Regional Rural bank Assistant in Public sector Bank (PSB): IBPS RRB-Assistant EXAM 2018 :- The online examination (Preliminary and Mains) for the selection of personnel for Associates or clerks in Public sector banks is scheduled to be held during the period of August to September, the details of which is mentioned below.

A- IBPS RRB-Assistant Exam Vacancies : 5161

Vacancies Vacancies (PWD)  
899 401 1247 2614 5161 76 36 60 33 563


B- IBPS RRB-Assistant Exam Important Dates:

S. No. Activity Tentative Dates
1 On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates &  Payment of Application Fees 08.06.2018 to 02.07.2018
2. Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary August 2018
3. Online Examination – Preliminary 19.08.2018, 25.08.2018 & 01.09.201
4. Online Examination – Main 07.10.2018
5. Final Result January, 2019

C- IBPS RRB-Assistant Exam Eligibility:

  1. Age: 21 to 28 Years as on 01/06/2018 (Relaxation: OBC: 3yrs, SC/ST: 5 yrs., PH: 10yrs, Ex. Serv.: 5 Yrs.)
  2. Qualification: Should hold a degree of Graduation from a recognised University.

D- HOW TO APPLY: Candidates can apply online only.

E-Fee:  Rs 600 (For SC/ST/PWD: Rs 100 only). Mode of fee payment will be only online payment.
F- Recruitment Process:

The recruitment is done through two stages. Preliminary test & Mains Test

1- Preliminary Examination: 45 min. total Time (No sectional timing)

Subject Qns. Marks Time
Numerical Ability 40 40  

45 min.(composite time)

Reasoning ability 40 40
Total 80 80

The preliminary Test is only qualifying in nature. There is a negative marking of 1/4th for wrong answers. It will be bilingual in nature. Selection will be made on merit list drawn on the basis of the overall aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Examination.


Cut off IBPS RRB Assistant 2017 -2018 Prelim Exam: These cut offs are listed state-wise and category-wise.

  • Quantitative Aptitude – 10.75
  • Reasoning – 12.75
State Cut Off (Gen)
Madhya Pradesh 60.50
Himachal Pradesh 59.00
Punjab 60.75
Odhisa 56.00
Jharkhand 62.50
Telangana 57.75
Rajasthan 58
Maharashtra 56.75
Chattisgarh 50.75
Gujrat 57.25
Uttar Pradesh 56.75
West Bengal 67.00
Bihar 57.00
Uttarakhand 60.00
Haryana 62.00
Karnataka 54.25
Tamil Nadu 51.75
Andhra Pradesh 63
Assam 59.25
Kerala 58.50


  1. Mains Exam: Mains Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and it will be online. *There will be 1/4th negative marking for wrong answers.


Objective Test: – The objective test of 2 hours duration consist of 5 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

IBPS RRB-Assistant Mains Exam Pattern

S. No. Section Question Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Paper 40 50  

A cumulative time of

2 hours is provided

2 General Awareness Paper 40 40
3 Numerical Ability Paper 40 50
4 English/Hindi Language Paper 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge 40 20
Total 200 200


Cut-off of IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Exam

Following is the state-wise final cut off for RRB Clerk 2017-18:

State / UT Category
SC ST OBC General
Andhra Pradesh 50.07 40.32 56.28 59.88
Arunchal Pradesh NA 40.28 NA 54.66
Assam 51.94 54.91 53.38 57.94
Bihar 52.41 46.97 61.28 65.97
Chhattisgarh 48.13 39.88 58.03 60.85
Gujarat 52.75 40.25 58.60 60.85
Haryana 49.35 NA 58.66 67.19
Himachal Pradesh 50.66 50.72 57.32 63.16
Jammu & Kashmir 46.07 32.53 54.10 66.35
Jharkhand 49.97 39.72 58.03 61.69
Karnataka 46.10 41.53 53.35 55.66
Kerala 50.60 41.63 59.25 63.44
Madhya Pradesh 50.78 42.00 58.57 64.32
Maharashtra 54.69 39.60 55.28 59.32
Manipur NA 55.10 66.53 61.41
Meghalaya NA 38.16 44.16 42.60
Mizoram NA 36.85 44.00 49.03
Nagaland NA 47.63 NA NA
Odisha 45.07 36.63 57.94 60.03
Pondicherry 52.00 NA 59.75 59.82
Punjab 48.72 46.91 55.88 64.63
Rajasthan 49.97 45.32 60.85 64.82
Tamil Nadu 53.53 42.28 60.69 61.78
Telangana 49.66 45.00 60.69 61.78
Tripura 42.07 29.57 NA 55.03
Uttar Pradesh 46.97 39.25 54.91 61.25
Uttarakhand 45.16 47.13 54.07 62.57
West Bengal 57.57 43.60 55.53 64.53


H- Final Selection: After clearing IBPS RRB Assistant 2017 will be purely depends on the basis of marks obtained by candidate in the Mains exam.

IBPS RRB assistant final Cut-Off 2017 is the cut-off of IBPS RRB assistant mains examination. The cut-off will be the minimum qualifying marks required to get the appointment letter from IBPS.  Marks obtained in the mains exam will be converted to the form of 100.


