IBPS RRB Office Assistant Job Profile & Career Growth

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Today we are going to elaborate on IBPS RRB Office Assistant Job Profile, Career Growth and why should one opt for it. Before going into the details of RRB Office Assistant, let us know in brief about Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and their significance for the rural and the economy at large. Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) banks were set up in 1969 during the tenure of Smt. Indira Gandhi with a goal to provide credit to agriculture and its allied industries. These banks were set up in the rural area to reach the common masses. Today, these banks have penetrated every nook and corner of our country.

Let us now have a look at the Job Profile and Career growth opportunities of IBPS RRB Office Assistant post. 

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Job Profile

The RRB Office Assistant exam is conducted online by IBPS throughout the country. RRB Office Assistant is an entry level post in managerial hierarchy of Regional Rural Banks.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Nature of Job

  • The IBPS RRB Office Assistant is the starting designation in the hierarchy of lower level management and is mostly a desk job.
  • The work assigned to IBPS RRB office assistant may vary from opening accounts, cash collection, etc. to being in constant interaction with the account holders of the branch. An Office Assistant may have to update passbooks, sit in cash counters, enter cash receipts and payments handle withdrawals, handle fund transfers, issue bank statements, handle mails and delivery.
  • Since RRBs are situated in Rural areas and cater to the needs of rural masses, most of the customers of these RRBs are usually farmers, daily wage workers and low wage people living in rural areas. Listening to their queries and providing them with concrete solutions is one of the most important duties of an RRB Office Assistant.
  • Assisting those people who require account for government to deposit MNREGA wages or to receive government grants or to start a new business activity or buy products, cattle or machinery such as tractors.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Working Environment

  • The working hours are usually office hours, but seldom gets extended. In rare cases, you might have to work in shifts.
  • Posting is usually in rural areas which is a setback for many as these places sometimes lack basic amenities like good hospitals and proper road connectivity.
  • The work pressure is similar to that of a commercial Bank clerk.
  • Most RRBs lag behind their private counterparts when it comes to infrastructure and other facilities provided to the staff.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Career Growth

Growth Prospects of IBPS RRB Office Assistant

The Organizational Structure for RRB’s varies from one branch to another. It depends a lot upon the nature and size of business generated by a branch. The Head Office of an RRB normally has three to seven departments.

The following is the decision making hierarchy of officials in a Regional Rural Bank.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Job Profile & Career Growth

Since RRB office assistant is an entry level post managerial grade hence there is a lot of opportunities to climb up the ladder. An office assistant can go up to Officer Scale III (Group A officers). There is a probation period of minimum 6 months (Up to 1 year) during which one is given a basic knowledge about various functions of the bank. Job security is higher in RRBs than what you can expect in any private bank.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Locations / Posting

RRBs are rural banks and hence are mostly situated in the rural areas of every state. Hence, the candidates are posted at rural settings which is sometimes difficult for someone who has just left college in a city. With the expansion in the presence of RRBs in urban areas, there have been greater chances of being posted in a city.

IBPS RRB Office Assistant Entitlements

The Probation period for RRB Office Assistant may vary from 6 months to 1 year. As an office assistant of RRB, one is entitled to draw a salary of Rs. 15000 to Rs. 19000. The basic salary during the training is Rs. 10000 to Rs. 15000 which increases after the posting of the candidate.

Why go for RRB Assistant job?

With so many job options available for worthy graduates, why should one opt for RRB Assistant post? Here are a few reasons to help you make up your mind.

  1. Scope for Individual’s Growth – With RRB assistant being an entry level job, there are plenty of opportunities to get promoted.
  2. Opportunity for Growth with the growth of the Economy – Indian economy is growing at a rapid pace and so are the banks. Being a part of this industry will certainly help you to grow along with.
  3. RRBs provide good salaries to assistants.
  4. Banking sector is an evolving sector and gives you a conducive environment to develop your skills.
  5. Being an assistant provides you an opportunity to interact with a variety of people and this helps an individual to learn and grow both socially and professionally.
  6. A government bank job is a secure job and there are negligible risks of being terminated.
  7. Good work life balance can also be maintained, which is difficult with private banks due to the vimmense pressure of target achievement.
  8. Last but not the least, public sector banks provide more holidays and the employees are also entitled to many leaves like earned leave, causal leave, medical leave etc. than private banks and not to mention the recently introduced additional alternate holidays on Saturdays.

The nature of the work of an RRB Office Assistant and a clerk in a commercial bank is almost same and the only factor that draws a line between their work profile is the rural setting. The scope of work and career progression is also slow in RRBs compared to Scheduled commercial banks, but one can also switch to these banks in the long term. One can also brighten his prospectives by appearing for JAIIB and CAIIB exams conducted exclusively for bankers by Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. After qualifying these exams you will be entitled for higher increments in your serving organization. Furthermore, schedules banks often come up with vacancies for experienced and skilled candidates. One can appear for such exams after gaining a  few years of experience and obtaining the necessary set of skills required for the post.

From the above, one can have a proper understanding of  the importance and future prospects of Office Assistant in RRBs. So what are you waiting for now? Gear up your preparations now! 

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