RBI Grade B Syllabus Exam Pattern 2016


RBI Grade B Syllabus Exam Pattern 2016: Reserve Bank of India conducts the recruitment examination for RBI grade B officers every year. RBI has released the official notification for RBI Grade B Officer Recruitment 2016. Interested candidates can now apply form the official website of RBI i.e. www.rbi.org.in.

The RBI grade B officer exam will be conducted in the month of September 2016. To acquaint yourself with the important details regarding the exam dates, no. of vacancies, eligibility criteria etc., follow the link. 

RBI conducts Grade B officer recruitment exam following a two tier recruitment process and an interview in the end. The exam will be conducted in Computer Based Mode comprising of objective type with MCQ based Pattern. In this article, we will give information regarding the new exam pattern for RBI grade B. We will also share the updated RBI grade B syllabus for the year 2016.


RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2016

As per RBI, RBI grade B examination will be conducted online following 2 phases of examination and an interview. Candidates needs to qualify at each level in order to move to the next one.

RBI Grade B Phase I 2016

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

 Name of the Section   Number of 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.

The  marks secured in Phase I Examination will be considered while making the Final Merit List. Hence, candidates need to score well in order to move to next level, which is RBI Grade B Phase II Exam.

RBI Grade B Phase II 2016

The RBI grade B phase II exam will be objective MCQ based paper for two papers i.e. Economic & Social Issues and Financial Management. The English Language paper will be descriptive in nature.

 Name of the Section   Time (in Min)  Marks Allotted 
Paper I: Economic & Social Issues  90 100
Paper II: English Language (Descriptive)  90 100
Paper III: Finance Management  90 100
Total   300

The paper will be bilingual in nature- English and Hindi. The major change in the exam pattern for RBI grade B, this year, is that choice in the Paper III is no more available. This means, you need to prepare for Financial management thoroughly to secure good marks.


The Last Round in RBI Grade B Recruitment will be an Interview. The Final Selection will be through merit list on the basis of the performance of the candidates in the Phase-II (Paper-I +Paper-II +Paper-III) and Interview (50 marks).

After getting familiar with the RBI grade B exam pattern and selection process, let’s talk about the section wise RBI grade B Syllabus for the year 2016.


RBI Grade B Syllabus 2016

The syllabus for both the phases of RBI Grade B recruitment exam is vast and complex. In order to excel in this exam, you need to well informed about the syllabus for each paper. Therefore, we have mentioned the entire RBI grade B Syllabus in a constructive format.

RBI Grade B Syllabus (Phase I) 

The phase I of RBI grade B exam consists of 4 sections – Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. Topic wise syllabus for each section is given below:

Quantitative Aptitude

This section comprises of basic understanding of elementary mathematics, commercial mathematics and mensuration.

  • Elementary Mathematics: Arithmetic (Ages, Boats and Streams, Clocks and Calendars, Mixture and Alligation, Races and Games, Problems on Trains, Unitary Method) , Number Systems, Square Roots, Cube Roots, Fractions and Decimals, H.C.F and L.C.M, Simplification, Variation, Chain Rule, Ratio and Proportions, Average, Logarithms.
  • Commercial Mathematics: Simple and Compound Interest, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Partnerships, Discounts.
  • Mensuration: Areas and Volumes; Area and Perimeter of Plane Figure, Volume and Surface Area of Solids.


This section comprises of both verbal and non verbal reasoning. The topics for each are given below:

  • Verbal Tests: Analytical Reasoning, Direction and Distance, Linear and Complex Arrangement, Analogy, Classification, Coding and Decoding, Series, Blood Relations, Symbols and Notations, Alphabets, Data Sufficiency and Interpretation.
  • Logic Tests: Syllogism, Statements; Assumptions, Arguments, Conclusions, Actions.
  • Non-Verbal Tests: Problems based on Symmetry, Visual Ability, Classification, Series, Analogy.

English Language

This section tests your basic knowledge of English language and its application.

  • Vocabulary: Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Spelling Mistakes.
  • English Proficiency: Idioms and Phrases, One Word Substitution, Sentence Formation, Sentence Completion, Sentence Reconstruction, Sentence Improvement, Rearrangement of Words, Paragraph Formation, Paragraph Completion, Fill in the Blanks, Cloze Tests.
  • English Usage Errors: Common Errors, Spotting Errors, Inappropriate Usage of Words, Sentence Correction.
  • English Comprehension

General Awareness

This section tests you general knowledge and current affairs knowledge.

  • General Topics: Animals, Famous Personalities, Books and Authors, Buildings, Inventions and Discoveries, Languages, Countries, Music, Currencies, Religion, Dance Forms, Sanctuaries, Disasters, World Organisations, Environment, Statistical Data- World, Awards and Prizes, Famous Places, Trade Awareness,
  • General Studies: Solar systems, Universe, Earth, Pollution, Geography, History, Economics, Polity, Science, Computer Science, Sports and Recreation.
  • Current Events: National and International Current Affairs- of persons, places, awards, authors, economy, science and technology, sports, trade awareness and miscellaneous.


Recommended Books for Preparation

RBI Grade B Syllabus (Phase II) 

The phase I of RBI grade B exam consists of 3 sections – Economic & Social Issues, English language & Finance Management. Topic wise syllabus for each section is given below:

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.


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

Finance and Management

  • 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.
  • Financial Markets: Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity,etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments.
  • General Topics:  Risk Management in Banking Sector; Basics of Derivatives – Forward, Futures and Swap; Changing Landscape of Banking sector; Recent Developments in the Financial Sector, Portfolio Investment, Public Sector Reforms, Disinvestments; Financial Inclusion- use of technology; Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership; Corporate Governance in Banking Sector, role of e-governance in addressing the issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector; 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); Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI – components and trends.

We hope this article provides you with useful information regarding RBI grade B Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Head over to the study plan we have formulated for each section of RBI grade B Examination:

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