IBPS RRB Office Assistant Syllabus & Exam Pattern For Prelims & Mains 2021

IBPS RRB has released the recruitment notification for the 5305 vacant positions of Office Assistants in the RRBs across the country. While the last date to apply is 28th June 2021, candidates can start preparing for the prelims scheduled to be held in Aug 2021. But before start preparing for the exam, it becomes very important to know about the IBPS RRB Clerk Syllabus. In this blog, we will be covering the detailed description of the topics and their sub-topics present in the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Syllabus. Let’s start the blog to know further details.


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IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2021: Overview

Before we move to the syllabus and the exam pattern, let’s have a look at the IBPS RRB clerk recruitment 2021 overview. The details are listed below –

Name of examInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection
Regional Rural Banks (IBPS RRB)
Recruitment for the
Office Assistant (Multipurpose)
GroupsGroup B
Exam levelNational
Exam EligibilityGraduate
IBPS RRB Exam stagePreliminary and Mains
Mode of examOnline
IBPS RRB Exam DurationPrelims: 45 minutes
Mains: 2 hours
Single level exam: 2 hours
Official websitewww.ibps.in

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Important Dates

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Notification 2021 has been released on 07th June 2021 and the online registration will remain active from 08th to 28th June 2021. The Prelims exam of clerk going to hold in August, while the mains exam is scheduled for October. Check important dates for IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2021 from the table below –

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Notification 07th June 2021
Apply Online Start Date08th June 2021
Payment of Fees08th to 28th June 2021
PET Admit Card09th July 2021
Duration of PET19th to 25th July 2021
Admit Card – PrelimsJuly/August 2021
Result of Online exam- PrelimsSeptember 2021
Result Date – Main / SingleSeptember 2021
Office Assistant Mains Exam03rd October 2021
Provisional Allotment (Final Result)January 2021

IBPS RRB 2021 Exam Pattern

The selection process for the posts of IBPS RRB Office Assistant is different from that of the selection process officers in RRB. For IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2021, the exam will be conducted in two phases:

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam

No interview process is conducted for selecting candidates for the post of Office Assistant. Selection is made only on the basis of marks obtained by the candidate in his/her Mains Examination.

IBPS Assistant Preliminary Exam Pattern

The prelims exam is only eliminating in nature. The prelims score is not included in the selection process. Only the candidates who clear this stage are eligible for Mains. Here is the section wise break down of the exam pattern of office assistant exam.

Candidates need to solve 80 questions in 45 minutes time.

Numerical Ability4040
A cumulative duration of 45 mins is provided in Prelims

IBPS Assistant Mains Exam Exam Pattern

Unlike the prelims, the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains Exam is decisive in nature and the selection is done based on the marks scored in mains only. The mains paper is consists of 5 sections with 40 questions each. Candidates get 120 minutes to solve 200 objective type questions.

Reasoning Paper4050
General Awareness Paper4040
Numerical Ability Paper4050
English/Hindi Language Paper4040
Computer Knowledge4020
A cumulative time duration of 2 hours is provided in Mains

No interview is required after the Mains Exam to get selected for the post of Office Assistant.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2021 Sullabus

The IBPS RRB Office Assistant syllabus for prelims is the same as that of Mains Syllabus of Quant and Reasoning (discussed below). But the difficulty level of questions asked in prelims are easier when compared to mains questions in these two topics. Since the prelims is only qualifying is nature, the question level plays a vital role in eliminating candidates. Let’s check out the syllabus of each section of IBPS RRB Office Assistant exam.

IBPS RRB Clerk Reasoning Syllabus

Topics to be Covered for Reasoning are mentioned below. 40 reasoning questions are in Both Prelims and Mains Exams of IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam.

Alpha-numeric Series/ Alphabetical SeriesInput-Output
AnalogyPuzzles – Box based, Floor, Calendar, Day/Months based, etc.
Analytical ReasoningScheduling
Blood RelationsSeating Arrangement– Linear, Circular, Facing Inside/Outside, Mixed
Coded InequalitiesStatement and Conclusion
Coding and DecodingStatement-Course of Action
Double Line-upSyllogism
Data SufficiencyOrdering and Ranking
Direction SenseVerbal Reasoning

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Quantitative Aptitude

Topics to be Covered for Quants are tabulated below. This section is also featured in both prelims and mains of this exam with 40 questions each. DI is the most discussed topic in this section.

