Complete RBI Grade B Syllabus 2021-22 [Phase 1 & 2] – Check Here

RBI had announced RBI Grade B 2021 Notification with a total number of 322 vacancies, the highest to date! The Phase-1 exam was conducted on the 6th of March 2021 and Phase-2 on April 1st, 2021. Major changes have been introduced in the Phase-2 Exam Pattern. Descriptive questions have been introduced in Phase-2 papers of ESI & FM. To kick-start your preparations for an exam as competitive as the likes of RBI Grade B, you must be well aware of the RBI Grade B Syllabus 2021 too. This would help you plan your study and we at Oliveboard will help you do just that.

Here in this article, we will be covering the syllabus for both RBI Grade B Phase 1 & Phase 2.

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RBI Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Before jumping on to the syllabus, let us first acquaint ourselves with the equally important exam pattern. Have a look at the RBI Grade B Phase-1 and Phase-2 exam patterns

1. Phase-Wise RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021

1.1 RBI Grade B Phase 1 (Prelims) Exam Pattern (Online Examination – Objective Type)

Objective Type Test

No. of Questions



General Awareness



25 Minutes




45 Minutes

English Language



25 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude



25 Minutes




120 Minutes

Candidates, who secure minimum marks separately for each Test, as prescribed, will be shortlisted for Phase-II of the examination based on the aggregate marks obtained in Phase-I.

1.2 RBI Grade B Phase II (Mains) Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B Exam PatternPhase-II – Online Examination

Name of Paper Type of Paper Proposed
Time (Minutes)
Economic and Social Issues
50% Objective Type + 50% Descriptive, answers to be
typed with the help of the keyboard
30 + 90
Total-120 Minutes
50 + 50
English (Writing Skills)
Descriptive, answers to be typed with the help of the keyboard 90 Minutes 100
Finance and Management
50% Objective Type + 50% Descriptive, answers to be typed. with the help of the keyboard 30 + 90
Total-120 Minutes
50 + 50


For both Paper I and III, there will be 30 questions and 50 marks for Objective questions (some questions carrying 2 marks each and some carrying 1 mark each).


  • In the case of Descriptive questions, 6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions (2 of 15 marks each (with difficulty level) and 2 of 10 marks each). In case, candidate answers more than 4 questions in descriptive, the first 4 shall be evaluated.
  • All question papers (in both the Phases, except the test of English) will be set bilingually in Hindi and English.

2. Complete RBI Grade B Syllabus 2021 (For Phase 1 & 2)

2.1 RBI Grade B Prelims Syllabus 2020

2.1.1 Quantitative Aptitude
·         Averages·         Problems on Ages,
·         Data Interpretation·         Profit & Loss,
·         Data Sufficiency·         Quadratic Equations,
·         Mensuration·         Ratio & Proportion,
·         Mixtures & Alligation·         Simple Interest & Compound Interest,
·         Number Series·         Time, Speed & Distance.
·         Partnerships·         Work & Time
·         Percentages·         Quantity Comparison

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2.1.2 English Language
·         Reading Comprehension·         Sentence Improvement
·         Cloze Test·         Phrase Replacement
·         Error Spotting·         Antonyms/Synonyms
·         Para Jumbles·         Idioms and Phrases
·         Fillers – Single, Double·         One-Word Substitution
2.1.3 Reasoning Ability
·         Seating Arrangement – Linear & Circular,



          People Sitting around a table

·         Puzzles
·         Distance & Direction·         Syllogisms
·         Coded Inequalities·         Input-Output Puzzles
·         Coding-Decoding·         Logical Reasoning
·         Alphanumeric Series·         Blood Relations
·         Order & Ranking·         Data Sufficiency
2.1.4 General Awareness
  • Banking and Financial Awareness
  • Static General Knowledge
  • Current Affairs

Read RBI Grade B Current Affairs Capsules Here

2.2 RBI Grade B Mains Syllabus 2020

1. Paper-I – Economic and Social Issues (ESI):

Growth and Development

·         Measurement of growth: National Income and per capita income

·         Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India

·         Sustainable Development and Environmental Issues

Indian Economy 

·         Economic History of India

·         Changes in Industrial and Labour Policy, Monetary and Fiscal Policy since reforms of 1991

·         Priorities and recommendations of Economic Survey and Union Budget

·         Indian Money and Financial Markets: Linkages with the economy

·         Role of Indian banks and Reserve Bank in the development process

·         Public Finance

·         Political Economy 

·         Industrial Developments in India- Indian Agriculture

·         Services sector in India.


·         Opening up of the Indian Economy

·         Balance of Payments, Export-Import Policy 

·         International Economic Institutions

·         IMF and World Bank

·         WTO

·         Regional Economic Cooperation; International Economic Issues.

Social Structure in India 

·         Multiculturalism

·         Demographic Trends

·         Urbanisation 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.

