RBI Grade B Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card and Application Fees

Are you starting the preparation for RBI Grade B Exam? Welcome to the world where you can get all the information you need.

Were you the kid who always thought that 10th, 12th, and graduation marks don’t matter? Were your parents constantly giving you a hard time during those exams?

Well, RBI wants you to be consistent throughout your life too. They want a kid with consistent grades. I bet you will learn a lot from this blog.

I have divided the whole blog into Various categories.

So let’s not chit chat more and dive into our first topic. You are only allowed to fill the form if you clear all these requirements.



RBI Grade B Eligibility Criteria

Get to know about the Eligibility Criteria for General Stream

RBI Grade B Eligibility Criteria – Educational Qualification (60% in 10th, 12th & Graduation)

Post Minimum Education Qualification

You should have 60% marks in 10th, 12th and Graduation. Many students ask if 60% marks in graduation should be in each semester or average. Well, relax, it’s an average of all semesters. Students from SC, ST and OBC (NCL) category need 50% marks.


You should have a Master's degree in Economics / Econometrics / Quantitative Economics / Mathematical Economics / Integrated Economics Course/ Finance with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade. RBI has again given a relaxation of 5% to all SC/ST/PWD candidates.


You should have any one of the following: (A) A Master's Degree in Statistics/Mathematical Economics/ Mathematical Statistics/Statistics & Informatics/Econometrics from IIT-Kharagpur or Applied Statistics & Informatics from IIT-Bombay with at least 55% marks in aggregate of all semester/years or an equivalent grade. (B) Master's Degree in Mathematics with at least 55% marks in aggregate of all semester/years and 1-year PG Diploma in Statistics or related subjects from reputed institute; OR (C) M.Stat. from Indian Statistical Institute with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate of all semesters/years OR (D) PG Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) jointly offered by ISI Kolkata, IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta with at least 55% marks in aggregate of all semesters/years or equivalent grade. Note: For SC/ST/PWD candidates, the minimum marks required in Master's Degree as in items a, b, c and d above is 50% in aggregate of all semesters/years or an equivalent grade.

The educational qualifications prescribed for RBI Grade B is pretty tough. Even tougher than UPSC and other major government exams.

RBI Grade B Eligibility – Age Relaxation

Coming to the age qualification. You can’t give the exam if you are super smart and cleared your college at the age of 18. Yes, you heard it right!! 

You can’t even give this exam if you had responsibilities when you were in your 20’s and now want to be a Grade B officer in your 30’s but we have a few exceptions.

You can still give the exam. Here is the age eligibility:

    • You should be between 21 and 30 years.
    • The upper age limit is 32 if you have M.Phil. and 34 if you have Ph.D.
    • Not only this, but You are also given a relaxation equal to the number of years of experience as an officer in Commercial Bank/ Financial Institution/RBI in the Public Sector.

But don’t just say that you worked for 10 years and now you want 10 years relaxation. Not Going to happen!!

It is a maximum of 3 years.

RBI Grade B Eligibility: Nationality

This is not a very often asked question in the RBI Grade B eligibility section.

Most of the students sitting for the exam are Indians but I just thought of mentioning it in case someone from out neighbouring country is willing to sit for the exam as well.

I have written the RBI Grade B eligibility criteria below:

  1. citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal or Bhutan, or
  3. a Tibetan refugee who is permanently settled in India prior to January 1, 1962, or
  4. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from either Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, or Vietnam with the intention of residing permanently in India.

Please note that if you are belonging to categories (b), (c), and (d), you should possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

RBI Grade B Eligibility – Number of attempts – Maximum 6

Now to give something additional which is not mentioned by anyone on the internet.

The number of attempts you are allowed to give for the RBI Grade B Exam.

You are allowed to give a maximum of 6 attempts.

You can still back out anytime if you don’t think that you are prepared well before the prelims and you don’t want to waste your attempt.

However, there is no such restriction in case you belong to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD.

RBI Grade B Apply Online

Before starting, do you remember those old days when you used to stand in lines to apply for your college entrance?

It is not that tedious anymore. You just need a good internet connection to apply for RBI exam or see the result.

Yes, you read it right!!!

No more need to stand in lines or getting all stressed up to reach on time and looking for an ATM to get the fees money.

The process to apply for the RBI Grade B exam is pretty simple but students still make a lot of mistakes.

So take care while filling up the form.

You don’t want to spend extra money to rectify your mistakes.

You will be able to apply for the exam only after an official announcement by the Reserve Bank of India.

RBI releases three separate vacancies. These are the name of the vacancies:

  • General – RBI Grade B (DR)

  • DEPR – RBI Grade B (DR)

  • DSIM – RBI Grade B (DR)

Go through this link if you want to know for which vacancy you are eligible for.

If you are willing to apply for both the posts, you need to apply separately for each position.

RBI Apply Online – Steps to Apply for RBI Grade B Exam

Are you ready to start applying for the exam?

Let’s talk about the steps to apply for the exam. I have divided the whole process into 10 steps. It will make it super easy.

