RBI Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020 | Detailed Topics & Booklist

RBI Grade B Syllabus is notified by the Reserve Bank of India in their official notification which is released on their official website. The first and foremost element of RBI Grade B preparation is a thorough knowledge of RBI Grade B Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Hence, it is imperative that students are well informed about it.

In this article, we have provided the exam pattern as well as a detailed list of topics along with the booklist for the convenience of the aspirants.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B Exam is divided into RBI Grade B Phase-I, RBI Grade B Phase-II and the Interview. The exam pattern for Phase-I and Phase-II is tabulated below:

RBI Grade B Phase-I Exam Pattern

Section

Number of Questions

Number of Marks

Time Allocated

General Awareness

80

80

A total of 2 hours is given to the candidates to complete the exam.

Quantitative Aptitude

30

30

English Language

30

30

Reasoning

60

60

Total

200

200

RBI Grade B Phase-II Exam Pattern

Name of the Paper

Type of Paper

Number of Marks

Time Allocated

Paper I Economic & Social Issues

Objective Type

90

100

Paper-II English (Writing Skills)

Descriptive Type

90

100

Paper III Finance & Management

Objective Type

90

100

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RBI Grade B Syllabus For Phase-I (Prelims)

RBI Grade B Prelims consists of 200 questions carrying 200 marks spread across four sections viz Maths, Logical Reasoning, English and General Awareness. A composite time of 120 minutes or 2 hours is allocated for Prelims wherein candidates can traverse across the section to complete the exam within the stipulated time.

Candidates will have to qualify for sectional cutoff as well as an overall cutoff to qualify for Phase II or the RBI Grade B Mains. RBI Grade B Prelims is qualifying in nature which means the score of Prelims will NOT add up in final merit.

RBI Grade B Syllabus (Prelims)

The syllabus for each of the section is given below:

Subject Syllabus
Quantitative Aptitude Ratio & Proportion, Mensuration, Percentage, Average, Speed, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Permutation and Combination, Mixture and Alligation, Data Interpretation, Probability, Stocks and Shares, Simplification and Approximation, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Number Series, Upstream and Downstream, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest
Logical Reasoning Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Inequalities, Direction Test, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Input-Output, Data Sufficiency, Reasoning, Analogy Coding-Decoding, Ranking, Alphanumeric series
English Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para jumbles, Fill in the blanks, Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting, Paragraph Completion
General Awareness Current Affairs, Indian Financial Systems, Indian Banking Systems, Monetary Plans, National Institutions, Banking Terms

RBI Grade B Books For Prelims

You can refer to the following books for the preparation of RBI Grade B 2020 Prelims:

RBI Grade B Books for Prelims

Logical Reasoning

Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey

English Language

Word Power Made Simple by Norman Lewis Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin

Quantitative Aptitude

Magical Book on Quicker Maths by M. Tyra How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT written by Arun Sharma Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations written by R.S. Agarwal

General Awareness

Banking Awareness by Arihant Experts Banking Awareness for SBI and IBPS Bank Clerk/PO/RBI Exams/RRB by Disha Experts

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RBI Grade B Syllabus 2020 For Phase II (Mains)

RBI Grade B Phase II (Mains) is held at a gap of 15 days from Prelims. Hence, it is advised that candidates prepare for both prelims and mains simultaneously. There are three sections for RBI Grade B (Mains) viz Economic & Social Issues, English (Writing Skills), and Finance & Management. While ESI and FM are objective papers, candidates are required to type the answers for English as it is done to assess the writing skills of the candidates. Each section is of 100 marks each and the time allocated is 90 minutes for each section.

Paper-1: Economic & Social Issues

Growth and Development

Economic Reforms in India

Social Structure in India

Corporate Governance

Development in the Financial Sector

Export-Import Policy

Illiteracy

Balance of Payments

Rise in Inequality

Rigid Labour Law

Human Resource Development

Inflation

Regionalism and Language Conflicts

Poor Education Standards

Globalisations

Social Structure in India

Employment Generation in India

Sustainable Development

Monetary and Fiscal Policy

Social Sectors in India

Benefits of International Trade

Direct and Indirect Taxes

Insurance and Capital Marketing

Government debt

Paper-2: Finance & Management

Union Budget

Regulation of Banks

Risk Management in Banking Sector

Technology in Finance

Corporate Governance

Human Resource Development

Motivation and Incentives

Regulators of banks and financial institutions

Development in the Financial Sector

Financial sector Regulations

Monetary Policy

Union Budget

Inflation

The Managing Process

Career Planning

Role of Incentives

Role of Information Technology

Communication Channels

Leadership

Nature and Scope of Management

RBI Grade B Books for Mains

For RBI Grade B Phase II (Mains), the suggested booklist is offered by RBI itself. Following are the books that you must refer to while preparing for Mains:

Subject Books Additional Resources
Economic & Social Issues Indian Economy: Uma Kapila (Series of Books) Indian Economy: Mishra Puri. (Latest Edition) Growth And Development: Devraj Ray Sociology: C.N. Shankar Rao Magazines: Economic and Political Weekly, Southern Economist, Yojana, Business India, RBI Bulletins Newspapers: Economic Times, The Hindu, Business Standard Reports: World Development Report, Economic Survey of India
Finance & Management An introduction to Economics – A W Stonier and DC Hauge Monetary Theory and Public Policy – Kenneth Kurihara Indian Economy – Mishra and Puri Indian Economy – R. Dutt and KPM Sundaram Economic Growth and Development – Mayer and Baldwin Major economic newspapers and Economic and Political Weekly Public Finance – K K Andley and Sundaram Financial Management – Prasanna Chandra
English Writing Skills Hindu Editorials PIB News Summary  Economic Survey & Budget

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