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RBI Grade B FAQ

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This chapter, RBI Grade B FAQ, will guide the candidates in addressing their queries and concerns regarding RBI Grade B 2019 recruitment. The questions and answers have been categorized for enhanced clarity.


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1. What is the eligibility criteria for RBI Officers in Grade ‘B’ (General) – DR, DEPR and DSIM 2019?
The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification from a foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.

Age Limit Criteria – A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st of July, 2019 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd July, 1989 and not later than 1st July, 1998. For candidates possessing M.Phil. and Ph.D. qualification, upper age limit will be 32 and 34 years respectively.


2. I have scored 50% marks in graduation, Am I eligible for RBI Officers in Grade ‘B’ (General) – DR, DEPR and DSIM 2019?
Yes in case of SC/ST/PwBD, if not you are not eligible for the exam, General and OBC candidates must have atleast 55% marks in graduation or in any other equivalent qualification.


3. How many vacancies are announced for RBI Officers in Grade ‘B’ (General) – DR, DEPR and DSIM 2018?
There are total 166 vacancies announced by RBI for the requirement of Officers in Grade ‘B’ (General) – DR, DEPR and DSIM in 2018.

Post Number of Vacancies
1. Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR)- General 127
2. Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR)- DEPR 22
3. Officers in Grade ‘B’(DR)- DSIM 17


4. How many attempts are there for RBI Officers in Grade ‘B’ (General) – DR, DEPR and DSIM 2018?
Candidates belonging to unreserved i.e. General Category, who have already appeared Six times for Phase-I Examination for this post in the past, are not eligible to apply. No such restriction applies to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PwBD, if the posts are reserved for them.


5. What is the age eligibility criterion for posts under this grade?
If you are an enthusiastic aspirant to attain posts under the Reserve Bank of India Grade B offices then the age eligibility criteria for 2018 will be:


  • Under this recruitment, the age of the candidate must lie between 21 to 30 years of age.

  • There is a chance of relaxation up to 5 years for SC/ST category lying in the upper age limit.

  • There is also another chance of relaxation up to three years for OBC category lying in the upper age limit.

1. I did not receive any email after Registration?
“REGISTRATION NO.” and “PASSWORD” are also sent by auto-response Confirmation emails. Delivery of these emails purely depends upon the correctness of E-Mail ID provided, Policy of your EMail Service Provider to accept and Divert such emails under Bulk or Spam Mails or bounce back such mails without accepting it due to heavy number of emails generated by our Applications. In case of Govt./official /company Email Ids, delivery is controlled by your Company Policies.


2. How do I re-confirm that my application is saved?
In case of doubt about the successful Registration, candidates are advised to visit the Page for Re-Print of Application / e-Receipt, generate the Printout and preserve the soft copy and hard copy (printout) of the Application.


3. What if you can’t upload photo and signature while filling the application form online?
There might be some server error or loading issues in the website. So wait for some time and try to reload the page.

If this is not the issue, then check out the image dimensions once again and re-upload it with the correct dimensions and sizes.


4. What are the last Registration dates/Fee?
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates — 3rd July, 2018 to 23rd July, 2018

Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) — 3rd July, 2018 to 23rd July, 2018


5. What is the application Fee?

Category Amount
SC/ST/PwBD Rs.100/- (Intimation Charges only)
GEN/OBC Rs.850/- (Application fee including intimation charges)
Staff Nil


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5. What are the steps to apply online for RBI Grade B 2018 recruitment?
Steps to apply online:


  1. Click on the online link and go through various career options available in the banking sector.

  2. Click on the new registration button

  3. Upload all the required basic details where after your unique registration number and password will be generated.

  4. The rest of the application form would ask for:

    • A photograph

    • Signature

    • Left thumb impression

    • Hand written declaration

1. When will be the exam conducted?
The tentative date for the Officers in Gr B (DR) General Phase-I Online Examination – 09 Nov 2019
Phase-II Online Examination – 01 Dec 2019

Officers in Gr B (DR) DEPR Phase-I Online Examination – 09 Nov 2019
Paper-II & III Online/Written Examination – 02 Dec 2019

Officers in Gr B (DR) DSIM Phase-I Online Examination – 09 Nov 2019
Paper – II & III Online/Written Examination – 02 Dec 2019


2. Will there be any interview after the written result?
Yes, as per the notification there will be an interview for candidates who are declared qualified in Phase-II exam.


3. Will the exam conducted online or offline (OMR Based)?
The exam would be conducted in Online mode only.


4. Is the exam Bilingual?
The tests except for the Test of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.


5. Is there any limited number of attempt to appear for preliminary exam?
Yes, there are maximum six attempts one can give for preliminary exam.


