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11 Preparation Tips for IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multipurpose) Exam

By Barnali Barman
Last updated on 30th Oct 2021
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The IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multipurpose) exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection every year. The examination is conducted in two rounds- the Preliminary examination and the Main examination.

There will be negative marking in both the Preliminary and Main exams. The preliminary exam consists of two sections including Reasoning Ability and Numerical Ability. Whereas the Main exam consists of Computer Knowledge, General Awareness, English language, Hindi language besides Reasoning and Numerical Ability.

Subject Wise Preparation Tips

Since there are various subjects in the IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multipurpose) Exam, you should apply the different methods for different subjects. Therefore a few important points have been mentioned below:

1. Preparation for Reasoning Ability

Reasoning ability includes the topics like coding-decoding, analogy, blood relations, series test, cause and effects, puzzle, direction test, word formation, decision making, assertion and reason etc.

To prepare for the reasoning ability, you should clear the basic concepts of the subject. Once you complete the syllabus and gain confidence, you should start practising the mock tests. Practising mock tests will help you to understand the level of your preparation.

2. Preparation for Numerical Ability

The topics of Numerical ability include number systems, quadratic equations, percentage, HCF and LCM, decimal fraction, average, data interpretation, simple interest, time and work etc.

Like the reasoning ability, you should also clear the concept of the topics of Numerical Ability. Practise is the key to be well versed with this subject. To retain the rule and formula, you should practise regularly.

3. Preparation for Computer Knowledge

The computer knowledge section includes computer fundamentals, computer abbreviations, shortcut keys, basic knowledge of the internet etc. For this section, you should follow a book that contains the basic knowledge of a computer. Try to understand the information practically. It will help you to retain the information you have studied.


4. Preparation for General Awareness

General Awareness includes topics like current affairs, government policies, capitals and currencies, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, fiscal policies etc. For the portion of current affairs, you should read the newspaper regularly. For the static GK portion, you should read the books of Arihant and Lucent publication.

5. Preparation for Languages

There will be two languages in the language section including the English and Hindi language. The topics include reading comprehension, antonyms and synonyms, error detection, fill in the blanks, error spotting etc.

To get a good score in the language section you should study the grammar book of that particular language. Moreover, try to clear the concepts of the topics.

Other Preparation Tips

Besides the subject wise preparation, you should follow the points mentioned below:

1. Know the Exam

You should be well aware of the basic information of the exam completely. Go through the previous years’ question paper to know the exam pattern.

2. Study Regularly

Regular study will help you to keep yourself on track of study. It will help you to retain the information and to keep pace with the syllabus.


3. Keep Revising

Keep revising the topics you have studied earlier. It will help you to retain the information you fed up your brain. After studying a new topic, revise that topic once again within 24 hours, then again revise it after one week. Thus you will be able to retain the topic for a long time.

4. Reach the Venue Early

Try to reach the examination venue at least one hour earlier than the commencement of the exam. Late entry to the examination hall will cause nervousness which may be one of the reasons for your failure in the exam. Therefore, you should be careful in this matter.

5. Attempt the Easy Questions First

Always attempt the easy questions first. It will help you to be comfortable with the question paper. You also won’t get nervous easily when you will be able to answer the questions you are comfortable with.

6. Negative Marking

Since there will be negative marking in this exam in both the stages including the Preliminary and Main exam, you should be very careful while answering a question. You should not answer that question when you are not sure of the answer.


The aforementioned IBPS RRB office assistant preparation tips will be beneficial for you if you are thinking about preparing or already started your preparation for the exam.

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