RBI Grade B Exam Analysis

RBI Grade B Officers Phase II Exam was conducted today (December 01, 2019). The candidates who were shortlisted on the basis of results of Phase-I could appear in this exam. The examination was conducted in two shifts and students were required to appear for both the shifts. There were three papers I, II and III.

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.

Around 2.5 to 3 lakh candidates appear every year for the exam. The exam had 4 sections for which sectional time was given. The level of the examination was easy to moderate.

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

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
Quantitative Aptitude was one of the easiest sections to score while Reasoning Ability was the hardest. General Awareness section’s difficulty level was moderate with majority of questions being asked from current affairs ranging from the month of August to September.
The sections were sequenced in the order of General Awareness, Reasoning Ability, English Language, and Quantitative Aptitude.
Below is the section- wise analysis:

General Awareness:

Majority of the questions were based on Current Affairs, from the months of September and October.
1.In the current affairs, many questions could be seen from the recently conducted summits.
2.The number of questions from the section of Static G K was 6-7.
3.A few questions were asked from budget and economic issues, which ranged in between 5-6.

Quantitative Aptitude (Easy-Moderate) (25 Minutes)

The level of quantitative aptitude was Easy-Moderate and many students found it lengthy as well. There were two DI based on Caselet and Bar Graph

Topic Number of Ques. Level
Data Interpretation 10 Easy-Moderate
Approximation 05 Easy-Moderate
wrong Number Series 05 Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous (Percentage, Time and Work, Partnership, Boat and Stream) 10 Easy-Moderate
Total 30 Easy-Moderate

Reasoning Ability (Moderate) (45 Minutes)

The level of reasoning was Moderate – Difficult. There were 5 puzzles and sitting Arrangement out of which four puzzles were based on:
Random puzzle (9 people, 3 countries- India, Canada, Mexico and Colors)
Floor based puzzle
Linear Puzzle (Parallel rows)
Linear puzzle with uncertain number of people
The questions were:

Topic No of Questions Level
Puzzle and Seating Arrangement 25 Moderate
Data Sufficieny 05 Moderate
Machine Input-Output 05 Moderate
Syllogism (Few, Some Not) 03 Moderate
Direction Sense 05 Moderate
Alphabet/Numeric based 02 Moderate
Passage Inference 05 Moderate
Miscellaneous 10 Moderate
Total 60 Moderate

English Language (Easy-Moderate) (25 Minutes)

The level of English was Easy-Moderate. There were two sets of RC. The topic of reading comprehension were based on Education System(School)

Topics No Of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 10 Moderate
starters & Connectors 05 Easy-Moderate
Sentence re-arrangement 05 Easy-Moderate
Single Fillers 05 Easy
Word Swap 05 Easy

RBI Grade B Exam Dates

The exam dates for RBI Grade-B Officer exam has already been released along with its Official Notice. The important dates for RBI Grade B Officer Exam 2019 are as follows:

RBI Grade-B Events Date
Release of online application form 21st September 2019
Online Payment of Application Fees / Intimation Charges: 11th October 2019
Commencement of Phase-I exam 9th November
Commencement of Phase-II exam: General 1st December 2019
RBI Grade-B- DEPR / DSIM Phase-II Exam 2nd December 2019
Interview Process To be notified later
Declaration of final result To be notified later

RBI Grade B Vacancy 2019

166 RBI Grade B Vacancies were declared for RBI Grade B 2018. We are expecting the vacancy to be almost same for RBI Grade B 2019 Exam. Let's have a look at the detailed vacancy for previous year to get an idea of the expected vacancy for RBI Grade B 2019 Exam.

Posts Vacancy
Officers in Grade ‘B’(DR)- General 156
Officers in Grade ‘B’(DR)- DEPR 20
Officers in Grade ‘B’(DR)- DSIM 23
Total 199

RBI Grade B Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for RBI Grade B exam, candidates should fulfil the following criteria-

  • Candidates are required to follow the given criteria to be eligible for RBI Grade B 2019 Exam:
  • Must be a citizen of India
  • Must be a subject of Nepal
  • Must be a subject of Bhutan
  • Must be a Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 who has the intention of settling permanently in India.
  • A person of Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

Age Eligibility

  • To qualify in the RBI exam the minimum required age is 21 years and maximum age 30 years.
  • If a candidate possesses M.Phil and Ph.D. degree, the upper age limits in these cases are 32 and 34 years respectively.

Educational Qualification for RBI Grade B (General)

Category Educational Qualification
Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - (General) Graduation degree with a minimum of 60% marks is required as well as in 12th & 10th examination.
Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - DEPR Master degree in economics with a minimum of 55% marks.
Officers in Grade 'B' (DR) - DSIM Master degree in statistics/mathematical statistics/mathematical economics/econometrics/statistics & informatics from IIT-Kharagpur/ applied statistics & informatics from IIT-Bombay with a minimum of 55% marks

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