RBI Grade B Exam Analysis

The students who cleared the Phase 1 Exam are qualified for the RBI Grade B Phase 2 (Mains Exam). Here in the article, there is definite data about the RBI Grade B Exam Analysis for the years 2019, 2018 and 2017. So, let us start with the RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2019.

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2019 – Phase 1

Here we will give you an idea about the difficulty level of questions asked in Phase 1 of the RBI Grade B 2019 Examination. Also, we have provided the areas or topics from which questions were asked in different sections.

Section No. of MCQs Good Attempts Difficulty Level
General Awareness 80 43-50 Moderate
English Language 30 20-23 Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude 30 17-21 Moderate
Reasoning Ability 60 30-34 Moderate
Total 200 120-130 Moderate

Now, we will have a detailed analysis of each section.

General Awareness

Questions Asked
Current Affairs Nobel Prize 2019
Static & Banking Awareness Banking Terms
Greta Thunberg  

English Language

Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 10 Moderate
Error Detection 5 Easy-Moderate
Cloze Test 6 Easy-Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement 5 Easy-Moderate
Word Swap 4 Easy-Moderate
Total 30 Easy-Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Data Interpretation 5 Easy-Moderate
Quantity 1, Quantity 2 4 Moderate
Data Sufficiency 3 Moderate
Missing Number Series 6 Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous (Percentage, Time and Work, Partnership, Boat and Stream) 12 Easy-Moderate
Total 30 Easy-Moderate

Reasoning Ability

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Puzzle and Seating Arrangement – Floor Based, Day-based, Month-based 20 Moderate-Difficult
Syllogism 5 Easy-Moderate
Logical Reasoning 8 Easy-Moderate
Blood Relation 5 Easy-Moderate
Direction Sense 5 Easy-Moderate
Inequality 5 Moderate
Machine Input-Output 5 Moderate
Coding-Decoding 5 Easy
Alphanumeric 2 Easy
Total 60 Moderate

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2019 – Phase 2

RBI Grade B Phase 2 Examination is divided into 3 Papers – Paper 1 (ESI), Paper 2 (F&M) and Paper 3 – English Descriptive. So here we will provide you the RBI Grade B Exam Analysis of all the 3 Papers like what were the topics from which questions were asked in the Examination. So, let us start with the RBI Grade B Exam Analysis – Phase 2 – Paper 1 (ESI) 

In the Economics and Social Issues paper, the Questions were asked from the following topics-

  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
  • PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana
  • Ayushman Bharat
  • Initiatives are taken by the HRD ministry
  • Robot Bank launched by which bank?
  • FDI (Advance Question)
  • SDG Index (Health)
  • SDG- Global Green Fund
  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • GDP estimation according to Economic Survey
  • India’s GDP forecast according to IMF
  • MSF/SLR – Definition
  • Amount of sanctioned issued to Maharashtra Government by ADB
  • Loan sanctioned by World Bank to an Indian State
  • Question related to Union Budget (scheme allocation)
  • Funds allocated in MNREGA
  • Amount of Capital Infused by the Union Government in Public Sector Banks

Now, let us talk about the RBI Grade B Exam Analysis – Phase 2 – Paper 2 (F&M)

In the Finance and Management Paper, the Questions were asked from the following topics-

Finance:

  • FRBM Act
  • Motivation
  • Capital Market
  • A Bond with multiple maturities
  • Managerial Grid
  • ERG Theory
  • 360-degree app
  • Risk Management
  • Commercial Paper

Management: 

  • Corporate Governance
  • Communication
  • Leadership Style
  • Motivation Theories
  • Career Path, Development & Management

Now, let us talk about the RBI Grade B Exam Analysis – Phase 2 – Paper 3 (English Descriptive)

In the English Descriptive Paper, the Questions were asked from the following topics-

Reading Comprehension: IMF & It’s Functionality
Precis: Capital & Current Account Convertibility
Essay Writing: The following topics were asked in the Examination. 

