RBI Grade B
RBI Grade B 2019 Highlights
RBI Grade B Exam Highlights
|Conducting Authority||Reserve Bank of India|
|Posts||Grade B officer: General/DEPR/DSIM|
|Mode of application||Online|
|Stages of Exam||Prelims, Main, Interview|
|Application form Window||21st September 2019 to 11th October 2019|
|RBI Grade B Prelims Exam Dates||9th November 2019|
|RBI Grade B (General) Mains Exam Dates||1st December 2019|
|RBI Grade B (DEPR/DSIM) Mains Exam Dates||2nd December 2019|
RBI Grade B Exam Notification
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is India's Central Bank and monetary authority, which controls the money supply. The RBI plays an important part in the Development Strategy of the Government of India. RBI regulates loans offered by banks and non-banking financial institutions to government entities, businesses, and consumers and it also controls the availability of funds in the financial system.
Every year RBI conducts direct recruitment (DR) drives for the post of Grade B officers, the most paramount and prestigious job in the banking industry to start your career with.
RBI Grade B Exam Pattern
RBI Grade B Examination (DR) is conducted in three phases as follows:
|Phase 1||Preliminary Exam||Written-Objective||200 Marks|
|Phase 2||Mains Exam||Written-Objective & Descriptive||300 Marks|
|Phase 3||Personal Interview||Interview||50 Marks|
Phase I: RBI Grade B Preliminary Examination:
The RBI Grade B Preliminary Exam is the first phase to become an RBI Grade B Officer. The Preliminary exam consists of subjects like English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & General Awareness. The below-mentioned table defines the exam pattern for RBI Grade B Pre exam.
|Sl. No.||Name of Test||No. of Questions||Marks||Time Allotted|
|1.||English Language||30||30||Composite Time of 2 hours|
Phase II: RBI Grade B Mains Examination.
After qualifying RBI Grade B Pre-exam, candidates are shortlisted for RBI Grade B Mains exam. The RBI Grade B Mains exam consists of subjects like Finance & Management, Economic and Social Issues & English (Writing Skills).
|Paper||Name of Paper||Type of Paper||Time Allotted (Minutes)||Marks|
|Paper I||Economic and Social Issues||Objective Type||90||100|
|Paper II||English (Writing Skills)||Descriptive Type, to be typed on the computer with the help of keyboard||90||100|
|Paper III||Finance and Management||Objective Type||90||100|
RBI Grade B 2019 Interview
Candidates are shortlisted for the "Interview" stage based on the total score secured in Phase-II. The interview will carry 50 marks. Candidates can choose the language for Interview i.e either Hindi or English. Preparation of the interview is the most difficult part, therefore to give you an idea about the Interview questions that can be asked in RBI Grade B phase III, we have listed few sample Interview questions:
List of sample Interview questions for RBI Grade B Officer:-
Q. What are the attributes of an ideal job for you? Is a job in RBI the ideal one for you?
Q. Why have you decided to become an RBI Grade B Officer?
Q. What do you know about RBI and how is it different from other 'central banks' ?
Q. How should India deal with the problem of growing unemployment when still a large number of people are depending on agriculture sector?
Q. What are the major challenges of 'financial inclusion' in India?
To know more about RBI Grade B Officer interview questions you can visit this link RBI Grade B interview
RBI Grade B Exam Language
Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests are conducted online. Kindly note, all questions (in both Preliminary and Main Examination, except the Test of English), are available bilingually in English and Hindi.
Marking Scheme for RBI Grade B Exam
The marking scheme for RBI Grade B 2019 and penalty for wrong answers (Applicable to Both Preliminary and Main Examinations) is as follows:
RBI Grade B Marking Scheme
For correct answers
For wrong answers
For not attempted
0 (no marks)
- For every incorrect attempt, 1/4th of the marks alloted to that question will be deducted.
- For every question carrying 1 mark, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
RBI Grade B Exam Syllabus
Before starting to prepare for RBI Grade B Exam, it is important that you are well versed with topics and the detailed syllabus for the exam.
