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IBPS RRB Scale 2: Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

September 9, 2022

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IBPS RRB Scale 2 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

IBPS decides the syllabus and exam pattern.  The IBPS includes three stages – Prelims, Mains, Interviews.  Candidates who clear all the three stages get selection.  While those who fail to clear any of these stages cannot secure selection in the IBPS.  IBPS released the syllabus and exam pattern in the official notification.  Candidates must visit the official website of IBPS – http://www.ibps.in to check the exam pattern and syllabus of the IBPS RRB Scale 2 Exam.

ParticularsDetails
Number of Stages3 (Prelims, Mains, Interviews)
Duration of Prelims Exam60 minutes
Duration of Mains Exam210 minutes
Type of QuestionsObjective (MCQ)
Exam ModeOnline

IBPS RRB Scale 2 Exam Pattern – Prelims

The syllabus of the prelims exam differs from the mains exam.  The level of difficulty of questions also differs.  IBPS conducts the exam in online mode.  Candidates have to appear for the online written exam.  The marks of the prelims exam are not included in the final result.  Prelims exam is of qualifying nature.

  • The prelims exam is held in online mode.  There is no other mode to appear for the prelims exam.
  • The prelims exam includes three sections – English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning.
  • The time allotted to complete the prelims exam is one hour.  Candidates have to finish the exam in the given time.
  • The prelims exam includes Objective Type Questions.  Each question carries four options.  Candidates have to choose the right option from the given options.
  • Each question carries one mark and negative marks will be rewarded for giving wrong answers. A penalty of 0.25 marks is imposed for giving incorrect answers.
  • The medium for giving the exam is English and Hindi.  However, the questions of English Sections will be asked in English Language only.
  • Candidates must go through the exam pattern and syllabus of the IBPS RRB Scale 2 Exam carefully.  There would be a sectional cut-off to qualify for the exam.
SectionQuestionsMarksTime
English303020 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
Reasoning353520 minutes
Total10010060 minutes

IBPS RRB Scale 2 Exam Pattern – Mains

  • The mains exam is held in both offline and online mode.
  • The mains exam includes four sections – English, Data Interpretation, Reasoning and Computer, Banking Awareness.
  • It also includes a descriptive paper having two questions – Letter and Essay Writing.
  • The mains exam includes both Objective and Descriptive Type Questions.
  • The duration to complete the Objective Questions is 3 hours or 180 minutes.  The duration to complete the descriptive paper is 30 minutes.
  • There will be a sectional time limit to finish the exam.
  • There will be a sectional cut-off for each section.
  • Candidates who score higher in the mains exam will be called for the Interview.
Mains ExamSectionQuestionsMarksTimeMedium
ObjectiveEnglish354040 minutesEnglish
Data Interpretation356045 minutesEnglish and Hindi
Reasoning and Computer456060 minutesEnglish and Hindi
Banking Awareness404035 minutesEnglish and Hindi
DescriptiveEssay and Letter writing22530 minutesEnglish

Exam Pattern for Interview

  • Candidates who clear the mains exam are called for an interview round.  Marks will be given for interviews as well.
  • The interview round carries 100 marks.  The final result will be prepared on the basis of the marks scored in the interview round.
  • The interview carries 20% weightage in the final result.  Candidates cannot take this stage lightly.
  • In this round, the overall personality and academic expertise of the candidates are assessed by the interviewers.
  • The interview round is held in offline mode.
  • Candidates belonging to the reserved categories need to score at least 35% marks in the interview round.
  • Candidates belonging to the General/OBC/EWS categories need to score at least 40% marks in the interview round.

IBPS RRB Scale 2 Syllabus

Before starting the preparation for IBPS RRB Scale 2 Exam, candidates must go through the syllabus and pattern of the exam carefully.  The syllabus of the prelims exam differs from the mains exam.  Candidates who have good knowledge of the syllabus can score high in the exam.  A detailed syllabus of the exam is available in the official notification released by the IBPS on 7th June 2021.  The prelims exam is the primary selection.  Candidates who clear the prelims exam can appear for the mains exam.  The mains exam is of high importance.  The marks secured in the mains exam are included in the final result.  After the mains exam, an interview round is held to assess the overall personality of the candidates.

