IBPS RRB – Eligibility Criteria

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will be conducting Common Written Test (CWE) for Regional Rural Banks (RRBs). Candidates to gain eligibility to appear for IBPS CWE must satisfy the below given eligibility criteria to apply for Officer Vacancies.

Nationality

A candidate must be either –

(i) a Citizen of India or

(ii) a subject of Nepal or

(iii) a subject of Bhutan or

(iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or

(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from other countries also eligibile.

Age Limit

For Officer Scale- III: Above 21 years – Below 40 years i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than 03-07-1975 and later than 30-06-1994 (both dates inclusive).

For Officer Scale- II: Above 21 years – Below 32 years i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than 03-07-1983 and later than 30-06-1994 (both dates inclusive).

For Officer Scale- I: Above 18 years – Below 30 years i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than 03-07-1985 and later than 30-06-1997 (both dates inclusive)

For Multipurpose Officers: Above 18 years – Below 28 years i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than 03-07-1987 and later than 30-06-1997 (both dates inclusive)

Age Relaxation

Category Relaxation (in years)
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PWD 10 years
In the case of Ex- servicemen commissioned officers, including ECOs/ SSCOs, who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within the next one year from the last date for receipt of application) other than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or on account of physical disability attributable to military service or on invalidment, subject to ceiling as per Government guidelines 5 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
Widows, Divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried (only for the post of Office Assistants)9 years
Ex-Servicemen/ Disabled Ex-Servicemen (for the post of Office Assistants) actualperiod of service rendered in the defence forces + 3 years (8 years for Disabled Ex-Servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a maximum age limit of 50 years

Educational Qualification

For Officer Scale I / Multipurpose Officers: Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent and must have proficiency in local language and Computer knowledge or awareness will be an added qualification. Preference will be given to the candidates having degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisciculture, Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics and Accountancy.

For Officer Scale II (General Banking Officer): Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate. Preference will be given to the candidates having degree in Banking, Finance, Marketing, Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisciculture, Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics and Accountancy.

Experience: Two years as an officer in a Bank or Financial Institution.

For Officer Scale II (Specialist Officer):

(i). Information Technology Officer: Degree from a recognised University in Electronics / Communication / Computer Science / Information Technology or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

Desirable: Certificate in ASP, PHP, C++, Java, VB, VC, OCP etc.

Experience: One year.

(ii). Chartered Accountant: Certified Associate (CA) from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Experience: One year.

(iii). Law Officer: Degree from a recognised University in Law or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

Experience: Two years as an advocate or should have worked as Law Officer in Banks or Financial Institutions for a period not less than two years.

(iv). Treasury Manager: Certified Associate (CA) from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or MBA in Finance from a recognized university/ institution.

Experience: One year.

(v). Marketing Officer: MBA in Marketing from a recognized university.

Experience: One year.

(vi). Agricultural Officer: Degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Dairy/ Animal Husbandry/ Forestry/ Veterinary Science/ Agricultural Engineering/ Pisciculture from a recognized university or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

Experience: Two years.

Note

(i) The relaxation in upper age limit to SC/ST/OBC candidates is allowed on cumulative basis together with only one of the remaining categories for which age relaxation is permitted as mentioned above at Sr. Nos. 3 to 7 in the above Table.

(ii) The maximum age limit specified is applicable to General Category candidates.

(iii) Candidates seeking age relaxation will be required to submit copies of necessary certificate(s) at the time of Interview conducted with the help of the designated Nodal RRB for each State / UT, co-ordinated by IBPS in consultation with appropriate authority, if shortlisted for interview.

Caste / Category Certificate issued by competent authority in the prescribed format as stipulated by Government of India in case of SC / ST / OBC/ PWD category candidates.

In case of candidates belonging to OBC category, certificate should specifically contain a clause that the candidate does not belong to creamy layer section excluded from the benefits of reservation for Other Backward Classes in Civil post & services under Government of India. Candidates belonging to OBC category but coming under creamy layer are not entitled to OBC reservation. They should indicate their category as General in the online application form.

Caste Name mentioned in certificate should tally letter by letter with Central Government list / notification.

(iv) Ex-Servicemen candidates who have already secured employment under the Central Government in Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ will be permitted the benefit of age relaxation as prescribed for Ex-Servicemen for securing another employment in a higher grade or cadre in Group ‘C’/ ‘D’ under the Central Government. However, such candidates will not be eligible for the benefit of reservation for Ex-Servicemen in Central Government jobs.

