RBI Grade B Eligibility 2021 [Qualification, Age Limit & Number Of Attempts]

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set specific eligibility criteria for the recruitment of Grade B Officers. If candidates do not fulfil the required RBI Grade B Officer eligibility standards, then they cannot appear for the RBI Grade B exam. This article will provide all the information regarding the RBI Grade B Eligibility.

To know more about other Government Exams, conducted every year, visit the linked article.

Check if you are eligible for the RBI Grade B exam 2021 and start your preparation now.

Take a Free Online RBI Grade B Mock Test Now and analyse the exam.

Also, refer to the links given below and ace the Grade B Officer 2021 exam:

RBI Grade B Eligibility 

The Reserve Bank of India sets the criteria for RBI Grade B Eligibility. Aspirants of the Officer cadre exam have to fulfil the following eligibility criteria to appear for the exam:

  1. Nationality 
  2. Educational qualification
  3. RBI Grade B Age limit

Candidates who are taking the RBI Grade B Exam this year must carefully go through the RBI Grade B Eligibility Criteria before filling up the application form. It will ensure that they meet the essential requirements.

RBI Grade B Eligibility – Nationality

According to the RBI Officer Grade B Eligibility set by the RBI, the candidate must either be:

  • An Indian Citizen
  • A subject of Nepal/Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, intending to settle in India permanently.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, East African countries of the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam to permanently settle in India

To know more about the upcoming Bank Exams, visit the linked article.

RBI Grade B Eligibility – Educational Qualifications

Candidates applying for the RBI Grade B exam must note that the RBI has laid down several educational criteria for its recruitment process. Candidates must have at least minimum education qualifications, as indicated in the table below from a recognized university board.

As per the RBI Grade B Officer eligibility decided by the RBI, those who are awaiting the final results of the prescribed educational qualification cannot apply for any of the posts.

Candidates appearing for RBI Grade B exam are advised to take Online Quizzes to check preparation level for the exam.

RBI Grade B Eligibility – Academic Qualifications
Educational

Qualification

Officers in

Grade ‘B’ (DR) – (General)

Graduation in any discipline /Equivalent technical or professional qualification with minimum 60% marks (50% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) or Post-Graduation / Equivalent technical qualification with minimum 55% marks (pass marks for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) in aggregate of all semesters/years
Officers in

Grade ‘B’ (DR) –

DEPR

  • A Master’s Degree in Economics / Econometrics / Quantitative Economics / Mathematical Economics / Integrated Economics Course/ Finance, with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters /years from a recognised Indian or Foreign University /Institute; OR
  • PGDM/ MBA Finance with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters /years from a recognised Indian or Foreign University /Institute; OR
  • Master’s Degree in Economics in any of the sub-categories of economics i.e. agricultural/ business/ developmental/ applied, etc., with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters /years from a recognised Indian or Foreign University /Institute.
Officers in

Grade ‘B’ (DR) –

DSIM

  1. A Master’s Degree in Statistics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Mathematical Economics/ Econometrics/ Statistics & Informatics from IIT-Kharagpur/ Applied Statistics & Informatics from IIT-Bombay with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters/years; OR
  2. Master’s Degree in Mathematics with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters/years and a one-year postgraduate diploma in Statistics or related subjects from an institute of repute; OR
  3. M. Stat. degree of Indian Statistical Institute with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate of all semesters/years OR
  4. Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) jointly offered by ISI Kolkata, IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters/years.

Candidates can check out the official RBI Grade B Notification for more detailed information on the RBI Grade B eligibility criteria.

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RBI Grade B Age Limit

There is an upper and lower age limit set by the RBI for candidates who wish to appear for the RBI Grade B Exam. The upper age limit for candidates in accordance with their category is given in the table below:

RBI Grade B Age Limit – Category-Wis
S.no Category Age in Years
1 General 30
2 OBC 33
3 SC/ST 35
4 The persons with benchmark disabilities 40
5 Ex-Servicemen 35
6 Ex-employees of Banking Institutions [Terminated for reasons of economy or bank going into liquidation] 35

Candidates belonging to the reserved categories enjoy certain relaxation on the RBI Grade B Age limit. The Age limit relaxation on RBI Grade B exam for candidates under reservation quota is as mentioned below:

RBI Grade B Age Limit – Relaxation Allowed
Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
Physically Handicapped 10 years
PH + OBC 13 years
PH + SC/ST 15 years

To know more about the RBI Vacancy available, visit the linked article.

RBI Grade B Officer Eligibility – Number Of Attempts 

As per the RBI Grade B Officer Eligibility, candidates belonging to different categories are restricted on the number of attempts for RBI Grade B exams.

For extensive preparation of the examination, it is advised to take RBI Grade B Mock Tests regularly.

RBI Grade B Officer eligibility says that candidates belonging to the General Category can appear a maximum of six times for the exam. 

While the candidates who belong to SC/ST, OBC and PwD categories can take RBI Grade B exam as many times as they want till the maximum age limit permitted to them.  

RBI Grade B Recruitment

The RBI Grade B exam 2021 notification was released on January 28, 2021, and the exam date for Phase I exam is March 6, 2021, and for the Phase II exams are March 31 and April 1, 2021.

