RBI Grade B 2021 Recruitment: Exam Pattern, Syllabus

RBI Grade B Officer Recruitment

Every year Reserve Bank of India (RBI) conducts RBI Grade B Officer Exam to select eligible candidates for the position of Grade B officer (General) – DR, DEPR, and DSIM in Common Seniority Group (CSG) streams, in its various branches all across the country. Reserve Bank of India offers an excellent pay scale and reputed job profile for a Grade B Officer. Consequently, thousands of candidates every year take this examination. In this article, we shall see all important information related to RBI Grade B Officer exam such as Exam Date, Eligibility criteria, Syllabus, Application Fee, Apply Online, Exam Pattern, Vacancy, Salary, Job profile, etc.

RBI Grade B Recruitment 2021 Important Dates

RBI Grade B Officer Exam notification will be released in September 2021.

Exam Events Dates
Start date of Online Application To be announced
Last date to apply online To be announced
Admit Card Download Date To be announced
Prelims Exam Date (Phase 1) To be announced
Prelims Result Date To be announced
Mains Exam Date (Phase 2) To be announced
Mains Result Date To be announced

RBI Grade B 2021 Eligibility Criteria

There are 2 criteria that a candidate should fulfill in order to be eligible for RBI Grade B Officer Exam. They are 1) Age Limit 2) Education Qualifications.

Age Limit

  • The minimum age is 21 years
  • The maximum age is 30 years.
  • If a candidate possesses M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees, the upper age limits in these cases are 32 and 34 years respectively.

Educational Qualification

Category Educational Qualification
Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – (General) Graduation in any discipline with at least 60% marks in aggregate.

Should have scored at least 60% marks in the 12th & 10th examinations.

Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – DEPR Master’s degree in economics with a minimum of 55% marks.
Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – DSIM Master degree in statistics/mathematical statistics/mathematical economics/econometrics/statistics & informatics from IIT-Kharagpur/ applied statistics & informatics from IIT-Bombay with a minimum of 55% marks.

Number of Attempts

Category Number of Attempts
General 6 attempts

RBI Grade B Vacancy 2021

Below are Reserve Bank of India Grade B Officer 2019 vacancies. There are an overall 199 vacancies.

Post Name Gen/UR SC ST OBC Number of Vacancies
Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – (General) 65 25 11 40 156
Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – DEPR 9 3 1 5 20
Officers in Grade ‘B’ (DR) – DSIM 11 2 4 4 23
Total 199

RBI Grade B 2021 Selection Procedure

RBI Grade B Exam selection procedure consists of 3 stages:

  1. Preliminary Exam (Objective Test)
  2. Mains Exam
    • Paper 1 (Objective Test)
    • Paper 2 (Descriptive Test)
    • Paper 3 (Objective Test)
  3. Interview

RBI Grade B Exam Pattern 2021

Grade B Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

Prelims exam consists of 200 Questions (4 sections) for 200 marks. The total duration is 2 hours.

Serial Number Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. General Awareness 80 80 Composite time of

2 hours

2. Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
3. English Language 30 30
4. Reasoning 60 60
Total 200 200

Grade B Mains Exam Pattern 2021

Mains exam consists of 3 papers (2 Objective Tests + 1 Descriptive Test)

Serial Number Section Asked Paper Type Maximum Marks Duration
1. Paper I – Economics and Social Issues Objective Test (Online) 100 90 minutes
2. Paper-II – English (Writing Skills) Descriptive Test (Online)(Answers typed using a keyboard) 100 90 minutes
3. Paper III – Finance & Management Objective Test (Online) 100 90 minutes


Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview, based on aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I, Paper-II, and Paper-III of the Main exam. The interview carries 50 marks. 

RBI Grade B 2021 Apply online

  • Go to the official website of RBI rbi.org.in.
  • Click on the opportunities section.
  • Click on the current vacancies section.
  • Click on the “Grade B Officer Recruitment 2021” link.
  • Click on the “Application Form” link.
  • A new tab asking for your registration will open. Click on the link for New Registration.
  • Fill out the form correctly with your details.
  • Click on “Save” and upload your scanned photograph & signature image.
  • Cross-check all your details and click on the submit button.
  • You will be directed to payment. Pay the application fee as per your category.
  • Take an e-print of the receipt and application for future use.

