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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 branches set up for urban operations but majority of their branches would be in rural areas. To manage operations of their branches and bank as a whole, these RRBs recruit Probationary Officers in 3 scales-
Scale I, II, and III.
Employees in these 3 scales are referred to as Group A officers. Almost every year Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) recruits Probationary Officers (PO) for a host of RRBs. PO in Public Sector banks being one of the more desirable jobs for many graduates, IBPS-RRB PO exam is one of the most competitive exams in the country.

Emoluments:

Presently, the starting basic pay for scale-1 Officers is Rs.14,500 in the scale of 14500-600/7-18700-700/2-20100-800/7-25700. The official will also be eligible for D.A and other allowances and perquisites as per rules in force from time to time. For Scale-I officers, the total starting emoluments in hand per month can be a minimum of Rs.29,000 and a maximum of Rs.33,000 depending on place of posting and other factors.

Vacancies:

The RRBs release vacancies state wise and category wise. The total vacancies of the participating Banks in IBPS- RRB PO 2019 -
Scale I- 3352; Scale II- 1172; Scale III- 156
A candidate can apply in any one of these 3 scales for the vacancies of the state he is applying for. 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 and processes scheduled from August-December.

Essential academic qualifications and experience:

Scale I : i. 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; ii. Proficiency in local language as prescribed by the participating RRB/s; iii. Desirable: working knowledge of Computer.

Scale II - General Banking Officer (Manager) :
Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate. Preference will be given to the candidates having degree in Banking, Finance, Marketing, Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisciculture, Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics and Accountancy.

Scale II - Specialist Officer (Manager) :
Information Technology Officer Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Electronics/Communication/Computer Science/Information Technology or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate. Desirable: Certificate in ASP, PHP, C++, Java, VB, VC, OCP etc.
Chartered Accountant Certified Associate (CA) from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Law Officer Degree from a recognised University in Law or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate
Treasury Manager Chartered Accountant or MBA in Finance from a recognized university/ institution
Marketing Officer MBA in Marketing from a recognized university
Agricultural Officer Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/Horticulture/Dairy/Animal Husbandry/ Forestry/Veterinary Science/Agricultural Engineering/Pisciculture from a recognized university or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate

Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate. Preference will be given to the candidates having Degree/ Diploma in Banking, Finance, Marketing, Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisciculture, Agricultural Marketing and Co-operation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics and Accountancy.

Experience requirements are given below -
Scale I - Not required.
Scale II - For General banking officer, minimum experience required is 2 years as an officer in a Bank or Financial Institution. For Specialist Officer Posts, minimum experience required is 1 year in the relevant field except Agricultural Officer/Law Officer Post where a candidate needs to have minimum 2 years of experience.
Scale III - Minimum of 5 years as an Officer in Bank or Financial Institution.

Age and number of attempts:

Age requirements for General candidates for each scale is given below:
Scale I- 18-30 years; Scale II- 21-32 years; Scale III- 21-40 years
There are provisions for category based age relaxation according to existing government norms. There is no limit to the number of attempts for a candidate.

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join RRBs as a Probationary Officer 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.

RRB PO 2019 Official Notification

The pattern of exam and the subjects are different for each scale. The scale wise examination pattern is given below:-

Procedure for Scale I

The examination will be held in three phases i.e. Preliminary examination, Main examination and Interview. The candidates who are shortlisted after Preliminary examination will have to appear for Main examination. The candidates shortlisted after the Main examination will be subsequently called for Interview.

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)

Section No. of questions Maximum Marks
Reasoning 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Total 80 80

Candidates 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 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 Exam Objective pattern (2019)

Serial No Section No. of questions Maximum Marks
1 Reasoning 40 50
2 Computer Knowledge 40 20
3 General Awareness 40 40
4a* English Language 40 40
4b* Hindi Language 40 40
5 Quantitative Aptitude 40 50
Total 200 200

*Candidate is supposed to choose one section out of 4a and 4b.

