How Should Beginners Prepare for RBI Grade B Exam?

As they say, “The secret of getting ahead, is getting started”. The same is true for any competitive exam that you are planning to take up. Well, here we would specifically talk about RBI Grade B preparation for beginners. We would jot down all the important pointers in this RBI Grade B exam preparation guide for beginners so that you can prepare better to get into the country’s central bank, RBI. Let’s get started.

RBI Grade B Preparation for Beginners

They say ignorance is bliss but not when you are preparing for an exam as competitive as RBI Grade B. You need to be fully aware of all the aspects of the exam including the best preparation resources and preparation strategy. Here we bring to you a list of important pointers that you need to follow for your comprehensive RBI Grade B preparation. 

I. How to Kick-start Your RBI Grade B Preparation?

Before jumping on to the preparation strategy and study plan, we would like to emphasize that you should know the examination very well.

You should be thorough with these two things:

1. Exam Pattern + Syllabus:

  • The most common mistake that the aspirants do is that they directly dive deep into the preparations without even knowing the exam pattern and syllabus. You should by heart the exam syllabus.
  • Knowing the syllabus thoroughly helps you link any particular topic that you are reading or listening to, directly to the topics given in the syllabus.
  • Never make the mistake of going ahead with your preparations without knowing thoroughly about the exam pattern and syllabus.

2. Previous Years Questions

Benefits of Analysing Past Years’ Questions

  • Types of questions being asked.
  • Gives an idea of the repeatedly asked topics.
  • Weightage of current affairs & static topics.

Divide Your RBI Prep into these 4 Components

Visualise RBI Gr. B Exam as the following components:

  1. Phase 1 (only Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English Language
  2. Phase 1 (General Awareness including Current Affairs)
  3. Phase 2 (Economic & Social Issues (ESI), Finance & Management (F&M), Descriptive English)
  4. Interview

Whenever you are studying or reading a newspaper or listening to the news, visualise these four components. These are the components for which you need to prepare to clear the RBI Grade B examination. 

Note: Please do not worry about the exam pattern change this year. It is going to remain the same for the 2022 cycle. 


II. Important Preparation Pointers for Phase 1

  • The key to clearing Phase 1 is GA Section (80/200 marks).
  • GA should be studied in detail.
  • Revision is the key to getting the questions right.
  • Other sections – Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning & English should be prepared by using topic/sectional tests and mock tests.

Phase 1 Study Plan – For Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English Language

  • Prepare by giving Topic/Sectional tests and Mock tests.
  • Analyze the Mock Tests to know about and practice those areas that you are weak at. Keep your weekends for this.
  • Do not spend more than 8 hours a week on these 3 sections.

RBI Grade B Past Year Questions from the Phase 1 Quants Section


RBI Grade B Books and Resources for English Preparation


Important Topics

SectionImportant Topics
Quantitative AptitudeData Interpretation, Quantity Based, Data Sufficiency, Simplification, Approximation, Quadratic Inequalities, Number Series both missing and wrong number series.Important arithmetic topics: Partnership, Average, Ages, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Speed Time Distance, Boat & Stream, Trains, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion.
ReasoningAlphanumeric Series, Order and Ranking, Direction Sense, Alphabet Test, Data Sufficiency, Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Input-Output, Coding-Decoding, Logical Reasoning.
English LanguageCloze test, Fillers, Spotting the errors, Para Jumbles, New pattern questions, Idioms and phrases, Word Rearrangement, Column Based questions, Sentence improvement, Paragraph Completion, Grammar, Reading Comprehension.

RBI Grade B Current Affairs Preparation Strategy

Sections for which current affairs are to be prepared:

  1. Phase 1 General Awareness Section.
  2. Phase 2 ESI Paper (80% – 90% of the ESI paper comprises current affairs).
  3. Phase 2 Desctiove English (Fodder Material for Essay).
  4. Phase 2 Finance Paper (Concepts linked to current affairs are being asked).
  5. Interview Phase (Questions about the current happenings in Economy and Finance are asked).
Preparation Pointers

Keep the current affairs preparation for Phase 1 and Phase 2 simultaneous.

Current Affairs for Phase 1

In general, the current affairs (CA) for the last 6 months (from the date of the examination) should be prepared but high priority should be given to the last 3 months of CA. (also the last week before the exam).

Current Affairs for Phase 2

In general, the current affairs (CA) for the last 6 months (from the date of the examination) should be prepared. But the last 8-10 months of CA are to be referred for important indices, reports and schemes.

Point to note: The overall cut-off for phase 1 can be cleared easily if you have a good score in GA.

