IBPS RRB 2021 Exam Dates (Out), Application, Admit card, Eligibility, Pattern, & Selection Process

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Apr 12, 2021

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The Institute of Banking personnel Selection (IBPS) published the IBPS RRB 2021 exam dates both for prelims and mains for Officers scale I, II, III and Office Assistant (Multipurpose). Check the news. IBPS RRB prelims 2021 exam will be started on August 1, 7, 8, 14 and 21, 2021. The IBPS RRB mains 2021 exam for office assistant will be held on October 31, 2021, whereas the IBPS RRB mains 2021 for scale I, II, and III exams will be commenced on September 25, 2021. 

New Changes: IBPS RRB 2020

  • The total number of participating in the Regional Rural banks has been decreased from 45 to 43, compared to the number of last years.
  • For all categories aspirants, the application fee of this exam has been increased. 
  • The aspirants can also complete their exams in regional languages, apart from completed in Hindi and in English.
  • PET was not organised this year due to Covid 19.
  • However, the number of available vacancies is more than the vacancies of last year.
  • The candidates, who will be appeared the exam, should have Aarogya Setu App in their phone.
  • If the aspirants will not have Arogya Setu App, in that case they have to submit their self-declaration form. 

The official IBPS RRB 2021 Exam Dates have been announced.

  • As per IBPS RRB 2020 Eligibility, candidates possessing a bachelor’s degree with relevant experience are eligible to apply for the RRB exam.
  • IBPS RRB 2020 Application Form will tentatively be released on June 18, 2020, at
  • The application fee is INR 600 for General, OBC and EWS categories and INR 100 for SC, ST, PWD and Ex-servicemen.
  • IBPS RRB 2020 Prelims Exam Pattern for Officer Scale 1 and Office Assistant is similar. The paper will have 80 MCQs with a cumulative duration of 45 minutes.
  • IBPS RRB 2020 Syllabus for prelims exam includes Reasoning and Numerical Ability/ Quantitative Aptitude.
  • Candidates clearing IBPS RRB 2020 Cutoff of prelims exam will appear for the main exam. 
  • IBPS RRB 2019 provisional allotment result for the reserved list has been announced. The announcement is for Officer scale I and Office assistant posts. The results can be downloaded from the official website until August 7, 2020.
After result declaration of written exam, IBPS will begin the process of dispatching call letters for IBPS RRB interview to the qualified candidates. The interview is conducted by Nodal Regional Rural Banks in co-ordination with NABARD and IBPS. The interview round is the last stage of IBPS RRB Selection Process of Group A Officers. 

Latest Updates:

  • April 9, 2021: The Provisional list of allotted candidates in IBPS RRB 2020 has been released. Read more


IBPS RRB 2021 Exam Dates 

The exam conducting authority released the IBPS RRB exam dates 2021. Also, check the IBPS Exam Calendar for 2021-22 

The aspirants can go through the following table to know more about the important dates of the IBPS RRB exam 2021:

Release of notification  June 2021
Application form  June to July 2021
Prelims exam

August 1, 2021;

August 7, 2021;

August 8, 2021

August 14, 2021 

August 21, 2021

Online mains & single level examination for Officers Scale I, II, and III September 25, 2021
Mains exam for Office Assistant/Clerk October 31, 2021

Download IBPS RRB 2020 Sample Papers  

IBPS RRB Eligibility

IBPS RRB 2021 Eligibility

Candidates who are willing to appear for IBPS RRB should satisfy all the eligibility conditions. Aspirants should accomplish the key skills, educational qualification, age limit, required experience to apply for the specialist officer post.

  • A candidate who has a complaint against his character, moral turpitude, complaint regarding repayment of loans are not eligible to apply for the specialist officer.
  • At any stage, if a candidate is found unqualified, will be debarred from the RRB Recruitment Process.

IBPS RRB 2021 Age Limit

  • For Officer Scale- III- Candidates should be above 21 years and below 40 years i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than June 3, 1980, and later than May 31, 1999.
  • For Officer Scale-II- Candidates should be above 21 years and below 32 years i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than June 3, 1988, and later than May 31, 1999.
  • For Officer Scale- I- Candidates should be above 18 years and below 30 years i.e. candidates should not have been born earlier than June 3, 1990, and later than May 31, 2002.
  • For Office Assistant (Multipurpose) - Candidates should be above 18 years and below 30 years i.e. candidates should have not been born earlier than June 2, 1992, and later than June 1, 2002.

