IBPS RRB PO: Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

September 9, 2022

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducted recruitment process for probationary officer of scale I, II, III for public sector banks and assistant officer(multipurpose) for regional rural banks across India has three stages of recruitment. First stage is preliminary exam, next stage is Mains exam and last or third stage is personal interview. Only successful candidates in prelims and mains exam can proceed to personal interview stage. The exam pattern depends on the stage of recruitment process, gives details about distribution of marks across various subjects, number of questions and duration of exam. Candidate should review the exam pattern to understand how to study, what subjects and what is the weightage of the topic so that they can score better.

IBPS RRB PO Syllabus

Candidates appearing in IBPS RRB PO exams should score minimum cut-off marks in each of the exams i.e. Prelims and Mains to qualify for interview. The syllabus for IBPS RRB PO prelims is as listed below.

IBPS RRB PO 2022 Prelims Syllabus

S. No.Reasoning AbilityQuantitative Aptitude
1Coded & Mathematical InequalitiesPermutation, combination And probability
2Directions & DistancesSequence & Series
4Alpha-numeric seriesAverage
5Data sufficiencyPartnership
6Order and rankingRatio and proportion
7Coding decodingQuadratic equation
8Input-OutputProfit and Loss
9PuzzleTime and work
10Blood relationProblems on age
11TabulationPercentage, Mensuration
12Logical reasoningProblems on train
13Seating arrangementBoats and stream
14 Double Lineup, Scheduling,Mixture of allegation
15 Ordering & Ranking,Time, speed & distance
16 Arrangement & PatternSimple and Compound interest
17 Analogy and ClassificationData Sufficiency & interpretation

IBPS RRB PO Mains Syllabus

IBPS RRB PO mains exams are difficult and not easy to qualify. The syllabus for exams for the post of scale I officer and assistant officer for Mains exam. Subject topics are listed in the syllabus for IBPS Mains exam.

Section 1: Reasoning

The list of subjects included in IBPS RRB PO Mains exam for the year 2022 is as given below

SyllogismCoded InequalityCoded Direction senseAlpha-numeric series
Coded Blood relationOrder and rankingAnalytical and decision makingCourse of action
Data sufficiencyCoding decodingCritical reasoningVerbal reasoning
Circle Seating arrangementSquare seating arrangementPuzzle & Logical ReasoningInput-Output
TabulationSchedulingStatement and assumptionStatement and conclusion

Section 2: Quantitative Aptitude

The syllabus for IBPS RRB PO Mains exam has Quantitative Aptitude and DI section as listed below

Sequence & SeriesGraphQuantity Based SumsPie chart
Data sufficiencyPermutation, combination & probabilitySimplificationRatio and proportion
Percentage, Average & partnershipQuadratic equationProfit & LossTime & work
Pipes and cisternsBoats and streamProblems on ageProblems on train
Mixture of allegationTime, speed & distanceMensurationSimple and Compound interest

Section 3: English / Hindi Language

Syllabus for IBPS RRB PO Mains exam for Subject Hindi and English language, has following topics as listed below.

English languageHindi language
Reading comprehensionVyakaran
Jumbled sentencesFill in the blanks
Cloze testMistakes
Error spottingSynonyms and antonyms
Phrase replacementMiscellaneous
Sentence improvement,connector & completion
MiscellaneousMatch the column

Section 4: Computer Knowledge

The Syllabus for IBPS RRB Mains exam for Computer Knowledge has topics as listed below

InternetMS OfficeMemoryComputer hardware
Keyboard shortcutsComputer fundamentalsComputer abbreviationsOperating system
Number systemNetworkingBasic of logic gatesComputer terminologies
DatabaseHistory of computer  

Section 5: General Awareness

IBPS RRB PO exam for the post of Office Assistant and Scale I officer has a subject General Awareness section with topics listed below

Static GKCurrent AffairsBanking Awareness

Section 6: Financial Awareness

IBPS RRB PO Mains exam has Financial Awareness section for recruiting Scale II & III officers, the topics covered are listed below

Financial newsOverview of the banking systemNPA and bad loansBasel norms
Asset reconstruction companiesLoansRestructuring of loansBudget
Economic surveyRisk managementMonetary policymiscellaneous

IBPS RRB PO Exam Pattern

IBPS RRB PO exam pattern will help candidates appearing for the exam to understand the scope for the topics and subjects covered in the exam, distribution of marks will explain the weightage of each section. The exam pattern for IBPS RRB PO exam will explain the candidate how to take of what is covered in the exam.

  • There will be an online computer based exam
  • The questions asked are of objective multiple choice questions
  • The medium of exam can be attempted in either Hindi or English language
  • There is negative marks of 1/4 marks of total marks of the question will be deducted for every incorrect answer for the question.

IBPS RRB PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

IBPS RRB PO preliminary exam for the year 2022 has following pattern

PaperMedium of ExamNumber of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Logical ReasoningHindi/English/Regional Language4040One hour
Numerical AbilityHindi/English/Regional Language4040
Total 8080 

IBPS RRB PO Main’s Exam Pattern

IBPS RRB Mains exam for the year 2022 has following pattern

PaperMedium of ExamNumber of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Logical ReasoningHindi/English40503 hours and 30 minutes
Numerical AbilityHindi/English4050
General AwarenessHindi/English4040
English OR Hindi LanguageEnglish4040
Computer KnowledgeHindi/English4020
Total 200200 

IBPS RRB PO Mains exams will have 200 MCQ (multiple choice questions) The exam will be of 3 hours and 30 minutes duration. Candidates have to secure minimum cut-off marks to qualify in the exam. There will be negative marking for each incorrect answer, there will be 1/4 of total marks of the question will be deducted from score secured for every incorrect answer.

