IBPS RRB PO

The IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) provides recruitment and training for Regional Rural Banks (RRB). Among the exams conducted by the IBPS, the IBPS RRB PO exam is one of the most popular. The Probationary Officers (PO) who operate the RRBs are also knowns as Officers Scale I, II & III respectively. This exam enables the recruitment of PO’s for all the participating RRBs.

IBPS has released the result for IBPS RRB Officer Scale I, II & III and Office Assistant (Multipurpose) on January 1, 2020. Candidates can check the IBPS RRB Result 2019 at the linked article.

In this article, we will discuss the key features of the IBPS RRB PO exam in great detail.

To know more about other IBPS Exams, visit the linked article.

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IBPS RRB PO Apply Online

The application process for IBPS RRB PO is completely online. The online application process for IBPS RRB PO 2019 started on June 18th 2019. Candidates can visit the official IBPS RRB website (www.ibps.in) to register

The following is the fee structure for the IBPS RRB PO application process.

Post Category IBPS RRB Application Fee
Probationary Officer (PO) SC/ST/PWBD Rs. 100
Probationary Officer (PO) General Rs. 600

Once the fees are paid online and the eligibility criteria fulfilled, the application process will be completed and the IBPS RRB PO Admit Cards will be issued to the candidates.

To know more in detail about the IBPS RRB Eligibility Criteria, visit the linked article

IBPS RRB PO Exam Date

The IBPS RRB recruitment 2020 is expected to start from July 2020 and candidates must check this page regularly to stay updated with any latest news related to IBPS RRB exam.

The following table lists out the tentative dates for IBPS RRB PO Exam 2019.

Activity IBPS RRB PO Exam Dates
Online registration of Application by candidates June 18th 2019 to July 4th 2019
Payment of Application Fees/ Intimation Charges (Online) June 18th 2019 to July 4th 2019
Download of call letters for Pre-Exam training for Officer Scale – I July 2019
Conduct of Pre-Exam Training for Officer Scale- I July 21st 2019 to July 26th 2019
Download of call letters for online examination – Preliminary July 2019
Online Examination – Preliminary August 3rd 2019, August 4th 2019 and August 11 2019
Result of Online Examination – Preliminary August 2019
Download of Call Letter for Online exam – Main/Single September 2019
Online Examination – Main/Single September 22nd 2019
Declaration of Result – Main/Single October 2019
Download of call letters for interview October 2019
Conduct of Interview November 2019
Provisional Allotment January 2020

To know more in detail about the IBPS Exam Dates, visit the linked article.

IBPS RRB PO Exam Pattern

The Exam Pattern for IBPS RRB PO consists of the following stages:

  1. Prelims Stage
  2. Mains Stage
  3. Interview Phase

Candidates must pass each stage in order to move on to the next stage. The exam pattern of each stage is discussed in great detail below.

IBPS RRB PO Preliminary Stage: It consists of an online objective test consisting of two sections. Each section is allotted 45 minutes and the total duration is 90 minutes in total.

Here is a breakup of the IBPS RRB PO prelims exam:

IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Pattern
Name of Subjects No of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 40 Composite time of 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40 Composite time of 45 minutes
80 80

There is negative marking for each wrong answer. The penalty for each incorrect answer is 1/4th of the marks allotted to that question. Based on the result of the prelims, candidates clearing the declared cutoff are invited to appear in the next stage, the Mains Exam.

IBPS RRB PO Mains Stage: The IBPS RRB PO Mains exam pattern consists of objective type papers. The subjects will vary differently between the Officer scales as some of these posts require specialised knowledge. The breakup of the Mains Exam patterns for Officers Scale I, II & III are as follows:

IBPS RRB Mains Examination Officer Scale – I

The following table describes the Mains exam pattern for Officer Scale – I

IBPS RRB PO Mains (Officer Scale -I ) Exam Pattern
Name of Subjects No of Questions Maximum Marks Durations
Reasoning 40 50 Composite Time of 2 hours
Computer Knowledge 40 20 Composite Time of 2 hours
General Awareness 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours
English Language/Hindi Language (Optional) 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours
Quantitative Aptitude 40 50 Composite Time of 2 hours
Total 200 200

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

The table below the single exam pattern for Officer Scale-II

*Note: Candidates applying for Officer Scale-II and Scale – III will only need to appear for a single online examination, where successful candidates will be shortlisted to appear for Common Interview for final recruitment in various RRBs.