RBI Grade B Salary 2021

The total in-hand salary of a Reserve Bank of India Grade B Officer is Rs 60,000 (approx). The PayScale for the Grade B Officer is Rs. 35150-1750(9)-50900-EB-1750(2)-54400-2000(4)-62400. This means that you will be having basic pay of Rs. 35,150/– in which you will get an increment of Rs. 1,750/- up to nine years of your service. After the completion of nine years, you will get into the executive band wherein the basic pay will be Rs. 50,900/- and then again for the next two years you will get an increment of Rs. 1,750/- and further an increment of rs. 2000/- for the following 2 years thus ending up with the basic pay of Rs. 62,400/- and this is when you don’t get any promotion.

Other Allowances

Grade B Officers are eligible for different allowances and perks such as Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, Family Allowance, Telephone Allowance, Conveyance Allowance, etc.

RBI Grade B 2021 Notification

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will release the official notification for the post of Grade B Officer Exam in  September 2021.

RBI Grade B Syllabus 2021

Prelims Syllabus

English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Completion
  • Sentence Correction
  • Double Fillers
  • Phrase/Word Replacement
  • Data Interpretation
  • Quantity I and Quantity II
  • Simple Interest/Compound Interest
  • Mixtures/Alligation
  • Percentage
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Time and Work
  • Profit, Loss, and Discount,
  • Probability
  • Mensuration
  • Speed
  • Time and Distance
  • Puzzle & Seating Arrangement
  • Input-Output
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Data sufficiency
  • Inequality
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Miscellaneous Questions

Mains Syllabus

Paper 1 – Economic and Social Issues

Paper 2 – English

Paper 3 – Finance and Management

RBI Grade B 2021 Application Fee

Below is the category-wise application fee for RBI Grade B 2021 recruitment.

Category Application Fee
General/OBC Rs. 850/-
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 100/-
Staff@ NIL

RBI Grade B Cutoff

2019 Prelims cutoff marks 

Section/Category General Awareness
(Max. Marks: 80)
Reasoning Ability
(Max. Marks: 60)
English Language
(Max. Marks: 30)
Quantitative Aptitude
(Max. Marks: 30)
Total Score
(Max. Marks: 200)
General/ UR 20 15 7.50 7.50 122.00
OBC 16 12 6.00 6.00 115.50
SC 14.25 10.75 5.25 5.25 108.00
ST 14.25 10.75 5.25 5.25 108.00
PWD (OH/ HI/ VH) 14.25 10.75 5.25 5.25 108.00

2018 Prelims cutoff marks 

Section/ Category General Awareness
(Max. Marks: 80)
Reasoning Ability
(Max. Marks: 60)
English Language
(Max. Marks: 30)
Quantitative Aptitude
(Max. Marks: 30)
Total Score
(Max. Marks: 200)
General/ UR 20 15 7.50 7.50 105.75
OBC 16 12 6 6 95.75
SC 14.25 10.75 5.25 5.25 91.75
ST 14.25 10.75 5.25 5.25 91.75
PWD (OH/ HI/ VH) 14.25 10.75 5.25 5.25 91.75

RBI Grade B Officer Job Profile

Candidates selected as RBI Grade B Officer will undergo training for 15 weeks. There will be a probation period of 2 years, and it can be extended to 4 years based on your performance. On completion of 15-week training, candidates will be allotted to different departments such as Banking Supervision, Banking Regulation, Currency Issuing, Financial Markets, Public Debt Office, Foreign Exchange, HRD, etc. The work profiles vary from department to department. However, you will be transferred from one department to another after some time.

RBI Career Growth

Below is the career growth ladder in RBI:

  • Assistant
  • Assistant Manager
  • Manager (Grade B Officer Joins as a Manager)
  • Assistant General Manager
  • Deputy General Manager
  • Chief General Manager
  • Principal Chief General Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Deputy Governor
  • Governor

Direct Recruit Grade B Officers at an early age have a very good chance to reach the stage of Deputy Governor.


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