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RBI Grade B Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern

In 2019, we can expect close to or more than 166 vacancies for the post of RBI Grade B Officer based on the vacancies that were released last year in 2018. The details of the RBI Grade B Exam are as follows:

RBI Grade B 2019

Name of the Exam

RBI Officer Grade B 2019

Exam Conducting Body

Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

Post Offered

Officer (Grade-B)

Exam Level

PAN India

No. of Vacancies

To be notify soon.

Exam Mode

Online (Computer Based Test)

The RBI Grade B 2019 Exam was conducted through a nationwide competitive examination, in three phases as mentioned in the table below. A similar exam pattern is expected in the year 2019. Any change in the Exam Pattern for 2019 Exam will be updated once the official notification for RBI Grade B 2019 is released.





Phase 1

Preliminary Exam


200 Marks

Phase 2

Mains Exam

Written-Objective & Descriptive

300 Marks

Phase 3

Personal Interview


50 Marks

As indicated above, the RBI Grade B Exam 2019 will be consisting of three phases, the details of each of which are given below.

Phase 1: RBI Grade B Preliminary Examination 

The RBI Grade B Preliminary Examination comprises of 200 objective type questions, for 200 marks, with a composite time of two-hours. The examination consists of 4 sections/subjects, 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 cutoffs of preliminary examination are shortlisted for the Mains Examination.

Phase – II: RBI Grade B Mains Examination 

The RBI Grade B (Phase II) Mains Examination is held for only those candidates who are shortlisted on the basis of results in Phase I. This Phase II examination 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 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 2019 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 Mains Examination decide 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 the Mains Examination (Phase-II) will be added to the marks obtained in PI (Personal Interview), (Phase-III) for the preparation of the final merit list.

RBI Grade B Final Selection:

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

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

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