Step 1:

Go to the official website of RBI – rbi.org.in.

Step 2:

You have to click on the link called “Recruitment for the post of Officers in Gr. B (DR) General/DEPR/DSIM”

Step 3:

You will be able to see separate links for both the posts published by RBI. Click on the one you are eligible for.

Step 4:

Click on the new registration link and fill up all your details like Name, Email ID, etc.

Step 5:

You will get a registration number and password. It will automatically get generated and you have to keep it safe.

It’s a government website and you don’t want to go through the hassle of regenerating the password in the middle of your preparation.

Step 6:

I have mentioned the rest of the details below that need to be filled as well:

Documents Size Pixels Format
Photograph 20-50 KBs 200 X 230 Pixels JPG or JPEG
Signature 10 - 20 KBs 140 X 50 pixels JPG or JPEG
Left - hand thumb impression 10 - 20 KBs 140 X 50 pixels JPG or JPEG
Hand Written Declaration 20 - 50 KBs 140 X 50 pixels JPG or JPEG

Step 7:

Fill your educational qualifications and your job experience as well.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a Master’s Degree or job experience. It doesn’t matter if you are well prepared for the exam.

Step 8:

Fill your preferred center. Make sure to fill the one which is near your place.

I would recommend you to go to the center in a nearby city if you live in a remote place. This is an important thing to remember as the exam takes place online.

I have seen cases where the system at the center shows some error or the center is too dingy. This is the last thing you want after you are well prepared for the exam.

Step 9:

You can finally pay the fees using your debit/credit card, internet banking, cash cards, mobile wallets, etc. You can know more about the fees from here.

Step 10:

You will receive the ‘e-receipt’ as proof of successful fee payment. Keep it safe.


RBI Grade B Apply Online – Fees

You must be thinking about the amount of money you need to spend just to complete the RBI Grade B online application form.

Many students find this topic really important and it is. Application fees to sit for the exam is a huge source of income for a lot of institutes.

Students preparing for MBA pay a hefty amount of fees to give the exam.

Don’t worry!

RBI is not sucking money out of you. RBI Grade B apply online fee is not that high. Here is the fee amount you need to pay.

Category Charges Amount
SC/ST/PWD Intimation Charges Only INR 100/-
GEN/OBC/EWS Application fee including intimation charges INR 850/-
Staff Nil Nil


  • Don’t forget to print-out of the fee receipt and form after making the payment of RBI Grade B apply online form.
  • Fill the form very carefully and don’t fill the wrong information. You will not get a chance to rectify and you will have to fill it again and pay extra fees.
  • You will not get any refund on the Fee once paid.
  • Wait. What? You can have a Fee/Intimation charges waiver but it is applicable only for the RBI Staff who meet specific eligibility criteria stipulated in the circular CO. HRMD. No. G-75/ 5599/ 05.01.01/ 2013-2014 dated December 20, 2013.

Just try your luck and see if your exam fee can be waived off.

RBI Apply Online – Important Dates

Let’s clear a misconception here that people know and provide expected dates for the government exams.

It is just a way to sell courses by big institutes. I also came across it but never used it.

Are you still thinking about how coaching institutes do it?

Know the Expected Exam Dates for RBI Exams

Ok, let me explain. You want to know about the dates of the upcoming exam. You go online and start searching and someone wrote that it will take place in the month of August.

Hello! You realize that you don’t have enough time left to prepare and you start looking for courses. You find a course on their website only and buy it.

These institutes are just creating a panic to sell you courses.

Nobody other than the higher authority of HR in RBI knows about the date of the exam.

I will repeat it.


Don’t fall in that trap. Just go through the last year’s dates.

Assume that the exam might take place sooner than a particular date and make your plan.

Here are the last year’s dates. I have written a complete blog regarding it here.

Events Dates
Release of RBI Online Application form 21st September 2019
Online Payment of Application fees 11th October 2019
Phase 1 Exam Date 9th November
Phase 1 Result Date 18th November
Phase 2 Exam Date 1st December

RBI Grade B Online Application – RBI Grade B Admit Card

You get the admit after 2 weeks of filling up the RBI Grade B Online Application form.

Downloading admit card is not a very difficult task.

I have written the steps to do it.

  • Visit the career page of RBI to download RBI Grade B Admit Card. This step is after the RBI apply online step.
  • Enter your details, i.e., Roll number or Registration number and your date of birth or password after you open this page.
    This is the reason why I asked you to keep these details safe while filling up the form.
  • Write the captcha that is provided in the box.
  • Click on Submit and your admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  • You can download RBI Grade B admit card 2020 now from the option available on the screen.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind while saving the admit card:

  • Make sure that you download RBI Grade B admit card right away and do not postpone it for later. It’s a government website and it can crash due to huge traffic. You don’t want that to happen one day before the exam.

You need a few Documents with you along with the admit card when you go for the exam and I have mentioned them below.

