RBI Grade B Cut off and Paper Pattern

RBI Grade B cut off

RBI Grade B is one of the most prestigious and respected government job, and it come next to UPSC Civil Services in term of social status, job satisfaction and career growth. RBI recruits every year at its entry-level positions for Grade B(managerial post) and Assitant (Clerical post). RBI conducts its exams for RBI Grade B during June-Aug and for its Assitant post during Nov-Dec. RBI grade B exams is conducted in 2 phases + interview.

Difficulty level of RBI Grade B exam

RBI Grade B exam is of the moderately difficult level and generally is tougher than typical Bank PO and SSC level exams. You need to prepare yourself from CAT level material (for Phase 1) , and for UPSC level material (for ESI and English of Phase 2). Phase 1 exam is basically a speed test, where you need to solve 200 questions in 2 hours. RBI grade B cut off for phase 1 is generally close to 100 marks (out of 200).

RBI Grade B Phase 1 exam pattern

RBI Grade B phase 1 has 4 subjects:

  1. General Awareness - 80 marks
  2. Reasoning - 60 marks
  3. English - 30 marks
  4. Quantitative Aptitude - 30 mark

RBI Grade B cut for paper 1 and paper 2





RBI Grade B Paper pattern

Quantitative aptitude is most tough and least scoring section in RBI Grade B paper, whereas Reasoning is most scoring section in RBI Grade B paper.

rbi grade b difficulty level



Analysis of individual Sections

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

 [tabby title="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 June, most of the current affairs were from the month of April or at most last 3-months (Feb-Apr).
  2.  Any of serious candidate which has done the current affairs of months of Feb, March and till mid May can easily secure around 40-45 marks out of 80.
  3. Further, one or two questions were about government scheme launched within last one year.
  4. Few questions were from some changes in current schemes like in Gold Monetizing schemes etc.
  5. Few questions were from Budget. Whoever listens to the budget speech carefully can easily answer those question.

If observed, overall it is at the 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 here. [tabby title="Reasoning"]


  1. Aspirants rated overall difficulty level moderate.


Number of Question



Seating Arrangement



10 ( 2 sets)

Input Output


Data Sufficiency




Coding Decoding


Miscellaneous Questions


  1. This one is scoring section and can help in clearing the overall cut-off.

[tabby title="Quantitative Analysis"]

Quantitative Analysis

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

Data Interpretation


Profit & Loss

Sequence and Series


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,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

[tabby title="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 a difficult question in next exam. And you also have to be prepared for other exams as well.