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RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021- Section Wise (Updated), and Marking Scheme

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May 3, 2021

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021 is decided by the exam authority of the Reserve Bank of India. The RBI Grade B exam is conducted in three phases –

  • Phase I examination
  • Phase II examination
  • Interview

Phase I comprises objective type questions, whereas, in the Phase-II exam, the candidates have to write the explanatory answers. The candidates can download practice papers to know the exact question type.

RBI Grade B exam Pattern 2021 has been revised. As per Revised exam pattern-

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern (Revised)

Revised Exam Pattern

For DR - General Phase I, II exam and interview stage, here is the detailed exam pattern for each stage:

  • Phase-I - consists of four sections
    • General Awareness
    • English Language
    • Quantitative Aptitude
    • Reasoning.
  • Phase-II:- consists of following papers -
    • Paper-I  - 50 % Objective (30 minutes , 50 marks) + 50% descriptive ( 90 minutes , 50 marks ) (descriptive answers is to be typed using keyboard) - total 120 minutes and 100 marks
    • Paper-II - descriptive( 90 minutes, 100 marks )
    • Paper-III  - 50 % Objective (30 minutes,50 marks) + 50% descriptive ( 90 minutes , 50 marks )(descriptive answers is to be typed using keyboard) - total 120 minutes and 100 marks
  • The interview will be conducted for 75 marks.
  • In Phase-I, Multiple choice questions are asked from General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning subjects.
  • RBI Grade B Main exam has three separate papers on Economic and Social Issues, English Language and Finance and Management.
  • Candidates qualifying for Phase I and Phase II will have to face an interview round carrying 75 marks.
  • The final Merit List will be formulated based on the marks of the Main exam and interview.
  • Duration will vary for both exams. Negative marking is applicable for both the papers of RBI Grade B.

In this article, we will cover RBI Grade B exam pattern details such as number of questions, mode of examination, total marks, number of sections, marking scheme, syllabus etc.

Grade B Highlights

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021: Highlights

The following table highlights some of the important aspects of RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021:

Exam Name RBI Grade B
Conducting Body Reserve Bank of India
Exam Level National
Name of the Posts Officers in Grade B (DR)- General- PY 2021
Officers in Grade B (DR)- DEPR PY 2021
Officers in Grade B (DR)- DSIM PY 2021
Selection Process Phase I
Phase II
Interview
Grade B Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021

  • RBI Grade B conducts in an online mode that a computer-based test.
  • Except the English language section, the papers will be set bilingually in English and Hindi.
  • RBI Grade B exam pattern and difficulty level vary for Prelims and Main exam as shown below:

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern (General) for Phase-I 2021

RBI Grade B Phase I is the primary screening process and hence, the score will not be added for the RBI Grade B Selection process. In the phase I exam, the aspirants have to answer objective type questions. The exam will be conducted online.

  • Time duration of phase I exam is 120 minutes
  • Total marks: 200
Sections Number of questions Maximum marks
General Awareness 80 80
English Language 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
Reasoning 60 60
Total 200 200

Important Points to Note

  • The RBI Grade B exam is held in multiple shifts, and it is dependent on the number of aspirants applied for the exam.
  • The candidates will get detailed information related to the exam date, time, venue and exam centre in the RBI Grade B admit card.
  • The obtained scores will be normalised by applying the equipercentile method to evaluate the RBI Grade B Cutoff.
  • The minimum RBI Grade B cutoff score will be decided based on the number of vacancies, the total number of aspirants who appeared for the exam and the difficulty level of the questions by the exam conducting authority.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern (General) for Phase-II 2021

The Phase-II exam is an objective and descriptive type of online exam. The obtained score from this phase will be added for the RBI Grade B Final selection process. More precisely, the final merit list will be prepared based on Phase-II and the interview score. Check the following Phase-II (General) exam pattern:

Name of Paper Type of the Paper Number of Questions Time Duration Maximum Marks
Paper–I Economic & Social Issues 50% objective type
50% Descriptive type and the answers will need to be typed with the help of keyboard
30 Objective Questions & 6 Descriptive Questions of which 4 have to be answered 30 minutes
90 minutes
Total: 120 minutes
50
50
Total: 100
Paper-II: English – Writing Skills Descriptive Typing and the answers will need to be typed with the help of keyboard 3 (Descriptive) 90 minutes 100
Paper -III Finance and Management 50% objective type
50% Descriptive type and the answers will need to be typed with the help of keyboard
30 Objective Questions & 6 Descriptive Questions of which 4 have to be answered 30 minutes
90 minutes
Total: 120 minutes
50
50
Total: 100

Important Points to Note

  • All the questions of Phase-II (except for English language) will be set for both Hindi and English
  • Phase-II exam will also be held in multiple shifts.
  • The exam time table will be highlighted in the RBI Grade B admit card
  • The aspirants have to choose only one subject out of three, based on their preference and eligibility.
  • Candidates who choose Hindi as the exam medium may type with the help of either. (i) inscript or (ii) Remington (GAIL) keyboards layout for Paper I and Paper-II.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern: Interview (Phase-III)

  • Based on the aggregate score obtained in the Main exam (Paper-I +Paper-II +Paper-III), candidates will be invited for the interview round.
  • RBI will decide the minimum cutoff which must be cleared by candidates in order to be shortlisted for the Interview round.
  • RBI will publish the result in a PDF format containing the roll number of candidates shortlisted for the interview.
  • Candidates will receive interview call letters on their registered email ID.
  • RBI Grade B Interview round will be 75 marks.
  • Candidates can choose the medium for interview amongst Hindi or English languages.
  • Final Selection will be based on the candidate's performance in the Phase-II examination and interview. Candidate should follow proper preparation strategy and relevant subject wise books for RBI Grade b Exam.
  • Candidates will undergo a Psychometric Test conducted by the Bank before appearing for the Interview. No marks will be allotted for the same and this will not form part of the final selection criteria.
Pre-Exam Training

Pre-Examination Training

Pre - Examination Training for certain category i.e. SC/ST/OBC/PwBD CANDIDATES. The Bank will arrange free of cost, online pre-examination training for Phase-I and Phase-II examinations. Candidates who desire to avail of the training programme may indicate their willingness while filling the online application form. Please note that undergoing the training will not confer any right to the candidate to be called for the Examination or for recruitment in the Bank's service.

Note: Pre Examination Training is only conducted for candidates of Gr B (DR)- General

RBI Grade B DEPR Exam Pattern 2021

Pattern for DEPR

The selection process for the RBI Grade B DEPR exam pattern will be conducted through an Online /Written Test and Interview. The interview will be a 75 marks exam.

Paper I Objective Type (on Economics) to be held on March 6, 2021 while Paper II & III will be held on March 31, 2021

There are three papers in the examination:

  • Paper-I (Objective type on Economics)
  • Paper-II (Descriptive type on Economics)
  • Paper-III (Descriptive type on English)
Phase of the exam/ Name of Paper Duration (minutes) Maximum Marks
Paper-I Objective Type (Economics) 120 100
Paper-II Descriptive Type (Economics) (Question paper displayed on computer, answers to be written on paper) 180 100
Paper-III English – Descriptive Type (To be typed with help of keyboard) 90 100
Total - 300

Important Points to Note

  • The aspirants scoring the minimum scores in Paper-I will be qualified for the Paper-II and III.
  • The roll number of the shortlisted aspirants for Paper-II and III will be released on the official website.
  • The minimum cutoff marks for Paper-II and III will be decided by the exam conducting authority based on the available number of vacancies.
  • Paper-II and III exam will be conducted in multiple shifts
  • The question paper will be set in Hindi and English.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021- DSIM Exam

Pattern for DSIM

The selection process for the RBI Grade B DEPR exam pattern will be conducted through an Online /Written Test and Interview. The interview will be a 75 marks exam. Paper I Objective Type (on Statistics) to be held on March 6, 2021 while Paper-II & III will be held on March 31, 2021

There are three papers in DSIM exam:

