Important Topics to Prepare for IBPS RRB PO & Clerk Prelims Exam 2023

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection RRB will release the official notification for the post of Office Assistant, Officer Scale 1, Officer Scale-II, and Officer Scale-III Soon. Thus for the preparation for the IBPS RRB 2023 exam, candidates must know about the most asked topics from each section. Thus, we have come up with a list of Important topics for the IBPS RRB PO and Clerk exam 2023 to help you qualify for the exam. 

The Syllabus and Pattern of IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 and RRB Office Assistant are exactly the same. The only difference between these two exams is that the level of questions in the IBPS RRB PO (Officer Scale 1) is higher than the questions of IBPS RRB Office Assistant, i.e., the RRB PO exam is more difficult than RRB Office Assistant. 

Important Topics for IBPS RRB PO & Clerk Exam 2023 [Prelims]

Let’s discuss the important topics for IBPS RRB Exam 2023 in detail. 

Quantitative Aptitude

This section of IBPS RRB officer scale 1 will consist of 40 questions. Each question carries equal marks i.e. one mark for each of the 40 questions. Get a good understanding of the theories of the following major topics to score well in this section of the IBPS RRB Officer Scale-1 exam: 

1. Simplification/Approximation:

  • These topics are very important from the point of view of IBPS RRB Exam 2023.
  • You can expect 5-10 questions from these topics in the exam.
  • Good Calculation speed will help save time and increase accuracy.
  • To increase your calculation speed learn tables at least till 20, learn squares till 25, and cubes till 15. Also, remember the decimal value of fractions till 1/15.
  • Always follow the BODMAS rule while solving questions of Simplification/ Approximation. 

2. Number Series:

  • Missing number series or Wrong number series are important for IBPS RRB Exam 2023.
  • You can expect 5 questions from these topics in the exam.
  • Some common pattern for Number series are:
    • Square pattern 
    • Cube pattern
    • Prime Number pattern 
    • Arithmetic Progression pattern 
    • Multiplication pattern 
    • Addition/Subtraction pattern 
    • Combination of the above-mentioned pattern 
  • Practice questions of the number series to familiarize yourself with these common patterns. This will help you solve such questions in less time. 

3. Quadratic Equations:

  • Root comparison of the quadratic equations is yet another important topic for IBPS RRB Exam 2023. 
  • Once you learn the basics and tricks to solve these types of questions, they will become a cakewalk. 
  • In such questions, 2 quadratic equations are given and you have to get the roots (say X and Y) of these equations. Then, you need to recognize the relationship between these roots. 
  • You can expect 5 questions from these topics in the exam. 

Note: Learn tips and tricks for solving – Quadratic Equations

4. Data Interpretation:

Data interpretation is an essential part of the IBPS RRB Exam 2023. 

  • You can expect about 10-15 questions in the exam.
  • Data Interpretation Questions are based on:
    • Pie Chart 
    • Line Chart
    • Bar Graph
    • Tabulation
    • Radar Graph
    • Caselet
    • Missing DI etc.
  • To get a good grasp on Data Interpretation get familiar with the concepts of Average, Ratio, Percentage, profit, and loss as questions of DI are generally based on these concepts.
  • Since it is prelims exams, there is a high probability of Tabular DI, Line, Bar Graph. Mixed DI, Caselets, and Missing DI are less likely to come IBPS RRB exam in the Prelims Phase.

Note: Tricks to solve Mixed Graph Questions

Also, Practice Quantitative Aptitude Mini Mock 

5. Arithmetic:

  • In Arithmetic Questions based on various topics such as,
    • Age-based problems
    • Profit, Loss, and Discount
    • Simple(SI) and Compound(CI) Interest
    • Time, Work, and Wages
    • Mixture and Allegation
    • Time, Distance, and Speed
    • Pipes and Cisterns
    • Boat and Streams 
    • Partnerships
    • Averages
    • Ratio and Averages
  • You can expect about 8-10 questions with 1-2 questions from each topic. 

Reasoning Ability

The reasoning section is also comprised of 40 questions in both IBPS RRB Officer Assistant and Officer Scale 1 Prelims exam. Practice the following topics to score well in this section.

1. Inequality:

  • It is more likely that in the exam direct inequalities are asked, but you should also prepare for coded inequalities. 
  • You can expect 5 questions on this topic.  
  • With practice, you can easily score full marks here.  

2. Syllogism:

  • Recently Syllogisms are based on the new pattern, i.e., Only/Only a few types. 
  • You can expect 4-5 questions from this topic in the exam. 
  • The questions generally contain 2/3 statements followed by 2/3 conclusions. 

3. Coding-Decoding:

  • Usually, Fictitious language-based coding-decoding is asked in the exam. 
  • You can expect 5 questions on this topic.
  • In the question, a set of 3/4 statements is given along with their coded form and you have to decode the code for a particular word. 

4. Miscellaneous:

A total of 10-12 Questions can be asked on these topics in the IBPS RRB Prelims exam 2023. Following are the miscellaneous topics in the reasoning section with the expected number of Questions:

Topic Name  Expected Number of Questions 
Blood Relations 2-3 
Direction and Distance  2-3
Alphanumeric Series / Alphabet Test 5
Order and Ranking 1-2

4. Seating Arrangements & Puzzles :

  • Puzzles form a major part of the reasoning section of the IBPS RRB exams.
  • You can expect 10-15 questions from the puzzles and seating arrangement topic.
  • These topics are:
    • Linear seating arrangement
    • Dual Row seating arrangement
    • Circular seating arrangement
    • Square seating arrangement
    • Floor-based puzzles
    • Scheduling – Day/Week/Year/Date/Time
    • Tabulation 

Download Puzzle & Seating Arrangement PDF

Note: Daily Reasoning Ability Quizzes.

English Language

However, the English Language does not come in the IBPS RRB Prelims exam but you are advised to not wait for the Prelims result as English needs to be studied & comprehend gradually. Thus, you can practice this section along with the other subjects.

Do not take this lightly as it seems facile yet so mind-wrenching. The English Language questions in the IBPS RRB Mains exam will be based on your writing and grammar skills which need daily practice by reading the newspaper, magazines & books to polish your English Grammar skills.

  • In IBPS RRB OS-1 Mains exam 2023, the English Language section will be carrying the weightage of 40 marks.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for the incorrect answer.
  • The candidate will get 1 mark for the correct answer.
Topic Weightage
Sentence Connectors  5 Questions
Fill in the blanks 5 Questions
Error Spotting 5 to 7 Questions
Reading Comprehension 10 to 18 Questions
Sentence Improvement 5 Questions
Cloze Test 5 to 10 Questions
Para Completion 5 Questions

Download English Language Practice PDF with Solution

Daily Practice English Language Quizzes

General Awareness

The candidates are informed that General Awareness will be asked in the IBPS RRB Mains exam and not in the prelims exam. Yet, it is important to highlight this section because you can not neglect this section for later. The aspirants should follow a strict regime where they make a habit of studying Newspapers and current affairs for improving their knowledge of GA. 

Attempt Daily Quizzes for General Awareness

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