Important Topics for Current Affairs

Current Affairs include the following:

  • Daily News (for Phase 1 & 2).
  • Static GK (for Phase 1).
  • Economic Survey (for Phase 1 & 2).
  • Union Budget (for Phase 1 & 2).
  • Census 2011 (for Phase 1 & 2).
  • SECC 2011 (for Phase 1 & 2).
  • Important RBI Notifications, Circulars, Reports (for Phase 2 – high priority, Phase 1 – fewer chances).
  • Government Schemes (Union & State Govt schemes, Phase 1 & 2).
How to Prepare?
  • Once you have understood the requirements of the exam, it is important that you read the current affairs based on that. You should know what to leave and what to study!
  • Understanding the PRIORITY. The 3 months prior to the exam are of great importance for current affairs.
  • Always be aware of the latest trends, the level of the question/areas from which questions are asked keep changing.
  • You can cover the current affairs on a daily basis or refer to the monthly capsules for your comprehensive coverage. Don’t forget to practice a lot of current affairs MCQ for retention of what you have read.
  • REVISION is the KEY. Keep revising on a weekly basis so that your preparation is on point.

30 Days RBI Grade B Phase 1 Study Plan

This is a basic 30-Day Plan to Brush up on your Basics of Quants, Reasoning, English & GA.

DayTopics to be Studied
Day 1RBI Grade B Phase-I: Mock Test 1 + Analysis

Understand Weaknesses & Strengths Using Oliveboard Expert Analysis
Day 2Data Interpretation Concepts + Practice
Statements & Conclusions Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 3Time & Work Concepts + Practice
Coding-Decoding Concepts
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 4Coding-Decoding Practice
Time-Distance Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 5Input-Output Concepts + Practice
Error-Spotting Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK  
Day 6Para-jumble Concepts + Practice
Analogies Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 7Percentages & Partnerships Concepts + Practice
Cloze Test Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 8Ratios & Proportion Concepts + Practice
Critical Reasoning Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 9Sentence Improvement Concepts + Practice
Series Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 10Statements & Assumptions Concepts
Statements & Assumptions Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 11Quadratic Equation Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 12Data Sufficiency Concepts + Practice
Syllogisms Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 13Mensuration Concepts + Practice
Probability Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 14Profit & Loss Concepts + Practice
Direction Sense Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 15Coded Inequalities Concepts + Practice
Phrase Replacement Concepts + Practice
Sentence Correction Concepts + Practice
Day 16Blood Relations Concepts + Practice
Simple & Compound Interest Concepts + Practice
Idioms Learning +m Practice
Day 17Permutations & Combinations Concepts + Practice
Alphanumeric Series Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 18Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 19Weak Topic Concepts:
Quant Topic Tests 1+ English Topic Tests 1 + Reasoning Topic Tests 1
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 20Weak Topic Concepts:
Quant Topic Tests 2+ English Topic Tests 2 + Reasoning Topic Tests 2
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 21Weak Topic Concepts:
Quant Topic Tests 3+ English Topic Tests 3 + Reasoning Topic Tests 3
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 22Weak Topic Concepts:
Quant Topic Tests 4+ English Topic Tests 4 + Reasoning Topic Tests 4
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 23Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 24Quants Sectional Test
English SectionalTest
Reasoning Sectional Tests
Day 25Based on the above tests:
Identify Strengths and Weaknesses In each Quant, English & Reasoning
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 26Weak Topic Concepts:
Quant Topic Tests 5 + English Topic Tests 5 + Reasoning Topic Tests 5
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 27Weak Topic Concepts:
Quant Topic Tests 6+ English Topic Tests 6 + Reasoning Topic Tests 6
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 28Weak Topic Concepts:
Quant Topic Tests 7+ English Topic Tests 7 + Reasoning Topic Tests 7
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 29Weak Topic Concepts:
Quant Topic Tests 8 + English Topic Tests 8 + Reasoning Topic Tests 8
Daily Puzzles + RC practice + Daily GK
Day 30Quants Sectional Test
English Sectional Test
Reasoning Sectional Tests


III. RBI Grade B Phase-2 Preparation

Start out by reading/preparing for the Phase 2 subjects first and then gradually jump on to preparing for Phase-1. Ideally, you should complete the Phase-2 syllabus of ESI & FM before the notification is announced so that afterwards you have sufficient time to take up mock tests and revision.

