RBI Grade B 2021 Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria, and Admit Card
Topics Covered: RBI Grade B Eligibility Criteria, Age Limit, Educational Qualification, Number of Attempts, Apply Online, Application Fees, Admit Card, Interview Call Letter & Exam Centres
Are you starting the preparation for RBI Grade B Exam? Well, if you are, welcome to the world where you can get all the eligibility, application form, and admit card-related information you need.
So, let me start by asking you some questions.
Were you the kid who always thought that graduation and post-graduation qualifications don’t matter? Did your parents constantly give you a hard time during those exams?
Well, if the answer to those questions is yes, then you should know that the RBI too wants you to be consistent throughout your life. Not only do they want aspirants to have high grades, they also want the aspirants to be consistent with their grades.
With that said, I bet you will learn a lot from this blog as I have provided important information on various key topics related to RBI Grade B.
So let’s not chit chat more and dive into our first topic.
Table of Content – RBI Grade B Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria, and Admit Card
2. Apply Online
2.1 Important Dates
2.2 Application fees
2.3 Steps to Apply
3. Admit Card
3.2 Important Things
5. Exam Centres
RBI Grade B Eligibility 2021
RBI had revised the Eligibility Criteria for the latest RBI Grade B exam, i.e., the 2021 exams. The key change was in the education-based eligibility criteria.
To elaborate, till the 2019 Grade B officer recruitments which were previous to the 2021 recruitments, candidates not only had to have a minimum of 60% marks in their graduation but also the same in their 10th and 12th mark sheets as well.
This has changed in the 2020-21 Grade B recruitments. Now the minimum requirement demands at least 60% marks in Graduation or 55% marks in Post Graduation. The clause about having a minimum of 60% in the 10th and 12th mark sheets has been scrapped.
You can know more about the updated criteria in the subsequent sections.
If you prefer to watch a video, I have covered the eligibility criteria in detail in the video below.
RBI Grade B Eligibility 2021 – Educational Qualification
As per the latest Eligibility Criteria released by RBI, candidates must adhere to the following educational qualification requirements to be eligible for the RBI Grade B exam.
You may read about it in detail in the table below:
You need to have atleast 60% marks in Graduation (50% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) or 55% marks in Post Graduation (pass marks for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) in aggregate of all semesters/years. Many students ask if 60% marks in graduation should be in each semester or average. Well, relax, it’s an average of all semesters.
You need to have any one of the following:
You need to have any one of the following:
CGPA to Percentage Conversion Criteria given by RBI
Some Universities do not provide a percentage of marks and allot Aggregate Grade Points (e.g. CGPA/OGPA/CPI, etc.) in graduation and post-graduation.
In case the University defines criteria for conversion of Aggregate Grade Point into the percentage of marks, the same will be accepted.
However, where the University does not define criteria for conversion of Aggregate Grade Point into the percentage of marks, in the degree/passing certificates, the calculation would go further like this:
|CGPA||Aggregate Percentage of Marks|
RBI Grade B Eligibility 2021 – Age Limit & Relaxation
Coming to the topic of age limit, according to the RBI Grade B eligibility criteria as of 01st January 2021, you can’t take the exam if you are super smart or a genius who has cleared his college at the age of 18. That is because the minimum age limit to be able to sit for the exam is 21 years.
Whereas, the maximum age limit is 30 years. Thus, you also can’t take this exam if you had responsibilities in your 20’s and now want to be a Grade B officer in your 30’s. However, under some special circumstances, or cases, the RBI does grant provisions to take the exam even after the age of 30. To know the details about the same, keep on reading.
Here is the age eligibility:
- The eligible age bracket ranges from the age of 21 to 30 years.
- The upper age limit is 32 if you have M.Phil. and 34 if you have Ph.D.
- The Upper age limit for OBC candidates is 33 years (only for non-creamy OBC candidates).
- For SC/ST candidates, the upper age limit is 35 years.
- 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 with an upper cap of 3 years.
After reading the last point, someone might say that they had worked for 10 years in a bank and now they want 10 years of relaxation for the exam. Well, if that’s the case, know that it’s not Going to happen!!
RBI Grade B Eligibility 2021 – Nationality
Talking about the topic of nationality, this is not a very often asked question in the RBI Grade B eligibility section.
When I say it’s not a very frequently asked question, it’s because most students sitting for the exam are Indians, but it just might be the case that someone from our neighboring country is also willing to sit for the exam.
So, this section is basically for them.
