RBI Grade B Syllabus - Phase I and II

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Today I am providing RBI Grade B syllabus. Under new the scheme of selection the examination will be computer-based (Objective type with Multiple Choice Question pattern) and consists of two phases, viz.,
  • Phase-I 
  • Phase-II 
  • Interview
RBI GRADE B syllabus
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    Examination Pattern

    The examination will consist of two phases, viz. - Phase-I & Phase-II followed by the interview.
    Objective Type Exam pattern

    1. Quantitative Aptitude
    2. Reasoning
    60 marks
    3. English Language
    30 marks
    4. General awareness
    80 marks
    2 Hours 200 marks

    Exam pattern (Phase-II of the examination will be conducted within two to three weeks of Phase-I exam)
    Paper-1 English (Writing skills) 1½ hours 100 marks
    Paper-2 Economic & Social Issues 1½ hours 100 marks
    Paper-3 (optional subjects) Finance & Management 1½ hours 100 marks
    Phase-II (Three papers)
    (300 marks)

    Interview The interview will continue in its existing format
    50 marks

    Syllabus for Phase-I

    1. Quantitative Aptitude (30 marks)

    • Simplifications
    • Number series
    • Averages
    • Time and distance
    • Time and work
    • Profit and loss
    • Simple interest
    • Compound interest
    • Ratio and proportions
    • Partnership 
    • Miscellaneous problems
    • Data Interpretation
    • Data Analysis

    2. Reasoning (60 marks)

    • Statements and Conclusions
    • Puzzle test
    • Seating arrangement
    • Statements and Assumptions
    • Coding and decoding
    • Classification
    • Analogy
    • Series test
    • Permutations and Combinations etc.
    • Data Sufficiency

    3. English Language

    • Comprehension passage
    • Antonyms
    • Synonyms
    • Sentence Correction
    • Cloze test etc.
    • Sentence rearrangement

    4. General Awareness

    • Financial instruments
    • Financial market terms (Options, put, call, buyback etc)
    • Financial market regulator (RBI, SEBI, IRDA etc)
    • RBI - Powers, authorities, obligations, organisational structures
    • Stock market indices of various countries
    • International organization Their heads, head offices, member countries, reports, vision and updates (IMF, EU, UN, WT etc)
    • Recent changes in taxation (Direct/indirect)
    • Union Budget
    • Bank around the world (Their heads, head offices, facts)
    • Government schemes
    • Updates related to bluechip companies and PSUs
    • List of Cabinet Ministers
    • Important days
    • Basics of financial statement analysis
    • Basics of corporate laws and taxes (Concepts related to issue of stocks, buyback, esops etc)
    • Money market and capital market
    • Bank in India (Their heads, head offices, facts and recent agreements with banks)
    • Types of ATMs, Cheques, Negotiable instruments, crossing of cheques etc
    • States their CMs, Capital, Area, Governor, State language and State language
    • Countries with their Presidents, Prime ministers, Capitals and Currencies
    • National parks in India
    • Important sports events - Location, winners
    • GDP, GNP, National income 
    • Taglines of various banks
    • FEMA and FERA act
    • India's MOU with various countries (Last 6 months)
    • Current affairs (Last 6 months)
    • Updates related to RBI (Very Important) 

    Syllabus for Phase-II exam

    (Phase-II consists of three exams)

    Paper-I : Economic and Social issues Syllabus

    Question will be asked from the Economic and Social issues-oriented topics like

    Measurement of Growth:-
    • National Income and Per capita income
    • Poverty
    • Alleviation and Employment Generation in India
    • Sustainable Development and
    • Environmental issues.

    Economic reforms in India:-
    • Industrial and Labour policy
    • Monetary and Fiscal Policy
    • Privatization
    • Role of Economic planning

    • Opening up of the Indian economy
    • Balance of Payments
    • Export-Import policy
    • International Economic Institutions
    • IMF and World Bank
    • WTO
    • Regional Economic Co-operation

    Social Structure in India:-
    • Multiculturalism
    • Demographic trends
    • Urbanisation and Migration
    • Gender issues

    Social justice:-
    • Positive Discrimination in favour of the underprivileged
    • Social Movements
    • Indian Political System
    • Human Development
    • Social Sectors in India
    • Health and Education

    Dynamic Portion (Very Important)

    1. Government schemes
    2. Current affairs
    3. Notification, circulars and press releases of RBI
    Dynamic portion cover 65-70% of the whole ESI syllabus. Download RBI Grade B - ESI Paper 2017 here.

    Paper 2:- English (Writing Skills)

    • Essay writing
    • Paragraph writing
    • Letter writing
    • Precis writing
    • Reading comprehension
    • Vocabulary and framing sentences

    Paper 3:-  Finance and Management


    • Financial System
    • Regulators of banking sector
    • Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.) (Very important)
    • Risk Management in Banking Sector
    • Derivatives
    • Changing landscape of Banking sector
    • Financial inclusion
    • The Union Budget – Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, GST
    • Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI - components and trends.
    • Recent topics in banking industry (Very important)
    During last 2-3 years we have noticed that 20% of the paper consists of numerical questions.


    Development of Management thoughts:-
    • Henry Fayol's Principles of management
    • Scientific Management
    • System theory
    • Hawthrone experiments

    Planning :-
    • Definition and Process
    • Types of Plans
    • Planning methods
    • Methods of budgeting

    Organisation :-
    • Principles of Orgnaziaition
    • Orgazanizing process
    • Organization chart
    • Co-ordination and co-operation
    • Authority and responsibility

    Staffing :-
    1. Process
    2. Recruitment and selection
    3. Training and development
    4. Appraisal
    5. Motivation
    1. Directing and Controlling
    2. Leadership theories (Very important)
    3. Leadership styles

    Human Resources
    1. Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD; Performance Appraisal – Potential appraisal and development – Feedback and Performance Counselling – Career Training and Development – Rewards – Employee Welfare. Motivation, Morale and Incentives
    2. Theories of Motivation (Very important)
    3. Performance Appraisal
    4. The role of Incentives in Building up Morale.

    1. Communication: Steps in the Communication Process
    2. Communication Channels
    3. Oral versus Written Communication
    4. Verbal versus non-verbal Communication
    5. Upward, downward and lateral communication

    Misc (Very Important)
    Corporate Governance
    Quality Control (Six Sigma and Total Quality Managament)

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