RBI Grade B Phase 2 Preparation Plan

General TipPrepare simultaneously for Phase-1 & Phase-2. You only have 3 weeks b/w Phase-1 & 2. The last 1 week before the Phase-1 paper, focus completely on Phase-1 prep. Keep reading the static portion as well as keep covering CA.
ManagementCover all the chapters given in the syllabus. Have a clear understanding of the concepts to be able to write descriptive as well as answer objective answers.
ESIBrush up on your basic concepts. Current affairs would dominate here. Know the latest development (CA) related to the topics given in the syllabus. Descriptive Ques. can be of three types: Completely static, Static + Current Affairs + Completely Current Affairs Based or Opinion Based. Cover the latest Budget, Eco. Survey & Govt. Schemes.
FinanceAgain, get your concepts strong. Cover all the topics given in the syllabus. Follow current affairs related to the topics in the Finance syllabus. Cover the past year obj.+ desc. ques. to get a clear understanding of the types of questions being asked.
Mock TestsThere is no alternative to practice. Practice Phase-1 Mock Tests + Topic + Sectional Tests + High level puzzles & DI. Take Phase-2 Mock Tests (Objective + Descriptive). Analyse your mock tests and go through the solutions thoroughly.

How to Approach ESI & FM Descriptive Papers of RBI Grade B?

i. Categories of the Topic for Desc. Questions

Descriptive questions for both ESI & FM can be categorised into three categories:

1. Completely Static Questions (concepts based)

2. Completely Current Affairs Based Questions (current affairs related to the topics of the syllabus)

3. Static + Current Affairs Based Questions

4. Opinions Based Questions (Mostly on Social Issues)


ii. Approach for Economic & Social Issues (ESI) Descriptive Paper

Step 01: Get a grip on all imp. concepts. List them down and make sure to understand each one.

Step 02: Expect questions related to Current Affairs, so track all the important events, reports, schemes, policies and have key points ready for these. Coverage: Last 6 months.

Step 03: Make a list of imp. points mentioned in the Union Budget and Economic Survey. Note the points such that you can use them for any type of questions asked from these two sources.

Step 04: For opinion-based questions which would mostly be asked from the Social Issues section, you need to justify the stand you take. Do not spend time preparing points for these. You can use a few data points noted down while studying current affairs for these answers.

Step 05: Practice at least 12-15 answers before you go for the examination.

Start out by Practising Free Descriptive Tests for ESI

Download RBI Gr. B 2021 Ph-2 Memory Based Questions Here


iii. Approach for Finance & Management (F&M) Descriptive Paper

Step-01: Start with the Management section. The desc. ques. from this section would be static in nature. Be thorough with the concepts.

Step-02: While reading each chapter, note down key words for each chapter (as part of various theories/concepts).

Step-03: For the Finance section, make a list of current affairs-related topics (in news lately) and static topics and write down keywords for each one.

Step-04: While writing the answers, make sure you are building your answers around these keywords.  

Step-05: Practice at least 12-15 answers before you go for the examination.

Start out by Practising Free Descriptive Tests for F&M

Download RBI Gr. B 2021 Ph-2 Memory Based Questions Here


iv. Expert Guidance for Descriptive Papers

Practice RBI Grade B – Descriptive Answer-Writing with our expert faculty: For ESI, FM & Descriptive English Get expert guidance for your exhaustive preparation of RBI Grade B Phase 1 & Phase 2. 


RBI Grade B 4-Months Study Plan

Here our subject matter expert has shared study plans for 4 months, 3 Months and 40 Days. You can follow the plan that best suits you.

 MonthComponentsCurrent AffairsMock Tests for Phase 1Mock Tests for Phase 2
Month 1 Cover ESI Static Chapters + ManagementMonthly Current Affairs & Other ComponentsPractice every weekendTake up ESI Mock Tests after the completion of the syllabus.
Month 2 Cover Finance Static ChaptersMonthly Current Affairs & Other ComponentsPractice every weekendTake up F&M Mock Tests after the completion of the syllabus.
Month 3 Descriptive English – How part?
Start practising the Descriptive answer writing for ESI & FM
Monthly Current Affairs & Other ComponentsPractice every weekendTake Descriptive Mock Tests for ESI & FM.
Month 4 Start practising the Descriptive answer writing for ESI & FMMonthly Current Affairs & Other ComponentsPractice every weekendTake Descriptive Mock Tests for ESI & FM.



IV. Revision

Keep reviewing your preparations by taking Topic Tests at frequent intervals. Keep revising the ESI & FM concepts so that you do not forget them. 

We hope this gives you a fairly good idea about how to kick-start your RBI Grade B preparation if you are a beginner. We will keep bringing you informative stuff. If you wish to get it on a regular basis, keep visiting Oliveboard


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