Did You Know: What is the “Monetary Policy Corridor”?


Attention RBI Grade B aspirants, ixamBee is back with its next blog topic which is important from RBI Grade B exam point of view. In our last blog, we learned What is FALLCR? In this article, let us learn about What is the “Monetary Policy Corridor”? When you are preparing for RBI Grade B exam, you very well know the importance of Monetary Policy and any topic related to Monetary Policy. RBI Grade B exam preparation requires you to have through knowledge about Monetary policies and topics around it.


What is “Monetary Policy Corridor”

Policy corridor refers to the range within which the operating target of the monetary policy (i.e. the weighted average call money market rate) moves around the policy rate announced by the central bank.

If the weighted average call money market rate remains within the corridor, it shows a comfortable liquidity situation in the financial system and economy.

In India, the monetary policy corridor refers to the difference between the reverse repo rate and the high cost MSF rate.

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The benefit of remembering the above relationship is that one can tell what would be the Reverse repo rate and the MSF rate (and also the Bank rate), by just remembering the Repo Rate.

For example, as of July 2019, the repo rate stands at 5.75%; consequently,

  • Reverse repo rate = repo rate – 25 bps = 5.75%- 25 bps = 5.50%
  • MSF rate (and Bank rate) = repo rate + 25 bps = 5.75% + 25 bps = 6.00%


Note – On the recommendation of the Expert Committee to Revise and Strengthen the Monetary Policy Framework, chaired by Dr. Urjit R. Patel, the width of the policy corridor was narrowed from 100 bps in April 2016 to 50 bps in April 2017.

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