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RBI Grade B General Instructions

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RBI Grade B General Instructions

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RBI Grade B General Instructions are provided to familiarize the candidates with the different policies and regulations of the Examination, Examination center and in general about the Do’s and Dont’s in the recruitment process. This chapter covers the instructions pertaining to but not limited to: what kind of stationery items to be carried inside the examination hall, particulars to be noted, during the examination, end of the examination, proof of identity to be submitted, action against guilty of misconduct found.

(a) Correspondence with the Board: The Board will not enter into any correspondence with the candidates about their candidature except in the following cases:

The eligible candidates shall be issued an Admission Letter two weeks before the commencement of the examination. The Admission Letter will be made available on the Bank’s website for downloading by candidates. No Admission letter will be sent by post. If a candidate does not receive his e-Admission letter or any other communication regarding his/her candidature for the examination two weeks before the commencement of the examination, he/she should at once contact the help facility as mentioned above.

(b) No candidate will ordinarily be allowed to take the examination unless he/she holds an Admission Letter for the examination. On downloading of e- Admission Letter, check it carefully and bring discrepancies/errors, if any, to the notice of Board immediately.

(c) PROOF OF IDENTITY TO BE SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF EXAMINATIONS: At the time of appearing for Phase – I or Phase – II of the examination, candidates are required to produce a currently valid photo identity card in original and a photocopy of the same in addition to the admission letter. Acceptable photo identity cards are PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving Licence/ Voter’s Card/ Bank Passbook with photograph/ Photo identity proof issued by a Gazetted Officer on official letterhead/ Photo identity proof issued by a People’s Representative on official letterhead/ valid recent Identity Card issued by a recognised college/ university/ e-Aadhar card/ Aadhar card with a photograph/ Employee ID/ Bar Council Identity card with photograph. The candidate’s identity will be verified with respect to his/her details on the Admission Letter/ Examination Call Letter, in the Attendance List and requisite documents submitted. If an identity of the candidate is in doubt the candidate may not be allowed to appear for the Examination.



(d) The Board would be analyzing the responses of a candidate with other appeared candidates to detect patterns of similarity. On the basis of such an analysis, if it is found that the responses have been shared and scores obtained are not genuine/ valid, the Board reserves the right to cancel his/ her candidature.

(e) Board does not assume any responsibility for the candidates not being able to submit their applications within the last date on account of or for any other reason beyond the control of the Board.

(f) The candidates should note that their admission to the examination will be purely provisional based on the information given by them in the Application Form. This will be subject to verification of all the eligibility conditions by the Board/ Bank. The mere fact that an Admission Letter has been issued to a candidate, will not imply that his/ her candidature has been finally cleared by the Board or that entries made by the candidate in his/ her application for the Preliminary examination have been accepted by the Board as true and correct. Candidates may note that the Board takes up the verification of eligibility conditions of a candidate, with reference to original documents, only after the candidate has qualified for the interview. Unless candidature is formally confirmed by the Board, it continues to be provisional. The decision of the Board as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the Examination shall be final.

(g) Candidates should note that the name in the Admission letter in some cases, may be abbreviated due to technical reasons

(h) The possibility for occurrence of some problems in the administration of the examinations cannot be ruled out completely, which may impact test delivery and/ or result from being generated. In that event, every effort will be made to rectify such problem, which may include movement of candidates, delay in test. Conduct of a re-exam is at the absolute discretion of RBISB/test conducting body. Candidates will not have any claim for a retest. Candidates not willing to move or not willing to participate in the delayed process of test delivery shall be summarily rejected from the process.

(i) Candidates are advised to keep their e-mail ID/mobile number alive for receiving advices viz. Admission letters/ Interview letters, etc. Candidates may check e-mails/SMS regularly. The Board does not send any communication through any other mode.

(j) The posts are also open to the employees of RBI (Staff Candidates) who satisfy the eligibility criteria separately stipulated by the Bank vide their circular CO. HRMD.No.G-75/ 5599/ 05.01.01/ 2013-2014 dated December 20, 2013 and who apply Online within the closing date. Their status as staff candidate will be verified at the time of interview.