Syllabus of Prelims Exam

EnglishQuantitative AptitudeReasoning
ComprehensionSimplificationBlood Relations
Cloze TestProfit and LossDirection Sense Test
Para jumblesWork and TimePuzzles
Error SpottingSpeed and DistanceData Sufficiency
Fill in the blanksSimple and Compound InterestSeating Arrangements
Idioms and PhrasesMensurationSyllogism
Synonyms and AntonymsAlgebraCoding and Decoding

Syllabus of Mains Exam

EnglishQuantitative AptitudeBanking and General Awareness Reasoning and Computer Awareness
ComprehensionSimplificationHistoryInput DevicesBlood Relations
Cloze TestProfit and LossGeographyOutput DevicesSeating Arrangement
Para jumblesWork and TimePolityProcessorsDirection Test
Error SpottingSpeed and DistanceFinanceComputer HardwareSyllogism
Fill in the blanksSimple and Compound InterestEconomicsComputer SoftwarePuzzles
Idioms and PhrasesMensurationCurrent AffairsInternet and NetworkingRanking
Synonyms and AntonymsAlgebraStatic GKMS OfficeCoding/Decoding

Recommended Books

The primary stage to prepare for any exam is the right selection of books.  There are numerous books available in the market.  A book is the only source to dig depth knowledge about a particular subject.  Before preparing for the IBPS RRB Scale 2 Exam candidates need to keep certain things in mind.  Candidates must buy books that contain the whole syllabus.  As there is a different syllabus for both prelims and mains exam.  Candidates must buy books that consist of all the important topics.  Do not buy separate books for each topic as it would time consuming.  Before buying, books candidates must have complete knowledge about the syllabus and exam pattern.  Candidates must buy books that contain questions about the latest pattern.

Recommended Books for Prelims and Mains Exam

SectionsBooks
EnglishGeneral English by SP Bakshi, Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
Quantitative  AptitudeAptitude by Arun Sharma,  Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
ReasoningVerbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
ComputerComputer Awareness by Lucent
General AwarenessLucent

Preparation Tips

  • Before starting the preparation, candidates must go through the syllabus and exam pattern of the IBPS RRB Scale 2 Exam.  It will help you understand the exam pattern and syllabus.
  • Candidates must prepare according to the latest exam pattern.
  • Candidates must follow the books of the latest edition that carries questions of the latest syllabus and exam pattern.
  • Aspiring candidates must study the previous year’s papers.  Previous years’ papers give the idea of the form of questions being asked by IBPS over the years.
  • Candidates must attempt as many mock tests as they can.  A mock test helps you assess your performance in the exam.  It helps you proceed in the right direction.

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FAQ

Q. How many sections are there in IBPS RRB Scale 2 Prelims Exam?

A.   A total of three sections are there in the prelims exam – English, Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude.  A duration of 60 minutes (1 Hour) is given to finish the exam.

Q. Is there a negative marking in IBPS RRB Scale 2 Exam?

A.   Yes, there will be a negative marking in the prelims exam.  A penalty of 0.25 marks will be rewarded for giving wrong answers.  Candidates need to be careful while answering the questions.

Q. Is there a sectional cut-off in IBPS RRB Scale 2 Exam?

A.    Yes, there will be a sectional cut-off in both prelims and mains exams.  Candidates have to score high in sections to meet the sectional cut-off.

Q. What is the time duration to complete the IBPS RRB Scale 2 Mains Exam?

A.   Candidates have to finish the Objective Questions in 3 Hours.  A duration of 30 minutes will be given to complete the descriptive paper having two questions – Letter and Essay Writing.

Q5. How many marks will be given in the IBPS RRB Scale 2 Interview?

A.  The interview round carries 100 marks.  The interview round will have 20% weightage in the final result.

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