IBPS RRB Scheduling Questions | IBPS RRB 2021

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In today’s busy lifestyle, managing our lives have become pretty difficult. That is the reason why most of us schedule our tasks. When you are preparing for IBPS RRB, you plan which subject to study and on which day. So, the concept of scheduling is not something new to us. However, it is often seen that when questions on schedule come in the IBPS RRB exam, candidates get a bit confused. IBPS RRB scheduling questions are comparatively easier to score when you compare it with other subjects. All you need is the right kind of approach and things would become much easier for you. Let us take a look at some of the things that you should know when it comes to solving IBPS RRB scheduling questions.

Understanding IBPS RRB Scheduling Questions

Let us first understand what the questions are, how many of them can actually come in the exam and how difficult are they to solve. This information would help you understand the things that you need to do and the amount of effort that you need to put in.

What are Scheduling Questions?

Scheduling questions are questions where you would be asked to deduce the schedule of events according to the information given to you.

What is the structure of IBPS RRB Scheduling Questions?

In a typical scheduling question in IBPS RRB, you would be given a set of statements. You would be asked to deduce the schedule based on the information provided to you.

Example: 

Seven animated movies – Up, Finding Nemo, Ice Age, Aladdin, Shark Tale, Beauty & the Beast, The Incredibles, were screened during a children’s workshop not necessarily in the same order. The workshop started on Monday and ended on Sunday. Only one movie was screened on each day.

‘Beauty & the Beast’ was screened on Wednesday. ‘The Incredibles’ was screened on the fourth day after ‘Up’ was screened. ‘Ice Age’ was screened before Thursday but not on Monday. ‘Shark Tale’ and ‘Aladdin’ were not screened on Saturday but ‘Shark Tale’ was screened before Saturday.

How many movies were screened before ‘Shark Tale’?

How Many Questions Come in the Exam?

Scheduling questions, like some other topics in IBPS RRB reasoning paper, usually come in a ‘set’. This means that you would get a number of questions following the set of instructions. For example, the above paragraph might have around 5 questions about it. In the IBPS RRB exam, you would get at least one such set, which would contain 3-5 questions. Therefore, you can expect to get at least 3-5 questions from this section. However, in IBPS RRB, the number of questions can go slightly up or down.

How Difficult are They to Solve?

As said before, IBPS RRB scheduling questions are quite easy to solve. It might sound tricky at first, but after you know the right approach and put in a little bit of practice into it, you would get results for sure.

The Technique for Solving IBPS RRB Scheduling Questions

We have said before that solving IBPS RRB scheduling questions can be tricky. The reason behind this you are given too many bits and pieces of information in one go. The statements don’t have a connection or a flow. That makes it harder for our brains to process it. A lot of candidates just start solving the questions straightaway. You should avoid that. There is a definite approach that you should try out. This would increase your accuracy and with practice, you would be able to solve the questions quickly as well.

Let us take the example question we have cited above and see how you can solve it by using the process we are talking about.

Question:

Seven animated movies – Up, Finding Nemo, Ice Age, Aladdin, Shark Tale, Beauty & the Beast, The Incredibles, were screened during a children’s workshop not necessarily in the same order. The workshop started on Monday and ended on Sunday. Only one movie was screened on each day.

‘Beauty & the Beast’ was screened on Wednesday. ‘The Incredibles’ was screened on the fourth day after ‘Up’ was screened. ‘Ice Age’ was screened before Thursday but not on Monday. ‘Shark Tale’ and ‘Aladdin’ were not screened on Saturday but ‘Shark Tale’ was screened before Saturday.

How many movies were screened before ‘Shark Tale’?

Solution: Now, the process of solving such questions in IBPS RRB exam is simple. It just involves 4 steps – Read, Look, Arrange and Confirm. Let us see how you can solve the above question by using the four steps.

STEP 1: READ – The first thing that you need to do is read the question properly. Understand what is being asked and what you should do to answer the questions. Here, we have a movie schedule for the 7 days of the week. We have to deduce the entire schedule from the information given here

STEP 2: LOOK – The next thing you need to look for is an ‘independent statement’. Such a statement clearly gives the information, without being dependent on another statement. Here, the first sentence of the second paragraph clearly states that ‘Beauty & the Beast’ was screened on Wednesday. This is the only ‘independent’ statement in the question. Sometimes, you might get two or three such statements. You always need to look for such statements.

STEP 3: ARRANGE -Now, you need to create a list. Since we are talking about the seven days of a week, we would write them down. Beside each of them, we would write the name of the movie that is to be screened on that day.

So, we have:

Monday-

Tuesday –

Wednesday – Beauty and the Beast

Friday –

Saturday –

Sunday –

Now,  if look at the third sentence of the second paragraph, it says that ‘Ice Age’ was screened before Thursday but not on Monday. There are only two days between Monday and Thursday – Tuesday and Wednesday. Since Wednesday already has a movie, the only left is Tuesday. So, we have:

Monday-

Tuesday – Ice Age

Wednesday – Beauty and the Beast

Thursday

Friday –

Saturday –

Sunday –

According to the second statement in the second paragraph, ‘The Incredibles’ was screened on the fourth day after ‘Up’ was screened. So, there need to be at least 3 days of gap between the days. Looking at the above chart, it is only possible if ‘Up’ was screened on Monday. The Incredibles would have screened on Friday.

Monday- Up

Tuesday – Ice Age

Wednesday – Beauty and the Beast

Thursday –

Friday – The Incredibles

Saturday –

Sunday –

Now, we have only three movies left – Shark Tale, Aladdin, and Finding Nemo. From the first part of the last sentence, we come to know that ‘Shark Tale’ and ‘Aladdin’ were not screened on Saturday. This means that ‘Finding Nemo’ was screened on Saturday.

Monday- Up

Tuesday – Ice Age

Wednesday – Beauty and the Beast

Thursday –

Friday – The Incredibles

Saturday – Finding Nemo

Sunday –

In the same statement, we see that ‘Shark Tale’ was screened before Saturday. So, according to the chart, it must be screened on Thursday and ‘Aladdin’ must be screened on Sunday.

Monday- Up

Tuesday – Ice Age

Wednesday – Beauty and the Beast

Thursday – Shark Tale

Friday – The Incredibles

Saturday – Finding Nemo

Sunday – Aladdin

So, from the chart, we see that there were three movies which were screened before Shark Tale. So, the answer is 3.

Answer: 3

So, this is how easy it is to solve IBPS RRB scheduling questions. This might take some time in the beginning, but with practice, you would be able to solve questions like these within 10-15 seconds.

Practice Questions

Read the below passage carefully and answer the questions:

Five roommates Rohit, Nikhil, Laxman, Umesh and Sahil each do one of the housekeeping tasks among mopping, sweeping, laundry, vacuuming, or dusting one day a week, Monday through Friday.

It is also known that:

  • Sahil does not vacuum and does not do his task on Tuesday.
  • Nikhil does the dusting and does not do it on Monday or Friday.
  • The mopping is done on Thursday.
  • Laxman does his task, which is not vacuuming, on Wednesday.
  • The laundry is done on Friday, and not by Umesh.
  • Rohit does her task on Monday.

Question 1: On which day does Sahil work?

Options:

A) Monday

B) Tuesday

C) Thursday

D) Friday

Answer: D

Question 2: When Does Nikhil do the dusting?

Options:

A) Tuesday

B) Wednesday

C) Monday

D)  Thursday

Answer: A

This is how you can solve IBPS RRB scheduling questions. Hope, this article was of help to you. For more such useful articles on IBPS RRB reasoning preparation, keep browsing our website.

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