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IBPS RRB: Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

Dear Aspirants,

Following are the many queries we received from you regarding the IBPS RRB 2017 Examination, we decided to put together the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of the IBPS RRB Recruitment Examination 2017.

Following are some of the most common queries we received on IBPS RRB Examination:

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Exam FAQs
1. What are the posts available under this recruitment?

The exam is conducted for the recruitment of Group ‘A’ Officers Scale – 1, 2 and 3 and Group ‘B’ Office Assistants (multipurpose). The Group ‘A’ posts are considered similar to Probationary Officers and Group ‘B’ posts are considered similar to Clerk jobs in PSUs.

2. What are the Regional Rural Banks participating in CWE 2017?
Name of the RRB Head Office State/Union Territory Desired local language proficiency
Allahabad UP Gramin Bank Banda Uttar Pradesh Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit
Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank Warangal Telangana Telugu
Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank Kadapa Andhra Pradesh Telugu
Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank Naharlagun (Papumpare) Arunachal Pradesh English
Assam Gramin Vikash Bank Guwahati Assam Assamese, Bengali, Bodo
Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank Murshidabad West Bengal Bengali
Baroda Gujarat Gramin Bank Bharuch Gujarat Gujarati
Baroda Rajasthan Kshetriya Gramin Bank Ajmer Rajasthan Hindi
Baroda UP Gramin Bank Raibareilly Uttar Pradesh Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit
Bihar Gramin Bank Begusarai Bihar Hindi
Central Madhya Pradesh Gramin Bank Chhindwara Madhya Pradesh Hindi
Chaitanya Godavari Grameena Bank Guntur Andhra Pradesh Telugu
Chhattisgarh Rajya Gramin Bank Raipur Chhattisgarh Hindi
Dena Gujarat Gramin Bank Gandhinagar Gujarat Gujarati
Ellaquai Dehati Bank Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir Dogri, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Urdu, Gojri, Pahari, Ladakhi, Balti (Palli), Dardi, Hindi
Gramin Bank of Aryavart Lucknow Uttar Pradesh Hindi
Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank Mandi Himachal Pradesh Hindi
J & K Grameen Bank Jammu Jammu and Kashmir Dogri, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Urdu, Gojri, Pahari, Ladakhi, Balti (Palli), Dardi, Hindi
Jharkhand Gramin Bank Ranchi Jharkhand Hindi
Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank Dharwad Karnataka Kannada
Kashi Gomti Samyut Grameen Bank Varanasi Uttar Pradesh Hindi
Kaveri Grameen Bank Mysore Karnataka Kannada
Kerala Gramin Bank Mallapuram Kerala Malayalam
Langpi Dehangi Rural Bank Diphu Assam Assamese, Bengali, Bodo
Madhya Bihar Gramin Bank Patna Bihar Hindi
Madhyanchal Gramin Bank Sagar Madhya Pradesh Hindi
Maharashtra Gramin Bank Aurangabad Maharashtra Marathi
Malwa Gramin Bank Sangrur Punjab Punjabi
Manipur Rural Bank Imphal Manipur Manipuri
Meghalaya Rural Bank Shillong Meghalaya Khasi, Garo
Mizoram Rural Bank Aizwal Mizoram Mizo
Nagaland Rural Bank Kohima Nagaland English
Narmada Jhabua Gramin Bank Indore Madhya Pradesh Hindi
Odisha Gramya Bank Bhubaneswar Odisha Odia
Pallavan Grama Bank Salem Tamil Nadu Tamil
Pandyan Grama Bank Virudhunagar Tamil Nadu Tamil
Paschim Banga Gramin Bank Howrah West Bengal Bengali
Pragathi Krishna Gramin Bank Bellary Karnataka Kannada
Prathama Bank Moradabad Uttar Pradesh Hindi
Puduvai Bharthiar Grama Bank Puducherry Puducherry Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu
Punjab Gramin Bank Kapurthala Punjab Punjabi
Purvanchal Bank Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh Hindi
Rajasthan Marudhara Gramin Bank Jodhpur Rajasthan Hindi
Saptagiri Grameena Bank Chittor Andhra Pradesh Telugu
Sarva Haryana Gramin Bank Rohtak Haryana Hindi
Sarva UP Gramin Bank Meerut Uttar Pradesh Hindi
Surashtra Gramin Bank Rajkot Gujarat Gujarati
Sutlej Gramin Bank Bhatinda Punjab Punjabi
Telangana Grameena Bank Hyderabad Telangana Telugu, Urdu
Tripura Grameen Bank Agartala Tripura Bengali, Kokborak
Utkal Grameen Bank Bolangir Odisha Odia
Uttarbanga Kshtriya Grameen Bank Coochbehar West Bengal Bengali, Nepali
Uttar Bihar Grameen Bank Muzaffarpur Bihar Hindi
Uttarakhand Gramin Bank Dehradun Uttarakhand Hindi, Sanskrit
Vananchal Gramin Bank Dumka Jharkhand Hindi
Vidharbha Konkan Gramin Bank Nagpur Maharashtra Marathi

 

3. How many vacancies are there in total?

13,000 plus vacancies; out of which Scale-1 Officer vacancies are 5,123 and Office Assistant vacancies 8,298. However, some regional rural banks (RRBs) have not yet reported their vacancies to IBPS. Therefore the vacancies mentioned are indicative and not exhaustive. More vacancies are anticipated as communicated by the RRBs. The provisional allotment will be made based on the actual vacancies reported.

