RBI, SEBI, NABARD: All in One Preparation Strategy!

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SEBI, RBI and NABARD are apex institutions in India. Thousands of aspirants appear for one or more of these exams every year in the hopes of working for exclusive organizations such as these. In this article today, we will make a comparative analysis of the exam pattern and syllabi for the RBI Grade B, SEBI Grade and NABARD Grade A exams. This will help us understand how we can prepare for all three exams together and ultimately clear them as well. 

Exam Pattern Comparative Analysis 

All 3 exams have a common pattern. The exam is conducted in 3 phases. They are: 

  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Interview

We will take up each phase one by one through the course of this article and try to find the common parts so we can understand how we can prepare for all the exams together. 

Phase 1 Comparative Analysis

Subject NameRBI Grade BSEBI Grade ANABARD Grade A
Quantitative AptitudeSimplification and approximation, Number Series, Quadratic Equation, Number System / HCF & LCM, Ratio and Proportion, Average, Partnership, Ages, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Time, Speed & Distance, Problems on Trains, Boat and Stream, Time & Work / Pipes and Cisterns, Simple and Compound Interest, Mixture & Allegations, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Data Interpretation (DI), Caselet DI and Data SufficiencySimplification and approximation, Number Series, Quadratic Equation, Number System / HCF & LCM, Ratio and Proportion, Average, Partnership, Ages, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Time, Speed & Distance, Problems on Trains, Boat and Stream, Time & Work / Pipes and Cisterns, Simple and Compound Interest, Mixture & Allegations, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Data Interpretation (DI), Caselet DI and Data SufficiencyData Interpretation, Inequalities, Number Series, Approximation and Simplification, Data Sufficiency, HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Mensuration, Average, Ratio and Proportion
English Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Passage Making, Error Spotting, Jumble Words, Sentence Framing, Fill in the blanksGrammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Passage Making, Error Spotting, Jumble Words, Sentence Framing, Fill in the blanksError Spotting, Sentence Rearrangement, Reading Comprehension, Passages, Synonyms, Idioms & Phrases
General AwarenessMonetary Policies, Banking and Financial Awareness, Economic Terms, Current Affairs, Static GK, Financial and Economic News, Government Schemes. Agreement & Deals, Banking Terms- rates & processes, National InstitutionsMonetary Policies, Banking and Financial Awareness, Economic Terms, Current Affairs, Static GK, Financial and Economic News, Government Schemes. Agreement & Deals, Banking Terms- rates & processes, National InstitutionsCurrent Affairs – National & International, Budget, Awards and Honours, Important Days, International & National Organizations, Sports, Books and Authors, Science – Inventions & Discoveries, Countries & Capitals
Reasoning Puzzles, Seating Arrangement- Circular, Square & Linear, Data Sufficiency, Directions and Distance, Coding Decoding, Blood relations, Inequality, Syllogism, Machine input and output, Verbal Reasoning, Ordering and Ranking, Arrangement and Pattern, Scheduling, Distance and Direction, RankingPuzzles, Seating Arrangement- Circular, Square & Linear, Data Sufficiency, Directions and Distance, Coding Decoding, Blood relations, Inequality, Syllogism, Machine input and output, Verbal Reasoning, Ordering and Ranking, Arrangement and Pattern, Scheduling, Distance and Direction, RankingPuzzles, Seating Arrangements, Direction Sense, Blood Relations, Syllogisms, Order and Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Machine Input-Output, Inequalities, Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series, Data Sufficiency, Number System and Conversions, Logical Reasoning
Computer Knowledge Computer Languages, Basic Hardware and Software, History of Computer, Devices, Viruses and Hacking, MS Office, Networking, DBMS
Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentCheck Section 4 for the complete syllabus
Economic and Social IssuesCheck Section 4 for the complete syllabus

As you can see from the table above, not only are the subjects the same for the Prelims paper, with the exception of Computer Knowledge for NABARD Grade A, the topics being assessed under these sections are also more or less the same. 

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Phase 1 Questions Analysis

Provided below is a table showing the number of questions you can expect from each section for each exam. 

