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RBI Grade B Exam Pattern - Complete Details

RBI Grade B exam is one of the most prestigious government exams in India, and for the candidates, it is beneficial to know the exam pattern. In this section, we will be discussing the RBI Grade B exam pattern in detail.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam Pattern (Prelims)

The RBI Grade B Prelims exam consist of 4 sections: Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. The detailed exam pattern in a tabular format is presented below:

SectionsTotal QuestionsMarksDuration
Reasoning606045 minutes
General Awareness808025 minutes
English Language303025 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude303025 minutes
Total2002002 hours

There will be 1/4th negative marking for each question. 

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. 

RBI Grade B Phase 2 Exam Pattern (Mains)

The RBI Grade B Mains exam consists of three papers: Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3. Paper 1 and 3 are a combination of both objective and descriptive questions, while Paper 2 is a completely descriptive paper. 

The detailed format is presented below in a tabular format.

For General Posts

PapersType of testTotal MarksDuration
Paper I - Economic and Social Issues

50% Objective Test (30 objective questions)

50% Descriptive Test

(6 descriptive questions out of which 4 needs to be answered)

50 marks

50 marks

30 mins

90 mins

Paper-II - English (Writing Skills)Descriptive Test100 marks90 mins
Paper III - Finance and Management

50% Objective Test (30 objective questions)

50% Descriptive Test

(6 descriptive questions out of which 4 needs to be answered)

50 marks

50 marks

30 mins

90 mins

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).

Note: 

  • 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.

For DEPR Posts

Phase 1 - Objective questions on Economics

Phase 2

Paper 1 - Descriptive paper on Economics

Paper 2 - Descriptive paper on English

For DSIM posts

Phase 1 - Objective questions on Economics

Phase 2

Paper 1 - Descriptive paper on Statistics

Paper 2 - Descriptive paper on English

RBI Grade B Interview

Those who have cleared the Mains of the RBI Grade B will be called for an Interview which carries 75 marks. The final selection is based on the marks obtained on the Mains (Phase 2) and Interview.

RBI Grade B 2021 Notification - Major Changes Introduced

1. Eligibility Criteria:

  • Your 10th & 12th Marks would not be required. 60% criteria removed.
  • A minimum of 60% is required in Graduation.

2. Exam Pattern:

  • Descriptive Section introduced in Phase-2 Papers of ESI & FM.

3. Marks:

  • 50% of Marks are allotted to the Objective Questions (50 Marks) and 50% to the Descriptive Questions (50 Marks).

4. Time:

  • A total time of 120 minutes would be given wherein 30 minutes was given to the objective paper and 90 minutes to the descriptive paper.

5. No. of Questions:

  • There would be 30 questions in the Objective Paper (1 & 2 Markers) carrying a total of 50 marks.
  • There would be a total of 6 Questions in the Descriptive Paper. You will have to attempt 4 out of these 6 questions.
  • Out of these 4 questions that you attempt, 2 questions would carry 15 marks each and the other 2 questions would carry 10 marks each.

6. Interview: 

The interview would be of 75 marks.

7. Syllabus: 

There are no major changes as such, but 2-3 topics have been added to the syllabus of Economic & Social Issues and Finance & Management.

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FAQs

What are the phases in the Selection Process for RBI Grade B?

The Grade B Exam is conducted in three stages namely Phase I, Phase 2, and the Interview round.

What is the minimum qualification required for RBI Grade B? +

A minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PWD) or an equivalent grade in Bachelor’s degree.

What is the age criteria for RBI Grade B? +

Minimum Age: 21 Years and Maximum Age: 30 years

When is RBI Grade B exam date? +

The important exam dates for RBI Grade B Recruitment is yet to be announced and will be released along with the notification.

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