RBI Grade B Study Plan 2020 – For Phase 1 & Phase 2

RBI Grade B Exam is one of the most prestigious exams in the country. It is conducted every year for recruitment of Grade ‘B’ officers (Managers) in the apex bank of the country. Stating the obvious, the RBI Grade B is a highly competitive exam and it requires dedicated and sincere preparation to clear this exam. The RBI Grade B 2020 recruitment can be declared anytime in the year. Therefore lets us be ready for the unforeseen and start early preparations. In this blog, we will give you the detailed RBI Grade B Study Plan 2020 and RBI Grade B 2020 Preparation Strategy for both Phase 1 and 2 Exams.

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RBI Grade B Study Plan 2020

It is advisable to simultaneously prepare for the Phase-I and Phase-II exams, instead of waiting for Phase-I exam to get over and then beginning with Phase-II preparation.

You must be thinking why?

i. Because after the Phase-I Exam gets over and suppose you clear the exam, there won’t be enough time left to prepare well for the Phase-II exam

ii. The selection process is such that the Phase-I exam is an aptitude test which can be prepared for and improved upon in a comparatively shorter duration. The Phase-II exam, on the other hand, comprises of subjects like Economics & Social Issues and Finance & Management. These topics require persistent focus and attention.

Incorporating the above-mentioned points, we have created the complete day-wise RBI Grade B Study Plan 2020. This study plan will be divided into two parts:

I. RBI Grade ‘B’ Study Plan [Part-I] | Focuses on RBI Grade ‘B’ Phase-I Preparation

II. RBI Grade ‘B’ Study Plan [Part-II] | Focuses on RBI Grade ‘B’ Phase-II Preparation



1. RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2020 

1.1. RBI Grade B Exam Pattern – Phase 1

Objective Type Test No of Questions Marks Time
General Awareness 80 80 25 Minutes
Reasoning 60 60 45 Minutes
English Language 30 30 25 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30 25 Minutes
Total 200 200 120 Minutes

1.2. RBI Grade B Exam Pattern – Phase 2 

Name of Paper Type of Paper Time (Minutes) Marks
Paper-I: Economic and Social Issues (ESI) Objective Type 90 100
Paper-II: English (Writing Skills) Descriptive, to be typed with the help of the keyboard 90 100
Paper-III: Finance and Management (F&M) Objective Type 90 100

 

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2. RBI Grade B Syllabus 2020 

2.1. General Awareness

This section has the highest weightage in the RBI Grade B Phase-I Exam, accounting for 40% of the total marks. Given the nature of the topic, this can be one of the most scoring sections in the exam. And the only key to scoring high here is: daily preparation, reading newspapers and staying abreast with all the important current affairs especially those concerned with the world of Banking, Finance, and Economy. Based on the last few years’ papers, some important topics in this section are:-

i. RBI (RBI related Current Affairs & Basic Functions & Responsibilities of RBI)

ii. Cabinet ministers and their constituencies (Read constituencies of all popular MPs of opposition)

iii. Government welfare schemes (Mudra, Ujala etc)

iv. Banking terms

v. Countries and their currencies

vi. Current affairs for the last 6 months (Read events related to financial institutions carefully)

vii. States of India – CM, Governor and latest events related to the state

viii. Dams, National parks, Thermal power plants, Nuclear power plant

General awareness is vast and highly factual section. The factual nature of current affairs makes them very confusing, so make sure you revise them 2 to 3 times before the exam.

This will make sure that you score above average in this section.

Everyone prepares well for Quant, English & Reasoning sections but this section, if you prepare well, can catapult you to that top 3.5 percentile of selected aspirants!


2.2. Reasoning

To be comfortable with this section, one needs to practice various question types daily. Some important topics for the reasoning section are:-

i. Critical Reasoning

ii. Statements and Conclusions

iii. Puzzle test

iv. Coding and decoding

v. Input-output

vi. Classification

vii. Analogy

viii. Series test

ix. Seating arrangement

x. Statements and Assumptions


2.3. English Language

The success mantra for this section is undoubtedly, reading! If you are a regular reader of the newspaper, your knowledge of English will be sufficient for this section. Work on your vocabulary and learn new words daily to increase your confidence level and thus the chances of scoring high in this section. Important topics for this section are:-

i. Reading Comprehension

ii. Cloze Test

iii. Spotting Error

iv. Fill in the blanks

v. Para-jumbles

vi. Sentence Improvement

vii. Vocabulary

3 simple steps to ace this section are:-

i. Understand Grammar Rules and bring them into daily use.

ii. Read a newspaper or any book (for speed reading and making reading long paragraphs comfortable).

iii. Practice all type of questions.


