Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2019  for RBI Grade B (Phase 1 & Phase 2)

We’ve updated the details about RBI Grade B Syllabus & exam pattern for Phase 1 & Phase 2. Information handout will provide the information about the exam pattern for Phase 1/Prelims RBI Grade B. It will be available on the official website in some time. The pattern is expected to remain same for Prelims exam as that of last year. The syllabus of RBI Grade B Officer (General) has also been updated in this post. This article will give you details of RBI Grade B mains Syllabus i.e. RBI Grade B finance syllabus, Management syllabus, ESI syllabus and English syllabus for Phase 2.

You all must know the important areas to focus to clear the exam while preparing for RBI Grade B Exam. Here, we are providing you with a detailed syllabus of the exam. It will provide you an idea about all the topics & types of questions which can be asked in the examination.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2019

1. RBI Grade B Exam Pattern Phase I/Prelims

Name of SubjectNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
General Awareness8080
English Language3030
Quantitative Aptitude3030
Reasoning Ability6060

2. Exam Pattern Phase II/Mains of RBI Grade B

3. RBI Grade B Officer Interview (Phase III)

  • Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview, based on aggregate marks obtained in Phase-II (Paper-I +Paper-II +Paper-III).
  • The Board Decides the number of vacancies & the minimum aggregate cut off marks for being shortlisted for Interview.
  • The interview will carry 50 marks.
  • A candidate may opt for interview either in Hindi or English.

Final Selection

  • Final Selection will be through merit list which will be prepared by adding marks secured by candidates in Phase-II examination and interview.

RBI Grade B Syllabus Phase 1 2018 (Prelims)

General Awareness Syllabus

Total Qs – 80 

  • The overall level of General Awareness section is expected to be Moderate. 
  • It is one of the scoring section of the exam.
  • Total 80 questions will be asked in this section.
  • The questions can be asked about various topics which are mentioned below-

1. Banking & Financial + Economic News

Banking Terminology, Recent RBI News like – Monetary policies, Important guidelines, Financial & Economics News, Economics terms, etc.

  • Expected no. of Qs – 25-30

2. Current Affairs –

National + International News, Sports News, Awards, Summits & Conferences, Schemes, Agreement & Deals, etc.

  • Expected no. of Qs – 35-40 

3. Static GK –

Parks, Dam, Thermal Power Plants, Mountains, Temples, Stadiums, Airports, etc.

  • Expected no. of Qs – 10-15

English Language Syllabus

Total Qs – 30 
  • The overall level of English Language section is expected to be Moderate to Difficult.
  • This section consists of 30 questions of 30 marks.
  • The questions in this section can be asked from different topics which are mentioned below-

1. Reading Comprehension –

10 Questions (Lengthy) will be based on Economy 

  • Expected no. of set – 1 & 2
  • In 2017, there were 2 sets of RC of 5-5 questions.
  • The topics asked were Economy based such as Grexit, European currencies, Value of currency.
  • There were no vocabulary questions asked in RC topic.

2. Sentence Completion 

  • Expected no. of Qs – 2/3
  • Level – Moderate to Difficult

3. Sentence Correction

  • Expected no. of Qs – 4/5
  • Level – Moderate

4. Fill in the blanks topics (Double fillers)

  • Expected no. of Qs – 3
  • Level – Moderate

5. Phrase/Word Replacement

  • Expected no. of Qs – 3/5
  • Level – Moderate to Difficult

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Total Qs – 30 

  • The overall level of this section is expected to be Difficult.
  • This section consists of 30 questions of 30 marks.
  • The questions in this section can be asked from different topics which are mentioned below

1. Data Interpretation (Moderate to Tough)

  • Expected no. of Qs – 15


Type of DI Topics can be asked :

  • Double Pie-chart DI 
  • Mixed DI – (Line Graph + Table -Missing Data or Pie chart + Table)
  • Caselet DI 


In 2017, Following DI topics were asked in the examination:

  1. Caselet DI –  It was based on the topic of Revenue of railways for three financial years. Its level was difficult.
  2. Mixed D.I. – Line Graph + Tabular D.I.  – In this DI, there were Missing Data. The level of this D.I. was also difficult.
  3. Double pie-chart D.I. –  Two pie charts were given. The level was difficult. This double pie chart was comparatively easy then other two DIs.

