Background

Overview

  1. Recruitment Process is for selection for direct recruitment for Officers in Grade –B
  2. Recruitment process consists of following steps
    1. Phase-I online Examination (Objective Type): Maximum Mark – 200
      1. Only qualifying in nature that is you need to pass this exam to be eligible for giving phase – II Exam.
      2. Marks obtained in Phase-I will not be counted for final ranking.
    2. Phase-II online Examination – Maximum mark 350
      1. Three papers each of 100 marks
    3. Interview –  Maximum mark 50
    4. Total evaluation is out of 350 marks ( Phase –II and interview)

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Phase I cutoff

Phase I Exam Cutoff

RBI Grade B Phase 1 – 2017 was conducted on June 17.  Cut off scores are:

Subject wise and aggregate cut – off marks in Phase-I examination held on June 17, 2017, for shortlisting the candidates for Phase-II examination for the post of Officers Grade-B (General) – DR-BY-2017 :
Section
GENERAL AWARENESS
(Maximum Marks = 80)
REASONING
(Maximum Marks = 60)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
(Maximum Marks = 30)
QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE
(Maximum Marks = 30)
TOTAL SCORE/AGGREGATE
(Maximum Marks = 200)
Category
GENERAL/UR 16.50 11.00 6.75 4.00 78.00
OBC 12.50 8.00 5.25 2.50 68.00
SC 11.00 6.75 4.75 2.00 64.00
ST 11.00 6.75 4.75 2.00 64.00
PWD (OH/HI/VH) 11.00 6.75 4.75 2.00 64.00

 

 

 

Phase-I occurred on Sept 04, 2016 and result was out on Sept 08, 2016 (UPSC and other government exam conducting institutes can learn something from RBI :))

On Sept 16, 2016 RBI declared cut-off for exam.

Exam cutoff for year 2016

GENERAL

OBC

SC

ST

PWD

GENERAL AWARENESS 

20

16

14.25

14.25

14.25

REASONING 

15

12

10.75

10.75

10.75

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

7.5

6

5.25

5.25

5.25

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE 

7.5

6

5.25

5.25

5.25

TOTAL SCORE/ Aggregate 

98.5

88.5

84.5

84.5

84.5

 

Past year paper

Comparison with last year

Cut-off in last year exam

GENERAL

OBC

SC

ST

PWD

GENERAL AWARENESS 

20

16

14.25

14.25

14.25

REASONING 

15

12

10.75

10.75

10.75

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

7.5

6

5.25

5.25

5.25

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE 

7.5

6

5.25

5.25

5.25

TOTAL SCORE/ Aggregate 

88.5

78.5

74.5

74.5

74.5

Analysis on individual Section

Caution : As the paper is not available so the following analysis is based on discussion with various aspirants and online sources

While the sectional cut-off remained same for all section and for all the categories, but there is a uniform increase of 10 marks in over all cut-off for all category.  (What is the reason behind so smooth change in cut-off?? – “One can only guess or can file an RTI”)

General Awareness

General Awareness

Question can be divided into following category

Major classifications

  • Banking Awareness (major portion)
  • Current Affairs
  • General

Further Subtopic Classification

  • Currencies
  • Headquarters of FIs
  • Regulation of FIs
  • Social Sector Schemes
  • Amendment in any scheme
  • Important Days
  • Awards
  • Important Places
  • Books & Authors

Few salient points about the question asked

  1. As the exam was on Sept 4, most of the current affairs were from month of July or at most last 3-months (June, July and Aug).
  2.  Any of serious candidate which has done the current affairs of months of June, July and till mid August can easily secure around 40-45 marks out of 80.
  3. Further, one or two questions were about government scheme launched with in last one year.
  4. Few questions were from the some changes in current schemes like in Gold Monetizing schemes etc.
  5. Few questions were from Budget. Whoever listen the budget speech carefully can easily answer those question. The full budget speech and text available at following link.

http://indiabudget.nic.in/

 

If observed, overall it is at moderate level and not difficult to clear the cut-off for phase I exam for General Study section. In fact it can help in clearing the overall Cut-off.

Detail strategy about general Study preparation is discussed in separate article.

Reasoning

Reasoning

  1. Aspirants rated overall difficulty level moderate.

Topics

Number of Question

Syllogism

5

Seating Arrangement

5

Puzzle

10 ( 2 sets)

Input Output

5

Data Sufficiency

5

Inequality

5

Coding Decoding

5

Miscellaneous Questions

5

 

  1. This one is scoring section and can help in clearing the overall cut-off.
  2. Detail strategy about this section preparation is discussed in separate article

 

Quantitative Analysis

Quantitative Analysis

  1. Aspirants rated overall difficulty level moderate to high
  2. Question Classification

Data Interpretation

Partnership

Profit & Loss

Sequence and Series

Average

Time, Speed & Distance

Boats & Streams

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

Ratio & Proportion

Time & Work

  1. Question was on higher difficulty level if compared with other banking exams.
  2. As in all exams here the game is to complete question in minimum possible time which can be gained only through practice.
  3. So if one have serious prepared even half of the above topics can easily get 15 questions correct within half an hour.
  4. One quick preparation tip to aspirants who cannot devote much time to preparation
    1. while preparing for this section rather than targeting to all the topics of quantitative section target few  topic first
    2. Practice many question on these topics to be able to do the question quickly.
    3. Then proceed on further topics.
  5. Detail strategy will be discuss in  separate article

English

English

  1. Student rated the English paper easier compared to last year paper.
  2. Question Classification
Spotting Error – 5 Questions
Reading Comprehension – 2 passages
Cloze Test  – 10 Questions
Fillers – 5 Questions
  1. Very less grammar was asked.
  2. Comprehension was not that difficult. Spotting error was very easy
  3. Even one with little preparation for English can easily get 10-15 questions right and with practice one can easily get 20-25 questions right in less than 15 min.
  4. Easier question does not mean that one should not prepare for English, as you never know about examiner mood he can throw difficult question in next exam. And you also have to be prepared for other exams as well.

 

Detail strategy for all the exam will be discussed in different section