 

IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 and Office Assistant Recruitment Exam 2017

 

4. When is the exam going to be held?
IBPS RRB Officer Scale – 1
Prelims 9, 10 and 16 September 2017
Mains 5 November 2017

 

IBPS RRB Officer Scale – 2 and 3
Single Exam 5 November 2017

 

IBPS RRB Office Assistant
Prelims 17, 23 and 24 September 2017
Mains 12 November 2017

 

5. What is the exam pattern?

IBPS RRB Officer Scale-1 Prelims

Name of the section Medium Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
Reasoning Hindi/English 40 40 45 Mins
Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/English 40 40
Total   80 80

 

IBPS RRB Officer Scale-1 Mains

Name of the section Medium Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50 120 Mins
Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/English 40 50
General Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
English Language* English 40 40
Hindi Language* Hindi 40 40
Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Total   200 200

*Candidates can opt either English Language or Hindi Language

IBPS RRB Officer Scale-2

General Banking Officer

Name of the section Medium Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50 120 Mins
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Hindi/English 40 50
Financial Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
English Language* English 40 40
Hindi Language* Hindi 40 40
Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Total   200 200

*Candidates can opt either English Language or Hindi Language

Specialist Cadre

Name of the section Medium Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
Reasoning Hindi/English 40 40 150 Mins
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Hindi/English 40 40
Financial Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
English Language* English 40 20
Hindi Language* Hindi 40 20
Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Professional Knowledge Hindi/English 40 40
Total   240  200

*Candidates can opt either English Language or Hindi Language

IBPS RRB Officer Scale-3

Name of the section Medium Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50 120 Mins
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation Hindi/English 40 50
Financial Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
English Language* English 40 40
Hindi Language* Hindi 40 40
Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Total   200 200

*Candidates can opt either English Language or Hindi Language

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims

Name of the section Medium Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
Reasoning Hindi/English 40 40 45 Mins
Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/English 40 40
Total   80 80

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains

Name of the section Medium Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50 120 Mins
Quantitative Aptitude Hindi/English 40 50
General Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
English Language* English 40 40
Hindi Language* Hindi 40 40
Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
Total   200 200

*Candidates can opt either English Language or Hindi Language

 

IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 and Office Assistant Exam 2017

6. Is the exam bilingual?

All the sections except the Hindi and English Language sections are bilingual. However, candidates can opt between Hindi and English language in all the exams.

7. Is there a sectional cut off?

Yes. Each candidate is required to obtain a minimum score in each section of the Main examinations of IBPS RRB Office Scale-1 and Office Assistant and in single exams of Officer Scale 2 and 3.

 

8. When will the results be declared?

Prelims (Scale 1 and Office Assistant): October 2017

Mains (Scale 1, 2 and 3): November 2017

 

9. What is the mode of examination?

The exams will be conducted in online mode only.

 

10. Is there a penalty for wrong answers?

Yes. For each wrong answer one-fourth of the marks allotted to that question will be deducted. However, there will be no deduction if the question is left unanswered.

 

Post-exam FAQs
1. How is the exam evaluated to make final merit list?

Office Assistant: Prelims is qualifying. Marks obtained in main exam will be considered for the final merit list.

Officer Scale-1: Prelims is qualifying. Marks obtained in main exam will be considered for shortlisting for interview and final merit list.

Officer Scale-2 and 3: Marks obtained in the single exam will be considered for shortlisting for the interview and final merit list.

 

2. Will there be interview after the written exam?

There will be an interview for the posts of Officer Scale – 1, 2 and 3. However, there is no interview for the post Office Assistant. Candidates applying for Office Assistant post will be provisionally allotted on basis of marks obtained in the main exam and the vacancies.

 

3. Should I know the local language to apply from a state?

Yes. Proficiency in local language is essential for the posts of Officer Scale-1 and Office Assistant. Candidates who have studied the local language in 8th grade or above 8th grade from a Government approved board would be considered proficient in that language. However those who do not meet this requirement will be given a time of six months from the date of joining the RRB to acquire the proficiency.

 

Eligibility FAQs
1. What is the eligibility criteria for recruitment?

Officer Scale-1 Eligibility: Assistant Manager

Age as on 1st July 2017: 18-30 years

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Proficiency in local language as prescribed by participating RRBs and basic computer skills (desirable).

 

Officer Scale-2 Eligibility: Manager

Age as on 1st July 2017: 21-32 years

General Banking Officer (Manager)

Education: Bachelor’s degree with minimum 50% marks in aggregate.