Anyway, I have written the RBI Grade B Nationality Related eligibility criteria below, and according to this criterion the candidate must either be:
- A citizen of India, or
- a subject of Nepal, or
- a subject of Bhutan, or
- a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
- 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 belong to categories (2), (3), (4), or (5), you should possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.
Also, it should be noted that if a candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, and if for some reason he doesn’t have it, he may still be admitted to the examination.
However, the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate is issued to him/her by the Government of India.
RBI Grade B Eligibility 2021 – Number of Attempts
Talking about the maximum number of attempts that you are allowed to take for the RBI Grade B Exam, the answer is 6.
Having said that, it should be noted that you needn’t sit for the exam or use one of your attempts if you haven’t prepared for the exam properly. Well, you obviously can, but it’s not needed.
In cases such as the one I have mentioned above, you can always back out anytime you want, i.e., if you don’t think that you are well prepared before the prelims and you want to save your attempt for later.
However, in case you belong to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD, there are no such restrictions.
That’s because, for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD candidates, the maximum number of attempts is unlimited, meaning they can choose to appear for the exam as many times as they want, till they attain their respective upper age limits.
RBI Grade B Apply Online 2021
Okay, before I start the topic of the RBI Grade B Apply Online process, let me ask you a question;
Do you remember the old days when you used to stand in lines to apply for your college entrance exams?
Well, you’d be happy to know that it is not that tedious anymore. That’s because nowadays, a good internet connection is all you need to apply for the RBI exam.
Yes, you read it right!!!
There’s no more the need to stand in lines or looking for an ATM to take out the money for the registration fee.
All that you now need to do is log onto the RBI’s website on the internet and apply for the exam.
However, it’s also an unfortunate fact that although the RBI Grade B online application 2021 process is pretty simple, yet students do still make a lot of mistakes.
So you should take care while filling up the form because if you don’t, you might have to spend some extra money to get your mistakes rectified, and I don’t think you’d want that, would you?
Anyway, getting back to the topic, you should note that the RBI Grade B apply online 2021 process can be started only after an official announcement by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
When the official RBI Grade B announcement comes, you’ll find that the RBI releases three separate vacancies, and these are their names:
- General – (DR)
- DEPR – (DR)
- DSIM – (DR)
If you want to know for which vacancy you are eligible for you can check the RBI Grade B Eligibility as mentioned above.
Also, to be noted is that, in case you are willing to apply for more than one post, you’d need to apply for them separately.
RBI Grade B Apply Online 2021 – Important Dates
The important dates pertaining to the topic of “application process for RBI Grade B exams” usually comprise the date of the release of RBI Grade B notification and the last date of registration.
Therefore, if you are aiming to take the RBI Grade B exam, make sure to take note of the release date of the notification, because the notification release dates usually mark the start of the online registration process, and this application process goes on for the next 20 days or so.
Anyway, in the table below are the important dates for 2021. I have written a complete blog regarding it, get the complete information on exam dates here.
|RBI Grade B 2021 Exam Events||Dates (Announced)|
|RBI Grade B 2021 Notification||28 January 2021|
|RBI Grade B 2021 Online Registration||28 January 2021 - 15 February 2021|
|RBI Grade B 2021 Prelims Exam Date||6 March 2021|
|RBI Grade B 2021 Mains Exam Date||01 April 2021|
RBI Grade B Apply Online 2021 – Fees
So, this is one of the most pertinent topics that comes to the minds of aspirants, and like most of them, you must be wondering about the application fee for the RBI Grade B application form.
However, as far as the RBI is concerned you need not worry!
The RBI is not sucking money out of you. I say that because the RBI Grade B 2021 application fee is not that high. Here is the fee amount you need to pay.
|SC/ST/PWD||Intimation Charges Only||INR 100/-|
|GEN/OBC/EWS||Application fee including intimation charges||INR 850/-|
- Don’t forget to take a print-out of the fee receipt and form after making the payment of the RBI Grade B online application form.
- Fill the form very carefully and don’t fill in any wrong information. That’s because you will not get a chance to rectify it and you will have to fill it again and pay extra fees.
- 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.
All I can say is just try your luck and see if your exam fee can be waived off.
RBI Grade B Apply Online 2021 – Steps
So, let’s address the most important topic of the online application process.
I have written down below, the steps on how to fill the RBI Grade B online application 2021. I have divided the whole process into 10 steps. These will make it super easy.
Fill Registration Form
Step 1: Go to the official website of RBI – rbi.org.in. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on opportunities@RBI.
