RBI Grade B Prelims Course

The RBI Grade B Prelims Online course has been designed by expert educators from the field of banking to help you achieve success in the RBI Officer exam. The course is aligned with the latest RBI Grade B Exam syllabus & provides detailed coverage with easy to follow preparation plan with high-quality study materials. For the latest RBI Grade B notifications & RBI Grade B syllabus check out the RBI Grade B Prelims Online course now.

RBI Grade B Exam Vacancies

In the official notice of, the board has declared the total of 322 Grade-B officers vacancies, including category-based reservations. All the applicants should check out the chart of vacancies before appearing for the RBI Grade B examination.

Category-wise vacancy details are given below:

Year2021
ST35
SC59
OBC68
EWS30
UR130
Total322

RBI Grade B Selection Process

RBI Grade B selection process comprises three phases. A candidate must qualify each to proceed to the next phase.

Preliminary Exam (Phase I)

  • It is an Computer Based examination
  • RBI shortlists candidates in each category (General/ SC/ST/PWBD) for the Mains/Phase II Examination

Mains Exam (Phase II)

  • It is a Computer Based examination(Both objective and descriptive)
  • The candidates qualifying the preliminary examination appear for this examination
  • There is different cut-off list for qualifying the Main examination for each category (General/ SC/ST/PWBD)

Interview (Phase III)

  • Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview, based on aggregate of marks obtained in Phase-II (Paper-I +Paper-II +Paper-III). The minimum aggregate cut off marks for being shortlisted for Interview will be decided by the Board in relation to the number of vacancies.

RBI GRADE B Exam Pattern

RBI GRADE-B Preliminary Examination - Computer Based Examination - Objective paper

The Section-wise details are given below:

SectionNo. of MCQs/QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamTime Allotted
English Language5050English 
Quantitative Aptitude5050English and Hindi 
General Awareness 5050English and Hindi 
Reasoning Ability5050English and Hindi 
Total200200  

Note: Negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer

Candidates must clear the overall cutoff to qualify for RBI Grade-B Main Exam.  

RBI does not fix the cut-off marks. Instead, it decides depending on the question paper. The adequate number of candidates in each category are shortlisted for the Mains examination depending upon requirements.

Prelims exam is only qualifying, which means marks obtained in the Prelims exam will not be added anywhere else.

RBI GRADE-B Main Examination - Computer Based Examination - (Objective and Descriptive Paper)

S.NoSections / SubjectsPaper TypeMaximum MarksDuration (minutes)
1.Paper-I: Economics and Social Issues50% Objective Type, 50% Descriptive (to be typed with the help of the keyboard)

50

50

Total-100

30

90

Total-120

2.Paper-II: English (Writing Skills)Descriptive (3 questions)10090 minutes
3.Paper-III: Finance and Management50% Objective Type and 50% Descriptive

50

50

Total-100

30

90

Total-120

INTERVIEW ROUND:

Interview: Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview, based on aggregate of marks obtained in Phase-II (Paper-I +Paper-II +Paper-III). The minimum aggregate cut off marks for being shortlisted for Interview will be decided by the Board in relation to the number of vacancies. Roll No. of the candidates shortlisted for interview will be published on RBI website at appropriate time and interview call letters will be sent on registered email ID. Interview will be of 75 marks.

Final Selection:

  • The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-I and Phase-II separately.
  • The marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II) and interview, will be preparing the final merit list.
  • The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for preparing the final merit list for selection.

RBI Grade B Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of the RBI Grade-B Examination is given below:

Quantitative AptitudeReasoning AbilityEnglish LanguageGeneral Awareness
SERIESBLOOD RELATIONVOCABULARYBANKING & FINANCIAL AWARENESS
SURDS AND INDICESRANKING AND TIME SEQUENCE TESTNOUNIMPORTANT PLACES
SIMPLIFICATION AND APPROXIMATIONDIRECTION AND DISTANCEARTICLESIMPORTANT DATES
PERCENTAGESEATING ARRANGEMENTPRONOUNSIMPORTANT PERSONS
PROFIT AND LOSSPUZZLESFUNDAMENTALS OF SENTENCEIMPORTANT ORGANISATIONS
RATIO, PROPORTION, AND PARTNERSHIPALPHABET TEST (ALPHABETS/ NUMBERS/ SYMBOL)TENSESNATIONAL NEWS
AVERAGEINEQUALITYVERBSINTERNATIONAL NEWS
MIXTURES AND ALLIGATIONSYLLOGISMSUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENTBOOKS & AUTHOR
SIMPLE INTEREST AND COMPOUND INTERESTCODING-DECODINGADJECTIVESIMPORTANT DATE & DAYS
TIME AND WORKINPUT-OUTPUTADVERBFAMOUS PERSON & PLACES
TIME, SPEED, AND DISTANCEDATA SUFFICIENCYPREPOSITIONNEW APPOINTMENTS
INEQUALITYDECISION MAKINGCONJUNCTIONSPORTS & AWARDS
MENSURATION 2-DSTATEMENT AND ASSUMPTIONSREARRANGEMENTOBITUARY
MENSURATION 3-DSTATEMENT AND CONCLUSIONCLOZE TESTIMPORTANT MEETING & SUMMITS
PERMUTATIONS AND COMBINATIONSSTATEMENT AND INFERENCECONNECTORSFULL FORMS
PROBABILITYSTATEMENT AND ARGUMENTPARA BASED QUESTIONSNEW GOVERNMENT SCHEME
LINE GRAPHCOURSE OF ACTIONREADING COMPREHENSIONSCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
BAR GRAPHCAUSE AND EFFECTSESSAY WRITINGINDEX & REPORTS
DATA TABLE LETTER WRITINGECONOMY & BUSINESS
PIE CHART PRECIS WRITINGMOU
MIXED GRAPH   
SPIDER GRAPH   
ARITHMETIC DI   
DATA ANALYSIS   
DATA SUFFICIENCY   

RBI Grade B Exam Eligibility Criteria

RBI Grade B eligibility criteria is based on three parameters:

  • Educational Qualification – Graduation in any discipline /Equivalent technical or professional qualification with minimum 60% marks (50% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) or Post-Graduation / Equivalent technical qualification with minimum 55% marks (pass marks for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) in aggregate of all semesters / years
  • Age Limit – 21 to 30 years
  • Nationality – Citizen of India, Nepal, or Bhutan

Educational Qualification

PostsMinimum Educational Qualifications
1. Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - (General)

• Graduation in any discipline /Equivalent technical or professional qualification with minimum 60% marks (50% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) or Post-Graduation / Equivalent technical qualification with minimum 55% marks (pass marks for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) in aggregate of all semesters / years.

Note:

• Any such full-time course from a recognised University / Institute that is taken after Class XIIth and is at least of 3 years’ duration/ candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical graduation will be eligible for admission to the examination.

• Candidates who have passed the Final Examination for Membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India may also apply for the post.

OR

• Any such full-time course from a recognised University / Institute that is taken after graduation and is at least of 2 years’ duration / recognised by the Government as equivalent to post graduation will be eligible for admission to the examination.

2. Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - DEPR

• Essential: a. A Master's Degree in Economics / Econometrics / Quantitative Economics / Mathematical Economics / Integrated Economics Course/ Finance, with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters /years from a recognised Indian or Foreign University /Institute.

OR

b. PGDM/ MBA Finance with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters /years from a recognised Indian or Foreign University /Institute.

OR

c. Master’s Degree in Economics in any of the sub-categories of economics i.e. agricultural/ business/ developmental/ applied, etc., with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters /years from a recognised Indian or Foreign University /Institute

d. (i) Candidates having Master's Degree with Research/Teaching experience at a recognized Indian/Foreign University/ Institute will be eligible for relaxation in upper age limit to the extent of number of years of such experience subject to a maximum of three years. For experience, probationary period will not be reckoned.

3. Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - DSIM

Essential:

a. A Master's Degree in Statistics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Mathematical Economics/ Econometrics/ Statistics & Informatics from IIT-Kharagpur/ Applied Statistics & Informatics from IIT-Bombay with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters / years.

OR

b. Master's Degree in Mathematics with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters / years and one year post graduate diploma in Statistics or related subjects from an Institute of repute.

OR

c. M. Stat. Degree of Indian Statistical Institute with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate of all semesters / years.

OR

d. Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) jointly offered by ISI Kolkata, IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters/years.

Age Criteria

Age Limits (As on 1st of January 2021): 

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st of January 2021 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd January 1991 and not later than 1st January 2000. For candidates possessing M.Phil. and Ph.D. qualification, upper age limit will be 32 and 34 years respectively. 

