RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam (November 09, 2019): Analysis - Morning Shift

RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam was conducted today (November 09, 2019). There were 200 questions, which had to be answered in 120 minutes. There were four sections – General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. All the sections except English Language were available bilingually, that is, both in English and in Hindi. Each question had 5 options and 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer while 0.25 marks was deducted for every incorrect answer. This year, separate time has been allotted for each section.

The detailed break-up of the RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam 2019 is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Time taken (in Minutes)
General Awareness 80 Easy-Moderate 45 – 50 25
English Language 30 Easy-Moderate 23 - 25 25
Quantitative Aptitude 30 Easy -Moderate 20 – 22 25
Reasoning 60 Moderate- Difficult 32 – 35 45
Total 200 Easy-Moderate 120 – 135 120

Sectional and Overall Expected Cut-offs of RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam 2019:

Subject General/UR OBC SC ST PWD (OH/HI/VH)
General Awareness (Out of 80) 20 - 21 16 – 17 14 - 15 14 - 15 14 - 15
English language (Out of 30) 7 - 8 6 -7 5 – 6 5 – 6 5 – 6
Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 30) 7 – 8 6 -7 5 – 6 5 – 6 5 – 6
Reasoning (Out of 60) 15 - 16 12 – 13 10 – 11 10 – 11  10 – 11
Overall Phase I (Out of 200) 104 – 107 95 – 98 91 - 94 91 - 94 91 - 94

Section-wise analysis of RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam 2019:

General Awareness:

General Awareness section had 80 questions for 80 marks. Most number of questions came from the current affairs – both national and international. It has to be noted that a number of questions totaling 10-12 came from static GK and banking awareness. Other areas that were covered in this section were sports, business, science and technology, and books and authors. It is also to be noted that maximum current affairs questions came from the events and happenings that occurred from August to October 2019. Rest of the questions from the dynamic section of GK came from the events and occurrences that took place in the last one year. Overall, the difficulty level of this section can be categorized as easy to moderate.

English Language:

Topics Number of questions Level of difficulty
Reading Comprehension- based on Financial Services. (4 inference based questions and 2 vocab based questions) 6 Easy-Moderate
Reading Comprehension- based on the extinction of bees. (3 inference based questions, 1 fact based and  2 vocab based questions) 6 Easy-Moderate
Spot the Error (There were 4 statements. Find correct/incorrect statement.) 4 Moderate
Vocabulary – Idioms and Phrases (Out of 5 options, we had to choose the option which fit the context of the idiom.) 3 Easy-Moderate
Para jumbles/Sentence Rearrangement – (A sentence was jumbled in 4 parts and we had to select the correct order of the sentence.) 5 Easy-Moderate
Cloze Test – (There were a total of 6 blanks in a given passage.) 6 Easy

The section comprised 12 RC questions in total. There were two RC passages which had 6 questions in each passage. One RC passage was based on Financial Services and the second RC passage was based on the extinction of bees. Most of the questions were inference based. Both the passages were not more than 600 words in length. Other topics that came in the exam included Spot the Error, Idioms and Phrases, Jumbled Sentences and Cloze Test. Overall, the level of difficulty of the questions was easy to moderate.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topic Numberof questions Level of difficulty
Data Interpretation (Bar graph) 5 Easy-Moderate
Data Interpretation (Caselet – Venndiagram based) 5 Easy–Moderate
Number Series (Missing numbers based) 6 Easyto Moderate
Simplification/Approximation 5 Easy
Time and Work – Pipes and Cisterns 1 Easy– Moderate
Mensuration – 2D (Perimeter and Area) 1 Easy– Moderate
Age based – Averages 1 Easy– Moderate
Equation based – Income Expenditure 1 Easy– Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance 1 Easy– Moderate
Time and work – Days and employees 1 Easy– Moderate
Mixture and Alligation 1 Easy– Moderate
Partnership – investment based 1 Easy– Moderate
Simple Interest and Compound Interest 1 Easy– Moderate

There were 10 questions on Data Interpretation which were split into two sets of 5 questions each. There were 6 questions based on missing numbers in series. There were 5 questions based on simplification. Apart from that, there were 9 quantitative aptitude questions which were calculative and time consuming. Overall, the level of difficulty of the questions was easy to moderate.


Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Analytical Reasoning (Linear Seating Arrangement –single row + Blood relation based) 5 Moderate
Analytical Reasoning (Vertical Linear Arrangement – 7 boxes/different colored boxes) 5 Moderate
Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – 7 people + 7 different cities + 7 birthdays on different days in a week ) 5 Moderate
Analytical Reasoning (Circular Seating Arrangement – 12 people based) 5 Moderate
Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – 8 people + Different fruits + birth year) 5 Moderate- Difficult
Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – 9 people + interview dates + months + dates) 5       Difficult
Mathematical Inequalities 3 Easy
Coding-Decoding   5 East-Moderate
Machine input-output (based on only words) 5 Moderate
Miscellaneous (Alphabet based singlets) 4 Easy
Statement-Inference: Statements were of not more than 3-4 lines and were based on day-to-day life situations. 4 Moderate
Strong-weak Arguments 3 Moderate
Syllogism- (Syllogism comprised of 4 statements followed by 3 conclusions) 3 Easy to Moderate
Statement-Assumption 2 Easy
Cause and Effect 1 Easy

This section comprised of 6 AR sets (Puzzles) which were of moderate level in nature. Rest of the questions could have been attempted easily to maximize the score. Five questions were there based on machine input-output. However, the overall section was quite time consuming. Overall, the level of difficulty of the questions was moderate to difficult.

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