How to  Prepare Quants for IBPS RRB PO 2021


The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts national-level exams for various banking posts every year. This year, IBPS has announced 6827 openings for the post of IBPS RRB PO (Group B Office Assistant). This exam is attempted by thousands of candidates from all over the country. It is a relatively easy exam where the level of assessment is moderate to easy. 



In this article, we will discuss how to prepare for the Quantitative Aptitude section of RRB PO. We will give you some useful tips that you can apply both during the preparation stage and in the actual exam. Quants is a very important topic because it is tested in both the Prelims and the Mains. Before we begin, let us briefly understand the IBPS RRB PO Exam Pattern. 

IBPS RRB PO 2021 Exam Pattern

The exam is conducted in 3 parts. 

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

Prelims: The Prelims paper is assessed for 80 marks. The paper has two sections that test Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude respectively. Each section is assessed for 40 marks and contains 40 questions each. The total time given is 45 minutes. 

Mains: The Prelims paper is for 200 marks and the time given is 120 minutes. The subjects assessed in this paper are Reasoning, Computer Knowledge, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and Language (English/Hindi). 

IBPS RRB 2020 Quants Overview

Provided below is a table depicting the topic-wise distribution of questions for Quantitative Aptitude in last year’s exam. This will help us understand which topics are more important and how we should go about our exam preparation.

CHAPTERNo. of Questions in 2019No. of Questions in 2020
DI (tables and bar graphs)1012
Number Series65
Quadratic Equations64-5
Data Sufficiency/Quantity Comparison54-5

While the other topics are fairly distributed, as you can see the maximum number of questions are assessed from Data Interpretation and Arithmetic. 

How to Prepare Quants for IBPS RRB PO 2021

  • Start with easier topics
    Start with easier topics like Simplification, Series and Quadratic Equations. As you have seen, between 4 and 6 questions were asked from these topics in the last two years. You can expect questions from at least 2 of these topics if not all three. Although there are 40 questions in this section you can expect questions on all 3 as well. You can expect questions for 10 marks from these easy topics.
  • Practice DI daily
    DI is a very important topic for Quantitative Aptitude. You may expect 2 or 3 sets for a total of 10-12 marks. Not only is it important, but also requires lots of practice. You should practice DI once every day or at least once in two days. At a stretch, you must dedicate an hour or more to it. This is because DI questions involve calculations that cannot be done off-hand during the exam if you don’t practice it well. 
  • Arithmetic is the deal maker
    In Quants, you must try to attempt at least 35-36 questions so that you may expect to score at least 34/35 marks in this section. Arithmetic is a simple topic that involves a range of questions on Percentage, Time & Work, Age, Time & Distance and such. From among these, you may expect 1 or 2 questions each as part of the larger ‘Arithmetic’ umbrella. 
  • Clear your concepts
    While fewer questions are asked from Arithmetic per topic, these questions are easy and scoring. Even if you are well-versed in the basics of these topics, you can score well. In a highly competitive exam such as this, it should not come as any surprise that every mark matters. So, if you practice your math-based questions well, you can try to obtain full marks here. 
  • The key is to practice well
    You can only solve questions quickly and correctly through rigorous practice.
  • Focus on Data Sufficiency
    This is a comparatively easier topic because here there are no calculations involved. You have to study the data provided and answer if the data provided is sufficient to answer the successive questions/statements or not. If your concepts are clear, this is a scoring topic.

In this article, we have only discussed Quants for IBPS RRB PO. However, you need to work on all the sections because there are subject-wise cut-offs as well. To ensure your all-round preparation, join our IBPS RRB PO online course where you will find all the crisp and relevant study material to ace this exam. 

If you are still confused about whether you want to appear for this exam or not, there is no time to lose. You can take a free mock test or review the previous year’s question paper as well to measure your preparation. 

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