Phase-Wise IBPS RRB PO Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2021

Every year, the Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection (IBPS) releases the notification of IBPS RRB PO to be recruited for various Regional Rural Banks.


The exam is drastically competitive given the number of candidates applying for it and the difficulty level of the exam that’s increasing year on year. It is, hence, important that candidates eyeing to start a career with Regional & Rural Banks should have their preparation guided in the right direction from the very beginning.

And the first step to start preparing for any exam is to know the Exam Pattern and the Syllabus. Once you know what the syllabus is, you can start organizing your studies by quickly wrapping up the easier topics and then allotting more time for difficult and more scoring topics. So, without wasting much time, let’s get straight to the exam pattern and detailed IBPS RRB PO Syllabus 2021.

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IBPS RRB PO Exam Date | Latest Update

IBPS has released the IBPS RRB PO Prelims admit card today, i.e. 17 July 2021. The exam prelims exam is scheduled to be held from 1st & 7th August 2021. Aspirants appearing for the exam should now start attempting the mock tests as much as they can. Take A Free IBPS RRB PO Mock Test Here & Get Your All India Ranking.

Candidates who want to appear for the IBPS RRB PO Prelims exam can easily download the IBPS RRB PO Prelims admit card from the official website. Candidates should carry the downloaded RRB PO call letter to the examination hall. Any candidate who fails to present it will not appear for the Exam. 

IBPS RRB PO Exam Pattern 2021

The IBPS RRB PO (Officer Scale 1) Recruitment is complete in  3 stages:

  1. Prelims Exam
  2. Main Exam
  3. Personal Interview

Let us go through the exam pattern for Prelims & Mains one by one.

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IBPS RRB PO Prelims Exam Pattern

Name of Tests Medium of Exam No. of Ques. Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 40 Composite time of 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Total   80 80

Note: Candidates have to qualify in both the tests by securing minimum cut-off. Candidates will be qualified based on the number appearing and the vacancies released

IBPS RRB PO Mains Exam Pattern

Sr. No. Name of Tests Medium of Exam No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 40 50 2 hours
2. Computer Knowledge 40 20
3. General Awareness 40 40
4.a. English Language English 40 40
4.b. Hindi Language Hindi 40 40
5 Quantitative Aptitude 40 50
  Total   200 200
Candidates can opt either 4 a or 4 b.

Note: One fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to a question will be deducted as penalty.

Marks obtained only in the main examination will be considered for shortlisting for interview and final merit listing.

Candidates will have to clear the sectional cut-off for each section along with the over cut-off score to be eligible for Interview Round.


i. Candidates will be shortlisted for the Interview round based on their Marks in the IBPS RRB PO Main Examination only.

ii. The Total Marks allotted to the Interview Round is 100.

iii. It will be a Face to Face Interview to be conducted by a panel of Experts and Bank Officials.

iv. The Ratio of Marks scored in Main Exam and Interview round will be 80:20 for calculating the score for Final Selection.

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IBPS RRB Officer Scale-II Exam Pattern

The IBPS RRB Officer Scale 2 Recruitment will have 2 stages -:

  1. Single Stage Online Exam
  2. Personal Interview

Single Level Exam (General Banking Officer)

Sr. No. Name of Test Medium of Exam No. of Ques. Maximum Marks Duration
1. Reasoning Hindi/English 40 50 Composite time of 2 hours
2. Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
3. Financial Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4a. English Language English 40 40
4b. Hindi Language Hindi 40 40
5. Quantitative Aptitude &
Data Interpretation
Hindi/English 40 50
  Total   200 200

1.2 Single Level Exam (Specialist Cadre)

Sr. No. Name of Test Medium of Exam No. of Ques. Maximum Marks Duration
1. Professional Knowledge Hindi/English 40 40 Composite time of
2 hours & 30 minutes
2. Reasoning Hindi/English 40 40
3. Financial Awareness Hindi/English 40 40
4. a English Language English 40 20
4.b. Hindi Language Hindi 40 20
5. Computer Knowledge Hindi/English 40 20
6. Quantitative Aptitude &
Data Interpretation
Hindi/English 40 40
  Total   240 200

