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IBPS RRB FAQ

Updated Tue, 07 Jul 2020 01:34 PM IST

In today’s time we can easily find people who wants a stable job and decent salary, however, there are also many who wants these things while serving the core of the country. We all have the saying, “Real India is Rural India”, and if you want to serve the Rural India while having a respectable job with decent salary, you must look for IBPS RRB exam.

IBPS RRB stands for Institute of Banking Personnel Regional Rural Banks exam. This exam is for those candidates who are looking to be placed at the designations of both an Assistant or officer at Rural Banks. This exam is conducted every year for selecting IBPS Assistant and IBPS Officer Cadre in Regional Rural Banks. An RRB officer is supposed to mainly cater to the needs of the masses in Rural regions.

An RRB Scale-I officer designation is equivalent to a Probationary Officer in any PSU bank. The job primarily revolves around performing the detail retailing operations, audit report preparation etc. Candidates being able to clear the IBPS RRB exam have a very promising career ahead of them as they have a respectable job, a decent salary and most important, an honor of serving the real India. Let us now clarify any doubt/question a candidate may have in his/her mind regarding the IBPS RRB exam.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for IBPS RRB Exam 2020

What is an IBPS RRB exam?

IBPS RRB exam is held by the Institute of Banking Personnel for the Regional Rural Banks. The exam is conducted for the appointment of Officer Scale-I as well as Office Assistant positions. The exam is conducted online and is a Two-Tier exam i.e. the online exam will be held in two parts as in Preliminary and Mains exam. The popularity of this exam among the aspirants can be seen by the fact that approx. 17 Lac students appeared for the RRB exam for the post of Officer

Scale-I and Assistant combined in 2018-19. If prepared properly, IBPS RRB exam can be a candidate’s ticket to a stable, respected and content job profile.

What are the banks that a candidate is eligible for after clearing an IBPS RRB exam?

Name of the RRB Head Office State/Union Territory
Allahabad UP Gramin Bank Banda Uttar Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank

Warangal Telangana

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Kadapa Andhra Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank

Naharlagun (Papumpare) Arunachal Pradesh
Assam Gramin Vikash Bank Guwahati Assam

Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank

Murshidabad West Bengal

Baroda Gujarat Gramin

Bank

Bharuch Gujarat

Baroda Rajasthan Kshetriya

Gramin Bank

Ajmer Rajasthan
Baroda UP Gramin Bank Raibareilly Uttar Pradesh
Bihar Gramin Bank Begusarai Bihar

Central Madhya Pradesh Gramin Bank

Chhindwara Madhya Pradesh

Chaitanya Godavari Grameena Bank

Guntur Andhra Pradesh

Chhattisgarh Rajya Gramin Bank

Raipur Chhattisgarh
Dena Gujarat Gramin Bank Gandhinagar Gujarat
Ellaquai Dehati Bank Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
Gramin Bank of Aryavart Lucknow Uttar Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank

Mandi Himachal Pradesh
J & K Grameen Bank Jammu Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand Gramin Bank Ranchi Jharkhand

Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank

Dharwad Karnataka

Kashi Gomti Samyut Grameen Bank

Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
Kaveri Grameen Bank Mysore Karnataka
Kerala Gramin Bank Mallapuram Kerala
Langpi Dehangi Rural Bank Diphu Assam
Madhya Bihar Gramin Bank Patna Bihar
Madhyanchal Gramin Bank Sagar Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra Gramin Bank Aurangabad Maharashtra
Malwa Gramin Bank Sangrur Punjab
Manipur Rural Bank Imphal Manipur
Meghalaya Rural Bank Shillong Meghalaya
Mizoram Rural Bank Aizwal Mizoram
Nagaland Rural Bank Kohima Nagaland
Narmada Jhabua Gramin Bank Indore Madhya Pradesh
Odisha Gramya Bank Bhubaneswar Odisha
Pallavan Grama Bank Salem Tamil Nadu
Pandyan Grama Bank Virudhunagar Tamil Nadu

Paschim Banga Gramin Bank

Howrah West Bengal

Pragathi Krishna Gramin Bank

Bellary Karnataka
Prathama Bank Moradabad Uttar Pradesh

Puduvai Bharthiar Grama Bank

Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Gramin Bank Kapurthala Punjab
Purvanchal Bank Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh

Rajasthan Marudhara Gramin Bank

Jodhpur Rajasthan
Saptagiri Grameena Bank Chittor Andhra Pradesh

Sarva Haryana Gramin Bank

Rohtak Haryana
Sarva UP Gramin Bank Meerut Uttar Pradesh
Surashtra Gramin Bank Rajkot Gujarat
Sutlej Gramin Bank Bhatinda Punjab
Telangana Grameena Bank Hyderabad Telangana
Tripura Grameen Bank Agartala Tripura
Utkal Grameen Bank Bolangir Odisha

Uttarbanga Kshtriya Grameen Bank

Coochbehar West Bengal
West Bengal Muzaffarpur Bihar
Uttarakhand Gramin Bank Dehradun Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand Dumka Jharkhand

Vidharbha Konkan Gramin Bank

Nagpur Maharashtra

What is the eligibility criteria for the IBPS RRB exam?

It is imperative for a candidate to understand the eligibility criteria of any exam before they decide to prepare for it. IBPS RRB is an exam for multiple positions with varying benefits and requirements and that is why, it is very important for a candidate to understand the eligibility criteria for general and for each post specifically so that they can get a maximum effort return ratio. Below are the eligibility criteria for the exam:

Nationality:

The candidate must be:

  • An Indian citizen or
  • A subject of Nepal or
  • A subject of Bhutan or
  • A Tibet national settled in India before 1st January 1962.