RBI Grade BSEBI Grade ANABARD Grade A
GA-80
QA-30
ENG- 30
RE-60
GA-25
QA-25
ENG- 25
RE- 25
Paper 2 on Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act and Economics for 100 marks.
GA-20 
QA-20
ENG- 40
RE-20
COMP-20
ARD-40
ESI-40
Total-200Total-200Total-200

As you can see, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English and Reasoning are common sections for all the 3 exams at the Preliminary stage. While more questions are asked from each section for RBI Grade B for a total of 200 marks, the 4 sections make up for 100 marks in the SEBI and NABARD exams in question. For SEBI Grade A, 2 papers are held in the Prelims round. The second paper is assessed on the aforementioned sections for 100 marks. The detailed syllabus for Accountancy, Management and Finance, for SEBI Grade A is given in the following section. For NABARD Grade A, all 7 sections are assessed in 1 common paper for 200 marks to be solved within 120 minutes. The detailed syllabi for ARD and ESI are also provided in the following section.

Phase 2 Comparative Analysis

Exam NameSubject Name with SyllabusSubject Name with SyllabusSubject Name with Syllabus
NABARD Grade AEconomic & Social Issues
Nature of Indian Economy – Structural and Institutional features – Economic underdevelopment – Opening up the Indian Economy – Globalisation – Economic Reforms in India – Privatisation. Inflation – Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income. Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India – Rural and Urban – Measurement of Poverty – Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government. Population Trends – Population Growth and Economic Development – Population Policy in India. Agriculture – Characteristics / Status – Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture – Agricultural performance – Issues in Food Security in India – Non-Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit. Industry – Industrial and Labour Policy – Industrial performance – Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development – Public Sector Enterprises. Rural banking and financial institutions in India – Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector. Globalisation of Economy – Role of International Funding Institutions – IMF & World Bank – WTO – Regional Economic Co-operation. Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic trends – Urbanisation and Migration – Gender Issues Joint family system – Social Infrastructure – Education – Health and Environment. Education – Status & System of Education – Socio -Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy – Educational relevance and educational wastage – Educational Policy for India. Social Justice: Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes – socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes. Positive Discrimination in favour of the under privileged – Social Movements – Indian Political Systems – Human Development. Current Economic & Social Issues.
AgricultureAgricultureCropping SystemsMeteorologySoil and Water ConservationWater ResourceFarm and Agri EngineeringPlantation & HorticultureAnimal HusbandryIntroduction to poultry industry in India FisheriesForestryAgriculture ExtensionsEcology and Climate ChangeRural DevelopmentRural AreaRural population in IndiaPanchayati Raj Institutions
SEBI Grade ACommerce & AccountancyAccounting as a financial information system.Accounting Standards with specific reference to Accounting for Depreciation, Inventories, Revenue Recognition, Fixed Assets, Foreign Exchange Transactions, Investments.Cash Flow Statement, Fund flow statement, financial statement analysis; Ratio analysis.Accounting for Share Capital Transactions including Bonus Shares, Right Shares.Employees Stock Option and Buy-Back of Securities.Preparation and Presentation of Company Final Accounts.ManagementManagement: its nature and scopeThe Role of a Manager in an Organization. Leadership StylesHuman Resource DevelopmentMotivation, Morale and IncentivesCommunicationFinanceFinancial SystemFinancial MarketsGeneral Topics 
RBI Grade BEconomic and Social Issues Growth and DevelopmentIndian EconomyGlobalizationSocial Structure in IndiaEnglish (Writing Skills)
The paper on English is designed in a manner to check the writing skills of the candidate including the power of expression and understanding of the topic.
Finance and ManagementFinancial SystemFinancial MarketsGeneral TopicsManagement

If you study the table given above carefully, you will observe that the ESI syllabus for NABARD Grade A and RBI Grade B is more or less the same. Similarly, while Finance and Management have been presented as two separate sections for SEBI Grade A, Finance and Management have been clubbed together for RBI Grade B, with the syllabus, once again, remaining more or less the same. For SEBI Grade A, the specialized paper also assesses questions on Commerce, Accountancy, Finance and Management, Costing, Company Acts and Economics. 

Phase 3 Comparative Analysis

Let us now look at the weightage of the interview phase for each of these exams. Interview rounds are very important as they are the final qualifying step in the selection process. Interviewers not only test the candidates’ overall knowledge and aptitude, but they also judge their personalities. 

Exam NameInterview Marks
NABARD Grade A25 marks 
SEBI Grade A15% of Phase 2 marks
RBI Grade B75 marks

Through the course of this article, we have learnt that the three exams in discussion have the same exam pattern. Similarly, the sections assessed in three exams are also quite similar. So, when you are preparing for any of these exams, it is worth a try to prepare for the other two as well. 

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