IBPS RRB Eligibility Criteria 2021 | Age Limit, Qualifications, Nationality, etc

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) has released the IBPS RRB 2021 notification to recruit Group ‘A’ Officers (Scale I, II and III) and Group ‘B’ Office Assistants (Multipurpose) in Regional Rural Banks (RRB). IBPS has laid down a set of eligibility conditions for IBPS RRB “X” or 2021 which all aspiring candidates must fulfill to enter into the banking domain. The eligibility criteria include age, educational qualification, and nationality that candidates need to fulfill to apply for the exam. Candidates before applying for the IBPS RRB posts have to make sure that fulfill the eligibility criteria. Read below for complete details on IBPS RRB Eligibility 2021.


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IBPS RRB Eligibility Criteria Factors

The IBPS authority sets the IBPS RRB eligibility criteria based on 3 major factors –

  1. Nationality
  2. Age Limit
  3. Educational Qualification

IBPS RRB 2021 Nationality

A candidate writing the IBPS RRB 2021 exam must belong to the following nationalities:

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 intending to settle in India permanently
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

IBPS RRB Age Limit

There is an upper and lower age limit set by the IBPS. The age limit varies as per the scale of officers.

The IBPS RRB age limit set (As on July 1, 2021) for general category candidates according to the posts are given below:

  1. For Officer Scale – III (Senior Manager) – Above 21 years – Below 40 years, i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than July 3rd 1981 and later than May 31st 2000 (both dates inclusive)
  2. For Officer Scale-II (Manager) – Above 21 years – Below 32 years, i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than July 3rd 1989 and later than May 31st 2000 (both dates inclusive).
  3. For Officer Scale – I (Assistant Manager) – Above 18 years – below 30 years, i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than July 3rd 1991 and later than May 31st, 2003 (both dates inclusive).
  4. For Office Assistant (Multipurpose) – Between 18 years and 28 years, i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than July 2nd 1993 and later than July 1st, 2003 (both dates inclusive)

The table below gives an idea about the age relaxation for reserved candidates:

CategoryIBPS RRB Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC)3 years
Persons With Benchmark Disability as defined under ‘ The Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act, 2016’10 years
Ex-Serviceman/ Disabled Ex-Serviceman(For the post of Office Assistant – Multipurpose)The actual period of service rendered in the defence forces + 3 years ( 8 years for Disabled Ex-Servicemen belonging to SC/ST)subject to a maximum age limit of 50 years
In the case of ex-servicemen commissioned officers, including ECOs/ SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have released on completion of assignment other than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or on account of physical disability, subject to the ceiling as per Government guidelines(for the post of officers)5 years
Widows, Divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried(only for the post of Office Assistant – Multipurpose)9 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots5 years

Important points related to the relaxation in age

  • The relaxation in the upper age limit to SC/ST/OBC candidates is allowed on a cumulative basis together with only one of the remaining categories for which age relaxation is permitted.
  • Candidates applying for the posts of Officers Scale I, II and II and seeking age relaxation are required to submit copies of necessary certificates at the time of interview. 
  • Candidates applying for the post of Office Assistant (Multipurpose) are required to produce the certificates at the time of verification of documents on the day of joining. 
  • In case of candidates belonging to OBC category, the certificate should specifically mention that they do not belong to the creamy layer. Such candidates cannot avail of the relaxation and they must apply under General category. 
  • Ex-Servicemen candidates who have already secured employment under the Central Government in Group C and D will be permitted the benefit of age relaxation. However, such candidates will not be eligible for the benefit of reservation on the second occasion for Ex-Servicemen in Central Government jobs. 
  • Ex-Servicemen category will be ceased from candidates for employment on the civil side if they have previously availed the relaxation benefits in seeking employment in civil services before applying for the exam. 
  • Candidates who have previously served in the armed forces will be categorized as ex-servicemen. They can apply for re-employment one year before the completion of the specified terms of engagement and avail relaxations available to ex-servicemen. They will not be permitted to leave the uniform until they complete their tenure in Armed Forces Union.

IBPS RRB Eligibility – Education & Experience

IBPS has laid down several educational criteria depending on the posts.