Age Limit:

  • For Office Assistant- 18-28 years
  • For Officer Scale-I- 18-30 years
  • For Officer Scale-II- 21-32 years
  • For Officer Scale-III- 21-40 years

Note - Age relaxation of:

  • 5 years for SC/ST
  • 3 years for OBC
  • 10 years for PWD
  • 9 years for Widowed and Divorced women

Language Proficiency:

Candidates must possess proficiency in any local language of the state they are applying in for the post of Office Assistant

Educational Qualification:

For Officer Scale-I: A candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree from a designated university.

For Officer Scale-II: A candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree from a designated university with at least 50% agg. Marks and at least 2 years of experience in a Bank or any Financial Institution.

For Officer Scale-II (Specialist Cadre):

Information Technology Officer: Bachelor’s degree from designated university and 1 year of Work Experience in relevant field.

Chartered Accountant: Certified Associate from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and 1 year as a CA.

Law Officer: Degree in Law from a designated university with min 50% marks and 2 years as an Advocate or equivalent.

Marketing Manager: MBA in marketing from a designated university and 1 year of work experience in relevant field.

For Officer Scale-III: A candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a designated university with minimum 50% aggregate marks and minimum 5 years of work experience in relevant field.

For Office Assistant: A candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and must be proficient in the local language of the region along with a desirable working knowledge of computers.

What is the exam pattern and what are the different subjects that are asked in an RRB exam?

IBPS RRB exam is conducted for different positions of an Office Assistant and an Officer Scale-I, II and III in a Two Tier format and that is why the exam pattern and type and number of subjects for both the posts in each exam differ from each other. The detailed information for the exam pattern and subjects for different posts in each stage of exam is given below:

IBPS RRB PO Officer Scale-I, II, III Prelims Exam Pattern

S.No. Section Question Marks
1 Reasoning Paper (R) 40 50
2 General Awareness Paper (GA) 40 40
3 Numerical Ability Paper (NA) 40 50
4 English Language / Hindi Language (EL/HL) 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge Syllabus Paper (CKS) 40 20
Total   200 200

IBPS RRB PO Officer Scale-I, II, III Mains Exam Pattern

S.No. Section Question Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Paper (R) 40 50 2 hours
2 Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Paper (QA & DI) 40 50 2 hours
3 Financial Awareness Paper (FA) 40 40 2 hours
4 English Language / Hindi Language (EL/HL) 40 40 2 hours
5 Computer Knowledge Syllabus Paper (CKS) 40 20 2 hours
Total   200 200  

IBPS RRB PO Officer Scale-II Mains Entrance Exam (Specialist Cadre)

S.No. Section Question Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Paper (R) 40 50 2 hours & 30 min
2 Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Paper (QA & DI) 40 50 2 hours & 30 min
3 Financial Awareness Paper (FA) 40 40 2 hours & 30 min
4 English Language / Hindi Language (EL/HL) 40 20 2 hours & 30 min
5 Computer Knowledge Syllabus Paper (CKS) 40 20 2 hours & 30 min
6 Professional Knowledge Paper (PK) 40 40 2 hours & 30 min
Total   240 200  

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern

S.No. Section Name Medium of Exam No. of Questions Minimum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning (R) English/Hindi 40 40 45 min
2 Numerical Ability (NA) English/Hindi 40 40 45 min
Total     80 80  


IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam Pattern

S. No. Section Question Marks
1 Reasoning Paper (R) 40 50
2 General Awareness Paper (GA) 40 40
3 Numerical Ability Paper (NA) 40 50
4 English Language / Hindi Language (EL/HL) 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge Syllabus Paper (CKS) 40 20
Total   200 200

 

Does IBPS RRB exam have negative marking?

Yes, the exam has negative marking scheme and for every wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted. Candidates must be careful and answer only those questions in which they are

absolutely sure. Calculated guesses can also be done only and only if the candidate feels that he/she have not been able to answer the minimum number of right answers needed to clear the cut-off.

How many vacancies are there in an IBPS RRB exam?

The number of vacancies are not fixed and depends upon the number of participating banks each year and the number of vacant posts in those banks. In 2018-19, the number of vacancies for Scale-I Officer were approx. 5000 and for Office Assistant were approx. 8000. However, this can change in later years depending on how many banks participate in the exam.

Is it possible for a candidate to apply both for an Office Assistant as well as an Officer post in IBPS RRB exam?

Yes, a candidate if want can apply for the post of both an Office Assistant and an Officer simultaneously. However, the candidate will need to apply for both the positions separately and will have to pay the respective fees for both the positions. Candidates should also keep in mind that although they can apply for the position of an Assistant and a Scale-I Officer at the same time, but, they cannot apply for more than one position for an officer at the same time, i.e., they cannot apply for the post of Scale-I as well as Scale-II Officer at the same point.

What are the exam dates for IBPS RRB in 2020?

IBPS RRB Preliminary Examination Officer Scale-I – 1st & 2nd Aug 2020 Office Assistant- 8th, 9th & 16th Aug 2020

Written Online Exam – Main / Single Officers (II &

III)

13th Sep 2020

Office Assistant Mains Exam

Officer Scale I Mains Exam

Office Assistant Mains Exam

Officer Scale I Mains Exam

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