RBI Grade B Phase-I Syllabus
RBI Grade B Exam consists of objective type questions from Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and General Awareness in its Phase 1
The detailed subject wise syllabus for RBI Grade B Exam is given below:
- Ratio and Proportion
- Time and Work
- Speed, Distance and Time
- Mixture and Allegations
- Stocks and Shares
- Permutation and Combination
- Data Interpretation
- Set Theory
- Coding Decoding
- Machine Input Output
- Data Sufficiency
- Circular Arrangement
- Linear Arrangement
- Floor Puzzle
- Verbal Reasoning
- Ordering and Ranking
- Arrangement and Pattern
- Blood Relations
- Direction and Distance
- Seating Arrangement - Circular, Square and Linear
- Blood Relation
- Data Sufficiency
- Coding and Decoding
- Distance and Direction
- Current Affairs
- Indian Financial System
- Indian Banking System
- Monetary Plans
- National Institution
- Banking Terms
- Error Spotting
- Passage Making
- Jumble Words
- Fill in the Blanks
- Sentence Framing
Those who qualify in Phase I will be Eligible for Phase II, Syllabus for Phase II is given below:
RBI Grade B Phase-II Syllabus
Phase 2 of RBI Grade B Exam has objective type questions from Finance & Management, Economics & Social Issues and English descriptive paper.
The detailed subject wise syllabus for RBI Grade B Phase II Exam is given below:
Economic & Social Issues
- Growth and Development
- Economic Reforms in India
- Social Structure in India
- Financial System
- Financial Markets
- Risk Management
- Basics of Derivatives
- Development in Financial Sector
- Union Budget
- Role of Manager
- Human Resource Development
- Motivation, Morale and Incentives
- Corporate Governance
RBI Grade B Eligibility Criteria
To apply for RBI Grade B Exam, you should meet various eligibility criteria wrt Educational Qualification, Age, Nationality, No. of Attempts permissible etc.
Candidates are required to follow the below-mentioned educational criteria to apply for RBI Grade B Exam.
RBI Grade B Eligibility Criteria
|Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - (General)||
A minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/
PWD) or an equivalent grade in Bachelor’s degree
as well as in 12th (or Diploma or equivalent) and
10th Standard examinations.
|Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - DEPR||
A Master's Degree in Economics / Econometrics /
Quantitative Economics / Mathematical Economics /
Integrated Economics Course/ Finance, with a
minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade
in aggregate of all semesters /years from a
recognized Indian or Foreign University /Institute.
|Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - DSIM||
A Master's Degree in Statistics/ Mathematical
Statistics/ Mathematical Economics/ Econometrics/
Statistics & Informatics from IIT-Kharagpur/
Applied Statistics & Informatics from IIT-Bombay
with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade
in aggregate of all semesters/years; OR Master's
Degree in Mathematics with a minimum of
55% marks or an equivalent grade in aggregate of
all semesters/years and one-year postgraduate
diploma in Statistics or related subjects from an
institute of repute; OR M. Stat. The degree of Indian
Statistical Institute with a minimum of 55% marks
in aggregate of all semesters/years OR Post
Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA)
jointly offered by ISI Kolkata, IIT Kharagpur and
IIM Calcutta with a minimum of 55% marks or
equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters/years
Age Criteria (Maximum age)
Candidates are required to be aged between 21 to 30 years to apply for the RBI Grade B Exam. RBI has also defined the criteria for the candidates belonging to the reservedcategory. You can check the details in the table below:
|Category||Age in Years|
Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled
in Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu and
Kashmir between 1st January, 1980 and
31st December, 1989
Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service
Commissioned Officers who have completed
their initial period of assignment of five years
of Military Service but whose assignment has
been extended beyond five years and in whose
case the Ministry of Defence issues certificates
that they would be released on selection within
three months from the date of receipt of offer
Ex-servicemen (including Emergency Commissioned
Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers)
provided applicants have rendered at least five years
continuous Military Service and have been released
on completion of assignment (including those whose
assignment is due to be completed within one year)
otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on
account of misconduct or inefficiency or on account
of physical disability or have been released on account
of physical disability attributable to Military Service
or on invalidment
Ex-employees of banking institutions whose services
had to be terminated for reasons of economy or as a
result of bank going into liquidation and personnel
retrenched from Government Offices after at least
one year’s service and currently registered with
|PWD (GENERAL)||10 years|
NOTE - For candidate possessing Phd or MPhil degree the upper age limit is 34 and 32 year respectively.
