Combined Strategy for IBPS RRB OS-I & Office Assistant 2017

You have around two months to prepare for IBPS RRB Officer Scale-1 & Office Assistant Preliminary examinations. We suggest you start your preparations immediately. Both Officer Scale-1 and Office Assistant Prelims have two sections: Quantitative Ability & Reasoning and do not include the ‘English’ section like most bank exam prelims do. The following preparation strategy will guide you through your preparation process.

Officer Scale-1 & Office Assistant 2017 Exam Pattern

Name of the section
Number of questions
Total Marks
Quantitative Aptitude
45 Mins

Officer Scale-1 & Office Assistant 2017 Study Material
Your preparation material should be kept to a minimum. Following books are useful for concepts in Quant and Reasoning:
  • Magical Book on Puzzle by K. Kundan
  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT - Sarvesh K Verma
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Data Interpretation by K. Kundan
  • Quicker Maths by M. Tyra

Note on books: A lot of books containing practice sets and previous year solved papers will have errors in them. We suggest you buy ones that are most recommended and are free of errors.

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Officer Scale-1 & Office Assistant Syllabus

Important Quant topics:
Data Interpretation [Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Table, Line Graph, Radar Chart, Mixed Graph], Number Series, Data Sufficiency, Quadratic Equations, Problems on Ages, Partnership, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage & Averages, Profit & Loss, Mixture & Allegations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Work & Time, Time & Distance, Boats & Streams, Simplification Approximation,

Important Reasoning topics:
Seating Arrangement [Circular & Linear], Syllogism, Input Output, Coding Decoding, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Order, Alphabet Test, Date Sufficiency, Coded Inequalities, Puzzles, Logical Reasoning, Blood Relation, Data Sufficiency.

The above list is just indicative of the syllabus and isn’t an exhaustive list. Refer to previous year exam papers and the official notification to determine the syllabus.

Officer Scale-1 & Office Assistant 2017 Preparation Approach
Follow a systematic preparation approach. Make a time table and stick to it. Allot specific time for Quant and Reasoning topics and keep some time for revision.

Start with the basics!

If your Math isn’t very good, we suggest you first brush up your basics in math from NCERT Math textbooks of the 8th, 9th and the 10th grades. However, do not spend too much time on it. Do selective practice of topics that will help you in your exam.
The reasoning section tests your mental abilities, problem-solving and decision-making skills. This is something that requires time and a lot of practice to master. However, for starters, we recommend you solve crossword puzzles, sudoku, and other mind-benders to sharpen your skills.

Calculation speed:

To save time, it’s important that you have a good calculation speed. It’s best to perform basic calculations mentally to avoid the need for using rough sheets during exam. Following are a few things you can do to increase your calculation speed in math:

  • Learn quicker Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. These are used in almost every math problem
  • Learn Tables up to 20, Square roots up to 30 and Cube roots up to 20
  • Follow the one-liner approach technique for quicker Addition & Subtraction

While learning these is important, it’s equally important to revise them multiple times. Practice by writing these down in a practice workbook and revise them regularly.

Learn the concepts

While it is important to learn all the concepts of each topic, it is equally important to prepare them in an order. We suggest this because most of the topics in Quant are interdependent. Start with Ratio & Proportion, Percentages and Interest for Quant section as you might require to apply these concepts to other bigger topics.

Use your preparation material to learn the concepts of every topic under the Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning sections. After learning each concept, it is important that you practice 15-20 questions related to that topic to master it. Follow this for every concept until you have exhausted the syllabus.

A word on Shortcut Tricks:

We suggest you learn shortcut techniques for topics only after you have mastered the conventional way of solving them. It’s also important that you are selective about the shortcut tricks you learn. There are hundreds of books available in the market that teach you shortcut techniques. Learning all of them does not make any sense and will only end up confusing you.

Therefore, we recommend you learn only the most important shortcuts that will help you arrive at solutions quicker. The key, is to master both the conventional way of solving and solving using shortcut techniques.

How to learn the shortcut techniques?

You can personalize your shortcut. Every individual can device their own shortcuts based on their strengths and weaknesses and understanding of the topics. We recommend you try and come up with your own shortcut tricks. If and only if you can’t do that, refer to books that contain shortcut techniques.

Do not waste your time trying to learn all the formulas! Learn only the most important ones.

Solve previous year question papers
Once you have understood all the concepts of Quant and Reasoning thoroughly, solve the IBPS RRB Officer Scale-1 and Office Assistant previous year question papers.

Why should you solve previous year papers?
  • It will help you understand the difficulty level and pattern of exam
  • Sometimes the questions from previous year papers might repeat this year
  • It will help you strategize your time for the exam

We suggest you refer to fully solved previous year papers as it will give you a chance to analyze the solutions and find the one that works best for you.

Take Mock Tests

We cannot emphasize enough on the importance of mock tests for IBPS RRB Officer Scale-1 and Office Assistant Exams. You need to take Mock Tests on every step of your preparation process:
  • Take one mock test before you start learning your concepts to assess your performance
  • Take sectional mock tests after each practice session to measure your progress
  • Take mock tests after learning the concepts and solving previous year papers to identify your strong and weak areas. Work on your weak areas by practicing more questions from those topics and retake the mock tests to check your improvement.

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Improve speed and accuracy
Once you’re confident about all the topics, use mock tests to improve your speed and accuracy.
  • Take an IBPS RRB Mock Test
  • Determine your speed and accuracy: The mock tests analytics feature provides an in-depth analysis of your performance. It tells you your speed and accuracy for each topic. Use this information to practice those topics to improve your speed and accuracy in those topics and also your overall speed and accuracy.
  • Retake the test after your practice to measure your progress
  • Repeat this till you achieve a decent speed and accuracy across all the topics.

Save the above strategy and use it as a handy guide during your IBPS RRB Officer Scale-1 and Office Assistant Exam Preparation.
We wish you all the very best!