  • Higher Education
  • Stress among youth
  • NBFC Loan collection issues.
  • Importance of a Vote in Democracy
  • 5G scope in India

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2018 – Phase 1

Here we are sharing the RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam Analysis which was held on 16th August 2018. In this post, we are also going to share Good attempts in each section and expected cutoff for the examination. The Exam of RBI Grade B was conducted in two slots, so now we are providing you with the analysis of the complete Phase 1 of the RBI Grade B Examination and also the RBI Grade B Exam Pattern. Go through the below post to know about the difficulty level of the questions asked, section-wise analysis & expected cut off for RBI Grade Phase – I Exam 2018. This article will cover RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam Analysis. So, for RBI Grade B Phase 2 Analysis, you can Click Here!!

A total of 200 questions were asked from different sections for a total of 200 marks. The overall level of the exam was Easy to Moderate. The analysis has been done based on the reviews shared by our readers who appeared for the exam and will help you understand the RBI Grade B syllabus.

RBI Grade B Phase I Examination was conducted on August 16, 2018. There was a total of 200 questions, which had to be answered in 120 minutes. There were four sections – General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. All the sections except the English Language were available bilingually (English as well as Hindi). Each question had 5 options and 1 mark was awarded for every correct answer while 0.25 marks were deducted for every incorrect answer. Let’s have a look at the analysis of the individual sections:

The detailed RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2018 for Phase 1 is as follows:

Section Total Questions Level of difficulty Good Attempts Approximate time taken (in Minutes)
General Awareness 80 Moderate – Difficult 40 – 45 30
English Language 30 Easy-Moderate 18 – 20 20
Quantitative Aptitude 30 Easy-Moderate 13 – 15 20
Reasoning 60 Moderate- Difficult 32 – 34 50
Total 200 Moderate – Difficult 110 – 120 120

RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam Analysis 2018: Sectional and Overall Expected Cut off

Subject General OBC SC ST PWD (OH/HI/VH)
General Awareness (Out of 80) 15 – 17 11 – 13 10 – 12 10 – 12 10 – 12
English language (Out of 30) 6.5 – 7.5 5 – 6 4 – 5 4 – 5 4 – 5
Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 30) 6 – 7 4.5 – 5.5 3.5 – 5 3.5 – 5 3.5 – 5
Reasoning (Out of 60) 14 – 15 11 – 12 9.5 – 10.5 9.5 – 10.5 9.5 – 10.5
Overall Phase I (Out of 200) 82 – 85 71- 74 68 – 71 68-71 68-71

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2018 – Phase 1 – Section-wise Analysis

General Awareness:

Most of the questions came from the current affairs – both National and International. It is important to note that there were 21 Questions from Banking. Other areas that were covered in this section were Sports, Business, Science and Technology, and Books and Authors. Very few questions, around 4 in number, came from the static portion of GK. It is important to note that the maximum current affairs questions came from the events and happenings that occurred from May to July 2018. The rest of the questions from the dynamic section of GK came from the events and occurrences that took place in the last one year. Overall, the difficulty level of this section can be categorized as Easy to Moderate.

Topics Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Current Affairs – National 11 Easy
International – Current Affairs 12 Moderate to difficult
Current Affairs – Banking 21 Easy to Moderate
Current Affairs – Business 5 Moderate
Sports – Current Affairs 4 Easy
Current Affairs – Miscellaneous 12 Moderate to difficult
Current Affairs – Important dates 2 Easy
Science and Technology – Current Affairs 5 Easy to Moderate
Current Affairs – Books and Authors 4 Moderate to difficult
Static – History 2 Difficult
Geography – Static 1 Moderate – Difficult
Static- Economy 1 Difficult

English Language:

This section comprised of 11 Reading Comprehension Questions in total. There were two Reading Comprehension passages that had 04 and 07 questions in each passage. One Reading Comprehension passage was based on the exchange rate and the second Reading Comprehension passage was on life events based. Most of the questions were inference based and so, took some time to figure out the answer. Other topics that came in the exam included Sentence Correction, Statement Connection, etc. No Para Jumble and Cloze Test questions came this time. Overall, the level of difficulty of the questions was Moderate to Difficult.

