IBPS-RRB Office Assistant (Multipurpose) Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021

The IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multipurpose) exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection every year. The examination is a national-level exam for aspiring male and female candidates offering them the post of clerk or office assistant in Regional Rural Banks (RRBs).

The examination conducted in two rounds – the Preliminary examination and the Main examination. Selected candidates are shortlisted for provisional allotment. The examination is conducted in online mode in both English and Hindi; however, from this year onwards the examination is also going to be conducted in regional languages.

IBPS RRB office assistant is the beginning post offered to candidates in the banking sector. Candidates selected as office assistants in various RRBs have the job role of receiving and acknowledging cash, handling receipts, drafts, pay orders, cheques and other instructions.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Recruiting eligible candidates for the post of Office Assistant or Clerk in Regional Rural Bank.
Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
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IBPS RRB Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate must be either –
    (i) a Citizen of India or
    (ii) a subject of Nepal or
    (iii) a subject of Bhutan or
    (iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling
    in India or
    (v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of
    Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire,
    Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to
    categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by
    the Government of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent.
    (a) Proficiency in local language as prescribed by the participating RRB/s*
    (b) Desirable: Working knowledge of Computer

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the IBPS RRB examination should be minimum of 18 years and maximum of 28 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe 33 years
    Other Backward Classes 31 years
    Person with Benchmark Disability 38 years
    Ex-Servicemen / Disabled Ex-Servicemen 50 years
    In the case of Ex- servicemen commissioned officers, including ECOs/ SSCOs 33 years
    Widows, Divorced Women and women judicially separated from their husbands but not remarried 37 years
    Person affected by the 1948 riots 33 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no minimum or maximum limit on number of attempts. Candidates just need to meet the upper and lower age limit.

IBPS RRB Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application July 1, 2020
Last Date of Application July 21, 2020
Download of call letters for Pre-Exam Training September 12, 2020
Starting Date of Preliminary Exam January 2, 2021
Admit Card for Mains Exam September 17, 2021
Mains Exam October 17, 2021

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern 2021

IBPS selection process for the RRB 2019 exam will consist of 2 stages, which are:

  1. Prelims Exam
  2. Mains Exam (Objective)
  • There is one-fourth negative marking in both Prelims & Mains both for each question answered wrongly!
  • Once you clear the first stage of the IBPS RRB Exam, you will have to appear for the Mains Exam.
  • Your final selection will be based on the score of the Mains Exam.
  • You will be selected as an IBPS RRB Office Assistant, once you clear all these 2 stages.

Pattern for Preliminary examination

A composite time of 45 minutes is given for the Preliminary examination.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Reasoning Ability

This paper will check the reasoning ability of the candidates

Qualifying Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
2 Numerical Ability

This paper will check the mathematical skills of the candidates

Qualifying Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
Total Marks* 80

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Main examination

A composite time of 2 hours is given for the Mains examination.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Reasoning

This paper will check the reasoning ability of the candidates

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
2 Computer Knowledge

This paper will check the computer knowledge of the candidates

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 20
3 General Awareness

This paper will check the general knowledge of the candidates

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
4 English Language

This paper will check the English language proficiency of the students

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
5 Hindi Language

This paper will check the Hindi language proficiency of the students

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
6 Numerical Ability

This paper will check the mathematical skills of the candidates

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
Total Marks* 200

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

IBPS RRB Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary examination

1 Reasoning Ability

  • Odd man out,
  • Reasoning Ability,
  • Coding Decoding,
  • Analogy,
  • Blood Relations,
  • Series test,
  • Cause and Effects,
  • Puzzle,
  • Direction Test,
  • Statement and Assumption,
  • Word Formation,
  • Figure Series,
  • Statement and Conclusion,
  • Data Sufficiency,
  • Inequalities,
  • Seating Arrangement,
  • Decision Making,
  • Assertion and Reason,
  • Ranking and Order,
  • Statements and Action Courses,
  • Machine Input and Output,
  • Syllogism,
  • Alphanumeric Series

2 Numerical Ability

  • Number System,
  • Quadratic Equation,
  • Percentage,
  • HCF and LCM,
  • Decimal Fraction,
  • Average,
  • Data Interpretation,
  • Simple Interest,
  • Time and Work,
  • Time and Distance,
  • Simplification,
  • Compound Interest,
  • Ratio and Proportion,
  • Permutation and combination,
  • Partnership,
  • Age problems,
  • Profit and Loss,
  • Probability

Syllabus for Main examination

1 Reasoning

  • Odd man out,
  • Reasoning Ability,
  • Coding Decoding,
  • Analogy,
  • Ranking and Order,
  • Inequalities,
  • Blood Relations,
  • Series test,
  • Cause and Effects,
  • Direction Test,
  • Statement and Assumption,
  • Word Formation,
  • Figure Series,
  • Statement and Conclusion,
  • Data Sufficiency,
  • Seating Arrangement,
  • Decision Making,
  • Assertion and Reason,
  • Puzzle,
  • Statements and Action Courses,
  • Machine Input and Output,
  • Syllogism,
  • Alphanumeric Series

2 Computer Knowledge

  • Computer Fundamentals,
  • Input and Output Devices,
  • Computer Abbreviations,
  • Short Cut Keys,
  • Basic Knowledge of Internet,
  • Computer Languages,
  • Database, Security Tools,
  • Software and Hardware Fundamentals,
  • Internet,
  • Number Systems and Conversions,
  • Networking,
  • MS Office,
  • History of Computer,
  • Networking

3 General Awareness

  • India and International Current Affairs,
  • Government Policies,
  • Banking Awareness,
  • Government Schemes,
  • Countries,
  • Capital and Currencies,
  • National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries,
  • Banking Terms and Abbreviations,
  • RBI,
  • Fiscal Policies,
  • Finance,
  • Books and Authors,
  • History of Banking of India,
  • Budget,
  • Sports,
  • Agriculture,
  • Awards

4 English Language

  • Reading Comprehension,
  • Antonyms and Synonyms,
  • Error Detection,
  • Fill in the blanks,
  • Error Spotting,
  • Vyakaran,
  • Paragraphs,
  • Article Rules,
  • Phase Substitution,
  • Cloze Test,
  • One word substitution,
  • Rules of tenses,
  • Rearrangement of sentences,
  • Jumbled Words,
  • Idioms and Phases

5 Hindi Language

  • Reading Comprehension,
  • Antonyms and Synonyms,
  • Error Detection,
  • Fill in the blanks,
  • Error Spotting,
  • Vyakaran,
  • Paragraphs,
  • Article Rules,
  • Phase Substitution,
  • Cloze Test,
  • One word substitution,
  • Rules of tenses,
  • Rearrangement of sentences,
  • Jumbled Words,
  • Idioms and Phases

6 Numerical Ability

  • Number System,
  • Quadratic Equation,
  • HCF and LCM,
  • Decimal Fraction,
  • Data Interpretation,
  • Simple Interest,
  • Time and Work,
  • Time and Distance,
  • Age problems,
  • Probability,
  • Partnership,
  • Average,
  • Simplification,
  • Percentage,
  • Compound Interest,
  • Ratio and Proportion,
  • Permutation and combination,
  • Profit and Loss

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