Exam pattern and changes in IBPS RRB-Assistant Pre

As the competition is becoming tougher every year, due to the increasing number of aspirants for these exams therefore the recruiting body is making some changes every year in the exam pattern to make exams tougher and to select the candidate, who is best in all aspects. If we look into the following tables we can observe, how the pattern changed in the previous years and what we can expect to come in an IBPS Assistant 2018 exam and what not?


Quantitative section

First of all, if we analyse the following table for this section, there is not any major change in the set of questions but level of questions is becoming difficult every year. In 2015, the questions asked in prelims were very easy but in 2017, the questions were easy to moderate level. So, we can expect that, this time IBPS RRB Assistant PRE 2018 will be quite difficult than last year but the pattern can be expected to be same.

We can also expect that we can get some more calculative questions from data interpretation (Bar graph, Pie chart, Table chart)

Topic Years
2015 2016 2017 2018 (Expected)
Series 5(M) 5(M) 5(E) 5
Data interpretation(single graph) 5(D) 5(M) 5(M) 5
Quadratic equation
Simplification/approximation 15(E) 15(E) 15(E-M) 15
Miscellaneous (Profit loss, T&D, SI, CI etc) 15(E-M) 15(M) 15(M) 15

*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult



If we look at the following table, we can simply say that, now IBPS RRB Assistant is focusing more on miscellaneous part, thus we are just expecting 7-8 questions from this topic and not focusing on syllogisms. For seating arrangements and puzzles, there were around 10 questions out of 40 in 2016, 10-12 questions out of 40 in 2017, so we can expect around 12-15 questions from this but the numbers of sets for these will be mere, that means they are making examination lengthier. There will be 5 questions from inequality. So, overall we can expect an easy to moderate level questions in this section.

Topics Years
2015 2016 2017 2018
Syllogisms 5(E-M)) 5(M) 5(E) 2-3
Sitting arrangements (Linear ,circle) 10(E-M) 5(M) 5-7
Puzzle 5(E-M) 10(M) 5(M) 6-7
Inequality 5(E) 5(E) 5(E) 3-4
Miscellaneous 5(E-M) 10(M) 5(E) 7-8
Direction sense 5(E) 2-3
Coding  decoding 5(M) 5(E) 2-3
Logical reasoning 5(E-M)
Series Numeric /alpha numeric 5(E) 10(E) 8-10

*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult

Exam pattern and changes in RRB Assistant Mains


For this section, we can observe that there is no change in number of question in quadratic equation but the difficulty level has been increased a lot and there is change in pattern of quadratic equation was used last year in RRB Assistant 2017. So the expectation for this year is same new pattern with a bit of increase in difficulty level, as they are continuously increasing the difficulty level from last three years.


Now in IBPS RRB. Every mains exam comprises 5-10 data sufficiency question (moderate-difficult level). So we are expecting the same but in a new pattern and this might be surprise topic in this section. Question from probability can be expected and a difficult one. Out of 40 questions, we can except around 10-15 question from (D.I) data interpretation section and most of these can be from the arithmetic part including caselet DI. So, one should mainly focus on basics of arithmetic part and then practice the questions of D.I from.

Quantitative aptitude

Topics 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number series 5(E) 5
Probability 2(M) 2-3
Data sufficiency 5(M) 5(M) 7-8
Simplification 15(E) 5
DI 5(M) 10(M-D) 15(M) 10
Quadratic equation 5(E-M) 5(E) 4-5
Miscellaneous 15(E-M) 20(M-D) 13(M) 7-9

*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult


Reasoning was the difficult section in IBPS RRB Assistant mains 2017 and the difficulty level of sitting arrangement & puzzle high comprises 10 marks. So, we are expecting, the topic will cover at least 10 -15 marks.

There were 5 questions from input-output topic and 5 questions from  coding-decoding and we are expecting same number of questions from input output and coding decoding, this year also. We can expect some surprises in coding-decoding and data sufficiency topics.

Topics 2015 2016 2017 2018 (EXPECTED)
Sitting arrangements (Linear ,circle) 10(E) 10(M) 10(M) 5
Puzzle 5(E-M) 10(M) 10(M) 5
Data sufficiency 5(D) 3(M) 5
Syllogism 5(E-M) 5(D) 3(M) 3-4
Coding  decoding 5(M) 1(M) 3-4
Logical reasoning 4-5
Miscellaneous 10(M) 5(M) 4(M) 6-7
Inequality 5(E)
Direction and sense 3(E) 2(M) 2-3
Series Numeric /Alpha numeric 2(M) 8(M) 4-5

*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult


We can observe from the table, that there have been a lot of changes in the English section in these years. The numbers of question asked from comprehension topic has been reduced to half (approximately) and the parajumbled topic is also reduced to two questions as they are replaced by parafillers in which we have to fill two sentences (correct) in a paragraph, we can also expect sentence connectors in which we have to connect two sentences using connectors.