Topics Number of questions Level of difficulty
Reading Comprehension (4 + 7) 11 Moderate to difficult
Sentence Correction (Spot the Error) 5 Moderate
Match the sentences (Two columns, three sentences) 3 Difficult
Para Completion (4 sentences) 2 Moderate to difficult
Statement Connection 3 Easy to Moderate
Jumbles words ( In 6-7 paragraphs, bold words misplaced) 6 Moderate

Quantitative Aptitude:

There were questions 05 questions each based on Wrong Numbers in Series and Comparison of two quantities in this section. There were 10 questions on Data Interpretation which were split into two sets of 5 questions each. Apart from that, there were 10 Quantitative Aptitude questions that were lengthy, calculative and took a lot of time to solve.

Topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
Data Interpretation (Bar graph) 5 Moderate
Data Interpretation (Table) 05 Easy to Moderate
Number Series (Wrong numbers based) 5 Moderate
Comparison of two quantities (Quantity I and Quantity II) – Topics were: TSD, Quadratic Equation, geometry, etc. 5 Easy to Moderate
Time and Work 1 Easy to Moderate
Mensuration (Cone and cylinder based) 1 Moderate
Partnership 2 Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance – Boat and Streams 1 Easy to Moderate
Mixture and Alligation 01 Moderate
Profit, Loss and Discount 1 Easy to Moderate
Simple Interest/Compound Interest 01 Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance 1 Easy to Moderate
Ratio and Proportion 1 Easy to Moderate

Reasoning:

This section comprised of 06 Questions from Puzzles, which were of Moderate level in nature. The rest of the questions could have been attempted easily to maximize the score. No questions were there based on Input-Output. However, the overall section was quite time-consuming.

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Analytical Reasoning (Linear Seating facing north in a single row – two variables) 5 Easy
Analytical Reasoning (Box Arrangement –  two variables) 05 Moderate
Blood Relation – Analytical Reasoning 5 Easy
Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – Nine people’s department, name, projects  based) 05 Easy to Moderate
Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – Birth year, age and company) 5 Moderate
(Sitting Arrangement – Square table, both sides facing) – Analytical Reasoning 05 Moderate to Difficult
Mathematical Inequalities 5 Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency – 2 statements based 5 Moderate
Directions (Set Based) 3 Moderate to Difficult
Alphabet – Symbol based (Singlets) 3 Easy
Logical Reasoning ( Inference,  CR, Decision Making,  Strong & Weak Argument, Statement Conclusion, Statement and Course of Action and logical based) 12 Moderate to difficult
Miscellaneous 2 Easy to Moderate

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2018 – Phase 2

Here we are sharing the RBI Grade B Phase 2 Exam Analysis which was held on 15th and 16th September 2018. In this post, we are also going to share Good attempts in each section and expected cutoff for the examination. The Exam of RBI Grade B was conducted in two slots, so now we are providing you with the analysis of the complete Phase 2 of the RBI Grade B Examination and also the RBI Grade B Exam Pattern. Go through the below post to know about the difficulty level of the questions asked, section-wise analysis & expected cut off for RBI Grade Phase 2 Exam 2018. So, for RBI Grade B Phase 1 2018 Analysis, you can Click Here!!

The analysis has been done based on the reviews shared by our readers who appeared for the exam and will help you understand the RBI Grade B syllabus.

RBI Grade B 2018 Phase II Examination was conducted on September 15th, 2018. The candidates who were shortlisted based on results of Phase I of the RBI Grade B Examination. The Examination was conducted in two shifts and students were required to appear for both the shifts.

The surprise element in the paper came from the questions in the Section which were more focused on past schemes of the Government (Schemes from the years 1999 and 2000). Very few current events related questions were asked. Questions in the Finance & Management Section were comparatively simple and questions with more weightage to banking related topics.

RBI Grade B Phase 2 Exam Analysis 2018:

Name of Paper Max. Marks Number of Questions Time (in minutes)
Paper I: Economic and Social Issues (Objective Type) 100 35(2 marks) + 30 (1 mark) = 65 90
Paper II: English (Writing Skills) (Descriptive Type) 100 3 90
Paper III: Finance and Management (Objective Type) 100 35(2 marks) + 30 (1 mark) = 65 90

RBI Grade B Phase 2 Exam Analysis 2018: Paper 1 – ESI

Paper 1 was divided into 2 sections:

Section Number of Questions Marks per question Total Marks
A 35 2 70
B 30 1 30
Total 65   100

Section 1 includes passages that were provided to establish the context of the question, though the questions could not be directly answered from the passage. Section 2 questions were straight and quite factual in nature.

