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RBI Grade B 2021 Admit Card (Out), Exam Date, Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Vacancies

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Mar 2, 2021

RBI Grade B exam is a national level competitive exam conducted by Reserve Bank of India for recruitment of Officers in Grade ‘B’ (General) - DR, DEPR, and DSIM in Common Seniority Group (CSG). RBI Grade B 2020 recruitment is conducted in three phases – Preliminary, Main Exam, and Interview Round. The RBI Grade B 2021 exam is conducted to fill 322 posts of officers. RBI Grade B recruitment for Phase I and II will be scheduled on 6 March 2021 and 1 April 2021 respectively.


26 February 2021: RBI grade B admit card 2021 for phase I has been released for Grade B (General), DEPR and DSIM. The last date of downloading the admit card is 6 March 2021. Click here.

Check the official notification of RBI Grade B 2021 in the following:

RBI Grade B
Grade B Highlights

​RBI Grade B 2021 Highlights

The key points about the RBI Grade B 2021 exam are highlighted below:

Exam name RBI Grade B
Conducting authority Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Exam level National
Post name Grade B (DR) for General, DEPR, DSIM streams
Selection stages Grade B (DR) for General: Phase I, II, and Interview DEPR/DSIM post: Paper 1, 2, 3, and Interview
Mode of exam Online
Exam Duration

Phase I: 120 minutes
Paper-II for General: 20+90+120 minutes
Phase II for DEPR and DSIM: 180+90 minutes
Interview: 20 – 30 minutes

Language of exam English and Hindi
Exam purpose To select Grade B Officers in General, DEPR, and DSIM
RBI Helpdesk 011-23711333
Official website
Grade B Dates

*DEPR: Department of Economic Policy and Research (Specialist for Economics Post Graduate)
*DSIM: Department of Statistics and Information Management (Specialist for Statistics Post Graduates)

RBI Grade B Exam Date 2021

RBI Grade B admit card 2021 has been released on 26 February 2021 and it can be downloaded till 6 March 2021. Go through the following table to know more about the important dates of RBI grade B 2021:

RBI Grade B 2021 Events RBI Grade B 2021 Dates
Release of short notification 25-Jan-2021
Availability of application form 28-Jan-2021 to 15-Feb-2021
Fee payment 28-Jan-2021 to 15-Feb-2021
Admit card for DEPR and DSIM 26-Feb-2021
Phase I exam for General, DSIM, and DEPR 06-Mar-2021
Phase II exam for General 01-Apr-2021
Paper-II and III exams for DEPR and DSIM 31-Mar-2021
Grade B Vacancy

RBI Grade B Vacancies 2021

RBI Grade B vacancies are announced based on the posts and categories. To know more, check the following table:

RBI Exam Number of Vacancies
RBI Grade B 2021 322
RBI Grade B 2019 199
RBI Grade B 2018 166
RBI Grade B 2017 161
Posts Unreserved i.e., General (GEN/UR) Scheduled Castes (SC) Scheduled Tribes (ST) Other Backward Classes (OBC) EWSs Total
Officers in Grade ‘B’(DR)- General 108 49 27 59 27 270
Officers in Grade ‘B’(DR)- DEPR 13 5 3 6 2 29
Officers in Grade ‘B’(DR)- DSIM 9 5 5 3 1 23
Grade B Eligibility

RBI Grade B Exam Eligibility

Candidates must meet the eligibility guidelines issued by RBI before applying online. The basic eligibility criteria pertaining to nationality, age limit and educational qualification of a candidate is discussed below:

RBI Grade B Nationality

To appear for RBI Grade B Examination 2021, a candidate must be either: —

  1. a citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal or Bhutan, or
  3. a Tibetan refugee who is permanently settled in India prior to January 1, 1962, or
  4. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from either Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, or Vietnam with the intention of residing permanently in India.

Please note that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c), and (d) should possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

RBI Grade B Age Limit

Candidates should fall in 21 and 30 years of age group as on September 1, 2021.