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test of Online Main Examination to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, adequate number of candidates in each category not exceeding three times of the declared vacancies in each state shall be called for interview, subject to availability. Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the Online Main Examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.

Phase – III: Interview (100 marks)

The whole process takes around 3-5 hours depending upon the number of candidates and the panel. The process is conducted by Nodal Regional Rural Bank in consultation with NABARD and IBPS.

Final selection:

The marks obtained in Objective Examination (Phase-II) and Interview (Phase-III) are considered for preparing the final merit list. The relative weightage (ratio) of Online Examination and Interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Online Main Examination and Interview. A candidate should qualify both in the Online Examination (Main) and Common Interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process.

Procedure for Scale II

Single Level Examination (Objective)

Officer Scale-II (General Banking Officer) Phase I

Examination consists of Objective Tests for 200 marks and 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).

Serial No Section No. of questions Maximum Marks
1 Reasoning 40 50
2 Computer Knowledge 40 20
3 Financial Awareness 40 40
4a* English Language 40 40
4b* Hindi Language 40 40
5 Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation 40 50
Total 200 200

Officer Scale-II (Specialist Cadre) Phase I

Examination consists of Objective Tests for 200 marks and 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 2.5 hours (i.e. there is no sectional time limit).

Serial No Section No. of questions Maximum Marks
1 Professional Knowledge 40 40
2 Reasoning 40 40
3 Financial Awareness 40 40
4a* English Language 40 20
4b* Hindi Language 40 20
5 Computer Knowledge 40 20
6 Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation 40 40
Total 240 200

*Candidate is supposed to choose one section out of 4a and 4b.

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test of Online Single Examination to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, adequate number of candidates in each category not exceeding three times of the declared vacancies shall be called for interview, subject to availability. Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the Online Main Examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview. State and Category wise merit list is drawn on the basis of aggregate marks scored in Mains Examination. Normally 3 times the numbers vacancies are shortlisted for next round (Interview).

Phase – II: Interview (100 marks)

The whole process takes around 3-5 hours depending upon the number of candidates and the panel. The process is conducted by Nodal Regional Rural Bank in consultation with NABARD and IBPS.

Final selection:

The marks obtained in Objective Examination (Phase-I) and Interview (Phase-II) are considered for preparing the final merit list. The relative weightage (ratio) of Online Examination and Interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Single Level Examination and Interview. A candidate should qualify both in the Online Examination (Single) and Common Interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process.

Procedure for Scale III

The examination will be held in two phases i.e. Objective Test and Interview. The candidates who are shortlisted after Objective Test will have to appear for Interview

Single Level Examination (Objective) Phase I

The Objective Test is for 200 marks and 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. sectional time limit is not there).

Objective Exam pattern (2019)

Serial No Section No. of questions Maximum Marks
1 Reasoning 40 50
2 Computer Knowledge 40 20
3 Financial Awareness 40 40
4a* English Language 40 40
4b* Hindi Language 40 40
5 Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation 40 50
Total 200 200

*Candidate is supposed to choose one section out of 4a and 4b.

Phase – II: Interview (100 marks)

The whole process takes around 3-5 hours depending upon the number of candidates and the panel. A panel of 4-5 evaluators interviews a candidate to evaluate her/his personality, skills, and suitability for the job and organisation. The process is conducted by Nodal Regional Rural Bank in consultation with NABARD and IBPS.

Final selection

The marks obtained in Objective Examination (Phase-I) and Interview (Phase-II) are considered for preparing the final merit list. The marks obtained in Objective Examination (Phase-I) and Interview (Phase-II) are considered for preparing the final merit list. The relative weightage (ratio) of Online Examination and Interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Single Level Examination and Interview. A candidate should qualify both in the Online Examination (Single) and Common Interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process.

Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as RRB-PO, 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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IBPS selects candidates State wise for RRB-PO 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.

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