Step 2: On the page that opens up, you will have to hover on current vacancies. When you’ll do doing so, a drop-down menu will appear, click on vacancies in that drop-down menu.
Step 3: Next, a new page opens up, here click on “Recruitment of Officers in Grade B- DR (General), DEPR/DSIM-2021”.
Step 4: On the page that opens up, click on Online Application.
Step 5: After you’ve clicked the online application link, a new page opens up where you’ll have to click on “Click here for new registration”.
Fill Application Form
Step 6: On the page that opens up, fill up all your details like Name, Email ID, Mobile number, etc. When you’re finished filling up the information, click on save and next.
Note: After clicking on save and next, you will get a registration number and password. It will automatically get generated and you have to keep it safe.
Why I say that is because 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 7: Now the photo and signature section will open up. Fill in all the details as required.
I have mentioned the rest of the details below. The details that you would need to fill in as well:
|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 8: Here, as the next step, you’d have to fill in your personal details, educational qualifications, your job experience, and a few miscellaneous things like the Phase 1 exam center. When you’re done filling in the details click on save and next.
Note: 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 say that because 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: Now a preview of the online application will appear on your screen. Check all the details very carefully.
If you find any mistakes, go back and correct them. Finally, when you find everything correct in the preview, click on “final submit”.
Step 10: After you have clicked on final submit, a page opens up where you will have to upload a left-hand thumb impression and a handwritten declaration stating that all the information and documents that you’re providing are correct, true, and valid.
Once you’re done uploading click on save and next.
Submit Application Fee & Print out E-Receipt
Step 11: After you have filled in all the aforementioned details, you can finally go on to finalize your registration by paying the registration fees using your debit/credit card, internet banking, cash cards, mobile wallets, etc.
Step 12: Once you are through with paying the registration fees, you will receive the ‘e-receipt’ as proof of successful fee payment. Keep it safe.
Congrats! Now that you have successfully applied for the RBI Grade B examination, you may want to check the RBI Grade B Syllabus and start with your preparation.
Go ahead and create your own personalised preparation strategy by utilising the preparation tips & study plan provided in the linked blog.
RBI Grade B Admit Card 2021
The RBI Grade B 2021 Admit card for phase 1 was released on the 26th of February 2021, and the last date to download the Phase 1 admit card was the 5th of March 2021.
Whereas, the RBI Grade B 2021 Admit Card for Phase 2 was released on 20th March 2021. The last date to download your Phase 2 Admit Card was 31st March 2021.
About 4000+ students had made it through to the Phase 2 or Main’s round of the RBI Grade B Recruitment 2021. Therefore about 4000+ admit cards were issued for the same.
Now let’s take a look at the steps to download the RBI Grade B admit card.
Steps to download Admit Card:
Step 1: Go over to the official website of the RBI to download RBI Grade B Admit Card for 2021. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Recruitment related Announcements”.
Step 2: A new page opens up with a heading of Call letters. Click on “Admission Letters & other guidelines and information handouts for the Phase-II – Paper-II & III Examination for the post of Officers in Grade-B DR (DEPR/DSIM)-2021”
Step 3: Once you do as said above, a new page opens up, click on “Admission Letters – Phase II – Paper II & III”.
Step 4: A new page opens up with the heading “Admission Letter For Online Examination (Phase-II)”. The page asks you to fill in your Login Credentials. Fill in the credentials very carefully. Enter the required CAPTCHA and click on Login.
Step 5: Your RBI Grade B Admit card appears on your screen, you can save the Admit Card by clicking on the print link given on the top right corner. Click on ‘Save as PDF’.
Important things to check in downloaded Admit Card:
- Check the details mentioned on the hall ticket and confirm their accuracy.
- Then you should check the address, name of the exam center, and time of the RBI Grade B exam written on the admit card.
- After that, check the Signature and Photo on your admit card. Make sure that it is not smeared with ink or any other material.
- Read all the guidelines mentioned on the admit card carefully to understand the code of conduct during your Phase 1 & Phase 2 exams.
Now that you have downloaded the Admit Card, it is almost exam time. It would be great to go ahead and try a few more Mock Tests to analyse and judge your preparation.
RBI Grade B Interview Call Letter 2021
The candidates who will be able to clear the RBI Grade B Mains or Phase II Exam will be qualified to show up for the Interview round. RBI Grade B Call letters for the Interview will be sent to the registered email IDs of those applicants only.
None of the RBI Grade B Interview call letters will be sent by post. Hence, you are required to keep your email id functioning, the one which you have given while filling the RBI Grade B online application, till the time the final selection gets finished.