Suggested reference material:

  • Books: 1. Indian Economy: Uma Kapila (series of books) 2. Indian Economy: Mishra & Puri (Latest Edition) 3. Growth and Development: Devraj Ray 4. Sociology: C.N. Shankar Rao 5. Public Finance – K K Andley and Sundaram
  • Newspapers including Mint, Business Line,
  • Magazines/Periodicals/ Bulletins including RBI Bulletins, EPW, India Today,
  • Reports: 1. World Development Report 2. Economic Survey of India 3. RBI Annual Report 4. Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India. 5. IMF: World Economic Outlook
  • Material sourced from RBI website

2. Paper-II -English (Writing Skills):

The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expression and understanding of the topic.

3. Paper-III – Finance and Management:

Financial System

·         Regulators of Banks and Financial Institutions.

·         Reserve Bank of India- functions, and conduct monetary policy.

·         Banking System in India – Structure, and concerns, Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM Bank, NABARD, NHB, etc, Changing landscape of banking sector.

·         Impact of the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08 and the Indian response.

Financial Markets

·         Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments.

General Topics

·         Risk Management in Banking Sector

·         Basics of Derivatives

·         Global financial markets and International Banking – broad trends and latest developments.

·         Financial Inclusion

·         Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership

·         Corporate Governance in the Banking Sector, the role of e-governance in addressing issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector.

·         The Union Budget – Concepts, approach, and broad trends

·         Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI – components and trends; striking a balance between inflation and growth through monetary and fiscal policies.

·         FinTech

Suggested reference material:


  • Monetary Theory and Public Policy – Kenneth Kurihara
  • Indian Economy – Mishra & Puri
  • Economic Growth and Development – Mayer and Baldwin
  • Financial Management – Prasanna Chandra
  • Major financial newspapers
  • International business by Hill and Jain
  • RBI Annual Report, Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India,
  • Economic Survey
  • Material sourced from RBI website


Fundamentals of Management & Organizational Behaviour

·         Introduction to management

·         Evolution of management thought: Scientific, Administrative, Human Relations, and Systems approach to management.

·         Management functions and Managerial roles

·         Nudge theory

Meaning & concept of organizational behaviour

·         Personality: meaning, factors affecting personality, Big five model of personality

·         Concept of reinforcement

·         Perception: concept, perceptual errors.

·         Motivation: Concept, importance, Content theories (Maslow’s need theory, Alderfer’s ERG theory, Mc Clleland’s theory of needs, Herzberg’s two-factor theory) & Process theories (Adams equity theory, Vroom’s expectancy theory).


·         Concept, Theories (Trait, Behavioural, Contingency, Charismatic, Transactional and

·         Transformational Leadership

·         Emotional Intelligence: Concept, Importance, Dimensions.

·         Analysis of Interpersonal Relationship: Transactional Analysis, Johari Window

·         Conflict: Concept, Sources, Types, Management of Conflict

·         Organizational Change: Concept, Kurt Lewin Theory of Change

·         Organizational Development (OD): Organisational Change, Strategies for Change, Theories of Planned Change (Lewin’s change model, Action research model, Positive model).

Ethics at the Workplace

·         Meaning of ethics, why ethical problems occur in business.

·         Theories of ethics: Utilitarianism: weighing social cost and benefits, rights and duties, Justice and fairness, ethics of care, integrating utility, rights, justice and caring,

·         An alternative to moral principles: virtue ethics, teleological theories, egoism theory, relativism theory

·         Moral issues in business: Ethics in Compliance, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, etc.

·         Ethical Principles in Business: introduction, Organization Structure, and Ethics, Role of Board of Directors, Best Practices in Ethics Programme, Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, etc.

Corporate Governance

·         Factors affecting Corporate Governance

·         Mechanisms of Corporate Governance


·         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

Suggested reference material:


  • Stephen P. Robbins & Mary Coulter,
  • Robbins Stephen P and Judge T.A. Vohra, Organisational Behaviour
  • Dessler Gary, Warkkey Biju- Human Resource Management
  • Decenzo and Robbins- Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
  • Velasquez Manuel G: Business Ethics- Concepts and
  • Fernando A.C.: Business Ethics – An Indian
  • Crane Andrew & Matten Dirk: Business Ethics
  • Ghosh BN: Business Ethics & Corporate Governance

That brings us to the end of this article. We hope the RBI Grade B Syllabus 2021 provided here helps you plan your study and are well prepared before the exam. Join our exclusive RBI Grade B Cracker course and learn from some of the best faculties in the country.

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Crash Course Offerings

Video Lessons & Study NotesMock Tests
  • 90+ Video Classes for ESI & FM
  • LIVE + Revision Sessions for ESI & FM
  • 10+ Descriptive English Classes
  • Detailed Study Notes ESI & FMCurrent Affairs Capsules & Past Year Papers
  • 6 Descriptive Mock Tests (ESI & FM)
  • 30 Objective Mock Tests (15 – ESI & 15 – FM)
  • 10 Full-Length Mock Tests for Phase 1
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