RRB or Regional Rural Banks (also known as Gramin Banks) are the banks which had been created with a view of providing basic banking and financial services in rural areas. Some RRBs may have few braches set up for urban operations but majority of their branches would be in rural areas. To manage operations of their branches these RRBs recruit for clerical positions. Employees in clerical positions are referred to as Office Assistant (multipurpose). Almost every year Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) recruits Office Assistants for a host of RRBs.
Please note: The clerical exams are a subset of PO exams (i.e preparation for PO exams will also cover the syllabus of clerical exam) and we recommed that you apply for both the exams.
Presently, the starting basic pay for Office Assistant is Rs.7,200 in the scale of 7200-(400/3)-8400-(500/3)-9900-(600/4)-12300-(700/7)-17200-(1300/1)-18500-(800/1)-19300 The employee will also be eligible for D.A and other allowances and perquisites as per rules in force from time to time. The total starting emoluments in hand per month can be a minimum of Rs. 15,000 and a maximum of Rs. 18,000 depending on place of posting and other factors.
The RRBs release state wise and category wise vacancies. The total vacancies of Office Assistants of the participating Banks in IBPS RRB 2019 - 3674. A candidate can apply for any one state. The candidates applying for vacancies of a particular state, should be proficient (reading, writing, speaking and understanding) in the specified opted local language of that state
Exam date and registration:
In 2019 the registration started in the month of June and the exams were scheduled between August-September.
Essential academic qualifications and experience:
Graduation in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the central government.
(a) Proficiency in local language as prescribed by the participating RRB/s
(b) Desirable: Working knowledge of Computer
Age and number of attempts:
General candidates should not be below 18 years and should not be above 28 years. There are provisions for category based age relaxation according to existing government norms. There is no limit to the number of attempts.
Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join RRBs as an Office Assistant in RRBs through IBPS, is required to register online for the recruitment process. The application fee for general candidates is Rs. 600 and for reserved category candidates is Rs. 100.
To know about the procedure in detail you can click on the link given below.
The examination will be held in 2 phases i.e. Preliminary examination and Main examination. The candidates who are shortlisted after Preliminary examination will have to appear for Main examination.
Phase-I: Preliminary examination:
Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Test for 80 marks is conducted. The test contains 2 sections with a composite timing of 45 mins. The mode of exam is online. The questions are in English and Hindi both. There is negative marking for wrong answers (1/4th of total marks allotted for that question).
Preliminary Exam pattern (2019)
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Candidates (for both posts) have to qualify in both the tests by securing minimum cut-off marks. Adequate number of candidates in each category, depending upon requirements, will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.State and category wise merit list is drawn on the basis of aggregate marks scored in this exam. From each state, normally candidates numbering approximately 10 times the number of vacancies in that state are shortlisted for the main examination.
Phase – II: Main examination:
Main Examination consists of Objective tests for 200 marks and Descriptive test for 25 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive tests are online. The questions in Objective test are in English and Hindi both (except English Language). In 2018 exam the sections had differential marking (i.e. some questions were of 1 mark and some questions of more than 1 mark). There is negative marking for wrong answers in the Objective test (1/4th of total marks allotted for that question). Candidates need to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Descriptive test is administered immediately after completion of the Objective test.
Phase – II: Main examination:
Main Examination consists of Objective Tests for 200 marks. The mode of exam is online. The questions in Objective Test are in English and Hindi both (except English Language). There is differential marking in some of the sections. There is negative marking for wrong answers in the Objective Test (1/4th of total marks allotted for that question). The objective test is of composite 2 hours (i.e. there is no sectional time limit).
Main Objective Exam pattern (2019)
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*Candidate is supposed to choose one section out of 4a and 4b. On the basis of Phase II marks, candidates are ranked and placed state wise.
The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) are not added for preparing the final merit list for selection. Only the marks obtained in Main Examination are considered for preparing the final merit list. The final score is a scaled score, scaled to 100.
Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as RRB Clerk, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on a single resource for conceptual clarity. Once concepts are clear, practicing regularly is key to performing well in competitive exams like these. We have provided playlists of important concept lectures below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their fundamentals for this exam.
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Lectures for Objective Paper (Prelims and Mains):-
Our Paid Programs
While we do not conduct a separate program for RRB Clerk, our other paid courses such as IBPS PO and SBI PO are designed on similar lines and we recommend them to the aspirants for all such exams. Look out and register for these programs for a more intensive preparation.
IBPS selects candidates for Office Assistants for the RRBs state wise, hence the cutoffs of each state are different. The cut-offs for 2019 have been released state-wise, category-wise. The cut-offs differ every year, according to the competition and the paper’s difficulty level. One year's cut-off is in no way predictive of subsequent years' cut-offs.