RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2019 - Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will prescribe the RBI Officer Grade B 2019 syllabus and exam pattern along with the notification. Candidates who are preparing for RBI Officer Grade B can check the RBI Officer Grade B syllabus & exam pattern 2019 for General, DEPR, and DSIM separately. The syllabus & exam pattern of RBI Officer Grade B 2019 include different sections, subjects, and topics from where the questions will be asked in the exam, marking scheme and duration of the exam for both the phases – phase I and II. Through RBI Officer Grade B syllabus & exam pattern 2019 candidates will get an idea about the overall question paper and topics to be asked in the examination. Candidates must go through the RBI Officer Grade B syllabus & exam pattern 2019 before starting their preparation.

RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2019

As per RBI Officer Grade B syllabus & exam pattern, the exam will be held in two phases for General, DEPR, and DSIM. The phase I examination for General will have 200 objective type questions carrying 200 marks to be completed within 2 hours while RBI officer Grade B phase II examination will consist of 133 questions for 300 marks to be completed in 3 hours. The paper 1 of DEPR/DSIM will have three sections with a total of 62 questions carrying 100 marks while paper II and III will have two sections with 7 questions carrying 200 marks.

RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2019 - Phase  I ( Paper I)

The syllabus and exam pattern of RBI Officer Grade B 2019 Phase I exam for General-DR, DEPR, DSIM will be provided by RBI. The syllabus of RBI Officer Grade B will include topics such as General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning.

As per the exam pattern of RBI Officer Grade B, there are four sections from where the questions will be asked. The complete syllabus and exam pattern for Phase I of RBI Officers Grade B exam is given below.

RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus 2019 – Phase I


General Awareness


English Language


Quantitative Aptitude




Current Affairs


Reading Comprehension




Logical Reasoning


Indian Financial Systems


Cloze Test


Profit & Loss


Alphanumeric Series


Indian Banking Systems


Para jumbles


Mixtures &Alligations


Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test


Monetary Plans




Simple Interest & Compound Interest &             Surds & Indices


Data Sufficiency


National Institutions


Fill in the blanks


Work & Time


Coded Inequalities


Banking Terms


Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting


Time & Distance


Seating Arrangement


Paragraph Completion


Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere




Data Interpretation




Ratio & Proportion, Percentage




Number Systems


Blood Relations


Sequence & Series


Input Output


Permutation, Combination & Probability


Coding Decoding


RBI Officer Grade B Exam pattern 2019 for Phase I (General)

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No. of Questions








General Awareness




2 hours  



English Language








Quantitative Aptitude




















RBI Officer Grade B Exam Pattern 2019 for Paper 1 (DEPR)


Objective Type Test


No. of Questions


Minimum Marks






120 minutes

  • For Paper 1  (DEPR) there are three sections with a total of 62 questions. Candidates must answer all the questions.
  • Section I and II carry one, two and three mark questions and Section III carry one, two and four mark questions.   

  • Marks will be deducted for every wrong answer given by the candidates. 1/3 marks will be deducted for 1 mark questions, 1/2 marks for 2 marks questions, 1 mark for 3 marks questions and 2 marks for 4 marks questions for all sections will be deducted.

RBI Officer Grade B Exam Pattern 2019 for Paper 1 (DSIM)

Objective Type TestNo. of QuestionsMinimum MarksTime





RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2019 – Phase II

RBI Officer Grade B syllabus & exam pattern for phase II contain the subjects and topics from three papers. Candidates can prepare accordingly by referring to the complete syllabus & exam pattern of RBI Officer Grade B given below:

Phase II of RBI Officer Grade B exam will be conducted for the following three papers:

  • Paper-I     Economic & Social Issues
  • Paper II -     English (writing skills)
  • Paper-III     (optional subjects) Finance & Management/Economics/Statistics

RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus 2019 for Phase II 

1. RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus - Economic and Social Issues

Growth and Development

Economic Reforms in India


Social Structure in India

Measurement of growth: National Income and per capita income

Industrial and Labour Policy

Regional Economic Co-operation.

Urbanization and Migration

Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India

Monetary and Fiscal Policy

A balance of Payments, Export

Demographic Trends

Sustainable Development


International Economic Institutions –IMF and World Bank


Environmental issues

Role of Economic Planning.

