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RBI Grade B Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern

In 2018, RBI Grade B Exam will be conducted for 166 vanancies. The details are:


RBI Grade B 2018

Name of the Exam

RBI Officer Grade B 2018

Exam Conducting Body

Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

Post Offered

Officer (Grade-B)

Exam Level

PAN India

No. of Vacancies


Exam Mode

Online (Computer Based Test)


The RBI Grade B 2017 Exam was conducted through a nationwide competitive examination, in three phases as mentioned in the table below. A similar exam pattern is expected for 2018 also. Any change in the Exam Pattern for 2018 Exam will be updated once the official notification for RBI Grade B 2018 is released. 


Exam Details for RBI Grade B 2018





Phase 1

Preliminary Exam


200 Marks

Phase 2

Mains Exam

Written-Objective & Descriptive

300 Marks

Phase 3

Personal Interview


50 Marks

Each of these phases has been detailed below.

Phase 1: RBI Grade B Preliminary Examination 

Preliminary Examination comprised of 200 objective type questions, for 200 marks, with a composite time of two-hours. The examination consisted of 4 sections, as mentioned below:


Sl. No.

Name of Test

No. of Questions


Time Allotted


English Language




Composite Time of

2 hours


Quantitative Aptitude




Reasoning Ability




General Awareness









Each section has an individual cut-off (decided by the bank), which candidates have to clear by securing pass marks. Those who successfully clear the sectional and overall cutoff of preliminary examination are shortlisted for the Main Examinations.


Phase – II: RBI Grade B Main Examination 

Phase II, Main Examination is held for only those candidates who are shortlisted on the basis of results in Phase I. This examination comprised of Paper I and Paper III in the form of Objective Tests of 200 marks and Paper II as Descriptive Test of 100 marks. Scores obtained by the candidate hereafter decides his/her final selection for an interview as well as for the merit list.



Name of Paper

Type of Paper

Time Allotted (Minutes)


Paper I

Economic and Social Issues

Objective Type



Paper II

English (Writing Skills)

Descriptive Type, to be typed on the computer with the help of keyboard



Paper III

Finance and Management

Objective Type






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 2018 and penalty for wrong answers (Applicable to Both Preliminary and Main Examinations) is as follows: 

Marking Scheme

For correct answers

1 mark

For wrong answers

-0.25 marks

For not attempted

0 (no marks)

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

The marks of candidates qualifying in the Main Examination decides the final list of candidates for Personal Interview (PI), in each category.

Note: The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the final selection. Only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) will be added to the marks obtained in PI (Phase-III) for the preparation of the final merit list.


RBI Grade B Final Selection:

Final Selection is done through merit list which will be prepared by adding marks secured by candidates in Phase-II (Paper-I +Paper-II +Paper-III) examination and interview.

Phase-III selection is made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category. Results of the candidates who have finally been selected has been made available at the RBI’s official website - www.rbi.org.in

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