RBI Grade B Qualifications Requirement

  • A minimum 60% marks (55% for SC/ST/PWD) or equivalent grade in Bachelor’s degree and in 12th (or Diploma or equivalent) and 10th standard examination.
  • The minimum qualifying percentage or equivalent grade for the Bachelor’s degree should be aggregate of all the years/ semesters.
Grade B Application

RBI Grade B Application 2021

RBI Grade B Registration 2021 can be done through online mode only at the official website. The aspirants needed to fill the RBI Grade B application form 2021 from 28 January 2021 to 15 February 2021. The aspirants had to pay the fees within the mentioned dates.

Candidates willing to apply for posts in both Gr. B (DR)-General and Gr B (DR) DEPR / DSIM need to apply separately for each position along with requisite application fees.

RBI Grade B Application Fee

Application Fee for RBI Grade B Examination 2021 has to be paid in online mode only. Fee payable for various categories is indicated in the table below:

Category Charges Amount
SC /ST/ PWD Intimation Charges only INR 100/-
GEN/ OBC/ EWS Application fee including intimation charges INR 850/-
Staff Nil Nil
Grade B Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern (Revised)

The exam conducting authority has revised the RBI Grade B exam pattern 2021. As per the revised exam pattern, paper I and III exams of phase II will be objective and descriptive type. 50% marks will be of these two papers will be objective type and 50% marks will be descriptive type. However, previously two papers carried only objective type questions. Paper II (as previous) will carry only descriptive type questions of 100 marks.

  • The objective test of these two papers will be for 30 minutes
  • The descriptive test will be for 90 minutes.
  • Nonetheless, both the papers were held for 90 minutes.
  • Earlier, there was a Psychometric test before the interview
  • The interview test will be held for 75 marks, instead of 50 marks.

Go through the following table to get a clear idea about the RBI Grade B exam Pattern (updated) 2021:

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern for GR B (DR)- General

Phase of the Exam Sections No. of Questions Marks Duration
Phase I General Awareness 80 80 120 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
English Language 30 30
Reasoning 60 60
Phase II Paper I: Economic and Social Issues 50% Objective & 50% Descriptive 30 Objective Questions & 6 Descriptive Questions of which 4 have to be answered 100 120 minutes
Paper II: English (Writing Skills) 3 100 90 minutes
Paper III: Finance and Management 50% Objective & 50% Descriptive 30 Objective Questions & 6 Descriptive Questions of which 4 have to be answered 100 120 minutes
Interview 75

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern for DEPR/ DSIM is similar, check the following table to know more:

Phase of the Exam Name of the Paper Maximum Marks Duration
Phase I Paper I: Objective Type on Economics/ Statistics 100 120 minutes
Phase II Paper II: Descriptive Paper on Economics / Statistics 100 180 minutes
Paper III: English (Descriptive) 100 90 minutes
Interview 75

Check Detailed RBI Grade B Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B Syllabus 2021

The RBI Grade B syllabus 2021 prelims exam is similar to the other banks. The major sections of the prelims exam are mostly asked from the following topics:

  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Awareness
  • English Language

Candidate need to prepare for RBI grade b by following specific set of preparation strategy and with relevant books.

RBI Grade B Exam Centers

  • For RBI Grade B Examination 2021, candidates can choose one center for Phase-I and one center for Phase–II separately in the online application form
  • Allotment of the exam centers will be on the "first-apply-first-allot" manner based on availability.
  • RBI Grade B 2021 Prelims and Mains exam will be conducted in 158 and 20 exam cities respectively.
  • The list of exam centers are published along with the notification and should be selected carefully and cannot be altered once assigned.

RBI Grade B Exam Admit Card

RBI grade B admit card 2021 of phase I has been issued by the exam conducting authority on 26 February 2021. To download the admit card, the candidates need to login their account with the registration number or roll number and date of birth or password. The aspirants can download the RBI grade B admit card till 6 March 2021.