(k) The Board does not furnish the mark-sheet to candidates. Marks obtained in Phase-I (Online exam) will be made available on the website (www.rbi.org.in) in an interactive mode, after shortlisting of candidates for Phase-II. However, the marks obtained in Phase-II Examination and Interview will be made available on the Bank’s web-site in an interactive mode only after declaration of the final result.

(l) Any canvassing by or on behalf of the candidates or to bring political or other outside influence with regard to their selection/recruitment shall be considered as disqualification.

(m) In all matters regarding eligibility, conduct of examinations, interviews, assessment, prescribing minimum qualifying standards in both the Examination and interview, in relation to number of vacancies and communication of result, the Board’s decision shall be final and binding on the candidates and no correspondence shall be entertained in this regard.

(n) The eligibility for availing reservation against the vacancies reserved for the persons with Benchmark disabilities shall be the same as prescribed in “Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2016″ Provided further that the persons with Benchmark disabilities shall also be required to meet special eligibility criteria in terms of physical requirements/ functional classification (abilities/disabilities) consistent with requirements prescribed.

(o) A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular caste to which the candidates belong is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government. If a candidate indicates in his/ her application form that he/she belongs to General category but subsequently writes to the Board to change his/ her category to a reserved one, such request shall not be entertained by the Board. Similar principle will be followed for PwBD categories also. In case of a candidate unfortunately becoming physically disabled during the course of the examination process, the candidate should produce valid document showing him/ her acquiring a disability to the extent of 40% or more as defined under RPWD Act, 2016 to enable him/ her to get the benefits of PwBD reservation.

(p) Candidates seeking reservation/ relaxation benefits available for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PwBD/ Exservicemen must ensure that they are entitled to such reservation/ relaxation as per eligibility prescribed. They should also be in possession of all the requisite certificates in the prescribed format in support of their claim as stipulated for such benefits and these certificates should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of the application.

(q) Please note that corrigendum, if any, issued on the above advertisement, will be published only on the Bank’s website www.rbi.org.in

(r) Any resultant dispute arising out of this advertisement shall be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the Courts situated at Mumbai only.


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RBI Grade B General Instructions – Prohibited Items to the Exam Center:

  • Any stationery item like textual material (printed or written), bits of papers, Geometry/Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch, Calculator, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Log Table, Electronic Pen/Scanner.

  • Any communication device like Mobile Phone, Bluetooth, Earphones, Microphone, Pager, Health Band etc.

  • Other items like Goggles, Handbags, Hairpin, Hairband, Belt, Cap, Any watch/Wrist Watch, Camera, Any metallic item, Any eatable item opened or packed, water bottle.

  • Any other item which could be used for unfair means for hiding communication devices like camera, blue tooth devices etc.



RBI Grade B General Instructions – Particulars to be Noted

  • Please note carefully your Roll Number, date, time and venue for the examination given.

  • Please do not bring any valuable belongings except the essential materials required for the examinations.

  • Students should report at the centre

  • Do not leave your seat unless you are allowed.


RBI Grade B General Instructions – Punctuality in Attendance

  • Candidates should be present at the examination hall at least 30 minutes prior to reporting time.

  • Candidates arriving late will not be permitted to enter the Examination Hall.


RBI Grade B General Instructions – Compliance with Instructions

  • You should scrupulously follow the instructions given by test administrators and the invigilators at all the stages of the examination for which you have been called.

  • If you violate the instructions you will be disqualified and may also be asked to leave the examination hall.


RBI Grade B General Instructions – Use of Books, Notes, Calculators & Cell Phones

  • No calculator separate or with watch is allowed inside the examination hall.

  • No Cell phones will be allowed inside the examination hall.

  • No books, slide rulers, note books or written notes will be allowed inside the examination hall.


RBI Grade B General Instructions – Use of Stationery

  • You must bring stationery such as pencils and ball point pen with you.


RBI Grade B General Instructions – Rough work

  • You should do all the necessary rough work on the sheet provided only. After the online test is over, you should hand over the sheet, given for rough work to the invigilator and after the Descriptive Paper (DP) is over you should hand over the DP to the invigilator before leaving the room.

  • Any candidate who does not return the above material or is found to attempt to take or pass on the questions or answers inside or outside the examination hall will be disqualified and the Bank may take further action against him as per rules of the Bank.


