RBI Grade B

application process - rbi grade b

RBI Grade B Application Form has been made available from September 21, 2019. Candidates can fill the application form in online mode only at the official website – rbi.gov.in. The last day to register for RBI Grade B exam is October 11, 2019.  

Direct Link to RBI Grade B Application Form 2019

  • Candidates must check RBI Grade B eligibility criteria, mentioned below in the article, before applying for the exam.
  • Candidates have to register online, fill the form, upload scanned documents and pay registration fees.
  • RBI Grade B Registration fees are INR 850 for general/ OBC/ EWS category and INR 100 for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates.
  • Successfully registered candidates will be issued RBI Grade B Admit Card for the Examination. 

RBI Grade B 2019 Registration Highlights

Important points about RBI Grade B 2019 Application are given below:

Conducting Authority Reserve Bank of India
Website rbi.org.in
Exam Category National Level Recruitment Exam
Posts Grade B officer: General/ DEPR/ DSIM
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Fee Payment Online
Application Fees General/ OBC/ EWS: INR 850, SC/ ST/ PwD: INR 100


RBI Grade B 2019 Registration Dates

RBI has announced exam schedule along with registration dates and deadlines:

Events Dates (Official)
Release of RBI Grade B 2019 Notification September 20, 2019
RBI Grade B 2019 Registration Began on  September 21, 2019
Last day to submit RBI Grade B Application Form October 11, 2019
RBI Grade B Preliminary exam date   November 9, 2019
RBI Grade B Main exam date   December 1- 2, 2019


RBI Grade B 2019 Eligibility Criteria

RBI has prescribed eligibility criteria for candidates to be eligible to apply for Grade B examination. These conditions are pertaining to the nationality, age limit, educational qualification and number of attempts. 

RBI Grade B Nationality

  • Citizen of India OR
  • Subject of Nepal OR
  • Subject of Bhutan OR
  • Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India OR
  • Person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

RBI Grade B Age Limit

  • Minimum age limit: 21 years (he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd September 1989)
  • Maximum age limit for General: 30 years (he/she must have been born not later than 1st September 1998)
  • Maximum age limit for M.Phil. qualification: 32 years
  • Maximum age limit for Ph.D. qualification: 34 years

Relaxation in Upper Age Limit as per their category is given in the table below:

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 Years
OBC 3 Years
PwD (General) 10 Years
PwD (OBC) 13 years
PwD (SC/ ST) 15 years
Ex-Servicemen To the extent of service provided by them to Armed Forces+ 3 years additional (Up to 50 Years)
Divorced women/ Widows/ Women judicially separated and not re-married 10 Years
Jammu and Kashmir residents in the period January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989 5 Years
Candidates, holding working experience of RBI Years of Experience (Maximum 3 years)

RBI Grade B Educational Qualification Requirements

The educational qualifications for various posts as prescribed by the Board for RBI Grade B Examination 2019 are tabulated below:

Post Minimum Educational Qualifications 

Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – (General)

At least 60% marks in aggregate for all semester/ years (50% for SC/ ST/ PWD) or an equivalent grade in Bachelor’s degree as well as in 12th (or Diploma or equivalent) and 10th Standard examinations from recognized University and Boards respectively.

Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – DEPR

A Master’s Degree in Economics/ Econometrics/ Quantitative Economics/ Mathematical Economics/ Integrated Economics Course/ Finance, with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade. SC/ST/PWD candidates are allowed a relaxation of 5%

Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – DSIM

Essential: A Master’s Degree in Statistics/ Mathematical Economics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Statistics & Informatics/ Econometrics from IIT-Kharagpur or Applied Statistics & Informatics from IIT-Bombay with at least 55% marks in aggregate of all semester/ years or an equivalent grade OR

Master’s Degree in Mathematics with at least 55% marks in aggregate of all semester/years and 1-year PG Diploma in Statistics or related subjects from reputed institute OR

M. Stat. from Indian Statistical Institute with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate of all semesters/years OR

PG Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) jointly offered by ISI Kolkata, IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta with at least 55% marks in aggregate of all semesters/years or equivalent grade.

