RBI Grade B Officer 2018 Syllabus & Exam Pattern (Prelims + Mains)

RBI Grade B Officer 2018 Syllabus & Exam Pattern (Prelims + Mains)

RBI Grade B Officer 2018 Syllabus & Exam Pattern (Prelims + Mains)

RBI has released notification for Grade B Officer 2018 few days ago. So we've now updated the details about RBI Grade B Officer 2018 Syllabus & Exam Pattern (Prelims + Mains) based on official notification. The exam pattern of RBI Grade B Prelims will be provided along with the information handout which 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. 

While preparing for RBI Grade B Exam, you all must know the important areas to focus to clear the exam. So, in this article we are providing you a detailed syllabus of the exam, which will give you clear idea about the topics & types of questions which can be asked in the examination.

RBI Grade B Officer Exam Pattern 2018

RBI Grade B Prelims Exam Pattern (Phase I)

S. No. Name of Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
1. General Awareness 80 80 Composite time of 2 hours
2. English Language 30 30
3. Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
4. Reasoning Ability 60 60
Total 200 200

RBI Grade B Mains Exam Pattern (Phase II)

S. No. Name of Test Paper Type Maximum Marks Time Allotted
1. Paper I - Economic and Social Issues Objective Test 100 90
2. Paper II - English (Writing Skills) Descriptive Test 100 90
3. Paper III - Finance and Management Objective Test 100 90

RBI Grade B Officer Interview (Phase III)

Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview, based on aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III of Phase II exam. Interview will carry 50 marks. 

Detailed Syllabus of RBI Grade B Prelims 2018 (Phase I)

General Awareness Syllabus for RBI Grade B

Overall level of this section is expected to be Easy to Moderate . 
 It is one of the scoring section of the exam. Total 80 questions will be asked from this section. The questions can be asked from different topics which are mentioned below-

  • (i) Banking & Financial + Economic News– Banking Terminology, Recent RBI News like – Monetary policies, Important guidelines, Financial & Economics News, Economics terms, etc.
  • (ii) Current Affairs – National + International News, Sports News, Awards, Summits & Conferences, Schemes, Agreement & Deals, etc.
  • (iii) Static GK – Parks, Dam, Thermal Power Plants, Mountains, Temples, Stadiums, Airports, etc.

English Language for RBI Grade B

Overall level of this section is expected to be Moderate. 
The questions in this section can be asked from different topics which are mentioned below-

  • (i) Reading Comprehension – 10 Questions (Lengthy) will based on Economy 
  • (ii) Cloze Test  – 10 Questions (Moderate) 
  • (iii) Parajumbles (7 statements)– 5 Questions (Moderate)
  • (iv) Spotting Error – 5 Questions  (Moderate) 

Quantitative Aptitude Study Material for RBI Grade B Officer

Overall level of this section is expected to be Difficult. 
The questions in this section can be asked from different topics which are mentioned below

  • (i)  Number Series – (Moderate to Tough)
  • (ii)  Data Interpretation – includes - Missing DI, Pie Chart Caselet DI , Mix DI - (Tough)
  • (iii) Quadratic Equation - (Moderate to Tough)
  • (iv)  Miscellaneous Questions –  (Tough)
  • Miscellaneous Questions consist of questions from different topics such as – Profit loss, Average, SI & CI, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance, Boats & Streams, etc.

RBI Grade B Reasoning Ability Syllabus

Overall level of this section is expected to be Moderate. Questions will be asked from following - 

  • (i) Syllogism  (Moderate)
  • (ii) Seating Arrangement (Circular) (Inward Outward) Blood Relation based(Tough) 
  • (iii) Linear Arrangement – (Moderate) 
  • (iv) Puzzle – (Tough) 
  • (v) Input Output – (Tough)
  • (vi) Logical / Analytical Reasoning –  (Tough) 
  • (vii) Data Sufficiency  –  (Moderate) mostly on seating arrangement 
  • (viii) Inequality – (Moderate) 
  • (ix) Coding Decoding –  (Moderate)
  • (x) Miscellaneous Questions - (Moderate)

RBI Grade B Mains Syllabus (Phase II)

Paper-I - 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
  • Urbanization and Migration
  • Gender Issues
  • Social Justice
  • Positive Discrimination in favor of the under privileged
  • 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

Paper-II -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.

Paper-III -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, 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; The Management Processes; Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling;
  • The Role of a Manager in an Organisation. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader; Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; 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.
All the best for your exams.

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