Work experience: 2 years as an officer in a bank or Financial Institution

Specialist Officer (Manager)

IT Officer

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Electronics/Communication/Computer Science/IT or equivalent with minimum 50% aggregate. Certificate in ASP, PHP, C++, Java, VB, VC, OCP (desirable).

Work experience: 1 year in relevant field.

Chartered Accountant

Education: CA from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Work experience: 1 year as Chartered Accountant

Law Officer

Education: Degree in Law or its equivalent with 50% marks in aggregate.

Work experience: 2 years as advocate or 2 years as Law Officer in banks or Financial Institutions

Treasury Manager

Education: Chartered Accountant or MBA in Finance

Word experience: 1 year in relevant field

Marketing Officer

Education: MBA in Marketing

Work experience: 1 year in relevant field

Agricultural Officer

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/Horticulture/Forestry/Dairy/Animal Husbandry/Veterinary Science/Agricultural Engineering/Pisciculture or equivalent with minimum 50% marks in aggregate.

Work experience: 2 years in relevant field

 

Officer Scale-3 Eligibility: Senior Manager

Age as on 1st July 2017: 21-40 years

Education: Bachelor’s degree with minimum 50% marks in aggregate.

Word experience: 5 years as officer in Bank or Financial Institutions

 

Office Assistant Eligibility: Multipurpose

Age as on 1st July 2017: 18-28 years

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Proficiency in local language as prescribed by participating RRBs and basic computer skills (desirable).

 

2. I am in my final year of graduation, can I apply for IBPS RRB?

Yes, you can. However, all the qualifications mentioned should be from institutions/boards/universities approved and recognized by the Government of India. The regulatory bodies and results should have been declared on or before 1st of August 2017. The document from your board/university for having declared results on or before 1st of August 2017 should be submitted at the time of interview (for Scale-1, 2 and 3 Officers) or at the time of joining for Office Assistant.

 

3. How to calculate the percentage?

The percentage should be arrived at by dividing the total marks obtained by the candidate in all the subjects in all semesters(s)/year(s) by aggregate maximum marks in all the subjects irrespective of honors/options/additional optional subject if any. Fractions will be ignore. i.e., 59.99% will be treated at less than 60%.

 

4. Is there any relaxation in age for candidates belonging to reserved category?

Yes.

For reserved categories the following relaxations would apply:

Category Age relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
Persons with benchmark disabilities as defined under “The rights of persons with disabilities act, 2016” 10 years
Ex-servicemen/disabled ex-servicemen (for the post of office assistant)

 

actual period of service rendered in the defense 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 been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within the next one year from the last date for receipt of application) other than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct of inefficiency or on account of physical disability attributable to military service or an invalidment, subject to 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)

 

9 years

Persons ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

 

5. When should I submit the OBC certificates?

Candidates seeking age relaxation will be required to submit copies of necessary certificates at the time of interview, if shortlisted. (Officer Scale – 1, 2 and 3)

Candidates applying for Office Assistant post, seeking age relaxation, will be required to submit copies of necessary certificates at the time of verification of documents on the day or before the day of joining the allotted RRB.

Note: In case of OBC, the certificate must contain a clause that the candidate doesn’t belong to creamy layer section excluded from the benefits of reservation for OBC in civil post & services under Government of India.

 

Application FAQs
1. When will the registrations begin?

The registrations begin on 24th July 2017. The last date for registration is 14th of August 2017.

 

2. Can a candidate apply for both posts: Officers and Office Assistants?

Yes. But the candidates can only apply for one post in the officer’s cadre. That is, if you’re applying for Officer Scale-1, then you can’t apply for Officer Scale – 2 and 3. However, you can apply for both Officer Scale-1 and Office Assistant Exams. The application process is separate and fee is also paid separately for the posts applied.

 

3. What is the application fee?

Officer Scale – 1, 2 and 3:

Rs.100/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates

Rs.600/- for all others

Office Assistant (multipurpose):

Rs.100/- for SC/ST/PWD/EXSM candidates

Rs.600/- for all others

 

4. If I am from a particular state, can I select a different state to apply?

Yes, you can. If you’re applying for the posts of Officer Scale-1 and Office Assistant, the names of RRBs for giving the order of preference will be available based on the state which you select to apply for. You will however have to select center of exam in that state only.

 

5. Can I make changes in the application form after submission?

No. Particulars mentioned in online application will be considered final and no change/modifications will be allowed after submission of the online application form. Hence the application needs to be filled with utmost care.

 

We hope the above IBPS RRB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) helped clear some of your doubts too!

We wish you all the very best for your exam!

 

IBPS RRB Mock Tests are now available in English & Hindi! Click to take a free test in the latest pattern!

 

Further reading:

IBPS RRB 2017 Exam Notification

IBPS RRB Officer Scale-1 and Office Assistant Exam Preparation Strategy

IBPS RRB Clerk 2019 Online Classes

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