{RBI Grade- B} Changed Exam Pattern : New Scheme of Selection for recruitment of officers in Grade- ‘B’ 2015

RBI recently revised a process for RBI recruitment Grade B Officers - Direct. 

Changes had been added by the Reserve Bank of India to introduce a new scheme of the selection process for recruitment of officers in Grade-‘B’ (DR), from the recruitment year 2015 onward.


Under the new scheme of selection 

  1. Examination will be computer based (Objective type with Multiple Choice Question pattern) 
  2. and consists of two phases

  • Phase-I 
  • Phase-II,  followed by Interview. 
While Phase-I examination will continue as per existing Phase-I examination for Grade-B.

Real change made in Phase 2 examination pattern.

Phase-II examination will now consist of three papers of which two will be compulsory papers and one optional paper.  

The compulsory papers are Paper-I on English and Paper-II on Economic and Social Issues

The optional Paper- Paper-III will have options of subjects, viz.,

  1. Finance & Management
  2. Economic
  3. or Statistics 
In Phase-II the paper on English will be descriptive type and computer based, i.e. to be typed on the computer screen with the help of the keyboard. 

Prospective candidates are advised that Phase-II of the examination will be conducted within two to three weeks of Phase-I of the examination. As a result of selected student for RBI Grade B Phase 2 Examination will be declared within a week of Phase 1 exam. 




Examination Pattern of RBI Grade B 2015

(i) Examination will consist of two phases, viz. - Phase-I & Phase-II then followed by the interview of selected aspirants.

(ii) Phase-I examination will be objective type with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The Phase-I examination will continue as per the existing Phase-I examination for Grade-‘B’ (DR). 

There are four modules in Phase-I, viz.-
  1. General Awareness
  2. English Language
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. Reasoning.

(iii) Phase-II examinations will consist of three papers in MCQ pattern (except Paper-I) – viz. 

Paper-I on English (writing skills); 
Paper-II – Economic & Social Issues and 
Paper-III – (optional subjects) – Finance & Management/ Economics/ Statistics.

(iv) Candidates will be required to write all the papers online.

(v) Only successful candidates of Phase-I will appear for Phase-II examination on a later date.

(vi) Based on the results of Phase-II examinations candidates will be shortlisted for interview.

(vii) Final selection will be through merit lists which will be prepared by adding marks secured by candidates in Phase-II (Paper-I + Paper-II + Paper-III) and 
Interview.

RBI Selection Process
  Duration of Examinations and Distribution of Marks for RBI Recruitment Grade B Officers 

(i) Phase-I : Objective Type - 2 hours - 200 marks

(ii) Phase-II: Three Papers - 300 marks

Paper-I – online- English-( writing skills)- 1½ hours - 100 marks

Paper-II – Economic and Social Issues – 1½ hours – 100 marks

Paper-III - Optional Paper (Finance & Management/ Economics/ Statistics) – 1½ hours - 100 marks

(iii) Interview: 50 marks


Educational Qualification

A Minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PWD) or equivalent in Bachelor’s Degree as well as in 12th and 10th standard examinations.


Age Criteria and Age Relaxation in upper age limit

(i) The present age criteria of “Between 21 to 30 years” will be retained.
(ii) For M. Phil and Ph. D candidates the upper age limit will be 32 and 34 years, respectively.
(iii) As per extant practice age relaxation will be available to experienced candidates viz. candidates having experience as an officer in Commercial Bank/ Financial Institution in Public Sector as also candidates with prior experience in Reserve Bank of India, to the extent of a number of years of such experience subject to a maximum of three years. For such candidates, upper age limit should not exceed 33 years including experience. For experience, probationary period will not be reckoned.
(iv) There are relaxations in upper age limit as per statutory requirements and for the staff.

Number of attempts

The maximum permissible number of attempts (which were applicable for candidates belonging to Unreserved/General Category) has been increased from 4 to 6.

For detailed information, candidates may carefully read the detailed advertisement which will be uploaded on RBI website at the time of RBI Grade B recruitment process.
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