What is IBPS RRB PO exam?

  • The IBPS RRB PO or the IBPS RRB Officer Scale I exam is conducted to appoint candidates at officer post in the various Regional Rural Banks of the country. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is the conducting body for all IBPS exams including the IBPS RRB PO exam.

IBPS RRB PO Eligibility

There are a set of eligibility requirements that are mentioned by the conducting body in the official notification which need to be fulfilled by every applicant if they want to apply for the exam. Age Limit:- The candidates should fulfill the upper and lower age limits without fail.
Exam General Category OBC SC/ST
Min. age Max. age Min. age Max. age Min. age Max. age
Scale-I 20 years 30 years 20 years 33 years 20 years 35 years
  Nationality: Candidates must be a citizen of India, subject of Nepal or Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee   Educational Qualification:
  • At least a bachelor’s degree in any of the streams from a recognized University is needed. But first preference is for the candidates possessing a degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Information Technology, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Management, Pisciculture, Law, Accountancy or Economics.
  • Local language proficiency.
  • Basic computer Working knowledge.
  • For this post also, work experience is not necessary.

IBPS RRB PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The Exam Pattern for IBPS RRB PO consists of the following stages: (1) Prelims Stage (2) Mains Stage (3) Interview Phase  

IBPS RRB Officer Scale I (PO) : Prelims Exam Pattern

  • Total marks 80, covered by two sections.
  • No sectional timing.
  • Negative marks – 0.25 for each wrong answer.
Both sectional cut-off and overall cut-off are applicable. The prelims cleared candidates will attend the mains exam.  
S. No. Section No. of questions Maximum marks Duration
1. Reasoning 40 40 Composite Time Duration of 45 minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Total 80 80

IBPS RRB Officer Scale I (PO) : Mains Exam Pattern

  • The mains exam pattern for officer scale I posts will consist of 5 sections in total.
  • Total marks – 200
  • Total time duration – 2 hours (no sectional timing)
  • Penalty for each wrong answer – 1/4th of marks assigned to that question.
  • Candidates should clear both sectional and overall cut-off to get qualified in this exam.
S.No. Section Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
1 Reasoning 40 50
2 Computer Knowledge 40 20 Composite time of 2 hours
3 General awareness 40 40
4 English Language 40 40
5 Quantitative Aptitude 40 50
Total 200 200
  The IBPS RRB PO prelims is only qualifying in nature and the marks scored in this phase of the examination are not included in the final merit of the candidates. Those who qualify the prelims are shortlisted for the mains and those who qualify mains are further shortlisted for Interview.  

Interview Phase for IBPS RRB PO

The marks for the interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview for Probationary Officers will be as per extant guidelines. Only by qualifying both in the Online Examination (Main/Single) and Common Interview with sufficiently high marks will candidates be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process.  

IBPS RRB PO Syllabus

The subjects covered in the syllabus are as follows:
  1. Reasoning
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. English Language
  4. Hindi Language
  5. Computer Knowledge
  6. General Awareness
  7. Financial Awareness

Reasoning Ability:

Odd man out Blood Relation Ranking and Time
Coding-Decoding Series Test Sitting Arrangements
Blood Relation Direction Test Figure Series
Causes and Effects Statement and Assumption Word Formation
Decision Making Statement and Conclusion Puzzles
Assertion and Reason Inequalities Alphabet Test
Statements and Action Courses Syllogism Analogy

Quantitative Aptitude:

Simplification Percentage Work and Wages, Mixture of allegation
Sequence & Series Quadratic Equation Time, Speed & Distance, Mensuration
Ratio and Proportion Profit and Loss Problems on Train, Data interpretation
Average Time and Work Boats and Stream, Permutation
Partnership Pipes and Cisterns Interest – SI & CI Combination
Number System Decimal Fractions Data Sufficiency Probability


Reading Comprehension One word substitution
Rearrangement of Sentences Fill in the blanks
Idioms Jumbled Words
Antonyms Phrase Substitution
Error Detection Synonyms
Cloze Test

Computer Knowledge:

Computer Fundamentals Networking History of Computer
Computer Abbreviations Basic Knowledge of the Internet Security Tools
Software and Hardware Fundamentals MS Office Number System and Conversions
Shortcut Keys Database Computer Languages
Internet Input and Output Devices

General Awareness:

India and International Current Affairs Banking Terms and Abbreviations Finance
Banking Awareness Banking History Sports
Countries and Currencies RBI Books ad Authors
National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries Sports Agriculture
Fiscal Policies Budget Government schemes
Government policies

Financial Awareness:

Latest Topics in News in Financial World Monetary Policy NPAs
Budget and Economic Survey Restructuring of Loans
Overview of Banking and Banking Reforms in India Bad Loans
Bank Accounts and Special Individuals Risk Management
Organizations Deposits Credit BASEL I
Advanced Non Performing Assets BASEL II
Asset Reconstruction Companies ACCORDS

IBPS RRB Interview Round

  • Candidates who clear the main examination for the RRB exam are eligible to appear for an interview.
  • The minimum marks required to qualify for the IBPS RRB interview is 40% (35% for reserved candidates).
  • Candidates must check out the interview preparation tips shared by the toppers and experts before appearing.
  • Candidates are selected on the basis of the 80:20 ratio of Mains and Interview.
  • Candidates who qualify for the interview are selected for the provisional allotment process.
  • Post interview, a combined score is generated including the sum of marks obtained in the Main examination and interview.

IBPS RRB PO Preparation

  • The IBPS RRB Officer scale I exam is one of the most sought after exams in the country and aspirants across the country look for an opportunity to become a part of the Organisation.
– Strategise a study plan and follow it – Solve mock tests and practise papers on a regular basis – Pay equal attention for preparation of each topic under each section – Refer to the previous year question papers to understand the exam better