IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Previous Year Papers

The official notification regarding the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Recruitment has been released, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) issued the information through its official website. The recruitment will be conducted in two phases: Prelims (Phase 1) and Mains Exam (Phase 2). The prelim phase exam will have only two sections; Reasoning and Numerical Ability, each section will have 40 questions. The Exam is to be taken in the online mode by the eligible candidates. The total duration of the exam will be 45 minutes and the medium of the question paper will be bilingual, that is, Hindi and English.

The application form will be filled online and the process of applying for this much-awaited Examination is online and simple. IBPS will conduct RRB Office Assistant Recruitment for the post of IBPS RRB Office Assistant and the total number of vacancies is expected to be more than 5200The minimum qualification for the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam calls for Graduation in any course from a Government recognized university/college. Furthermore, the candidate needs to be at least 18 years old but not older than 28 years, while the relaxation of age limit will be as per the discretion of the government departments involved.

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Key Highlight
of IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelim Exam
registration period:
Starts: July 01, 2020 Ends: July 21, 2020
Application Fees:
• For SC/ST/PWD candidates: Rs. 175 • For General and OBC candidates: Rs. 850
IBPS RRB Office Assistant exam date:
Prelims: Sep 12, 13, 19, 20 & 26 2020 Mains: Feb 20, 2020
Office Assistant Result:
Prelims: October 2020

 Table of Contents

  1. Important Dates for the IBPS RRB Officer Assistant (Multi-purpose)

  2. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Selection Process

  3. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Eligibility Criteria

  4. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Application Form Filling

  5. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Application Fee

  6. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Admit Card

  7. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Exam Pattern

  8. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Marking Scheme

  9. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Syllabus

  10. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Expected Cut-Off

  11. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Pay Scale/Salary

  12. IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Tips and Tricks


Important Dates for IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose)

  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Notification Release date: June 30, 2020

  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Application form filling (Registration) opening Date: July 01, 2020

  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Application form (Registration) closing Date: July 21, 2020

  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) PET Call Letters: August 12, 2020, onwards.

  • IBPS RRB Pre-Exam Training is scheduled from August 24, 2020, until August 29, 2020

  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Call letters for Prelims Exam: September 08, 2020

  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multipurpose) Prelims Exam Date: September 12 – 13 and September 19 – 20, 2020.

  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Result date: October 2020

  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Mains Exam: February 20, 2021

  • Generally, this exam is conducted once a year. 


IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Selection Process

In the selection of IBPS RRB Officer Assistant (Multi-purpose) Post, the candidates have to go through a proper selection procedure to get recruited. The selection will be entirely based on the score obtained by the candidates in the two stages:

  1. IBPS RRB Officers Assistant (Multi-purpose) Prelims Exam

  2. IBPS RRB Officers Assistant (Multi-purpose) Mains Exam


IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) Eligibility Criteria



1. Nationality:

  • The applicant eligible for IBPS RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT (MULTI-PURPOSE) Test can be of Indian Nationality, Citizen of Nepal, Citizen of Bhutan, Tibetan refugee, only if they come intending to stay in India

  • People born in India but migrated to Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and East African countries.

2. Educational Qualifications:

  • The Graduation Degree in any discipline from a recognized university.

  • The candidate must have proficiency in the local language and know about working on computers.

3. Age Limit:

The Officer Scale I post in Rural Banks must be within 18 – 28 years of age. The candidates applying for this post should have born after July 3, 1988, and before June 30, 1999 (both dates are inclusive in the age criteria). There is a provision of relaxation for the reserved category candidates.


IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-Purpose) Application Form Filling

  • The applicants have to register on the official website of IBPS (ibps. in) within the registration period.

  • The applicants have to Register themselves and enter personal information such as Name, Contact number, Email-ID, Password.

  • The login credentials will be sent on the verified email-ID and contact number.

  • The candidate has to login into the registration portal and enters the mandatory information such as Name, DOB, Gender, Category, Parents' name, nationality, and address.

  • The candidate has to upload the scanned photograph (passport size) and signature.

    • The photograph should be 200*230 pixels in dimension, and the size of the photo file should be between 20 KB – 50 KB.

    • The signature to be uploaded is 149 * 60 Pixels; the size should not exceed 20 KB and keep it minimum at 10 KB.

  • The academic qualifications are required to be entered at the very next step.

  • The candidate has to provide the experience details (if any) in the given tabs.

  • The candidate should upload the left thumb impression taken on the white paper with Blue/Black Ink. The format prescribed is JPG/JPEG, and the dimensions should be 240*240 Pixels that are 3cm * 3cm. The preferred size is 20 KB – 50 KB.


IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-Purpose) Application Fee

  • IBPS RRB Officer Assistant (Multi-Purpose) Registration Fee: Rs. 850

  • SC/ST/PWBD: Rs. 175


 IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Multi-Purpose) Admit Card


  • The admit card for the IBPS RRB OFFICER ASSISTANT (MULTI-PURPOSE) test will be available before 7-8 days of the examination. The applicants can download the authentic admit card from the official website.

  • It is an essential document for the day of the test; the applicant has to carry it along with the valid ID proof.

  • The candidates should print the admit card on a white blank paper.

  • The text and information printed on the admit card should be clearly visible.

  • The candidates are advised to save a copy of the admit card for future use.

  • The candidates should have clear information about the exam pattern and marking process before attempting the real exam.

  • The admit card will be available to download from the date to till exam.

  • Address and photograph of identity proof should be matched to the uploaded records.


IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern:

RRB Office Assistant Recruitment process is taken care of by IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection). The notification for the batch of 2020 had a release on June 30, 2020, by IBPS. The computer-based exam for the RRB Officer Assistant (Prelims) is going to be held on September 12,13, 19, 20, and 26, 2020.

