Books for RBI Grade B: Check out best books, authors and more!

Safalta Expert Published by: Harshita Pathak Updated Tue, 29 Mar 2022 10:43 AM IST


Choosing the most useful books might be a difficult process for applicants. The list of RBI Grade B books for different phases of the test and courses is mentioned further in the article.

The RBI Grade B Exam is divided into two phases, Phase I and Phase II, following which the shortlisted applicants will be invited for the final interview. As the RBI Grade B test is one of the most prominent competitive banking examinations in the country, it is critical to prepare thoroughly to pass the exam. Choosing the most useful books, on the other hand, might be a difficult process for applicants. When it comes to acquiring books, the majority of the contenders are confused. Experts urge applicants to select books that are simple and straightforward.

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The list of RBI Grade B books for different phases of the test and courses is mentioned further in the article. You may also read RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2022
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The pattern of the RBI Grade B Exam

The following phases are involved in the recruitment of RBI Grade-B officers:
  1. Online Phase-I Examination (Objective type)
  2. Phase-II online examination
  3. Interview

RBI Grade B Books for Phase I

The RBI Grade B Phase I test pattern for the DR-General job consists of four sections: English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, and Reasoning. The test has a total score of 200. 


Category of the Books Best reference books for Preparation
English Language
  • Word Power Made Simple by Norman Lewis
  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin
  • Objective English by S. P. Bakshi
  • Objective English for General Competitive Examinations by Hari Mohan Prasad
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K. Verma
  • Magical Book on Quicker Maths by M. Tyra
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations written by R S Agarwal.
Reasoning Ability
  • Analytical Reasoning by M. K. Pandey
  • A modern approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal
  • Test of Reasoning by Edgar Thorpe
  • A New Approach to Reasoning: Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical by B.S.Sijwali 
General Awareness
  • Banking Awareness by Arihant Experts
  • Manorama Yearbook (latest edition) by Malayala Manorama
  • Monthly magazines
  • Kurukshetra Magazine
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge by Dr Binay Karna

RBI Grade-B Exam Syllabus – Phase II

Candidates who pass the first stage of the test will be required to take the Phase-II exam. During this phase, you will be asked both objective and subjective questions. Except for the questions in the English Language area, all questions can be seen in both English and Hindi.

1. Economic and 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

Other Prep Material


  • Economic and Political Weekly
  • Southern Economist
  • Yojana
  • Business India
  • RBI Bulletins


  • Economic Times
  • Hindu
  • Business Standard


  • World Development Report
  • Economic Survey of India

2. Finance Management

The RBI has suggested some prep material specifically for topics related to finance:

  • 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
  • Robbins Stephen P and Judge T A Vohra, Organisational Behaviour
  • Decenzo and Robbins- Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
  • Fernando A C: Business Ethics- An Indian Perspective
  • Ghosh B N: Business Ethics & Corporate Governance

3. The English language (Writing Skills)

The RBI has not recommended any books to prepare for this portion, which will merely evaluate the candidates' writing abilities. Reading voraciously will only help you enhance your writing talents over time. Aspirants should study articles in newspapers and periodicals regarding the current developments in finance and banking.

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Do RBI Grade B books carry solved sample question papers?

Some of the books include solved sample question papers. Candidates are recommended to check before purchasing

What is the syllabus for Grade B Phase- I examination?

Some of the books include solved sample question papers. Candidates are recommended to go through the book and check before purchasing.

What is the syllabus for the Grade B Phase- II examination?

The syllabus for the RBI Grade B Phase II examination is divided into 3 sections- (i) Economic & Social Issues (ii) Finance & Management (iii) English (Writing Skills). 

Which magazines and bulletins can be used for RBI Grade B?

The magazines and bulletins can candidates can refer to are listed as follows:

  1. Economic and Political Weekly
  2. Southern Economist
  3. Yojana
  4. Business India
  5. RBI Bulletins.
  6. The Hindu

Are there any additional study material candidates should use for the RBI Grade B examination?

Yes, the candidates can go through newspapers, journals etc as additional study materials to crack the RBI Grade B Examination. 

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