RBI Grade B Exam: The Complete Detail

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RBI Grade B Exam: The Complete Detail

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About RBI Grade B

  • RBI Grade B exam is held to recruit for the job of Grade B officers in Reserve Bank of India.
  • It is administered by Reserve Bank of India.
  • There are 157 vacancies available at its different regional and central branches all over India.
  • The salary for the post is Rs. 54,970.
  • The exam is conducted in two stages: phase-I and phase-II.
  • The candidates that clear the phase-I exams are qualified for the phase-II examination.
  • The paper can be attempted 6 times in life.

Who Accepts RBI GR B

  • RBI Grade B score and rank is only accepted by SBI and depending upon it the post is assigned to various branches across the country.


  • The application fee for SC/ST/PWD/XS is Rs.100.
  • The application fee for General and OBC is Rs.850.


  • The candidate needs to be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate’s age should be between 21 to 30 years.
  • The minimum educational qualification required is graduation degree with the minimum of 60% marks.
  • The candidate can appear for the paper for six times in total.

Important Dates

  • The online registration starts from the second week of July 2017.
  • The candidate needs to register online and make payment within the mentioned period.
  • The last date of online application form is the first week of August 2017.
  • The applicants are required to print their application form before the end of August 2017.
  • The phase-I exam is held in the month of September.
  • The results of the phase-I exam are displayed in the month of September.
  • The phase-II exam is held in the month of September.
  • The result of the phase-II exam is displayed in October.
  • The candidates need to prepare for an interview held at the end of October.
  • The final selected candidate’s list is displayed by November 2017.

Application Procedure

  • The students can register for RBI GRADE B online in the month of July.
  • Candidate needs to fill up the basic details and upload a recent photograph along with the signature.
  • The details are to be carefully filled, and then the form is submitted.
  • The details, spelling and information must be valid, and candidates should carry a valid ID proof along with them during the examination.
  • The payment can be done via Debit/Credit/Net Banking.

Exam Pattern

  • The exam takes place in two stages: phase-I and phase-II.
  • The phase-I exam is of 2 hours while phase-II is 4 hours 30 minutes.
  • Phase-I Exam:
    • Consists of 200 questions carry 1 mark each.
    • Questions are of objective type.
    • Questions are asked from General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.
    • Candidates need to qualify in each section as well as overall marks to appear for next paper.
  • Phase-II Exam:
    • The examination is conducted in shifts.
    • The candidates are to be present in each shift.
    • The total marks of the paper are 300.
    • There are three papers: paper-I Economic and Social issues, paper-II English and paper-III Finance and Management.
    • Paper-I and Paper-II are bilingual in Hindi and English.
    • Each paper is conducted for 90 minutes.
    • Paper-III is optional while its compulsion to appear for Paper-I and Paper-II.
Phase-I Examination Sections Number of Questions Marks
General Awareness 80 80
English Language 30 30
Reasoning Ability 60 60
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30


Phase-II Examination Sections Type of paper Marks Time
Economic and Social Issues Objective Type Questions 100 90
English (writing skills) Descriptive to be typed with the help of keyboard 100 90
Optional Subject Objective Type Questions 100 90
  • There is a negative marking associated with each question of phase-I.
  • ¼ of the marks of the question is deducted as negative marking.
  • General Awareness:

    • Candidate should be updated with latest facts and news.
    • The maximum question in this section is from current affairs.
    • Topics are Banking & finance, current affairs, Science & Technology, etc.
    • This section has a negative marking.
  • Quantitative Aptitude:

    • This section determines the selection of the candidate.
    • This section is time-consuming, so the time from the previous section is to be saved.
    • The questions of this section are tough in the whole paper.
    • Usually, questions related to data interpretation and simplification are asked.
  • Reasoning:

    • This section is an easy scoring section
    • The topics in this section are inequality, input-output, coding & decoding, puzzles, seating arrangements, etc.

RBI B Grade Score

  • There are two stages, and one need to clear both the stage to get the job.
  • The cut off depends upon various factors such as difficult, the number of applicants, etc.
  • The interview carries 50 marks and the total marks obtained, i.e. phase-II and interview are calculated.
  • The candidates are selected by marks and rank.


  • The results of the phase-I exam are displayed in the month of September.
  • The result of mains exam is displayed in October.
  • The final selected candidate’s list is displayed November.

Important Websites


Preparation Tips

  • Reasoning:

    • Topics to focus: Making series/analogy, Number Series questions, Coding, and decoding, Logical Reasoning Problem Solving, Passage and conclusions type questions, Comprehension Reasoning,
    • It is one of the most scoring sections of the exam.
    • First of all, collect the study materials related to the exam like previous year question papers, important books, sample question paper, etc.
    • Learn all the formulas and revise it again and again.
    • Make short notes of tricks of all the sections.
    • Practice more and more no of the question. The more you practice, the better you get.
    • During the exam don’t panic and solve the questions with full concentration.
  • General knowledge:

    • Topics to focus: Current Affairs of last six months, Indian Economy Questions, Marketing, Awards &Honors Sports, Finance, Indian Constitution, Agriculture, History of Banking, Banking Terms, RBI Functions, Fiscal-Monetary Policies, etc.
    • Read newspapers, magazines, etc.
    • Watch news channels.
    • Solve previous year GK question paper of RBI to know the pattern and section from which most questions are being asked.
    • Make notes of current affairs.
    • Involve yourself in group discussions regarding current topics.
  • English:

    • Topics to focus: Fill in the Blanks, Comprehension Passage, phrases, and idioms, Spotting Error Questions, Preposition, Sentence Rearrangement Questions, etc.
    • Improve your grammar and vocabulary by reading the newspaper, magazines, nobles, etc.
    • For basic grammar go for any Standard English grammar book.
    • Watch English TV series and movies.
    • Watch English news channels.
    • Practice previous year question paper to improve your comprehension skills.
    • Write blogs, the diary to improve your writing skills and sentence forming skills.
  • Quantitative Aptitude:

    • Topics to focus: Data Interpretation, Sequence & Series, Number System, Quadratic Equations, Sequence & Series, Ratio, Proportion Percentage & Averages, Simplification, etc.
    • Solve lots of sample question paper.
    • Check your speed by attending mock tests.
    • Solve previous year question papers to get acquainted with question pattern.
  • Smart Work:

    • In today’s competitive scenario smart work pays more than hard work.
    • The examination has a time limit with difficulty evenly distributed, so it is advised to have a strategy before the examination.
    • One need to prepare the time to be given for each question of different sections and utilising certain time saved for attempting the difficult question.
  • Check on Preparation:

    • It is always necessary to know whether the study plan prepared is doing the needful work.
    • One can take up mock test and appear once a week and know the pro-RBI Grade B ss.
    • The areas of focus are to be marked and improved.
    • The stronger areas are also to be revised as to get maximum efficiency from such areas.
  • Familiarise with each section instructions:

    • Each section is allotted its time.
    • The questions of a section are to be attempted when the time for the section is given.
    • The section contents and the way of writing answers in them should be well prepared.
    • In doing so, the efficiency is maximised as one gains confidence and stays calm during the examination.
  • Minimise the stress:

    • There is always an immense pressure during the day of examination.
    • One need to stay calm and relaxed while attempting the paper.
    • This helps to take the correct decision under difficulty and think clearly for an answer.
    • Proper sleep and diet are recommended to keep the stress level low.

For more details download the following pdf: RBI Grade – B

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  1. Jacki April 30, 2017 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I am unable to read articles online very often, but I’m glad I did today. This is very well written and your points are weexellpr-ssed. Please, don’t ever stop writing.

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