RBI Grade B Preparation 2017: Strategy to Crack Phase 1

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Tomorrow is RBI Grade-B Prelims Exam... do read this strategy to make your own plan to crack RBI Officer Grade-B exam!

As the year is in its middle and a few of the exams had gone and now the season of banking exams is catching its peak, matching the same the next opportunity standing in front of you now is RBI Grade B 2017. So, in this treatise we will be going to discuss the strategy for RBI Grade B Preparation for Phase 1, which will be fruitful for many aspirants to prepare for the same in a right direction. With the tag of RBI, it becomes more important for you to strategize your preparation in right direction as we all are aware of the fact that RBI offers you a great career growth and opportunities in banking sector as it is the “BAAP” of all banks

Talking about the RBI Grade B phase 1 exam pattern, it consists of 200 questions embedded 120 minutes which valued for 200 marks. RBI Grade B phase 1 has four sections General Awareness, Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language which consist of 80 questions, 60 questions, 30 questions, and 30 questions respectively. From this mentioned pattern it is clear that General Awareness and reasoning are going to play a really important role in your selection as these two sections alone consist of 70% of weightage. So, it is suggested to read current affair properly of last 3-4 months and distribute your time wisely for this section and reasoning. Further discussing the strategy lets come to each section separately.


General Awareness is a section in banking examination that may make or break your deal. As this sections consist of 80 questions that are maximum than all other sections. So it becomes important to majorly focus on this section. General Awareness Section will have questions with special reference to Banking Awareness and latest current affairs from the banking sector. It also includes questions from Static Awareness, Current Affairs and Financial Awareness. To score good marks in this section you must cover current affairs of atleast 3-4 months.

As in Examination you'll have negative marking for each wrong attempt so be careful and do not take chances. Accuracy matters a lot.


This is the section that can act as a bridge to cross the river as this is the scoring subject. This section tests your intellectual level as no formula or method you have to learn to master this section it just required practice. In RBI Grade B Phase1 this section will consist of 60 questions so it becomes very important to practice and attempt this section very carefully.

Reasoning questions can be tricky and require a lot of practice to score well. As we have seen in the recent examination that this section mostly consists of Puzzles and sitting arrangement. First, try to do your strong part in this section whether it is a puzzle or miscellaneous one. If you are going for puzzle don’t get stuck in any as it will consume a lot of time, just switch to next question. The puzzles can be 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.

As the weightage of this section is more so it becomes important to cover each and every topic ( Direction Sense,  Blood Relation,  Syllogism,  Order and Ranking,  Coding-Decoding,  Machine Input-Output,  Inequalities,  Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series,  Data Sufficiency, and Logical Reasoning) as you will find questions from approx every topic in this section so better get ready. You can practice from bankersadda and Adda247 for RBI Grade B phase 1.


The section here is quant, not maths so it requires your good command on calculation part. You should learn table and Square upto 20, which will definitely help you a lot throughout the whole quant section by saving a lot of time. In RBI Grade B phase 1 this section will consist of 30 questions.

This is a section in which you can achieve 100% accuracy as in this whether you are getting an answer or not. Like is reasoning in this you will get most of the questions 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. And you’ll certainly need a good calculation to save your time. These topics can be your life saver if you attempt them at first with 100% accuracy. 

There will be questions from the topics like Percentage, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Time & Work and Work & Wages, Pipes and Cisterns, Allegation or Mixtures, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Mensuration go for these.  The only strategy to tackle language problems is to go for those questions first you feel you are comfortable with. If you are good in Probability, choose a question of probability first, and likewise go on.  For getting a good command over these topics you need a good understanding of concepts and good speed of solving these questions which come with nothing but practice. 


This is the section in which we can see a lot of changes now a days. There are many new types of questions we can see in this so, be ready for that. In RBI Grade B Phase 1 this section will consist of 30 questions.
As you can not spend a lot of time in any section so, for that you have to attempt questions smartly. Firstly in this section, you should go for Cloze test, Fillers, Errors and other topics which will consume less time and at last if you left with some time go for Reading comprehension but in that also firstly try to attempt Antonym/Synonym. Then, at last do rest of the questions of reading comprehension which can from the topic like on Story based, Economy based, Social cause or Specific Topic-based. The trick for Reading Comprehension can be to at first quickly read the questions and then accordingly go through the passage, this can save your time. Yes, this step is very important, and while reading the questions do note down important points or keywords that you have to search in the passage. Remember it’s better to leave those questions that you find too much time consuming, be careful with your choices. 


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