RBI Grade B Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2020

The RBI Grade B exam 2020 will be conducted through a nationwide competitive examination, in three phases as mentioned in the table below.

Phase 1 Prelims Exam Written-Objective 200 Marks
Phase 2 Mains Exam Written-Objective & Descriptive 300 Marks
Phase 3 Personal Interview Interview 50 Marks

As indicated above, the RBI Grade B exam 2020 details of each phase is given below.

 RBI Grade B Phase 1 (Prelims) 2020

The RBI Grade B Prelims exam comprises of 200 objective type questions, for 200 marks, with a composite time of two-hours. The RBI Grade B Prelims exam consists of 4 sections/subjects, as mentioned below:

Sl. No.Name of TestNo. of QuestionsMarksTime Allotted
1. English Language 30 30 25 Minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 30 30 25 Minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 60 60 45 Minutes
4. General Awareness 80 80 25 Minutes

There was separate time limit for each section in RBI Grade B  recruitment 2019 whether RBI will continue it for its Grade B 2020 recruitment, for that you have to wait for the official notification of RBI Grade B 2020.

Each section has an individual cut-off (decided by the bank), which you have to clear by securing pass marks. Those who successfully clear the sectional and overall  RBI Grade B Prelims cutoff are shortlisted for the Mains Exam.

 RBI Grade B Phase 2 (Mains) Exam 2020

You will be able to give RBI Grade B Mains 2020 if you are able to clear RBI Grade B Phase 1 or Prelims. The RBI Grade B Mains or Phase 2 comprises of Paper I and Paper III in the form of Objective Tests of 200 marks and Paper II as Descriptive Test of English comprising of 100 marks. Scores obtained by you hereafter decides your final selection for an interview as well as for the merit list.

PaperName of PaperType of PaperTime 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 / Economics / Statistics Objective Type 90 100
  Total   270300

Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests of RBI Grade B 2020 are conducted online. Kindly note, all questions in both Prelims and Main exam, except the Test of English, are available bilingually in English and Hindi. 

RBI Grade B Marking Scheme

The Marking Scheme for RBI Grade B 2020 and penalty for wrong answers as applicable to both RBI Grade B Prelims and Main exam is as follows:

For correct answers 1 mark
For wrong answers -1/4 marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

 RBI Grade B Phase 3: Personal Interview (50 marks)

The marks obtained by you in RBI Grade B Mains exam 2020 decide your selection for RBI Grade B Personal Interview (PI).

Note: The marks obtained in the RBI Grade B Prelims exam or Phase-1 will not be added for the final selection. Only the marks obtained in the RBI Grade B Mains exam or Phase-2 will be added to the marks obtained in PI (Personal Interview) ie Phase-3 for the preparation of the final merit list.

RBI Grade B Final Selection

Final Selection in the RBI Grade B 2020  is done through merit list which will be prepared by adding marks secured by you in RBI Grade B Phase-2 (Paper-I +Paper-II +Paper-III) and Phase 3 ie Interview.

Phase-3 selection is made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category. Result of the final merit list of RBI Grade B 2020 will be made available in the official website - www.rbi.org.in

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can those students who are appearing in Final year of Graduation apply for any post in RBI Grade B?

No, a candidate must have completed his/her graduation. If he/she is in the final year of graduation then they cannot apply.

Q2: Is there any NEGATIVE MARKING in RBI Grade B Exam?

Yes, negative marking for wrong answers in CBTs is 1/4th of the marks for that question.

Q3: In RBI Grade B Exam, Can I choose Hindi language as the exam language?

Yes, RBI Grade B Exam is bilingual (i.e, Hindi & English) exam. You can choose your preferred language either Hindi or English.

Q4: Do RBI Grade B Officers get a pension?

No, under the ambit of NPS currently there is no pension scheme for RBI employees.

Q5: RBI Grade B  2020 Exam is in ONLINE OR OFFLINE mode?

RBI Grade B  2020 Exam will be in online mode.


Yes. RBI Grade B Exam has sectional and overall cut-off .

Q7: Is RBI Grade B Officer job transferable?

Yes, but only after completing the initial 5 years of posting.

Q8: How many attempts are there in RBI Grade B?

Candidates belonging to the general category can attempt the examination only 6 times. Whereas, there is no restriction to the SC/ST/OBC/PWD categories.

Q9: What is the age limit for the RBI Grade B posts?

The minimum age limit for the candidates is 21 years & the maximum age should not be more than 30 years.

Q10: Will there be any interview after the written result ?

Yes. There will be a final phase of Interview after RBI Grade B Phase I & Phase II.

Q11: Is it possible to crack this exam in first attempt ?

To crack any exam, one needs a complete preparation strategy,along with the complete exam information. If you are dedicated towards your goal, you would surely be able to crack the exam in first attempt.

Q12: Is the exam Bilingual ?

Yes. The exam is bilingual. You can attempt all the sections in English or Hindi except the test of English Language.