Note:For SC/ST/PWD candidates, the minimum marks required in Master’s Degree above is 50% in aggregate of all semesters/ years or an equivalent grade.

RBI Grade B Number of Attempts

  • The maximum number of attempts for General Category is six times for Phase-I Examination.
  • No restriction applies to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD, if the posts are reserved for them.

How to fill RBI Grade B Application Form?

RBI Grade B 2019 Application Form is available at the official website of the bank – rbi.org.in from September 21 – October 11, 2019. Candidates need to follow the below given steps to fill the form: 

  • Step 1: Online Registration
  • Step 2: Filling RBI Grade B Application Form
  • Step 3: Uploading Photograph and Signature
  • Step 4: Application Fee Payment

The steps to be followed are briefed in the sections below.

Step 1: Online Registration

  • Visit the official website – rbi.org.in.
  • Click on the link for RBI Grade B 2019 Application.
  • Candidates have to click on ‘Click Here for new registration’ if he/she has not registered already.
  • Those who registered already and got their provisional ID and password can skip the above step.
  • The candidate will be redirected to a new window for registration. Here enter basic information like name, category, date of birth, email ID, contact number, academic details etc.
  • Upon successful registration, a provisional id and password will be generated and displayed in the web page.
  • Note down the registration number and the password displayed on the screen. This will be needed for filling up of the RBI Grade B Application form.

Step 2: Filling RBI Grade B Application Form

  • Candidates have to fill all the personal, educational, work experience details, along with the choice of paper, position applied and exam center city.
  • There will be no scope to correct the details in the form later hence fill the details very carefully.
  • Once filled and reviewed, click on the ‘Save and Next’ button. 

Step 3: Uploading Photograph and Signature

  • Applicants have to upload the scanned images of their photograph, signature, left thumb impression and a hand written declaration in the application form.
  • The images should be uploaded as per the required dimension.
  • An error message will be displayed if upload didn’t occur properly.
Documents Size Pixels Format
Photograph 20 – 50 KBs 200 X 230 JPEG/JPG
Signature 10 – 20 KBS 140 X 60 JPEG/JPG
Left Thumb Impression 10 – 20 KBS 140 X 60 JPEG/JPG
Hand Written Declaration 20 – 50 KBs 140 X 60 JPEG/JPG

Guidelines for Photograph

  • Upload your recent passport size photograph, clicked against a light-colored/white background.
  • Ensure there is no “red-eye” on the photograph.
  • If the applicant wears glasses normally, ensure that there is no reflection or glare on the glass and eyes are clearly visible.
  • Caps, hats and dark glasses are not acceptable.
  • Religious head wear is allowed but it must not cover the face of applicant.

Guidelines for Signature, Left Thumb Impression and Hand Written Declaration

  • Sign with a black pen on a white paper in running hand writing and not in Block Letters.
  • The applicant has to put his left hand thumb impression on a white paper with a black or blue ink.
  • A declaration has to be hand written in English only by the candidate on a white paper with a black pen.
  • The text for the declaration is as follows  “I,__ (Name of the candidate), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required.” 
  • Signature obtained on the admission letter and attendance sheet at the time of the examination should match with the uploaded signature.


Step 4: Application Fee Payment

  • The final step in filling RBI Grade B Application Form is to make fee payment and saving the e-reciept and application form copy.
  • The application fees can be paid in online mode only through debit/ credit card/ Netbanking/ IMPS/ cash cards and mobile wallets.
  • An e-receipt will be generated after successful payment of fees which should be saved by the candidate along with the application form.
  • In case of failed transaction, candidates have to restart the fee payment process.

RBI Grade B Application Fee

Category Charges Amount
SC/ ST/ PwD Intimation Charges only INR 100/-
GEN/ OBC/ EWS Application fee including Intimation Charges INR 850/-

Pre-Exam Training for SC/ST/OBC/PwD Candidates

RBI organises a free of cost pre-examination training for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PwD candidates only for the post of Officers in Gr B (DR)-General Only.