The candidates will be selected for 43 Regional Rural Banks through this RRB Office Assistant recruitment exam. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection reserves all the rights to change the exam pattern, schedule for the examination. The exam is conducted once through a year within the bilingual mode; in English and Hindi languages.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims Exam has 80 Multiple-Choice questions from 2 subjects, Reasoning Ability, and Numerical Aptitude. The time-frame provided for questions is 45 Minutes.

A glance at the entire Exam Pattern of IBPS RRB Officer Assistant Preliminary Exam:


Examination name

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims Exam

Mode of IBPS RRB Prelims

Online, Computer-Based Test

Medium of Exam

English And Hindi

Number of Sections



Reasoning Ability

Numerical Aptitude

Number of Questions

80 (40 from each section)

Exam Duration

45 Minutes

Number of RRB Officer Assistant Vacancies


Total Marks for the Prelims


Exam Conducting Organization

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection)


IBPS RRB Office Assistant prelims exam will shortlist the IBPS RRB Officer Assistant Mains Exam; the exam is qualifying.

Check IBPS RRB Officer Assistant Mains Exam Pattern for a far better understanding of the Recruitment examination.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims Marking Scheme

The marking scheme of the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims exam is 1 mark per Each question of any subject. The negative marking of 0.25 marks for the incorrect answer given is incorporated in the examination.

The negative marking is an essential factor because it deducts the score by penalty of negative marks and deducts the scope of gaining marks. On every four incorrect answers, the candidates lose 1 Mark of one correct answer. The candidates should concentrate on the accuracy of responses before submitting the final answers.

The negative marking for the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims Exam is here:

  • 1 mark will be awarded for every correctly marked answer.

  • 0.25 Marks will be deducted from the score for every incorrect answer. 4 wrong answers will take up the correct answer.

  • The candidate's score won't be deducted for any mark if they leave the question unattempted.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims Syllabus

The Prelims exam will have in total of 80 questions from two subjects to be solved in 45 minutes:

  1. Reasoning Ability (40 Questions)

  2.  Numerical Aptitude (40 Questions)

The complete syllabus for both the subjects is here:

1. Reasoning Ability Topics:

Data Sufficiency

Direction Sense

Seating Arrangement


Blood Relations



Non-Verbal Series

Number Ranking


2. Numerical Aptitude Topics:


Ratio And Proportion


Profit And Loss

Time And Distance


Number System

Mixtures And Alligations

Time And Work

Simple Interest And Compound Interest

Boats And Streams

Data Interpretation


IBPS RRB Officer Assistant Prelims Previous Year (2019) Exam Analysis

The previous year IBPS RRB Officer Assistant (Multipurpose) Prelims Exam was conducted on August 17, 2019, the exam was conducted in 4 shifts. The level of difficulty for the examination was easy to moderate for every single shift the exam led.

The exam is meant to be in online, computer-based test mode, and candidates it is advisable to practice the last year examination questions utilizing online mock tests. The problems of the same type are embedded in the Online IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims Mock Test Series. The time frame is rigorous as 80 questions for 45 minutes. The candidates are required to be accurate as well as fast while attempting the questions.

1. Reasoning Ability Section Analysis:

The last year exam had observed the difficulty level of the reasoning ability section as Easy. The questions were majorly asked from the topic of Puzzle and Seating Arrangements. The topics covered from the Reasoning Ability section are:


Reasoning Ability Topics

Questions from the topic


Puzzle and Seating Arrangements

(4 Set of Puzzles

Parallel Row Puzzle: 10 People

Circular Seat Arrangement: 7 People (Facing inwards)

Floor-Based Puzzle: 7 Floors

An uncertain number of people

About 21 Questions



5 Questions



5 Questions


Order and Ranking

4 Questions


Direction Sense

3-4 Questions


Odd One Out

1 Question


Blood Relations

1 Question


2. Numerical Aptitude Section Analysis:

The remaining part from where the questions will be asked is Numerical Aptitude. The previous year examination has observed the maximum portion covered from the data Interpretation topic. The candidates should prepare the numerical aptitude section maximum with the online mock tests as it will improve the accuracy and speed to solve the questions. Mock Tests provide the limited time frame with a clock always ticking; the candidates will be able to handle the pressure along with maintaining the speed. The complete sectional distribution of the questions from Numerical Aptitude in the previous year exam are:



Numerical Aptitude Topics

Questions from the topic


Data Interpretation

Bar Graph


Tabular Form Data Interpretation Questions

About 10 Questions



10 Questions


Arithemical Word Problems

10 Questions


Wrong Number in Series

5 Questions


Quadratic Equations

5 Questions


Total Number of Questions

40 Questions




The overall exam was of the difficulty level: Easy, only the puzzle sets were somewhere of the moderate difficulty level; otherwise, all the questions from the various topics seem to be easy.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam Tips and Tricks:

  • You need speed to finish the IBPS RRB Office Assistant prelim exam within the prescribed time limit of 45 minutes. Go through the topics in the syllabus and start with the ones that you are good at. 

  • The candidate should practise reasoning ability questions and mathematics problems by memorizing formulas on a regular basis.

  • Make mathematics your strong suit, practice questions to solve them within time to increase efficiency. The trick here is to understand the question properly and try to find the solution without looking at the options of answers given along with it.

  • Become smart by attempting questions that you are sure of first, then come to the questions you’re in doubt. But don’t attempt them anyway, remember negative marking is a factor here. Therefore, only attempt a question if you really know the answer to.

  • Try to improve your time by practising as many online tests as possible. Youth4work provides online mock tests will time limit attached to each question; this way one can learn to finish the entire exam within the time limit.

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