Regional Rural bank Probationary Officer in Public sector Bank (PSB): IBPS RRB-PO EXAM :-The online examination (Preliminary and Mains) for the selection of personnel for Probationay Officer in Public sector banks is scheduled to be held during the period of October to November the details of which is mentioned below.

IBPS RRB-PO EXAM 2018 Vacancies : 3241

Vacancies Vacancies (PWD)
493 202 872 1674 3241 22 20 40 47


IBPS RRB-PO EXAM 2018 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 July, 2018
3. Online Examination – Preliminary 12..08.2018 and 18.08.2018 (if required)
4. Online Examination – Main 30.09.2018
5. Admit card for Interview October, 2018              
6. Conduct of Interview November, 2018
7. Final Result January, 2019

IBPS RRB-PO EXAM 2018 Eligibility:

  1. Age: 21 to 30 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.
  3. HOW TO APPLY: Candidates can apply online.
  4. Fee:  Rs 600 (For SC/ST/PWD: Rs 100 only). Mode of fee payment will be only online payment.
  5. Recruitment Process:

The recruitment is done through three stages. Preliminary test, Mains Test and Interview

Preliminary Examination: 60 min. total Time (20 min. allotted to each section)

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-PO 2017 -2018 Prelim Exam: These cut offs are listed state-wise and category-wise.

Reasoning: 8.25

Quantitative Aptitude: 7.00

Officer Scale I Cut Off 2017 for All States

State Cut Off (Gen)
Madhya Pradesh 49.75
Himachal Pradesh 52.25
Punjab 54
Odisha 52
Jharkhand 52
Telangana 45.50
Rajasthan 52
Maharashtra 46.25
Karnataka 41.75
Chattisgarh 47.50
Gujrat 48.50
Uttar Pradesh 50.25
West Bengal 51.25
Bihar 52.25
Uttarakhand 56
Haryana 55
Karnataka 41.75
Tamil Nadu 42
Jammu and Kashmir 46.75
Andhra Pradesh 47.25


  1. Mains Exam: Mains Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and it will be online.

IBPS RRB-PO 2018 Mains Exam (Officer Scale-I)

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


A cumulative

time of

2 hours is



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

*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.


State / UT Category
SC ST OBC General
Andhra Pradesh 50.07 40.32 56.28 59.88
Arunachal 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


Final Selection of IBPS RRB-PO:

After clearing IBPS RRB PO mains 2017 cut-off candidates have to go through the Interview round and only after clearing the Interview round, a candidate will be selected for the respective Post.

IBPS RRB-PO Final Cut-Off 2017. The cut-off will be the minimum qualifying marks required to get the appointment letter from IBPS. Final cutoff will be obtained by the aggregate marks of Both mains exam and interview round in 80:20 ratio.

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

State/ UT Category
ANDHRA PRADESH 36.65 30.98 41.75 44.12
ASSAM NA NA 43.58 47.90
BIHAR 43.30 40.50 50.35 52.30
CHATTISGARH 37.98 34.10 44.60 47.80
GUJARAT 43.45 33.05 46.80 48.58
HARYANA 39.78 34.35 44.62 49.00
HIMACHAL PRADESH 41.72 36.68 45.00 48.92
JAMMU & KASHMIR 43.88 36.92 51.35 54.35
JHARKHAND 39.32 36.52 46.90 51.22
KARNATAKA 35.45 33.58 39.62 41.25
KERALA 36.48 28.08 43.32 46.20
MADHYA PRADESH 43.28 35.20 47.52 49.98
MAHARASHTRA 45.42 35.25 45.45 47.40
MANIPUR 37.42 40.00 41.30 41.30
MEGHALAYA 29.10 38.02 30.78 37.15
MIZORAM NA 36.42 NA 38.98
ODISHA 34.72 31.90 41.90 44.65
PUDUCHERRY NA NA 45.75 46.35
PUNJAB 38.28 26.80 45.42 49.30
RAJASTHAN 47.18 44.75 51.55 54.20
TAMIL NADU 42.15 32.90 46.15 46.95
TELANGANA 39.12 35.92 43.25 44.75
TRIPURA 40.55 32.72 38.78 45.18
UTTAR PRADESH 42.38 35.25 46.12 49.82
UTTRAKHAND 41.68 40.72 45.85 51.65
WEST BENGAL 39.20 34.58 41.05 45.98


The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection.