Import Policy

Human Development


Social Justice: Positive discrimination in favor of the underprivileged

Opening up of the Indian Economy

Social Movements

Indian Political System

Gender Issues

Social Sectors in India

Health and Education

2. RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus - English

Paper 1 is conducted for English which tests the candidates on the ground of writing skills including expression and understanding of the topic:

3. RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus - Finance and Management

A. Finance

1. Financial System

1) Regulators of Banks and Financial Institutions

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

2. Financial Markets

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

3. 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 trend

B. Management

1. Management

  • Its nature and scope; the Management Processes; Planning,
  • The organization, Staffing, Directing and Controlling; the Role of a Manager in an organization

2. Leadership

  • The Tasks of a Leader; Leadership Styles
  • Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader

3. Human Resource Development

  • The concept     of HRD, Goals of HRD, Performance Appraisal
  • Potential     appraisal and development
  • Feedback     and Performance

4. Counseling

  • Career Planning
  • Training and Development
  •  Rewards

5. 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

6. 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

4. RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus - Economics

A. Microeconomics

1) Consumers behavior and firms, the value of resources like land, labor and


2) Markets-monopoly, perfect and imperfect competition.

3) General Equilibrium of price and activity, economic welfare, and the case for

regulatory / policy interventions.

B. Macroeconomics

1) Measuring national income and its components, basic macro identities

and idea of macro-balance, Goods and Financial Market Equilibrium (IS-LM Framework).

2) Major macroeconomic school of thoughts, Classical, Keynesian and Monetarist.

3) Consumption and Investment demand; demand management policies and their effectiveness.

4) Money demand and supply, monetary and fiscal policies.

C. International Economics

1) International finance and exchange rates issues in an open economy, benefits, and costs of inter-connected financial markets; evolution of international financial architecture.

2) A benefit of International trade, comparative and absolute advantage,

the effect of International trade on resources allocation and factor price equalization, non-conventional trade barriers, optimum currency areas and effect of the customs union

D. Public Economics

1) Direct and Indirect taxes, efficiency costs of commodity taxes, income taxation, labour supply, and savings, corporate taxation, and corporate behaviour

2) Government expenditure policy-various components, deficit financing and its impact on the economy, government debt and crowding out of private capita

3) Public Goods, instruments of financing, government tax, and non-tax revenue

E. India’s Economy and Development Issues

1) Financial sector regulation and reforms-banking, insurance and capital market, fiscal policy and the changing priorities of government, the emergence of monetary policy and its new role.

2) India’s experimentation with planned development models and the outcomes, structural issues-savings and investment, demography, urbanization, productivity, etc., issues with poverty, inequality, and employment

3) Agriculture - policy and developments, manufacturing competitiveness; what is holding India back, role of public sector enterprises in the key economic sectors, India’s resilient service sector; trade, tourism, communication, ITES, etc.

RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus - Statistics


  • Random variables
  • Theorems of probability

  • Conditional probability, Independent events, Bayes' theorem, and its application

  • Expectation, moments, distribution functions

  • Binomial

  • Poisson, Geometric, Exponential, Negative binomial, Hypergeometric

  • Cauchy, Laplace, Logistic, Pareto, Log-normal, Beta and Gamma distributions Weibull, Uniform, Bivariate normal distribution and truncated

  • Distributions, Markov’s inequality

  • Chebyshev’s inequality

  • Cauchy

  • Schwarz inequality

  • Laws of large numbers

  • Central limit theorems

  • Applications

2. Statistical Methods

  • Population and sample

  • Measures of central tendencies Parameter and Statistic

  • Correlation and Regression, intra-class correlation

  • multiple and partial correlations, Spearman's coefficient of rank correlation, Z, chi-square, t and F statistics, and their properties and applications

  • Large sample distributions

  • Variance stabilizing transformations

  • Sin inverse

  • Square rootA. Finance

  • Logarithmic

  • Z transformation

3. Linear Models

  • General Linear models

  • BLUE

  • Method of least squares

  • Gauss-Markoff theorem, estimation of error variance

  • Simple and Multiple linear regression models

  • Important assumptions and treatments in case of assumption’s violation

  • Regression diagnostics, Analysis of variance in one, two and three-way classifications

  • Analysis of Covariance in one and two-way classifications

4. Statistical Inference

  • Properties of estimators

  • MVUE

  • Rao-Blackwell

  • Lehmann-Scheffe theorems

  • Cramer-Rao inequality

  • Methods of estimation, properties of maximum likelihood and other estimators, confidence intervals

  • Simple and composite hypotheses, Type I and Type II errors, size, and power of a test, Most Powerful and Uniformly Most Powerful Tests, Neyman-Pearson lemma

  • Likelihood Ratio test and its properties and applications.

