IBPS RRB Exams, Cut Off & Syllabus

Dear Readers,

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts recruitment drive for Probationary Officers/ Scale-I Officers and Office Assistants/ Clerical Cadre once a year. IBPS has released its calendar for the year 2017, according to which it is expected that the official notification for IBPS RRB Recruitment 2017 will be out tentatively in July’17.

The calendar for CWE for PSBs and RRBs states the following tentative dates for recruitment examinations for the year 2017-18 in Public Sector Banks and Regional Rural Banks.

IBPS PO Prelims
7th, 8th, 14th & 15th October’17
Mains 26th November’17
Prelims 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th December’17
Mains 21st January 2018
IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I Prelims 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, & 24th
Mains 5th November’17
IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, & 24th
Mains 12th November’17

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern

To start a promising career in govt. banking sector IBPS recruitment is a brilliant opportunity for all aspirants. You can enter banking sector through Officer Scale recruitment of Clerical/Assistant recruitment. In both the recruitments of Clerk and Officers there are two phases on online object test- the Preliminary exam and the Mains exam for both PSBs and RRBs.

The Prelims or Preliminary exam is usually of easier level as compared to the mains exam. To crack these exams it is essential that you are skilled in the art of time and topic 
management, which you’ll acquire through rigorous practice in the right mode.

Officers’ Recruitment Exam Pattern 

Officers’ Recruitment takes place in the following 3 phases:
Phase-I : Preliminary Online Objective Test
Phase-II : Mains Test
Phase-III: Personal Interview

Office Assistant Recruitment Exam Pattern

Office Assistant’s Recruitment takes place in the following 3 phases:
Phase-I : Preliminary Online Objective Test
Phase-II : Mains Test
Phase-III: Regional Language Proficiency Test (Qualifying in nature)

Here the Preliminary Test is the qualifying test for this recruitment where the candidate has to clear the sectional cut offs and the complete cut off to get to appear in the Mains examination. The marks obtained by a candidate in the Mains exam and Personal Interview are accounted for the merit list. Each objective test of Prelims and Mains also have a negative marking of 1/4th marks of the weightage of the question, for each wrong answer. 

In 2016 IBPS removed the English Section from the Preliminary exam of IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I and Office Assistant. This is a major plus point for the candidates who are not fluent in English Language and following is exam pattern of online objective examination.

Preliminary Exam
Sr No.Name of the testMedium of ExamNo. of questionsMaximum MarksDuration
1.ReasoningHindi/English4040Composite time of 45 minutes
2.Numerical AbilityHindi/English4040

Mains Exam
S. No.Name of the TestMedium of the examNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1.Reasoning AbilityHindi/English4050Composite time of 120 minutes
2.Numerical AbilityHindi/English4050
3.General AwarenessHindi/English4040
4.aEnglish LanguageEnglish4040
4.bHindi LanguageHindi4040
5.Computer KnowledgeHindi/English4020


IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I Prelims exam 2016 was very easy compared to all other exams of last year and thus, its cut off was also very high, possibly the highest one in 2016. The Mains examination was of moderate level and to the surprise of many, candidates who opted for English Language scored more marks in the language section as compared to those who opted for Hindi Language as Hindi Language’s test was tougher than English. The highest final cut off was of Rajasthan – 66.20 (out of 100) and the lowest was in Karnataka-49.92

Whereas the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains examination was of moderate level and the highest cut off was for Punjab-69.69 (out of 100) and the lowest cut off was for Mizoram-50.03

The final cut off of IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I for some other states was:
Uttar Pradesh-59.95, West Bengal-57.70, Uttarakhand-60.60, Andhra Pradesh-56.08, and Tamil Nadu- 57.15

The final cut off of IBPS RRB Office Assistant for some other states was:
Uttar Pradesh-65.85, West Bengal-64.78, Uttarakhand-66.16, Andhra Pradesh-63.75, and Tamil Nadu- 63.94

You can get to know about cut off of all other states for RRB Office Assistant and RRB Officer Scale-I recruitment 2016 on www.bankersadda.com and the cut off mentioned here are of general or unreserved category.

IBPS RRB Syllabus

The exam syllabus for online objective tests- Prelims and Mains of IBPS RRB Office Assistant and IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I is same as that of any other banking recruitment exam. The syllabus for Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude for Prelims and Mains is also same, just the difference is in the difficulty level of questions asked in Prelims and Mains. Usually Prelims exam is easy and this also accounts for higher number of attempts on an average by candidates appearing for the exam which results in high cut off for Prelims. On the contrary Mains examinations tend to bring surprises, Mains exam may include new pattern questions and conventional questions of a higher difficulty level. Last year’s Mains exam for both the recruitments- RRB Officer Scale-I and RRB Office Assistant was of moderate level. 

Following is the section-wise syllabus (important topics) for IBPS RRB Exam

English Language
Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Fillers, Sentence Errors, Vocabulary based questions, Sentence Improvement, Jumbled Paragraph, Paragraph Based Questions (Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement, Paragraph Inference)

Hindi Language
Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Fillers, Errors, Jumbled Paragraph, Odd one out, Paragraph based questions.

Reasoning Ability
Puzzles, Seating Arrangements, Direction Sense, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Order and Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Machine Input-Output, Inequalities, Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series, Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)

Numerical Ability
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart), Inequalities (Quadratic Equations), Number Series, Approximation and Simplification, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)

General Awareness
Banking and Insurance Awareness, Financial Awareness, Govt. Schemes and Policies, Current Affairs, Static Awareness

Computer Knowledge
History and Generation of Computers, Introduction to Computer Organisation, Computer Memory, Computer Hardware and I/O Devices, Computer Software, Computer Languages, Operating System, Computer Network, Internet, MS Office Suit and Short cut keys, Basics of DBMS, Number System and Conversions, Computer and Network Security

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