2.4. Quantitative Aptitude

Practice. That’s the only thing that will help you achieve the speed and accuracy levels required for acing this section. Prepare a topic wise quick problem-solving tips and tricks notebook and practice a lot of questions of each type. Make short notes of things which you think you might forget. Some important topics for this section are:-

i. Data Interpretation

ii. Time and work

iii. and distance

iv. Age problems

v.  Percentage

vi. Ratios proportions

vii. Quadratic equations

viii. Profit and Loss

ix. Partnership

x. and streams

xi. Probability

xii. Permutation and Combinations



3. RBI Grade B Phase-II Syllabus & Preparation Tips

3.1. Economic and Social Issues

Going through the sample paper released by RBI will give you a good idea of the kind of questions asked in the examination. This will also help you understand how deep you need to go into the topics while preparing. The type of questions asked in the ESI section can be broadly classified as

i. Static: Conceptual questions which test basic knowledge of different concepts of macroeconomics like national income, the repo rate, bank rate, fiscal deficit, revenue deficit, budget, inflation, banking sector in India etc.

ii. Dynamic: Questions based on current affairs related to Economic & Social issues.

The topics to be prepared for ESI are listed below.

  • Growth and Development
  • Measurement of growth: National Income and per capita income
  • Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental issues
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • Industrial and Labour Policy
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy
  • Privatization
  • Role of Economic Planning
  • Globalization
  • Opening up of the Indian Economy
  • Balance of Payments
  • Export-Import Policy
  • International Economic Institutions
  • IMF and World Bank
  • WTO
  • Regional Economic Cooperation
  • Social Structure in India
  • Multiculturalism
  • Demographic Trends
  • Urbanization and Migration
  • Gender Issues
  • Social Justice: Positive Discrimination in favour of the underprivileged
  • Social Movements
  • Indian Political System
  • Human Development
  • Social Sectors in India, Health, and Education

3.2. Finance and Management

This is one of the toughest parts of the exam owing to the technical nature. Most people do not have a background in finance and management, so this is the paper you need to prepare for the most. The difficulty level of 2017 paper was very high. The topics to be prepared for F&M are listed below.

3.2.1. Financial System
  • Regulators of Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Reserve Bank of India- functions, and conduct of monetary policy
  • Banking System in India
  • Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM, NABARD, NHB,
3.2.2. Financial Markets
  • Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.)
  • Functions, instruments, recent developments
3.2.3. General Topics
  • Risk Management in Banking Sector
  • Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures, and Swap
  • Changing Landscape of Banking Sector
  • Recent Developments in the Financial Sector, Portfolio Investment, Public Sector Reforms, Disinvestments
  • Financial Inclusion- use of technology
  • Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit
  • Public-Private Partnership
  • Corporate Governance in Banking Sector, the role of e-governance in addressing the issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector
  • The Union Budget – Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, GST, Thirteenth Finance Commission and GST, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM)
  • Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI – components, and trends
3.2.4. Management

Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling; The Role of a Manager in an Organisation. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader; Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader.

Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD; Performance Appraisal – Potential appraisal and development – Feedback and Performance Counselling – Career Planning – Training and Development – Rewards – Employee Welfare.

Motivation, Morale and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale.

Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward and lateral communication; Barriers to Communication, Role of Information Technology.

Corporate Governance: Factors affecting Corporate Governance; Mechanisms of Corporate Governance.



RBI Grade B Study Plan 2020 – For Phase-I & Phase-II

1. RBI Grade B 2020 Study Plan – Phase 1 Exam

Day Topics
Day 1 RBI Grade B Phase-I: Mock Test 1 + Analysis
Understand Weaknesses & Strengths Using Oliveboard Expert Analysis
Day 2 Data Interpretation Concepts + Practice
Statements & Conclusions Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 3 Time & Work Concepts + Practice
Coding-Decoding Concepts
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 4 Coding-Decoding Practice
Time & Distance Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 5 Input-Output Concepts + Practice
Error-Spotting Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 6 Para-jumbles Concepts + Practice
Analogies Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 7 Percentages & Partnerships Concepts + Practice
Cloze Test Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 8 Ratios & Proportions Concepts + Practice
Critical Reasoning Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 9 Sentence Improvement Concepts + Practice
Series Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 10 Statements & Assumptions Concepts
Statements & Assumptions Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 11 Quadratic Equations Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 12 Data Sufficiency Concepts + Practice
Syllogisms Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day13 Mensuration Concepts + Practice
Probability Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 14 Profit and Loss Concepts + Practice
Direction Sense Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 15 Coded Inequalities Concepts + Practice
Phrase Replacement Concepts + Practice
Sentence Correction Concepts + Practice

