How to start RBI Grade B preparation from the scratch?


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Since the RBI Grade B Exam is one of the most challenging banking exams in India, you should be well aware of how to prepare for RBI Grade B Exam from scratch!

The preparation strategy for the RBI Grade B exam plays a very important role for an aspirant who wishes to qualify for this exam! Hence, every serious aspirant seeks the answer for “how to prepare for the RBI Grade B exam” in order to come up with a robust strategy. Let us delve straight into answering how to prepare from scratch for the RBI Grade B exam now and look at the preparation strategy for the RBI Grade B exam for beginners.

Before diving into the preparation strategy let’s first see the level you are on. Preparing from scratch doesn’t imply that you don’t have knowledge. A person appearing for the RBI Grade B exam may be a graduate or a postgraduate or may have some professional experience. Thus, may have the basic knowledge of certain subjects. 

Here’s what you should do to prepare for the RBI Grade B Exam from scratch!

  • Know the exam well
  • Make your study plan
  • Prelims Section-wise preparation strategy
  • Mains section-wise preparation strategy
  • Mock test based preparation

Know the exam well

  • Know the exam syllabus: The first and foremost thing that you need to know about RBI Grade B preparation is the syllabus. Read the syllabus that is mentioned in the official notification of the exam. It will give you an overview of what you need to study for this exam.
  • Know the exam pattern: After reading the syllabus, go through the exam pattern. Broadly, the RBI Grade B exam is conducted in three phases namely RBI Grade B Phase I or Prelims, RBI Grade B Phase-II or Mains, and the Interview round. RBI Grade B Phase-I is qualifying in nature. This year RBI has introduced a massive change in the exam pattern for RBI Grade B. In the given snippet check what RBI has bought new in this year’s notification.
RBI Grade B Exam Category Earlier 2019In 2021 
Educational CriteriaA minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PwBD) or an equivalent grade in Bachelor’s degree as well as in 12th (or Diploma or equivalent) and 10th Standard examinations.           Graduation in any discipline /Equivalent technical or professional qualification with minimum 60% marks (50% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) or Post-Graduation / Equivalent technical qualification with minimum 55% marks (pass marks for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) in aggregate of all semesters/years.
Exam Pattern Phase 2 Exam fully objective, except English Descriptive paper Introduction of descriptive questions in Phase 2 of ESI (Economic & Social Issues) and FM  (Finance & Management) with 50% weightage
Syllabus Ethics is added and few more details 
Interview Weightage 14.28% (50 out of 350 marks) 20% (75 out of 375 marks)
Psychometric TestNoIntroduced 
  • Glance through previous year cutoffs: The previous year’s papers will help you in analyzing what kind of questions are asked in the paper which will thereby help you in determining the depth of each subject that you should aim for each subject.
  • Solve previous year’s paper: Solve the previous year’s paper without mindless guesses. It will help you in analyzing where you stand at the moment and how much effort you need to put in. It will also help you in determining whether you need any external guidance or you can study on your own. It’s advisable that you should prepare under expert guidance. 

Make your Study Plan

Nobody is starting their preparation from zero. If today you appear in the RBI Grade B exam your score will not be zero. To proceed further let’s check your preparation level. You may be at the following level mentioned here:

  1. Started preparation of IBPS/RBI/SEBI/NABARD exams 
  2. Cleared prelims of more of IBPS/RBI/SEBI/NABARD exams
  3. UPSC preparation for 2 years or more  
  4. Working in Bank others by clearing IBPS

Select your existing level

From the table given below select your preparation level. Level 1A and 1B are for the aspirants who have just started their preparation. Level 2A and 2B: If you have qualified prelims for any exam. Level 3A and 3B: If you were a serious UPSC aspirant for more than two years and the last is Level 4: If you are working in amBank or others by clearing IBPS.

