IBPS RRB Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020 : Officer Scale I, II, III & Office Assistant

IBPS RRB Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020 : Officer Scale I, II, III & Office Assistant

IBPS RRB Syllabus 2020

IBPS RRB Syllabus is discussed in the article. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts it’s Regional Rural Banks (RRB) exam to select officers who will fill posts in nationalized rural banks across the country. The IBPS RRB exam promises a bright future for those who are embarking on their careers in banking.

The IBPS RRB exam is conducted for recruitment to four different posts:

  1. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multipurpose)
  2. IBPS RRB Officer Scale I
  3. IBPS RRB Officer Scale-II ( Generalist & Specialist)
  4. IBPS RRB Officer Scale III

The IBPS RRB Exam Pattern is a bit different for both IBPS RRB Officer and IBPS RRB Assistant Exam. Let’s have a look at the exam pattern of both these exams separately.

Update: IBPS RRB has released the notification for RRB Clerk, Officer Scale Post on June 30th, 2020. 

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IBPS RRB Syllabus: Exam Pattern

The IBPS RRB Syllabus along with the exam pattern for the assistant post is discussed here.

  • For IBPSC RRB Clerk, there will be two stages of Exam, || Prelims | Main ||
  • For IBPS PO or Officer Scale I, there will be three stages of Exam, || Prelims | Mains | Interview ||
  • For IBPS Officer Grade-II (General Banking Officer and Specialist Cadre) and III, there will be a single-window exam:
    | IBPS Officer Grade II Exam| Interview ||
  • For all the posts of IBPS RRB, the candidates will have to pass each stage of the Exam for successful selection.

Candidates can check the prelims and mains level exam pattern and syllabus in the tables below.

IBPS RRB Syllabus: RRB Assistant Exam Pattern

Each year lakhs and lakhs of bank exam aspirants apply for Bank Exam. The salary and scale that is offered in the IBPS RRB Clerk and Officer Scale is what tempts the candidates to apply for it.

Know the Detailed IBPS RRB Salary For Clerk & Officer Post

Check IBPS RRB Assistant exam pattern for prelims and mains in the subsequent tables.

IBPS RRB Prelims Exam Pattern For Clerk

A composite time of 45 minutes is provided to candidates to complete two sections namely Reasoning and Numerical Ability. Candidates must clear the cut-off of each section. The cut-off for each section is decided by the team of IBPS depending on the level of difficulty of the paper

Serial No.Section NameMedium of ExamNo. of QuestionsMinimum MarksDuration
1ReasoningEnglish/Hindi4040A composite time of 45 mins
2Numerical AbilityEnglish/Hindi4040

IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Exam Pattern

S. No.SectionQuestionMarksDuration
1Reasoning40502 hours (120 minutes)
2General Awareness4040
3Numerical Ability4050
4English/Hindi Language4040
5Computer Knowledge4020

Now that we have discussed the detailed exam pattern of IBPS RRB Assistant Exam, let’s have a look at the IBPS RRB Officer Grade Exam Pattern.

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IBPS RRB Syllabus: Officer Grade Exam Pattern

IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I Exam is conducted in 3 different phases:

The preliminary Exam is for only Scale I but the Mains Exam is for all Officer level posts, it differs a bit in terms of professional knowledge required to qualify this stage. The exact IBPS RRB Officer Grade Exam Pattern has been released with IBPS RRB Notification.

IBPS RRB Syllabus: IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Prelims Exam Pattern

S. No.SectionQuestionMarksDuration
1Reasoning4040Composite time of
45 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude4040

IBPS RRB Syllabus: Officer Scale I Mains Exam Pattern

The IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Exam for Mains will be of a total of 200 marks of 2 hours. There will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.

S. No.SectionQuestionMarksDuration
1Reasoning Paper40502 hours (120 minutes)
2General Awareness Paper4040
3Numerical Ability Paper4050
4English/Hindi Language Paper4040
5Computer Knowledge Syllabus Paper4020


IBPS RRB Syllabus: Officer Scale II Exam Pattern

There will be a single level exam for IBPS RRB Officer Scale-II Post. Selection will be made. 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.

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern For Officer Scale-II (General Banking Officer)

S. No.SectionQuestionMarksDuration
1Reasoning40502 hours
2Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation4050
3Financial Awareness4040
4English / Hindi Language*4040
5Computer Knowledge4020

*Candidates will have the option to opt for English or Hindi Language Paper.

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern For Officer Scale-II (Specialist Cadre)

S. No.SectionQuestionMarksDuration
1Reasoning4040Composite Time
of 2 hours and 30
2Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation4040
3Financial Awareness4040
4English/ Hindi Language4020
5Computer Knowledge4020
6Professional Knowledge4040

IBPS RRB Officer Scale III Exam Pattern

S. No.SectionQuestionMarksDuration
Time of 2 hours
2Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation4050
3Financial Awareness4040
4English/ Hindi Language4040
5Computer Knowledge4020

IBPS RRB Syllabus

In this section, we will discuss the Syllabus for IBPS RRB exam subject-wise. Candidates can check the IBPS RRB Syllabus in the tables given below.
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
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The detailed IBPS RRB Syllabus for each section is given below. Candidates must refer to the syllabus and then start the preparation for the upcoming IBPS RRB exams.