  • Carry a valid Photo ID proof issued by the GOI or the State Government (original as well as a photocopy) for verification.
  • Acceptable photo ID proofs are PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving Licence/ Voter’s Card/ Bank Passbook with photograph etc.

RBI Grade B 2020 Exam Centers

I told you about the choice you can make between the exam centers while filling up the RBI apply online form.

I have listed those exam centers below. You can choose one center for Phase-I and one center for Phase–II separately in the RBI Grade B online application form.


RBI Grade B Exam Centres for Phase 1  exam

States /UTs RBI Grade B Exam Centres for Prelims
Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Guntur, Narasaraopet, Hyderabad, Rangareddy-Kodada, Karimnagar, Warangal, Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Tirupati, Chittoor, Vijaywada, Kanchikacherla, Gudlavalleru, Eluru, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar, Naharlagun city
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar
Bihar Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Patna
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chattisgarh Raipur, Bhilai
Daman & Diu Jamnagar
Goa Varna
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Gandhi Nagar, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Haryana Hissar, Karnal, Rohtak
Himachal Pradesh Dharamsala, Shimla
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bengaluru, Chikaballapur, Kolar, Tumkur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Hubli, Dharwad, Haliyal, Gadag, Mangalore, Mysore, Mandya, Udipi
Kerala Kannur, Kasargod, Kochi, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Nagarcoil
Lakshadweep Kavaratti
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur
Maharashtra Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Solapur
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
New Delhi Delhi –NCR
Orissa Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur
Puducherry Cuddalore, Villupuram
Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala
Rajasthan Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur
Sikkim Gangtok, Bardang City
Tamilnadu Chennai, Vellore, Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Dindigul Salem, Namakkal, Thiruchirapalli, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tirunelvelli, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Haldwani, Nainital, Roorkee City
West Bengal Berhampore (WB), Durgapur, Kolkata, Greater Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, Kalyani, Siliguri

RBI Grade B Exam Centres for Phase 2 exam

Name of the Examination Cities
Ahmedabad Jammu
Bengaluru Kanpur
Bhopal Kochi
Bhubaneswar Lucknow
Kolkata Mumbai
Chandigarh Nagpur
Chennai New Delhi
Guwahati Patna
Hyderabad Pune
Jaipur Thiruvananthapuram


So, if you have come all this way till here then I’m assuming that you must have read all the information that I have provided on this page like the Eligibility Criteria for the RBI Grade B Exam, RBI apply online, How to avail the admit card and at last various exam centers. All these topics are really important for you to know if you are planning to apply for the upcoming RBI Grade B Examination. I hope the content has clarified all your doubts related to RBI Grade B Examination.

All the Best!!
Keep Learning!!

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FAQs: RBI Grade B Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card and Application Fees

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    What is the Age limit for RBI Grade B?

    Your age is a big criteria when it comes to the topic of eligibility for the RBI Grade B. To appear for the RBI Grade B exam, you should place inside the 21-30 years age bracket, provided you belong to the General category. If you belong to any other category, you might be granted relaxations on your upper age limit. To know more about eligibility criteria pertaining to age you can click here.

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    Does the RBI Grade B exam have negative marking?

    Yes, unfortunately, there is. 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. This applies to both the RBI Grade B Prelims, as well as the Mains exams. I know it’s a little disheartening. So, make sure you choose your answers after much deliberation. That way you don’t have to worry about getting negatively marked.

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    What are the topics covered in RBI Grade B Syllabus?

    The RBI Grade B exam is conducted in 2 Phases. For the first phase, you’d need to prepare for one paper with questions pertaining to, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English, and General Awareness. For the second phase, you’d need to study 3 papers based on Economic and Social Issues (ESI), Finance and Management (FM), and English Descriptive. You can check out the detailed RBI Grade B Syllabus here. Good Luck!

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    How to download the RBI Grade B Admit Card?

    The RBI Grade B admit card should be the most important card in your life until you are through with the RBI Grade B exam, even more than the ones given to you by a special friend. To download the RBI Grade B admit card you need to click on the “download admit card for RBI Grade B” link in the “careers” category on the official website of the Reserve Bank of India.

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    Can I make changes in the exam center once the RBI Grade B admit card is released?

    No, unfortunately, you cannot. There is no provision for you to change your exam center once it has gotten printed on your admit card. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that you fill in your application forms as carefully and as correctly as possible, to avoid hassles later.

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    Which book is best for the RBI Grade B 2020 exam preparation?

    Okay, so let us be clear about this. There is no one book that can act as your guardian angel for this exam. You would need to masterfully choose the things to read from a host of different books. But if you really insist on having a single book, here is the link to one that should best help you prepare for the 2020 RBI Grade B exams: RBI Grade B Phase 1 Book.

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    What documents are required to be carried along to the exam center along with the RBI Grade B admit card?

    To be honest, not much at all. All that you need to take along with you are the original and the photocopy of any one of your identity proofs along with your RBI Grade B admit card to your exam centers. Having these with you can stride on into the exam center, like a knight. No one will stop you.

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  1. Good information about everything thing from applying to exam date admit card and all


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