How to Prepare For RBI Grade B General Awareness Section?

RBI Grade B Exam is one of the most sought-after exams for banking aspirants. Lakhs of candidates appear for the exam to test their knowledge and realize their aspirations. However, only a handful of students are able to qualify. Why? Because sometimes, they are serious about their preparation, and some of them lack a clear strategy.

In this article, we tried to decode the strategy for RBI Grade B General Awareness Section.  

The General Awareness Section consists of 80 questions and 80 marks. So, this section constitutes 40% of the total marks making it one of the most important and scoring sections. If you know the answer to the question from the GA section, it would take you hardly 10 seconds to mark the answer. Hence, although the coverage of this section is extremely wide, if prepared well, you will be benefited from it. 

This section is a “make-it-or-break-it” section owing to the fact that most aspirants perform almost equally in Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Sections. So, the difference-maker or the section that can provide you an edge is General Awareness. Of course, provided that you’re decent at LR and QA sections.  

RBI Grade B General Awareness Questions are generally asked from specified topics. Broadly they have divided into Current Affairs and Static GK questions.

Let us look at some of the topics from these two areas that you should be prepare to score well in RBI Grade B General Awareness section:

Current Affairs

Static GK

  • Economic News
  • News related to banks including including RBI, National Banks and Pvt Banks in India
  • Government Schemes (Central and State)
  • Budget Allocations
  • Sports News
  • Business News
  • Acquisitions and Mergers
  • Important Appointments
  • Index and Reports (National &International)
  • Science & Tech
  • Summits and Conferences
  • Important Articles & Schedules in the Constitution
  • List of Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers, Governors, and CJI
  • Important Acts in Banking Sectors
  • Banks and their HQ
  • List of Stadiums in India
  • List of Dams, Temples, UNESCO Heritage Sites in India
  • List of Bharat Ratna Award Winners
  • List of National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Bird Sanctuaries in India
  • Topics related to Art and Culture viz folk dance, regional dance, festivals, etc 
  • Banking Abbreviations


So, now that you know what to prepare, let’s come to HOW part of the problem! Here are some tips that you may want to know:

  • For current affairs, you can read newspapers. Start preparing early, say 8-10 months before the exam. And make it a habit of reading the newspapers daily. So, you will not have to cram or incorporate rot-learning at the last moment. 

  • Make your own notes while reading the newspaper. Write important points and keep revising during weekends. 

  • Make sure you go through previous year questions and mock question papers to know what exactly you have to pick while reading the newspaper. 

  • For the static gk, nothing but rot-learning is of help. Consider dividing into smaller parts and keep on revising what you learn, otherwise, you’ll keep forgetting them. 

  • In addition that, go through the official Reserve Bank of India website too as most of the questions on general awareness will be from the banking economy.

  • Take sectional tests on general awareness to gauge your weaknesses and strengths and to understand how much you need to improve to meet the sectional cut off.


Check out the tips and strategies to prepare for the Logical Reasoning section here.

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