Difference Between IBPS PO and IBPS RRB PO Exam

IBPS PO Vs. IBPS RRB PO: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is the exam or recruitment conducting body for hiring in both Public Sector Banks and Regional Banks. IBPS has successfully conducted the IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam on 12th and 13th September and the IBPS PO Prelims exam is going to be held held on 3rd, 10th and 11th October. Many banking aspirants who target Probationary Officer or Officer Scale-I Exams face a situation of confusion related to which recruitment process they should target IBPS PO 2020 or IBPS RRB 2020. To help you with this here we are discussing the difference between IBPS PO and IBPS RRB PO exam 2020 Recruitment.

IBPS PO 2020 IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I 2020
Recruitment Agency IBPS IBPS
Official Website ibps.in ibps.in
Recruitment for Public Sector Banks Regional Rural Banks
Post Name Probationary Officer Officer Scale-I
Vacancy in 2020 1417 3800
Posting All over India Within the State
Online Application Process 5 Aug – 26 Aug 2020 Application process has ended
Recruitment Process 3 Stages- Pre + Main+ Interview 3 Stages- Pre + Main+ Interview
Medium of Exam English & Hindi English, Hindi, Regional Language
Descriptive Writing Test in Main Exam Yes No
Prelims Exam Date 3rd, 10th and 11th October 2020 September/ October 2020
Main Exam Date 28 Nov 2020 October/ November 2020

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While the RRB PO exams are conducted for the post of Probationary Officers or Officer Scale-I in Regional Rural Banks, exams for IBPS PO are conducted for the recruitment of Probationary Officers in Public Sector Banks. Regional Rural Banks are specific to a particular region/state, thus with IBPS RRB you’ll get transferred mostly within your state, this may provide you with an opportunity to stay near your hometown. On the other hand IBPS PO is not state or regional level recruitment, after becoming IBPS PO you cab be transferred anywhere depending on your bank.

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For IBPS RRB recruitment you’ll only have to clerk the cut off for the state you are applying for, but for IBPS PO there is the same cut off nation-wide.

Examination Pattern

Both IBPS PO and RRB PO examinations have three stages, namely the Preliminary Exams, the Mains Exam and then the Interview. However, the pattern of these examinations is different for both posts. In IBPS PO, the Preliminary Examination consists of three sections, namely the English Language (30 marks), Reasoning Ability (35 marks) and Quantitative Aptitude (35 marks), which make up a total of 100 marks. The total time allotted is 60 minutes. On the other hand, in the RRB PO preliminary exam, the question paper is a total of 80 marks, with 40 marks each for Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude. There is no English Language Section in IBPS RRB PO Prelims. The total time to complete the paper in this case is 45 minutes. 

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On the other hand, the IBPS RRB PO main exam consists of a computer-based examination with no sectional time limit. The subjects tested include Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, General/Economy/ Banking Awareness, English Language and Data Analysis & Interpretation.  The total time for the paper is of 3 hours, with a maximum of 200 marks. In the IBPS PO exam, candidates also have to write a descriptive test, which includes letter writing and an essay of 25 marks. The Mains exam for IBPS PO includes a computer-based exam along with a descriptive test. Every section in this exam has a sectional time limit. 

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Following the mains exam, shortlisted candidates for both posts are then called in for an Interview which is conducted by the Participating Organizations and subsequently coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each UT/State. 

Eligibility Criteria

The age limit for candidates applying for IBPS PO is between 20 to 30 years of age, while for RRB PO, the age is 18 to 30 years for Office Scale I, 21 to 3 years for Officer Scale II and 21 to 40 years for Officer Scale III. 

Candidates applying for IBPS PO are required to be a graduate. Even freshers are eligible for this post. On the other hand, for RRB PO as well, candidates need to be a graduate with proficiency in regional language. However, freshers are only eligible for Scale I posts. For Scale II and III, candidates need to have experience.  


Posts in IBPS PO have a lot more perks given the nature and scale of activities that the public sector bans carry. Therefore, probationary officers in IBPS enjoy additional perks, such as lease accommodation in metro cities, medical expenses, etc., as compared to probationary officers in RRB. 

Moreover, RRB PO will only allow you to serve in a particular state. On the other hand, if you are an IBPS PO, you get to travel around the country for work. 

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