RBI Grade B 2023

RBI Strategy Workshop by CA Rahul Kumar


26 March, 2023



8 PM - 9.30 PM

 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Grade B Examination is an annual competitive exam conducted by the Reserve Bank of India for the recruitment of officers in Grade B in its various departments. The exam is conducted in three phases- Preliminary, Main and Interview.

The Preliminary exam consists of Objective type questions from General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The Main exam consists of objective type and descriptive type questions from Economics and Social Issues, Finance and Management, and English. The Interview is the final stage of selection. The successful candidates will be appointed as Grade B Officers in the Reserve Bank of India.

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RBI Grade B Vacancy & Expected Date


Expected in February


Expected Vacancy Between 180-200 Seats

Expected Date

Phase I  – RBI Grade B – General – May 2023

Phase II  – RBI Grade B – General – June 2023

Age Limits

21 - 30 Years

Age Limits

Up-to 2 Years for M.Phil. Candidates and 4 Years for PhD candidates

Up-to 3 years for OBC candidates

Up-to 5 years for SC/ST candidates

Up-to 10 years for PwBD (UR), 13 years for PwBD (OBC) and 15 years for PwBD (SC/ST)

Applicants with Agent experience in Scheduled Commercial Banks, Public Sector Insurance Companies and All Indian Financial Institutions (AIFI) d. H. Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank), Bank Board for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), National Housing Bank (NHB) and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) can apply for an exemption for a maximum of 3 years

Minimum Education Qualification

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

Graduation in any discipline /Equivalent technical or professional qualification with minimum 60% marks (50% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) or Post-Graduation / Equivalent technical qualification with minimum 55% marks (pass marks for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) in aggregate of all semesters / years

RBI Grade B Officer Salary

Selected Candidates will draw a starting basic pay of ₹ 55,200/-p.m. in the pay scale of Rs. 55200-2850(9)-80850-EB-2850 (2) – 86550-3300(4)-99750 (16 years) applicable to Officers in Grade B 

The Pattern of RBI Grade B 2023 Examination?

RBI Grade B officers are recruited through a 3 stage recruitment process

Prelims Exam Details

The Phase 1 exam or entrance exam consists of a single paper of 200 questions and 200 marks.

The total duration of this test is 120 minutes or 2 hours. Note that there is also a section-wise time limit.

There is a ¼ penalty for incorrect answers.

Includes multiple choice questions on topics such as general awareness, English, quantitative skills and logical thinking.

Candidates need to secure separate cut-off in each section as well as clear the overall cut off to be shortlisted for Phase II.

Phase I scores are only used to qualify applicants for Phase II of the review process, but will not used included in the final selection of

Mains Exam Details

The Phase 2 examination of RBI Grade B consists of 3 papers of 100 Marks each.

In Paper-I and Paper-III, 6 descriptive questions are asked out of which only 4 are supposed to be answered (2 Questions of 15 marks and 2 questions of 10 marks each)

Interview Phase Details

The Phase-III of the RBI Grade B examination consists of a  Psychometric Test followed by Interview.

  • Candidates must pass a psychometric test before coming to the interview . It is inherently qualifying and no points are awarded.
  • Applicants will be selected for the interview based only on Phase 2marks (the sum of 3, articles)
  • Interview carries a weightage of 75 marks
  • Candidates can choose to be interviewed in Hindi or English
  • The final selection of candidates will be made by adding the scores obtained in phase 2 and the maintenance.


RBI Grade B Prelims Exam Pattern 2023

No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
General Awareness
25 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
25 Minutes
English Language
25 Minutes
45 Minutes
120 Minutes

Syllabus of RBI Grade B 2023 Examination

Phase 1 Syllabus

The below topics have been listed on the basis of previous year papers of RBI Grade B examination.

Reasoning – Reasoning for RBI Grade B comprises of following indicative topics:
1. Logical Reasoning
2. Alphanumeric Series
3. Ranking/Directioin/Alphabet Test
4. Data Sufficiency
5. Coded Inequalities
6. Seating Arrangement
7. Puzzle
8. Tabulation
9. Syllogism
10.Blood Relations
11.Input Output
12.Coding Decoding

Quantitative Aptitude – Quantitative Aptitude for RBI Grade B comprises of following indicative topics:
1. Simplificatioin
2. Profit & Loss
3. Mixtures & Alligations
4. Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
5. Work & Time
6. Mensuration-Cylinder, Cone Sphere
7. Data Interpretation
8. Ratio & Proporation, Percentage
9. Number Systems
10.Sequence & Series
11.Permutaiton, Combinationi & Probability

English – English for RBI Grade B comprises of following indicative topics:
1. Reading Comprehension
2. Cloze Test
3. Para jumbles
4. Misccellaneous
5. Fill in the blanks
6. Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting
7. Paragraph Completion

General Awareness – Based on past year exam analysis of RBI Grade B, following topics are most frequently asked from General Awareness section:
1. Currant Affairs
2. Indian Financial Systems
3. Indian Banking Systems
4. Monetary Plans
5. National Institutions
6. Banking Terms