6. What is the exam pattern of RBI Grade B 2018 examinations?
The RBI Grade B exam pattern for Phase 1 or prelims:

Subject No. Of questions Maximum marks Time given
General Awareness 80 80 Total time duration given will be 2 hours
English Language 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
Reasoning Ability 60 60
Total 200 200


The RBI Grade B exam pattern for Phase 2 or Mains:

Name of exam Type of paper Maximum marks Time allotted
Paper 1- Economic and social issues Objective 100 90
Paper 2- English Descriptive 100 90
Paper 3- Finance and Management Objective 100 90


The most important phase that is the interview stage which includes divisions like:


  • When the candidates who have passed the Phase 2 with flying colours and as per the cut-off announced by the bank will be shortlisted for the interview.

  • The number of shortlisted candidates will be decided according to their aggregate marks and number of vacancies available in the bank.

  • The interview could be preceded in either English or Hindi as per the candidate’s comfort while it will be carrying 50 marks.


7. What is the syllabus required for RBI Grade B prelim examinations?
For the prelims the exam pattern seems to be divided into fourth sections which all in total will be having 200 questions:


  1. General awareness

  2. English

  3. Quantitative aptitude

  4. Reasoning ability


The first section of the exam will be quite moderate thus considered to be the most scoring section among all the other three. The syllabus required to be prepared for the General knowledge section of the prelims:


  • Economic news

  • Banking essentials

  • Financial news

  • Static GK

  • Current affairs


The second section will be comprised of questions to test your English as well as writing skills and its level of questions will be Moderate to Difficult. Thus, the syllabus required to be prepared for this section of the prelims would be:


  • Comprehension reading

  • Complete sentences

  • Correct sentences

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Word and phrase replacement

This section is the third most division of the RBI Grade B exam which is quite difficult and thus its syllabus would include topics from:


  • Data interpretation

  • Quantity 1 and Quantity 2

  • Miscellaneous questions


The last section is considered to be surprisingly moderate since it consists of reasoning questions and thus the syllabus would ask for:


  • Puzzle & seating arrangement

  • Logical reasoning

  • Input Output

  • Inequality

  • Data sufficiency

  • Coding & decoding

  • Syllogism

  • Miscellaneous questions


8. What is the syllabus for Phase 2 exams?The phase 2 of this selection procedure for the RBI Grade B officers, exhibits three sections which would be carrying 100 marks each thus considered as the important section hence these are also called as the Mains.

The syllabus for all the three sections for the Mains:


  1. Paper 1 would be comprised of questions regarding Economic and social issues, thus the syllabus would include:

    • Growth and development

    • Economic reforms in India

    • Social structure of India

    • Globalization

    • World Development report

    • Economic survey of India

  2. Paper 2 would be comprised of pure English study hence it would mostly be descriptive and this section is meant to judge your writing skills where your way of expressing your thoughts and grammatical knowledge would-be score.

  3. Paper 3 will include questions about finance and management, thus the syllabus would include topics like:

    • Financial system

    • Financial markets

    • Banking sector

    • Management

    • Human resource development

    • Communication

    • Corporate governance

1. What is the hierarchy of RBI officers?
The pecking order that we usually come across in this field is:


  • Assistant Manager

  • Manager

  • Assistant General Manager

  • General Manager

  • Chief General Manager

  • Principal Chief General Manager

  • Executive Director

  • Deputy Governor


So, if you are willing to opt this industry as a career profession then you must know all the little and big decisions made by you are going to affect the banking industry of India in some way or the other.


2. What are RBI promotions based upon?
If you are expecting any promotions at the Reserve Bank of India then you are supposed to clear various competitive exams when you expect a place at the higher and senior-level like General Managers. Therefore, aspirants who are aspiring for RBI Grade B examination, after they clear the exam they get to manage monetary resources which help the country to gain revenue.


3. What is the starting salary of posts under this recruitment?
The starting salary under the posts of RBI Grade B officers is Rs.35150 and in addition to it, the extra allowances include Local allowance, Dearness allowance, House Rent Allowance, Family allowance and Grade allowance which are going to improvise and have changes to improvise itself from time to time.


4. What is the starting salary of posts under this recruitment?
The starting salary under the posts of RBI Grade B officers is Rs.35150 and in addition to it, the extra allowances include Local allowance, Dearness allowance, House Rent Allowance, Family allowance and Grade allowance which are going to improvise and have changes to improvise itself from time to time.


5. What is the selection procedure for RBI Grade B positions?
The selection procedure under the posts of the Reserve Bank of India Grade B positioning is based upon three phases of online exams which are being divided into:


  1. Phase 1 online exam

  2. Phase 2 online exam

  3. Interview

Well, undoubtedly you have to pass all the 3 phases with expected cut-offs to so as to appear eligible for the next phase of examination.


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