With continuously change in distributions of marks according to topics, especially in the mains exam, we need to have a close look on the pattern changes in previous years, so that we can analyse the trend properly and accurately.

Now, if we talk about sentence fillers, the question from this topic have been increasing because it checks the understanding of the whole English language of the candidates. So we can expect maximum 10 questions from it.

We can expect that English section would be the difficult one and students should practice more and more of these topics.

Topics 2015 2016 2017 2018(Expected)
Reading Comprehension 10(E) 10(M-) 14(M) 12-15
Para jumble 5() 5(M) 5
Error spotting 5(E) 5(M) 5
Sentence correction
Single/Double fillers 5(E) 10(M) 5
Cloze test 10(E-M) 10(D) 10(M)
Antonym & synonym 2-3
Starter (Statement connectors) 6(M) 3-4
Wrong word 5(M)
Irrelevant statement (odd one out) 5(D) 3-4
Phrasal replacement 5(E-M) 4-5

*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult


How To Approach The IBPS RRB-Assistant Exam

For prelim Exam focus on getting 20+ marks in each section (As Nothing about Sectional cut-off is given in advertisement) and 70+ marks in prelims overall. For specific areas we need to plan as following:

A: Quantitative Aptitude: For Quant focus on Series / Approximation / Calculation/ Data interpretation. These will cover 25 Qns. out of 40 in quant. 15 Qns. will be from entire Arithmetic. In mains exam, focus mainly on the arithmetic part and new pattern of quadratic equations. So no need to put extra effort on entire arithmetic. Do the focused study only.

B: Logical Reasoning: For prelim focus on Syllogism, inequalities, Sitting arrangement, input output and Puzzles. In mains we shall have 10-15 Qns. from reasoning especially Puzzles, sitting arrangement, input output etc. So prepare for the prelim only till August and then there will be sufficient time to prepare for the computer section after the prelims.

C: General Economy & Banking Awareness: Keep in touch with daily current affairs specifically the financial updates. After the prelim exam prepare for last 4 to 5 months current affairs and banking awareness. 40 Qns.40 marks this section is considered to be the differential section. A student can score 30 to 35 marks in the stipulated time with the organized study plan.

English Language: Looking at the recent trends this section has seen a steep rise in the difficulty level of the exam. In prelim we expect to have 10 Qns. from Comprehension, 10 cloze test, 5 para jumbles and 10 grammatical errors or sentence improvement or phrase replacement. So keep solving more and more comprehensions and read the Hind u Editorials to improve the command over English language.  In mains also the difficulty level is very high and we need to prepare accordingly. In 40 Qns. of mains exam we expect 2 comprehensions of 20 marks.  5 para jumbles, 5 cloze test and 5 errors. So again here the focus is on comprehension. But practise as much as possible and do more and more reading for better performance in this section.


IBPS RRB Assistant 2018 Exam Preparation@IBS Institute

  1. Class – 3 to 4 Hours daily
  2. 6-Days a week
  3. 2-Lectures a day
Maths 2
Data Interpretation 2
Reasoning 3
English 3
Current Affairs 1
Banking Awareness 1
  1. Daily Class Assignment having(50+ Questions)
  2. Daily Home Assignment having(50+ Questions)
  3. Weekly Practice Tests (Topic wise)
  4. Doubt Clearing sessions After every Topic
  5. Books for Practice – Containing all questions from previous years.
  6. 100% Exam Concepts to be covered in Class Assignment/Home Assignment/Books
  7. Highly Experienced & Specialized Teachers
  8. Vedic Mathematics + Shortcut Techniques
  9. Special lectures by experts Bankers
  10. Course Duration = Prelim : 60 Days till 16th

             Refresher: 10 days (17th to 30th July)

              Mains : 25 days (15th July  to 2nd August)

  1. Section Tests: 40 Tests
  2. Weekly Mock Test with Discussion by Experts.
  3. National level test series: in 54 Branches Across India.
  4. National level Ranking among 15,000 students.
  5. Weekly GK capsule-40 Weekly news review.
  6. Online Tests:
S. No. Exam Prelim Mains
1 SBI PO 20 Test 10
    1. Monthly magazine –(IBS-Quest-Best magazine covers all Current Affairs & National /International /Sports/Economy /Books’  Authors)
    2. Results in 2016-2017, 2017-2018

1- SBI PO : 132+ Final selections

2- SBI Clerk: 870+ final selections

3- IBPS PO: Total 1260+ selections.

4- IBPS Clerk: 1800 + selections

5- IBPS SO: 273+ selections

6- RBI Assistant: Total 31+ selections

7- RRB Assistant & Officer & cooperative banks: 2300+ Selections

22- IBS APP: Android / ios

1- Daily Current Affair

2- Daily GA Quiz: MCQ

3- Daily Vocab Words

4- Daily Quiz: Quant / Reasoning / English / Computer

5- Weekly section Tests

6- e-Magazine on App

7- Exam Notifications: Vacancies / Results

8- Exam Analysis & Expert Guidance.

9- Articles on Special Concepts

10- Over 600 Online Tests available on the App.


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