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

Most number of questions came from the current affairs - both national and international. It has to be noted that a number of questions totaling 21 came from banking. Other areas that were covered in this section were sports, business, science and technology, and books and authors. Very few questions, around 4 in number, came from the static portion of GK. It is also to be noted that maximum current affairs questions came from the events and happenings that occurred from May to July 2018. 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
Current Affairs – National 11 Easy
Current Affairs – International 12 Moderate to difficult
Current Affairs – Banking 21 Easy to Moderate
Current Affairs – Business 5 Moderate
Current Affairs – Sports 4 Easy
Current Affairs – Miscellaneous 12 Moderate to difficult
Current Affairs – Important dates 2 Easy
Current Affairs – Science and Technology 5 Easy to Moderate
Current Affairs – Books and Authors 4 Moderate to difficult
Static – History 2 Difficult
Static- Geography 1 Difficult
Static- Economy 1 Difficult

English Language:

The section comprised 11 RC questions in total. There were two RC passages which had 4 and 7 questions in each passage. One RC passage was based on exchange rate and the second RC passage was on life events 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 correction, Statement Connection, etc. No para jumble and 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 (4 + 7) 11 Moderate to difficult
Sentence Correction (Spot the Error) 5 Moderate
Match the sentences (Two columns, three sentences) 3 Moderate to difficult
Para Completion (4 sentences) 2 Moderate to difficult
Statement Connection 3 Moderate
Jumbles words ( In 6-7 paragraphs, bold words misplaced) 6 Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude:

There were questions 5 questions each based on Wrong numbers in series and Comparison of two quantities 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 quantitative aptitude questions which were lengthy, calculative and time consuming.

Topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
Data Interpretation (Bar graph) 5 Moderate
Data Interpretation (Table) 5 Easy to Moderate
Number Series (Wrong numbers based) 5 Easy to Moderate
Comparison of two quantities (Quantity I and Quantity II) – Topics were: TSD, Quadratic Equation, geometry etc. 5 Easy to Moderate
Time and Work 1 Easy to Moderate
Mensuration (Cone and cylinder based) 1 Moderate
Partnership 2 Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance - Boat and Streams 1 Easy to Moderate
Mixture and Alligation 1 Easy to Moderate
Profit, Loss and Discount 1 Easy to Moderate
Simple Interest/Compound Interest 1 Easy to Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance 1 Easy to Moderate
Ratio and Proportion 1 Easy to 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. No questions were there based on input-output. However, the overall section was quite time consuming.

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Analytical Reasoning (Linear Seating facing north in single row – two variables) 5 Easy
Analytical Reasoning (Box Arrangement –  two variables) 5 Moderate
Analytical Reasoning (Blood Relation) 5 Easy
Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – Nine people's department, name, projects  based) 5 Easy to Moderate
Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – Birth year, age and company) 5 Moderate
Analytical Reasoning (Sitting Arrangement – Square table, both sides facing) 5 Moderate to Difficult
Mathematical Inequalities 5 Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency – 2 statements based   5 Moderate
Directions (Set Based) 3 Moderate to Difficult
Alphabet - symbol based (Singlets) 3 Easy
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 Easy to Moderate

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