IBPS RRB 2017 Prelims Exam Review, Analysis & Expected Cutoffs [Was the Exam Difficult]

IBPS PO 2016 Exam Review,IBPS PO 2016 prelims review,IBPS PO prelims cutoffs,IBPS PO 2016 prelims expected cutoffsThe IBPS RRB 2017 preliminary exam for office assistants and officer (scale I) have begun and many candidates have appeared on the first day itself.So here is the IBPS RRB prelims 2017 exam review that would help a ll others who are appearing for tests in the next shifts.You all know that the qualifiers of this test are only eligible to take the main exam.Hence we have also listed the expected cutoffs based on inputs.


The IBPS RRB preliminary examination is held for recruitment of Office assistant and Officer (scale I, II & III) in regional rural banks across India.It is scheduled to happen on October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at various centres across India in different time slots.


A total of 15,300 vacancies were reserved in regional banks to be filled in the year 2017-18.


As per the IBPS RRB preliminary exam pattern, you are required to 80 objective type questions in 45 minutes.This online test will have 3 sections – Reasoning and Numerical Ability/ Quantitative Aptitude.


IBPS RRB 2017 Prelims Review: Not Very Easy

After the test was complete, we got in touch with some candidates & coaching institutes to share their IBPS RRB Officer (scale I) prelims exam review.




September 9: Candidates, termed the paper to range between easy to moderate. Though solvable, some questions were tricky is what many felt.


Though majority of questions were from expected chapters, few problems in quantitative aptitude was taking too long to solve.


Due to this, candidates had to allot more time in understanding it & use appropriate method to arrive at the correct answer.The breakup of questions from the paper are given below.


Quantitative Aptitude: As usual, the problems in quants consumed time because of its calculative nature.It had questions from:

  • Number series - 5
  • Approximations - 5
  • Data interpretation – 10 to 15
  • Quadratic equations – 5
  • Approximation/ Simplification: 5
  • Inquality: 5
  • Other topics – 10 (Profit Loss, Partnerships, Average,Time & Work, CI/ SI, Average, Ratio, Proportion, Percentage, Boats & Stream.

Good number of attempts: 22 - 30


Reasoning: It had a total of 40 questions, which were quite easy (except puzzles, as usual) & many are confident to score good marks in this section.

  • Puzzles & Arrangments: 15 – 20
  • Coding/ Decoding: 5 - 7
  • Inequalities: 5
  • Syllogism: 5
  • Series: 3 – 5

Good number of attempts: 24 -  32IBPS PO 2016 prelims exam review,IBPS PO prelims expected cutoffs,ibps po exam time allotment,what will be IBPS PO prelims cutoffs


Eventhough majority of candidates agreed that the paper was moderate, lack of time was a general complaint from everyone.


Hence we can confidently say that like previous years, time management holds the key on whether an individual gets shortlisted for IBPS RRB mains or not.


Online mock tests: Do you have IBPS RRB prelims in upcoming shifts? Then consider trying out the mock tests in the above pattern.


1) IBPS RRB Office Assistants Mock Tests – Click here to buy online for Rs.399


2) IBPS RRB Officer (scale I, II and III) Mock Tests - Click here to buy online for Rs.499


Expected IBPS RRB Prelims Cutoffs

Predicting cutoff scores for a common bank exam written by over 10 lakh people is absolutely not possible.


But by looking at previous or similar tests & taking those factors into account, we have managed to pinpoint the range within which the cutoffs could fall.


Safe Attempts: Most have attended between 40 – 60 questions in ibps RRB officer (scale I) prelims exam, while very few managed to attempt more than 60 questions.


If you are looking for the IBPS RRB 2017 prelims expected cutoffs, we hope it could fall in the following region:



Reasoning: 15 -  20

Quantitative aptitude: 12 – 16


Accuracy: All those who were cool during the course of the test inspite of the short time can secure decent scores.The reason why I say this is because of negative marks.


Candidates who rushed to complete at the last minute may find their scores going down further as their no. of wrong answers increase.Therefore it could be a close call for many individuals.


What`s your Experience?

How did you perform in the IBPS RRB prelims? Where do you think the cutoffs will head?


Share the attempts & areas to concentrate with other readers so that those appearing for next week will find it useful

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