The Institute for Banking Personnel Selection conducts the IBPS RRB exam every year to recruit employees for Regional Rural Banks at two levels:
- Group A Officers: Scale-I(Assistant Manager), Scale-II(Manager), Scale-III(Senior Manager)
- Group B Office Assistants: Multipurpose Office Assistants(Equivalent of Clerical Staff)
The Regional Rural Banks serve the villages and semi-urban areas where regular banks are not able to provide a full range of services. In this article, we will discuss the common recruitment process(CRP) for RRB Officers and Assistants. The IBPS RRB recruitment process is completely online except for the interview and document verification.
The RRB exam notification is common for all positions, though the examinations are different as discussed below:
IBPS RRB PO Exam
The IBPS RRB PO exam selects officers for the participating rural banks. The Scale-I, II and III officers in Group A for these banks are selected through different selection procedures as discussed below:
Scale-I Assistant Manager: The assistant managers in rural banks are selected through a three-stage process similar to IBPS PO exam. The following stages are there in IBPS RRB recruitment for Scale-I:
- Preliminary Exam: Consists of one paper of objective type questions, divided into two sections. The duration of the exam is 45 minutes.
- Main Examination: Consists of one paper of objective type questions, divided into five sections. The language section is further subdivided into two sections, out of which one is mandatory. The duration of the exam is 2 hours.
- Interview: The interview is conducted by the respective nodal banks with assistance from NABARD and IBPS
Scale-II Manager: The managers in rural banks are selected through a two-stage process. There are an exam and one interview. The structure of the exam differs for generalist and specialist positions as given below:
- Manager(General Banking Officer): The examination for General Banking Officers Consists of the following stages:
- Single Level Examination: The single level examination consists of an objective paper divided into five sections. The language section is subdivided into two sections similar to the main exam for RRB Scale-I. Only one of the language subsections need to be attempted. The duration of the exam is 2 hours.
- Interview: Candidates who clear the cut-off marks for the Single Level Examination are invited to attend an interview coordinated by the designated nodal bank with the help of IBPS and NABARD.
- Manager(Specialist Cadre): Specialist Cadre Managers are recruited for technical or highly specialised jobs such as law officers, IT managers, Chartered Accountant, Agriculture Officer and Marketing Manager. The examination consists of the following stages:
- Single Level Examination: The Single Level Examination for the specialists consists of objective type questions. The paper is divided into six sections, with the language section subdivided into two sections, out of which, only one is required to be attempted. The exam duration is 2 hours 30 minutes.
- Interview: The interview will be conducted by the designated nodal RRB with assistance from IBPS and NABARD.
Scale-III Senior Manager: Senior Managers are selected from a pool of experienced applicants. They are selected through a two-stage process which consists of the following:
- Single Level Examination: The single level examination for senior managers is one paper with objective type questions. The paper is divided into five sections, with the language section subdivided into two more sections. Only one of the language subsections has to be chosen and completed in the exam.
- Interview: The RRB interview for Scale III officers is similar to the interview for Scale-I and II.
The ratio of weightage for drawing up merit lists for these posts has been fixed at 80% weightage from the written exam score and 20% weightage on the interview.
IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam
The IBPS RRB Office Assistant exam recruits clerks for the participating banks. The exam is conducted in two stages as described below:
- Preliminary Examination: The RRB Assistant Prelims consists of one objective type paper of 45 minutes duration. The paper is divided into two sections.
- Main Examination: The RRB clerk main exam consists of one objective type paper divided into five sections. The candidates can choose from one language from the two subsections under the language section.
IBPS RRB Office Assistant results are declared based on the merit list drawn up using the marks secured by the candidate in the main examination.
IBPS RRB Online Application
The IBPS RRB exam date will be announced shortly. The application process for the examination is completely online. The candidate can apply for both the office assistant and officer post simultaneously. However, an application for only one cadre out of the four cadres available at the officer level is entertained and one candidate cannot apply for two RRB officer posts. The fee details for IBPS RRB online application are:
RRB Officer Scale-I, II and III
Rs. 600 for General Category
Rs. 100 for SC/ST/PWD Category
RRB Office Assistant
Rs. 600 for General Category
Rs. 100 for SC/ST/PWD Category
The fees are to be paid separately for each post. For example, if a general category candidate applies for both Office Assistant and Officer Scale-I cadres, they will have to pay Rs. 1200 as the total fee for the exam.
The photograph, signature and left thumb impression also need to be uploaded online, along with the scanned copy of a written declaration of authenticity.
IBPS RRB Eligibility
The IBPS specifies the following basic criteria for admission to the exam:
- Citizenship of India
- Non-Indian citizenship along with a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India and fulfilling the following conditions:
- Nepalese/Bhutanese Nationality
- Tibetan Refugee status
- Indian Origin migrant from East Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Burma
The age limit and educational qualification conditions of IBPS RRB eligibility vary based on the post as given below:
- Office Assistant: Minimum 18 years and maximum 28 years of age along with a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
- Officer Scale-I: Between 18 years to 30 years of age along with a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
- Officer Scale-II: Minimum 21 years and maximum 32 years along with a Bachelor’s degree and two years experience in General Banking, Law or Agriculture, or one year’s experience in marketing, IT, or chartered accountancy.
- Officer Scale-III: Minimum 21 years and Maximum 40 years along with a Bachelor’s degree and five years of banking experience.
Exemptions for these age limits are applicable based on the category of the applicant as stated in the IBPS notification.
Aspirants for the IBPS RRB exam should prepare well in advance for the examination as there are many benefits of working for these banks. The most visible benefit is a decent pay structure which has increased substantially over the years. The jobs are also less stressful than a typical bank job due to serving lower population density areas. The satisfaction of bringing banking services to underserved areas and spearheading development efforts along with the country’s administration is incomparable. Since the syllabus for the IBPS RRB exam is similar to other exams conducted by the institute, preparation for this can be integrated with IBPS clerk and PO preparation. BYJU’S has developed well-researched study material for bank exams and candidates can download and use them to clear the exams with flying colours.
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