 

 

Day Topic
Day 16 Blood Relations Concepts + Practice
Simple & Compound Interest Concepts + Practice
Idioms Learning + Practice
Day 17 Permutations& Combinations Concepts + Practice
Alphanumeric Series Concepts + Practice
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 18 Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 19 Weak Topic Concepts: Quant1 + English1 + Reasoning 1
Weak Topic Practice: Quant1 + English1 + Reasoning 1
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 20 Weak Topic Concepts: Quant2 + English2 + Reasoning 2
Weak Topic Practice: Quant2 + English2 + Reasoning 2
Day 21 Weak Topic Concepts: Quant3 + English3 + Reasoning 3
Weak Topic Practice: Quant3 + English3 + Reasoning 3
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 22 Weak Topic Concepts: Quant4 + English4 + Reasoning 4
Weak Topic Practice: Quant4 + English4 + Reasoning 4
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 23 Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 24 Quant Sectional Test
English Sectional Test
Reasoning Sectional Test
Day 25 Based on the above tests:
Identify Strengths and 4 Weaknesses In each Quant, English & Reasoning
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 26 Weak Topic Concepts: Quant1 + English1 + Reasoning 1
Weak Topic Practice: Quant1 + English1 + Reasoning 1
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 27 Weak Topic Concepts: Quant2 + English2 + Reasoning 2
Weak Topic Practice: Quant2 + English2 + Reasoning 2
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 28 Weak Topic Concepts: Quant3 + English3 + Reasoning 3
Weak Topic Practice: Quant 3 + English 3 + Reasoning 3
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 29 Weak Topic Concepts: Quant4 + English4 + Reasoning 4
Weak Topic Practice: Quant4 + English4 + Reasoning 4
Daily Puzzles + RC Practice + Daily GK
Day 30 Quant Sectional Test
English Sectional Test
Reasoning Sectional Test

2. RBI Grade B 2020 Study Plan – Phase 2 Exam

For Phase-II preparation, you must understand that the syllabus is vast and requires specialized knowledge. Hence, it’s not something that you should start preparing for only after the phase-I results have been declared. 

Here we are giving you 1-month study plan that would cover Management portion of Phase 2 Syllabus.

Attend the Classes/ Video Lectures for the below-mentioned topics under the RBI Grade B 2020 Cracker Course.

Day Topic To Study
27 March Intro to Management Section
28 March Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

29 March Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

30 March Management – Nature and Scope

Basics of Management Processes

31 March Role of Manager &Leader

Role of IT in Organization

Successful Vs Effective Leader

1 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

2 April General Management Revision
3 April Leadership – Leadership Styles
4 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

5 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

6 April Leadership – Leadership Theories
7 April Leadership Revision
8 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

9 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

10 April Introduction to HRD and Performance Appraisal
11 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

12 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

13 April Methods of Performance Appraisal and Counselling
14 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

15 April HRD – Career Planning,

Training & Development,

Employee Rewards

16 April HRD Revision
17 April Morale and Incentives in an Organization
18 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

19 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

20 April Theories of Motivation
21 April Motivation Revision
22 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

23 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

24 April Communication Process, Channels and Types
25 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

26 April Daily Business, Financial News & GA

Revise GA

27 April Barriers and Models of Communication
28 April Communication Revision
29 April Corporate Governance & e-Governance
30 April Corporate Governance Revision

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In general, while preparing for the exam, you must decide on the following things:-

  • Order of attempting various sections
  • Time to be spent on each section
  • Number of questions to be attempted

Understand that all the 3 things mentioned above are dynamic and would vary from person to person, or sometimes even paper to paper, based on the difficulty level. Attempting a substantial number of mock tests (both sectional & full-length) would help you decide on the above-mentioned things. 

Do remember, the mock tests mentioned in the study plan will serve their purpose only if you analyze them and devote sufficient time to that analysis, instead of simply taking a mock test.

Understand, that the goal is to clear the individual sectional cutoffs first and then to maximize your overall score. Clearing sectional cutoffs requires a basic level of proficiency in each of the sections whereas, for maximizing the overall score, one can capitalize on their strengths.

Apart from the subject knowledge, your time management skills play an equally important role in the exam. Taking mock tests will also provide you with a situation where you can practice making such important decisions, and thus be better prepared for the actual exam.

Once you’ve done all that we’ve mentioned in the above RBI Grade B Study Plan 2020, rest assured that your preparation is complete. Just be confident, and go ace that exam.

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All the Best!


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