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:

SectionTotal QuestionsLevel of difficultyGood AttemptsApproximate time taken (in Minutes)
General Awareness80Moderate – Difficult40 – 4530
English Language30Easy-Moderate18 – 2020
Quantitative Aptitude30Easy -Moderate13 – 1520
Reasoning60Moderate- Difficult32 – 3450
Total200Moderate – Difficult110 – 120120

Sectional and Overall Expected Cut-offs of RBI Grade B Phase I Examination 2018:

General Awareness (Out of 80)15 – 1711 – 1310 – 1210 – 1210 – 12
English language (Out of 30)6.5 – 7.55 – 64 – 54 – 54 – 5
Quantitative Aptitude (Out of 30)6 – 74.5 – 5.53.5 – 53.5 – 53.5 – 5
Reasoning (Out of 60)14 – 1511 – 129.5 – 10.59.5 – 10.59.5 – 10.5
Overall Phase I (Out of 200)82 – 8571- 7468 – 7168-7168-71

Section-wise analysis of RBI Grade B Phase I Examination 2018:

General Awareness:

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.

TopicsNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Current Affairs – National11Easy
International – Current Affairs12Moderate to difficult
Current Affairs – Banking21Easy to Moderate
Current Affairs – Business5Moderate
Sports – Current Affairs4Easy
Current Affairs – Miscellaneous12Moderate to difficult
Current Affairs – Important dates2Easy
Science and Technology – Current Affairs5Easy to Moderate
Current Affairs – Books and Authors4Moderate to difficult
Static – History2Difficult
Geography – Static1Moderate – Difficult
Static- Economy1Difficult

English Language:

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.

TopicsNumber of questionsLevel of difficulty
Reading Comprehension (4 + 7)11Moderate to difficult
Sentence Correction (Spot the Error)5Moderate
Match the sentences (Two columns, three sentences)3Difficult
Para Completion (4 sentences)2Moderate to difficult
Statement Connection3Easy to Moderate
Jumbles words ( In 6-7 paragraphs, bold words misplaced)6Moderate

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 which were lengthy, calculative and took a lot of time to solve.

TopicNumber of questionsLevel of difficulty
Data Interpretation (Bar graph)5Moderate
Data Interpretation (Table)05Easy to Moderate
Number Series (Wrong numbers based)5Moderate
Comparison of two quantities (Quantity I and Quantity II) – Topics were: TSD, Quadratic Equation, geometry etc.5Easy to Moderate
Time and Work1Easy to Moderate
Mensuration (Cone and cylinder based)1Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance – Boat and Streams1Easy to Moderate
Mixture and Alligation01Moderate
Profit, Loss and Discount1Easy to Moderate
Simple Interest/Compound Interest01Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance1Easy to Moderate
Ratio and Proportion1Easy 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.

TopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Analytical Reasoning (Linear Seating facing north in single row – two variables)5Easy
Analytical Reasoning (Box Arrangement –  two variables)05Moderate
Blood Relation – Analytical Reasoning5Easy
Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – Nine people’s department, name, projects  based)05Easy to Moderate
Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement – Birth year, age and company)5Moderate
(Sitting Arrangement – Square table, both sides facing) – Analytical Reasoning 05Moderate to Difficult
Mathematical Inequalities5Easy to Moderate
Data Sufficiency – 2 statements based5Moderate
Directions (Set Based)3Moderate to Difficult
Alphabet – Symbol based (Singlets)3Easy
Logical Reasoning ( Inference,  CR, Decision Making,  Strong & Weak Argument, Statement Conclusion, Statement and Course of Action and logical based)12Moderate to difficult
Miscellaneous2Easy to Moderate


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.
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