IBPS RRB 2021 Educational Qualification Requirement

The following table represents the eligibility criteria of candidates who are wishing to appear in RRB recruitment process

Post Educational Qualification Experience
Office Assistant (Multipurpose) Degree in any discipline. Proficiency in local language. Knowledge of Computer skills. --
Officer Scale-I (Assistant Manager) Degree in any discipline. Candidates having degree in Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisci-culture, Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics and Accountancy will be given preference.
Proficiency in the local language.
Knowledge of Computer skills.
Officer Scale-II General Banking Officer Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks. Candidates having a degree in Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisci-culture, Banking, Finance, Marketing, Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics and Accountancy will be given preference. 2 Years as an Officer in a Bank or Financial Institution
Officer Scale-II Specialist Officers (IT) Degree in Electronics / Communication / Computer Science / Information Technology with a minimum of 50% marks Certification in ASP, PHP, C++, Java, VB, VC, OCP, etc will be given preference. 1 Year
Officer Scale-II Specialist Officers (CA) Certified Associate (CA) from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. 1 Year
Officer Scale-II Specialist Officers (LA) Degree in Law with a minimum of 50% marks. 2 years as an advocate OR should have worked as Law Officer in Banks or Financial Institutions
Officer Scale-II Specialist Officers (Treasury Manager) Certified Associate (CA) from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India OR MBA in Finance. 1 Year
Officer Scale-II Specialist Officers (Marketing Officer) MBA in Marketing. 1 Year
Officer Scale-II Specialist Officers (Agriculture Officer) Degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Dairy, Animal Husbandry, Forestry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisci-culture with a minimum of 50% marks. 2 Years
Officer Scale-III Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks. Candidates having Degree/Diploma in Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Banking, Finance, Marketing, Agriculture, Horticulture, Pisci-culture, Agricultural Marketing and Co-operation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics and Accountancy will be given preference. 5 Years as an Officer in a Bank or Financial Institution

Check Detailed IBPS RRB 2020 Eligibility

IBPS RRB Application Process

IBPS RRB 2021- Application Process

Candidates need to initially register themselves for RRB online exam on the IBPS website by mentioning the essential information concerning themselves. Enter valid personal details and active e-mail ID and mobile number as a provisional registration number and password will be sent on the same.

  • The step that follows RRB online application is uploading documents (photograph and signature).
  • After that candidates need to fill a detailed form for IBPS examination with correct data.
  • A preview of the filled form is also available to check the details entered in the IBPS RRB Application Form and correct them before the final submission.
  • Post final submission of RRB online form, the candidate needs to remit the application fee through online mode.
  • Once the registration process is done, the application form has to be filled up after login into the dashboard.
  • Make sure the information are correctly filled up in the form as it cannot be changed once it is saved.
  • Once the application form is filled up and saved, pay the application fees.
  • Save a copy of the application form for future reference.

Read More About IBPS RRB 2020 Application Form

IBPS RRB 2021 Application Fee 

  • IBPS RRB Application Fee is to be paid according to the reservation category, a candidate belongs to.
  • IBPS RRB 2020 Application Fee details are as follows:
Post Applied Category Application Fee
Officer (Scale I, II & III), Office Assistant (Multipurpose) General/ OBC/ EWS INR 600
Officer (Scale I, II & III), Office Assistant (Multipurpose) SC/ ST/ PWD/ EXSM INR 100

IBPS RRB Application Fee can be paid by any one of the following mode-

  • Debit Cards (RuPay/Visa/MasterCard/Maestro)
  • Credit Cards
  • Internet Banking
  • IMPS (Immediate Payment Service)
  • Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets

IBPS RRB Admit card

IBPS RRB 2021 Admit Card 

  • IBPS RRB 2020 Admit Cards are released separately for Pre-exam Training, Preliminary, Main Examination, and Interview round.
  • IBPS RRB Call Letters are made available on the official website of IBPS –
  • IBPS RRB Call Letters for prelims exam for Officer Scale-1 and the office assistant will be issued in July 2020.
  • Only candidates qualifying prelims exam can download call letters for IBPS RRB main round in September 2020.

