RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking, Total Marks

Exam Date

Mar 6, 2021

Result Date

Mar 15, 2021

Apr 7, 2021


RBI Grade B 2021 Exam Pattern is decided by the exam authority of Reserve Bank of India. The exam is conducted in three phases – Preliminary exam, Main exam and Interview round.

RBI Grade B 2021 Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B examination will be conducted in three phases. To appear for an advanced stage, the candidate has to clear the previous stage. Candidates should score marks more or equal to the cutoff decided by the RBI. Three phases are as follows:

  • Phase 1 - Preliminary Examination
  • Phase 2 - Mains Examination
  • Phase 3 - Interview Process

Phase I/Prelims Exam Pattern

RBI Grade B exam will be conducted online, in which the candidates are required to solve 200 questions in 120 minutes(2 Hours). Each question will carry 1 mark and a penalty is there for wrong answers. 0.25 marks will be deducted.

RBI Grade B Syllabus is divided into 4 sections. In the paper, General Awareness section has the largest weightage, followed by the Reasoning Section and lastly the English and Quantitative section has the least weightage.

After the phase I exam is over, the RBI will decide the cutoff for phase I. All the candidates who are able to clear the RBI Grade B Cutoff are eligible for the mains exam. Exam pattern for this exam is given as follows:

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern Phase I
Name of Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks
General Awareness 80 80
English Language 30 30
Quantitive Ability 30 30
Reasoning Ability 60 60
Total 200 200

Mains/Phase II Exam Pattern

Phase II or Mains Exam will also be conducted online. The exam will have three sections of 100 marks each, which the candidate is required to complete each section in 90 minutes ( One and a Half Hour). Each question will carry 1 mark and for every wrong 0.25 marks will be deducted as penalty for every wrong answer.

Exam Pattern for Phase II is as follows:

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern Phase II
Name of Paper Type of Paper Maximum Marks Duration
Paper- I: Economic and Social Issues Objective Type 100 90 Minutes
Paper II: English (Writing Skills) Descriptive,(to be typed with the help of the keyboard)  100 90 Minutes
Paper-III: Finance and Management Objective Type 100 90 Minutes

Phase 3/Interview:

Shortlisting: Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview on the basis of marks obtained by them in the Phase II/Mains exam. The marks obtained in Phase I have no role in deciding the selection of the candidate in Interview, that is just for qualifying to the Phase II stage. Interview will be having a weighted score of 50 marks. Candidate has the option of giving the interview.

Merit List: Merit list will be published on the official website and will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in phase II and Interview.

Call Letter: Candidates who are shortlisted for the final process that is interview round, will be sent a call letter on their registered email ID.

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