Number of Attempts:
Apart from the 'Educational & Age criteria', there is also a limit on the number of times a candidate can write RBI Grade B Exam, which is as follows:
|Category||Number of Attempts|
RBI Grade B Salary 2019
The salary of RBI Grade B officer is in the pay scale given below.
|RBI Grade B Officer||Rs. 35150-1750(9)-50900-EB-1750(2)-54400-2000(4)-62400|
To understand the job profile, salary and other perks of an RBI Grade B Officer in detail, watch this video:
RBI Grade B Vacancy 2019
You can refer to the table provided below to know about the vacancy details for the year 2019.
|Posts||Number of Vacancies|
|Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - (General)||156|
|Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - DEPR||20|
|Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - DSIM||23|
RBI Grade B Examination 2019: How to Apply
RBI has released the notification containing the vacancy details for its Grade B Officer category. The following is the method of application
- Visit and here once the registration is open, you will be redirected to RBI’s application portal.
- Register yourself for the first time on the portal.
- Then provide basic information about yourself such as Name, Age, Contact Particulars such as Phone, Address and Email ID.
- A photograph & your signature should be uploaded, as per specifications provided therein.
- Provide your educational qualification information and then save & preview your application form for any errors.
- Payment of the fees (which is Rs. 850 or Rs. 100 depending on your category) can be made through Credit / Debit Card or Netbanking.
- Once the form is submitted, you will receive an email with your login credentials.
Guidelines for uploading the picture and signature are as follows.
|Picture||Image dimensions: 200X230 pixels File Type: JPG or JPEG File size: not more than 50KB|
|Signature||Image dimensions: 140X60 pixels File Type: JPG or JPEG File size: not more than 20KB|
RBI Grade B 2019 Application Fee
To apply for the RBI Grade B Officer Exam, the application fees for the year 2019 is as follows.
|S. No.||Category||Application Fees|
|1.||GEN/OBC||Rs.850/- (Application fee including Intimation charges)|
|2.||SC/ST/PWD||Rs.100/- (Intimation charges only)|
|3.||RBI's Staff Member||Nil|
RBI Grade B Exam Centres
Online Examination Centres for RBI Grade B Phase I are as follows.
|Andaman & Nicobar||Port Blair|
|Andhra Pradesh & Telangana||Guntur, Narasaraopet, Hyderabad, Rangareddy-Kodada, Karimnagar, Warangal, Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Tirupati, Chittoor, Vijaywada, Kanchikacherla, Gudlavalleru, Eluru, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram|
|Arunachal Pradesh||Itanagar, Naharlagun city|
|Assam||Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar|
|Bihar||Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Patna|
|Daman & Diu||Jamnagar|
|Gujarat||Ahmedabad, Gandhi Nagar, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara|
|Haryana||Hissar, Karnal, Rohtak|
|Himachal Pradesh||Dharamsala, Shimla|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Jammu|
|Jharkhand||Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi|
|Karnataka||Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bengaluru, Chikaballapur, Kolar, Tumkur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Hubli, Dharwad, Haliyal, Gadag, Mangalore, Mysore, Mandya, Udipi|
|Kerala||Kannur, Kasargod, Kochi, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrichur, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Nagarcoil|
|Madhya Pradesh||Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur|
|Maharashtra||Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Solapur|
|New Delhi||Delhi –NCR|
|Orissa||Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur|
|Punjab||Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala|
|Rajasthan||Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur|
|Sikkim||Gangtok, Bardang City|
|Tamilnadu||Chennai, Vellore, Coimbatore, Erode, Thirupur, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Dindigul Salem, Namakkal, Thiruchirapalli, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tirunelvelli, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin|
|Uttar Pradesh||Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi|
|Uttarakhand||Dehradun, Haldwani, Nainital, Roorkee City|
|West Bengal||Berhampore (WB), Durgapur, Kolkata, Greater Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, Kalyani, Siliguri|
RBI Grade B 2019 Admit Card
The 'centre, venue address, date and time' for both online Preliminary and online Mains Examinations and Interview shall be intimated in the respective 'Call Letter'. An eligible candidate should download his/her call letter from the authorised website by entering his/ her details i.e. Registration Number and Password/Date of Birth. No hard copy of the call letter/ Information Handout etc. will be sent by post/ courier.
