How to prepare for RBI Grade B Officer Phase I Exam 2017?

RBI conducts Grade B Officers exam every year. Here are the banking team of jagranjosh is providing some tips for preparation of the examination.

May 17, 2017 14:20 IST
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RBI Grade B Preparation Tips

 The RBI Grade B officer examination consists of two phases namely Phase I and Phase II. The Phase I of RBI Grade B   officer Examination is scheduled to be held in the first month of July. The Phase I of the examination would consist of Objective type Multiple Choice Questions and consist of four papers namely: General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. The exam consist 200 questions with duration of 2 hours. The examination would be taken online at the various examination centres allotted by RBI.

Pattern of Examination: Phase I 


No. of Qs



General Awareness



2 hours

English Language



Quantitative Aptitude









After qualifying the Phase I of the examination by securing required cut off marks the candidates would be eligible for the Phase II of the recruitment process. This phase contains three papers in which English and Economic and Social issues papers are common and an optional paper from Finance and management/economics/statistics has to be selected by the candidates. The phase II examination would contain 300 marks and carry descriptive questions also. The candidates would get 1 ½ hours’ time for solving each of the papers in phase II.  The candidates after passing successfully the Phase II would have to undergo personal interview which carries 50 marks.

How to Prepare for Phase I:

 Here are some preparation tips for the examination:

  • Practice dedicatedly on a regular basis: The best way to make sure that you have mastered the subject is to develop the regular habit of practice. Papers like Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude are the ones which demand a lot of time and attention from the candidates in the preparatory stage. It needs to get mastered through learning new tricks, ideas, methods and strategies so that you can lower the time taken in order to solve them and enhance the chances of getting selected.
  • Go through the preparation books and websites: There are many books and websites available for the examination. These websites and books help the candidates in order to know the exact and latest pattern and give an idea about the structure of questions that can be asked in the examination.
  • Develop a habit of reading: Reading from sources available to you is the best way to enhance subject matter expertise and learning new inclusions in the English language. Reading habit could make sure that you undergo new sentence formation structures and understand the grammar well. It helps strengthening your vocabulary as well, which gets tested in the examination. Regular reading habit also helps to find newer information and facts which could help the candidates in the General Awareness paper as well.
  • Keep track of the time: The time for solving the questions in the examination is limited. Candidates are advised to practice mock test as much as possible. Trying and moulding your preparation through applying various tricks, keeping a stopwatch by your side, setting alarm for each half an hour, allocating specific time to each of the section, can help the candidates to complete their paper on time in the actual examination.


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