Well, before starting your preparation the first step must be to analyze the exam pattern and syllabus so that you can figure out according to your weakness and strength, what topics need more attention and will require much of your time. So here is the latest exam pattern for RBI Grade B phase-1
RBI Grade B Phase-1 Exam pattern
|Name of Subject||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Time Duration|
|General Awareness||80||80||25 Minutes|
|English Language||30||30||25 Minutes|
|Quantitative Aptitude||30||30||25 Minutes|
|Reasoning Ability||60||60||45 Minutes|
Note: A total time of 120 minutes will be given for answering. However, separate time will be allotted for each section in Phase 1.
General Awareness Section
General Awareness is considered as one of the scoring sections of the exam. This section consists of a total of 80 questions and has more weightage as compared to the other three sections. So, to cover all the important Current + Banking + Financial Awareness news of the last six months, you need to work hard on this section.
General Knowledge is something that you cannot mug up in one or two days. And this section is not similar to other sections (Quant or Reasoning) where you can use short tricks or formulas to solve the questions during an online exam. Most importantly, you need to be well aware of the news & current happenings which occurred in the last six months.
Strategy – Make habit of reading current affairs, Banking & Financial Awareness news from today. Note down all the important news on a topic wise – like – Coverall sports news under one heading – US Elections – Under this heading, you can note all the important news related to the appointments, resignations, ministries, etc. which can be asked during the exam.
For Ex – Who has been appointed as the 1st South-Asian-origin female vice-president of the USA? – Ans- Kamala Harris
Note: In the 2019 Exam, most of the questions of Economic & Social Issues (ESI) & Finance Management (FM) were based on current affairs.
Source to prepare this section – RBI website (guidelines, FAQ), Read All GK Digest, Monthly one-liner, Weekly One Liner of BYJU'S EXAM PREP, Solve Daily Financial & Economy Quiz on BYJU'S EXAM PREP. Read Pratiyogita Darpan (Indian Economy edition), Banking Service Chronicle Magazine. Read Yojana and Economical and Political Weekly (EPW).
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This section contains 30 questions and it is considered as one of the confusing sections of the exam. As candidates are always in a dilemma whether he/they will clear the sectional cutoff of this section or not, even after attempting a good number of questions. If you have good command over Reading Ability and Grammar, then you can score 15-18 questions in this section. The level of this section is expected to be Moderate to Tough difficulty. Ideally, you should not devote more than 25 minutes to the English Section.
The level of this section will be moderate. The questions in this section can be asked from different topics which are mentioned below-
(i) Reading Comprehension – 10 Questions (Lengthy) will be based on Economy
(ii) Cloze Test – 10 Questions (Moderate)
(iii) Para jumbles (7 statements)– 5 Questions (Moderate)
(iv) Spotting Error – 5 Questions (Moderate)
How to score maximum marks in this section?
(i) If you are weak or average in this section you need to attempt previous year questions of various Banking exams.
(ii) focus more on Grammar Rules, Sentence Improvements, and Comprehension and practice them daily.
(iii) For scoring high in the English Language section you need to attempt Reading Comprehension questions in the exam. One RCs is expected to be asked in Exam with 8-10 Questions. So if you manage to attempt 3 to 4 questions in RC, your chances of clearing the sectional cutoff will be good. Practice one RC on a daily basis.
(iv) In the Previous year's Papers, RC questions were based on Central Banks of various countries and also on China's Economic crisis. Here, it is expected that some types of questions can be asked in RBI Exam. So, try to read at least one Editorial of the Newspaper in a day.
(v) Try to Practice 4-5 sets of the following topics on a regular basis before the exam: Fill in the Blanks (Double Spacing), Sentence Correction, and Sentence Improvement.
(vi) For improving your grammar part you can read Wren & Martin and S.P. Bakshi (Arihant).
Note: You need to pass the sectional, as well as the overall RBI Grade B cut-off to go to pass through the different stages of the RBI Grade B selection process.
This section contains 60 questions and it is one of the most scoring sections in the exam. If you have good command over this section, you can score 30+ questions in just 35 minutes. All you need to do is attempt the questions with good accuracy. The level of this section is expected to be of moderate difficulty
The reasoning section tests your analytical and logical reasoning skills i.e. your ability to interpret data and information given in the form of puzzles, brainteasers, or clues and sort it to arrive at a meaningful outcome. It does not test conceptual or theoretical knowledge (apart from one or two areas) but requires a lot of practice of different question types.
Following topics are important, because usually at least 4 questions come from each of these.
(i) Syllogism (Moderate)
(ii) Seating Arrangement (Circular) (Inward Outward) Blood Relation based – (Tough)
(iii) Linear Arrangement – (Moderate)
(iv) Puzzle – (Tough)
(v) Input-Output – (Tough)
(vi) Logical / Analytical Reasoning – (Tough)
(vii) Data Sufficiency – (Moderate) mostly on seating arrangement
(viii) Inequality – (Moderate)
(ix) Coding-Decoding – (Moderate)
(x) Miscellaneous Questions – (Moderate)
Note: Must practice Previous Papers question papers of banking Exams namely IBPS, SBI, and RBI exams.
This section contains 30 questions and generally, students find it as one of the most difficult sections in the Grade B exam. As far as a quant is concerned speed matters a lot but don’t forget that it should be with 100% accuracy that will enhance your marks and save time. If you are weak or average in the Quant section then it is always preferable to devote maximum time to the quant section so that you can attempt maximum questions and manage to clear the sectional cutoff. Try to devote 30 minutes to this section and attempt 14-16 questions with accuracy.
The Quant section is more oriented towards data interpretation rather than conventional profit-loss type stuff. Go through the old papers of banking exams and prepare topics accordingly.
The level of this section will be moderate to tough. The questions in this section can be asked from different topics which are mentioned below
(i) Number Series – (Moderate to Tough)
(ii) Data Interpretation – includes – Missing DI, Pie Chart, Caselet DI, Mix DI – (Tough)
(iii) Quadratic Equation – (Moderate to Tough)
(iv) Miscellaneous Questions – (Tough)
Miscellaneous Questions consist of questions from different topics such as – Profit loss, Average, SI & CI, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance, Boats & Streams, etc.
Important tips for preparation in the last three weeks
(i) Try to solve practice paper sets with a stopwatch and then analyze your performance and scores. Do practice concepts of each and every section.
(ii) Mock Tests are the best way to check your performance. Try to solve at least 2 or 3 Mock papers daily as it will help you find any difficult areas in the test papers that you have covered and need revision.
(iii) High scores in the Reasoning and Quants section can be obtained only through time management and clear concepts. So, daily practice is required to get perfection in these subjects.
(iv) Mock Tests will also help you increase your speed in solving the paper, along with smooth and easy movement across sections.
Follow Time Management -
(i) The main weapon to crack the RBI Grade B Officers exam is proper Time Management.
(ii) Time management and Question selection are two aspects that are a part of every RBI Grade B Officers exam.
(iii) Keep a STOPWATCH with you while you are solving the paper.
(iv) Make sure that you do not get stuck on any question and focus on going through all the questions in the section at least once. Also, be careful with your selection of the questions in each section. You are not under any compulsion to solve all questions.
(v) Fix the TIME while attending papers. Make a proper Schedule for your Study and follow it with passion.
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