Questions were asked on the following topics:

  • Schemes
  • PCI Concepts
  • IMF Report on article IV consultation
  • TRIPS
  • GDP and GNP Concepts
  • Fiscal Deficit
  • Types of Elasticity

RBI Grade B Phase 2 Exam Analysis 2018: Paper 2 – English Descriptive

There were only 3 questions in this paper. The first question required the candidates to write an essay (40 marks, only 300 words allowed), the second question was to write a précis (30 marks, 170 words) and question 3 was reading comprehension (30 marks).

Essay Topics

  • Financial Literacy is needed for all Age Groups.
  • Crowdfunding – The new phenomenon in Financing.
  • Advantages of UPI.
  • Measures for Promoting Microfinance in India.
  • Positive and Negative effects of Demonetization.

RBI Grade B Phase 2 Exam Analysis 2018: Paper 3 – F&M

Paper 3 again was divided into 2 sections:

Section Number of Questions Marks per question Total Marks
A 35 2 70
B 30 1 30
Total 65   100

 

Finance Questions

The paper consisted of a mix of factual and more focus on banking related questions. Questions were asked on the following topics:

  • Numerical on Financial ratio (PE)
  • BASEL NORMS- Pillars, Tier 1 and Tier 2 Capital
  • Abbreviations like OCR, PPP, ERG
  • FRMB Act
  • loan limits for various sectors like education loan, housing loan, etc
  • Monetary Policy
  • IBC
  • Details on Priority sector lending targets

 

Management Questions

In management, the questions were based on familiar topics and this section was easy. Questions were asked on the following topics:

  • Blake and Mouton
  • Inventory management techniques
  • Herzberg,
  • Management organization
  • Leadership
  • Management control

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2017: Overall Exam Analysis, Good Attempts and Expected Cutoff

Reserve Bank of India successfully conducted RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam on 17th June 2017 i.e. yesterday. RBI issued the notification this year to recruit 161 Grade B officers. The exam process was conducted in two slots. Now we are sharing the overall exam analysis of the RBI Grade B Phase -1 exam conducted yesterday. We will also go through the good attempts and Expected cutoff for the RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam 2017.

Overview of RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam Analysis 2017:

There were 4 sections in phase 1 of RBI Grade B 2017, namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language and General Awareness section. The exam comprised of 200 questions for a total of 200 marks. Composite time of 2 hours was allotted to attempt 200 questions.

RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam Analysis: Overall Sectional Analysis

RBI Grade B 2017 Exam Analysis: Quantitative Aptitude

This section had 30 questions in the exam for a total of 30 marks. The level of this section was difficult. The topic-wise distribution is as follows :

  • Data interpretation contributed to 15 questions in this section.  In the first slot, below mentioned DI Topics were asked :
  1. Double Pie-chart DI, It was based on Population and Literacy. The level of this DI was difficult.
  2. Tabular DI, It was based on Time and Work topic. This DI was of moderate to difficult.
  3. Caselet DI, It was based on the topic of Water and tank. This DI was of a difficult level.

In the second slot, Following DI topics were asked in examination:

  1. Caselet DI, It was based on the topic of Revenue of railways for three financial years. Its level was difficult.
  2. Line Graph + Tabular DI. In this DI, there were Missing Data. The level of this DI was also difficult.
  3. Double pie-chart DI. Two pie charts were given. The level was difficult.

    This double pie chart was comparatively easy than the other two DIs.