  1. The marks obtained in Mains Examination (Objective Test) and Interview will be used to obtain the final merit list. The candidates will have to qualify in Mains Exam (Objective Test) and in Interview to get in the merit list.
  2. The final merit list is arrived after aggregating converted marks of Written Test and the interview in the 80:20 ratio will be out of 100 for each category.

Exam pattern and changes in IBPS RRB-PO EXAM 2018 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 we are expecting the change in level of the questions.

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 RRB PO 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 PO 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 2015 2016 2017 2018 (Expected)
Series 5(M) 5(M) 5(E) 5(M)
Data interpretation(single graph) 15(M) 15(M) 15(M) 10-15(M)
Quadratic equation 5(E) 5(E) 5(E-M) 5(M)
Simplification/approximation 5(E) 5(E) 5(E) 5(M)
Miscellaneous (Profit loss, T & D, SI, CI etc.) 10(M) 10(M) 10(E-M) 10(M)

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



If we look at the following table, we can simply say that, now IBPS RRB PO is not focusing on syllogisms and other miscellaneous part in PO Exams, thus we are just expecting 1-2 questions from this topic. For seating arrangements and puzzles, there were around 15 questions out of 40 in 2016, 17-20 questions at of 40 in 2017, so we can expect around 20 question 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 2015 2016 2017 2018 (Expected)
Syllogisms 5(E-M) 5(M) 5(E) 5
Sitting arrangements

(Linear ,circle)

5(E-M) 10(M) 15(E-M) 10-12
Puzzle 10(M) 5(M) 5(E-M) 7-8
Inequality 5(E) 5(E) 5(E) 5
Miscellaneous 5(E) 15(M) 5(E) 2-3
Coding  decoding 5(E) 5(E) 5
Statement and assumption 5(M)

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

Exam pattern and changes in IBPS RRB-PO EXAM 2018 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 IBPS RRB PO 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 PO the number series topic is not there in last two years, so we are not expecting any questions from it. 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 18-22 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.

Topics 2015 2016 2017 2018 (Expected)
Number series 5(E-M) 5(M) 5(D) 5
Probability 1(D) 3-4
Data sufficiency 5(D) 4-5
DI 15(M) 15(M-D) 20(D) 20
Quadratic equation 5(M) 5(E-M) 2-3
Geometry 1-2
Miscellaneous 15()M 15(M-D) 9(M-D) 7-8

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


        Reasoning was the difficult section in IBPS RRB PO mains 2017 and the difficulty level of sitting arrangement & puzzle high comprises 25 marks. So, we are expecting, the topic will cover at least 25-30 marks.

There were 5 questions from new pattern input-output topic and 5 questions from new pattern 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.

As we observed from last year exam, there were no questions from computer and but this year we can expect a maximum of 2-3 questions from computer aptitude.

Topics 2015 2016 2017 2018 (Expected)
Sitting arrangements

(Linear ,circle)

10(M-D) 10(M) 10(D)  10
Puzzle 5(M) 10(M) 10(D) 7-8
Input-Output 5(D) 5
Syllogism 5(M-D) 6(M) 2-3
Coding  decoding 1(M) 5
Logical reasoning 10(D) 8(M) 5(D) 5-7
Miscellaneous 5(M) 2(M) 5
Inequality 5(M-D) 2-3
Direction and sense 4(M) 1-2

*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 5 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(M) 10(M) 14(M) 12
Para jumble 5(M-D) 5(E-M) 5(M) 5
Error spotting 5(D) 5(E-M) 5
Sentence correction 5(M) 5(M) 3-4
Single/Double fillers 5(M-D) 6(M) 2-3
Cloze test 10(M) 10(E-M) 10(E-M) 5
Antonym & synonym 2-3
Wrong word 5(E-M)
Sentence fillers 3-4 2-3
Irrelevant statement (odd one out) 5(E-M) 3-4
Phrasal replacement 5 4-5
Identify the correct paragraph on given


4-5 3-4

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



For prelim Exam focus on getting 20+ marks in each section (As Nothing about Sectional cut-off is given in advertisement) and 55+ marks overall. For specific areas we need to plan as following:

Quantitative Aptitude: For Quant focus on Series / Approximation / Calculation/ Quadratic Equations / Data sufficiency and data interpretation. These will cover 25 Qns. out of 35 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.

Logical Reasoning: For prelim focus on Syllogism, inequalities, Sitting arrangement, input output and Puzzles. In mains we shall have 10 to 15 questions from computer (high level) and 30 to 35 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.

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-PO 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 IBPS PO 20 Test 10
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    2. Results in 2016-2017, 2017-2018

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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

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