Candidates are required to follow the given mentioned steps to download IBPS RRB Call Letter 2020:

  1. Visit IBPS website –
  2. At the home page, Click on the link “Download your Call Letter for CWE RRB IX”, to download the IBPS RRB Call Letter.
  3. Enter the provisional ID and Password received during the RRB Online Registration Process.
  4. Verify the details on the IBPS RRB Admit Card 2020 and Print multiple copies.

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern

IBPS RRB 2021 Exam Pattern 

  • IBPS conducts a two-stage written test for Officer Scale-I and Office Assistant posts while for Officer Scale-II and III, there is only one written test.
  • Candidates applying for Officer level posts have to appear for an interview round before the final selection. There is no interview for Office Assistant.
  • The exams are online-based having multiple-choice questions.
  • There is a negative marking of one-fourth marks for each wrong answer.

IBPS RRB 2020 Exam Pattern for Office Assistant and Officer Scale 1 is mentioned below:

Office Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

Name of Section Number of Question Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 40 A cumulative time of 45 mins
Numerical Ability 40 40
Total 80


Officer Scale-I Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

Name of Section Number of Question Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 40 A cumulative time of 45 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Total 80 80

Office Assistant Main Exam Pattern 2021

Name of Sections Number of Questions Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 50 A cumulative time of 2 hours is provided
General Awareness 40 40
Numerical Ability  40 50
English/Hindi Language 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 20
Total 200 200

Officer Scale-I Main Exam Pattern 2021

Name of Sections Number of Questions Marks Duration
Reasoning  40 50 A cumulative time of 2 hours is provided
General Awareness  40 40
Quantitative Aptitude  40 50
English/Hindi Language  40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 20
Total 200 200

IBPS RRB 2021 Exam Center 

  • IBPS is the authority that reserves the right to allocate the IBPS RRB 2020 Exam Center preferred by candidates.
  • IBPS RRB Exam will be held at the following centers and the address of the venue will be mentioned in IBPS RRB Call Letters.
  • Candidates have to indicate their choice of IBPS RRB Exam Center for both Preliminary and Main examination during RRB while filling the details in the Application Form.
  • The tentative list of IBPS RRB Exam Center with the state is given below:
State Exam Center
Andhra Pradesh Ananthapur, Chirala, Chittoor, Guntur, Hyderabad, Kakinada, Kadapa, Kurnool Nellore, Ongole, Puttur, Srikakulam, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vizianagaram, Vishakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Naharlagun, Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Silchar, Tezpur,
Bihar Arrah, Aurangabad, Bhagalpur, Bihar Sharif, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzzafarpur, Patna, Purnea, Samastipur, Siwan
Chhattisgarh Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Himatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Haryana Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Gurgaon, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Palwal, Panipat, Sonipat, Yamuna Nagar
Himachal Pradesh Baddi, Bilaspur, Dharamshala, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una
Jammu & Kashmir Baramula, Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Srinagar
Jharkhand Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Bokaro
Karnataka Belgaum, Bellary, Bidar, Davangere, Gulbarga, Hubli, Kolar, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udipi
Kerala Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thiruvananthpuram, Thrichur
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain
Maharashtra Amaravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Ri-Bhoi, Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Baripada, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fategarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Phagwara, Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Nagercoil, Namakkal, Perambalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Thoothukodi, Tirunelvelli, Vellore
Telangana Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Banda, Bareilly, Bulandhshaher, Faizabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar, Roorkee
West Bengal Asansol, Bardhaman, Berhampur, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Greater Kolkata, Siliguri


IBPS RRB 2021 Result

  • IBPS RRB 2021 Result will be declared in three Stages – Prelims, Main and Final.
  • IBPS RRB Preliminary Result will be released in September 2020.
  • The result for Main exam and Final result will be released in October 2020 and January 2020 respectively. 
  • Candidates qualifying one stage will proceed to the next stage.
  • Candidates can check the results online at

IBPS RRB Selection Process

IBPS RRB 2021 Selection Process 

IBPS RRB Recruitment is a three-step process:- 

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main examination
  • Interview Round

IBPS RRB 2021 Preliminary Examination

  • IBPS CWE will conduct an online objective type preliminary examination from August 3 – 25, 2020.
  • Preliminary exam will be conducted for the candidates appearing for Office Assistant Post and Officer Scale 1 post. No Preliminary exam for.
  • It is the first stage of the RRB recruitment process.
  • It comprises 2 sections (Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning) with a total weightage of 80 marks.
  • Depending upon candidate’s performance, an adequate number of candidates in each category will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS RRB Main Examination

  • Candidates shortlisted for the main examination will have to appear for Officer Scale 1, 2, 3 and Office Assistant on October 13 and 20, 2020
  • It is 200 marks examination comprising of 5 sections (English/Hindi, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Computer Knowledge, Financial Knowledge and Professional Knowledge) as per the post, a candidate is applying for.
  • The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) will be normalized using the equi-percentile method.
  • Scores up to 2 decimal points shall be taken for the purpose of calculations.
  • Candidates are shortlisted for interviews by considering the scores obtained in the main examination.