RBI Grade B Exam Dates
The notification for RBI Grade B Exam has been released.The exam dates for 2019 are given below.
RBI Grade B Exam Dates
|RBI Grade B Important Events||RBI Grade B Important Exam Dates|
|On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates||21st September 2019 to 11th October 2019|
|Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges||21st September 2019 to 11th October 2019|
|The release of Admit Card for RBI Grade B Phase 1||will update soon|
|Online Examination – Preliminary, RBI Grade B Phase 1 , DEPR/DSIM||9th November 2019|
|Declaration of Result for Written Exam, RBI Grade B Phase-1||End of November 2019|
|The release of Admit Card for Written Exam, RBI Grade B Phase-2||Last week of November|
|Online Examination- Main, RBI Grade B||1st December 2019|
|Online Examination – Mains, DEPR/DSIM||2nd December 2019|
|Declaration of Result for Written Exam, RBI Grade B Phase 2||To be notified later|
|Conduct of Interview - RBI Grade B Phase 3||To be notified later|
|Declaration of Final Result for RBI Grade B||To be notified later|
RBI Grade B Previous Year Cut-off
The cut-off depends on the difficulty level of the exam. If the vacancies are more, then the cut-off will be low & if the vacancies will be less then the cut-off will be high. You can check the previous year cut-off for RBI Grade B Exam 2018 below:
RBI Cut-Off for Grade-B Phase-I Examination 2018
Below is the list of sectional cut-off for the RBI Grade B Phase I.
|Category/ Section||General Awareness||Reasoning Ability||English Language||Quantitative Aptitude||Total Score/ Aggregate|
RBI Cut-Off for Grade-B Phase-II Examination 2018
|Recruitment Stage||Category & Cut Off Marks|
|Aggregate Cut – Off Marks In Paper- I, Paper-Ii And Paper- Iii Taken Together In Written Examination For Shortlisting The Candidates For Interview (Out Of Total 300 Marks).||201.25||186.25||180.25||180.25||180.25|
|Aggregate Marks In Written Examination (Paper- I, Ii And Iii) And Interview Taken Together (Out Of Total 350 Marks) Obtained By The Last Recommended Candidate With Reference To The No. Of Vacancies Notified In The Advertisement.||248.50||235.50||221.25||219.50||GEN-235.50
RBI Cut-Off for Grade B Phase-I Examination 2017
Below is the list of sectional cut-off for the RBI Grade B Phase II.
|Category/ Section||General Awareness||Reasoning Ability||English Language||Quantitative Aptitude||Total Score/ Aggregate|
RBI Cut Off for Grade B Phase-II & Final Cut off 2017
Below is the list of overall cut-off for the RBI Grade B Phase II & final cut-off for the year 2017.
|Aggregate Cut off marks in (Paper-I, II & III) in written exam(Out of total 300 marks)||196.75||181.75||175.75||175.75|
|Aggregate Cut off marks in written examination (Paper-I, II & III) and Interview (out of total 350 marks)||245.75||228.00||220.50||211.25|
RBI Grade B Phase I Exam Analysis
Last year RBI Grade B Phase I Exam was conducted in the month of August and RBI Grade B Phase II exam in the month of September. We have analyzed exams conducted in all the shifts on 16th August 2018. To know the Phase I Analysis and the questions asked in 2018 exams please click on the link given below:
RBI Grade B 2019 Additional Information
Pre-training of RBI Grade B Exam:
Being one of India’s most coveted examinations, RBI has implemented a very strenuous PET for the Grade B cadre. Also known as Phase – I examination, the pre-training will include questions from categories to test your English Skills, General Awareness, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning.
RBI Grade B Preparation Strategy 2019
Most of the government exams are similar in what they test in you. The way of asking may be a bit different, but on the basic level, they check almost similar abilities in you. The key to nailing any kind of examination is practising hard, making a proper plan and sticking to it consistently. An examination not only tests your knowledge but also your accuracy and speed. Being regular with your studies and revision is as important as practising and checking your newly gained knowledge on a regular basis. Also, try to cover all sections equally along with identifying your weaker and stronger areas. You can watch this video to understand preparation strategy for RBI Grade B Exam.
