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IBPS RRB 2021: What and How to Prepare?

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection – Regional Rural Bank (IBPS RRB) important dates are released. The national level examination is conducted for candidates who wish to be posted to Assistant and Officer Cadre. IBPS RRB is held once every year by IBPS for posts at any Regional Rural Banks across India.

Candidates clearing the rounds of the entrance examination can be selected for Office Assistant, Treasury Manager, Chartered Accountant, Law Officer, Officer Scale, Officer, IT Officer, and many other posts. The posts are divided into two groups – Group A (Scale-I, II, III) and Group B – Office Assistants.


For Office Assistants, the entrance examination will be conducted in 2 Tiers, including Prelims and then Mains. For Officer Scale – I, the test will be held in three rounds – Prelims, Mains and Interview. For Scale I and III, a single exam is conducted for selecting candidates. The combined performance of the candidates in both the Written Test and Interview will be the basis of the selection to IBPS RRB Officer Scale-II and III.

The Regional Rural Banks themselves have the final capacity of recruiting the candidates.


Important Dates.

  • The application form for registration and the IBPS RRB Notification will be made available from the first week of June 2021.

  • The examination for Office Assistant Preliminary Exam will take place on the 14th and 15th of August 2021.

  • The Mains is scheduled for 3rd October 2021.

  • For Officer Scale-I, the online test will be conducted on 1st and 7th August 2021. The following Mains is scheduled for 25th September 2021.

  • For Officer Scale-II and III, a single exam will be conducted on 25th September 2021.

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern. The exam pattern for the various posts is different. A total of 80 questions for 80 marks should be attempted within 45 minutes for the Preliminary. In the Mains, a total of 200 questions for 200 marks must be attempted within 2 hours


IBPS Assistant

IBPS RRB Assistant examination will be held in two phases; Preliminary and Mains. There is no interview process, and the selection will be based on the marks obtained from the Mains examination.


IBPS RRB Officer

To be selected for the Officer Post, the candidate should complete the exam conducted in three phases. The three phases include the Preliminary, Mains, and Interview process. The cumulative score from the Mains and Interview process will be the basis for the selection of Officers.


IBPS RRB Syllabus. Reasoning and Numerical Ability will be tested in the Preliminary Examination. In the Mains, Reasoning, Numerical Ability, General Awareness, English/Hindi language, and Computer Knowledge will be tested.


IBPS RRB Requirements. Candidates must have local language proficiency for the particular state/UT he/she is applying for in which the RRB is located.


For Office Assistant, the candidate must be between 18 years and 28 years. For Office Scale-I, above 18 years and below 30 years are eligible. For Officer Scale-II, candidates applying must be above 21 years and below 32 years of age. Candidates applying for Officer Scale-III must be above the age of 21 and below 40.


Indian citizens can apply along with subjects of Bhutan/Nepal. Tibetan refugees who migrated to India with permanent settlement in Indian property before 1st January 1962 can also apply. Any person who is of Indian origin migrated to India from other countries with permanent settlement in India is also eligible to apply.

Candidates must have completed their bachelor’s degree of any discipline from recognised university with a minimum of 50%.


IBPS RRB Preparation Tips. IBPS RRB is a national-level entrance examination with lakhs of candidates applying for the posts. To be one of the few to get into the final selection, preparation must start early. Below are few tips that can help ace the test.

  • Understand the syllabus and exam paper pattern thoroughly to know what to expect.

  • Create a study plan and timetable. Sticking to a planned schedule will help you stay regular with preparations.

  • Jot down notes while studying. These notes can help in revision.

  • Collect relevant books.

  • Revise, revise, revise.

  • Maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Get an adequate amount of sleep.

  • It is not wrong to have rewarding breaks between studies. Utilise these breaks properly.

  • Solve mock tests and practise papers to get a clear understanding of time management and effort.

All the best!

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