Different educational requirements for different IBPS RRB posts are as follows:

IBPS RRB PostsEducational QualificationExperience
Office Assistant (Multipurpose)Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.(i) Proficiency in local languages as prescribed by the participating RRB(ii) Working knowledge of computerNot Required
Officer Scale – I (Assistant Manager)Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Candidates having a degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisciculture, Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics and Accountancy will be given preference.(i) Proficiency in local languages as prescribed by the participating RRB(ii) Working knowledge of computerNot required
Officer Scale-IIInformation Technology OfficerBachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Electronics / Communication / Computer Science / Information Technology or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.Certificate in ASP, PHP, C++, Java, VB, VC, OCP etc1 year in the relevant field
Officer Scale-IIChartered AccountantCertified Associate (CA) from Institute of Chartered
Accountants of India
1 Year as a Chartered
Officer Scale-IILaw OfficerDegree from a recognised University in Law or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.2 years as an advocate or should have worked as Law Officer in Banks or Financial Institutions for a period of not less than two years
Officer Scale-II Treasury ManagerChartered Accountant or MBA in Finance from a recognized university/ institution1 Year in the relevant field
Officer Scale-IIMarketing OfficerMBA in Marketing from a recognized university1 Year in the relevant field
Officer Scale-IIAgricultural OfficerBachelor’s degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Dairy/ Animal Husbandry/ Forestry/ Veterinary Science/ Agricultural Engineering/ Pisciculture from a recognized university or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate2 Years in the relevant
Officer Scale-III(Senior Manager)Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks aggregate. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in Banking, Finance, Marketing, Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisciculture, Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics and AccountancyMinimum 5 years experience as an Officer in a Bank or Financial Institutions


  • All the educational qualifications should be recognised and I have declared the result as on the date of application
  • Candidates must possess proper documents issued by the university mentioning that the result has been declared by them. In case the result has been declared online, a certificate duly signed by the authority must be provided at the time of the interview in the original
  • Candidates should indicate the percentage obtained in graduation calculated to the nearest two decimals in the online application

Language proficiency

Proficiency in local language is an essential qualification for recruitment of Officers Scale I & Office Assistant (Multipurpose).

  • Candidates should have studied the language of the state in Class 8 or any level above Class 8 in government-recognized boards. 
  • Candidates who do not meet the requirement in the local language at the time of selection will be given a time of six months from the date of joining to acquire proficiency.

RRBs Participating in IBPS 2021 Exam & Local Languages

Name of RRBsPresent Head OfficeState / UTDesired Local Language Proficiency as prescribed
by the Participating RRBs
Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas
Andhra Pragathi Gramin BankKadapaAndhra PradeshTelugu
Arunachal Pradesh Rural BankNaharlagun
Arunachal PradeshEnglish
Aryavart BankLucknowUttar PradeshHindi
Assam Gramin Vikash BankGuwahatiAssamAssamese, Bengali, Bodo
Bangiya Gramin Vikash BankMurshidabadWest BengalBengali
Baroda Gujarat Gramin BankVadodaraGujaratGujarati
Baroda Rajasthan Kshetriya Gramin
Baroda U P BankGorakhpurUttar PradeshHindi, Urdu, Sanskrit
Chaitanya Godavari Grameena BankGunturAndhra PradeshTelugu
Chhattisgarh Rajya Gramin BankRaipurChhattisgarhHindi
Dakshin Bihar Gramin BankPatnaBiharHindi
Ellaquai Dehati BankSrinagarJammu & KashmirDogri, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Urdu, Gojri, Pahari, Ladakhi, Balti
(Palli), Dardi, Hindi
Himachal Pradesh Gramin BankMandiHimachal PradeshHindi
J & K Grameen BankJammuJammu & KashmirDogri, Kashmiri,  Pahari,
Gojri, Punjabi, Ladakhi, Balti (Palli), Dardi, Urdu, Hindi
Jharkhand Rajya Gramin BankRanchiJharkhandHindi
Karnataka Gramin BankBellaryKarnatakaKannada
Karnataka Vikas Grameena BankDharwadKarnatakaKannada
Kerala Gramin BankMallapuramKeralaMalayalam
Madhya Pradesh Gramin BankIndoreMadhya PradeshHindi
Madhyanchal Gramin BankSagarMadhya PradeshHindi
Maharashtra Gramin BankAurangabadMaharashtraMarathi
Manipur Rural BankImphalManipurManipuri
Meghalaya Rural BankShillongMeghalayaKhasi, Garo
Mizoram Rural BankAizawlMizoramMizo
Nagaland Rural BankKohimaNagalandEnglish
Odisha Gramya BankBhubaneshwarOdishaOdia
Paschim Banga Gramin BankHowrahWest BengalBengali
Prathama UP Gramin BankMoradabadUttar PradeshHindi
Puduvai Bharathiar Grama BankPuducherryPuducherryTamil, Malayalam, Telugu
Punjab Gramin BankKapurthalaPunjabPunjabi
Rajasthan Marudhara Gramin BankJodhpurRajasthanHindi
Saptagiri Grameena BankChittorAndhra PradeshTelugu
Sarva Haryana Gramin BankRohtakHaryanaHindi
Saurashtra Gramin BankRajkotGujaratGujarati
Tamil Nadu Grama BankSalemTamil NaduTamil
Telangana Grameena BankHyderabadTelanganaTelugu, Urdu
Tripura Gramin BankAgartalaTripuraBengali, Kokborak
Utkal Grameen BankBolangirOdishaOdia
Uttar Bihar Gramin BankMuzaffarpurBiharHindi
Uttarakhand Gramin BankDehradunUttarakhandHindi, Sanskrit
Uttarbanga Kshetriya Gramin BankCoochbeharWest BengalBengali, Nepali
Vidharbha Konkan Gramin BankNagpurMaharashtraMarathi

