RBI Grade B Syllabus for Phase II: Section Wise Syllabus

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Mar 19, 2021

The Reserve Bank of India conducts the RBI Grade B exam 2021 for recruiting officers in General, DEPR (Department of Economic Policy and Research) and DSIM (Department of Statistics and Information Management) posts. The RBI Grade B exam pattern and syllabus of these posts are different. The exam is conducted in three phases:

DR General Post

RBI Grade B Syllabus: Phase II for DR - General Post

The Phase II online examination will commence on 1 April 2021 only for the shortlisted aspirants of phase I. The candidates will be shortlisted from phase I exam by the exam conducting authority, based on the RBI Grade B Cutoff score. Based on the number of aspirants appearing for the exam, the phase II examination will be held in multiple shifts. The time and venue of the phase II exam will be mentioned in the RBI Grade B admit card.

The phase II of RBI Grade B for DR- General post comprises of the following subjects:

  • Economic and Social Issues - 50% objective + 50% descriptive
  • English- writing skill - descriptive type
  • Finance and Management - 50% objective + 50% descriptive

Economic and Social Issues

  • Growth and development
    • Measurement of Growth- National Income and per capita income
    • Poverty alleviation and employment generation in India
    • Sustainable development and environmental issues
  • Globalisation
    • Opening up of the Indian Economy- Balance of Payment
    • Export and import policy
    • International Economic Institutions
    • IMF and World Bank
    • WTO
    • Regional Economic cooperation
    • International economic issues
  • Indian Economy
    • Economic History of India and the changes in the labour and industry policy, Fiscal and monetary policy reforms of 1991
    • Economic survey and Union budget
    • Indian money and financial markets: Linkage with the economy
    • Role of the Indian banks and reserve bank in the development process
    • Public finance
    • Political economy
    • Industrial Developments in India
    • Service sector in India
    • Indian agriculture.
  • Social structure in India
    • Multiculturalism
    • Urbanisation and migration
    • Demographic trends
    • Social justice: Positive discrimination in favour of underprivileged
    • Gender issues
    • Social movements
    • Indian political system
    • Social sectors in India, Education and Health
    • Human development

English (Writing Skills)

This paper is framed in such a manner that the writing skill in English, that consists of expression and the understanding of the topic.

Finance and Management

a. Financial System

  • Regulators of Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Banking System in India – Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM Bank, NABARD, NHB, etc, Structure and concerns, Changing landscape of banking sector.
  • Reserve Bank of India- functions and conduct monetary policy
  • Impact of the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08 and the Indian response

b. Financial Markets

  • Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.),
  • Functions, instruments, recent developments.

c. General Topics

  • Risk Management in Banking Sector
  • Basics of Derivatives
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
  • The Union Budget – Concepts, approach and broad trends
  • FinTech
  • Global financial markets and International Banking – broad trends and latest developments.
  • Corporate Governance in Banking Sector, the role of e-governance in addressing issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector.
  • Inflation: Definition, estimates, trends, 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 and Organisational Behaviour:
    • Introduction to management;
    • Evolution of management thought: Scientific, Administrative,
    • Human Relations and Systems approach to management;
    • Management functions and Managerial roles;
    • Nudge theory
    • Big five model of personality
    • Meaning & concept of organizational behaviour
    • Maslow’s need theory, Alderfers’ ERG theory, McCllelands’ theory of needs, Herzberg’s two-factor theory
    • Perception: concept, perceptual error
    • Process theories (Adams equity theory, Vroom's expectancy theory)
    • Theories (Trait, Behavioural, Contingency, Charismatic, Transactional and Transformational Leadership; Emotional Intelligence: Concept, Importance, Dimensions
    • Analysis of Interpersonal Relationship: Transactional Analysis
    • Conflict: Concept, Sources, Reserve Bank of India Services Board, Mumbai Advt. No. 1 A /2020-21 24 Types, Management of Conflict
    • Organizational Change: Concept, Kurt Lewin Theory of Change
    • Theories of Planned Change (Lewin’s change model, Action research model, Positive model)
    • Organizational Development (OD): Organisational Change, Strategies for Change
  • Ethics at the Workplace and Corporate Governance:
    • Meaning of ethics, why ethical problems occur in business.
    • Theories of ethics
    • An alternative to moral principles: virtue ethics, teleological theories, egoism theory, relativism theory,
    • Ethical Principles in Business: introduction, Organization Structure and Ethics, Role of Board of Directors,
    • Utilitarianism: weighing social cost and benefits, Justice and fairness, Rights and duties, ethics of care, integrating utility,
    • Best Practices in Ethics Programme, Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct,
    • Moral issues in business: Ethics in Compliance, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, etc.
    • Communication: Steps in the Communication Process;
    • Oral versus Written Communication;
    • Communication Channels;
    • Verbal versus non-verbal Communication;
    • Barriers to Communication,
    • Upward, downward and lateral communication;
    • Role of Information Technology.

RBI Grade B Phase II (Paper II and III) for DEPR Post

DEPR phase II exam is consisting of two papers:

  • Paper II - Descriptive paper on Economics (Pen/paper)
  • Paper III - Descriptive paper on English (need to type using keyboard)

Paper II Syllabus:

The candidates should have basic knowledge of Masters level Economics of the any Central University of India. For more details, go through the following content:

  • Interpretation of data on Banking
  • Designing and organising sample survey
  • Knowledge on both corporate and external sectors
  • Inflation
  • Growth and other essential macroeconomics indicators
  • Analytical Studies on Statistical/ Econometrics model
  • Operational areas of the Reserve Bank etc.

The aspirants are advised to read from Annual Report, Progress of Banking in India, Financial Stability Report and Monetary policy report to build the concept on banking operations of RBI.

Paper III:

This paper is framed in such a manner that the writing skill in English, that consists of expression and the understanding of the topic.


RBI Grade B Phase II (Paper II and III) for DSIM Post

RBI Grade B Phase II (that is paper II and III) exam for DSIM post comprises of two sections:

  • Paper II- Descriptive paper on Statistics(Pen/paper)
  • Paper III - Descriptive paper on English (need to type using keyboard)

In paper II- Descriptive paper on Statistics exam, the candidates will have to write down the answers on the paper, whereas in Paper III, the aspirants will have to type the answer with the help of the keyboard.

Go through the following content to know more about the paper II syllabus before appearing for the DSIM post:

Paper II:

In this section, the aspirants will have to answer any three or more questions (as per their preferences) out of six questions.

  • Probability and Sampling,
  • Statistical Inference: Estimation, Testing of hypothesis and Non-parametric Test,
  • Linear Models and Economic Statistics,
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Stochastic Processes,
  • Numerical Analysis and Basic Computer Techniques

Paper III:

This paper is framed in such a manner that the writing skill on English, that consists of expression and the understanding of the topic.

Grade B FAQs


Ques. When will the RBI Grade B exam 2021 be conducted?

Ans. The RBI Grade B Phase I exam will be conducted on 6 March 2021 and the phase II exam will be held on 31 March 2021 and 1 April 2021.

Ques. Is the RBI Grade B syllabus similar to the SBI PO syllabus?

Ans. NO, the RBI Grade B syllabus is completely different from the SBI PO exam. The Syllabus of RBI Grade B Phase I (for General) is similar to the SBI PO mains exam.

Ques. What is the total marks of the Interview round?

Ans. As per the revised RBI Grade B exam pattern, the total marks of the interview round is 75.

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