How to prepare for RBI Grade B Exam?

When it comes to cracking the RBI Grade B Exam, preparation is the first step. Every year the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) conducts the RBI Grade B Exam to select potential candidates for the position of Grade B officer for its various branches all across the country. These Grade B Officers will go on to form the backbone of the RBI.

This article will give subject-wise tips on cracking the RBI Grade B Exam.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern

In order to create an airtight preparation strategy, candidates need to familiarise themselves with the RBI Grade B Exam Pattern. The exam pattern of both Phase – I and Phase – II is given in the table below:

RBI Grade B Phase – I Exam Pattern
Name of Subjects No of questions / Maximum Marks
General Awareness 80/80
English Language 30/30
Logical Reasoning 60/60
Quantitative Aptitude 30/30
                                                          Total 200/200

RBI Grade B Phase – II Exam Pattern
Name of Subjects Time / Marks
Paper – 1 (Objective Type) Economic & Social Issues 90/100
Paper – 2 (Descriptive Type) English Language 90/100
Paper – 3 (Objective Type)

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RBI Grade B Preparation | English Language

The English Language section is one of the easiest to crack. By developing a reading habit, you can brush up on your grammar, which will also help in improving your vocabulary. It is also prudent to go through the previous years papers to get a general idea of the kind of questions that will be asked in the exam. 

Questions in this section are as follows: 

  • Comprehension 
  • Spotting Errors 
  • Para Jumbles
  • Antonyms and Synonyms 

Referring to the thesaurus and reading the English language newspapers will assist in mastering this section.

RBI Grade B Preparation | Quantitative Aptitude

In this section, the questions will come from topics like Arithmetic, Data Interpretation and Simplification. Learning shortcuts to solve these questions would benefit candidates as most of them come from data interpretation (DI). 

Other topics from which you can get a good number of questions are Number series, Simplification & Approximation and Quadratic Equation/Inequality. This section will consist of 30 questions. There will be questions from the following topics:

  • Percentage 
  • Average
  • Ratio and Proportion 
  • Partnership 
  • Time & Work 
  • Work & Wages 
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Allegation or Mixtures 
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Permutation and Combination 
  • Probability, Mensuration 

RBI Grade B Preparation | Reasoning Ability

This section will consist of 60 questions, so it becomes imperative to practice and attempt this section very carefully. Questions from the reasoning sections are known to be quite tricky, and thus, require a lot of practice to score well. This section mostly consists of Puzzles and logic-based questions. 

The puzzles can be on the lines circular arrangement, linear arrangement, floor-based puzzle, a tabular puzzle with two or three or even four variables, puzzles combined with blood relation or direction sense, square/rectangle sitting arrangement. 

RBI Grade B Preparation | General Awareness

Aspirants who are up to date about facts & news of everyday aspects score more in this section. They need to go through at least the previous six months current affairs notes available on banking examination related websites. Additionally, candidates should read newspapers and magazines to sharpen their skills in General Awareness. 

This is the section where marks can be obtained easily. Questions are asked on topics such as: 

  • International Summits
  • Governmental Schemes and Initiatives 
  • Sports Tournaments 
  • Books and Authors 
  • International Organisations 
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policies 
  • Banking and Financial terms 

RBI Grade B Exam Preparation | Tips during Exam

  1. In case you encounter any difficult questions, make sure you don’t waste precious time trying to solve them. Instead, you should move to the next question, and if possible, you may come back to this question later.
  2. Sometimes, the questions can be very tricky. It is recommended that you read them very carefully before answering.
  3. Avoid any form of guesswork in the exam.

A general idea on the nuances of RBI Exam pattern and  preparation strategy have been given. All that is left is to put in the maximum amount of effort in cracking the exam. Candidates can always refer to the well-crafted study material by BYJU’S for an extra boost in their preparations.

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