RBI Grade B Online Course
ixamBee has a comprehensive 'Online Learning Course' for the preparation of RBI Grade B 2019 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), and consists of Video Lessons and Live Online classes for doubt clarification. The course also provides access to 'Practice tests/ Mock Tests' and 'Assignments' for reinforcement of learning. The course contains:
- 700+ videos cover the entire syllabus (Phase 1 + Phase 2) for RBI Grade B.
- About 17000+ Practice questions to make your fundamentals strong.
- 300+ Study Notes prepared by expert faculty.
- 20 mock tests for Phase 1 and 15 mock tests for Phase 2 exam & 5 Mock tests for Descriptive Exam with Personalized feedback.
- Live classes with faculty members who have cleared RBI Grade B, Bank PO, SIDBI and other competitive exams.
RBI Grade B 2019 Free Mock Tests
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RBI Grade B Books
Following books are recommended for the preparation of RBI Grade B Exam:
|Economic and Social Issues||Indian Economy||Uma Kapila or Mishra Puri|
|Indian Economy||Ramesh Singh|
|Sociology||CN Shankar Rao|
|Finance & Management||Financial Management||Prasanna Chandra or IM Pandey|
|Indian Financial System||Bharti Pathak|
|Principles of Management||LN Prasad|
|Organisational Behaviour||SP Robins|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Quicker Mathematics||BSC Publications|
|Quantitative Aptitude||RS Agarwal|
|Class Notes||SS Bharti|
|Reasoning Ability||A modern approach to verbal & Non-verbal reasoning||R.S. Agarwal|
|Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning||S.Chand|
|Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning||Arihant Publication|
|English Language||English Grammar||Wren & Martin|
|Made Easy for English||Norman Lewis|
|Descriptive General English||SP Bakshi|
|General Awareness||Lucent GK Knowledge||Lucent Publication|
RBI Grade B Blogs 2019
Our Experts have written blogs that will help you in preparations for Phase 1 & Phase 2 as well as Interview. Below are the links for the blogs:
- How waived loans impact states
- Govt announces fresh incentives to boost exports and housing sector
- GST Network decides to make Aadhaar authentication mandatory for new dealers from January
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- SBI Clerk 2019
- IBPS CLERK
- RBI Assistant
- NABARD Grade A Exam
- RBI Grade B
- Railway Recruitment (ALP/TECH.)
- IBPS RRB Group 'A' Officers (Scale-I)
- IBPS PO 2019
- SSC CGL
- Rajasthan Police Constable Recruitment
- IBPS RRB Group 'B' Office Assistant
- IBPS Specialist Officer
- SSC CHSL
- South Indian Bank Probationary Clerk
- Syndicate Bank PO Recruitment
- Canara Bank PO Recruitment
- Management Aptitude Test (MAT)
- IDBI Executive 2019
- NABARD Grade B 2019
- Railway Group D Recruitment
- SSC CPO
- South Indian Bank PO
- Bank of Baroda PO Exam
- IBPS RRB Officer Scale II Exam
- IBPS RRB Officer Scale III Exam
- NIACL Recruitment
- SSC GD Constable Exam
- Indian Bank PO
- FEDERAL Bank PO/Clerk
- LIC Housing Finance Ltd Exam
- Nabard Development Assistant
- Kendriya Vidyalaya Recruitment
- SEBI Grade A
- ESIC SSO
- Army Public School
- IB Security Assistant
- SSC Stenographer
- DRDO Senior Technical Assistant
- Railway Protection Force Constable
- RBI Security Guard
- HTET Recruitment
- RPF SI Recruitment
- Bank of Baroda So
- NIACL Administrative Officer
- Lakshmi Vilas Bank PO
- RRB JE 2019
- LIC AAO 2019
- IDBI Assistant Manager
- FCI 2019
- SSC MTS 2019
- RRB NTPC 2019
- CWC 2019
- EPFO Assistant
- LIC ADO
- Repco Bank Clerk 2019
- EPFO SSA (Social Security Assistant)
- HSSC 2019
- Nainital Bank 2019
- NVS PGT
- Uttarakhand Assistant Agriculture Officer