Arrangement questions are one of the high scoring sections in the IBPS RRB exam. This section can also make the difference between getting through and not getting through. A lot of candidates often get confused and then they get the answers wrong. If you use the right technique then you would be able to get the right answers and that too, without wasting much time. This could give you the edge. So, what is the right way of solving IBPS RRB arrangement questions? Here, we are going to take a closer look at the questions, their nature and also discover the efficient ways to solve the questions.

## Understanding IBPS RRB Arrangement Questions

### What are Arrangement Questions?

Arrangement questions are quite simple. You would need to detect the number of possible arrangements of a given set of elements based on the instructions given in the question.

### What is the structure of IBPS RRB Arrangement Questions?

Most of the questions are letter-based. In such type of questions, you would be a group of letters. You would find how many ways in which you can arrange the letters according to the instructions given in the question.

For example: If it is possible to make only one meaningful word (starting with N) with the second, fifth, and the sixth letters of the word ‘INTRODUCE’, which would be the second letter of that word from the left? If more than one such word can be formed, Give ‘X’ as the answer. If no such word can be formed, give ‘Z’ as your answer.

Options

A) O

B) N

C) X

D) Z

### How Many Questions Come in the Exam?

It is difficult to say how many questions from this particular section you can expect in IBPS RRB 2018. The exam is not static, but dynamic. The number of questions varies from year to year. On an average, the following number of questions come in the exam.

• For IBPS RRB PO exam –  3-6 questions
• For IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam – 10-12 questions

So, if you are preparing for the IBPS RRB office assistant exam, then this section is especially crucial for you. It is also important for you if you are preparing for IBPS RRB officer exam.

### How Difficult are They to Solve?

The questions are quite easy to solve. The difficulty of the question varies from year to year. However, in most years, the questions have been easy to solve.

## Solving IBPS RRB Arrangement Questions

Let us take the example that we have cited above and see how you can solve it.

Question: If it is possible to make only one meaningful word (starting with N) with the second, fifth, and the sixth letters of the word ‘INTRODUCE’, which would be the second letter of that word from the left? If more than one such word can be formed, Give ‘X’ as the answer. If no such word can be formed, give ‘Z’ as your answer.

Solution: To solve questions like these, the first thing that you need to do is break the entire set of instructions into bits and pieces. The first thing that you need to understand is what is being asked.

Here, you are asked to create a meaningful word from the specific letters of the word INTRODUCE

We only need to use the second, fifth and sixth letters, which are N, and O and D respectively.

Now, the next thing that you need to look at the meaningful words that can be formed with the letters.

There are two meaningful words – NOD and DON.

Since there are two words that can be formed, we should give the answer as X

This is how easy it is to solve such questions. All you need to do is break the questions into bits and pieces and understand what piece of information should be used first.

## Practice Questions

Question 1:

Study the following arrangement carefully and answer the questions given below:

B 5 R 1 * E K 4 F 7 % D A M 2 P 3 % 9 H I W 8 ⋆ 6 U J @ V Q &

Which of the following is exactly in the middle between D and U in the above arrangement?

Options:

A) %

B) 9

C) E

D) *

Question 2:

Directions: These questions are based on the following set of numbers

426 856 961 663 937

If 1 is added to the middle digit of each number and then the first and the second digits are interchanged. Which of the following will be the third digit of the smallest number?

Options:

A) 5

B) 6

C) 2

D) 7