Important Documents to be carried to the Interview Centre
Once you have downloaded the RBI Grade B Interview Call letter, you will be required to produce the following documents for verification at the interview centre. You must carry each document in original as well as a photocopy:
- Print out of Interview Call Letter
- Original Attestation Form with affixed signed photographs
- Govt. issued ID Proof such as Aadhar Card in original and photocopy
- All Educational mark-sheets and certificates
- Bio-Data Form (1 original & 6 photocopies) in prescribed size with signed photographs
- OBC/SC/ST Candidates also need to carry the original caste certificate along with its photocopy
- EWS Candidates also need to carry the original Income & Asset certificate along with its photocopy.
RBI Grade B 2021 Exam Centres
I told you about the choice you can make between the exam centers while filling up the RBI application 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 2021 online application form.
RBI Grade B 2021 Exam Centres for Phase 1 Exam
|States /UTs||RBI Grade B Exam 2021 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|
|Daman & Diu||Jamnagar|
|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|
|Madhya Pradesh||Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur|
|Maharashtra||Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Solapur|
|New Delhi||Delhi –NCR|
|Orissa||Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur|
|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|
|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 2021 Exam Centres for Phase 2 Exam
|Name of the Examination Cities|
|Ahmedabad & Gandhi Nagar||Jammu|
|Kolkata||Mumbai- Navi Mumbai|
|Chandigarh & Mohali||Nagpur|
|Chennai||New Delhi- NCR|
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, How to 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 appear for the upcoming RBI Grade B Examination. I hope the content has clarified all your doubts related to the Examination. Take care and God bless!
All the Best!!
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Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 5 years of experience in the field of Education.
FAQs: RBI Grade B Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card and Application Fees
What is the Age limit for RBI Grade B 2021?
Your age is a big criterion when it comes to the topic of eligibility for the RBI Grade B. To appear for the RBI Grade B 2021 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 RBI Grade B Eligibility for 2021 pertaining to age you can check here.
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 Ability, English, and General Awareness. For the second phase, you’d need to study 3 papers based on Economics and Social Issues (ESI), Finance and Management (FM), and English Descriptive. You can check out the detailed RBI Grade B Syllabus here. Good Luck!
How to download the RBI Grade B Admit Card for 2021?
To download the RBI Grade B Admit Card you need to click on the “Opportunities@RBI” link in the “Bottom” menu on the official website of the Reserve Bank of India from there you can find “Call Letters” under the “Current Vacancies” section in the menu bar. You can click on this link to know the detailed steps to download the RBI Grade B Admit Card for 2021.
The RBI Grade B Admit Card for 2021 should be the most important card in your life until you are through with the RBI Grade B 2021 exam, even more than the ones given to you by a special friend.
Can I make changes in the exam center once the RBI Grade B Admit Card/Hall Ticket is released?
No, unfortunately, you can’t. There is no provision for you to change your exam center once it has gotten printed on your RBI Grade B 2021 Admit Card. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that you fill in your application form as carefully and as correctly as possible, to avoid hassles later.
Which book is best for the RBI Grade B 2021 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 RBI Grade B 2021 exam: RBI Grade B 2021 Phase 1 Book.
What documents are required to be carried to the exam center along with the RBI Grade B admit card 2021?
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 2021 to the exam center. With these, you can stride on into the exam center, like a knight. No one will stop you.
What are the eligibility criteria for the RBI Grade B officer exam?
The following must hold true for the aspirants, if they so wish to appear for the RBI Grade B Exam:
- You must be an Indian Citizen or a subject of Nepal, Bhutan, (or a Tibetan Refugee – under certain conditions)
- You must be above the age of 21 years but must not have touched the 30th year of your life. There are certain upper age limit relaxations available if certain criteria are fulfilled.
- The minimum requirement demands at least 60% marks in Graduation or 55% marks in Post Graduation for General category. For SC/ST/PwBD aspirants at least 50% marks in Graduation or passing marks in Post Graduation. The clause about having a minimum of 60% in the 10th and 12th mark sheets has been scrapped.
To know more about the relaxations, other conditions and more details about eligibility, click here.
How many attempts can you give for RBI Grade ‘B’ General, DEPR, and DSIM?
This is a pretty significant question, knowing the permissible number of attempts for the RBI Grade B exam might help you plan your future accordingly. So here’s the answer:
• If you belong to the General category, you can appear no more than 6 times for the RBI Grade B Exam.
• If you belong to SC/ST/OBC/PwBD/EWS category, then there are no restrictions on the number of attempts.