Grade B Salary

RBI Grade B Salary 2021

Once the aspirants will join the RBI Grade B post, they will be eligible for the local allowance, dearness allowance, house rent allowance, grade allowance and family allowance. Check the RBI Grade salary structure in the following:

Parameters Salary structure (In Rs)
Basic Pay 35,150
Payscale 35,150-1,750 (9)-50,900-EB-1,750 (2)-54,400-2,000 (4)-62,400
Allowances Dearness Allowance, Local allowance, House Rent Allowance, Family allowance and Grade Allowance
Initial monthly Gross emoluments 77, 208
Grade B Result

RBI Grade B Result 2021

RBI Grade B Result can be downloaded once published on the official website. The marks secured in Prelims, Main exam and Interview will be available on the Bank's website only after the declaration of the final result.

  • Candidates, who secure at least minimum marks as prescribed by the Board in the main exam will be shortlisted for the interview round.
  • The ‘corrected-scores’ obtained by each of the candidates in different phases of RBI Grade B Examination 2021 will be normalized using the equi-percentile method.
  • Candidates have to secure minimum marks separately for each test as well as in aggregate, as may be prescribed by the Board.
  • Candidates who qualify for subsequent rounds would be sent notifications via E-mail/ SMS to download Admission Letters or Interview Call Letters.

To know more about the RBI Grade B result 2021, click here.

RBI Grade B Cutoff

To clear the exam, the aspirants must score the RBI Grade B Cutoff marks for appearing to the next round of the examination. The RBI Grade B Cutoff marks was decided by the exam conducting authority. The Cutoff marks is depending on the total number of vacancies, total number of aspirants appearing for the exam, difficulty level of the exam. RBI releases the cut off marks after each phase of the exam.

Download previous year question paper of RBI Grade B


Grade B FAQs

Ques. When will the RBI Grade B 2021 phase I exam be scheduled?

Ans. RBI Grade B 2021 phase I was mentioned to be scheduled on 6 March.

Ques. When will the RBI Grade B 2021 notification be released?

Ans. The RBI Grade B 2021 notification was released on 28 January 2021 by the Reserve Bank of India.

Ques. What is the age limit of applying for the exam?

Ans, The aspirants should be lying between the age group of 21 years to 30 years to appear for the exam.

Ques. What is the maximum number of attempts for the RBI Grade exam?

Ans. The general candidates can attempt maximum 6 times the exam. On the other hand, there is no limit for the other candidates.

Ques. How to apply the RBI Grade B 2021 exam?

Ans. To apply for the RBI grade B 2021 exam, the aspirants needed to visit the official website of RBI.

Ques. What are the application fees of applying for the RBI Grade B exam?

Ans. The application fee for the SC/ST/PWD candidates is Rs. 100, whereas the fee is Rs. 850 for the GEN/OBC.EWS category aspirants.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


dheeraj kumar gupta
Helo , my graduation %age is 59.7 can I appear for rbi grade b
common admission test

No, You are not eligible asRBI has reclined educational basis for the enlistment of aspirantsand  Minimal scholastic qualification required is Minimum 60% marks (50% for SC/ST/PWD) or equivalent grade in Bachelor’s degree. 

what is handwritten declaration in rbi grade b?
kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. Content for the hand written declaration is “I, _______ (Name of the candidate), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required.

what is the work of rbi grade b officer?
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. The Grade B Officers in the RBI work as foot-soldiers that are responsible for doing activities in the bank related to the cash inflow and maintenance of order in the bank. Also, they are responsible for the overlook of swift functioning of the member banks of under the RBI in the country.

how many candidates appeared in rbi grade b last year??
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. Close to 2.5 to 3 lakh candidates gave the RBI Grade B exam last year.

what is the salary of rbi grade b officer?
kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. As per the latest notification, the basic salary of the RBI Grade B officer is INR 77208. Also the candidates get an increment worth INR 1750 (up to 9 years). After 9 years is over, basic pay also increases. Further details related to the same are mentioned here.

fauzia shahid
how much time is required to prepare for rbi grade b?
kavita rani

Hi Fauzia. Ideally, candidates must spend at least 8-10 months for RBI Grade B Preparation.

