23 percent registered candidates did not appear for IBPS RRB Office Assistant examination in 2017, while the percentage of candidates skipping the Officers examination of IBPS RRB for the same year is 21 percent. According to the official data released by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), wherein 13.34 lakh candidates had applied for the Office Assistant exam, only 10.31 lakh finally took the test for the recruitment in Regional Rural Banks. This brings the number of candidates skipping the examination to 3.03 lakh, which is around 23 percent of the registered candidates.   

23 percent candidates skipped IBPS RRB Office Assistant exam last year; 21 percent did not take Officers test

Careers360 does a comparative analysis to bring to you the number of registered and appeared candidates for both the years in Office Assistant and Officers examinations. 

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam – 2017 Vs 2016 (Registered Vs Appeared)

Compared to the year 2016, the recruitment year 2017 performed better wherein the number of candidates dropping out after registering for the examination remained low. For the recruitment year 2017-18, while the percentage of candidates not taking the Office Assistant test remained around 23%, in the recruitment year 2016-17, this percentage of candidates skipping the test was around 24%. In 2016, a total of 13.93 lakh candidates had registered for the examination, however, on the day of exam only 10.56 lakh appeared. This means that 3.37 lakh candidates did not sit for the test. 

Check the table below to know IBPS RRB figures in terms of registered, appeared, dropped and percentage of candidates who took the examinations. 

IBPS RRB Stats – Registered Vs Appeared Percentage (2017-2016)

Exam Name

Registered candidates

Appeared candidates

Number of candidates skipping the exam

Percentage of candidates skipping the exam

IBPS RRB Office Assistants 2017

13.34 lakh

10.31 lakh

3.03 lakh

Around 23%

IBPS RRB Officers 2017

10.35 lakh

8.16 lakh

2.19 lakh

Over 21%

IBPS RRB Office Assistants 2016

13.93 lakh

10.56 lakh

3.37 lakh

Over 24%

IBPS RRB Officers 2016

9.08 lakh

7.21 lakh

1.87 lakh

Around 21%

While the percentage of candidates skipping the examination in IBPS RRB Office Assistant examination in 2017 and 2016 was 23 and 24 respectively, in case of Officers test in both the years, the number of candidates who did not appear for the test remained at 21 percent. 

IBPS RRB Officers Exam – 2017 Vs 2016 (Registered Vs Appeared)

For the recruitment year 2017-18, approximately 10.35 lakh candidates registered for the Officers examination, while 8.16 finally took the test, bringing the number of candidates skipping the examination to 2.19 lakh. This is 21 percent of the total registered candidates. In 2016, a total of 9.08 lakh candidates applied for the Officers examination, whereas only 7.21 lakh appeared for it. Thus, the number of candidates who showed their unwillingness to appear in the exam was 1.87 lakh. This number is also 21 percent of the total candidates who had applied for the test.


IBPS RRB Stats – Office Assistant Vs Officers Test (2017 Vs 2016)

Comparing the data for IBPS RRB examination, it can be said that for the Officers examination, candidates seem to be more serious than that of Office Assistant test. This comes from the fact that for both the years (2017 and 2016), the number of candidates not taking the Officers test remained 21 percent of the total applied candidates. However, in case of Office Assistant examination, 23 and 24 percent candidates decided not to appear in the test. 

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i want to know about nimset and preparing for 2021

Hrisheekesh Singh 19th Feb, 2020

Hi Bibhas,

NIT MCA Common Entrance Test (NIMCET), is the national level entrance exam conducted every year by one of the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) for taking admissions on merit basis to Master of Computer Applications (MCA) programme.

This exam works across the NITs located in Agartala, Allahabad, Kurukshetra, Calicut, Raipur, Warangal, Surathkal, Durgapur, Trichy, Jamshedpur, Bhopal and Kurukshetra.

The application form of NIMCET 2020 will be released soon through which the candidates can fill the form and appear in the entrance exam. NIMCET admit card will also be released to be downloaded by candidates. The exam will be conducted in offline mode and the result of the same will be declared on the official website of NIMCET 2020.

Total 809 seats are available and duration of exam is 2 hours.

NOTE:- NIMCET scores are used by many other universities and institutes for admissions to the MCA programmes offered by them.

You may refer to the source article for more information about NIMCET 2020 Exam.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!


I got 83.17 %tile in CMAT 2020 with score 211. Which colleges can i target ? Please suggest some good colleges from which i can expect a call on this score

Sampriti Student Expert 6th Feb, 2020
With your CMAT percentile you can apply for the following colleges
  • ITM Navi Mumbai (fees = 10.5 lakhs)
  • IMT Nagpur (14 lakhs)and Hyderabad (12 lakhs) campuses
  • BIMM Pune (7.85 lakhs)
  • BIMTECH Noida (only for PGDM RM and PGDM IBM). BIMTECH Noida considers CAT/XAT/GMAT percentile for its main PGDM program and for PGDM IB
  • NDIM New Delhi (9.3 lakhs)
  • Praxis Kolkata (7.57 lakhs)
  • XISS Ranchi (10 lakhs)
  • XIME Bangalore (10 lakhs)
  • Alliance University Bangalore (13 lakhs)

You can definitely expect a call from these institutions if you apply for them. Moreover they are decent colleges in terms of both academics and placements and you can easily bag a good job in a reputed organization with an average compensation package of around 6-7 lakhs.

If you belong to the state of Maharashtra then you can also expect a call from SIES Mumbai and NL Dalmia but if you're from outside Maharashtra then it would be a little difficult as then the cutoffs would be 99.94 and 99.83 percentile respectively with 5 seats each for outside Maharashtra students through CMAT.

Good Luck

Can i apply for one or more posts like Officer scale 1 Assistant manager ???

Shruti Jha Student Expert 26th Jun, 2019

Hi Naina,

ipbs has released the notifications for filling the vacancies in rrb for posts if both groupA officer's posts (scale 1,2 and 3) as well as groupB office assistant posts.

The dates for registration are from 18th June 2019 onwards.

One can apply for both these posts of officer as well as office assistant because dates of exams are different for both so one can easily appear in the exams for both the groups.

But, in case of groupA officer's posts one can only choose any one grade scale from 1,2or3, and not for all the scales at a single time.

So ultimately, yes you can apply both  for the posts of group A officer's posts as well as for posts of group B assistant officer. 

But you have to register separately by paying separate fees for both the post's exams.

Good luck.  


The overall cut off for ibps clerk for hearing handicap category ( Maharashtra state ) is not available on ibps site. Can you please help me

Arunima Singh 14th Jan, 2019

Hi Pratik,

There are 3 factors that majorly determine your ranking in the exam - the total number of applicants for the exam, the total number of vacancies available for the exam and the difficulty level of the exam. Since the results for this year’s exam will be out by January end, for your reference, the expected overall cutoff for hearing handicap category, based kn pervious years’ cutoff is 37. The actual cutoff maybe around this figure.

The expected range of the cutoff for Final Selection for your category is 25.5(minimum scores) to 40.4 (maximum scores). 

I hope this is useful, please feel free to contact me for any further queries. 


Birthdate mistake on only photograph, of RRB group d application form therefore in admit card, now I seen my mistake, what supposed to do ?

Anangsha Patra 4th Jan, 2019


The facility of modification of invalid photograph was available till July 30, 2018. Please contact your concerned RRBs for correction.

Thank you!

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