RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam was conducted today (August 16, 2018). 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.
|Section||Total Questions||Level of difficulty||Good Attempts||Approximate time taken (in Minutes)|
|General Awareness||80||Moderate – Difficult||40 – 45||30|
|English Language||30||Easy - Moderate||18 - 20||20|
|Quantitative Aptitude||30||Easy - Moderate||13 – 15||20|
|Reasoning||60||Moderate - Difficult||32 – 34||50|
|Total||200||Moderate – Difficult||110 – 120||120|
|General Awareness (Out of 80)||15– 17||11 – 13||10 - 12||10 - 12||10 - 12|
|English language (Out of 30)||6.5 – 7.5||5 – 6||4 – 5||4 – 5||4 – 5|
|Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 30)||6 – 7||4.5 – 5.5||3.5 - 5||3.5 - 5||3.5 - 5|
|Reasoning (Out of 60)||14 – 15||11 – 12||9.5 – 10.5||9.5 – 10.5||9.5 – 10.5|
|Overall Phase I (Out of 200)||82-85||71- 74||68 - 71||68-71||68-71|
The section had about 30 questions on Banking Awareness and Monetary Policy of RBI. Some of the questions were fundamental questions on banking terminology. Apart from that, there were about 40 questions from Current Affairs which were basically from the months of Jan to June. There were also about 10 questions from Static General Knowledge. This section was difficult when compared to the last year’s RBI Grade B Officer’s Exam.
|Topics||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Banking Awareness, Monetary Policies||30||Moderate|
|Static General Knowledge||10||Moderate to Difficult|
The section comprised 10 RC questions in total. There were two RC passages which had 5 questions in each passage. One RC passage was based on relevancy of ATM Machines and the second RC passage was on cloud computing based. Most of the questions were inference based and so, took a long time to figure out the answer. Other topics that came in the exam included Sentence starters, Double fillers, etc. No cloze test questions came this time. Overall, the level of difficulty of the questions was moderate to difficult.
|Topics||Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Reading Comprehension (5+5)||10||Easy to Moderate|
|Fill in the blanks (Double filler)||5||Moderate|
|Para Jumbles / Sentence Rearrangement (6 sentences)||5||Moderate to difficult|
|Correct usage of phrase||5||Moderate|
There were questions 5 questions each based on Approximation and Data Sufficiency in this section. There were 10 questions on Data Interpretation which were split into two sets of 5 questions each. Apart from that, there were 10 arithmetic questions which were lengthy, calculative and time consuming.
|Topic||Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Data Interpretation (Pie chart) Percentage based||5||Moderate|
|Data Interpretation (Table) Ratio and probability based||5||Easy to Moderate|
|Approximation||5||Easy to Moderate|
|Data Sufficiency||5||Easy to Moderate|
|Mensuration (Rectangle and circle based)||1||Moderate|
|Time, Speed and Distance - Boat and Streams||1||Easy to Moderate|
|Profit, Loss and Discount||1||Easy to Moderate|
|Simple Interest/Compound Interest||1||Easy to Moderate|
|Ratio and Proportion||1||Easy to Moderate|
|Percentages||1||Easy to Moderate|
|Miscellaneous (Arithmetic based)||4||Moderate|
This section comprised of 5 AR sets (Puzzles) which were of moderate level in nature. Rest of the questions could have been attempted easily to maximize the score. No questions were there based on number series. However, the overall section was quite time consuming.
|Topic||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Analytical Reasoning (Circular Seating arrangement – inside facing, eight people)||5||Moderate to Difficult|
|Analytical Reasoning (Linear Seating arrangement – two rows, 10 people)||5||Moderate to Difficult|
|Analytical Reasoning (Floor based – 7 floors, two variables)||5||Easy|
|Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – Eight professors, subjects, days and months)||5||Easy to Moderate|
|Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement)||5||Moderate|
|Input / Output||5||Easy to Moderate|
|Directions (Set Based)||3||Moderate|
|Data Sufficiency (Age based)||5||Moderate|
|Logical Reasoning (Inference, CR, Decision Making, Strong & Weak Argument, Statement Conclusion, Statement and Course of Action and logical based)||12||Moderate to difficult|
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