(b) The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxed:

i. up to a maximum of five years for candidates belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe if the posts are reserved for them; 

ii. up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates if the posts are reserved for them; 

iii. up to a maximum of five years for ex-employees of banking institutions whose services had to be terminated for reasons of economy or because of bank going into liquidation and personnel retrenched from Government Offices after at least one year's service and currently registered with Employment Exchange; 

iv. up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st of January 2021 and have been released; a. on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st of January 2021) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or b. on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or c. on invalidment. 

v. up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st of January 2021 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months' notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

vi. For Gen/EWSs up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of PwBD. For SC/ST/ PwBD up to a maximum of 15 years and for OBC PwBD up to a maximum of 13 years, subject to reservation of vacancies under the respective post. Relaxation in upper age limit for PwBD will be subject to the posts having been identified suitable for such disabilities. 

vii. For candidates having experience as an officer in Commercial Bank/Financial Institution in Public Sector as also prior experience in Reserve Bank of India, upper age limit is relaxed to the extent of number of completed years of such experience subject to a maximum of three years. For such candidates, upper age limit should not exceed 33 years including experience. For experience, probationary period will not be reckoned. 

viii. For eligible staff candidates, the relaxation in age limit is according to RBI circular CO. HRMD. No. G-75/ 5599/ 05.01.01/ 2013-2014 dated December 20, 2013. 

ix. For recruitment to the post of Gr. B (DR)-DEPR/DSIM candidates having Master's Degree with Research/Teaching experience at a recognised Indian/Foreign University/Institute will be eligible for relaxation in upper age to the extent of number of years of such experience subject to a maximum of three years. For experience, probationary period will not be reckoned.

Relaxation of Upper Age Limit

CategoryAge Relaxation
SC/ST5 years
OBC(Non –creamy Layer)3 years
PWD(ST/SC)15 years
PWD(OBC)13 years
PWD(GENERAL)10 years
ESM5 years

Nationality 

The candidates appearing in the RBI Grade-B exam must qualify under any one of the following:

  1. Citizen of India, or
  2. Citizen of Nepal, or
  3. Citizen of Bhutan, or
  4. Tibetan refugees who have come to India to seek a settlement before January 1, 1962, or
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from either Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zaire, or Zambia with the intention of permanent settlement in India

Candidates belonging to categories 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India in their favor.

How to Apply for RBI Grade B Exam

Part-I: RBI Grade-B Registrations

In the first step, the candidates need to register themselves on the official website of the Commission. For this, the candidates must follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website of RBI - Build Your Future with the RBI!
  • Click on the ‘New User Register Now’ link
  • Fill the registration form
  • Click on the Submit button
  • Note down the system-generated registration ID

Part-II: RBI Grade-B application form

Next, candidates can login to their registered accounts using their registration number and password and complete the remaining steps of the application process.

The candidates have to upload a scanned copy of the following documents, to complete their application process:

DocumentsDimensions(pixels)File Size(KB)Type
Photograph200x23020-50jpg/jpeg
Signature140x6010-20jpg/jpeg
Left thumb Impression240x24020-50jpg/jpeg
Hand Written Declaration800x40050-100jpg/jpeg

Part-III: Fee Structure

Candidates should make the payment of requisite fees/ intimation charges through  ONLINE mode only, that is by Debit/Credit Card, Net Banking, IMPS, Cash Card, and Mobile Wallets (like Paytm, GPay). Once the fees are paid, the candidate cannot claim for refund. At the end of the payment procedure, the candidate should make sure to take a print copy for future use.

The application fee is given below:

CategoryApplication Fee (in Rs)
General and others850
SC/ST/PWD100

On successful completion of the transaction, an e-receipt will be generated. Candidates can take a printout of the e-receipt and online RBI Grade-B application form.

FAQs

Q. Can I appear for RBI Grade-B with a 50% graduation score?

Ans.   No, you can appear for RBI Grade-B with a 60% graduation score OR 55% in post graduation score. 

Q.  What is the selection process for RBI Grade-B?

Ans.    RBI Grade-B is held in three stages: Prelims, Mains and interview. The candidate will have to clear each stage for the final selection.

Q.  When will the online applications start?

Ans.    RBI Grade B Notification will be released.

Q. What is the cut-off for RBI Grade-B recruitment?

Ans.    There is no fixed cut-off. It depends on the performance of the candidates each year.

Q.  Is RBI Grade-B a bilingual exam?

Ans.    Yes, the RBI Grade B Exam is conducted in English and Hindi language. However, the English language section is in English only.

Q.  What is the application fee?

Ans.   The application fee for SC/ ST/ PWD candidates is Rs 100/-. All others have to pay ₹ 850/-

Q.  Are there fixed timings allocated for different sections?

Ans.    No, aggregate time allotted for each paper.