2. Quantity I and Quantity II  

  • Expected no. of Qs – 5
  • Level – Easy to Moderate


In 2017, topics include from this chapter

  • 5 questions were asked from a new pattern Comparison topic in which there was Comparison of two quantities.
  • Quantity I & Quantity II were given. It included topics of  Linear Equation, Quadratic Equation, Boat and Stream, Time and Work and Probability.

3. Miscellaneous Questions

  • Expected no. of Qs – 10


  • The topics which can be asked under miscellaneous are Simple Interest/Compound Interest, Mixtures/Alligation, Percentage, Quadratic Equation, Time and Work, Profit, Loss and Discount, Probability, Mensuration and Time, Speed and Distance.


In 2017, topics include from this chapter

  • Remaining 10 questions were asked from Miscellaneous topics(Arithmetic).
  • The miscellaneous questions were very calculative and time-consuming.

Total Qs – 60

  • The overall level of this section is expected to be Moderate.
  • Reasoning Ability section consits of 60 questions of 60 marks.
  • Questions will be asked from following topics –

1. Puzzle & Seating Arrangement 

  • Expected no. of Qs – 22-25
  • Types –
  • Linear Seating Arrangement (new pattern).
  • Circular seating arrangement (new pattern).
  • Box Puzzle (new pattern).
  • Floor Puzzle (new pattern).
  • Scheduling puzzle (new pattern).
  • Tabulation (new pattern).


In 2017, following topics were asked :

  1. Linear Seating Arrangement –
    Total 6 questions were based on the linear arrangement. In this, there were  Parallel Rows with the person facing in 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  Floor based puzzle of 5 questions.
  4. Scheduling puzzle – 5 questions were asked from a month based puzzle which was related to 12 professors teaching six months.

2. Input Output 

  • Expected no. of Qs – 5/6
  • New pattern

3. Logical Reasoning

  • Expected no. of Qs – 10/12
  • The topics include – Inference, Decision Making Course of Action, Cause and Effect, Strong and Weak Argument, Statement Conclusion, etc.

4. Data sufficiency 

  • Expected no. of Qs – 3/5

5. Inequality 

  • Expected no. of Qs – 3/5

6. Coding Decoding – 

  • Expected no. of Qs – 5

7. Syllogism  

  • Expected no. of Qs – 3/5

8. Miscellaneous Questions 

  • Expected no. of Qs – 3/5
  • Topics – Blood Relation, Distance Direction, Order & Ranking, etc.

Read Here: Overall Exam Analysis RBI Grade B Phase I: 2017 

RBI Grade B Syllabus Phase II (Mains)

Syllabus of Economic and Social Issues – 

Growth and Development –

  • Measurement of growth: National Income and per capita income.
  • Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India.
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental issues.

Economic Reforms in India-

  • Industrial and Labour Policy.
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy.
  • Privatization.
  • Role of Economic Planning.

Globalization –

  • Opening up of the Indian Economy.
  • Balance of Payments.
  • Export-Import Policy.
  • International Economic Institutions.
  • IMF and World Bank.
  • WTO.
  • Regional Economic Co-operation.

Social Structure in India

  • Multiculturalism.
  • Demographic Trends.
  • Urbanisation and Migration.
  • Gender Issues.
  • Social Justice.
  • Positive Discrimination in favour of the underprivileged.
  • Social Movements.
  • Indian Political System.
  • Human Development.
  • Social Sectors in India.
  • Health and Education.

Suggested reference material


  • Indian Economy: Uma Kapila. (Series of Books).
  • Indian Economy: Mishra Puri. (Latest Edition).
  • Growth And Development: Devraj Ray.
  • Sociology: C.N. Shankar Rao.