  • 5 questions were asked from a new pattern Comparison topic in which there was a Comparison of two quantities. Two quantities, Quantity I and Quantity II, were given. It included topics of  Linear Equation, Quadratic Equation, Boat and Stream, Time and Work and Probability.
  • Remaining 10 questions were asked from Miscellaneous topics(Arithmetic). The miscellaneous questions were very calculative and time-consuming. The topics which were asked under miscellaneous were: Simple Interest/Compound Interest, Mixtures/Alligation, Percentage, Quadratic Equation, Time and Work, Profit, Loss and Discount, Probability (question-related to Balls), Mensuration (Question on the cone) and Time, Speed and Distance

RBI Grade B 2017 Exam Analysis: Reasoning Ability

Reasoning Ability section had 60 questions with a weightage of 60 marks. The level of this section was moderate to difficult. Following is the topic-wise distribution of questions asked in examination:

  • 21 questions were asked from the Puzzle and Seating Arrangement topic in both slots. In first slot, following puzzles and seating arrangements were asked :
  1. There were 6 questions from the Circular seating arrangement.  The level of the arrangement was difficult.
  2. There was a Linear seating Arrangement with a person facing North and South directions. 5 questions were asked from this topic. Its level was moderate.
  3. 5 questions were asked from a Floor based Puzzle
  4. There were 5 questions from a data arrangement related Month based puzzle.

In the second slot, the following topics were asked :

  1. 6 questions from a Linear Seating Arrangement. In this, there were  Parallel Rows with a person facing North and South directions. It was based on 12 people and 12 companies. The level was difficult.
  2. A data arrangement of 5 questions was asked. The topic was based on 8 people 8 cities and 4 classes.
  3. There was a Floor based puzzle of 5 questions.
  4. 5 questions were asked from a month based puzzle which was related to 12 professors teaching six months.
  • There were 6 questions from Syllogism topic. The level of the questions asked was easy.
  • 6 questions were asked the Input-output Topic. The Input-output pattern was moderate and time-consuming
  • Logical reasoning contributed to a good portion of this section as there were 11 questions from this topic. The topics asked were Inference, Decision Making Course of Action, Cause and Effect, Inference, Strong and Weak Argument, Statement Conclusion
  • 5 questions were asked from the Data-sufficiency topic. In this, the questions included 6 people Circular Arrangement, order and ranking and 15 people Row Arrangement.
  • There were 3-3 questions from Blood Relation and Direction topic.

RBI Grade B 2017 Exam Analysis: English Language

There were 30 questions in this section. Overall the level of English Language was moderate to difficult. Some topics were moderate while some of the questions were very difficult. Also, the questions were not in sequence. The questions were jumbled. So the candidate has to reread the directions for questions every time, Hence making it a time-consuming section.  The topic-wise distribution is as follows :

  • 10 questions were asked from the Reading comprehension topic. There were 2 sets of 5-5 questions. The topics asked were Economy based such as Grexit, European currencies, Value of currency, Comparative study between American and European Central Bank. There were no vocabulary questions asked in the RC topic. Mostly questions were Inference based on this topic.
  • From a topic, word Replacement, there were 5 questions in this section.
  • There were 2 questions on Sentence Completion which were Phrase-based.
  • 4 questions were asked from the Sentence Correction topic.
  • There were 3 questions from Fill in the blanks topics. Two sentences were given in this topic. The level was difficult.
  •  3 questions were asked from the topic of Statement Connection.

RBI Grade B 2017 Exam Analysis: General Awareness

This section had the maximum weightage in examination. There were 80 questions from this section. The level of the General Awareness section was easy. The topics included were Current Affairs, Banking Awareness Monetary Policies and Static General Knowledge. The topic-wise distribution is given below :

  • There were around 40 questions from current affairs and major recent happenings.
  • 30 questions were related to Banking Awareness, RBI policies.
  • There were 10 questions from Static General Awareness topics.

We have already shared General Awareness Questions with Answers Asked in the RBI Grade B phase 1 exam 2017. Go through it to know the questions asked.

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2017: Section-wise Good Attempts

Test Name

Number of Questions

Good Attempts

Average time taken 

General Awareness

80

50-58

25 Minutes

Reasoning

60

34-38

50 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

30

9-11

25 Minutes

English Language

30

12-16

20 Minutes

Total

200

115 – 120

120 Minutes

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2017: Expected Cut off for RBI Grade B Phase 1 2017 :

Keeping in mind the difficulty level of Exam as well as the number of vacancies available, The expected cut off for RBI Grade B Exam Phase 1 2017 is as follows :

Name of Section

 Expected cutoff (For General Category)

General Awareness

20-24

Reasoning Ability

13-18

Quantitative Aptitude 

6.5 – 9.5

English Language

7-10

Overall Cut-Off

93 -102

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