RBI Syllabus

The Reserve Bank of India also known as the banker’s bank is one of the top financial institutions in India. In order to join this prestigious bank, lakhs of candidates appear for the RBI Grade-B Officers and Assistant exams every year. Students often wonder what is the RBI syllabus for both these exams that are conducted by this top organization. The syllabus for these exams is quite different as compared to IBPS exams. In order to carry out a proper preparation for these exams, it is vital to learn about the areas that the questions asked in the exams will be based on. So let us go through the syllabus for both RBI Grade B exam and RBI Assistant exam one by one.

RBI Grade-B Officer Examination Syllabus:

This position offers a handsome salary and perks that are usually enjoyed by government employees. The RBI Grade B exam is conducted in two phases and there is a lot of variation in the syllabus for both of these phases. Let’s have a look at the detailed RBI Grade-B Officer syllabus:

RBI Grade-B Phase-1 Syllabus

General Awareness:

The level of General Awareness section is expected to be easy to moderate. This is the only segment where candidates can score more and substantially increase their chances of making it to the merit list. There is a total of 80 questions, which will be asked in this section. The questions can be related to the topics which are mentioned below-

(i) Current Affairs – National & International News, Awards & Authors, Sports News, Summits & Conferences, Schemes, Agreement & Deals, Science & technology, etc.

(ii) Banking & Financial News – Banking Terminology, Banking & Economic news, Monetary policies, Current rates, Financial & Economics News, Economics terms, etc.

(iii) Static GK – Mountains, Rivers, Ports, Parks, Dam, Thermal Power Plants, Temples, Stadiums, Airports, etc.

English Language:

Develop a reading habit for a better understanding of the types of questions that are asked in this section. The level of questions that are asked in this section is generally moderate. Let’s have a look at each type of question that is asked in this section along with its level of difficulty.

(i) Spotting Error – 5 Questions (Moderate Level)

(ii) Parajumbles (6-7 sentences) – 5 Questions (Moderate Level)

(iiI) Cloze Test – 10 Questions (Moderate Level)

(iV) Reading Comprehension (R.C) – 10 Questions (Lengthy) based on Banking & Economy

Quantitative Aptitude:

Be consistent with your practice and cover all kinds of questions that are asked in the exam. The time constraint can make it hard for you to score top marks in this section. So, learn new tricks for fast solving in order to optimize your performance. The level of questions asked in the Quantitative Aptitude section is expected to be moderate. Let’s have a look at each type of question that is asked in this section along with its level of difficulty.

(i) Number Series (Moderate to Tough level)

(ii) Data Interpretation – Based on Missing DI, Pie Chart, Caselet DI, Mix DI (Tough level)

(iii) Quadratic Equation (Moderate to Tough)

(iv) Miscellaneous Questions (Tough)

Miscellaneous Questions test candidates on topics like Average, Ratio & Proportion, Profit loss, SI & CI, Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance, Boats & Streams, and Permutation & Probability, etc.

Reasoning Ability:

This section will test your ability to reason and find out the logic behind the presented information. The overall level of this section is expected to be moderate. Questions asked in this section can be related to any of the following topics-

(i) Input-Output (Tough Level)

(ii) Logical/Analytical Reasoning (Tough Level)

(iii) Inequality (Moderate Level)

(iv) Coding Decoding (Moderate Level)

(v) Puzzle Test (Tough Level)

(vi) Linear Arrangement (Moderate Level)

(vii) Data Sufficiency (Moderate Level)

(viii) Seating Arrangement (Tough Level)

(ix) Syllogism (Moderate Level)

RBI Grade-B Phase-2 Syllabus

The Phase-II of the RBI Grade-B exam tests 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. Let’s learn about topics that are touched upon in this exam, which are related to the three main areas mentioned above:

Paper-I – Economic and Social Issues:

Social Issues:

1. Poverty

2. Illiteracy

3. Child Marriage

4. Child Labour

5. Casteism, Communalism, Regionalism and Language Conflicts

Economic Issues:

1. Rise in inequality.

2. Large Budget Deficit

3. Rigid labor Laws

4. Poor Infrastructure

5. The balance of payments deterioration.

6. Inefficient agriculture

7. Slowdown in growth

8. Inflation

9. Poor educational standards

10. High levels of private debt

Paper-II – English (Writing Skills) –

This paper will be descriptive in nature and will test the writing skills of the candidates.

Paper-III – Finance and Management –

All major topics related to Finance and Management will be covered in this exam.

RBI Assistant Syllabus

RBI Assistant exam is held every year to recruit candidates for the position of Assistant at various offices of the RBI. Since this exam is conducted on the national level, candidates from all over the country appear for the exam. RBI Assistant exam is conducted in two phases, namely preliminary exam and mains exam.

RBI Assistant exam has a specific syllabus for all the sections asked in both 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 the RBI Assistant recruitment process. Let’s have a closer look at the various topics that are asked in the RBI Assistant exam.

Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Probability
  • Allegations and Comparison
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Pipes & Cistern
  • Number System
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Percentage
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • HCF and LCM
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Problems on Trains
  • Average

English Language:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Sentence Correction
  • Word Meanings
  • Cloze Test
  • One Word Substitution
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Sentence Completion
  • Phrases
  • Active & Passive Voice

General Awareness:

  • Current World News
  • Current India News
  • Geography Concepts
  • History Concepts
  • Emoluments and Other Benefits
  • Political Science
  • Banking Awareness
  • RBI Terms
  • Acts and Laws related to Bank (RBI)

Computer Knowledge:

  • History of Computers
  • Devices
  • Languages
  • Basic Hardware and Software
  • Viruses and Hacking


  • Odd Man Out
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Directions Based Concept
  • Row Arrangements
  • Number Series
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Symbols
  • Statement Reading, Understanding

So, this is the detailed syllabus for both RBI Grade-B Officer and RBI Assistant exams. Ensure that you do not neglect any topic and 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!