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.
|Section||Total Questions||Level of difficulty||Good Attempts||Time taken (in Minutes)|
|General Awareness||80||Moderate-Difficult||45 – 50||25|
|English Language||30||Easy-Moderate||24 - 27||25|
|Quantitative Aptitude||30||Easy -Moderate||22 – 24||25|
|Reasoning||60||Moderate- Difficult||30 – 33||45|
|Total||200||Easy-Moderate||121 – 135||120|
|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|
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 15-20 came from static GK and banking awareness. There was focus on the international affairs this time. Majority of questions (30-35) were from current affairs around the world. Remaining questions were from India’s Current affairs. 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.
|Topics||Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Reading Comprehension- based on Financial inclusion.||7||Easy-Moderate|
|Reading Comprehension- based on the job hunt.||5||Easy-Moderate|
|Spot the Error – (There were 4/5 bold words in a sentence.) - words exchange based.||5||Moderate|
|Match the Statements: Column I/Column II||3||Easy-Moderate|
|Para jumbles/Sentence Rearrangement – There were 6 sentences. (4th sentence was fixed.)||5||Easy-Moderate|
|Fill in the blanks – (Single FIB – 3 choices were given.) – multiple options based.||5||Easy-Moderate|
There were two RC passages which had 12 questions in total. One RC passage was based on financial inclusion and the second RC passage was based on job hunt. 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, Match the statements, Jumbled Sentences and FIB. Overall, the level of difficulty of the questions was easy to moderate.
|Topic||Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Data Interpretation (Bar graph)||5||Easy-Moderate|
|Data Interpretation (Caselet)||6||Easy –Moderate|
|Number Series (Odd One Out Series)||4||Easy to Moderate|
|Time and Work –||1||Easy – Moderate|
|Mensuration – 3D (Cylinder based)||1||Easy – Moderate|
|Data sufficiency – 2 Statements based||3||Easy – Moderate|
|Linear Equation based||1||Easy – Moderate|
|Time, Speed and Distance||1||Easy – Moderate|
|Ratio and proportion||2||Easy – Moderate|
|Simple Interest and Compound Interest||2||Easy – Moderate|
There were 11 questions on Data Interpretation which were split into two sets of 5 questions and 6 questions. There were 4 questions based on Odd One Out series. There were 4 questions based on simplification. Apart from that, there were 8 quantitative aptitude questions which were calculative and time consuming. Three questions of data sufficiency were also present in this section. Overall, the level of difficulty of the questions was easy to moderate.
|Topic||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement - floor based puzzle - 4 floors –8 people + direction based)||5||Moderate|
|Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – 3 countries + 9 people + 9 color)||5||Moderate|
|Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – 7 people + 7 different items + 7 occasions)||5||Moderate|
|Analytical Reasoning (Linear Seating Arrangement – Single row based)||4||Moderate|
|Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – 5/6 people + Different distances in km)||3||Moderate|
|Analytical Reasoning (Linear Seating Arrangement – 2 Parallel rows - 12 people + 12 countries)||5||Moderate|
|Direction –Set based||5||Easy-Moderate|
|Data Sufficiency – 2 Statements||3||East-Moderate|
|Machine input-output (based on only 9 numbers)||5||Moderate|
|Miscellaneous (Alphabet/Rank 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|
|Syllogism- (Syllogism comprised of 3 statements followed by 2 conclusions)||3||Easy -Moderate|
|Course of Action||3||Easy -Moderate|
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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