IBPS PO Vs RBI Assistant | Competitive Exams Comparison Update

RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO

IBPS PO Vs RBI Assistant comparison is here. RBI Assistant and IBPS PO are two major and most popular jobs which many students dream of cracking and getting into their dream job. Both the exams have very high competition and every year lakhs of aspirants fill the form for both the exams. IBPS PO gives you an Officer level post whereas RBI Assistant gives you a Clerical cadre post. With each passing year, the competition has been increasing while the number of vacancies has been decreasing and this has further made these exams tough to crack.

Every year IBPS releases the notification for filling the vacancies of both IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk and both these vacancies add up to more than 10,000 every year. Due to this large number of vacancies the candidates always have high hopes of grabbing a seat by cracking any of these exams. However this year, the number of vacancies has been very less for both IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk which has added to the dismay of the students during this Covid-19 pandemic. 

This year the number of vacancies for IBPS PO is 1417 whereas the IBPS Clerk vacancies is 1557 which is very less as compared to last year. However many are hopeful that the vacancies might increase.

RBI Assistant 2020 notification was released on 23rd Dec 2019 for 926 posts in different States and Union Territories and pre-exam was held on 14th Feb 2020, and 15th Feb 2020, and the result was declared on 3rd March 2020. However, the Mains exam has not been held yet due to Coronavirus Pandemic and the exam dates are likely to be announced soon.

In this blog, we will cover all the important aspects which you want to know regarding the RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO exam such as exam pattern, salary and perks, career and promotions, job profile, work load, difficulty level of the exams etc.

RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO – Exam Pattern

The Prelims exam pattern of both RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO is almost the same but RBI Assistant prelims paper is slightly easy when compared to IBPS PO because RBI Assistant is a Clerical level exam whereas IBPS PO is an Officer level exam.

  • RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO – Prelims

Exam RBI Assistant IBPS PO
Sections (No of Questions)
  • English Language(30)
  • Reasoning Ability (35)
  • Quantitative Aptitude(35)
  • English Language(30)
  • Reasoning Ability(35)
  • Quantitative Aptitude(35)
Section cut-off Yes Yes
Overall cut-off Yes Yes
Overall Timing 1 Hour 1 Hour
Sectional Timing No (Composite Time of 1 Hr) 20 minutes for each section
Negative Marking 0.25 0.25
Total Marks  100 100
  • RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO – Mains 

The Mains Exam of both RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO differ in terms of number of questions asked and time duration allotted to each section. Also, there is an extra Descriptive paper consisting of Letter and Essay Writing in IBPS PO Mains paper. 

  • RBI Assistant Mains

          Sections No. of Questions Maximum Marks     Duration
English Language 40 40 30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40 30 minutes
Reasoning Ability 40 40 30 minutes
Computer Knowledge 40 40 20 minutes
General Awareness 40 40 25 minutes
Total 200 200 135 minutes
  • IBPS PO Mains

Section No. of Questions Max. Marks Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
General,Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 180 minutes
English Language (Letter & Essay Writing) 2 25 30 minutes

This sums up the exam pattern comparison of prelims and mains exam of 

RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO.

You can know more about the official notification of RBI Assistant 

You can know more about the exam pattern, official notification and other important details of IBPS PO 

RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO – Salary, Allowances and Perks

Both RBI Assistant and IBPS PO offer decent salary to its employees. However, the salary of an IBPS PO is more when compared to RBI Assistant.


RBI Assistant 


  • Basic Pay – 13150/- INR
  • Pay Scale – 13150-750(3)-15400-900(4)-19000-1200(6)-26200-1300(2)-28800-1480(3)-33240-1750(1)-34990(20 years)
  • Gross Salary36091/- INR
  • Basic Pay23700/- INR
  • Pay Scale23700 – 980 – 30560 – 1145 – 32850 – 1310- 42020
  • Gross Salary – 38703/- INR

Perks and Allowances

  • RBI’s accommodation (subject to availability)
  • Vehicle maintenance for official purpose
  • Newspaper
  • Briefcase
  • Furnishing Allowances
  • Reimbursement of medical bills
  • Interest-free festive advance
  • Leave Fare Concession (LFC)
  • Loans at concessional interest rates
  • Travel Allowances
  • Leased Accommodation or House Rent Allowance
  • Medical Reimbursement
  • Pension Scheme
  • Miscellaneous
  • Dearness Allowance
  • City Compensation Allowance
  • Special Allowance

See more about the salary and other allowances of RBI Assistant 

You know more about the salary, promotions and allowances of IBPS PO 

RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO – Promotions and Careers

Both RBI Assistant and IBPS PO offer great careers to their employees. Every hard working employee gets an opportunity to serve at top positions in the organisation if the employee is capable enough. Few fortunate and capable employees from Banks get the opportunity to work as an Deputy Governor in RBI as well.


RBI Assistant  IBPS PO
  • RBI Assistant 
  • 1st Scale – Officer / Assistant Manager (Grade A)
  • 2nd Scale – Manager (Grade B)
  • 3rd Scale – Senior Manager (Grade C)
  • Scale 4 – Chief Manager (Grade D)
  • Junior Management Grade – Scale I: Officer i.e. PO
  • Middle Management Grade – Scale-II: Manager
  • Middle Management Grade – Scale III: Senior Manager
  • Senior Management Grade – Scale IV: Chief Manager
  • Senior Management Grade Scale V: Assistant General Manager
  • Top Management Grade Scale VI: Deputy General Manager
  • Top Management Grade Scale VII: General Manager
  • Executive Director (ED)
  • Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)

RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO – Job Profile

IBPS PO involves more of customer services and dealing with the queries of the customer whereas RBI Assistant rarely involves any customer dealing work.

RBI Assistant  IBPS PO
  • File Work
  • Data Entry
  • Banking Document Verification
  • Attending to Government Treasury Work 
  • Replying to mails
  • Replying to RTI queries
  • Resolving customer queries of the branch
  • Maintaining and supervising regular branch activities
  • Public relations and addressing issues and grievances of customers
  • Processing  day to day  transactions of customers and processing loan details.
  • Bringing new businesses to the bank branch

RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO – Difficulty Level of Exam

  • RBI Assistant is a Clerical level post and the difficulty level of this exam can be compared to bank clerk exams, however due to lesser number of vacancies and higher number of applicants the cut-off for RBI Assistant is usually very high.
  • IBPS PO on the other hand is an Officer level post and the difficulty level of both prelims and mains is on a higher side when compared to RBI Assistant, eventually the cut-offs are not that high as in RBI Assistant.

RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO – Other Important Comparisons

RBI Assistant  IBPS PO
Transfers Mostly, once in 5 years Transfers are frequent in Banks with one transfer every 2-3 years.
Working Days 5 days a week with mostly fixed timing 6 Days a week with no fixed return time.
Postings Mostly Home State and in Urban cities. Mostly Rural postings in initial years.
Work Pressure Very less Very high



Q1) Which has more frequent transfers between RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO?

Ans. IBPS PO has more frequent transfers when compared to RBI Assistant.

Q2) Does RBI Assistant gives rural postings?

Ans. No, all the offices of RBI are in urban areas so there are no rural postings in RBI Assistant.

Q3) Which exam is tough between RBI Assistant vs IBPS PO?

Ans. IBPS PO is a tougher exam as compared to RBI Assistant, however the cut-off for RBI Assistant is very high.

That’s all for this blog. Keep visiting this website for further important information and latest updates regarding government jobs.

Best of Luck.

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