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RBI Grade B 2019 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Updated On - February 14th 2019 by JAINAB ALVI

RBI Grade B 2019 Exam Pattern is decided by exam authority of Reserve Bank of India. Applicants are advised to go through the exam pattern carefully before preparing for the examination. RBI Grade B Phase I exam will be conducted in the 2nd week of June 2019 while Phase II exam will be commenced in the 1st week of July 2019. Check RBI Grade B 2019 Application Forms

RBI Grade B Exam comprises two phases i.e. Phase I and Phase II. Candidates clearing both the phases are called for final selection round i.e. an interview. RBI Grade B exam pattern outlines details such as the number of questions, mode of examination, total marks, number of section and marking scheme etc.

  • In Phase I, the questions are set from four subject areas namely General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning. 
  • In Phase II questions will be asked from different subjects - Economic and Social Issues, English Language, Finance and Management/ Economics/ Statistics.
  • In Phase III, Candidates qualifying Phase I and Phase II will have to face interview round carrying 50 marks.
  • Final Merit List will be formulated based on the marks of Phase II exam and interview. Check RBI Grade B Result
  • Duration will vary for both the exams. Negative marking is applicable for both the papers.

RBI Grade B 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

The following table highlights some of the important aspects of RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2019:

Exam ModeOnline
Number of Phases3
Number of Sections

Phase I – 4 sections (General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning)

Phase II – 3 sections (Economic and Social Issues, English, optional subject)

Phase III – Interview Round 

Question Paper Type

Phase I – Objective

Phase II – Objective and Subjective

RBI Grade B 2019 Total Marks

Phase I – 200 Marks

Phase II – 300 Marks

Phase III (Interview) - 50 Marks

Exam Duration

Phase I – 2 Hours

Phase II – 1.5 Hours (each Paper)

Exam LanguageEnglish and Hindi

RBI Grade B 2019 Exam Pattern (Phase I)

The exam pattern for RBI Grade B Phase I consists of 200 multiple choice questions:

  • The questions shall be objective in nature
  • Total time duration to complete the exam is 2 hours
  • Sections included here are General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning
  • The exam will be held online for 200 marks
  • Students who scored minimum marks for each test as prescribed by the bank will only be shortlisted for Phase II examination based on the aggregate marks obtained in Phase I. Check RBI Grade B Admit Card

The table below indicates the division of questions and marks for RBI Grade B Phase I examination:

Sections NameTotal number of questions askedMarks allotted for the section
General Awareness8080
English Language3030
Quantitative Aptitude3030

RBI Grade B 2019 Exam Pattern (Phase II)

The Phase II of RBI Grade B exam also consists of three papers with a duration 1 hour 30 minutes each.

  • Only successful candidates from Phase I will appear for Phase II examination.
  • In Phase II there will be three papers i.e. Economic and Social Sciences, English, and Finance & Management
  • The Phase II exam will be comprised of objective and subjective questions
  • Except English, all question papers will be set bilingually in Hindi and English
  • To complete the exam, students will be given 1 hour and 30 minutes (for each paper).

The distribution of questions and marks for RBI Grade B Phase II examination is tabulated below::

PapersName of the PaperPaper TypeTime allotted for each paperMarks allotted for each paper
Paper 1Economic and Social IssuesObjective Type90100
Paper 2EnglishDescriptive90100
Paper 3Finance and ManagementObjective90100
 - -Total270 minutes300 mark

Marking Scheme

  • For every correct answer, students will be awarded 1 mark
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer
  • For any Un-attempted questions, no marks will be awarded or deducted.

RBI Grade B Interview (Phase-III)

Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview round based on the the phase II aggregate score of Paper I, Paper II and Paper III. The minimum cutoff to be eligible for the interview round will be decided by the conducting authority.

  • RBI Interview round is the third and final phase in RBI Grade B Selection Process.
  • Interview round carries 50 marks. Final merit list will be formulated after the conclusion of the RBI interview round.
  • Candidates can choose either Hindi or English language for the interview round.
  • Selected candidates Roll number will be uploaded on the official website.
  • Invitation Letter will be sent on the email ID of the selected candidates.

RBI Grade B 2019 Syllabus

RBI Grade B 2019 Syllabus is based on the graduation curriculum. Candidates can check the important topics in the tables below from each subject inlcuded in either Phase I or II.

The following table shows the topic wise syllabus of Phase I examination:

English LanguageGrammar
Error Spotting
Passage Making
Jumble Words
Fill in the Blanks
Sentence Framing
Quantitative AptitudeRatio and Proportion
Time and Work
Speed, Distance and Time
Mixture and Allegations
Stocks and Shares
Permutation and Combination
Data Interpretation
Set Theory
Coding Decoding
Machine Input Output
Data Sufficiency
Circular Arrangement
Linear Arrangement
Floor Puzzle
Verbal Reasoning
Ordering and Ranking
Arrangement and Pattern
Blood Relations
Direction and Distance
General AwarenessBanking & Financial Awareness
Economic NewsMonetary Policies
Important Guidelines
Financial & Economics News
Economics Terms
Static AwarenessHistory
Political Science
Environmental Facts
Parks, Dam, Thermal Power Plants, Mountains, Temples, Stadiums, Airports etc
Current AffairsDaily News, National and International News
Books by Famous Personalities
Awards, Summits & Conferences
Government Schemes, Agreement & Deal
People & Places in News
Science & Technology

The following table shows the Phase II examination syllabus:

Economic and Social IssuesGrowth and Development
Economic Reforms in India
Social Structure in India
FinanceFinancial System
Financial Markets
Risk Management
Basics of Derivatives
Development in Financial Sector
Union Budget
ManagementRole of Manager
Human Resource Development
Motivation, Morale and Incentives
Corporate Governanc

RBI Grade B 2019 Recommended Books

Below listed are some useful preparation books for RBI Grade B 2019. These books will go long way in clearing out doubts and consolidating knolwedge of core fundamentals in each section.

SubjectBook NameAuthor Name
Economic and Social IssuesIndian EconomyUma Kapila
Indian EconomyMishra Puri
Growth and DevelopmentDevraj Ray
SociologyC.N. Shankar Rao
EnglishDescriptive General EnglishS P Bakshi and Richa Sharma
Finance & ManagementMonetary Theory and Public Policy Kenneth Kurihara
Economic Growth and DevelopmentMayer and Baldwin
Financial ManagementPrasanna Chandra
StatisticsAn Introduction to Numerical AnalysisAtkinson
Sampling TechniquesCochran, William G
Fundamental of Applied StatisticsGupta, SC, VK Kapoor
EnglishObjective EnglishEdgar Thorpe
Objective General EnglishR.S. Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
ReasoningTest of ReasoningEdgar Thorpe
A modern approach to verbal & non-verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
How to prepare for Logical ReasoningArun Sharma
Analytical ReasoningM.K. Pandey

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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pallavi bhan

list of books and authors i need to prepare for RBI Grade B exams

30 Jan, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Pallavi, kindly go through the article mentioned above to know the list of recommended books for preparation of RBI Grade B.

31 Jan, 2019 18:04
Ayushi sharma

How much time will it take to prepare for upcoming RBI Grade B exam for a complete fresher with no coachings and experience of another exam

28 Jan, 2019 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Ayushi, you must start the preparation from now onwards with a positive attitude as it will take a minimum of two to three months with you being consistent with the preparation. You may read RBI Grade B Exam Pattern from here.

28 Jan, 2019 12:27

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