  • Phase-I (Objective type on Statistics)
  • Paper-II (Descriptive type of Statistics)
  • Phase-III (Descriptive type on English)
Phase of the exam/ Name of Paper Time Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I Objective Type (on Statistics) 120 minutes 100
Paper-II Descriptive Type (on Statistics) (Question paper displayed on computer, answers to be written on paper) 180 minutes 100
Paper-III English – Descriptive Type (To be typed with help of keyboard) 90 minutes 100
Total - 300

Important Points to Note

  • The aspirants scoring the minimum scores in Paper-I will be qualified for Paper-II and III.
  • The roll number of the shortlisted aspirants for Paper-II and III will be released on the official website.
  • The minimum cutoff marks for Paper-II and III will be decided by the exam
  • Phase-II and III exam will be conducted in multiple shifts
  • All the questions (except for Paper-III on English) will be set for both Hindi and English

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern: Interview (DSIM and DEPR)

The number of candidates to be called for an interview will be decided by the Board. The final selection will be on the basis of performance in Paper-I, II and III and interview taken together. The interview will be of 75 marks. Candidates may opt for the interview either in Hindi or English. Candidates will undergo a Psychometric Test conducted by the Bank before appearing for the Interview. Though No marks will be allotted for the same, and will not form part of the final selection criteria.

Marking Scheme

RBI Grade B Marking Scheme

Marking scheme Marks Given
For correct answers 1 mark
For wrong answers -1/4 marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

Total Scores= (1*Number of correct answers)- (0.25* Number of wrong answers)

Grade B FAQs

FAQs

Ques. What are the total allocated marks for the Phase-I General Exam?

Ans. Total allotted marks for RBI Grade B Phase-I(General) is 200 marks

Ques. Is there any negative marking in the RBI Grade B exam?

Ans. Yes, for every incorrect answer, the aspirants will get a deduction of 0.25 marks.

Ques. What is the time duration of the RBI Grade B Phase-I exam?

Ans. The time duration of the RBI Grade B Phase-I exam is 1.5 hours (120 minutes).

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

Comments


55 Comments
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anoushkaa james
Is the main exam in a subjective or objective format?
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common admission test

Hii James. Yes, RBI Grade B Main Exam consists of both subjective and objectives Questions. The English paper is a descriptive test whereas Economics and Social Issues and Finance and Management papers is objective in nature. For more details Click Here

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bhagyashri kene
Is the exam Bilingual?
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kavita rani

Hi Bhagyashri. Yes, excluding English language section, the paper is set bilingually in English and Hindi. Check out the latest exam pattern here.
 

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arushi thankur
Will the exam conducted online or offline (OMR Based)?
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kavita rani

Hi Arushi. The mode of exam is Online. This exam is taken into three phases including Preliminary, Main exam and Interview. RBI Grade B exam is taken online, which is computer based test. Check out more details related to the same here.
 

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neha
Will the exam conducted online or offline (OMR Based)?
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kavita rani

Hi Neha. RBI Grade B exam is taken in online mode that is computer based test.

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sadim ansari
What is the syllabus for Phase 2 exams?
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kavita rani

Hi Sadim. RBI Grade B Syllabus for Phase I include four segments including Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, and English Language, Quantitative Aptitude. For detailed syllabus, refer here.
 

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vipasha
What is the Structure of the exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. RBI Grade B exam is taken online and there are three phases in the exam including Preliminary, Main exam and Interview round. Detailed exam pattern is mentioned here.
 

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sunny pandey
Will the exam conducted online or offline (OMR Based)?
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kavita rani

Hi Sunny, The mode of the exam is online, it will be taken on computer.

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priyanka kar
I'm a science student and I have no idea of economic and finance .so how difficult would it be for me to learn the economic thing ?
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arvind kumar

Hi Priyanka, you can learn the economics by proper focus on the particular subject keeping in view the syllabus strictly. For more details visit: RBI GRADE B

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kashish tomar
Is it necessary to have econometrics knowledge for clearing the RBI grade B DEPR?
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kavita rani

Hi Kashish. Yes, in case you have econometrics knowledge then it will help you get a good score in the RBI Grade B DEPR. As the majority of the candidates are Ph. D holders and the level of competition is tough. So having knowledge of econometrics will help get a good score.