sheetal chib
how to read economic survey for rbi grade b?
kavita rani

Hi Sheetal. Economic survey is an important document for prestigious exams like UPSC and RBI Grade B. This survey summarizes all the important points about the developmental projects undertaken by the government of India. Also, all the initiatives taken up by the Indian government is presented in this survey. So read all the facts accurately before answering.

nibedita mohanty
I complete my graduation from Government autonomous college, Angul, Odisha with 80% mark in my graduation level. Am l eligible for RBI Grade b(DR) General officer exam in 2020-21 ?

Hi Nibedita

You can visit on our official website of RBI Grade B Eligibility Criteria of the exam to check you eligibility. You can also check the the application procedure on how you can apply for the exam.

What are the posts available in this recruitment project?
kavita rani

Hi Neha. Some of the posts include Officers in Grade 'B' (DR), Officers in Grade 'B' (DR), Officers in Grade 'B' (DR), etc. You can refer to the official website to get more details related to the same.

tanvee bose
Is RBI GRADE B 2020 application form is out??
arvind kumar

Hi Tanvee, RBI Grade B 2020 application form last date was 11 october 2020. For more details visit: RBI GRADE B EXAM

raushan kumar
I am achiving age 21. Then Can i apply rbi grade b form
arvind kumar

Hi Raushan, you can apply for the exam once you attain the age of 21 years. For more details visit: RBI GRADE B EXAM

gajendra gandharva
Hello sir i am intrested in rbi grade b exam but i am not eligible beacause my 12th standard percentage less then what to do sir????
arvind kumar

Hi Gajendra, sorry but you must have 60% in order to give the exam. Fo more details visit: RBI GRADE B EXAM

preetam oinam
What are the tentative dates for RBI Grade B exam 2021?
kavita rani

Hi Preetam. RBI Grade B 2021 Exam for Phase I is expected to be conducted in June 2021.             

Is R.S. Aggrawal good for the RBI Grade B exam?
kavita rani

Hi Priya. I would say that R.S. Agrawal is a good book to start. Also, you can refer to other books like Arun sharma’s book on quantitative aptitude while preparing for the exams like RBI grade B.

rashmi gupta
What should be my timetable for the next 8 months to crack the RBI Grade B exam in the 1st attempt?
kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. Honestly, you need to spend at least 8-10 months to prepare for the RBI Grade B exam. Also, it depends upon how much time you are devoting for your preparations. Analyze your stronger areas and weaker points so that you can study accordingly. You can refer here to know more about the same.

ankur jain
Is it a safe option to do preparation for the RBI Grade B exam, even though the vacancies are very limited? What other exams can I give after the preparation of the RBI Grade B exam?
kavita rani

Hi Ankur. Yes, you can prepare for the RBI Grade B exam, and get a good chance to clear the exam. With a little bit of preparation and awareness about the latest syllabus can help you get a good score in the exam. You can also prepare for the SBI PO, RBI PO, SEBI, etc. along with preparing for the RBI Grade B exam.

ipsha mohanty
Can I apply for RBI Grade B exam now?
arvind kumar

Hi Ipsha, The last date to apply for the exam was 11 october 2020. For more details visit: RBI GRADE B EXAM

nafisa khatoon
What are the Books to refer for RBI Grade B Phase 2?
kavita rani

Hi Nafisa. Some of the books include Indian Economy by Uma Kapila; Indian Economy by Mishra Puri, Monetary Theory and Public Policy by Kenneth Kurihara, among others. Refer here to know more about the same.

How good is AffairsCloud for the RBI Grade B exam?
kavita rani

Hi Soumi. There are many YouTube channels out of which AffairsCloud is one of the most preferred channels. In case you prepare for the RBI Grade B exam, then you must check out this channel.

prasthuthi gerri
Application link please
arvind kumar

Hi Prasthurthi, you can get the application on the official website and you can search it directly on the google. For more details visit: RBI GRADE B EXAM