IBPS RRB Officer Scale-II Exam Pattern 
Name of Tests No of Questions Maximum Marks Durations
Reasoning 40 50 Composite Time of 2 hours
Computer Knowledge 40 20 Composite Time of 2 hours
Financial Awareness 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours
English Language/ Hindi Language (Optional) 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation 40 50 Composite Time of 2 hours
Total 200 200

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

The following table describes the exam pattern of Officer Scale-II

IBPS RRB Officer Scale-II Exam Pattern
Name of Tests No of Questions Maximum Marks Durations
Professional Knowledge 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours and 30 minutes
Reasoning 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours and 30 minutes
Computer Knowledge 40 20 Composite Time of 2 hours and 30 minutes
Financial Awareness 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours and 30 minutes
English Language/ Hindi Language (Optional) 40 20 Composite Time of 2 hours and 30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours and 30 minutes
Total 240 200

IBPS RRB Officer Scale – III Exam Pattern

The table below describes the exam pattern of Officer Scale – III

IBPS RRB Officer Scale – III Exam Pattern
Name of Tests No of Questions Maximum Marks Durations
Reasoning 40 50 Composite Time of 2 hours
Computer Knowledge 40 20 Composite Time of 2 hours
Financial Awareness 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours
English Language/ Hindi Language (Optional) 40 40 Composite Time of 2 hours
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation 40 50 Composite Time of 2 hours
Total 200 200

Interview Phase for IBPS RRB PO

Candidates who have been shortlisted in the main examination for the post of PO will be subsequently called for an interview coordinated by the Nodal Regional Rural Bank with the help of NABARD.

The marks for the interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview for Probationary Officers 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.

For a more detailed insight into the IBPS RRB Syllabus, you can visit the linked article or download the consolidated PDF given below.

IBPS RRB Syllabus:-Download PDF Here

IBPS RRB PO Cut Off

As of now, the required cut off score has not been released but the general consensus is that each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test of the Online Mains Examination to be shortlisted for the interview phase. Depending on the number of vacancies available, an adequate number of candidates in each category not exceeding three times of the declared vacancies shall be called for interview, subject to availability.

It is not enough for the candidate to score a passing mark in the individual exams. A sufficiently high total score in order of merit is also necessary to be called for the Common Interview / Provisional Allotment. The decision of the IBPS in short-listing of the candidates is deemed to be final.

To get an idea of the cutoff for IBPS RRB PO 2019 one must be aware of the cutoff score for IBPS RRB PO 2018. The state-wise cutoff is as follows:

State IBPS RRB PO Mains Cut Off Score 2018
Andhra Pradesh 89.31
Bihar 81.69
Chattisgarh 103.89
Gujarat 86
Haryana 100.63
Himachal Pradesh 99.50
Jammu & Kashmir 91
Jharkhand 92.63
Karnataka 82.75
Kerala 92.75
Madhya Pradesh 97.06
Maharashtra 85.25
Odisha 86.38
Rajasthan 91.38
Tamil Nadu 58.56
Telangana 81.63
Uttar Pradesh 89.69
Assam 83.31
Manipur 59.88
Mizoram 70.25
Nagaland 76.63
Puducherry 65
Punjab 99.81
Tripura 78.69
West Bengal 92.06
Uttarakhand 100.13
State IBPS RRB PO Prelims Cut Off Score 2018
Andhra Pradesh 72.50
Bihar 70.25
Chattisgarh 67.75
Gujarat 69.75
Haryana 76.25
Himachal Pradesh 77.50
Jammu & Kashmir 70.00
Jharkhand 69.75
Karnataka 66.25
Kerala 73.50
Madhya Pradesh 70.50
Maharashtra 69.75
Odisha 71.25
Rajasthan 73.00
Tamil Nadu 61.75
Telangana 67.75
Uttar Pradesh 70.75
Assam 67.50
Punjab 54.75
Tripura 48.75
West Bengal 75.25

IBPS RRB PO Result

The IBPS RRB PO result will be declared after preparing a merit list of all the qualified candidates and will be issued as a list of candidates who will be given provisional allotment. The provisional allotment is confirmed once the candidate clears background verification.

The tentative date for the declaration of results of IBPS RRB PO will be in January 2020. The results are declared in the form of a scorecard as well as a list of candidates provisionally allocated an RRB Branch. The location of the posting may either depend on the preference and the final merit list of the candidates.

It goes without saying that the IBPS RRB PO is one of the most competitive examinations in India. The Institute conducts IBPS RRB PO mock tests so that potential candidates can get an idea of the examination. However, it is not advisable for candidates to prepare just with the materials available on the official website. To this end, BYJU’S well-structured study materials and courses can add the extra edge needed to crack the exam.

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