IBPS RRB Eligibilty Criteria For EWS Candidates

  1. Persons who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations to the Scheduled Castes, the Schedule Tribes and the Other Backward Classes and whose family has gross annual income below Rs.8.00 lakh (Rupees eight lakh only) are to be identified as EWSs for benefit of reservation. The income shall include income from all sources i.e. salary, agriculture, business, profession etc. and it will be income for the financial year prior to the year of application. Also persons whose family owns or possesses any of the following assets shall be excluded from being identified as EWS, irrespective of the family income:
    i.) 5 acres of Agricultural Land and above;
    ii.) Residential flat of 1000 sq. ft. and above;
    iii.) Residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities;
    iv.) Residential plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities.
  1. The property held by a “Family” in different locations or different places/cities would be clubbed while applying the land or property holding test to determine EWS status.
  2. The benefit of reservation under EWS can be availed upon production of an Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority. The Income and Asset Certificate issued by any one of the Authorities as notified by the Government of India in the prescribed format shall only be accepted as proof of candidate’s claim as belonging to EWS. The candidates shortlisted for document verification/interview shall be required to bring the requisite certificate as specified by the Government of India at the time of appearing for the process of document verification/interview.
  3. The term “Family” for this purpose will include the person who seeks the benefit of reservation, his/her parents and siblings below the age of 18 years as also his/her spouse and children below the age of 18 years.
  4. The instructions issued by the Government of India in this regard from time to time shall be adhered to.

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What is the qualification of IBPS?

Candidates must hold a degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
Age Limit: 18 to 40 years (Vary as per the posts)

Is there any age limit to apply for IBPS RRB?

Yes, there is an age limit to apply for the IBPS RRB exam. The age limit for different posts are as follows:
For  Office Assistant/Clerk, the age limit is between 18 and 28 years.
For Officers Scale I post, the age limit is between 18 and 30 years.
The age limit for Officers Scale II post is between 21 and 32 years.
The age limit for Officers Scale III post is between 21 and 40 years.

How many phases are there in IBPS RRB 2021?

There are 3 phases of IBPS RRB 2021 exam –
1. Preliminary Exam
2. Mains Exam
3. Interview Round (Only for officers scale)

I am in the final year of graduation. Can I apply for IBPS RRB exam?

Candidates who have completed their graduation as on the date of application can only apply for IBPS RRB exam.

Is it necessary to have proficiency in local language to apply for IBPS RRB exam?

Yes, it is necessary to have proficiency in the local language of the state candidates are applying to.

What is the application fee for IBPS RRB exam?

The application fee for IBPS RRB exam is Rs 850 for General and OBC candidates while it is Rs 175 for SC/ST/PwD categories.

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