News Papers:

  • Economic Times.
  • Hindu.
  • Business Standard.
  • Weekly/Monthly Magazines/Bulletins /Reports:
  • Economic and Political Weekly.
  • Southern Economist.
  • Yojana.
  • Business India.
  • RBI Bulletins.


  • World Development Report.
  • Economic Survey of India.


Syllabus of English (Writing Skills) –

The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expression and understanding of the topic.

Syllabus of Finance and Management – 

(I) Finance

(a) Financial System

  • Regulators of Banks and Financial Institutions.
  • Reserve Bank of India- functions, and conduct of monetary policy, Banking System in India.
  • Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM, NABARD, NHB, etc.

(b) Financial Markets

  • Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity,etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments.

(c) General Topics

  1. Risk Management in Banking Sector.
  2. Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap.
  3. Changing Landscape of Banking sector.
  4. Recent Developments in the Financial Sector, Portfolio Investment, Public Sector Reforms, Disinvestments.
  5. Financial Inclusion- use of technology.
  6. Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership.
  7. Corporate Governance in Banking Sector, the role of e-governance in addressing the issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector.
  8. The Union Budget – Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, GST, Thirteenth Finance Commission and GST, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM).
  9. Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI – components and trends.


Suggested reference material:

  • An Introduction to Economics – A W Stonier and D C Hauge.
  • Monetary Theory and Public Policy – Kenneth Kurihara.
  • Indian Economy – Mishra and Puri.
  • Indian Economy – R. Dutt and KPM Sundaram.
  • Economic Growth and Development – Mayer and Baldwin.
  • Major economic newspapers and Economic and Political Weekly.
  • Public Finance – K K Andley and Sundaram.
  • Financial Management – Prasanna Chandra.

(II) Management:

  • Management: Its nature and scope;  Processes of Management; Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling;
  • The Role of a Manager in an Organisation. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader; Leadership Styles; Theories of Leadership; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader.
  • Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD; Performance Appraisal – Potential appraisal and development – Feedback and Performance Counselling – Career Planning – Training and Development – Rewards – Employee Welfare.
  • Motivation, Morale and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale.
  • Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward and lateral communication; Barriers to Communication, Role of Information Technology.
  • Corporate Governance: Factors affecting Corporate Governance; Mechanisms of Corporate Governance.

Check here:  RBI Grade B Cut off 2017!

Simple Interest/Compound Interest, Mixtures/Alligation, Percentage, Quadratic Equation, Time and Work, Profit, Loss and Discount, Probability, Mensuration and Time, Speed and Distance.

RBI Grade B Reasoning Ability Syllabus

You need to pass the sectional, as well as the overall RBI Grade B cut off to go to pass through the different stages of the RBI Grade B selection process.

RBI Grade B Courses

We will learn EVERYTHING that is required to clear the RBI Grade B Exam 2019 . There are various courses which are made according to your specific needs and demands for RBI Grade B Preparation. They include interactive Live video sessions every week, Recorded Course content covering whole syllabus, corresponding study material with chapter wise notes. It also includes MCQs for the whole syllabus with focus on  FM, ESI, English Descriptive, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English and current affairs related to RBI.  Pick and choose the course that suits you the best! We can assure you that the course is the best course for RBI Grade B Preparation. We provide the Best RBI Grade B online coaching and our result reflects the same as 550+ Students Cleared RBI Phase 1 2018 & 300+ Students Cleared RBI Phase 2 2018.

RBI Grade B Courses


  • Finance & Management
  • Economic & Social Issues
  • English Descriptive
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative aptitude
  • General Awareness
  • Interview Preparation

Starting at
Rs. 6000

See Now >

RBI Grade B Courses


  • Finance & Management
  • Economic & Social Issues
  • English Descriptive
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative aptitude
  • General Awareness
  • Interview Preparation

Starting at
Rs. 6000

See Now >