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RBI Grade B General Instructions – Guidelines for Photograph

Before applying online a candidate will be required to have a scanned (digital) image of his/ her photograph and signature as per the specifications given below

Photograph Image: (4.5cm × 3.5cm)

  • Photograph must be a recent passport style colour picture.

  • Make sure that the picture is in colour, taken against a light-coloured, preferably white, background.

  • Look straight at the camera with a relaxed face

  • If the picture is taken on a sunny day, have the sun behind you, or place yourself in the shade, so that you are not squinting and there are no harsh shadows

  • If you have to use flash, ensure there’s no “red-eye”

  • If you wear glasses make sure that there are no reflections and your eyes can be clearly seen.

  • Caps, hats and dark glasses are not acceptable. Religious headwear is allowed but it must not cover your face.

  • Dimensions 200 x 230 pixels (preferred)

  • Size of file should be between 20kb–50 kb

  • Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 50kb. If the size of the file is more than 50 kb, then adjust the settings of the scanner such as the DPI resolution, no. of colours etc., during the process of scanning.


Signature, Left Thumb (LT) impression and Handwriting declaration Image:

  • The applicant has to sign on white paper with Black Ink pen.

  • The applicant has to put his left thumb impression on a white paper with black or blue ink.

  • The applicant has to write the declaration in English clearly on a white paper with black ink

  • The signature, left thumb impression and the handwritten declaration should be of the applicant and not by any other person.

  • The signature will be used to put on the Call Letter and wherever necessary.

  • If the Applicant’s signature on the attendance sheet or Call letter, signed at the time of the examination, does not match the signature uploaded, the applicant will be disqualified.

  • Dimensions 140 x 60 pixels (preferred)

  • Size of file should be between 10kb – 20kb for signature and left thumb impression.

  • For handwritten declaration size of file should be 20kb – 50 kb

  • Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 20kb or 50 kb (for handwritten declaration)

  • Signature/ Handwritten declaration in CAPITAL LETTERS shall NOT be accepted.


Scanning the documents:

  • Set the scanner resolution to a minimum of 200 dpi (dots per inch)

  • Set Color to True Color

  • File Size as specified above

  • Crop the image in the scanner to the edge of the photograph/signature/ left thumb impression/ handwritten declaration, then use the upload editor to crop the image to the final size (as specified above).

  • The image file should be JPG or JPEG format. An example file name is: image01.jpg or image01.jpeg Image dimensions can be checked by listing the folder files or moving the mouse over the file image icon.

  • Candidates using MS Windows/MSOffice can easily obtain documents in .jpeg format not exceeding 50kb (photograph and handwritten declaration) & 20kb (signature and left thumb impression) by using MS Paint or MSOffice Picture Manager. Scanned documents in any format can be saved in .jpg format by using ‘Save As’ option in the File menu and size can be reduced below 50 kb (photograph and handwritten declaration) & 20 kb (signature and left thumb impression) by using crop and then resize option (Please see point (i) & (ii) above for the pixel size) in the ‘Image’ menu. Similar options are available in other photo editors also.

  • If the file size and format are not as prescribed, an error message will be displayed.

  • While filling in the Online Application Form the candidate will be provided with a link to upload his/ her photograph, signature, left thumb impression and handwritten declaration.


Procedure for Uploading the documents

  • There will be separate links for uploading Photograph, signature, left thumb impression and handwritten declaration

  • Click on the respective link “Upload Photograph/ signature/ left thumb impression/ handwritten declaration”

  • Browse and Select the location where the Scanned Photograph/ signature/ left thumb impression/ handwritten declaration file has been saved.

  • Select the file by clicking on it

  • Click the ‘Open/Upload’ button


Your Online Application will not be registered unless you upload your Photograph, signature, left
thumb impression and hand written declaration as specified.



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RBI Grade B General Instructions – During Examination

  • You are not allowed to communicate by word of mouth or otherwise with other candidates (this includes the time when answer scripts are being collected).

  • Please raise your hand if you wish to communicate with an invigilator.

  • Unless granted permission by an invigilator, you are not allowed to leave your seat.

  • Once you have entered the examination hall, you will not be allowed to leave the hall until one hour after the examination has commenced.

