RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam Analysis 2018
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!!
Total 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 were total 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 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 was deducted for every incorrect answer. Let’s have a look at the analysis of the individual sections:
The detailed analysis of the RBI Grade B Phase I Examination 2018 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|
Sectional and Overall Expected Cut-offs of RBI Grade B Phase I Examination 2018:
|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|
Section-wise analysis of RBI Grade B Phase I Examination 2018:
Most of 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 maximum current affairs questions came from the events and happenings that occurred from May to July 2018. 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|
This section comprised of 11 Reading Comprehension Questions in total. There were two Reading Comprehension passages which had 04 and 07 questions in each passage. One Reading Comprehension passage was based on 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|
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 which 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|
|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|
This section comprised of 06 Questions from Puzzles, which were of Moderate level in nature. 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 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 Phase 2 Exam Analysis 2018
Here we are sharing the RBI Grade B Phase 2 Exam Analysis which was held on 15th and 16th September
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
Phase II Examination consisted of three papers:
|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|
|Section||Number of Questions||Marks per question||Total Marks|
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:
- PCI Concepts
- IMF Report on article IV consultation
- GDP and GNP Concepts
- Fiscal Deficit
- Types of Elasticity
There were only 3 questions in this paper.
- 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.
Paper III again was divided into 2 sections:
|Section||Number of Questions||Marks per question||Total Marks|
- 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
- Details on Priority sector lending targets
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
- Management organization
- Management control
RBI Grade B Phase 1 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 slot. Now we are sharing the overall exam analysis of 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 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.
Overall Sectional Analysis :
Quantitative Aptitude :
This section had 30 questions in exam for a total of 30 marks. The level of this section was difficult. The topic wise distribution is as follows :
- Data interpretation contributed for 15 questions in this section. In first slot , below mentioned DI Topics were asked :
- Double Pie-chart DI , It was based on Population and Literacy . The level of this DI was difficult.
- Tabular DI , It was based on Time and Work topic. This DI was of moderate to difficult.
- Caselet DI , It was based on topic of Water and tank. This DI was of difficult level.
In second slot , Following DI topics were asked in examination:
- Caselet DI , It was based on topic of Revenue of railways for three financial years. Its level was difficult.
- Line Graph + Tabular DI . In this DI , there were Missing Data. The level of this DI was also difficult.
- Double pie-chart DI. Two pie charts were given.The level was difficult.
This double pie chart was comparatively easy then other two DIs.
- 5 questions were asked from a new pattern Comparison topic in which there was Comparison of two quantities .Two quantitites 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 cone) and Time, Speed and Distance
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 Puzzle and Seating Arrangement topic in both slots . In first slot , following puzzles and seating arrangements were asked :
- There were 6 questions from Circular seating arrangement. The level of the arrangement was difficult.
- There was a Linear seating Arrangement with person facing in North and South directions. 5 questions were asked from this topic. Its level was moderate.
- 5 questions were asked from a Floor based Puzzle
- There were 5 questions from a data arrangement related Month based puzzle.
In second slot , following topics were asked :
- 6 questions from a Linear Seating Arrangement. In this there were Parallel Rows with person facing in north and south directions. It was based on 12 people and 12 companies. The level was difficult.
- A data arrangement of 5 questions was asked. The topic was based on 8 people 8 cities and 4 classes.
- There was Floor based puzzle of 5 questions.
- 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 were easy.
- 6 questions were asked the Input-output Topic. The Input output pattern was moderate and time consuming
- Logical reasoning contributed for a good portion in 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 from 6 people Circular Arrangement, order and ranking and 15 people Row Arrangement.
- There were 3-3 questions from Blood Relation and Direction topic.
English Language :
There were 30 questions in this sections. 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 time consuming section. The topic wise distribution is as follows :
- 10 questions were asked from 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 vocabualry questions asked in RC topic. Mostly questions were Inference based in 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 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.
General Awareness :
This section had the maximum weightage in examination.There were 80 questions from this section.The level of 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 RBI Grade B phase 1 exam 2017. Go through it to know the questions asked.
Section wise Good Attempts :
Number of Questions
Average time taken
115 – 120
Expected Cutoff 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 cutoff for RBI Grade B Exam Phase 1 2017 is as follows :
Name of Section
Expected cutoff (For General Category)
6.5 – 9.5
You can also attempt the RBI Grade-B quizzes from the links given below:
You can also read the previous year’s RBI Grade B cut off for a better idea of how much you need to score to get the required RBI Grade B result. To help you practice for RBI Grade B Phase II Exam, Gradeup has launched test series on latest pattern covering 5 Finance & Management and 5 ESI Mock Tests which you can get through the link below:
RBI Grade B Courses
- Finance & Management
- Economic & Social Issues
- English Descriptive
- Quantitative aptitude
- General Awareness
- Interview Preparation