(v) An ex-Servicemen who has once joined a Government job on civil side after availing of the benefits given to him/her as an Ex-Servicemen for his/her re-employment, his/her Ex-Servicemen status for the purpose for further employment on the civil side ceases.

(vi) The persons serving in the Armed Forces of the Union, who on retirement from service, would come under the category of ‘ex-servicemen’ may apply for re-employment one year before the completion of the specified term of engagement (from the last date of application) and avail themselves of all concessions available to ex-servicemen but shall not be permitted to leave the uniform until they complete the specified term of engagement in the Armed Forces of the Union.

For Officer Scale III: Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate. Preference will be given to the candidates having Degree/ Diploma in Banking, Finance, Marketing, Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisciculture, Agricultural Marketing and Co-operation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics and Accountancy.

Experience: Minimum 5 years experience as an Officer in a Bank or Financial Institutions.

Definition of Persons With Disabilities

Under Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995 only such persons would be eligible for reservation who suffer from not less than 40% of relevant disability and are certified by a Medical Board constituted by the Central/State Govt. Accordingly, candidates with the following disabilities are eligible to apply. Candidates claiming such benefits should produce certificate in original in support of their claim at the time of Interview. Persons With Disabilities will have to work in Branches/ Offices as identified by the respective RRB.

Visually Impaired (VI)

Blindness refers to condition where a person suffers from any of the following conditions namely (1) Total absence of sight, (ii) Visual acuity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with correcting lenses. (iii) Limitation of the field of vision subtending in angle of 20 degrees or worse. Low vision means a person with impairment of visual functioning even after treatment or standard refractive correction but who uses or is potentially capable of using vision for the planning of execution of a task with appropriate assistive device.

Deaf & Hearing Impaired (HI)

The deaf are those persons in whom the sense of hearing is non- functional for ordinary purposes of life i.e. total loss of hearing in both ears. They do not hear; understand sounds at all even with amplified speech. Hearing impairment means loss of sixty decibels or more in the better ear in the conversational range of frequencies.

Orthopaedically Challenged (OC)

Only those Orthopaedically Challenged candidates who have locomotor disability or cerebral palsy with locomotor impairment of minimum of 40% and only those who fall in the following categories are eligible to apply:

BL – Both legs affected but not arms

OA – One arm affected (R or L) –

(a) Impaired reach;

(b) weakness of grip;

(c) ataxia

OL – One leg affected (R and or L)

MW – Muscular weakness and limited physical endurance

Guidelines for Persons With Disabilities using a Scribe

(i) The visually impaired candidates and candidates whose writing speed is affected by cerebral palsy can use their own scribe at their cost during the online examination, subject to limits as in (ii) and (iii) below. In all such cases where a scribe is used, the following rules will apply:

  • The candidate will have to arrange his/her own scribe at his/her own cost.

  • The scribe arranged by the candidate should not be a candidate for the examination (CWERRBs). If violation of the above is detected at any stage of the process, candidature for CWE of both the candidate and the scribe will be cancelled.

  • A person acting as a scribe for one candidate cannot be a scribe for another candidate.

  • The scribe may be from any academic stream. However for Specialist Officers’ posts the scribe should be from an academic stream different from that prescribed for the post.

  • Both the candidate as well as scribe will have to give a suitable undertaking confirming that the scribe fulfils all the stipulated eligibility criteria for a scribe mentioned above. Further in case it later transpires that he/she did not fulfill any laid down eligibility criteria or suppressed material facts the candidature of the applicant will stand cancelled, irrespective of the result of the online examination.

  • Those candidates who use a scribe shall be eligible for compensatory time of 20 minutes for every hour of the examination or as otherwise advised.

  • Only candidates registered for compensatory time will be allowed such concessions since compensatory time given to candidates shall be system based, it shall not be possible for the test conducting agency to allow such time if he / she is not registered for the same. Candidates not registered for compensatory time shall not be allowed such concessions.

(ii) Candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy

A compensatory time of twenty minutes per hour shall be permitted for the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment), although no scribe shall be permitted to such candidates.

(iii) Visually Impaired candidates

Visually Impaired candidates (who suffer from not less than 40% of disability) may opt to view the contents of the test in magnified font and all such candidates will be eligible for compensatory time of 20 minutes for every hour of examination or as otherwise advised. The facility of viewing the contents of the test in magnifying font will not be available to Visually Impaired candidates who use the services of a Scribe for the examination.

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