IBPS RRB PO (Scale 1) Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern 2021

You should plan your preparation and make the most of the time available at hand. The IBPS RRB exam conducted for the Officer post cannot be taken too lightly and thus you should be aware of the complete exam pattern. IBPS RRB PO exam 2021 will consist of three phases: Prelims & Mains followed by Interview. Both these exams will consist of different sections and will also consist of sectional cut-offs. 

IBPS RRB PO (Scale 1) Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

The Prelims exam will be an online objective examination that will consist of only two tests, unlike other banking exams. There will be two sections: Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude. Both the tests will be bilingual along with the regional language option to choose. To make sure that you qualify the sectional and overall cut-off of IBPS RRB Scale 1 Prelims, you should be able to score decent marks in both sections, for which you will have to practice well.

Name of SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime (minutes)
Reasoning Ability 40 40 Composite time of 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Total 80 80  

  • There will also be a penalty for all the incorrect answers attempted by you.
  • For every incorrect response, 1/4th of the marks allotted to that question will be deducted.

IBPS RRB PO (Scale 1) Mains Exam Pattern 2021

The Mains exam will also be an online objective examination scheduled for September 2021 which will consist of questions from various subjects: Reasoning, Computer Knowledge, General Awareness, English or Hindi Language, and Quantitative Aptitude. All the questions will be bilingual along with regional language options to choose from, except the test of language. The test of the English language will consist of questions in English and those who will opt for the test of the Hindi language will get questions in the Hindi language only. Detail of the Mains exam pattern is provided in the table below. 

SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime
Reasoning 40 50 Composite time of 120 minutes (2 hours)
Quantitative Aptitude 40 50
General Awareness 40 40
English/Hindi language 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 20
Total 200 200  

  • For every incorrect attempt, there will be a penalty of 1/4th marks allotted to that question. 
  • There will not be any penalty for a question left unattempted.
  • You need to qualify the minimum cut-off scores in each test in order to ensure your further selection.


IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Exam Pattern

If you are able to qualify for Prelims & Mains, you need to appear for  IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 Interview.  The interview will be of 100 marks. The scores obtained only in the Mains exam of RRB PO will be considered while shortlisting for the Interview. You will have to download your interview call letter from the official website of IBPS. The final merit will be prepared on the basis of the online main exam and interview and the marks weightage will be in the ratio 80:20.

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