3. IBPS RRB PO Syllabus 2021

IBPS RRB PO Reasoning Syllabus

Topics to be Covered for Reasoning
Alpha-numeric Series/
Alphabetical Series
Analogy Puzzles – Box based, Floor, Calendar, Day/Months based, etc.
Analytical Reasoning Scheduling
Blood Relations Seating Arrangement– Linear, Circular, Facing Inside/Outside, Mixed
Coded Inequalities Statement and Conclusion
Coding and Decoding Statement-Course of Action
Double Line-up Syllogism
Data Sufficiency Ordering and Ranking
Direction Sense Verbal Reasoning

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IBPS RRB PO Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Topics to be Covered for Quants
Approximation Percentage
Average & Problems on Age Probability
Boats and Stream Pipes and Cisterns
Clock and Calendar Problems Profit, Loss, and Discount
Data Interpretation – Charts and Graphs:
Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart
Tabular DI
Mixed DI
Quadratic Equations
Decimal and Fractions Simplification
Indices and Surds Simple and Compound Interest
LCM and H.C.F Permutation and Combination
Mensuration Square root, Cube root
Mixture and Allegations Time and Work
Number Series & Number System Time, Distance and Speed
Partnerships Volume and Surface Area

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IBPS RRB PO Computer Knowledge Syllabus

Topics to be Covered for Computer Knowledge
History of Computers – Generations, Types Logic Gates
Computer Memory Internet
Computer Hardware and IO Devices MS Office Suite – Word, Excel, PPT, etc.
Computer Software File Extensions
Storage Units Basics of DBMS
Computer Languages Computer Hacking
Operating System – Types, Functions Computer Network
Number System and Conversions Shortcut Keys
Computer Abbreviations Internet
Computer Network – Types, Topology Computer Virus & Hacking

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IBPS RRB PO English Language Syllabus

Topics to be Covered for the English Language
Grammar (Verb, Prepositions, Adverbs, Articles, Tenses)
Reading Comprehension Vocabulary based questions
Cloze Test Error Spotting
Para jumbles Sentence Improvement
Fillers – Single, Double Synonyms/ Antonyms
Odd One Out Idioms and Phrases
Correct Usage One Word Substitution
Paragraph Completion Word/Phrase Replacement

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IBPS RRB PO Hindi Language Syllabus

विपरीतार्थक शब्द वाक्यों में त्रुटियाँ
पर्यायवाची शब्द वाक्यों में रिक्त-स्थानों की पूर्ति
मुहावरे तथा लोकोक्तियां वर्तनी अशुद्धियाँ
गुढार्थी (क्लोज टाइप) प्रकार का गद्यांश वाक्यांश के लिए एक शब्द
वाक्यक्रम व्यवस्थापन अपठित गद्यांश

IBPS RRB PO General Awareness Syllabus

Important Topics for GA
International Issues
Sports and Games
Current National and International Events – Download Monthly Current AffairsBolt
Countries, Capitals, and Currencies
Policies and Laws Related to Banking
Important Days
Awards and Honours
Indian Constitution
Books and Authors
History of Banks
Economics and Finance
Bank Rates, KYC, Bank Abbreviations.
Financial Institutions of India
Reserve bank of India (RBI) – Structure & Function
Indian Budget
Banking and Economic Appointments – Download Monthly New Appointments PDF
Indian Financial System
Financial Markets – Its Types
Money Markets and Capital Markets
Bond Markets and types of Bonds
Payment Banks and Small Finance Banks
Economic Policies and Schemes of Government

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That’s all from us in this blog. We hope this detailed IBPS RRB PO Syllabus 2021 helps you in your preparation. Now that you are aware of all the important topics of the IBPS RRB PO exam, kick-start your preparation by taking Mock Tests.

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What is IBPS RRB PO syllabus?

IBPS RRB syllabus covers Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, Computer Knowledge, General Awareness, Hindi/English Language for both Prelims & Mains exam. So a candidate need to study all these subjects.

How many questions are there in IBPS RRB PO?

The questions asked in the IBPS RRB Mains exam will be of Graduation level. The Prelims paper will have 80 questions, while the Mains paper will have 200 questions.

Does IBPS RRB have interview?

There is no interview round for Office Assistant posts but a interview will be the part of the seletion process for the post of Officers Scale I, II and Scale III.

Is there negative marking in the IBPS RRB exam?

There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one-fourth of the marks (1/4th) assigned to that question will be deducted.

What is the duration of the IBPS RRB Exam 2021?

The time duration of the IBPS RRB exam for prelims is 45 minutes and the mains, students will be given 2 hours for the completion of the examination.

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