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RBI Grade B Exam Syllabus

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Detailed knowledge of syllabus for any exam helps the candidates to prepare accordingly by focusing on their strong and weak topics. The syllabus is a guide for preparation for any exam. Below mentioned data gives an overview of the syllabus for RBI Grade B Examination.


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RBI Gr B – (DR) – General – Exam Syllabus

S.No. Name of the Test Duration
1 General Awareness 120 Minutes
2 English Language
3 Quantitative Aptitude
4 Reasoning



General Phase I Exam Syllabus

General Awareness:

Banking/Economy/Finance Awareness (10-15 questions):
News related to Reserve Bank of India, Banking Awareness, Financial Awareness (Union Budget/ Railway Budget),Economics News, budget, railway budget, economic survey, Roles and functions of institutions like RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, and related organizations, Currencies of various countries; International Trade, Acquisitions and Deals; New Policies and Pacts; Trade Deficits, Exchange Rate, GDP growth of various countries; Banking related facts.

Current Affairs (10-15 questions):
Questions can be asked from various fields such as National, International, Awards, Sports, Defense, Summits, Appointment. Be updated with the current affairs of the past 6 months.

Static GK (10-15 questions):

  • Important dates
  • Business and Economy
  • Countries and their capital & currency
  • Art & Culture
  • Books and authors
  • Sports
  • Politics
  • Marketing: Basics of Marketing, Marketing Strategies, Market Segmentation etc.


English Language


  1. Fill in the Blanks: (0 – 5 Questions)

  2. Reading Comprehension:(0 – 7 Questions)

  3. Para Jumbles: (0 – 5 Questions)

  4. Cloze Test: (5 – 10 Questions)

  5. Sentence correction:(0 – 5 Questions)

  6. Error Spotting: (5 – 10 Questions)

  7. Word Association Pair: (0 – 5 Questions)

  8. Phrase Idiom Meaning: (0 – 2 Questions)

  9. Spellings: (0 – 2 Questions)


Quantitative Aptitude


  1. Number System: (0 – 2 Questions)
    Types of Questions: LCM, HCF, Divisibility Rules, Factors, Multiples, Integers, Whole numbers, Real Numbers.

  2. Simplification/Approximation: (5 – 7 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Fractions, Percentages, Decimal Points, Surds, Indices/Exponents, BODMAS Rule, Approximation, Decimals, Surds & Indices.

  3. Average: (0 – 2 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Calculating averages of the given set of elements.

  4. Percentage: (1 – 2 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Calculating percentage of some value; Percentage increase/decrease of a certain quantity/price etc.

  5. Ratio and Proportion: (1 – 2 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Proportions, Simple Ratios, etc.

  6. Interest: (1 – 2 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Rate of Interest, Simple Interest, Compound Interest

  7. Number Series: (2 – 5 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Identifying a missing term in a series, Arithmetic series/Progression, Geometric series/Progression.

  8. Profit and Loss: (1 – 2 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Cost Price, Selling Price, Profit Percentage, Loss, Partnerships.

  9. Speed, Time and Distance: (1 – 2 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Relative Speed, Average Speed, Problems based on Trains, Boat & Stream.

  10. Algebra: (0-6 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Quadratic equations, Finding values of variables (x&y), Identifying relationship between variables, sum of roots, product of roots, linear equations, inequalities, age related calculations and other related computations/calculations.

  11. Mensuration: (1 – 2 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Calculating Areas, length of sides, Perimeters, heights and related measurements of Square, Rectangle, Circle, Parallelograms, Cone, and other geometrical figures.

  12. Data Interpretation: (5 – 10 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Pie charts, Tables, Graphs, bar graphs, line graphs, Radar Graphs, Case lets, and mostly related to graphs/tables/charts/ figures where data is given year wise/ category wise and interpretations/inferences have to be made.

  13. Time and Work: (1 – 2 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Pipes and Cisterns, Number of hours in which a particular work can be finished by a certain number of people, Time taken by the pipes to fill a tank and related problems, Work and wages related questions.

  14. Permutation and Combination: (0 – 1 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Permutation and Combination problems are based on selection and arrangement of a set of elements.

  15. Mixture Problems: (1 – 2 Question)
    Types of Questions: Mixture of two or more quantities/elements.

  16. Probability: (0 – 1 Question)
    Types of Questions: Basic probability questions where some data is provided and the examinee has to identify the probability of a certain event. (Ex: An urn contains 10 black and 5 white balls. Two balls are drawn from the urn one after the other without replacement. What is the probability that both drawn balls are black?)

  17. Data Sufficiency: (0 – 5 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Data sufficiency problems consist of a question and two statements, labeled (1) and (2), in which certain data are given. The examinee is required to identify if the data given in the statements is sufficient to answer the questions.


