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RBI Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2024, Detailed Phase 1 & 2 Syllabus

Last updated on 26-Feb-2024

RBI Grade B Syllabus

The RBI Grade B Syllabus is somewhat similar to the other bank exams. Every year, the Reserve Bank of India releases the notification for the recruitment of candidates for the post of RBI Grade B Officers. The vacancies are released every year for three posts which are Generalist, DEPR & DSIM. Before moving on to the syllabus part, let us first focus on the selection process. 

  • The RBI Grade B Selection Process consists of three stages which are Phase 1 (Preliminary Exam), Phase 2 (Mains Exam) & Phase 3 (Interview).
  • For Generalist Post, Phase 1 will be an objective paper and the subjects will be GA, Reasoning, English Language & Quantitative Aptitude. Phase 2 will have 3 papers, Paper I will be of ESI, 50% objective & 50% descriptive. Paper II will be of English (Writing Skills), descriptive and Paper III will be FM, 50% objective & 50% descriptive.
  • For DEPR & DSIM, 3 papers will be conducted. Paper I will be objective type and Paper II & III will be descriptive type.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern

Check out the detailed RBI Grade B Exam Pattern for all the phases in this page.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2024 (Phase 1: Prelims)

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

SectionsTotal QuestionsMarksDuration
Reasoning606045 minutes
General Awareness808025 minutes
English Language303025 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude303025 minutes
Total200200120 minutes

 

There will be a 1/4th negative marking for each question. Candidates, who will secure minimum marks separately for each test as prescribed, will be shortlisted for Phase 2 of the examination based on the aggregate marks obtained in Phase 1.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2024 (Phase 2: Mains)

The RBI Grade B Mains exam consists of three papers: Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3. Papers 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.

PapersType of TestTotal MarksDuration
Paper I - Economic and Social Issues50% Objective Test (30 objective questions)
50% Descriptive Test(6 descriptive questions out of which 4 need to be answered)
50 marks
50 marks
30 mins
90 mins
Paper-II - English (Writing Skills)Descriptive Test100 marks90 mins
Paper III - General Finance and Management50% Objective Test (30 objective questions)
50% Descriptive Test(6 descriptive questions out of which 4 need to be answered)
50 marks
50 marks
120 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, the candidate answers more than 4 questions in descriptive, the first 4 shall be evaluated.
  • All question papers (in both Phases, except the test of English) will be set bilingually in Hindi and 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 Syllabus 2024

We have discussed the detailed RBI Grade B Syllabus for both phases in the subsections below.

RBI Grade B Syllabus 2024 for Written Exam (For Generalist Post)

The aspirants who are preparing for the RBI Grade B Exam must check out the complete blog to know the RBI Grade B Syllabus in detail as we have covered the syllabus of all phases.

RBI Grade B Syllabus 2024 - Phase 1

Well, as Phase 1 contains 4 general subjects so the detailed syllabus is not available in the notification PDF. We are providing you the list of topics from where you can expect the questions and which you need to master in order to gain good marks.

English LanguageGeneral AwarenessLogical ReasoningQuantitative Aptitude
Cloze 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.Appointments/ Committees/ Constituencies/ Sports/ Awards/ Film&Festivals/ Meetings/ Summits/ Schemes/ Campaigns/ Portals/ International News/ India's initiative with other countries/
Miscellaneous - Ports/Industrial Parks, museums, Power plants, nuclear plants, any missile launch etc
Reports/ Indices/ Obituary/ Banking Terminology/ Headquarters of Banks/ Economic and Financial news (like news related to Monetary Policy; Important Guidelines/Census Data/Socio-Economic Caste /Census/Union Budget/Economic Survey
Alphanumeric Series, Order and Ranking, Direction Sense, Alphabet Test, Data Sufficiency, Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Input-Output, Coding-Decoding, Logical Reasoning.Data Interpretation, Quantity Based Questions (Q1, Q2, Q3 etc), Data Sufficiency, Simplification, Approximation, Quadratic Inequalities, Number Series (missing and wrong no. 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.

 

RBI Grade B Syllabus 2024 - Phase 2

As mentioned earlier, Phase 2 consists of three papers. Check out the RBI Grade B Syllabus for all three papers in the table below:

Economic & Social IssuesEnglish (Writing Skills)General Finance and Management
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. 

