IBPS RRB 2020 Office Assistant Exam Analysis

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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 11,687 vacancies have been announced for Officer Scale 1, 2, 3 and Office Assistant posts. 

The IBPS conducts national-level exams for various banking posts every year. Through these exams, the IBPS recruits both Grade A and B  banking personnel. This year, IBPS has announced 6827 openings for the post of IBPS RRB Group B Office Assistant.

IBPS RRB Group B Office Assistant Notification 2021

In this article, we will make an in-depth analysis of the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam 2020. This will help us understand and analyse 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. 

EventDate
Online Application start dateJune 8, 2021
Online application end dateJune 28, 2021
IBPS RRB Preliminary Examination
(Officer Scale-I & Office Assistant)
August 1, 7, 8, 14 and 21, 2021
Office Assistant Mains ExamOctober 3, 2021
Provisional Allotment (Final Result)January 2022

IBPS RRB Clerk 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.

Reasoning

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
Puzzles5Easy
Alphabet based3Easy
Inequality2Easy
Syllogism5Easy
Direction2Easy
Blood Relation2Easy
Order & Ranking3Easy
Alphanumeric Series5Easy
Misc.3Easy
Total40Easy

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
Simplification15Easy
Series (Missing)5Easy
Arithmetic Word Problem10Easy
Total40Easy

IBPS RRB Clerk Mains 2020 Exam Analysis

English Language

In the Mains examination, ten questions were asked from Reading Comprehension. The Reading Comprehension test assesses a person’s ability to read and understand textual data swiftly and completely. A passage was given which candidates have to read. After this, they have to answer the subsequent questions based on the passage. A total of 40 questions were asked in this section for 40 marks. As you can see, excluding Comprehension, all other topics have been assessed quite evenly.

TopicsNo. of Questions
Reading Comprehension10
Error Detection5
Rearrangement5
Connector5
Fillers5
Word Usage5
Antonym/Synonym5
Total40

Reasoning

The total number of questions was 40 and the maximum marks were 50. The greatest number of questions asked from this section were from different types of Puzzles. 5 questions were asked from Seating Arrangement Puzzles as well. Candidates must make note that many questions from the Seating Arrangement Puzzles were also tested in the Prelims paper. This is an important topic and you should devote special attention toward solving them quickly and correctly in the examinations. Last year, no questions were asked from Data Sufficiency and Order and Ranking.

TopicsNo. of Questions
Seating Arrangement5
Puzzles (Year based Puzzle (Floor Based Puzzle, Month-Date Based Puzzle, Box Based Puzzle, Selection-Based Puzzle)20
Coding Decoding (Substitution Coding)4
Reverse Inequality2
Blood Relation3
Direction3
Alphabet based (Meaningful word)3
Total40

Numerical Ability 

TopicsNo. of Questions
Data Interpretation15
Approximation5
Wrong Number Series5
Arithmetic Word Problem15
Total40

A total of 40 questions were asked of which 15 were assessed from DI and Arithmetic Word Problems. From Approximation and Wrong Number Series, 5 questions each were asked. Data Interpretation and Arithmetic Word Problems were as important topics in the Mains paper as they were in the Prelims paper.

General Awareness

Of the 40 questions asked, the majority of the questions were from Current Affairs and Current Banking Affairs as compared to the other topics. The questions asked were moderate to easy. In general, the Current Affairs of the last 6 months before the exam are important for candidates. Candidates should have proper knowledge about important awards issued, important holidays or events, the Annual Budget and such.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Banking Awareness6Easy
Current banking Affairs10-12Moderate
Current Affairs12-15Easy
Static Affairs6-7Moderate
Total40Moderate

Candidates should be up-to-date with their Current Affairs to ensure they score well in this section. To get a headstart on your General Awareness preparation you can find weekly updates on all aspects of general awareness on our BeePedia page. Moreover, these BeePedia updates are comprehensive and free and you can download them from the ixamBee website. BeePedia is also available in Hindi. 

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
Gujarat78.25
Telangana71.25
Bihar75.5
Andhra Pradesh76.25
Odisha79.75
Himachal Pradesh71.25
Rajasthan78.75
West Bengal77.75
Chhattisgarh70.5
Jammu & Kashmir73.5
Maharashtra67

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. 

