IBPS RRB PO Exam 2022

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 7th June, 2022

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the IBPS RRB PO examination every year for recruiting potential candidates forming the backbone of the participating Regional Rural Banks from all over the country. Candidates will be given the designation of Probationary Officers (PO) also known as Official Scale I.

The exam is conducted in three stages Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and the Interview round in online mode in both English and Hindi. The role of an IBPS RRB Probationary Officer is to maintain day-to-day retail banking operations, monitoring credit portfolio, loan disbursement, audit report preparation, NPA recovery, etc. Often candidates are also asked to manage single window operations. Once hired as an IBPS RRB Probationary Officer, candidates are given a decent salary and also have the scope to grow to stay in the job.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Recruiting eligible candidates who will form the backbone of Regional Rural Banks.
Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

IBPS RRB PO Exam Eligibity Criteria 2022

  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
    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent Preference will be given to the candidates having degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisciculture, Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics or Accountancy;
    • Proficiency in local language as prescribed by the participating RRB/s;
    • Desirable: working knowledge of Computer.

  4. Age Limit
  5. The age of the candidate to appear in the IBPS RRB PO Exam should be minimum of 18 years and maximum of 30 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 35 years
    OBC 33 years
    Person with Benchmark Disability 40 years
    In the case of Ex- servicemen commissioned officers, including ECOs/ SSCOs 35 years
    Widows, Divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried 39 years
    Person affected by 1984 riots 35 years
    Ex-Servicemen/ Disabled Ex-Servicemen 50 years

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. No well-defined number of attempts has been stated by the recruiting body as long as the candidate fits into the age criteria stated by the recruiting body.

IBPS RRB PO Exam Important Dates 2022

Event Date
Starting Date of Application June 7, 2022
Last Date of Application June 27, 2022
Last Online Fee Payment June 27, 2022
IBPS RRB Pre-Exam Training (PET) July 18, 2022
Prelims Exam August 2022

IBPS RRB PO Exam Pattern 2022

Important points regarding the pattern of the examination

  • The IBPS RRB PO is also known as the Officer Scale I examination.
  • The exam is conducted in three rounds, preliminary exam, mains exam and interview round.
  • Candidates clearing the preliminary round are eligible for the mains exam. Candidates clearing the main exam are shortlisted for the interview round. Every candidate that will be shortlisted for the interview round is required to obtain the minimum marks in the mains online exam. Candidates are shortlisted for interview based on the number of vacancies available.
  • Marks obtained in the main online exams will not be shared with the candidates before the interview process. Only the marks scored in main exams are considered for shortlisting candidates for the interview process and final merit list.

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

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

This paper consists of two sections.

Merit Ranking Nature 80 Objective (Multiple Choice) 45 mins 0.25 80
Total Marks* 80

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

Pattern for Mains Exam

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

This paper consists of five sections.

Merit Ranking Nature 200 Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 0.25 200
Total Marks* 200

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

Pattern for Interview

The candidates who have qualified in the mains exam are called for a face-to-face interview. The total marks allotted for the Interview are 100.

IBPS RRB PO Exam Syllabus 2022

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Paper I

Reasoning ability

  • Coding Decoding
  • Analogy
  • Syllogism
  • Ranking and Time
  • Odd man out
  • Blood Relation
  • Alphabet test
  • Direction Test
  • Statement and conclusion
  • Word formation
  • Puzzles
  • Statement and Action courses
  • Assertion an reason
  • Inequalities
  • Figure series
  • Word Formation
  • Series Test
  • Sitting Arrangements
  • Cause and effect
  • Decision Making
  • Assertion and Reason
  • Statement and Conclusion

Quantitative aptitude

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

Syllabus for Mains Exam

1 Paper I


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Analytical and Decision Making
  • Syllogism
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Course of action
  • Circular seating arrangement
  • Linear seating arrangement
  • code inequalities
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Double line up
  • Scheduling
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Input output
  • Ordering and ranking
  • Blood relations
  • Directions and Distances

Computer aptitude

  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet
  • Memory
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Computer Abbreviations
  • Computer hardware
  • Computer Software
  • Operating System
  • Networking
  • Computer Fundamentals and Technologies

General/ Economy/ Banking awareness

  • Current Affairs
  • General Knowledge
  • Financial Awareness
  • Static Awareness
  • Banking and Financial Awareness

English / Hindi language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar
  • Error Spotting
  • Cloze Test
  • Verbal Ability
  • Para Jumbles
  • Word Association
  • Sentence Improvement

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Tabular graph
  • Bar graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Radar Graph Caselet
  • Line graph
  • Missing Case DI
  • Let it Case DI
  • Probability
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Permutation and Combination

Syllabus for Interview

There is no specific syllabus for interview. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.