RBI Grade B Phase 2 Exam Pattern for DR (General)

Sections / Subjects
Paper Type
Maximum Marks
Duration (minutes)
Paper I: Economics and Social Issues
50% Objective Type
 50% Descriptive (to be typed with the help of the keyboard)
50 + 50 Total 100
30 + 90 Total-120
Paper II: English (Writing Skills)
Descriptive (3 questions)
90 minutes
Paper III: Finance and Management
50% Objective Type & 50% Descriptive
50 + 50 Total 100
30 + 90 Total-120

Phase 2 Syllabus

Detailed syllabus for all 3 papers of RBI Grade B as provided in the official notification is as follows:

Paper-I – Economic and Social Issues (ESI)

1. Growth and Development 

A.  Measurement of growth- National Income and per capita income
B. Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India
C. Sustainable Development
D. Environmental issues

2. Indian Economy 

A. Economic History of India
B. Changes in Industrial and Labour Policy
C. Monetary and Fiscal Policy since reforms of 1991
D. Priorities and recommendations of Economic Survey and Union Budget
E. Indian Money and Financial Markets: Linkages with the economy
F. Role of Indian banks and Reserve Bank in the development process
G. Public Finance
H. Political Economy
I. Industrial Developments in India
J. Indian Agriculture
K. Services sector in India

3. Globalization

A. Opening up of the Indian Economy
B. Balance of Payments
C. Export-Import Policy
D. International Economic Institutions
E. IMF and World Bank
G. Regional Economic Cooperation
H. International Economic Issues

4. Social Structure in India 

A. Multiculturalism
B. Demographic Trends
C. Urbanisation and Migration
D. Gender Issues
E. Social Justice: Positive Discrimination in favour of the underprivileged
F. Social Movements
I. Indian Political System
J. Human Development
K. Social Sectors in India
L. Health and Education

Paper-II -English (Writing Skills)

To analyse the writing skills of the candidates including expression and understanding of the topic

Paper-III – General Finance and Management

1. Fundamentals of Management & Organizational Behaviour

A. Introduction to management
B. Evolution of management thought
C. Scientific, Administrative, Human Relations
D. Systems approach to management
E. Management functions and Managerial roles
F. Nudge theory
I. Meaning & concept of organizational behaviour
J. Personality: meaning, factors affecting personality, Big five model of personality
K .Concept of reinforcement
L. Perception: concept, perceptual errors
M. Motivation: Concept, importance
N. Content theories (Maslow’s need theory, Alderfers’ ERG theory, McCllelands’ theory of needs, Herzberg’s two-factor theory)
O. Process theories (Adams equity theory, Vrooms expectancy theory).
P. Leadership: Concept, Theories (Trait, Behavioural, Contingency, Charismatic, Transactional and Transformational Leadership
Q. Emotional Intelligence: Concept, Importance, Dimensions.
R. Analysis of Interpersonal Relationship: Transactional Analysis, Johari Window
S. Conflict: Concept, Sources, Types, Management of Conflict
T. Organizational Change: Concept, Kurt Lewin Theory of Change
U. Organizational Development (OD): Organisational Change, Strategies for Change, Theories of Planned Change (Lewin’s change model, Action  research model, Positive model).

2. Ethics at the Workplace and Corporate Governance

A. Meaning of ethics, why ethical problems occur in the business
B. Theories of ethics: Utilitarianism: weighing social cost and benefits, rights and duties, Justice and fairness, ethics of care, integrating utility, rights, justice and caring
C. An alternative to moral principles: virtue ethics, teleological theories, egoism theory, relativism theory
D. Moral issues in business: Ethics in Compliance, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, etc
E. Ethical Principles in Business: introduction, Organization Structure and Ethics, Role of Board of Directors, Best Practices in Ethics Programme, F. Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, etc.
I. Corporate Governance: Factors affecting Corporate Governance; Mechanisms of Corporate Governance
J. Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward and lateral communication
K. Barriers to Communication
L. Role of Information Technology

Know Your Expert Faculty

CA Rahul Kumar is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of 2009 batch and got AIR 29 in CA Exams. He is a graduate in Commerce and got Rank 5 at university level.
He worked with Central PSUs for 8 Years at various financial and managerial roles.

He appeared thrice in UPSC Interviews with Commerce and Accountancy optional. He has a passion to guide UPSC students and guiding them since over 10 years. He has mentored more than 80 UPSC toppers through various programs.

He is famous for UPSC & Government Exam's Strategy and Answer writing workshops at colleges and addressed over 5000 colleges students. He has been advising “Committee for Members in Entrepreneurship and Public Service” of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for strategizing and delivering “Civil Services Orientation & Mentorship Programme for CA Members and CA Students aspiring to join Civil Services.

Presently, he is a senior faculty at DIADEMY IAS, Old Rajinder Nagar, Delhi. He guides Commerce & Accountancy Optional students through classes & Mentorship programs.

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