  • If, for any reason, you are given permission to leave the hall temporarily, you must be accompanied by an invigilator throughout your absence from the examination hall. You are required to leave your handphone on your desk when you leave the hall temporarily.

  • All answers, with the exception of graphs, sketches, diagrams, etc. should be written in black or blue pen unless otherwise specified. Answers written in pencil will not be marked. The blank pages in the answer book are to be used only for candidates’ rough work. Solutions or any other materials written on these blank pages will not be marked.

  • Do not write on, mark, highlight or deface any reference materials provided for the examination. If found doing so, the reference materials will be removed from your use for the rest of the examination and you will be made to pay for the cost of the materials that have to be replaced.


RBI Grade B General Instructions – End of the Examination

  • You are NOT allowed to leave the examination hall during the last 15 minutes of the examination and during the collection of the answer scripts. All candidates must remain seated throughout this period for invigilators to properly account for all answer scripts to be collected.

  • Do NOT continue to write after the examination has ended. You are to remain seated quietly while your answer scripts are being collected and counted.

  • No papers, used or unused, may be removed from the examination hall. You may take your own question paper with you unless otherwise instructed.

  • You are to stay in the examination hall until the Chief Invigilator has given the permission to leave. Do NOT talk until you are outside of the examination hall.

  • You are responsible to ensure that your answer scripts are submitted at the end of the examination. If you are present for the examination and do not submit your answer script, you will be deemed to have sat for and failed the examination concerned. Any unauthorised removal of answer script or part of answer script from the examination hall would deem the answer script as null and void.

  • Once dismissed, you should leave the examination hall quickly and quietly, and remember to take your personal belongings with you.


RBI Grade B General Instructions – Proof of Identity:

The candidates must bring one photo identity proof such as passport/ Adhar/ PAN Card/ Driving License/ Voter’s Id Card/ Bank Passbook with duly attested Photograph/ Identity Card issued by School or College/ Gazetted Officer in the official letterhead in original as well as a self-attested Photocopy thereof. The photocopy of Identity proof should be submitted along with call letter to the invigilators in the examination hall, failing which or if identity of candidates is in doubt the candidate will not be permitted to appear for the test.

RBI Grade B General Instructions – Guilty of Misconduct:

A candidate who is or has been declared by the Board to be guilty of:

(i) Obtaining support for his/her candidature by the following means, namely:-

    (a) offering illegal gratification to, or

    (b) applying pressure on, or

    (c) blackmailing, or threatening to blackmail any person connected with the conduct of the examination, or


(ii) impersonating, or

(iii) procuring impersonation by any person, or

(iv) submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with, or

(v) making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information, or

(vi) resorting to the following means in connection with his/her candidature for the examination, namely

    (a) obtaining the copy of question paper through improper means,

    (b) finding out the particulars of the persons connected with secret work relating to the examination.

    (c) influencing the examiners, or


(vii) using unfair means during the examination,

(viii) or writing obscene matter or drawing obscene sketches in the scripts, or

(ix) misbehaving in the examination hall including tearing of the scripts, provoking fellow examinees to boycott examination, creating a disorderly scene and the like, or

(x) using a scribe/ availing compensatory time in examination despite being ineligible, or

(xi) harassing or doing bodily harm to the staff employed by the Board for the conduct of their examinations, or

(xii) being in possession of or using a mobile phone, pager or any electronic equipment or device or any other equipment capable of being used as a communication device during the examination; or

(xiii) violating any of the instructions issued to candidates along with their Admission Certificates permitting them to take the examination, or

(xiv) attempting to commit or as the case may be abetting the Commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses; may in addition to rendering himself/ herself liable to criminal prosecution, be liable.

    1. to be disqualified by the Board from the examination for which he/she is a candidate and/ or

    2. to be debarred either permanently or for a specified period (i) by the Board from any examination or selection held by them; (ii) by the Bank from any employment under them; (iii) dismissal from service by the Bank if he/ she is already in Bank’s employment; and (iv) if he/she is already in some other service, the Board writing to his/ her employer for taking disciplinary action.


Provided that no penalty shall be imposed except after (i) giving the candidate an opportunity of making such representation, in writing as he/she may wish to make in that behalf; and (ii) taking the representation, if any, submitted by the candidate within the period allowed to him/ her into consideration.