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vishal sharma
Will my preparation for the RBI grade B exam help in getting a good score at the CAT as well?
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kavita rani

Hi Vishal. Candidates who have earlier prepared for the RBI grade B exam, or other competitive entrance exams, you will get an extra advantage while giving the CAT exam.

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vipasha
How can I prepare for economic and social issues for the RBI Grade B Phase 2 exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. Referring to the latest books can help you stay updated about the latest economic and social issues for the RBI Grade 2 phase 2 exam. Refer here to know the best recommended books.

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ibashisha mukhim
How can I prepare for an RBI Grade B officer during my SBI PO preparation?
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kavita rani

Hi Ibashisha. Yes, you can prepare for both the exams at the same time.

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surabhi s
How can I prepare for RBI grade B phase 1 & phase 2 while going to college? I am in the 2nd semester of BCA.
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kavita rani

Hi Surabhi. In case you are studying in a dedicated way and is well-versed with the latest exam pattern, you can prepare for the exam along with continuing your studies as well. But you need to complete your graduation to give the RBI Grade B exam. To know more about the same, refer here.

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pradeepraje
Am I eligible for RBI grade B exam (10th - 85%,12th-72%,B.E.- CGPA-7.07 & CPI-6.27)?
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kavita rani

Hi Pradeepraj. You need to have at least 60% marks or an equivalent grade in Bachelor’s degree as well as in 12th and 10th standard examinations. Check out the detailed eligibility criteria here.

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yash raj singh
How can I become an RBI grade B officer, as I have completed my BSc and I don't know a single knowledge of it? Can anyone explain the details?
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dummy

Dear Yash Raj Singh

Greetings from Collegedunia. We are happy to inform you that you are eligible to apply for RBI Grade-B Officer Examination if you have completed Graduation with 60% aggregate marks in all 3 Years. You can apply it to its official website.

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kavita rani

Hi Yash. The RBI Grade B exam is considered as one of the toughest exams but in case you do the right competitive exam preparation, you can easily get a good score in this exam. In case you meet the minimum eligible criteria, you can apply for the exam. Refer to the official website and adhere to the steps mentioned there to apply.

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rashmi gupta
What are the Mistakes made by RBI grade aspirants while exam preparation?
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kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. The most important mistake made by the RBI grade aspirants while preparing for teh exam is the lack of awareness. Also doing random studies without guidance can affect your preparations a lot. So it is important to study as per the latest exam pattern.

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naman
How is the difficulty level of RBI grade B exams in comparison to CAT exam?
K
kavita rani

Hi Naman. There is no comparison between CAT and RBI GRADE B exams as both exams are completely different from each other. Also in terms of difficulty level, CAT Verbal Ability is quite difficult as compared to RBI Grade B Phase 1. Overall, if we compare the difficulty level, CAT questions are more difficult and need more practice as compared to RBI Grade B questions.

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vanshika chandra
What is the job profile of rbi grade b officer and what are the future avenues?
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kavita rani

Hi Vanshika. In the Reserve Bank of India, there are more than 30 Departments and in each department there are few Sections which is further subdivided into 4–5 sub sections. List of some of the departments of the Reserve Bank of India include Consumer Education and Protection Department, Corporate Strategy and Budget Department, Department of Banking Regulation, Department of Communication, etc. To know details about the job profile, refer to the official website.

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shatakshi patki
Is the RBI grade B officer exam tougher than the SBI PO exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Shatakshi. You can’t compare RBI Grade B prelims with SBI prelims. However, the Grade B prelims can be compared to SBI Mains. SBI PO exam is considered as tougher exam as more challenging questions are asked in this exam. Moreover, the selection process (phase 2 and interview) of RBI Grade B is quite difficult as compared to the other bank exams.

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devisingh
What is the difference in the pattern of SBI PO and RBI Grade B? Which topics should I study differently for the RBI Grade B?
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kavita rani

HI Devisingh. Some of the common sections which you need to prepare include Objective English, Subjective English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, Current Affairs, and Interview. While preparing for the SBI PO mains and interview, you need to have knowledge of finance as well.

To know the detailed syllabus, refer here.