Reasoning Ability

  1. Inequalities: (2 – 5 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Coded Inequalities where an inequality is a code for a different sign, Some expressions with Inequalities are given and deductions have to be made from the expressions/statements.

  2. Ordering and Ranking: (0 – 5 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Puzzles on Ordering by age, ranking in order, Arranging the persons by age, height, weight, rank, order in row and other criterion.

  3. Directions & Distances: (2 – 5 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Problems based on different directions(north, south, east, west, northeast,..). These problems can be solved by drawing appropriate figures based on the data in the question.

  4. Coding & Decoding: (0 – 5 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Problems based on analogy, Coded sentences which have to be decoded, Coded words which have to be decoded.

  5. Blood Relations: (2 – 3 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Problems based on family relations.

  6. Syllogisms: (0 – 5 Questions)
    Types of Questions: A set of statements are given followed by a set of conclusions. Questions are related to whether the conclusion follows the statements or do not follow the statements.

  7. Circular and/or Linear Seating Arrangement: (2 – 8 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Problems based on seating, who comes next to whom, who is seated left to a particular person, who is seated right, Seated inwards, outwards, Single or Double rows facing each other or in the same direction.

  8. Double-Line Up: (0 – 2 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Problems based on days of a week, persons belonging to different cities, individuals of different ages, and related problems.

  9. Grouping and Scheduling: (0 – 3 Questions)
    Types of Questions: Problems such as Different persons working in different departments. Not more than 3 working in each department. Few are males & some of them are females and then find the desired solution based on the data.

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


General Phase II Exam Syllabus:

Paper-I – 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 Co-operation. Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic Trends – Urbanization and Migration – Gender Issues – Social Justice: Positive Discrimination in favor of the underprivileged – Social Movements – Indian Political System – Human Development – Social Sectors in India, Health and Education.

Paper-II -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.

Paper-III – Finance and Management:

(I) Finance

    (a) Financial System
    1. Regulators of Banks and Financial Institutions
    2. Reserve Bank of India- functions and conduct of monetary policy, Banking System in India, Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM, NABARD, NHB, etc.


    (b) Financial Markets
    Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity,etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments.


    (c) General Topics
    1. Risk Management in Banking Sector
    2. Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap
    3. Changing Landscape of Banking sector
    4. Recent Developments in the Financial Sector, Portfolio Investment, Public Sector Reforms, Disinvestments
    5. Financial Inclusion- use of technology
    6. Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
    7. Corporate Governance in Banking Sector, role of e-governance in addressing the issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector.
    8. The Union Budget – Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, GST, Thirteenth Finance Commission and GST, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM),
    9. Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI – components and trends.


(II) Management:

    Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling; The Role of a Manager in an Organisation. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader; Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader. Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD; Performance Appraisal – Potential appraisal and development – Feedback and Performance Counselling – Career Planning – Training and Development – Rewards – Employee Welfare. Motivation, Morale and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale. Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward and lateral communication; Barriers to Communication, Role of Information Technology. Corporate Governance: Factors affecting Corporate Governance; Mechanisms of Corporate Governance.

    The questions on this section will be basic in nature.


RBI Gr B – (DR) – DEPR Exam Syllabus

Name of Paper Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I
Objective Type (on Economics)
120 minutes 100
Paper-II
Descriptive Type (on Economics)
(Question paper displayed on computer,
answers to be written on paper)
180 minutes 100
Paper-III
English – Descriptive
(To be typed with help of keyboard)
90 minutes 100
Total 300


DEPR Exam Syllabus:

(i) Standard of papers on Economics would be that of Master’s Degree examination in Economics of any Central University in India.

(ii) Syllabus for English: Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension and Business/Office Correspondence.


RBI Gr B – (DR) – DSIM Exam Syllabus

Name of Paper Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I
Objective Type (on Statistics)
120 minutes 100
Paper-II
Descriptive Type (on Statistics)
(Question paper displayed on computer,
answers to be written on paper)
180 minutes 100
Paper-III
English – Descriptive
(To be typed with help of keyboard)
90 minutes 100
Total 300


DSIM Exam Syllabus:

Standard of papers would be that of Master’s Degree examination of any Central University in India.

Paper-I: Questions would cover Probability: Definition of Probability, Standard distribution, Large and small sample theory, Analysis of Variance, Estimation, Testing of Hypotheses, Multivariate analysis and Stochastic Processes.

Paper-II: Questions would cover (i) Probability and Sampling, (ii) Linear Models and Economic Statistics, (iii) Statistical Inference: Estimation, Testing of hypothesis and Nonparametric Test, (iv) Stochastic Processes, (v) Multivariate analysis and (vi) Numerical Analysis and Basic Computer Techniques. There will be sufficient choice for candidates to attempt the required number of questions from any three or more of the above six groups.

Paper-III: English: Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension and Business/Office Correspondence.


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