  • SPRT

  • OC and ASN functions

  • Tests of goodness of fit

  • Parametric vs. Non-parametric Test

  • Frequently used non-parametric inferential statistical methods

5. Multivariate Analysis

  • Bivariate and Multivariate normal distribution

  • Marginal and conditional distribution

  • Estimation of mean vector

  • Covariance Matrix

  • Asymptotic properties of estimators

  • Sampling distribution of X and S, Mahalanobis D2

  • and Hotelling's T2 and its applications

6. Optimization Techniques and Statistical Quality Control

  • Linear Programming

  • Transportation Problem

  • Assignment Problem

  • Basics of Simulation

  • Quality control

  • Process Control

  • Product Control

  • Control Charts

  • Acceptance Sampling Plan Single and Double Sampling Plans (ASN, OC, ATI, LTPD, AOQL)

7. Sample Surveys and Design of Experiments

  • Simple and Stratified random sampling

  • Ratio and regression methods of estimation

  • Double sampling, Systematic, Cluster, two stage and

  • PPS sampling

  • Sampling and Non-sampling errors

  • Principles of Design of Experiments, Completely

  • Randomized Design, Randomized Block Design

  • Latin Square Design

  • Missing Plot Technique

  • 22 and 23 factorial designs

  • Split-Plot Design

  • Balanced Incomplete Block Design

  • Fractional factorial experiment

8. Applied Economic Statistics

  • Time Series vs. Cross-Sectional Data

  • Multiplicative and additive models

  • Auto-Correlation

  • Partial autocorrelation

  • Smoothing techniques

  • Seasonal and cyclical adjustment

  • Price and Quantity Index numbers

  • Types of index numbers and their properties

  • Chain and Fixed base index numbers

  • Cost of Living Index numbers

  • Wholesale Price Index

  • Consumer Price Index

  • Index of Industrial Production

  • Gini’s coefficient

  • Lorenz curves

  • Application of Pareto and Lognormal as income distributions

9. Vital Statistics

  • Sources of vital statistics compilation

  • Errors in the census and registration data

  • Measurement of population

  • Rate and ratio of vital events

  • Stationary and Stable population

  • Life Tables

  • Measures of Fertility, Mortality, and Reproduction

  • Crude rates of natural growth

  • Pearl’s Vital Index

10. Numerical Analysis

  • Principles of floating point computations and rounding errors

  • Linear Equations factorization methods

  • Pivoting and Scaling

  • The residual error correction method

  • Iterative methods

  • Jacobi

  • Gauss-Seidel methods

  • Newton and Newton-like methods

  • Unconstrained optimization

  • Lagrange interpolation techniques

  • Cubic Splines

  • Error estimates

  • Polynomials and least squares approximation

  • Integration by interpolation

  • Adaptive quadratures

  • Gauss methods

11. Basic Computer Applications

  • Functional organization of computers

  • Algorithms

  • Basic programming concepts

  • Program testing and debugging

  • Subprograms and Subroutines

  • Sorting/searching methods

  • Database

  • Management Systems

  • Software Engineering

  • Basic of Networking

  • Internet Technologies

  • Web and HTML

  • Distributed systems

  • Programming using C



RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2019 – Phase II

The candidates who qualify the phase I of RBI Officer Grade B 2018 will have to appear for the phase II exam. According to the RBI Officer Grade B syllabus & exam pattern, the phase II exam is conducted for three papers – the paper I, II and III in online mode for General DR whereas DEPR and DSIM will be conducted for paper - I and paper - II. The exam of RBI Officer Grade B is based on both objective and descriptive questions.

RBI Officer Grade B Exam Pattern 2019- General - DR




Name of Paper


Type of Paper


Number of Questions


Maximum Marks






Paper-I (Economic and Social Issues)


Objective Type






90 minutes




Paper-II (English – writing skills)








90 minutes




Paper–III (Finance and Management)


Objective Type






90 minutes


RBI Officer Grade B Exam Pattern 2019 – Department of Economic & Policy Research (DEPR)




Name of Paper


Maximum Marks


Number of Questions






Paper – II (Economics)






180 minutes




Paper – III (English- writing skills) Online






90 minutes


RBI Officer Grade B Exam Pattern 2019 - Department of Statistics & Management (DSIM) 




Name of Paper


Maximum Marks


Number of Questions






Paper – II (Statistics)






180 minutes




Paper – III (English writing skills) Online






90 minutes


RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2019 Interview: Qualified candidates in phase II exam of RBI Officer Grade B will have to appear in interview round. The interview process will carry 50 marks. Candidates will be asked questions in the Interview from the following topics:

  • knowledge and general perception towards the government

  • economy

  • the nation

  • the knowledge of the Indian and International Banking system

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