IBPS RRB PO 2021-22 - IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Exam [Notification Out]

The IBPS RRB PO or the IBPS RRB Officer Scale I exam is conducted to appoint candidates at Officer post in the various Regional Rural Banks of the country. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is the conducting body for all IBPS exams including the IBPS RRB PO exam.

There are three major IBPS RRB exams which are conducted in the country. This includes:

  • IBPS RRB Officer Scale I (IBPS RRB PO)
  • IBPS RRB Officer Scale II & III
  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant (IBPS RRB Clerk)

In this article, we focus on the IBPS RRB PO exam the important exam dates, online application process, exam pattern, syllabus and every detailed information about the recruitment process.

Candidates can get the list of Regional Rural Banks in India at the linked article.

Applying for the upcoming IBPS RRB PO exam?

Start your preparation now with the Free Online IBPS RRB Mock Test Series.

Also, refer to the links given below and ace the upcoming IBPS RRB Officer Scale I exam:

IBPS RRB PO Apply Online

The online application process for IBPS RRB PO 2021-22 has started and conducted between June 8 to June 28, 2021. Completion of the application form can only be done by visiting the official IBPS website (www.ibps.in).

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.

Candidates can get the detailed information regarding the IBPS RRB apply online procedure at the linked article.


The IBPS RRB recruitment 2021 details are out and candidates must check this page regularly to stay updated with any latest news related to IBPS RRB PO exam.

Given below are important IBPS RRB PO exam dates for the 2020 recruitment and also the tentative exam dates for the 2021 recruitment:

IBPS RRB PO Exam Dates
Level of Exam Important Dates (Year-wise)
2020  2021 (Tentative)
Online Application June 30, 2020

Re-registration between October 26 to November 9, 2020

June 7, 2021
Prelims Exam September 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th & 26th, 2020 August 2021
Mains Exam January 30, 2021 September 2021
Interview February 2021 December 2021

Candidates can get the detailed Officer Scale I exam schedule at the IBPS RRB Exam dates page.

Aspirants who are looking forward to apply for the upcoming IBPS exam for any post, can check the IBPS exam dates at the linked article and download the official IBPS exam calendar.

IBPS RRB PO Eligibility

There are a set of eligibility requirements that are mentioned by the conducting body in the official notification which need to be fulfilled by every applicant if they want to apply for the exam.

Given below is the IBPS RRB Officer Scale I eligibility criteria in brief:

Age: Candidates above 18 years and below 30 years can apply for the exam

Nationality: Candidates must be a citizen of India, subject of Nepal or Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline

To know the detailed IBPS RRB eligibility criteria and the relaxation applicable (if any) at the linked article.

IBPS RRB PO Exam Pattern And Syllabus

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.

Given below is the IBPS RRB PO prelims and mains exam pattern in brief for the reference of candidates:

IBPS RRB PO Exam Pattern
Phase of Exam Name of Subjects No of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Prelims Exam Reasoning 40 40 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Mains Exam Reasoning 40 50 2 hours
Computer Knowledge 40 20
Hindi/ English 40 40
General Awareness 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40 50

The IBPS RRB PO prelims is only qualifying in nature and the marks scored in this phase of the examination are not included in the final merit of the candidates. Those who qualify the prelims are shortlisted for the mains and those who qualify mains are further shortlisted for Interview.

Interview Phase for IBPS RRB PO

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 Admit Card

The IBPS RRB PO admit card is released 10 to 15 days prior to the date of examination. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website of IBPS.

A separate admit card is released for all three phases of the IBPS RRB PO exam. Candidates can check the important admit card dates, steps to download it and other important components of IBPS RRB admit card at the linked article.

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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.

For any further information about the IBPS RRB PO result, candidates can visit the linked article.


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.

Candidates can check the section-wise and overall IBPS RRB cut off at the linked article.

IBPS RRB PO Preparation

The IBPS RRB Officer scale I exam is one of the most sought after exams in the country and aspirants across the country look for an opportunity to become a part of the Organisation.

Aspirants can check the Tips To Prepare for IBPS RRB exam at the linked article to get the best strategies to ace the PO scale examination.

Given below are a few tips that may help candidates prepare for the IBPS RRB PO exam 2021:

  • Strategise a study plan and follow it
  • Solve mock tests and practise papers on a regular basis
  • Pay equal attention for preparation of each topic under each section
  • Refer to the previous year question papers to understand th exam better
  • Also referring to the exam analysis may prove to be of great help.

Given below are the pages that may help a candidate understand and analyse the exam well:

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.

Interested candidates are also advised to check the detailed bank exam syllabus at the linked article and get the section-wise detailed list of topics so that they can start their preparation accordingly.

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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Frequently Asked Questions on IBPS RRB PO

Q 1. Is the IBPS RRB PO exam tough?

Ans. No, the IBPS RRB PO exam is not very tough to crack if you are well prepared.

Q 2. Is there sectional cut off in the IBPS RRB PO exam?

Ans. Yes, there is sectional cut off in the IBPS RRB PO prelims and mains exam.

Q 3. Is the IBPS RRB PO exam conducted online?

Ans. Yes, the IBPS RRB PO exam is conducted online only.

Q 4. Can I apply for the IBPS RRB Officer Scale I exam offline?

Ans. No, there is no offline mode to apply for the IBPS RRB Officer Scale I exam.

Q 5. How many vacancies have been released for the IBPS RRB PO 2021 exam?

Ans. More than 4000 vacancies have been released by the conducting body for the IBPS RRB PO exam to appoint Officers in Scale I in the various Regional Rural Banks across the country.

Q 6. What is the eligibility criteria to apply for the IBPS RRB PO post?

Ans. A set of eligibility criteria are released by the conducted body to appoint Scale I Officers in the various RRBs. This includes the nationality of the candidates and also the applicant’s age must be between 18 to 30 years and must atleast hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

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