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RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam Analysis & Cut-Offs

The RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam was conducted across the country on a single day on Sep 4th in two slots. Most students who wrote the exam felt the Quant section was tough while the GA section was quite easy with a large focus on current affairs. The Reasoning section was moderate to difficult while the English section was moderate. Aspirants who had written the exam last year felt the paper was slightly easier than it was last year if not at the same level. Visit here for mock tests in new pattern of RBI Phase 2 | IBPS PO | IBPS Clerk

Exam Analysis:

General Awareness:

The paper was largely on the easier side with 45-50 questions dedicated to current affairs. Most of the questions on both the Current & static side were from Banking/Economy. This will be the section that defines the outcome of Phase 1 results with 80 questions here and being relatively more high scoring that the rest of the secitons. 60+ attempts were made by most good students and this can be considered a good number of attempts.

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section was the relatively toughest section of the four in the paper. The DI sets were moderate while the Data Sufficiency questions were difficult and time consuming. The missing number in Number Series was easy.
Topics from which the questions were asked were:

DI – 10Q
Number Series –   5Q
Data Comparison – 5Q
Miscellaneous Word Problems (incl probability) – 5 Q
Data Sufficiency – 5Q

Like in most banking exams, this section had the most questions from Analytical Reasoning. Syllogism questions were quite simple while the Data Sufficiency questions based on reasoning were difficult.
Topics covered included:

Analytical Reasoning – 21Q (4 sets)
Input output-5Q
Data Sufficiency – 5Q
Coding decoding-5Q
Blood relations-1Q
Critical reasoning (incl cause-effect, course of action etc.) – 10Q

English Language:

This section was more time consuming than anticipated with two passages of five questions each being part of the section. Moreover, there were no vocabulary questions which is typically considered the easier type of questions in this.

Passages: 10Q
Cloze Tes – 7Q
Sentence Joining – 3Q
Error Spotting – 5Q
Fill in the Blanks – 5Q

Expected Cut-Offs (General Category):

Total Questions Expected Cut-Offs
General Awareness 80 22 (+/-1)
Quantitative Aptitude 30 7 (+/-1)
Reasoning 60 16 (+/-1)
English 30 8 (+/-1)
Total 200 94 (+/-3)


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