S.NoName of the bookPublishing HouseAuthor
1.Static General KnowledgeArihant Publication
2.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExamsR. S Agarwal
3.A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-VerbalB. S Sijwali & InduSijwali
4.Computer Awareness for General Competitive ExamsB.K Publications
5.General English for all competitive examsArihant Publication
6.Fast Track Objective ArithmeticRajesh Verma
7.A modern approach to verbal and non-verbalRS Aggarwal
8.Banking Awareness Handbook of Banking InformationN.S Toor
9.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma
10.How to Crack Test of Reasoning: In All Competitive ExamArihant Publication
11.Objective Computer Awareness
12.Magical Book on Quicker mathsBSC PublicationM Tyra
13.Analytical ReasoningM.K Pandey
14.General KnowledgeLucent
15.General Awareness Basic Banking & Financial IssuesUpkar’s Publication

Preparation Tips for IBPS RRB PO 

For every competitive exam, candidates should prepare for the exam with a strategy, so that they can secure good marks. Candidates should focus on key areas and weakness. Following are some of the points to be considered while preparing for the exam.

  1. Start working on your preparation strategy as soon as possible. Set a goal for yourself and stick to it.
  2. Never stray from the prep path. It’s challenging to keep up, but keep the plan in mind.
  3. Make quick notes of essential areas that need to be reviewed.
  4. Make a list of your concerns and address them as quickly as feasible.
  5. Read aloud to yourself every day to improve your comprehension skills.
  6. Keep up with current events by reading news articles. This will assist you in passing the Mains Exam.
  7. To improve your performance, learn the syllabus and exam pattern.
  8. Adhere to the syllabus and its objectives.
  9. Never venture outside of the exam preparation strategy.
  10. Use the internet to practice mock tests. Practice mock tests after thoroughly understanding the material.


Mock test is the final step in preparation plan of IBPS RRB PO exam. When you have covered all the major topics covered in the syllabus, feel confident and are ready to assess yourselves, take practice test. Tool for self-evaluation is mock test assists to generate atmosphere that is similar to IBPS RRB PO 2022 exam and will help generate result the level of preparedness.

Taking mock test is the ideal way to find out how much have you prepared for the exam. Select reputed platform for high quality mock test sample questions.

IBPS RRB PO Question Paper from The Previous Year

Practice test is similar to solving previous year’s question papers from model question papers, while solving candidates should keep an eye to track the time. Previous questions asked will be available from internet.

Candidate can improve the categories they are poor or less prepared by solving questions. Candidate should practice a lot for mathematical and logical thinking as cognitive abilities will be improved upon practice.

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Q.1 How long will the IBPS RRB 2022 Recruitment Exam last?

Ans. The recruitment process is divided into three stages, prelims exam, mains exam and interview. Candidate have to first appear in prelims exam, followed by mains exam.  After successfully qualifying in mains exam, candidates will be selected for interview. After interview, successful candidate will be recruited for posts such as probationary officer in public sector banks and assistant officer in regional rural banks across India.

Q.2 Is the IBPS RRB PO 2022 Recruitment Exam a computer-based test (CBT)?

Ans. Yes, IBPS RRB PO exam for the year 2022 is online computer based test with prelims exam of total 80 marks and mains exam of 200 marks. Candidates successfully qualifying in prelims can only become eligible to appear in Mains exam.

Q.3 Does the RRB PO 2022 Exam have a negative marking scheme?

Ans. Yes, IBPS RRB PO exam for year 2022 have a negative marking for every incorrect answer. There will be a deduction of ¼ of mark of the  question from the score.

Q.4 How will the IBPS RRB PO 2022 Recruitment Exam be conducted?

Ans. The recruitment process is divided into three stages, prelims exam, mains exam and interview. Candidate have to first appear in prelims exam, followed by mains exam.  After successfully qualifying in mains exam, candidates will be selected for interview

Q.5 Where can I find the IBPS RRB PO 2022 exam pattern?

Ans. The exam pattern is available on IBPS official website under notification for IBPS RRB PO exam for 2022.

Q.6 How are the marks given out for each question?

Ans.  There are multiple choice questions with each questions having multiple answers with only one answer to be correct that should be selected by the candidate.

Q.7 What is the language of the IBPS RRB PO 2022 Recruitment Exam questions?

Ans. The medium of appearing the IBPS RRB PO exam has two choices, Hindi and English. Candidates appearing the exam can appear in any one from the above languages.

Q.8 What is IBPS RRB syllabus?

Ans.  IBPS RRB PO Prelims exam for the year 2022, the Syllabus has subjects such as reasoning ability, numerical ability, general awareness, and English & Hindi Language.

Q.9 What is the difference between the syllabus of IBPS RRB PO and Clerk exam?

Ans. No, there is no difference in the syllabus of both Clerk and PO exam. The topics in syllabus are same, the difference is only in the difficulty level of the questions asked in the exam.

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