RRB Office Assistant Mains Cut-Off

Minimum Cut offs

Minimum cut-off marks are the lowest marks obtained by a qualifying candidate in a particular exam. They are also simply referred to as cut-off marks. Provided below is a detailed analysis of the State-wise cut-off for the Mains paper. Also, within the State-wise cut-off, a category-wise cut-off has also been provided. 

State/UTSCSTOBCEWSGeneral
Andhra Pradesh52.4146.4760.2260.9164.16
Arunachal PradeshNA37.38NANA48.10
Assam49.3843.8847.6353.0359.60
Bihar46.1945.6657.0358.9461.60
Chhattisgarh52.88NANA55.2257.85
Gujarat40.7536.1346.3240.7556.32
Haryana48.50NA57.6360.8863.78
Himachal Pradesh48.5047.3253.6658.4163.72
Jammu & Kashmir49.3241.5750.7254.9162.97
JharkhandNANANANANA
KarnatakaNANANANANA
KeralaNANANANANA
Madhya Pradesh48.2539.6654.8255.6360.94
Maharashtra56.0740.5356.1053.8560.50
ManipurNA47.8855.75NA56.44
MeghalayaNA38.2249.85NA56.44
MizoramNA40.44NANA42.22
NagalandNA47.47NANA56.97
Odisha45.4741.8861.7858.0763.10
Puducherry57.38NA59.97NA61.91
Punjab49.47NA58.6656.9463.10
Rajasthan43.8231.3855.8250.6060.25
Tamil Nadu52.3548.1664.7852.7566.38
Telangana51.4751.8560.6060.0362.13
Tripura47.3239.66NA51.1056.57
Uttar Pradesh42.4437.635255.7859.82
Uttarakhand51.97NA63.38NA70.19
West Bengal48.6936.0348.1053.9759.97

As we can gather from the table above, the cut-offs range from the 40s to the 60s. The highest cut-off marks were 70.19 for the general category in the state of Uttarakhand. Across all categories, the lowest cut-off mark obtained by a qualifying candidate was 36.03 for the Scheduled Tribes from West Bengal. The low cut-off marks reflect the relatively difficult level of assessment of the Mains paper.

Maximum Cut offs

State/UTSCSTOBCEWSGeneral
Andhra Pradesh63.2253.5364.3864.1678.44
Arunachal PradeshNA44.03NANA59.91
Assam63.1350.6957.9159.5069.72
Bihar58.2254.9464.1363.6379.69
Chhattisgarh53.97NANA57.5774.16
Gujarat62.7252.1064.1957.1382.44
Haryana69.19NA72.3563.3274
Himachal Pradesh6252.1362.2877.7281.19
Jammu & Kashmir63.3850.2563.7262.7573.91
JharkhandNANANANANA
KarnatakaNANANANANA
KeralaNANANANANA
Madhya Pradesh61.165566.2861.1675.69
Maharashtra7254.037260.2873.50
ManipurNA48.4762.28NA65.63
MeghalayaNA48.6653.66NA63.63
MizoramNA44.63NANA53.22
NagalandNA55.35NANA56.97
Odisha54.7555.1662.8259.4172.47
Puducherry57.38NA60.13NA66.22
Punjab63.78NA65.9762.4774.32
Rajasthan65.6068.6662.4460.7879.60
Tamil Nadu64.9155.1975.4761.7274.97
Telangana70.8564.2575.7864.7870.94
Tripura52.7553.41NA53.4166.16
Uttar Pradesh60.6653.2864.2561.7576.07
Uttarakhand52.19NA63.38NA73.53
West Bengal65.6348.1665.9764.6377.32

The maximum cut-off marks refer to the highest marks obtained by a candidate from a particular category from each state. This data is just provided for information purposes. While it is important for candidates to score the minimum cut-off marks to qualify, the knowledge of maximum cut-off marks encourages candidates to outperform themselves. The highest mark obtained in this exam was 79.69 by a candidate from Bihar hailing from the Unreserved category. The lowest maximum marks obtained by a qualifying candidate were 50.25 by a candidate from Jammu & Kashmir belonging to a Scheduled Tribe.

After having studied the minimum cut-offs and the maximums marks obtained by the candidates, we can see that the level of assessment of the Mains paper was relatively more difficult as compared to the Prelims paper. While candidates scored in the 70s in an 80-mark paper, on average candidates also scored in the 70s in the 200-mark Mains paper. This should give you a fair idea about how you need to perform in your exam to ace both stages of assessment.

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. 

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