It is prudent to understand the syllabus and exam pattern for RBI Grade B exam before appearing for the actual exam. Hence, candidates can refer RBI Grade B previous year question papers for the same. To know the exam schedule for the Officer post, candidates can visit the RBI Grade B Exam date page. 

Candidates preparing for RBI Grade B 2021 can check their preparation level by taking free Online Quizzes.

For more information regarding the RBI Grade B exam, candidates can check the information given in the table below:

RBI Grade B Exam Highlights
Conducting Body Reserve Bank of India
Mode of Exam Online & Offline Both
Post Name DR(General), DEPR, DSIM
Age Limit 21-30 Years
Number of Attempts General – 6 Attempts

SC/ST/PWD – No Limit

Application Fee General / OBC – INR 850

ST/SC/PWD – INR 100

Selection Process Prelims, Mains & Interview

For further information on the recruitment process of the RBI Exams, visit the RBI Recruitment page.

Candidates can visit the links below for other important information on the RBI Grade B exam.

A careful examination of the eligibility criteria will make sure that the candidature is not cancelled at any stage of the recruitment process. Having an idea of the basic features of the exam will also help you to prepare for the same in an effective manner.

Frequently Asked Question – RBI Grade B Eligibility

Q.1. Topics covered in RBI grade B Syllabus?

Ans. The RBI Grade B exam is a two-phase exam. Phase I comprises questions from Reasoning, Quants, English and General Awareness. Check the detailed RBI Grade B syllabus of Phase I and Phase II of the exam.

Q.2. What is RBI Grade B Age Limit?

Ans. To appear for RBI Grade B exam, candidates must not be less than 21 years of age, and the maximum bar for RBI grade B age limit differs for candidates belonging to different reserved categories. Such as 3, 5, 10,13 and 15 years for OBC, SC/ST, PH, PH + OBC and PH + SC/ST, respectively.

Q.3. Candidate of Final year of Graduation can apply for the RBI Grade B exam?

Ans. Candidates while filling in the RBI Grade B Application form have to mention their final Graduation marks. Therefore, those who are waiting for the final year results cannot apply for the RBI Grade B exam.

Q.4. Are the RBI Officers entitled to pension?

Ans. Yes, all those RBI employees who joined before 2004 are entitled to pension. But now all the Government Organisations comes under the ambit of No Pension Scheme. Therefore, there is no pension for recently recruited RBI employees.

20 Comments

  1. on rbi website there is mention in eligibility criteria of minimum 60% qualification marks of aggregate of all semester/year. so, what is aggregate, for example I had backlog in 1st sem(50% in first attempt) then 60% in second attempt of 1st sem, so in aggregate mark both attempt mark will considered or only final attempt’s marks. and what if one have one year back then how aggregate mark will be calculated.

    1. Hi,
      Marks mentioned in the final mark sheet of Graduation will be considered.

  2. i recently passed out 12th standard in science stream
    and i am going to take up engineering for my undergraduation
    am i eligible for this rbi exam

    1. Hi,
      Candidates with the Graduation degree in any discipline are only eligible to apply for RBI Grade B exam.

  3. Hi,

    I have 52% in my Graduation .Am i eligible to appear for RBI Grade b Exam ?

    1. Hi,
      60% marks minimum required in graduation to appear for RBI Grade B exam. (55% marks for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category.

  4. Hi, I have 49% in my undergrad and 64% in post-grad both in economics. Am I eligible for RBI Grade B(General), DEPR?

    1. Hi,
      Minimum 60% in graduation is mandatory for RBI Grade B Exam.

  5. If I score less than 60 marks in one subject in class 12th then will I eligible for rbi grade b or not

    1. Hi,
      Aggregate Percentage has to be 60%. Total marks less than 60 in the individual subject doesn’t count.

  6. hello can you tell me exactly are there any number of attempts for obc too just like general category or for obc age barrier is considered

    1. Hi,
      There is no restriction for obc candidates, they can apply till the time they fulfil the eligibility conditions.

  7. Madhusmita mohapatra

    Hii I secure 54%aggregate mark in my +2science .can I eligible for rbi grade b or Not??

    1. Hi,
      RBI Grade B Education qualification is a minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PWD) or an equivalent grade in Bachelor’s degree as well as in 12th (or Diploma or equivalent) and 10th Standard examinations. You ca apply if you are under any reserved category.

  8. Hello Sir so for OBC (NCL) Category what is the minimum marks should be in the graduation some says 50% and some say 60%
    which one is Right Sir??
    Could you please clarify this

    1. Hi,
      The minimum marks RBI Grade B is 60% and 50% is only for SC/ST/PWD candidates.

  9. is there interview round also in this rbi exam??

    1. Hi,
      Yes, there is interview in RBI Grade B exam but not in RBI Assistant exam.

  10. Hii I have secured 57% in my engineering and I am a obc candidate,am I eligible to apply for rbi grade b??

    1. Hi,
      Minimum percentage required for RBI Grade B is 60% for general candidates, 50% for SC/ST and PWD category candidates.

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