IBPS RRB Clerk 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis


The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the official notification for the IBPS RRB 2021 exam on 07th June 2021. As per the notification, a total of 12,820 vacancies have been announced for Bank PO (Officer Scale 1), Bank SO (Officer Scales 2 and 3) and Clerk posts. 

In this article, we will make an in-depth analysis of the IBPS RRB Clerk Prelims 2020 Exam. This will help us understand and analyze the exam pattern and also prepare our exam strategy. Before we begin, take a look at the important dates for this exam cycle so you don’t miss any deadlines. 

Online Application start dateJune 8, 2021
Online application end dateJune 28, 2021
IBPS RRB Preliminary Examination
(PO & Clerk)
August 1, 7, 8, 14 and 21, 2021
Clerk Mains ExamOctober 3, 2021
Provisional Allotment (Final Result)January 2022

IBPS RRB Clerk 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis

Studying and analyzing the previous year’s question paper is an important part of preparing for any exam. By analyzing the previous year’s exam, aspirants can perceive the sectional and overall assessment standard of the exam. We will also look at the thematic distribution of questions, important topics from every section, last year’s cutoff marks and such in this article.


From Reasoning, a total of 40 questions were asked for a maximum of 50 marks. Take a look at the table below to understand how many questions were asked from each topic. The maximum number of questions were asked from Seating Arrangement Puzzles. This helps us understand how many questions may be expected from each topic for the upcoming exam. The level of assessment for all questions from this section was easy. 

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Seating Arrangement10Easy
Alphabet based3Easy
Blood Relation2Easy
Order & Ranking3Easy
Alphanumeric Series5Easy

Numerical Ability

From Numerical Ability, a total of 40 questions were assessed for 50 marks. The greatest number of questions were asked from Simplifications. From DI and Arithmetic Word Problems, ten questions each were asked. The least number of questions were assessed from the Missing Number Series. Overall, the level of assessment was easy. 

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Data Interpretation- Line Graph, Tabular DI10Easy
Series (Missing)5Easy
Arithmetic Word Problem10Easy

IBPS RRB Clerk Prelims Cut-offs 2020

For the Office Assistant exam, State-wise cut-offs were released. Analysing the previous year’s exam cut-offs can help us understand the level of assessment and the marks attainable. Similarly, candidates should also aim toward scoring higher marks than last year’s cut-off marks so that they can be confident about making the cut. 

StateCut Off (General)
Uttar Pradesh73
Madhya Pradesh66.75
Andhra Pradesh76.25
Himachal Pradesh71.25
West Bengal77.75
Jammu & Kashmir73.5

From last year’s data, we can see that cut-offs range in the 70s. The highest cut-off marks were for Odisha at 79.75 and the lowest for Madhya Pradesh at 66.75. If candidates are scoring in their 70s on an 80-mark paper, it shows that the paper was relatively easy. However, this does not mean that candidates should become overconfident in their abilities. Rather, it reflects that if candidates work hard and give due time to their preparation, they can also score well and make the cut. The state-wise cut-offs are particularly beneficial as candidates from all over India appear for this exam. While also taking note of the general range of marks, candidates should particularly make note of the cut-off marks for their state. 

A good way to gauge this exam’s pattern is by going through the IBPS RRB Clerk’s previous year paper. This will allow you to study the exam pattern carefully while also understanding where you stand in your exam preparation. You should also take a look at the previous year’s IBPS RRB Mains paper to understand the cut-offs and standard of assessment.

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Also read:

IBPS RRB Notification 2021: Check All Details

IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis

IBPS RRB PO 2020 Mains Exam Analysis

IBPS RRB Clerk 2020 Mains Exam Analysis

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