Reserve Bank of India has decided to change the pattern of recruitment examination for its Grade B Officer Posts recruitment from 2015 recruitment year onwards. According to the new pattern there would be two phases of written examination and a personal interview round would be conducted. While the Phase I would remain online and MCQ based, like previous years, the Phase II would contain descriptive and subjective questions which needs to get solved through computer typing as well by the candidates. The Phase I would carry 200 marks while the Phase II would carry 300 marks in total. The number of papers in Phase II examination would be three. Two of the papers English Language and Economic and Social Issues would remain compulsory for the candidates while they can choose the third paper from Finance & Management, Economics and Statistics. Each of the paper would be subjective and contain 100 marks for which the candidates would get a total time of 4 ½ hours.
Preparing for Phase II Exam:
Phase II of the RBI Officer Grade B examination is a little tougher than the Phase I and contains subjective questions which requires in-depth knowledge of the candidates in the particular subjects asked in the paper. Though the candidates have the luxury to choose their own third paper from Finance & Management, Economics and Statistics, it wouldn’t be easy for candidates to get through with the examination and thus preparation for the papers is a must. There are some subject based tips for Phase II examination which can help the candidates immensely in their preparation:
- Preparation for English Language: The English Language paper in this phase generally tests the writing and reading skills of the candidates. The understanding and knowledge of grammar is tested of the candidates through this paper. There should be a proper sense of sentence formation among the candidates undergoing the paper and thus they should get back to the basics of the language first. Candidates should revisit their grammatical skills all over again. They should develop writing and reading habit or a regular basis from the host of sources available online and offline to them. They should practice writing essays and stories on a regular basis in pertinent global and local issues around the world. There should be a clear approach and fearless attitude among the candidates while preparing for the paper.
- Preparation for Economic and Social Issues: The scenario of the economic and social situation in the country and its immediate neighborhood is the crux of the paper. It contains questions related to the various societal norms, issues related to urbanization and migration, gender issues, social movements, Human rights and their situation, social and health situation in India. Apart from these it deals with the economic policies, reforms, planning, globalization, fiscal policy, understanding of the Indian Economy, Sustainable economic growth and development etc. These issues and subjects could be best understood by undergoing books, newspapers, magazines, journals, websites, blogs and other online and offline sources. The best way to prepare for this paper is to go through the related genre every day though the accessible sources and make a list of important information on a daily basis and practice them regularly.
- Preparation for Finance & Management/ Economics/Statistics: The candidates who have undergone Commerce in their Higher Secondary or Graduate level would find it easier to prepare for this paper. The paper can either be Finance and management, economics or statistics, all of which requires a basic idea of the paper. It is advisable to undergo the basic elements of these papers and try to understand the nuances of the individual papers separately. Reading books related to the subjects, using guides, referring to online journals and websites related to preparation in the competitive examinations and keeping an open eye to financial and economic market in the country would help the candidates immensely to prepare for the paper. The candidates should choose the paper according to their choice and after deciding which paper they are interested and strongest in, so that they don’t have to push it harder to get prepared for the paper.