RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam (August 16, 2018): Analysis - Evening Shift

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.

The detailed break-up of the RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam 2018 is as follows:

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

Sectional and Overall Expected Cut-offs of RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam 2018:

Subject General OBC SC ST PWD (OH/HI/VH)
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

Section-wise analysis of RBI Grade B Officers Phase I Exam 2018:

General Awareness:

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
Current Affairs 40 Moderate
Static General Knowledge 10 Moderate to Difficult

English Language:

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
Sentence Starters 5 Moderate
Para Jumbles / Sentence Rearrangement (6 sentences) 5 Moderate to difficult
Correct usage of phrase 5 Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude:

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
Blood Relations 3 Moderate
Input / Output 5 Easy to Moderate
Syllogism 5 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
Miscellaneous 2 Moderate

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