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RBI Grade B Officer Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) mentions the RBI Grade B Officer 2021 syllabus and exam pattern in the official notification. RBI Grade B Officer is conducted for vacancies in three different departments, General, Department of Economic and Policy Research (DEPR) and Department of Statistics and Information Management (DSIM). Aspirants willing to apply can go through the important concepts and topics with the help of the RBI Grade B Officer 2021 syllabus and exam pattern. Candidates can plan their studies and focus accordingly with the help of the RBI Grade B Officer syllabus and exam pattern. To ace the recruitment test, aspirants should follow the RBI Grade B Officer 2021 syllabus and exam pattern of each stage. As per RBI Officer Grade B syllabus and exam pattern, the test will be held in two phases for General, DEPR and DSIM. The phase I examination for General will have 200 objective type questions carrying 1 mark each to be completed within 2 hours while RBI officer Grade B phase II examination will consist of 133 questions for 300 marks in total to be completed in 3 hours. Paper I of DEPR and DSIM will have 3 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.

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RBI Grade B Syllabus 2021 – Phase I

The exam conducting body prescribes the syllabus of RBI Officer Grade B 2021 Phase I for all the positions. The RBI Grade B Officer 2021 syllabus for Phase I covers General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. With the help of the syllabus of RBI Officer Grade B 2021, an aspirant will be able to focus on topics and prepare accordingly. The sub-topics under each section along with the best books are tabled here so that candidates can actually start their preparation -

RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus 2021 – Phase I



Best Books

English Language

  • Spot the Error

  • Fill in the Blanks

  • Synonyms/ Homonyms

  • Antonyms

  • Spellings/ Detecting misspelt words

  • Idioms & Phrases

  • One word substitution

  • Improvement of Sentences

  • Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs

  • Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration

  • Shuffling of Sentence parts

  • Shuffling of Sentences in a passage

  • Cloze Passage

  • Comprehension Passage

  • Word Power Made Easy: Norman Lewis

  • English Grammar & Composition: Wren & Martin

  • Objective English: S. P. Bakshi

  • Plinth to Paramount (Volume I-II): KD Publication

General Awareness

  • History

  • Culture

  • Geography

  • Economics

  • General policy and scientific research

  • General Knowledge: Lucent Publication

  • India Year Book: Publications Division

  • Manorama Year Book

  • Yojana Magazine

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers

  • Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time and work

  • Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations

  • Magical Book on Quicker Mathematics: M. Tyra

  • Quantitative Aptitude: R.S. Agarwal

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exam: Pearson Guide

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic: Rajesh Verma- Arihant Publication

Reasoning Ability

Verbal and Non-Verbal Types

  • Semantic Analogy

  • Symbolic operations

  • Symbolic/ Number Analogy

  • Trends

  • Figural Analogy

  • Space Orientation

  • Semantic Classification

  • Venn Diagrams

  • Symbolic/ Number Classification

  • Drawing inferences

  • Figural Classification

  • Punched hole/ pattern folding & unfolding

  • Semantic Series

  • Figural Pattern-folding and completion

  • Number Series

  • Embedded figures

  • Figural Series

  • Critical Thinking

  • Problem Solving

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Word Building

  • Social Intelligence

  • Coding and de-coding

  • Numerical operations

  • Reasoning: M.K. Pandey

  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning: R.S. Aggarwal

  • Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning: R.S. Agarwal

  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal: Arihant Publication

RBI Grade B Exam pattern 2021 for Phase I

RBI Grade B Exam pattern 2021 for Phase I (General)

S. No


No. of Questions




General Awareness



Consolidated duration of 2 hours


English Language




Quantitative Aptitude










RBI Officer Grade B Exam Pattern 2021 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 2021 for Paper 1 (DSIM)

Objective Type Test

No. of Questions

Minimum Marks






RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2021 – 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 the 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 Grade B Syllabus 2021 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

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 favour 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 topics.

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 the 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 interconnected financial markets; the 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 the 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.

Quick links:

RBI Grade B Application Form

RBI Officer Grade B Admit Card

RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus - Statistics

1. Probability

· 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 root. Finance

· Logarithmic

· Z transformation

3. Linear Models

· General Linear models

· 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

· 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.

· 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 the 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

· 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 the ratio of vital events

· stationery 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

· Basics of Networking

· Internet Technologies

· Web and HTML

· Distributed systems

· Programming using C



Quick links:

RBI Officer Grade B question Papers

RBI Officer Grade B Selection Procedure

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021 – Phase II

The candidates who qualify the phase I of RBI Officer Grade B 2021 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 2021- 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 Grade B Exam Pattern 2021 – 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 Grade B Exam Pattern 2021 - 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 Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2021 Interview

Qualified candidates in the phase II exam of RBI Officer Grade B will have to appear in the 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

RBI Grade B 2021 Preparation Tips

· Be acquainted with the RBI Officer Grade B syllabus

· Get accustomed to the exam pattern of RBI Officer Grade

· Solve RBI Grade B previous year question papers

· Analyse the mistakes

· Revise the strengths

· Work and refine the weaknesses

· Take online mock test available for RBI Officer Grade B 2021

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - RBI Officer Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2021

Question: What are the subjects included in RBI Grade B Officer syllabus for phase I?


