RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021

Reserve Bank of India has issued a notification to recruit around 322 officers through the popular RBI Grade B 2021 exam. It is the toughest exam if we compare this to other Bank exams. There are a lot of extra benefits RBI provides to the Grade B officers which makes it the most difficult Bank exam in India.

Although everything is possible by smart hard work and continuous preparation. To prepare for the RBI Grade B exam candidates must have an idea about the latest Exam Pattern.

RBI Grade B officers will be recruited for the three different departments and the exam pattern for all three departments will be different. Please check below the department details.

  • Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – General
  • Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – DEPR
  • Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – DSIM

Exam pattern will be different for different departments. Please have a look at the department-wise pattern.

A- RBI Grade B officers General:

Exam pattern for Grade B officers in the General department will be a three-step process.

  • Phase I
  • Phase II
  • Interview

Phase I- Prelims Exam:

There are 4 sections in the Preliminary Examination. General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning. Please find the Phase I Preliminary Exam Pattern in the below table.

Sr. No.SubjectsQuestionsMarksTotal Time
1General Awareness8080
2Reasoning6060
3English Language3030
4Quantitative Aptitude3030
Total2002002 Hours

Important Points related to Phase I: Preliminary Examination:

  • The preliminary examination will be an objective type of question paper where multiple answers will be given.
  • There would be a total of 200 questions in the preliminary exam which should be attempted within 2 hours duration.
  • each question carries 1 mark.
  • The examination may be conducted in multiple shifts as mentioned on the Admit Card. Please check the shift timing on the Admit Card.
  • Marks obtained in different shifts will be normalized by using the equipercentile method to get the candidate’s corrected score.
  • The question paper will be available in both English and Hindi language (except the English Language test).

Note: There will be a fixed timing for each section. There will be a fixed cut-off for the individual tests as well as for all tests. Candidates will have to get minimum cut-off marks in order to qualify for the Main exam. Minimum cut-off marks will be decided by the exam conducting authority.

Phase II: Main Exam:

After clearing the Phase I examination candidates will be called for Phase II examination. There will be three papers in Main Exam. Paper I, Paper-II, Paper III. Please find below the Phase II (Main Exam) pattern in the below table.

Sr. No.Name of PaperType of PaperTimeMarks
1Paper-I: Economic and Social IssuesObjective Type90100
2Paper II: English (Writing Skills)Descriptive test on a computer, to be typed with the help of the keyboard90100
3Paper-III: Finance and ManagementObjective type90100

Important points for Phase 2 exam:

  • Only those candidates who successfully clear the minimum cut off marks set by the RBI will be allowed to appear for the Phase 2 exam.
  • Paper 2 will be conducted in multiple shifts.
  • Candidates will get a separate Admit Card for the Phase 2 exam. Please check the shift timing and venue written on the Admit Card.
  • Question paper language will be Hindi and English both (except the English language test)

Phase III- Interview:

Candidates who cleared the Main exam and secured minimum cut off marks will be called for the final interview.

Important Points:

  • For the Interview, round candidates will be shortlisted based on the total marks obtained in the Phase 2 exam.
  • Interview carries 50 marks.
  • Cut off for the interview will be decided by the RBI according to the available vacancies.
  • Candidates will get a separate call letter for the Interiew.
  • Candidates will get the option to choose the Interview language either Hindi or English.

B- RBI Grade B officers DEPR ( Department of Economic and Policy Research)

Selection in DEPR (Department of Economic and Policy Research) department will be based on online/written examination and personal interview.

  • There will be three papers. Paper, I will be an objective type question paper in online mode. Questions will be based on economics.
  • After clearing Paper I candidates will be called for Paper-II and Paper III. All papers will be conducted separately.
  • There will be a separate cut off for each paper.
  • Candidates who secured minimum cut off marks in Paper I, Paper-II, and Paper III will be called for a personal interview.
  • The final selection will be based on the marks obtained in Paper I + Paper-II + Paper-III + Personal Interview.
Sr. No.Name of PaperDurationMaximum Marks
1Paper-I: Objective Type (on Economics)120 minutes100
2Paper-II: Descriptive Type (on Economics) (Question paper displayed on a computer, answers to be written on paper)180 minutes100
3Paper-III: English – Descriptive (To be typed with help of keyboard)90 minutes100
Total 300

C- RBI Grade B officers DSIM (Department of Statistics and Information Management) :

Selection for DSIM (Department of Statistics and Information Management) department will be done through online/written examination followed by a personal interview.

  • There will be three papers in the written exam.
  • Paper-I will be an objective type question paper based on Statistics and Paper-II will be a descriptive type question paper based on Statistics.
  • All three papers will be held separately and information about exam timing will be updated to candidates along with the admit card.
  • Candidates will have to get minimum cut off marks on each paper.
  • Candidates who successfully cleared all three papers and secured minimum qualifying marks will be called for a Personal Interview.
  • Final selection will be done on the overall performance in Paper I, Paper-II, Paper-III, and Personal Interview.
Sr. No.Name of PaperDurationMaximum Marks
1Paper-I: Objective Type (on Statistics)120 minutes100
2Paper-II: Descriptive Type (on Statistics) (Question paper displayed on a computer, answers to be written on paper)180 minutes100
3Paper-III English – Descriptive (To be typed with help of keyboard)90 minutes100
Total 300

Candidates can check the complete details about the RBI Grade B 2021 notification at the linked article.

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