IBPS RRB Interview Round

  • Candidates who qualify the main examination for the RRB exam are eligible to appear for an interview.
  • The minimum marks required to qualify the interview is 40% (35% for reserved candidates).
  • Candidates are selected on the basis of the 80:20 ratio of Main: Interview.
  • Candidates who qualify the interview are selected for the provisional allotment process.
  • Post conduction of the interview, a combined score is generated which includes the sum of marks obtained in main examination and interview.

Read Detailed IBPS RRB Selection Process

IBPS RRB 2021 Provisional Allotment Process 

The provisional allotment process is done post conduction of the interview. The various important considerations of the process are given below:

  • IBPS initially allocates shortlisted candidates to one of the participating institutes based on merit- cum-preference basis provisionally.
  • Selection of any reserved category candidate on the same standards as a general candidate will be treated as own merit candidate. No reserved category is eligible to get allotment in the unreserved category if he/she scores marks equivalent to or merely higher than the last allotted unreserved category.
  • If a candidate doesn’t exercise the relaxation applicable for reserved candidates, he/she has to score marks equivalent to cut off of the unreserved category candidates.
  • In case of a tie, the age of the candidate is considered as a tie breaker i.e. candidate who is older in age is given higher scores.
  • Candidates have to satisfy the eligibility and identity verification of the allocated institute. In case of any discrepancy at any stage, the candidature of the candidate will be cancelled.
  • IBPS is responsible for selection, re-allocation and cancellation of allotted seat depending upon the exigencies.
  • The issuance of appointment letter including the terms and conditions, verification formalities, joining date etc. is done by the Participating organization and is considered final.
  • This is an All India cadre and provisionally allotted candidates (subject to fulfilling all required criteria) may be posted anywhere in India/ outside India as per discretion of the participating organization.

Check IBPS RRB Vacancy

IBPS RRB 2021 Cut-Off

  • With result, IBPS will also declare cut off marks for each stage.
  • Based on the marks scored in IBPS RRB Prelims exam, candidates are shortlisted for Main phase of the recruitment exam.
  • Candidates who score equal to or more than the cut off marks will then be called for interview.
  • Interview is the final stage of the recruitment process for RRBs. 

Cut off for IBPS RRB exam will depend on factors such as –

  1. Number of participants
  2. Difficulty level of the exam,
  3. Vacancies at participating RRBs

You can check the IBPS RRB Cut-off 2021 as soon as it is released in detail for a better preparation strategy.



Ques: Are the posts under IBPS RRB gazetted?

Ans: Indian banks are not functioned by the State or Central governments, thus the posts in a bank are not gazetted.

Ques: Does IBPS RRB 2021 exam have negative markings?

Ans: Yes, the IBPS RRB 2021 exam has negative markings. Every wrong answer deducts 0.25 marks.

Ques: Can candidates apply for multiple posts in IBPS RRB 2021?

Ans: Yes, the candidates can apply for multiple posts. However, they would have to fill separate forms and pay the fees for each of them for their respective posts.

Ques: Does the candidate have to give an interview for the IBPS RRB Office Assistant?

Ans: No, since the post of Office Assistant is a lower grade one, the selection is based on the Mains exam.

Ques: Is IBPS RRB an easy exam to crack?

Ans: No banking exam is very easy to crack. However, in comparison to all the other banking exams, IBPS RRB is the easiest.

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mohammed najamuddin
what is the difference between ibps po and ibps rrb?
kavita rani

Hi Mohammed. IBPS probationary officers and managers in banks are in the customer branch and maintain and supervise regular branch activities. There are two exams in the IBPS RRB, consists of 2 written exams, prelims and mains. There is an additional interview round for those candidates who have applied for the Officer Scale 1 (PO) position. More information related to these exams are mentioned here.