IBPS RRB Important Dates, syllabus and Exam Pattern

Greetings Aspirants!

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts IBPS Regional Rural Bank Exam every year for the selection of candidates to the post of probationary officers and office assistants, to any of the 27 PSB’s (public sector banks) or 56 RRB (regional rural banks) across India. The IBPS RRB PO exam is held to fill multiple vacancies including officer scale-I, scale-II & scale-III. The IBPS SO exam is conducted to select candidates for specialist officer positions such as IT officer, Chartered Accountant, Law officer, Agricultural Officer, and Marketing Officer.


The total number of vacancies for the IBPS RRB 2018 is 15260 with 8286 vacancies for the office assistant post.

IBPS RRB notification:

The notification for IBPS RRB 2018 Recruitment has been released and is available on the official website. The exam will be conducted in August 2018.

How to apply?

The candidates who are eligible and willing to apply for the exam can register online through the official website.

The online application will be closed by 2nd July 2018. The candidates can also pay the registration fees online.

The fee structure is as follows:

Officer (Scale I, II & III)

  • Rs. 100/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates.
  • Rs. 600/- for all others

Office Assistant (Multipurpose)

  • Rs. 100/- for SC/ST/PWD/EXSM candidates.
  • Rs. 600/- for all others


The candidate should be a graduate in any discipline to be eligible to apply for the exam.

There are preferable work experience requirements for certain posts.

Age limitations:

      Scale III Officer – 21 to 40 years
Scale II Officer –  21 to 32 years.
Scale I Officer –   18 to 30 years.
Office Assistants –18 to 28 years.

There are also certain age relaxations for SC/ST, OBC, Ex-service, Handicapped etc.

Exam syllabus

The topics included in each section of the exam is quite vast. Let’s look at the overview of the included subtopics.

English language:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary questions
  • Jumbled paragraphs
  • Word substitution
  • Cloze test and error correction
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Fill in the blanks


  • Puzzles
  • Seating arrangements, direction sense
  • Blood relation
  • Data sufficiency
  • Inequalities
  • Coding – decoding
  • Alpha numeric symbol series
  • Order and ranking
  • Logical reasoning

Quantitative aptitude

  • Number system, decimal fraction,
  • Data interpretation
  • Approximation and simplifications.
  • Other arithmetic problems including averages and percentages, probabilities, time and speed, permutation and combination, HCF and LCM, simple interest and compound interest, ratio and proportion

Computer Knowledge

  • Software and hardware fundamentals
  • Networking and security
  • MS Office
  • Database
  • History and future of computers
  • Number system and conversions
  • Computer organization and memory

General awareness

  • Current affairs
  • Govt. schemes and policies
  • Indian and international economy
  • Banking terms
  • Finance and marketing

Important dates

Online registration commencement – 8th June 2018

Final date for online application    — 2nd July 2018

Preliminary examination: Officer scale I – 2018 August 11,12,18

Office assistant — 2018 August 19,25 , September 1

Mains examination:  Officer scale I –2018 September 30

Office assistant — 2018 October 7

Prelims examination result publication: September 2018

Mains examination results:  Officer scale I – October 2018

Office assistant — January 2019

Date for Provisional Allotment : January 2019

Interview :  Officer scale I – November 2018

Exam pattern

  • All exams are online and consists of all objective type questions.
  • Negative Marking: There is a deduction of 1/4th mark assigned to each question for every wrong answer.
  • Questions are available both in English and Hindi except for language questions.

There are two exams for Office Assistants and Scale I Officer, Prelims and Mains. The final selection will be based on the main score alone.

The preliminary exam is of 45 minutes and consists of 80 questions mains is of a duration of 2 hours and consists of 200 questions.

Single stage exam pattern for Officers scale II and scale III :

Exam sections include:

  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative aptitude and data interpretation
  • Financial awareness
  • English / Hindi language
  • Computer knowledge

Final selection will be based on single stage exam score and performance in interview.


How to prepare???

Knowing the exam pattern, now it’s time to focus on preparing thoroughly to perform well in the exam.

  • The first thing to do is to have a clear idea about the exam syllabus and the type of questions that are going to appear.
  • Acquire the right reference books and other source to aid your preparation.
  • Know your weak points and concentrate on those areas.
  • Go through previous question papers and get an insight about the difficulty level of the questions and the topics which are to be given more attention to.

Get more previous questions here.

Practice as many Mock Tests as you can to improve the time management skills, which is the most important one to perfect. Practicing more tests will help you to keep track of your progress. Make use of the Entri application to get excellent aid for your preparation.

What to focus on?

  • The main emphasis should be on the quantitative aptitude and reasoning questions as they might be a little tricky to tackle. Learn shortcuts and tricks for doing quick calculations and practice them.
  • The English section is to check the basic understanding of the candidate’s English language skills. Improve your vocabulary by learning new words and their synonyms, antonyms etc. Revise the basic grammar rules and usages. Reading is the be
  • General Knowledge is important. Have a considerable awareness of the current events, national and international, and be updated with daily news.
  • Having a theoretical and practical computer knowledge is also pre-requisite for the candidates. Make sure you are thorough with the required software knowledge.

Salary Structure

The in-hand salary for officers and office assistants are as follows:

  • Office Assistant (Multipurpose) – Rs. 15,000 – 19,000
  • Officer scale I   — Rs. 29,000 – 33,000
  • Officer scale II  — Rs. 33,000 – 39,000
  • Officer scale III – Rs. 38,000 – 44,000

Cracking any exam is a piece of cake if you get your hands on the right information sources and  follow a proper study pattern and work hard. Have patience and perseverance and finding yourself a position in the rank list will not be as hard as it seems.

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