RBI Exam Pattern

Every year RBI conducts exams to recruit candidates for Grade B officers and assistant positions. Separate exams are conducted for hiring candidates for these positions. The RBI exam patterns for both of these exams are decided by the RBI itself. Before starting the preparation, it is very important to learn about the individual exam patterns. So let’s learn about some key features of both RBI Grade B officer and RBI Assistant exams in detail:

RBI Grade-B Officer Exam

Let’s learn about the RBI Grade-B exam pattern. The recruitment of RBI Grade-B officers takes place in two stages, which are followed by the interview. The initial two stages are:

  • Phase I examination
  • Phase II examination

The first step of a fruitful prep for this exam is to become familiar with its pattern. So, here’s an insight into each one of the two phases mentioned above.

RBI Grade-B Phase-I Exam Pattern:

The RBI Grade B Phase-I exam consists of four sections in total. These sections are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, and General awareness. Time allotted to attempt all these sections is two hours. All questions except those asked in the English Language section can be viewed in both English and Hindi. This bilingual feature is especially helpful for those candidates who have a better grasp over the Hindi language as compared to English. The total number of questions asked in all four sections combined is 200. One mark is awarded for each correct answer selected by the candidate. But remember that there is negative marking in this phase of the exam, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer that you select. There will be no negative marking if the question is not attempted, so it is pretty obvious that you should not make any wild guesses while taking the exam.

Subject

No. Of Questions

Marks

General Awareness

80

80

Quantitative Aptitude

30

30

English Language

30

30

Reasoning

60

60

Total

200

200

RBI Grade-B Phase-II Exam Pattern:

After qualifying the first stage of the exam, the candidates will have to appear for the Phase-II. This exam will test the candidates in three areas: Economic and Social Sciences, English, and Finance & Management. The questions asked in this phase will be both Objective and Subjective in nature. All questions except those asked in the English Language section can be viewed in both English and Hindi. The maximum score that can be achieved in each section is 100. Therefore, the total number of marks that are awarded in this phase is 300. While no marks will be deducted for a question that is not attempted, there will be a deduction of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer that is given by the candidate. Just like Phase-I, it would be ill-advised to make any wild guesses in this phase as well. Time allotted to attempt questions asked in each section is one and a half hours, which means you’ll have enough time to think and react to each question that is presented to you.

Name of the Paper

Type of the Paper

Duration ( in minutes)

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 Round:

This will be the final stage of the RBI Grade-B officer recruitment process. Cracking the interview is not as easy as it may seem to be. Many candidates get rejected in this round, therefore it is very important that you do not take the final round lightly. It is very important to pay enough attention to this stage so that you are able to go through the entire selection process in a hassle-free manner. A maximum of 50 marks can be awarded in this round. These marks will play a vital role in the preparation of the final merit list. The candidates can choose either Hindi or English language for the interview round. The roll number of finally shortlisted candidates will be uploaded on the official website and an invitation will also be sent to the selected candidates on the email ID’s, which they provided at the time of application.

RBI Assistant Exam

RBI Assistant Exam is conducted by the RBI as part of the process for the recruitment of candidates for the position of Assistant for various branches of the RBI. Before starting the preparation, it is very important to learn about the RBI Assistant Exam Pattern. Since this exam is conducted on the national level, candidates from all over the country appear for the exam. The RBI Assistant exam is conducted in two phases:

• Preliminary Exam

• Mains Exam

RBI Assistant exam has a specific syllabus for all the sections asked in both the prelims exam and mains exam. The sections that feature in both of these exams are:

• English Language

• Numerical Ability

• Reasoning

Additional sections of General Awareness and Computer Knowledge are also asked in the Mains Exam, apart from the above mentioned three sections. The candidates must clear the sectional cut-off as well as the overall cut-off for each phase of the examination, in order to get selected for further rounds of RBI Assistant Exam.

Here are the detailed exam patterns for both RBI Assistant preliminary and mains examinations.

RBI Assistant Preliminary Exam Pattern:

Sections

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

English Language

30

30

A composite time of 1 hour is provided to the candidate

Numerical Ability

35

35

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Total

100

100

RBI Assistant Mains Exam Pattern:

Sections

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

English Language

40

40

30 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

40

40

30 minutes

Reasoning Ability

40

40

30 minutes

Computer Knowledge

40

40

20 minutes

General Awareness

40

40

25 minutes

Total

200

200

135 minutes

Remember that there will be negative marking in this exam. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer given by the candidate. But no marks will be deducted for the question that is not attempted by the candidate.

Language Proficiency Test:

The final stage of the recruitment will be the Language Proficiency Test (LPT). The candidates who clear the mains exam will then have to appear for the LPT. This test is of a lot of importance as you may be required to interact with the public directly. The LPT will be conducted in the Official/Local language of the concerned state. There a lot of candidates who get rejected in this round, so make sure that you do not take this round lightly and prepare for the same properly.

So, these are the exam patterns for both RBI Grade-B Officer and RBI Assistant exams. Ensure that you pay proper attention to each and every detail of these exams. Be consistent with your efforts and pass the exam with flying colors. Good Luck!