  • It is a combined pre-examination training for prelims and main exam of RBI Grade B Exam.
  • It is conducted at some of the centers where the bank has its offices. 
  • Candidates can apply for this training during RBI Grade B Registration itself. 

exam pattern - rbi grade b

RBI Grade B 2019 Exam Pattern is decided by exam authority of Reserve Bank of India. The exam is conducted in three phases – Preliminary exam, Main exam and Interview round. RBI Grade B Prelims will be conducted on November 9 while Main exam will be held on December 1 and 2, 2019.

Latest: RBI Grade B 2019 Application Forms are available from September 21 – October 11, 2019.

  • In Phase 1, prelims exam, Multiple choice questions are asked from General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning subjects. 
  • RBI Grade B Main exam has three separate papers on Economic and Social Issues, English Language and Finance and Management.
  • Candidates qualifying Phase I and Phase II will have to face interview round carrying 50 marks.
  • Final Merit List will be formulated based on the marks of Main exam and interview. 
  • Duration will vary for both the exams. Negative marking is applicable for both the papers of RBI Grade B.

Read the article to know RBI Grade B exam pattern details such as number of questions, mode of examination, total marks, number of sections, marking scheme, syllabus etc.

RBI Grade B 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

The following table highlights some of the important aspects of RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2019:

Exam Mode Online
Number of Phases 3 – Preliminary, Main exam and Interview
Number of Sections

Phase I – 4 sections (General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning)

Phase II – 3 sections (Economic and Social Issues, English, Finance and Management)

Phase III – Interview Round 

Question Paper Type

Phase I – Objective

Phase II – Objective and Subjective

Total Marks

Phase I – 200 Marks

Phase II – 300 Marks

Phase III (Interview) – 50 Marks

Exam Duration

Phase I – 2 Hours

Phase II – 1.5 Hours (Each Paper)

Exam Language English and Hindi

RBI Grade B 2019 Exam Pattern

  • RBI Grade B will be conducted in online mode that is computer based test.
  • Except English language section, the paper will be set bilingually in English and Hindi.
  • RBI Grade B exam pattern and difficulty level vary for Prelims and Main exam as shown below:

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern for Prelims Exam

RBI Grade B Prelims exam will have 200 multiple choice questions of 200 marks with a total time constraint of 120 minutes. Exact number of questions and duration for each section is not specified but there will be specific sectional duration. An information bulletin will be released along with RBI Grade B Admission Letter which will specify the sectional duration. Also, candidates need to clear sectional cutoff as well as overall cutoff to qualify for main exam.

Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration

General Knowledge, 

English Language, 

Reasoning Ability, 

Quantitative Aptitude

200 200 2 hours
Total 200 Questions 200 Marks 120 minutes

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern for Main Exam

There are three separate papers in RBI Grade B Main exam. It will be held in multiple shifts, candidates will have to appear in all shifts and separate admission letter will be issued for each shift. The English paper is a descriptive test whereas Economics and Social Issues and Finance and Management papers will be objective in nature. 

Paper Type of Paper Maximum Marks Duration
Economics and Social Issues Objective  100 90 minutes
English (Writing skills) Descriptive  100 90 minutes
Finance and Management Objective 100 90 minutes
Total 3 Papers 300 Marks 4 hours 30 minutes

RBI Grade B Interview (Phase-III)

  • Based on the aggregate score obtained in Main exam (Paper-I +Paper-II +Paper-III), candidates will be invited for the interview round.
  • RBI will decide the minimum cutoff which must be cleared by candidates in order to be shortlisted for the Interview round.
  • RBI will publish the result in PDF format containing the roll number of candidates shortlisted for the interview.
  • Candidates will receive interview call letters on their registered email ID.
  • RBI Grade B Interview round will of 50 marks.
  • Candidate can choose the medium for interview amongst Hindi or English languages.
  • Final Selection will be based on candidate’s performance in Main examination and interview.

RBI Grade B Marking Scheme

  • The exam follows a uniform marking scheme for whole test.
  • For every correct answer, you will be awarded 1 mark
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer
  • For any Unattempted questions, no marks will be deducted.

Check How is RBI Grade B Scored?

RBI Grade B 2019 Syllabus

RBI Grade B 2019 Syllabus is based on the graduation curriculum. Candidates can check the important topics in the tables below from each subject included in Phase I and II.

