RBI Grade B Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2021

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2021:

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RBI Assistant is an exam conducted by Reserve Bank of India. The Reserve Bank of India is India’s central bank, RBI is the regulator of the entire Banking in India. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released RBI Grade B officer Recruitment Notification every Year or alternative years.

RBI Grade B officer Syllabus is similar to the syllabus of various other bank exams. The Grade B Officer written exam is conducted in two phases and the syllabus for both is set by the Reserve Bank of India  and third Phase is Interview.

We are providing here all the details about the RBI grade b officer exam pattern and syllabus. In this article, we will deal with the RBI Grade B exam pattern and syllabus step by step. We will make sure that you have not left with any doubts regarding RBI grade b exam pattern and syllabus.

♦RBI Grade B 2021 Examination Pattern

The RBI Grade B exam consists of the following stages:

  • Phase – I Examination
  • Phase – II Examination
  • Interview

RBI Grade B Prelims Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B Phase-I examination will be objective type with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The Phase-I examination will continue as per the existing Phase-I examination for Grade-‘B’ (DR). There are four modules in Phase-I, viz.- General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.

S. No Sections / Subjects No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. General Awareness 80 80 Composite time of 2 hours
2. Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
3. English Language 30 30
4. Reasoning 60 60
Total 200 200

RBI Grade B Mains Exam Pattern

Phase-II examinations will consist of three papers in MCQ pattern (except Paper-I) – viz. Paper-II on English (writing skills); Paper-I – Economic & Social Issues and Paper-III – (optional subjects) – Finance & Management/ Economics/ Statistics.

S So Sections / Subjects Paper Type Maximum Marks Duration
1. Paper I: Economics and Social Issues Objective 100 90 minutes
2. Paper II: English (Writing Skills) Descriptive (to be typed with the help of keyboard) 100 90 minutes
3. Paper III: Finance & Management Objective Type 100 90 minutes


  • Candidates will be required to write all the papers online.
  • Only successful candidates of Phase-I will appear for Phase-II examination on a later date.
  • Based on the results of Phase-II examinations candidates will be shortlisted for interview.

RBI Grade B Interview

  • The final phase of the recruitment is the interview. Candidates who qualify the first two phases of written examination are called for an interview. The RBI Grade B interview is conducted for 50 marks. The final selection of a candidate is based on the marks scored in the phase II exam and interview combined together.
  • Final selection will be through merit lists which will be prepared by adding marks secured by candidates in Phase-II (Paper-I + Paper-II + Paper-III) and Interview.

RBI Grade B Educational Qualification:

  • A Minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PWD) or equivalent in Bachelor’s Degree as well as in 12th and 10th standard examinations.

RBI Grade B Number of attempts:

  • The maximum permissible number of attempts (which were applicable for candidates belonging to Unreserved/General Category) has been increased from 4 to 6.

RBI Grade B 2021 Syllabus

RBI Grade B Syllabus (Phase 1)

The RBI Grade B exam comprises four sections:

  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning Ability
  • English Language

Reasoning Ability Syllabus

  • Syllogism
  • Seating Arrangement – Circular, Square and Linear
  • Puzzle
  • Blood Relation
  • Inequality
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Distance and Direction
  • Ranking
  • Alphanumeric Series and order and ranking
  • Data Sufficiency and Miscellaneous questions
  • Input-output
  • Logical Reasoning

Numerical Ability Syllabus

  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  • Average
  • Profit & Loss
  • Time & Work
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Simplification/Approximation
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Time & Distance
  • Partnership
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Problem on Ages
  • Boats & Streams
  • Pipe & Cisterns

English Language Syllabus

  • Error Detection
  • Reading comprehension
  • Fillers
  • Sentence based error
  • Column based question
  • Word usage
  • Cloze test
  • word swap
  • Spelling based error, para jumbles
  • Idiom and phrases
  • Sentence completion
  • Vocabulary Based
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Connectors

General Awareness Syllabus

  • News related to Reserve Bank of India
  • Banking / Financial Awareness / Economics news
  • Current Affairs – Questions can be asked from various fields such as: National, International, Awards, Sports, Defence, Summits, Appointment, Books & Authors and Obituary etc.
  • Monetary Plans
  • Banking Terms

RBI Grade B Syllabus (Phase 2)

The RBI Grade B Syllabus will test the candidates in the following areas:

  • Economic and Social Sciences
  • English
  • Finance & Management

English (Writing Skills):

  • The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills
    including expression and understanding of the topic.

Economic and social Issues:

Growth and Development – Measurement of growth: National Income and per capita income – Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India – Sustainable Development and Environmental issues. Economic Reforms in India – Industrial and Labour Policy – Monetary and Fiscal Policy – Privatization – Role of Economic Planning. Globalization – Opening up of the Indian Economy – Balance of Payments, Export-Import Policy – International Economic Institutions – IMF and World Bank – WTO – Regional Economic Cooperation. Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic Trends – Urbanization and Migration – Gender Issues – Social Justice : Positive Discrimination in favor of the under privileged – Social Movements – Indian Political System – Human Development – Social Sectors in India, Health and Education.


  • Financial System
  • Financial Markets
  • Risk Management
  • Basics of Derivatives
  • Development in Financial Sector
  • Union Budget
  • Inflation


  • Role of Manager
  • Human Resource Development
  • Motivation, Morale and Incentives
  • Communication
  • Corporate Governance

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