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RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021:Check Section-Wise Paper Pattern And Marking Scheme

Safalta Expert Published by: Deepesh Mehra Updated Mon, 23 Aug 2021 07:03 PM IST


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The Reserve Bank of India Services Board conducts the RBI Grade B Exam every year to recruit suitable candidates for the post of Grade B officers in RBI. This is a highly revered exam. Each year lacks os aspirants apply for this exam.  To get recruited in the RBI Assistant post the candidates must know the RBI Grade B Exam Pattern. The RBI Assistant examination comprises 4 sections Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English, and General Awareness for the preliminary examination. The exam will be held for three phases i.e preliminary, mains, and interview round to secure a seat in the RBI Grade B.  In this article, we have discussed the RBI Grade B Exam Pattern and other details for all the candidates. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, then download our app- 'Exam Taiyari App' and boost your preparation. Prepare for any competitive exam with Free Courses, E-books, and Mock-Tests on Safalta App.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 

The exam as mentioned above comprises of three stages:
  1. Preliminary Exam 
  2. Mains 
  3. Interview Round
The exam pattern of various stages is given below:

RBI Grade B Preliminary Exam

  1. The exam will be held in online mode.
  2.  The total number of questions is 200. 
  3. The questions are objective type.
  4. There are 4 sections in the exam.
  5. Each correct answer will fetch a candidate with 1 mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  6. The duration of the exam is 2 hours.
The preliminary exam pattern along with the marking scheme is illustrated below:


Maximum  Questions

Maximum Marks

Quantitative Aptitude

200 questions in total


200 marks 

Reasoning Ability


General Araeness


The weightage of each section varies from year to year. The candidates who clear the preliminary round are eligible to sit for the mains examination.

RBI Grade B Mains Exam Pattern 

  1. This is a part Objective and Part descriptive paper.
  2. The total marks in this exam are 300,
  3. There are three papers in this stage.
  4. The exam pattern and other details are illustrated below:
S So Papers Paper Type Maximum Marks Duration (minutes)
1. Paper I: Economics and Social Issues
  1. 50% Objective Type,
  2. 50% Descriptive (to be typed with the help of the keyboard)
  • 50
  • 50


  • 30
  • 90


2. Paper II: English (Writing Skills) Descriptive (3 questions) 100 90 minutes
3. Paper III: Finance and Management
  1. 50% Objective Type 
  2. 50% Descriptive
  • 50
  • 50


  • 30
  • 90


Candidates who clear this round will be eligible to appear for the interview round.

RBI Grade B Exam 2021 Syllabus

RBI Grade B Phase-I Exam has the following syllabus for the different sections:
English General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning

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Error Detection
Sentence Formation
Jumble Words
Fill in The Blanks
Current Affairs
Static General Knowledge
Banking and financial Awareness
Economic Terms and News
Government Schemes and Plans
Ratio and Proportion
Time and Work
Speed and Distance
Mixture and Alligation
Data Interpretation
Sitting Arrangement
Blood Relations
Direction and Distance 
Order and Ranking
Arrangement and Pattern

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RBI Grade B Eligibility  RBI Assistant Exam Pattern RBI Grade B Salary  RBI Assistant Salary

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern - FAQ

Q1 What is the RBI Grade B Selection Process

A1 The RBI Assistant Selection Process comprises a preliminary, mains exam, and interview round.

Q2 Is there any negative marking in the RBI Grade B Exam?

A2 Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks in the RBI Assistant Exam.

Q3 How many Subjects are asked in the RBI Grade B Prelims exam?

A3 A total of 4 Subjects are asked in the RBI Prelims  Exam i.e Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language, and General Awareness.

Q4 How many papers are there in the RBI Grade B  Mains exam?

A4 A total of 3 papers in the RBI Grade B Mains Exam.

Q5 What is the duration of the RBI Grade B Preliminary Exam?

A5 The duration of the RBI Grade B Preliminary Exam is 2 hours overall.


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