The RBI Grade B Officer 2021 syllabus for phase I covers General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.

Question: How many questions will be there for the General paper in phase I?


The phase I examination for General will have 200 objective type questions carrying 1 mark each.

Question: How to study the Economic and Social Issues for phase II?


The syllabus of Economic and Social Issues being so vast requires smart study. Candidates can check what is happening in the current affairs in these areas and link them to the static portion.

Question: Are negative marks cut for wrong answers marked in RBI Grade B Officer exam?


Yes. One-third of the marks are cut for every wrong answer marked in the objective type test of RBI Grade B Officer exam.

Question: Are there any sections in the test for RBI Grade B Officer eligibility test?


The paper I of DEPR and DSIM consists of three sections with a total of 62 questions carrying 100 marks while paper II and III will have two sections with seven questions carrying 200 marks.

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My 10=57% , 12=60% and B.E.=75 am i eligible for rbi grade b Exam ??

aswathypadinjakkara 1st Oct, 2021


Yes you are eligible.

The eligibility criteria, educational qualifications is that candidate should have passed graduation in any discipline /Equivalent technical or professional qualification with minimum 60% marks (50% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants).

Hope this helps.



which course we have to do for RBI grade b officer after 12th completion with neet

Papeya Student Expert 24th Sep, 2021

The eligibility for RBI Grade B Officer General is simply passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized University securing 60% aggregate, there is relaxation of 5% for reserved categories, or passed postgraduation from a recognized University securing 55% aggregate,

in case of RBI Grade B Offficer DEPR the eligibility criteria is passed Master's Degree in Economics /  Integrated Economics/Econometrics / Quantitative Economics / Mathematical Economics / Course/ Finance securing 55% aggregate or passed  PGDM/ MBA Finance with at least 55% aggregate,

for RBI Grade B Offficer DSIM , the eligibility criteria is Master's Degree in Statistics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Mathematical Economics/ Econometrics/ Statistics & Informatics from IIT-Kharagpur or Applied Statistics & Informatics from IIT-Bombay securing 55% aggregate, there is relaxation of 5% for reserved categories, or passed Master's Degree in Mathematics securing 55% aggregate, there is relaxation of 5% for reserved categories, and passed one year post graduate diploma in statistics or related subjects , or passed M. Stat from Indian Statistical Institute securing 55% aggregate, or passed Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) from ISI Kolkata/IIT Kharagpur/IIM Calcutta with securing 55% aggregate.

how to become a RBI grade b officer full information

Karrisaro 26th Jul, 2021


The Rbi grade b officer duty is that

Handing the currency issues and its circulation ,

ensuring the nation's  financial stability

handling government  and central bank account

To become ana rbi grade b officer there will be aexam conducted which is a country wide examination in three phases




Who gives the best output they will get selected

But first of all you have to know about the exam syllabus

For that check the given link below


All the best!


I am a student of bcom hons second year. Making aim for RBI GRADE B. But I am not getting how to start my studies from now. That whether should I watch ga videos from now onwards or when I will be giving the exam. IN SHORT HOW A COLLEGE STUDENT SHOULD START PREPARING FOR RBI GRADE B?

Aditi Yadav 6th Jul, 2021
Hey Subhi!

As a college student,you need to manage both your college studies as well as your RBI Grade-B preparation.

1.First,you need to read the syllabus thoroughly.

This link has RBI Grade - B syllabus and exam pattern.


2.After that make a list of best books for your preparation.

Always make the book list by keeping the syllabus in your mind.

This link has list of books for your preparation.


3.Make a routine for your college studies and for RBI grade B exam preparation.Follow it religiously.

4.You can also watch some videos to get to know the RBI grade - B stategy,what to read and what not to read,how to manage time ,how to keep yourself motivated throughout the preperation etc. on any platform.

5.Watch interviews of toppers to improve your communication skills and vocabulary.

Know more about the RBI grade - B exam here -


I hope this answer helps you.

Feel free to ask if you have any more queries.

All the best for your preparation!

Full Details About UPSC exam and other questions I will ask later

suchayitaanusaha 7th Mar, 2021


UPSC examination is a civil service examination in India. If you crack this examination you will be become IPS, IAS, IFS , IRS etc  actually so many government position will be required from this examination.

This examination conducted by two phases one is preliminary and 2nd is mains. After clear both phase you have to clear the interview round and then you are selected. After selecting your training period is continuing for 2 years and then you are getting your job as government service officer. And during training period you also get paid from government because this time you are also a government trainee officer.

So many subjects you have to study for crack this examination like economics, law, anthropology, sociology, history, medical science, public administration, psychology, geology, commerce and accountancy, agriculture, philosophy, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, animal husbandry, current affairs etc.

For age limit candidate must be 21 years old and not less than that and upper age will be 32 years old. You have to complete your graduation degree minimum. This is the main eligibility criteria for UPSC examination.

All the best.

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