RBI Grade B (DR) exam provides the entry into RBI directly as a Grade B officer. It is one of the most lucrative jobs in the banking sector of India. “Getting into the central bank of India” is indeed a big thing. RBI Grade B (DR) is sometimes referred to as the civils of banking exams. Here let us discuss about the syllabus the difficulty level and study plans for the RBI grade B officer’s exam Phase I.
RBI Grade B officer’s exam Phase I consists of 4 sections; General Awareness, Reasoning , Quantitative Aptitude and English.
In GK there are 80 questions of 80 marks, In Reasoning- there are 60 questions of 60 marks, In English there are 30 questions of 30 marks and in Quantitative aptitude there are 30 questions of 30 marks.
RBI Grade B (DR) exam Phase I the difficulty level ranges from moderate to hard. The reasoning and GK are usually of higher difficulty level. Quantitative Aptitude questions require practice. The questions are not tricky but require practice and focus. English is of moderate level. If you are preparing for other bank PO exams and you are practicing English for those it should be enough to see you through.
Syllabus and Study plan
Reasoning: This section is of high difficulty level. You will get 60 questions of 60 marks. Reasoning would need you to keep a cool mind as you approach the questions.
The sitting arrangement, the living and floor arrangement, the analogy, the relationship questions can prove to be tricky and time consuming. Syllogism, input output, statement assumption can prove to be time consuming and bit confusing (at the same time!) if you do not have enough practice.
The trick is to approach these kind of questions with an open and clear mind. Attempting reasoning questions at 1st always works good as your mind will not be cluttered (But then ofcorse it is your choice if you would like to attempt it at the beginning or end)
Quantitative Aptitude: In this section there are 30 questions of 30 marks. The questions are usually of moderate difficulty level. The questions are direct (in most cases) but would require a practiced and focused mind. Do not get scared if bigger figures are there in the DI or Profit & Loss and Interest related questions. Just get down to solving.
Read the questions carefully before attempting. This might be an old suggestion that you grew up hearing but it is worth repeat. Often in hurry we get down to solving questions with just half reading the question only to figure out later that there might have been a shorter way of solving or may be a totally different question is asked!
Practice trigonometry, Geometry and algebra questions as these topics are not common for other banking exams.
General Awareness: There will be 80 questions of 80 marks in this section. The main focus of this section will be on Economy related questions. You can expect nearly 75-80% questions focused on the economy. The rest will be from current affairs and GK.
Usually major questions are from Economic survey, Union Budget of the current year, RBI policies, any major economic policies launched by the government etc.
You should know the basic economic terms and their implications. It would always help to know the trade relations between India and other important nations or organizations, recent international pacts, Major financial organizations, RBI dealing with other nations, RBI control over Indian economy, banking system, financial / money market dealings and operations how RBI handles and controls these etc.
English Language test: This would be comparatively easiest section if you have a good mastery over the language and the grammar. This section has 30 questions of 30marks.
Expect questions from vocabulary, antonym synonyms fill in the blanks correct the wrong part of the sentence, comprehensions, word substitution etc. For English you need to read as much as you can.
Improve your reading speed and understanding what you are reading. For this you can read news papers, editorials etc. Brush up your grammar from Wren and Martin or any other Xth standard ICSE grammar book.
Wishing you all the best !!