Preparation Strategies For RBI Grade B 2019 Phase 1 Exam


The countdown for RBI Grade B 2019 exam begins now; November 09, 2019 is D-day for the Phase 1 exam As many of you know, the position of Grade B Officer is a very sought after vacancy in the banking circle because of the perks and remuneration associated with it. Gear up now and work hard to get into the hallowed RBI circles and you are sure to be set for life. IxamBee with its experienced faculty will be an ideal guide and mentor to you and help you in preparing for the exam in a holistic and optimal manner.

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Let us look at Phase 1 syllabus of RBI Grade B 2019 exam:

Phase I:Exam Type – Single Paper

Maximum Marks – 200 (Composite Time is 120 minutes)

Sections being covered –

·         General Awareness – 80 questions

·         English Language – 30 questions

·         Quantitative Aptitude– 30 questions

·         Reasoning– 60 questions

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The score of Phase 1 exam is not counted for the finals merit list for RBI Grade B, but it is the first step you have to clear so that you become eligible to appear in the Phase 2 exam. In the Phase 1 exam, you have to clear section-wise cut off and also get overall high score so that you get selected for Phase 2 exam. Each section in the RBI Grade B 2019 exam requires a different strategy and needs a different method to prepare for them. Let’s look at each section in detail:

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General Awareness Section–

General Awareness is not only vital for preparing for RBI Grade B 2019 exam (for that matter all competitive exams), but is also an important tool for climbing up the career ladder. Hence, you should immediately develop a habit of keeping abreast of the happenings around you and in the world. This can be done by reading a good daily newspaper like The Hindu, Indian Express, Economic Times, etc. In RBI Grade B exam there are more questions from Banking Awareness, Economics and Finance news, Social issues of last 4-6 months, current affairs and others. General Awareness is 40% of the Phase 1 exam of RBI Grade B. Your preparation of General Awareness also helps you to score in Economics and Social Issues (ESI) and Finance section of the Phase 2 exam. General Awareness section takes least time and gives you best return on the time invested, provided you know the answers.

Watch Important Questions for RBI Grade B exam by Chandraprakash Joshi -Video 2 ; a video series where Chandraprakash Joshi (ex-AGM RBI) explains important questions for RBI Grade B.

You can find Daily GK updates, Daily GK Quiz, Weekly and Monthly GK Capsules on IxamBee website which are uploaded to keep its subscribers up to date with the current affairs. It contains all the news that is likely to be asked in the RBI Grade B 2019 Phase 1 exam.

Watch Previous Year questions of General Awareness for RBI Grade B , to learn General Awareness questions (with answer) of 2017 RBI Grade B exams.

English Language Section –

Reasoning and Quant are the preferred sections of many students and English Language section is the one which is most avoided by many students. One needs to analyze one’s strengths while preparing for the English Language section. Some people are good at vocabulary and reading while others may be good at Grammar. If you are of the former type, you should attempt the Reading Comprehension and Cloze Test first along with Error Detection, Phrase Replacement, Double Fillers, etc. But if you are good at Grammar, attempt those questions first. The advantage of attempting more in English section is you can score more in lesser time in comparison to Quant and Reasoning. However, you have to improve on your accuracy in English.

Watch Previous year Memory based Paper -English for RBI Grade B , to learn English asked in Previous RBI Grade B exams.

Quantitative Aptitude Section –

Here comes the trickiest section, Quantitative Aptitude. Question level varies from Moderate to Difficult and you all should know by each passing year the cut off has been increasing.

Watch Quantitative Aptitude_Part-1 Problem Sums_RBI Gr B.2016 Solved paper हिन्दीमें , to learn about Quant questions asked in RBI Grade B 2016 Exam.


Initially start with the basic questions on quadratic equations, simplifications and number series. Next move on to Data Interpretation and CI/SI, Time and Work, etc. The idea with quantitative aptitude section should be to attempt and finish the questions which you are confident about so as not to waste too much time on questions which are hard and out of your comfort zone. Considering the higher difficulty level of quant questions in RBI Grade B exam, most of the candidates prefer to attempt questions just enough to clear the sectional cut-off in Quant and score higher in General Awareness, Reasoning and English.

Watch Previous year Memory based Paper -RBI Grade B Part -1/4 to learn quant questions asked in previous RBI Grade B exams.

Reasoning Section –


Out of 200 questions in Phase 1 exam, 60 questions are of reasoning section, the second in number after the General Awareness. Similar to Quantitative Section, the strategy with Reasoning Section should be to attempt the questions which you are comfortable with and which will take the minimum time for you to solve. Start with questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, coding-decoding, etc. Attempt puzzles which are easy to solve and move on to the more difficult ones.

Watch Reasoning – Part 1- RBI Assistant Pre-2016 Memory Based Paper to learn Reasoning questions asked in RBI Grade B 2016 Paper.

For Phase 1, your strategy should be optimally utilizing your time for preparation and practicing mock tests. The more you practice and analyze, more are your chances of cracking this prestigious exam and entering the hallowed halls of Reserve Bank of India. Work hard and succeed harder!

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Please go through THE RBI GRADE B 2018: CRASH COURSE , an online Learning Course for preparation of RBI Grade B 2018 Exam (Phase I and Phase 2). This Online Course is designed by Mr. Chandraprakash Joshi (ex-RBI GR B, MBA-Finance, PhD) and Ms. Arunima Sinha (Coach for Banking exams for 6 years, Ex-Manager SIDBI, Ex-Bank PO).

Next milestone is the RBI Grade B Phase 2 Exam. Phase 2 preparation strategy will be uploaded soon……Keep visiting ixamBee blog section.

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4 years ago

Thanks for very useful info