RBI Grade B Exam Analysis, Expected Cutoff 2016 (Phase 1)


RBI Grade B Exam Analysis, Expected Cutoff 2016: The Reserve Bank of India conducted the Written Examination for RBI Grade B today i.e. 4 September. A number of candidates appeared for the paper and here is what we have to say regarding the RBI Grade B Exam Analysis and Review as well as the Expected Cutoff for Phase 1 Examination.

Candidates who are able to crack RBI Grade B Phase 1 Examination will advance to the next level, RBI Grade B Phase II. Let us revisit the exam pattern before we begin our in-depth exam review of today’s paper.


RBI Grade B Exam Pattern (Phase 1)

The RBI Grade B Phase I Examination is an Objective MCQ based paper with 4 sections – Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and English Language.

 Name of the Section   Questions  Marks Allotted 
 Reasoning Ability  60 60
 English Language  30 30
 Quantitative Aptitude  30 30
 General Awareness  80 80
 Total  200 200

The total time to solve the entire paper is 120 minutes. The paper will be bilingual in nature – English and Hindi. Since we are done with the basics, let us go head to head with our exam analysis of RBI Phase 1 Paper for Grade B Officer Post.


RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2016 (Phase-1)

The overall level of difficulty of RBI Grade B Examination can be stated as Moderate. This was quite expected as you cannot have an easy paper for such a lucrative post. The Section-Wise Exam Analysis is as follows.

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2016: English Language 

Most candidates rated English Section to be Easy to Moderate in terms of difficulty level. The following topics were prevalent in this section.

  • Reading Comprehension – 2 passages (Moderate)
  • Cloze Test  – 10 Questions (Easy to Moderate)
  • Fillers – 5 Questions (Easy to Moderate)
  • Spotting Error – 5 Questions  (Easy)

A lot of Questions were from the Non-Grammar Portion and we expect a well prepared candidate to attempt 16-18 questions in order to achieve a good score in RBI Phase 1 Examination.

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2016: General Awareness 

This section was Moderate with a number of questions based on Current Affairs and Banking Awareness. This section also included questions on 

  • Books & Authors
  • Currencies
  • Important Places
  • Awards
  • Headquarters
  • Prime Ministers Schemes
  • Important Days  

A well prepared candidates is expected to attempt 40-45 questions with good accuracy.

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2016: Reasoning Ability 

Most questions were Easy to solve in Reasoning Section of RBI Grade B Examination. Still, we consider the overall difficulty to be Moderate since a number of questions were confusing.

  • Syllogism – 5 Questions
  • Seating Arrangement – 5 Questions
  • Puzzle – 10 Questions (2 Sets)
  • Input Output – 5 Questions
  • Data Sufficiency  – 5 Questions
  • Inequality –5 Questions
  • Coding Decoding – 5 Questions
  • Miscellaneous Questions – 5 Questions

A good attempt in this section would be 30-32 questions with good accuracy.

RBI Grade B Exam Analysis 2016: Quantitative Aptitude 

There were mixed reactions from RBI candidates in the QA Section. Some questions were quite easy to solve but a lot of them had lengthy calculations and ambiguous language. Hence, the difficulty level was Moderate to Tough.

  • Number Series – 5 Questions (Find the wrong number)
  • Data Interpretation – 5 Questions
  • Profit & Loss
  • Average
  • SI & CI
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Time & Work
  • Time, Speed & Distance
  • Boats & Streams

You can consider your score well if you were able to attempt 15-17 questions with good accuracy in this section.


RBI Grade B 2016: Expected Cutoff

Owing to the moderate difficultly level of the written examination, the expected cutoff for RBI Phase 1 Examination, both sectional and overall, is as follows.

Section Name Category
General OBC SC ST PWD 
General Awareness
(M.M = 80)
21-23 19-21 16-20 16-20 16-20
Reasoning Ability
(M.M = 60)
18-20 15-17 13-15 13-15 13-15
English Language
(M.M = 30)
9-12 7-9 6-8 6-8 6-8
Quantitative Aptitude
(M.M = 30)
8-10 7-9 6-8 6-8 6-8
Total Score/ Aggregate
(M.M = 200)
92-102 87-97 80-85 80-85 80-85

Most of our expected scores match up to the official cutoff marks released by the conducting body. Hence, you can expect the cutoff marks for RBI Grade B (Phase 1) to be in the above mentioned limits.

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  1. dear team i have attempted 158 question in rbi gs is good bt reasoning is some not good what are the chance being qualify

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