RBI Grade B Syllabus for Prelims 

English Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning General Awareness
Grammar Mensuration Puzzles Banking & Financial Awareness
Vocabulary Time and Work Seating Arrangement Monetary Policies
Error Spotting Average, Ratio, Percentages Directions and Distance Economic Terms
Comprehension Speed, Distance and Time Data Sufficiency Current Affairs
Passage Making Mixture and Allegations Blood Relations Financial & Economics News
Jumble Words Permutation and Combination Syllogism Static GK
Fill in the Blanks Data Interpretation Coding Decoding Government Schemes, Agreement & Deals
Sentence Framing Probability Inequality Banking terms, rates, processes

RBI Grade B Syllabus for Main Exam

Paper-I: Economic and Social Issues

  • Growth and Development, Measurement of growth: National Income and per capita income 
  • Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India 
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental issues.
  • Economic Reforms in India, Industrial and Labour Policy, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Privatization, Role of Economic Planning.
  • Globalization, Opening up of the Indian Economy, Balance of Payments, Export-Import Policy 
  • International Economic Institutions, IMF and World Bank, WTO, Regional Economic Co-operation.
  • Social Structure in India, Multiculturalism, Demographic Trends, Urbanization and Migration, Gender Issues 
  • Social Justice : Positive Discrimination in favor of the under privileged, Social Movements
  • Indian Political System, Human Development, Social Sectors in India, Health and Education.

Paper-II: English (Writing Skills)

The English paper will be designed to test the writing skills of candidates including expression and understanding of the topic. Download RBI Grade B Sample Papers

Paper-III -Finance and Management:

(I) Finance

(a) Financial System: Regulators of Banks and Financial Institutions, Reserve Bank of India- functions and conduct of monetary policy, Banking System in India, Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM, NABARD, NHB, etc.

(b) Financial Markets: Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.)- functions, instruments, recent developments.

(c) General Topics

  • Risk Management in Banking Sector 
  • Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap
  • Changing Landscape of Banking sector
  • Recent Developments in the Financial Sector, Portfolio Investment, Public Sector Reforms, Disinvestments
  • Financial Inclusion- use of technology
  • Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
  • Corporate Governance in Banking Sector, role of e-governance in addressing the issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector.
  • 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),
  • Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI – components and trends.

(II) Management

  • Nature and scope; The Role of a Manager in an Organisation.
  • The Management Processes- Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling;
  • Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader; Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader.
  • Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD; Performance Appraisal, Potential appraisal and development, Feedback and Performance Counselling
  • Career Planning – Training and Development, Rewards, 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.
  • 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.

Recommended RBI Grade B 2019 Books

Below listed are some useful preparation books for RBI Grade B 2019. These books will go long way in clearing out doubts and consolidating knowledge of core fundamentals in each section.

Subjects Name of the book Author Name
Economic and Social Issues Indian Economy Uma Kapila
Indian Economy Mishra Puri
Growth and Development Devraj Ray
Sociology C.N. Shankar Rao
English Descriptive General English S P Bakshi and Richa Sharma
Finance & Management Monetary Theory and Public Policy  Kenneth Kurihara
Economic Growth and Development Mayer and Baldwin
Financial Management Prasanna Chandra
Statistics An Introduction to Numerical Analysis Atkinson
Sampling Techniques Cochran, William G
Fundamental of Applied Statistics Gupta, SC, VK Kapoor
English Objective English Edgar Thorpe
Objective General English R.S. Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
Reasoning Test of Reasoning Edgar Thorpe
A modern approach to verbal & non-verbal Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal
How to prepare for Logical Reasoning Arun Sharma
Analytical Reasoning M.K. Pandey

results - rbi grade b

Reserve Bank of India is responsible for publishing RBI Grade B Result. The result will be released in online mode only. Candidates can check RBI Grade B result from the official website by logging in with their roll number and password. 

Latest: Applications are invited for RBI Grade B 2019 exam from September 21 – October 11, 2019. 

