23 percent candidates skipped IBPS RRB Office Assistant exam last year; 21 percent did not take Officers test
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 - 4:11 p.m. IST by Bachan Thakur

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.   

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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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!


Hello Iam Sai Krishna. I lost my IBPS RRB clerk application form. How can I reprint the application form ? Can you suggest me please ?

PERIYA NAYAKI P 20th Nov, 2018

hello sai,

you can easily get a print of application form this official website,


on this website,just login & left side you may have options like CWE RRB.click on that,it will lead you to the page where you can reprint your application.

I Hope this information will be useful to you.

if you need additional information,let us know to help you.

Thank you!!!:)


How can I reprint my ibps rrb po application form?

PERIYA NAYAKI P 5th Nov, 2018

hi sukanya,

first go to ibps official website.there will be list of links among them, you have to select the exam link which you had applied for (eg.CWE/PO,CWE/RRB's).click on that particular link it will lead you to one page.here you can find a link for re-print application form.click on option"printing your application after payment", enter your details and submit.then you can have your printout.

try this, if you didn't find a way.let us know to help you..........:)

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