Best RRB preparation tips for acing the exam

Are you preparing for RRB Entrance Exam? Read some tips to score high on the upcoming RRB Entrance Exams.

RRB JE 2019 CBT 2 Exam date is now out, and the CBT 1 result has been declared. This means that thousands of heartbreaks have happened, while thousand others have launched a fresh set of preparations. However, when it comes to RRB preparations in general, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind while cracking the first level. And if it wasn't this year, then next year would possibly be the one for you.

That being said, you need to be on your toes from now on while preparing for the exam with multiple levels in mind. Not only do you need to read through course books, give entrance mock tests, and read as many newspapers and general knowledge books, but you also need to follow through on the RRB entrance exam forums to ensure that you are ready for the exam with the best possible preparations. That being said, here are a few things that you need to consider in order to get ready about the exam including a focus on each and every section there is:

1. General Awareness:
This section includes Current Affairs, International and National Organizations, Important Days and Dates, Who is Who, National and International Sports, Books and Authors, Science – Inventions and Discoveries, Budget and Plans for the upcoming 5 years, Awards and Honors, Abbreviations, Major Financial/Economic News, and anything and everything under the Sun that can perhaps be translated as something that would require your Awareness. This means that you need to ensure that you are following the top newspapers for at least this year, along with the year book for General Knowledge to have a shot at cracking this section.

2. Arithmetic Ability:
The section allows you to recall the most important foundational level mathematical concepts that you had been studying since class 6th, including Number System, Data Interpretation, Decimal Fractions, Percentage, Ratio and Proportions, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Time and Work, Unitary Method, Time and Distance, Mensuration (2D and 3D), HCF, LCM, Algebra, Simplification, Average, to name a few. This means that you can pick up the NCERT books from an earlier standard, work your way through the basics, and that will allow you to have a firm footing as compared to anybody else who is sitting for the exam.

3. General Intelligence:
This multiple-choice section is a mix bag of questions, that allows you to test your ability in the fields like General Science, Mental Ability and General Reasoning based questions, including General Awareness, Arithmetic, and General Intelligence & Reasoning. This means that not only do you need to prepare for all the sections that we are discussing, but you also need to go an extra mile, as some of the questions from those other sections, may pop up here as well.

4. Reasoning Ability:
This section will be present to test your ability of finding out patters among numbers and symbols, and it will be present in 2 formats:

  • Verbal Reasoning: Number Series, Test of Direction Sense, Number Ranking, Age Calculation Problems, Alphabet Series, Blood Relations, Coding-Decoding, Arithmetical Reasoning, Decision Making, Analogy

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning: Mirror Images, Non-Verbal Series, Embedded Figures, Grouping Identical Figures, Cubes and Dice

  • You should be able to gauge how a series, or a pattern is progressing, before making a call on the right answer. While practice definitely allows you to be on top of your game, irrespective of the field or exam, it is irrefutable for this section, as the only thing that can allow you to ace it, is your uncanny ability to remember if you have seen this pattern previously in a question.

    5. General English:
    This is the h(a)unting ground for most of the students, as typically, this is considered as the weakest suite. The section includes questions from Grammar and Comprehension section in which grammar-based questions, including Fill in the blanks, one word for phrases, Synonyms-Antonyms, Idioms & Phrases, and test your ability to the fullest. However, we would recommend putting in some extra-effort on this section, not only for this exam, but also from a future point of view, as your ability to grasp the language will not only serve you well in the exam, but also for interviews, as well as in your real-life scenarios.

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    Author: Umesh21 Aug 2019 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

    A very elaborate and helpful article for the students preparing for RRB. They can take advantage of the guidelines brought out here and focus on studies accordingly.

    I have to add that today one has to prepare thoroughly for any entrance exam and everywhere there is a tough competition. One should understand that there are certain things which are common between the various tests and examinations. For example, the questions on logic and analytical approach, the problems of basic mathematical abilities and computations etc are more and less similar. The general English part also will contain almost same type of questions everywhere. So, in such a scenario the candidate should note that his hard work will not go waste if he could not succeed in one test. So studies should be carried out in a broader perspective and not only limited to a particular exam.

    Author: Varghese21 Aug 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

    A very well prepared approach to crack Railway Recruitment Board(RRB) entrance exam with good preparation. Students preparing to attempt the RRB entrance exam can have a view on this article and get a better understanding of how to prepare well for the exam. This article has focussed on the complete syllabus and the approach needed to get into the rank list. The write-up will provide you with technics and preparations to be done to attempt the RRB competitive exam with ease.

    Author: Partha K.31 Aug 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 8

    I have read this article with interest. I would like to add some more information, Firstly, Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) do not, as such conduct any Entrance Examination. What they do is to conduct various competitive exams for appointment against various posts in various zonal railways.

    Secondly, the author most probably talks about Junior Engineers (JE) selection examination conducted by RRBs. So if candidates for these with to know the eligibility criteria (educational, age and medical) they can check it out in the official notification, as also the syllabus and the examination pattern.

    Thirdly, the pattern of examination for the Railway JE 2019 Exam is not as stated in the article. It will be conducted in the following four different phases:
    (a) First Stage of CBT
    (b) Second Stage of CBT
    (c) Document Verification
    (d) Medical Examination

    The first phase (CBT-1), the test is of 90 minutes duration and consists of Maths. (30 questions), Gen. Intelligence & Reasoning (25 questions), General Awareness (15 questions) and Gen. Science (30 questions) totaling 100 questions. The CBT-2 is of 120 minutes duration. It consists of Gen. Awareness (15 questions), Physics & Chemistry (15 questions), Computer Applications Basics (10 questions), Pollution control (10 questions) and Technical Abilities (100 questions) totaling 150 questions. There is no English paper either in CBT-1 or in CBT-2. There shall be negative marking for incorrect answers in CBTs. 1/3rd of the marks allotted shall be deducted for each wrong answer.

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