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RBI Grade B Officer Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2015-16

RBI Grade B Officer Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2015-16

In this article we are explaining you about RBI Grade B Officer Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2015-16 which will clear all doubts and queries of our visitors.

As you all know that recently Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released a notification for the recruitment of Grade B officer in RBI. This is one of the most popular exams held once in year and a huge number of candidates will be waiting for this vacancy.

This year RBI has changed the pattern for this recruitment and due to which many of the candidates are in bit of confusion. Due to this many of our visitors are now asking us about the new exam pattern and syllabus and which books they should refer for a good preparation for RBI grade B officer recruitment. Therefore for the benefit of our visitors we are explaining here RBI Grade B Officer Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2015-16.

RBI Grade B Officer Exam Pattern:

The online exam for this recruitment will be conducted by RBI and the selection of candidates will be based on Common written examination (Phase I & Phase II) followed by an interview.

Phase I Exam Pattern: The phase I online exam will be of objective type consisting 200 questions having 200 marks which are required to be attempted within 2 hours.

English language
Reasoning ability
Quantitative aptitude
General awareness

Phase II Exam Pattern: The candidates who will be successfully qualify the Phase I exam will only be called for Phase II exam which will consist of 3 papers. Candidates are required to appear for all shifts.

Type of Paper
Time (minutes)
Paper – I Economic and Social issues
Objective paper
Paper – II English (writing skills)
Descriptive (to be typed with the help of keyboard)
Paper – III  Finance & management or economics or statistics
Objective paper

Interview: Candidates will be called for interview having 50 marks based on the aggregate marks obtained in Phase II (Paper I + II + III).
Final selection will be based on merit list prepared by RBI by adding marks secured by candidates in Phase II & interview.

RBI Grade B Officer Syllabus:

Phase I: Here we are explaining about the RBI Grade B Officer Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2015-16 for the phase I.

Reasoning ability: Number series, Coding-Decoding, Analogy, Blood Relations, Syllogism, Calendar problems, Sitting arrangement, Ranking test, Visualization, statement and assumptions, Venn diagram, Input-Output, Decision making, Logical reasoning etc.
English Language: Synonyms and Antonyms, Comprehension, Cloze test, Word arrangement, sentence arrangement, Fill in the blanks, Error correction, One word substitution, Idioms and phrases ,word meanings etc.
Quantitative Aptitude: Simplification, Average, Percentage, Time and work, Time and Distance, Profit and loss, Simple interest and Compound interest, Problem on ages, Data interpretation, Data sufficiency, Quadratic equation etc.
General Awareness: Current affairs (National & International), Major financial and economic news, important days, Awards and honors, Books and authors, Sports, Abbreviations, Scientific aspects, Special emphasis on banking awareness and daily GK updates.

Phase II: Here we are explaining about the RBI Grade B Officer Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2015-16 for the phase II of the examination.

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)

In English paper the candidate’s writing skills including expression & understanding of topic will be assessed.

Paper – III: Finance & management or economics or statistics

  • Financial system
  • Financial Markets
  • General topics


Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organization, Staffing, Directing and controlling; The Role of a Manager in an Organization. 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.

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International economics
  • Public economics
  • India’s economy & development issues

  • Probability
  • Statistical methods
  • Linear models
  • Statistical inference
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Optimization Techniques and Statistical Quality Control
  • Sample Surveys and Design of Experiments
  • Applied Economic Statistics
  • Vital Statistics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Basic Computer Applications

  • Economic Growth and Development – Mayer and Baldwin
  • Indian Economy : Performance and Policies(2015) edited by Uma Kapila
  • Murthy, M.N. (1967): Sampling Theory and Methods. Statistical Publishing Society, Kolkata.
  • Rajaraman, V. (2010): Fundamentals of Computers, Prentice-Hall India.
  • Besides that you can also refer to newspaper, Monthly magazines such as Yojana, RBI bulletins etc.

Some important tips which you have to keep in your mind while preparing for RBI Grade B Officer Exam 2015-16:
  • A very good preparation is requires as Standard of question and exam will remain quite high
  • Right strategy and approach will be needed
  • Cut off for each section will required to be clear
  • You should start preparation immediately and focus on all section equally

We hope this information will be beneficial for your preparation in an effective manner and now you must have a very good idea about the RBI Grade B Officer Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2015-16.
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