Tips to Solve Numerical Ability in IBPS RRB Clerk Exam 2022

By Jyoti Bisht|Updated : July 28th, 2022

In this post, we'll discuss how to maximize your scores on the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelim's Numerical Ability section. Numerical ability is the most important subject in the IBPS RRB Prelims exam.


It is essential to understand the right approach that you should follow while preparing to solve the numerical ability section in IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2022 exam. This section required speed, accuracy, and time management. We are sharing tips to crack Numerical ability and how to score good marks in the quant section in the IBPS RRB Clerk exam 2022.

Numerical Ability would comprise 40 questions in IBPS RRB Prelims, i.e. 50% of the questions of this phase of the exam. If you have practiced it with a perfect approach and strategy, it can do wonders. So in this article, we will discuss strategies to prepare Numerical Ability for IBPS RRB Exam 2022. 

Let's start with the paper pattern-

IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2022 Prelims Exam Pattern


  • There will be a total of 80 questions from two sections. Numerical Ability (NA), and Reasoning Ability (RA) Sections will have 40 questions each.
  • The total exam duration is 45 minutes.
  • 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer and there will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.
  • You can also go through our post for the IBPS RRB office assistant syllabus where you will find the details of each section and the topics that you may expect from different sections. 

How to Prepare Numerical Ability for IBPS RRB Clerk Exam 2022

As time and accuracy are deciding factors in IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam so maintain your speed throughout the exam. Do not get stuck on any particular question. Mark the difficult one for solving at last if you get time.

Trend Analysis of Numerical Ability Section


Details of questions asked:

  • There were 40 questions asked from the Numerical Ability section last year in IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam, which would continue this year as well. 
  • The overall Level of the Numerical Ability Section last year was Easy to Moderate. Let us have a look at the questions that were asked from this section in IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam -
    (a) From Number Series – 5 Questions were asked – Level was Easy to Moderate.
    (b) From Approximation/ Simplification – 15 Questions were asked- The level was Easy.
    (c) From Data Interpretation - 1 Set with a total of 5 questions was asked -The level was Easy to Moderate.
    (d) In Miscellaneous Questions– 15 Questions were asked -The level was Easy. This included questions from Ages, Probability, Partnership, Profit Loss, Average, Boats & Stream, Compound/Simple Interest, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Time & Work, Mixture and Alligation, Pipes and Cisterns, etc.

Attempt Important Quizzes Daily:

Reasoning Ability Quiz

Quantitative Aptitude Quiz

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Master Strategy for Numerical Ability

  • The very first step in order to get through the Numerical Ability section is to make yourself comfortable with basic Mathematics concepts which will help you throughout this section. 
  • Once you cover the entire syllabus for Numerical Ability of IBPS RRB Office Assistant, start with mock tests, which will help you with your overall preparation. Do not forget to attempt quizzes regularly while you are preparing your topics. 
  • Make sure that you analyze all tests after you finish them. This will help you in 2 ways-
    (a) You can easily find your strongest and weakest chapters/ topics so you can work on them.
    (b) You will learn how to manage time to clear the sectional cut-offs in each section.
  • Remember, you just need to find 25 questions of your comfort level and solve them first with 100% accuracy to clear the cutoff. Then target other topics based on their difficulty level. 

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 IBPS RRB Previous Year Cut-Off for a better idea.

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Study Plan for IBPS RRB Clerk Numerical Ability

A well-planned preparation of the Numerical Ability section will play a very important role in helping you clear IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam. So, how do you start your preparation?


  • Initial Preparation-If you are confident about your basics in mathematics as well as mathematical formulas and if you are familiar with the syllabus very well, then we will advise you to start with solving the previous year's question papers or try to attempt an online mock test as it will help you get acquainted with the exam pattern and also help you to analyze your performance. Based on your practice and analysis you can build your own strategy.  
  • Planning-Proper planning of your preparation schedule is essential in order to achieve success. The undermentioned exercises will help you plan better for your exams.
  • Set your time limits - If you want to finish this section in 25 minutes, the ideal time to solve one question in Numerical Ability Section is 40 seconds with accuracy. So make sure that you target this time limit in your practice.
  • Target Clearing cut-off - Try to clear the cut-off of 14-16 marks for this section. If you attempt 20 -25 questions with 100 % accuracy, you will easily get through the cutoff. So, take your time in choosing the questions you are comfortable with.
  • Focus on Scoring High - Your target should be to attempt 20-25 questions correctly. You need to build up speed during practicing mock tests to attempt questions in this number. You can also accomplish this by using a stopwatch during practice. It will be helpful in your Prelims as well as Mains exam. 
  • Most Important Chapters - 
    (a) For clearing the Numerical Ability test, it is of utmost importance that you are able to calculate fast and with accuracy. Thus, the first priority of your strategy should be to learn tables, shortcut tricks for fast calculations, and also to understand various operations on numbers.

byjusexamprep(b) Questions on BODMAS and Number series are frequently asked in the exams, so if you have a good command of mathematical operators and Number Series, you will be able to clear cut off in this section.
(c) Other important topics are Data Interpretation, Simplification, Percentage & its application, Ratios, Time and Work, and Partnerships. Most of the questions belonging to Tables are asked based on these important topics. Proficiency in the above-mentioned topics can fetch you at least 15 marks. Thus it can help you to clear the cut-off. We suggest you practice these topics at your best to get a good score.
(d) Mensuration- You must learn formulas for area, volume, and the perimeter of the circle, squares, triangles, rectangles, etc. The best way is to go through  9th and 10th math books.
(e) Algebra -  Algebra is very important for solving inequalities questions and it will also help to solve questions where you have to formulate equations. You must know how to solve linear and quadratic equations and laws of exponents etc.

We hope the above strategy will help you to a large extent in preparing for IBPS RRB Online Exam for Office Assistant 2022. Learn from your heart and practice hard to be a winner.

Concluding, we would like to quote Abraham Lincoln-

I will prepare and someday my chance will come.

So, understand the importance of preparation for any event in the future. If we need to succeed in any exam we need to become masters in all the topics related to it by preparing them honestly.

Don't forget to check if you pass IBPS RRB Eligibility Criteria to know if you can sit for the exam. Also, check out the Selection Process to know more about the exam.

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  • This section required speed, accuracy, and time management so focus more on these elements to crack Numerical Ability questions in IBPS RRB 2022 Exam.

  • Numerical Ability would comprise of 40 questions in IBPS RRB Prelims, i.e. 50% of the questions of this phase of the exam.

  • You just need to find 25 questions of your comfort level and solve them first with 100% accuracy to clear the cutoff. 

  • Data Interpretation, Simplification, Percentage & its application, Ratios, Time and Work, and Partnerships are Important Topics in IBPS RRB Numerical Ability 2022 Exam.

  • Numerical Ability will be carrying the weightage of 40 marks in IBPS RRB Prelims 2022 Exam.

  • There will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in IBPS RRB Numerical Ability 2022 Exam.

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