Average & Problems on AgeProbability
Boats and StreamPipes and Cisterns
Clock and Calendar ProblemsProfit, Loss, and Discount
Data Interpretation – Charts and Graphs: Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart
Tabular DI
Mixed DI
Quadratic Equations
Decimal and FractionsSimplification
Indices and SurdsSimple and Compound Interest
LCM and H.C.FPermutation and Combination
MensurationSquare root, Cube root
Mixture and AllegationsTime and Work
Number Series & Number SystemTime, Distance and Speed
PartnershipsVolume and Surface Area

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Computer Knowledge Syllabus

Topics to be Covered for Computer Knowledge for IBPS RRB Office Assistant exam are based on hardware, software, recent technological advancement, internet, storage, IT, hacking, and networking as few topics of the vast list mentioned below.

History of Computers – Generations, TypesLogic Gates
Computer MemoryInternet
Computer Hardware and IO DevicesMS Office Suite – Word, Excel, PPT, etc.
Computer SoftwareFile Extensions
Storage UnitsBasics of DBMS
Computer LanguagesComputer Hacking
Operating System – Types, FunctionsComputer Network
Number System and ConversionsShortcut Keys
Computer AbbreviationsInternet
Computer Network – Types, TopologyComputer Virus & Hacking

English Language Syllabus

Topics to be Covered for the English Language of IBPS RRB Clerk are similar to any other IBPS or SBI recruitment exams. RC and grammar are the most frequent topics that are asked in the exam. HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST.

Reading ComprehensionVocabulary based questions
Cloze TestError Spotting
Para jumblesSentence Improvement
Fillers – Single, DoubleSynonyms/ Antonyms
Odd One OutIdioms and Phrases
Correct UsageOne Word Substitution
Paragraph CompletionWord/Phrase Replacement
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Hindi Language Syllabus

विपरीतार्थक शब्दवाक्यों में त्रुटियाँ
पर्यायवाची शब्दवाक्यों में रिक्त-स्थानों की पूर्ति
मुहावरे तथा लोकोक्तियांवर्तनी अशुद्धियाँ
गुढार्थी (क्लोज टाइप) प्रकार का गद्यांशवाक्यांश के लिए एक शब्द
वाक्यक्रम व्यवस्थापनअपठित गद्यांश

General Awareness Syllabus

Important Topics For GA included the current affairs in the last 6-8 months in the field of economy, banking, insurance, and business but not restricted to these. Basic understanding of economic concepts and principles are required for this section.

International IssuesReserve bank of India (RBI) – Structure & Function
Sports and GamesIndian Budget
Current National and International Events – Download Monthly Current Affairs BoltBanking and Economic Appointments – Download Monthly New Appointments PDF
Countries, Capitals, and CurrenciesBudget
Policies and Laws Related to BankingGDP/ GNP
Important DaysNDP/ NNP
Awards and HonoursIndian Financial System
Indian ConstitutionFinancial Markets – Its Types
Books and AuthorsMoney Markets and Capital Markets
History of BanksBond Markets and types of Bonds
Economics and FinancePayment Banks and Small Finance Banks
Bank Rates, KYC, Bank Abbreviations.Economic Policies and Schemes of Government
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IBPS RRB Cut-Off 2021

The cut-off for IBPS RRB 2021 will be released post the prelims exam result. Separate state-wise and category-wise cut-offs are released for Preliminary Exams and Mains Exam. Given the trend, the cut-offs are somewhat close to the previous recruitment cycle. To give candidates a picture of the expected cut-off we have added the 2020 cutoff for IBPS RRB Clerk exam. Let’ have a look at the IBPS RRB previous year cut-off:

IBPS RRB Clerk (Office Assistant) Prelims Statewise Cut-Off 2020

Uttar Pradesh73
Madhya Pradesh66.75
Andhra Pradesh76.25
Himachal Pradesh71.25
West Bengal77.75
Jammu & Kashmir73.5

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That is all from us in this blog. We have covered the relevant IBPS RRB Clerk Syllabus, to help you cast your preparations in a particular direction. We hope that this blog helps you answer your queries regarding the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam syllabus. Keep checking the space for more updates and fresh content.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Syllabus – FAQs

Is the IBPS RRB Clerk 2021 exam Bilingual?

All tests are bilingual, i.e. available in both English and Hindi. A candidate can choose Hindi Language or English Language.

Is there Any Negative Marking in Clerk Online Exam?

Yes, there is a negative marking for wrong answers in both Preliminary & Mains exams of IBPS RRB. 1/4th of the total marks will be deducted for the question marked wrong by the candidate.

Are there fixed timings for different sections in IBPS RRB Prelims Exam?

No, there is no sectional timing in IBPS RRB PO & Clerk Exams. The total time duration of the prelims exam is 45 minutes.

What is the syllabus of IBPS RRB Office Assistant?

Prelim includes Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.
Mains Exam includes the following sections
Quantitative Aptitude
Logical Reasoning
English / Hindi Language
Financial Knowledge
General Awareness
Computer Knowledge

What is the Selection Process For IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2021?

Candidates applying for Office Assistant will have to appear for the prelims and mains exam only.

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