RBI Grade B Phase-1 Exam

13 Jun 2017, Sanjay Jagarwal

#1 Exam Pattern

Of course, you know the exam pattern but the first thing to do for revising any exam is ruminate the exam pattern once.

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern - Phase I


No. of Qs

Max marks


General Awareness



2 hours

English Language



Quantitative Aptitude










#2 Weightage of the topics:

If you are familiar with the topics of each section, time management is easy for you. Knowing the expected number of questions from each topic helps you to wisely allocate the time for diverse topics.The expected weightage in each section is:

General Awareness:

  1. Banking and financial awareness: 15-20 Q
  2. Economic News: 11-16Q
  3. Static Awareness: 15-20Q
  4. Current Affairs: 25-30Q


Banking and Financial awareness include economic surveys, GDP growth rates, budget, History of RBI, Establishment and Headquarters of banks etc.


Economic news include Economic terms, Union Budget of 2017, Monetary policies etc


Static Awareness includes Geography, History, Polity, Science, Thermal Power Plants, National Parks, Temples, Stadiums, Airports, Important Dates, Constitution, Country-Capital-Currency etc.


Current Affairs include Sports, Awards in 2017, National and international affairs, Books and Authors, Famous persons, MOUs, Summits, Schemes, Science and Technology, Defence etc.


English Language:

  1. Reading Comprehension- 10Q
  2. Cloze Test - 7-10 Q
  3. Phrase Replacement /Error spotting - 5 Q
  4. Para Completion  3-5 Q
  5. Fill in the blanks (Vocabulary) - 5Q
  6. Para Jumbles - 0-5 Q


Quantitative Aptitude:

  1. Data interpretation: 10-15 Q
  2. Number series: 5 Q
  3. Data sufficiency: 0-5Q
  4. Miscellaneous: 10Q

Miscellaneous include Mixtures and Alligations, Profit and Loss, Simple Interest and Compound interest, Speed, time and distance, Ages, Time and Work, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Boats and Streams, Average, Percentages, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Mensuration and Geometry.



Inequality: 5Q

Coding and Decoding: 2-6 Q

Syllogisms: 5-7Q

Machine Input Output: 5-6Q

Data sufficiency: 5Q

Circular Arrangement: 5-10Q

Linear Arrangement: 5-10Q

Building or Floor Puzzle: 55Q

Scheduling: 5-7Q

Double Lineup Puzzle: 5-7Q

Verbal Reasoning: 10-12Q

Verbal reasoning includes Relations, Course of action, Statements and Assumptions, Statements and Interference, Statements and arguments, Cause and effect.


#3 Marks Distribution:

As you already aware of the topics and weightage. Now distribute your marks according to the list in which you can score well. This will help you to decide on which section is scoring. So, that this also helps you to know which subjects to be prepared for.


#4 Your Stronger and Weaker sections:  

Now you are already decided the topics you should concentrate on after you done with your marks distribution. Now make the list of topics in which you are weak and strong. Practise well on the topics in which you are weak if they are scoring. This should be done on first day. Try to improve your skill in that topic. This is should be done on first day. If you are still weak in that topic, next day first revise the sections in which you are strong, next start the practise on your weaker topics.


# Time Management:

    • You knew the exam pattern and the timings of the section. As there is no sectional timing, wisely divide the 2 hours. Don’t make an equal division of time for each section.
    • You can cover the general awareness section in 20-25 minutes, English language in 15-20 minutes. No need any paperwork in those two sections. So, try to complete those two sections in 40-45 minutes.
    • Remaining 1 and half hour for quantitative aptitude and reasoning. First, solve Quantitative aptitude section according to your selected topics. Solve miscellaneous questions at the end. Hence it will take around 20 minutes.
    • Reasoning questions are the most difficult for the students. Hence you should finish up the verbal reasoning questions quickly. Now you will get maximum time for solving the puzzles. Use the remaining time entirely for the puzzles.


  • This type of strategy helps you to pass the exam and to score well.



#Take Mock Tests:

Attempting more tests doesn’t help you to score more but perfection in the participation and analysation does. Take a mock test and analyse your performance. Peruse your every mistake and try to not repeat the same mistake in the next test. Solve the wrong answered questions in the aptitude and reasoning sections again such that you don't repeat the mistake if that model appears in the exam. Now, if you are perfect with the first test, take the next test and repeat the process. Try to analyse your performance quickly which helps you to save your precious time.


These are the last minute preparation and revising tips. All the Best.

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