LevelWhere you are now?Your Educational Qualification
Category 1 A Started preparation of IBPS/RBI/SEBI/NABARD exams Education Background (Graduate /PG) Science, Arts (B.Tech/B.Sc./BA) 
1 B Economics, MBA, BBA, Bcom,  CA/CS
2 A Cleared prelims of more of  IBPS/RBI/SEBI/NABARD exams Science, Arts (B.Tech/B.Sc./BA) 
2 B Economics, MBA, BBA, Bcom,  CA/CS
3 A UPSC preparation for 2 years or  more Science, Arts (B.Tech/B.Sc./BA) 
3 B Economics, MBA, BBA, Bcom,  CA/CS
Working in Bank or others by  clearing IBPSJAIIB/CAIIM/MBA

After you’re done with a complete understanding of the exam and the level you are on, next, you should come up with your own strategy to complete the syllabus of the exam. Your study plan should be divided on four levels into:

  • Month-wise study plan: This should provide you a rough idea of what you must cover in the particular month. For eg, the subjects in Phase-II need a month each for the complete preparation.
  • Week-wise study plan: For this, break down the syllabus week-wise in order to complete the syllabus extremely effectively. Keep the weekends free for revision.
  • Day-wise study plan: Day-wise study plan should again mention the subtopics that need to be covered on a particular day.
  • Hour-wise study plan: This simply means to have a proper routine wherein you know what you’ve to do when! For example, consider beginning your day by reading current affairs through newspapers or videos whichever you prefer. Next, break your day into time slots to study for 3-3-2 hours. 8-hour study at the beginning of preparation is sufficient. At this time, do not grill yourself and drain all your energy. Save it for later times when it is barely 2-3 weeks for the exam. 

Section-wise preparation strategy for RBI Grade B Phase-I

  • Strategy for General Awareness: GA is the most important section for preparation owing to the highest weightage. It is also extremely important because it takes the least time to fetch the marks, you do not require to solve the question to get the answer; if you’ve read it, you know it! If you want to excel in the GA section and want to know how to score 60+ marks then watch the video here.
  • Strategy for the English Language: English is also one of the scoring sections owing to the nature of the questions. It is the test of your basic English skills and not your Shakespearian skills. Practice and giving mock with learning new vocabulary every day is going to help you.
  • Strategy for Reasoning: Reasoning is the section with the second-highest weightage after general awareness. There are few types of questions that you just cannot miss for this like puzzles and seating arrangements. The key to ace this section for RBI Grade B is to practice on different varieties of questions that can be asked in the paper.
  • Strategy for Quantitative Aptitude: The questions in the QA section are slightly easier than reasoning and the concepts are also not that difficult. However, a sufficient amount of practice is needed in order to ace this section. If you want to know the strategy to score 30/30 in quants watch the video here.

Section-wise preparation strategy for Mains

Since the gap between RBI Grade B Phase-I and RBI Grade B Phase-II is extremely less, you should aim for

  • Strategy for Economic & Social Issues: ESI is one of the subject-centric papers in Phase-II. Hence, the subject needs to be covered extremely religiously in order to ace the paper. Due to the change in exam pattern this year 50% of the paper will be descriptive and to prepare for it go through the syllabus once to know the topics you have to study. Practice your descriptive answer writing on the keyboard.
  • Strategy for English Writing Skills: English-Writing-Skills paper is a descriptive paper in which you have to use the keyboard to write the descriptive answers. The best way to prepare this section is by incorporating reading newspaper editorials as much as possible. However, our experts have come up with a detailed approach to English Writing Skills that you must watch in the link given below.
  • Strategy for Finance & Management: FM is another subject-centric paper in RBI Grade B Phase-II that you will need to cover extensively in order to secure good marks. Due to the change in exam pattern this year 50% of the paper will be descriptive and to prepare for it go through the syllabus once to know the topics you have to study. The marks in Phase-II are considered in the final merit, hence, focus on these subjects and try to cover all the topics mentioned in the syllabus.

Mock-test based preparation

When it’s about 3 weeks left for the exam, switch your preparation strategy in the favor of mock-test-based preparation for RBI Grade B prelims. Keep in mind that Prelims also has a sectional cutoff that you need to qualify in order to be considered for the final merit. For this, you need to,

  • Solve mock test: Solve a full-length mock test in the stipulated time. Make sure the conditions are similar to what you’ll face during the exam time and complete the test in one go. All mock tests are free at ixamBee to ease down your preparation.
  • Analyze the mock test: Through the result, try and analyze the result of the mock test extremely carefully, look at your weaknesses, and learn the new concepts only from the mock tests at this stage.
  • Revision: Keep revising one or two topics a day from your handwritten notes for the General Awareness and Vocabulary portion of the English Language. Focus only on the Prelims at this stage as it is extremely important to qualify Prelims in order to sit for Phase-II or RBI Grade B Mains.

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