IBPS RRB Syllabus: Reasoning Ability

The reasoning ability section comprises of logical and verbal reasoning. The topics for IBPS RRB reasoning syllabus are as follows:

Odd man outAnalogySyllogism
Coding-DecodingBlood RelationAlphabet Test
Blood RelationSeries TestRanking and Time
Causes and EffectsDirection TestSitting Arrangements
Decision MakingStatement and AssumptionFigure Series
Assertion and ReasonStatement and ConclusionWord Formation
Statements and Action CoursesInequalitiesPuzzles

IBPS RRB Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude

Among all the sections in the IBPS RRB exam, the quantitative aptitude section is one of the toughest and also the most scoring section. The detailed IBPS RRB syllabus for quantitative aptitude section is as given below:

Number SystemHCF and LCMProfit and Loss
Decimal FractionsSimple InterestCompound Interest
Time and WorkTime and DistanceAverage
Age ProblemsSimplificationPartnership
PercentageRatio and ProportionData Interpretation
Permutation and CombinationProbabilityQuadratic Equations

IBPS RRB Syllabus: English / Hindi Language

Candidates tend to lose maximum marks in this section. So aspirants preparing for the IBPS RRB exams must prepare themselves well for the English section. The table below gives a list of the topics relevant to the IBPS RRB Syllabus for verbal ability:

Reading ComprehensionError DetectionFill in the blanks
Rearrangement of SentencesCloze TestJumbled Words
IdiomsOne word substitutionPhrase Substitution

Since there is an option for Hindi and English in the IBPS RRB syllabus, there are certain topics that can be helpful for candidates opting for Hindi as a language:

VyakaranError Spotting
ParagraphsReading Comprehension
Fill in the blanksAntonyms and Synonyms


IBPS RRB Syllabus: Computer Knowledge

The following topics are a part of the syllabus for the IBPS RRB exam:

Computer FundamentalsComputer Abbreviations
Software and Hardware FundamentalsShortcut Keys
NetworkingBasic Knowledge of Internet
MS OfficeDatabase
History of ComputerSecurity Tools
Number System and ConversionsComputer Languages
InternetInput and Output Devices

IBPS RRB Syllabus: General Awareness

The general awareness section in the IBPS RRB exams is one of the most scoring sections as this section requires no calculations and solutions. Hence candidates preparing for the IBPS RRB exams must carefully go through the IBPS RRB syllabus for General Awareness. Given below is the list of topics to be prepared for the general awareness section in the IBPS RRB exam:

India and International Current AffairsBanking Awareness
Countries and CurrenciesNational Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries
Banking Terms and AbbreviationsBanking History
Books ad AuthorsAgriculture
Fiscal PoliciesBudget
Government schemesGovernment policies
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IBPS RRB Syllabus: Financial Awareness

The following topics must be prepared for the financial awareness section in the IBPS RRB exam:

Latest Topics in News in Financial World Monetary PolicyBudget and Economic Survey
Overview of Banking and Banking Reforms in IndiaBank Accounts and Special Individuals
Organizations Deposits CreditLoans
Advanced Non Performing AssetsAsset Reconstruction Companies
NPAsRestructuring of Loans
Bad LoansRisk Management

IBPS RRB Syllabus: Interview Process

Candidates who have been shortlisted in the main examination for the post of Officers Scale I, II & III will be subsequently called for an interview coordinated by the Nodal Regional Rural Bank with the help of NABARD. The interview will be conducted in select centers. The address of the centers will be informed to the shortlisted candidates in the call letter.

The marks for the interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview for Officers Scale, I, II and III 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, the details of which will be made available on the official IBPS website.

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IBPS RRB Syllabus: FAQ’s

  1. For which posts can I apply for IBPS RRB Exam?

    Ans. You can apply for the post of IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multipurpose), Officer Scale I, II, and III. However, one can apply only for one post under Officer Scale.

  2. What is the duration and marks of the IBPS RRB Exam?

    Ans. IBPS RRB Prelims Exam will be of 45 minutes of 80 marks. The IBPS RRB Mains Exam will be of 200 marks of 2 hours. The duration is different for the IBPS Officer Scale Post.

  3. Is there negative marking for IBPS RRB Exam?

    Ans. Yes, there is a penalty of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer. There is negative marking for prelims, mains and single written test exams under RRB.

  4. Is there a sectional cut-off in IBPS RRB Exam?

    Ans. Yes, there is sectional cut off for the IBPS RRB exam for all the posts.