Chennai School of Banking (CSB), the Leading Training Institute in Chennai, provides excellent coaching to aspirants appearing for the RRB PO examination and subsequent interview for the selection of officers in various regional rural banks in India. CSB equips you to handle both stages of the selection process with supreme confidence. 

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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.

ExamGeneral CategoryOBCSC/ST
 Min. ageMax. ageMin. ageMax. ageMin. ageMax. age
Scale-I20 years30 years20 years33 years20 years35 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.SectionNo. of questionsMaximum marksDuration
1.Reasoning4040Composite Time Duration of 45 minutes
2.Quantitative Aptitude4040

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.SectionNumber of questionsMaximum marksDuration
2Computer Knowledge4020Composite time of 2 hours
3General awareness4040
4English Language4040
5Quantitative Aptitude4050

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 outBlood RelationRanking and Time
Coding-DecodingSeries TestSitting Arrangements
Blood RelationDirection TestFigure Series
Causes and EffectsStatement and AssumptionWord Formation
Decision MakingStatement and ConclusionPuzzles
Assertion and ReasonInequalitiesAlphabet Test
Statements and Action CoursesSyllogismAnalogy

Quantitative Aptitude:

SimplificationPercentageWork and Wages,Mixture of allegation
Sequence & SeriesQuadratic EquationTime, Speed & Distance,Mensuration
Ratio and ProportionProfit and LossProblems on Train,Data interpretation
AverageTime and WorkBoats and Stream,Permutation
PartnershipPipes and CisternsInterest – SI & CICombination
Number SystemDecimal FractionsData SufficiencyProbability



Reading ComprehensionOne word substitution
Rearrangement of SentencesFill in the blanks
IdiomsJumbled Words
AntonymsPhrase Substitution
Error DetectionSynonyms
Cloze Test 

Computer Knowledge:

Computer FundamentalsNetworkingHistory of Computer
Computer AbbreviationsBasic Knowledge of the InternetSecurity Tools
Software and Hardware FundamentalsMS OfficeNumber System and Conversions
Shortcut KeysDatabaseComputer Languages
InternetInput and Output Devices 


General Awareness:

India and International Current AffairsBanking Terms and AbbreviationsFinance
Banking AwarenessBanking HistorySports
Countries and CurrenciesRBIBooks ad Authors
National Parks and Wildlife SanctuariesSportsAgriculture
Fiscal PoliciesBudgetGovernment schemes
Government policies  

Financial Awareness:

Latest Topics in News in Financial World Monetary PolicyNPAs
Budget and Economic SurveyRestructuring of Loans
Overview of Banking and Banking Reforms in IndiaBad Loans
Bank Accounts and Special IndividualsRisk Management
Organizations Deposits CreditBASEL I
Advanced Non Performing AssetsBASEL II
Asset Reconstruction CompaniesACCORDS

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 IBPS RRB PO 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

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