IBPS RRB Selection Process & Exam Pattern

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Selection of the candidates for the IBPS RRB Recruitment will be carried out based on a Common Written Examination followed by an Interview Process.

IBPS RRB Recruitment: Scheme of Selection

IBPS RRB PostPrelims ExamMains ExamInterviewFinal Score for Merit List
Office AssistantQualifying NatureConductedNot conducted= Mains Exam Marks
Officer Scale 1Qualifying NatureConductedConducted= Mains Exam Marks + Interview Marks
Officer Scale 2 / 3Single Level ExamConducted= Single Level Exam Marks + Interview Marks

IBPS RRB Prelims Exam Pattern

The Common Written Examination consisting of Prelims and Mains Examinations which will be conducted Online. The Exams will contain objective type questions with the pattern shown below.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern

Sr. NoName of TestsMedium of ExamNo. of QsMaximum MarksDuration
1ReasoningHindi/English4040Composite time of 45 minutes
2Numerical AbilityHindi/English4040
 Total 8080 

IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Prelims Exam Pattern

Sr. No.Name of TestsMedium of ExamNo. of QsMaximum MarksDuration
1ReasoningHindi/English4040

Composite time of

45 minutes

2Quantitative AptitudeHindi/English4040
 Total 8080 

Candidates (for Officer Scale 1 & Office Assistant Posts) have to qualify in both the tests by securing minimum cut-off marks. Adequate number of candidates in each category, depending upon requirements, will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam Pattern

Sr No.Name of Test (Objective)Medium of ExamNo.of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1ReasoningHindi/English4050Composite Time of 2 hours
2Numerical AbilityHindi/English4050
3General AwarenessHindi/English4040
4 aEnglish LanguageEnglish4040
4 bHindi LanguageHindi4040
5Computer KnowledgeHindi/English4020
 Total 200200

Candidates can opt either 4 a or 4 b.

IBPS RRB Officer Scale -1 Mains Exam Pattern

Sr No.Name of Test (Objective)Medium of ExamNo.of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1ReasoningHindi/English4050Composite Time of 2 hours
2Quantitative AptitudeHindi/English4050
3General AwarenessHindi/English4040
4 aEnglish LanguageEnglish4040
4 bHindi LanguageHindi4040
5Computer KnowledgeHindi/English4020
 Total 200200

Candidates can opt either 4 a or 4 b.

IBPS RRB Officer Scale - II Exam Pattern

Selection for IBPS RRB Officer Scale II Grade will be made based on a Single Level Examination. That is, candidates competing for this vacancies are need to write only one written examination.

Candidates becoming shortlisted in IBPS RRB Scale 2 will be placed as General Banking Officers or Specialist Officers. 

Officer Scale-II (General Banking Officer) Exam Pattern

Sr No.Name of TestMedium of ExamNo.of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1ReasoningHindi/English4050Composite Time of 2 hours
2Quantitative Aptitude & Data InterpretationHindi/English4050
3Financial AwarenessHindi/English4040
4 aEnglish LanguageEnglish4040
4 bHindi LanguageHindi4040
5Computer KnowledgeHindi/English4020
 Total 200200

Candidates can opt either 4 a or 4 b.

Officer Scale-II (Specialist Cadre) Exam Pattern​

Sr No.Name of Test (Objective)Medium of ExamNo.of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1ReasoningHindi/English4040Composite Time of 2 hours and 30 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude & Data InterpretationHindi/English4040
3Financial AwarenessHindi/English4040
4 aEnglish LanguageEnglish4020
4 bHindi LanguageHindi4020
5Computer KnowledgeHindi/English4020
6Professional KnowledgeHindi/English4040
 Total 240200

Candidates can opt either 4 a or 4 b.

IBPS RRB Officer Scale - III Exam Pattern

Sr No.Name of Test (Objective)Medium of ExamNo.of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1ReasoningHindi/English4050Composite Time of 2 hours
2Quantitative Aptitude & Data InterpretationHindi/English4050
3Financial AwarenessHindi/English4040
4 aEnglish LanguageEnglish4040
4 bHindi LanguageHindi4040
5Computer KnowledgeHindi/English4020
 Total 200200

Candidates can opt either 4 a or 4 b.

Penalty For Wrong Answers

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.

Cut-off Score: IBPS RRB Exams

For Office Assistant (Multipurpose):

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test of Online Main examination to be considered to be shortlisted for provisional allotment. Depending on the number of vacancies available in each state, candidates will be shortlisted for provisional allotment.

For Officers Scale I

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test of Online Main Examination to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, adequate number of candidates in each category not exceeding three times of the declared vacancies in each state shall be called for interview, subject to availability. Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the Online Main Examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.

For Officers Scale II and III

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test of Online Single Examination to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, adequate number of candidates in each category not exceeding three times of the declared vacancies shall be called for interview, subject to availability. Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the Online Main Examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.

Mere passing in individual tests may not be sufficient as candidates should also score sufficiently high on Total score in order of merit to be called for Common Interview / Provisional Allotment. Decision of IBPS in short-listing and calling numbers of candidates for Common Interview / Provisional Allotment shall be Final.

IBPS RRB Recruitment - Final Allotment

On completion of the interview process, depending on the vacancies to be filled in during the financial year based on the business needs of the Participating Organisations and as reported to IBPS, candidates shortlisted will be provisionally allotted to one of the Participating Organisations, based on merit-cum-preference keeping in view the spirit of Govt. Guidelines on reservation policy, various guidelines issued by Govt. of India/ Others from time to time, administrative exigency, etc.

In the event of two or more candidates having obtained the same score, merit order is decided as per date of birth (the candidate senior in age is placed before/ above the candidate junior in age), as per the prevailing practice.

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