pattern of the RRB Exams before going into the tips for scoring maximum marks in 45 minutes. 

RRB Officer Scale 1 and Officer Assistant Exam Syllabus 2022

Given below table depicts the exam pattern of the IBPS RRB Exams:

S. No.

Name of Test

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Exam Medium

Total Duration


Reasoning Ability



English/ Hindi

Composite time of 45 minutes


  • Quantitative Aptitude – for OS 1
  • Numerical Ability – for OA



English/ Hindi





1.1 Some important points about RRB Exams: 

  • Unlike, other IBPS exams, there is only 2 section in both the RRB exams, i.e., Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. There is no English language section. 
  • There are no sectional timings in the RRB exams and you are free to switch between sections during the exam as many times as you want.
  • Both reasoning and quant are scoring subjects so the cut-offs tend to incline towards the higher side. This means that the competition is fairly high in RRB exams. 
  • Last year the highest cut-off for the RRB PO was 65 marks and for IBPS RRB Clerk it was 76.50 for the Uttarakhand. 
  • So, It is safe to assume that you need to score 68 (+/-) 2 in RRB PO and 76 (+/-) 2 in RRB Clerk this time to be on the safer side. 

Till now we have discussed the nature of both RRB exams. Now let’s talk about how you should approach the exam to score as much as possible in the actual exam:

How to Maximize your score in RRB Exams 2022?

We are going to discuss the strategy for the exam and its sections, i.e., reasoning and quantitative aptitude separately. First, we will be looking at the overall approach then we’ll dive into the sectional approach for the exam. 

2.1 Overall Approach for the IBPS RRB Exam:

  1. No Sectional Timer:
    • There is no sectional timer for both the officer scale 1 and the office assistant exam. So, divide the time that you’re going to spend on each section smartly.
    • What it means is that allot more time to the comparatively weaker subject of the two and less time to the subject that is your strength. 
  2. Always start with your strength:
    • Always attempt the subject in which you are more comfortable and have greater conceptual clarity.
    • This way you’ll be able to gain more marks in less time. It will increase your confidence and you’ll be able to focus better as you move forward in the exam. 
  3. Use the 20/25 Technique:
    • There is no sectional timer but there are sectional cutoffs, so you cannot avoid any of the sections. You can use the 20/25 formula to divide time for the section.
    • In this technique, you divide time into two-part 20 minutes and 25 minutes. You allot 20 mins to the stronger subject while reserving 25 mins for the weaker section. 
    • You can also come up with your strategy to divide the appropriate time for each section. 
  4. Do not get Stuck:
    • This is a test of speed and accuracy. Time is already short in the exam and you cannot afford to waste it on a single problem.
    • Never get stuck to a single problem. Move quickly among the question and attempt all the questions first before coming back, if time permits, to that problem. 
  5. No Guesswork:
    • Never mark the answer to a question of which you are not sure as there is negative marking.
    • The competition is very tough in IBPS RRB exams so avoid negative marking at all costs. 

Remember these Preparation Tips and apply them during your exam to attempt and score maximum marks in 45 minutes. 

Now, let’s discuss the individual strategy for each section. 

2.2 How to approach the Quantitative Aptitude Section?

  • The most basic requirement to score well in the quantitative aptitude section is to have good calculation speed. So learn tables, squares, cubes, and fractions till at least 20 to improve your calculation speed.
  • Also, practice mental calculation to improve your speed further. The better you are at the calculation, the less time you need to solve a question. 
  • Quantitative aptitude is a calculative but scoring section. If we go through the analysis of previously held RRB exams, the following topics were asked:
    • Simplification
    • Approximation
    • Number Series
    • Quadratic Equation
    • Data Interpretation
    • Miscellaneous
  • Most of the above-mentioned topics such as simplification and approximation, number series, quadratic equation, and DI come in the set of 5 questions.
  • Also, around 10-15 questions are being asked from the Arithmetic section. So, you should plan the sequence of topics & decide the ones to be attempted first. 
  • Simplification, Approximation, Data Interpretation are calculative but can be done easily if you have practiced them well. You must know calculation short tricks to solve them quickly.  
  • In DI, try to analyze answers by graphs and try to apply the option elimination method to answer quickly.
  • After attempting them, attempt Number Series and Quadratic Equation problems. If you cannot solve them on the first try then leave them and move forward.
  • These questions, especially number series, are pattern-based. If you can identify the pattern in one goes then solve them otherwise leave such questions.
  • Attempt arithmetic question at the last. Also, attempt those arithmetic topics in which you have a greater conceptual understanding. 

2.2 How to approach the Reasoning Ability Section?

  • The Reasoning Ability is a tricky section and requires quick analyzing power to solve the questions. The important reasoning topics in the prelims exam are as under:
    • Coding-Decoding
    • Inequality
    • Syllogism
    • Series (Numeric, Alphanumeric, Symbol, etc.)
    • Seating Arrangement and Puzzles
    • Blood Relation
    • Direction Sense
    • Order and Ranking
  • Puzzles form the major part of the reasoning section but they are also the most challenging. So we suggest attempting them at the end after more scoring and easier topics such as alphanumeric series, blood relation, direction sense, coding-decoding (fictitious language-based), and order and ranking.
  • Try to attempt all the above-mentioned topics in as little time as possible, so that you can devote most of your time to the puzzles. 
  • Puzzles come in the set of 5 questions which means if you solve a single puzzle you’ll score 5 marks. So selecting the right puzzle and solving it quickly becomes important.
  • Attempt puzzles/Seating Arrangement with one variable first or attempt those puzzles/Seating Arrangement in which you have good command.   

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