  • RBI releases separate result for Prelims exam, Main exam and Interview round.
  • Candidates qualifying in prelims will appear for Main exam, qualifiers of which will have to face interview round. 
  • RBI Grade B Prelims result will be released in third week of November and Main result will be declared in third week of December, 2019.
  • Final allotment result will be out in February, 2020 based on Main exam and interview round.


RBI Grade B 2019 Result Highlights

RBI Grade B Result will be declared by Reserve Bank of India
Mode of Availability Online
RBI Grade B Result will be declared at rbi.org.in
Credentials required to access result Roll number and Password

RBI Grade B 2019 Result Dates

RBI Grade B Examination and result declaration schedule are mentioned below:

Events Dates
RBI Grade B 2019 Preliminary Exam Date November 9, 2019
Release of RBI Grade B Prelims Result Third week of November 2019 
RBI Grade B 2019 Main Exam Date December 1 and 2, 2019
Release of RBI Grade B Main Result Third week of December 2019
RBI Grade B Interview Dates January 2020
RBI Grade B Final Result Declaration February 2020

How to check RBI Grade B 2019 Result?

RBI Grade B 2019 Result will be available in online mode only at the official website. Candidates have to follow the given steps to download the result:

  • Visit the official website of RBI i.e rbi.org.in
  • Open the result page of the website
  • Click on the ‘RBI Grade B Result 2019’
  • Enter your Application Number and Password
  • Your result will be displayed on the screen
  • Save and download a copy of it for future reference.

Details on RBI Grade B Scorecard

The RBI Grade B Scorecard contains the details related to the marks obtained by the candidate in the examination. It can be downloaded from the RBI official website. Students are advised to check all the information written on the scorecard. The details on RBI Grade B 2019 scorecard are listed below:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Roll Number
  • Category
  • Sectional Marks
  • Overall Marks
  • Rank


RBI Grade B 2019 Merit List

  • RBI Grade B Merit List is prepared by examination conducting authority.
  • It will be prepared after the declaration of result.
  • Students having the name in the merit list will be called for the final selection round i.e. an interview.
  • They will be ranked in the merit list on the basis of marks obtained by the candidate in the examination.
  • Merit list will be available in the form of PDF file. It will contain roll numbers of qualified candidates.

RBI Grade B 2019 Cutoff

  • RBI Grade B Cutoff is the minimum marks to be scored by the candidate in order to clear the examination.
  • Candidates have to clear not only the overall cutoff but sectional cutoffs as well.
  • Candidates clearing prelims cutoff will appear for main exam and interview round upon clearing main cutoff. 
  • RBI Grade B Cutoff will be affected by factors such as number of applicants, number of vacancies, difficulty of paper and candidates’ performances.
  • RBI will release category wise cutoff after the conclusion of each stage. Check RBI Grade B Exam Pattern
  • Meanwhile candidates can check previous year cutoff to get an idea about the trend:

RBI Grade B Prelims Cutoff 2018

Category General Awareness Reasoning English Quantitative Aptitude Overall
General 20 15 7.5 7.50 105.75
OBC 16 12 6 6 95.75
SC 14.25 10.75 5.25 5.25 91.75
ST 14.25 10.75 5.25 5.25 91.75
PwD 14.25 10.75 5.25 5.25 91.75

RBI Grade B Main and Final Cutoff 2018

Phases General OBC SC ST PwD
Aggregate Marks in Phase II (Paper-I, Paper-II, and Paper-III) (Out of 300) 201.25 186.25 180.25 180.25 180.25
Aggregate Marks in Main exam & Interview (Out of 350) 248.50 235.50 221.25 219.50

Gen-235.50, OBC-223

Practice Papers - rbi grade b

eserve Bank Of India conducts RBI Grade B exam to shortlist candidates for the recruitment of DR, DEPR and DSIM in Common Seniority Group.

  • The exam has two phases followed by an interview – Phase 1 consists of General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning while Phase 2 comprises of Economic and Social Issues, English and an optional subject. Check Detailed Exam Pattern
  • RBI Grade B is not an easy exam, aspirants must prepare hard to outpass the competition by practicing previous years question papers.
  • Attempting full fledge mock tests before the exam trains you to give your 100% and finish the paper in time.

Download RBI Grade B 2019 Sample Papers from below links:

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