Strategy to Crack the RBI Grade B Exam

| Updated On October 22nd, 2019 at 12:03 pm

RBI Grade B exam 2019 is conducted every year by RBI. RBI Grade B officer exam has different pattern and is considered the most reputed exam in comparison to other banking examination. RBI has released the official notification of RBI Grade B 2019 in the month of September. As per the official notification, the preliminary exam of RBI Grade B 2019 is scheduled to be held on 9th November 2019 and the mains is to be held on 1-2 Decemeber 2019. The dates of RBI Grade B exams are almost approaching. Candidates aspiring to pursue their career with RBI must need a preparation guide/ strategy to emerge in flying colours without a fail.

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For cracking any government examination, the first and foremost thing an aspirant should focus on is the syllabus and exam pattern of RBI Grade B. Knowing the nature of examination is very important as it helps in acing the examination efficiently.

RBI Grade B 2019 Exam Pattern

There is no change in the pattern of examination of RBI Grade B exam. RBI Grade B is conducted in three stages: Preliminary; Mains & Interview. The preliminary phase of RBI Grade B is online in nature while the mains exam is online as well as descriptive in nature as per the post. We have come up with the pattern of both the phases.

RBI Grade B 2019 Prelims Pattern

Unlike other banking examination, RBI Grade B contains more questions from general/financial awareness section. Here is a whole pattern for RBI Grade B 2019 prelims exam:

Subject No. Of Questions Marks
General Awareness 80 80
Maths 30 30
English 30 30
Reasoning 60 60
Total 200 200

RBI Grade B 2019 Mains Pattern

The preliminary examination is common for RBI General, DEPR, DSIM. However, the mains examination of RBI Grade B is slighlty different for the three post. There are three papers in RBI Grade B examination which is mandatory for the post of RBI General Grade B: Paper I, II & III. RBI DEPR & RBI DSIM have to give just paper II & III. Here is the pattern for RBI Grade B 2019 Mains exam:

Name of the Paper Type of the Paper Time (Mins) Marks
Paper I (Economic & Social Issues) Objective Type 90 100
Paper II (English- Writing Skills) Descriptive (to be typed with the help of keyboard) 90 100
Paper III (Finance & Management) Objective Type 90 100

Interview (50 marks): Based on an aggregate of marks obtained in Phase-II (Paper-I +Paper-II +Paper-III), candidates are shortlisted for the personal interview round. Candidates are given the option to opt for interview either in Hindi or English. Final Selection is done through merit list which is prepared by adding marks secured by candidates in Phase-II examination and interview.

There is a penalty for every wrong answers which is applicable to both – Preliminary and Main examination objective portion. For each wrong answer, one-fourth of the marks assigned to that question is deducted as penalty. No marks are deducted for un-attempted questions.

RBI Grade B How to Prepare for the Exam?

RBI Grade B is most awaited opportunity for all banking aspirants and on bankersadda we are providing you with RBI Grade B preparation tips to start your preparation and crack the examination. With proper time management and a dedicated schedule you can crack this examination. Keep on reading for a detailed RBI Grade B Preparation Strategy.

RBI Grade B exam 2019 Strategy

RBI Grade B exam is a tough row to hoe. This exam demands a lot of smart efforts. As RBI Grade B has more reputation than any other banking exam, so do the level of question paper. As we know the exam is conducted in two phases: Phase I (prelims) & Phase II (mains), we have given a comprehensive guide for both of them.

You can use internet extensively in a right direction which can help you in cracking this examination easily.

We have come up with RBI Grade B preparation.

RBI Grade B Phase I 2019 Preparation

The paper has 4 section and 200 marks. General Awareness and Reasoning has more weightage than english and quantitative aptitude. RBI Grade B and than plan your strategy according to the weak and strong areas. Here are some sources of each sections:

Section Sources
General Awareness The Hindu, GA CapsulesBusiness Standard
Reasoning Video Lectures & Mock test
English Basic rules of grammar and practice mock
Quantitative Aptitude Practice set and previous year paper’s


  • Solve as many mock test as possible.
  • Go through previous year papers thoroughly and solve them multiple times.
  • Read newspaper as depicted in the table because it will help in all the three phases of RBI Grade B examination.
  • Do not stick to a single topic and keep yoursef updated.
  • Read a monthly general/financial awareness magazine. As the time is less you can buy old magazines six months prior to your exams.

RBI Grade B Phase II 2019 Preparation

RBI Grade B 2019 Mains exam has three papers: Paper I, II & III. Paper I & III are objective and paper II is descriptive in nature. So for acing RBI Grade B phase II exam, you need to focus deeply on the key areas.

Paper I (Economics & Social Issues) 

This paper need extensive basic as well as ground level knowledge of economics. Here are some tips:

  • You should read the economics/business section of standard newspaper.
  • Read basic books to clear your concept related to the subject.
  • Read the recent economic survey and budget issued by the government of India.
  • You can go through the syllabus and search google for social issues topic which can clear your concept as well as make notes of the fact provided in it. Read NCERT for the same.

Paper II (English): Descriptive

This section consist of essay, precis writing & comprehension. Comprehension is an easy topic which can easily fetch you marks. Read some sample comprehension as well as keep on reading newspaper, it can help you a lot in improving comprehension skills.

English section does not need a deep knowledge. A little effort can make you crack this section. Practice as many essays and previous year’s question and compare your answers on the material available on internet. This will let you know the level of understanding this exam demands.

Paper II (Finance & Management)

This portion can be a hard nut to crackle for the students who dont have economics background. However, you can still make through this section. Here are some tips:

  • Read basic books on Indian Financial System
  • Prepare balance sheet, and numerical related to finance.
  • Internet rate of return, Bond yield, coupon rate, etc are the areas that demands the use of internet.
  • For management part, read the syllabus and google the topics from that to get a comprehensive knowledge demanded by RBI Grade B exam.

So, aspirants all the best for the upcoming RBI Grade B examination 2019. Hope this article helps you. For more details keep youself updated with bankersadda.

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