Globalization – Opening up of the Indian Economy – Balance of Payments, Export-Import Policy – International Economic Institutions – IMF and World Bank – WTO – Regional Economic Co-operation; International Economic Issues 

Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic Trends – Urbanisation and Migration – Gender Issues – Social Justice
The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expression and understanding of the topic.a) Financial System Structure and Functions of Financial Institutions, Functions of the Reserve Bank of India, Banking System in India – Structure and Developments, Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM Bank, NABARD, NHB, NaBFID, etc, Recent Developments in Global Financial System and its Impact on Indian Financial System, Role of Information Technology in Banking and Finance Non-Banking System, Developments in Digital Payments

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

c) General Topics Financial Risk ManagementBasics of DerivativesGlobal financial markets and International Banking – broad trends and latest developmentsFinancial InclusionAlternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private PartnershipCorporate Governance in Banking SectorThe Union Budget – Concepts, approach, and broad trendsBasics of Accounting and Financial Statements - Balance Sheet, Profit, and Loss, Cash Flow Statements, Ratio Analysis (such as Debt to Equity, Debtor Days, Creditor Days, Inventory Turnover, Return on Assets, Return on Equity, etc.)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.

d) Management- Fundamentals of Management & Organizational Behaviour & Ethics at the Workplace and Corporate Governance in detail.

 

RBI Grade B Syllabus 2024 for Written Exam (For DEPR & DISM)

Check out the below-given table to know the syllabus for DEPR & DSIM Written Exam.

DEPRDSIM
(i) Standard of papers on Economics would be that of Master's Degree examination in Economics of any Central University in India. 

(ii) Syllabus for English: The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expression and understanding of the topic
The standard of papers would be that of the Master's Degree examination of any Central University in India.

Paper-I: Questions would cover Probability: Definition of Probability, Standard distribution, Large and small sample theory, Analysis of Variance, Estimation, Testing of Hypotheses, Multivariate analysis, and Stochastic Processes.

Paper-II: Questions would cover (i) Probability and Sampling, (ii) Linear Models and Economic Statistics, (iii) Statistical Inference: Estimation, Testing of hypothesis and Non-parametric Test, (iv) Stochastic Processes, (v) Multivariate analysis and (vi) Numerical Analysis and Basic Computer Techniques. There will be sufficient choice for candidates to attempt the required number of questions from any three or more of the above six groups.

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

 

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FAQs

Q. What is the selection procedure followed for RBI Grade B exam?

A. The RBI Grade B exam is conducted in three stages: Phase I (Prelims), Phase 2 (Mains), and the Interview round.

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

A. You will need a minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PWD) or an equivalent grade in Bachelor's degree OR a minimum of 55% percentage in your Post Graduation if you are a postgraduate (pass marks for SC/ST/PwBD applicants).

Q. Will there be RBI Grade B exam in 2024? +

A. Yes, the RBI Grade B exam will be conducted in 2024.

Q. How many times can I attempt RBI Grade B exam? +

A. If you are a general category candidate, you have 6 attempts, whereas there is no bar on the number of attempts for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates. By 6 attempts, it means you should have taken the RBI Grade B Phase 1 exam 6 times. If you have already taken the RBI Grade B Phase 1 exam 6 times, then you are not eligible to apply.

Q. Is there any negative marking in RBI Grade B exam? +

A. Yes, there is negative marking in Phase 1 of the RBI Grade B exam. There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer in RBI Grade B Phase 1.

Q. What is the Application Fee for RBI Grade B 2024 Exam? +

Expected Application fee for the RBI Grade B is as follows:
For GEN/OBC/EWSs - Rs 850 + 18% GST
For SC/ST/PwBD - Rs 100 + 18% GST
For RBI Staff - Nil.
There will be no application fee for the RBI staff.

Q. How is Oliveboard's Course for RBI Grade B exam preparation? +

A. Oliveboard's RBI Grade B online course is at present the best course for your preparation.
The course is curated by Riti Maám and this course covers all your preparation needs:
ESI & FM Video Lessons, LIVE Revision Classes, Descriptive Mock Tests with Expert Evaluation, ESI & FM Topic Tests, Descriptive Ans-Writing Platform, ESI & FM Study Notes, Current Affairs Capsules, Descriptive English Preparation, Model Descriptive Answers, Objective Mock Tests, Interview Preparation and much more.
Toppers have trusted and so can you!

Q. Do I need a minimum of 60% criteria in my 10th and 12th class in order to apply for the RBI Grade B exam? +

A. No, your 10th and 12th class/standard marks/percentage do not matter. You will need a minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PWD) or an equivalent grade in Bachelor's degree OR a minimum of 55% percentage in your Post Graduation if you are a postgraduate (pass marks for SC/ST/PwBD applicants).

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