IBPS RRB Exam Pattern 2020, Marking Scheme and Syllabus

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Apr 8, 2020

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IBPS RRB Exam Pattern is released by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). IBPS RRB 2020 Exam Pattern has not seen any changes i.e. it will remain similar to that of previous years’ pattern. Knowing about the pattern will help a candidate to prepare for IBPS RRB exam in a better way.

  • IBPS RRB is conducted to recruit aspirants in various Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) across India. Apply Now
  • The exam is conducted for 2 Groups namely Group A (Scale I, Scale II, Scale III) and Group B (Office Assistant). 
  • IBPS RRB 2020 Exam Pattern differs for Scale I, II, III and Office Assistant posts.
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The following article will enlighten a candidate with the marking scheme, paper pattern, number of questions, total marks etc that will be followed in IBPS RRB 2020

It is important to have a clear understanding about the posts offered under IBPS RRB. To help a candidate, tabulated below are the groups with various positions offered under it.

Group Name Post(s) Name
Group A

Officer Scale-I

Officer Scale II – General Banking Officer

Officer Scale II –  Specialist Cadre

Officer Scale III

Group B

Office Assistant (Multipurpose)

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IBPS RRB 2020 Important Dates

IBPS, conducting body of RRB exam has released the official dates for the exam. Candidates can go through the following table to know about the same:

Examination Post & Exam Date
IBPS RRB Preliminary Examination

Officer Scale I | Office Assistant

August 1, 2, 8,9 and 16, 2020 

IBPS RRB Single Examination

Officer Scale II and Scale III

September 13, 2020

IBPS RRB Main Examination

Officer Scale I : September 13, 2020

Office Assistant : September 19, 2020

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IBPS RRB 2020 Exam Pattern

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern slightly varies as per the posts. However, some of the features are common for all prelims and main exam which are mentioned below:

  • The exams will be conducted in online mode that is computer based test.
  • Each paper has objective type multiple choice questions only
  • Candidates will have an option to answer the questions in Hindi or English language.
  • Also, they will have to choose between English and Hindi as one of the section for the exam.
  • There is a provision of negative marking as well. For each incorrect answer, 0.25 or ¼ mark will be deducted.

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IBPS RRB 2020 Exam Pattern-Office Assistant

Candidates appearing for the post of Office Assistant have to go through 2 Phases- Preliminary and Main exam.

Exam Pattern for Office Assistant Prelims Exam

Section Name No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 40  40 Cumulative time of 45 minutes
Numerical Ability 40 40
Total 80 Questions 80 Marks 45 Minutes

Exam Pattern for Office Assistant Main Exam

Section Name No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 40  50 Cumulative Time of 2 hours
Numerical Ability 40 50
General Awareness 40 40
English/Hindi Language* 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 20
Total 200 Question 200 Marks 2 Hours

Note: For the post of Office Assistants (multipurpose) there is no Interview round, marks obtained only in the main examination will be considered for final merit listing.

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IBPS RRB 2020 Exam Pattern (Officer Scale I)

Candidates appearing for Scale I have to go through 2 Phases-Prelims and Main in order to get shortlisted for Personal Interview Round.

Exam Pattern for Officer Scale I Prelims Exam

Section Name No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 40  40 Cumulative time of 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Total 80 Questions 80 Marks 45 Minutes

Exam Pattern for Officer Scale I Main Exam

Section Name No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning 40  50 Cumulative Time of 2 hours
Quantitative Aptitude 40 50
General Awareness 40 40
English/Hindi Language* 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 20
Total 200 Question 200 Marks 2 Hours

Candidates qualifying Main exam will then have to attend IBPS RRB Common Interview round. In this round, a candidate’s personality and communication skills will be examined. Check Cutoff

Note: For the post of Scale I, marks obtained only in the main examination will be considered for shortlisting for interview and final merit listing. 


IBPS RRB Exam Pattern–Officer Scale II

Candidates applying for Officer Scale II will have to appear for single online examination and successful candidates will be shortlisted to appear for Common Interview for final recruitment in various RRBs. Scale II has 2 posts to offer which are as follows:

  • Scale II – General Banking Officer
  • Scale II –  Specialist Cadre

The exam pattern for Scale II of IBPS RRB is different in terms of sections and timings. Mentioned below are the patterns for both the posts.

Exam Pattern for General Banking Officer

Tabulated below is the distribution of questions as per the sections.

Section Name No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 50 A cumulative time of 2 hours
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 40 50
Finance Awareness 40 40
English/Hindi Language* 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 20
Total 200 Question 200 Marks 2 Hours

Exam Pattern for Specialist Cadre

Tabulated below is the distribution of questions as per the sections.

Section Name No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 40 A cumulative time of 2 hours and 30 minutes
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 40 40
Finance Awareness 40 40
English/Hindi Language* 40 20
Computer Knowledge 40 20
Professional Knowledge 40 40
Total 240 Question 200 Marks 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Note: For the post of Scale II (Generalist and Specialist), marks obtained only in the single level examination will be considered for shortlisting for interview and final merit listing.

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IBPS RRB 2020 Exam Pattern–Officer Scale III

Candidates applying for Scale III will have to appear for single online examination. Candidates qualifying the exam will then have to attend the common interview round. The exam is scheduled September 22, 2020. 

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern for Officer Scale III

Tabulated below is the distribution of questions as per the sections.

Section Name No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 50 A cumulative time of 2 hours
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 40 50
Financial Awareness 40 40
English/Hindi Language* 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 20
Total 200 Questions 200 Marks 2 Hours

Note: For the post of Officer Scale III, marks obtained only in the single level examination will be considered for shortlisting for interview and final merit listing.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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