Institute of Banking personnel (IBPS) today, August 01, 2021, conducted the Day 1 of the Rural Regional Bank (RRB) 2021 online preliminary examination. The exam was conducted in five shifts from 8:35 am to 6:20 pm. Each shift was conducted for duration of 45 minutes in which each students had to attempt a total of 80 questions. The paper was divided into two sections – Reasoning Ability (40 questions) and Mathematics (40 questions). Overall, the shift-wise level of difficult remained the same i.e., easy to moderate and students could easily solve 60 out of the total 80 questions.

The consecutive sessions are scheduled on August 07, 08, 14 and 21, 2021. For students who are appearing for the recruitment exams on the remaining days, here is the IBPS RRB 2021 shift-wise paper analysis.

**IBPS RRB 2021 Shift 1 Paper Analysis**

According to most aspirants who appeared for the first shift, the preliminary exam had easy-to-moderate level questions. The Reasoning section was divided into two types of questions – puzzles and miscellaneous. The latter type comprised of 5 inequality questions, 5 from syllogism, 5 statement with 2 conclusion questions, one odd one out, and 4-5 Chinese coding questions.

In case of Mathematics, 7 missing number series were asked which were easy to solve. Additionally, there were 5 quadratic, 5-6 Data Interpretation (DI) questions, and 5 Caselets. DI were easy-to-moderate level containing questions based on boys and girls, and days of the week. Importance was also given to Arithmetic section, comprising of 11-12 questions.

**IBPS RRB 2021 Shift 2 Paper Analysis**

The second shift had more or less the same type of questions with slight variations. Even the level of difficulty remained the same i.e., easy-to-moderate. In the Reasoning section, questions asked in the paper included 5 from 10-box, 4 from 16-uncertain circle, north-south, 3 from blood relation, 3 from direction, 4 from syllogism, 4 from inequality along with alpha pairing.

In case of Mathematics, 5 questions were based on approximation, 6 from number series, 5 caselets, 11 DI, and 13 from Arithmetic section. In case of Arithmetic section, the 13 questions covered topics like partnership, age, work and time, profit and loss, ratio, etc.

**IBPS RRB 2021 Shift 3 Paper Analysis**

The third shift was slightly more difficult in comparison to first two shifts, with 2-3 difficult questions asked in both subject sections. To begin with, the Reasoning section contained 5 irregularity questions, 3-4 syllogism, 5 Chinese coding, 1 blood relation, 3 from Direction & Distance, etc.

Puzzles based on month & date (5), linear (5), classification (4) flat & floor (5) and comparison (3) questions were covered in the IBPS third session.

In case of the Mathematics section, 5 questions were based on wrong number series, 5 from quadratic equations, DI covering bar graphs, caselets and arithmetic questions were asked. According to students’ insights, the arithmetic section was comparatively tougher.

**IBPS RRB 2021 Shift 4 Paper Analysis**

While the questions were not repeated in any shift, there was one commonality – all shift covered mostly the same topics in both subjects. In case of Reasoning, 4/5 questions were asked from syllogism, 5 from inequality, 1-2 from direction, 2-3 related to blood relation, 1 from coding and 1 letter-based question.

While this was the situation in the miscellaneous type, the puzzle section covered 5 questions from months, 5 from circular (in and out), 5 based on floor-flat combination,4-5 questions on double-line with flower like variable and comparison questions. According to some students, while the questions were solvable, they were lengthy. Also, some students did find the variable puzzle difficult to solve.

In case of the Mathematics section, 5 questions were based on missing number series, quadratic questions, DI caselets (line-graph, table-based) and 18 arithmetic questions. Many students did find this section simple to solve as it covered topics like partnership, mixture, mensuration, speed and distance, etc.

**Overall, all shifts of Day 1 covered similar topics, despite not having any repeated questions. Students of the upcoming sessions are advised to solve today’s papers to gauge the type of questions being asked by IBPS.**