How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for RBI Grade B?

The Notification for RBI Grade-B Officer exams 2020-21 can be announced anytime now. Like every year, the examination will be held in three phases. The first two phases- Preliminary and Mains will be conducted online, followed by a face-to-face interview. Coming to the topic of the blog, How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for RBI Grade B, a majority of aspirants struggle while preparing for this section. Therefore we have come up with this post on Quantitative Aptitude for RBI Grade B which will help you prepare for the Quants section in a structured manner.


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How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for RBI Grade B?

Most of you people must be familiar with the Preliminary exam pattern. For those who are appearing for the first time, have a look at the Phase-1 exam pattern given in the table below-

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern: Phase-I (Online Examination – Objective Type)

Sr No. Objective Type Tests No. of Questions Marks Time
1 General Awareness 80 80 25 minutes
2 Reasoning 60 60 45 minutes
3 English Language 30 30 25 minutes
4 Quantitative  Aptitude 30 30 25 minutes
Total 200 200 120 minutes


All the questions are of MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) type. Each question carries 1 mark. For every wrong answer, a 0.25 mark is deducted. The duration of the exam is 2 hours.

The most important and the most scoring section among all the four sections is the ‘Quantitative Aptitude’ section.  If you have good accuracy in solving Quants questions, there are chances of zero errors.

30 questions come from Quants. The range of questions varies from easy, moderate to difficult. Most of these questions cover the Class-X level syllabus. 

Syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude for RBI Grade B

Most of the questions revolve around these topics given below: 

  • Number Series
  • Ratio Proportion
  • Time and Work
  • Compound/Simple Interest
  • Time, Distance, and Speed
  • Average, Mixture, Alligations
  • Percentage
  • Profit and Loss
  • Stocks and Shares
  • Data Interpretation
  • Probability
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Mensuration

Quantitative Aptitude is a tricky subject. The cut-off for this section varies as per the difficulty level of the questions asked in the Paper. There is no way you can mug up at the last minute. The only way you can score good marks is if you go through solved papers and practice hard.

Tips on Quantitative Aptitude for RBI Grade B

  • Number series

More than 4-5 questions are based on the number series. The candidates are given a series of numbers that are somehow connected to each other. You will have to identify the pattern in order to get a 100% accurate answer. The pattern can be like anything- prime numbers, cubes/squares, cube roots/square roots, alternate numbers, difference, geometric series, etc. Make sure you solve at least 300-350 questions on different patterns of number series before appearing for the exam.

  • Arithmetic topics

Topics such as Interest, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, and Average, Mixture and Alligation are easy to prepare, less time-consuming, and have a low level of complexity. You can refer to previous years’ question papers for reference. 

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  • Quadratic Equations

Quadratic equations take time and record a low level of accuracy among students. So, you need to practise as many problems as you can. If your forte is not algebraic equations, then leave these questions for good.

  • Data Interpretation

8-10 questions are based on Data Interpretation (D.I.). Most of these questions come from bar graphs and pie charts. D.I. questions contain too much data and figures, so it is important that you focus on one question at a time. Practice various types of D.I. questions to improve your accuracy and speed. Avoid using a calculator while solving the paper.

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Mock Tests for Quantitative Aptitude Section

The best way to practice a variety of questions of quants with varied difficulty levels would be by attempting Mock Tests. Mock Tests are designed by exam experts who try to simulate the real exam environment by giving question types asked in the exam with varying levels of difficulty. 

Moreover, the solution provided after every question, helps you understand how a particular type of question should be solved. In addition to this, the time taken by the topper to solve that question would give an idea about your solving speed and accuracy.

Take Complete Quants Sectional Test Here

Best books on Quantitative Aptitude for RBI Grade B

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic- Rajesh Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations- R.S. Agarwal
  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude- Arun Sharma

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