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RBI Grade B Legal Officer 2021: Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Published on Saturday, February 27, 2021
Dear Readers,
Reserve Bank of India has released a notification for the recruitment to the post of non CSG. This post provides you with important details like age limit, educational qualification, exam pattern and syllabus for the RBI Grade B Legal Officer Exam 2021.
Official Notification

Vacancy Details

Sr. No.


No. of Vacancies


Legal Officer in Grade ‘B’



Manager (Tech - Civil) in Grade ‘B’



Assistant Manager (Rajbhasha) in Grade ‘A’



Assistant Manager (Protocol & Security) in Grade ‘A’





Important Dates


Important Dates

Website Link Open for Online Registration of Applications and Payment of Fees/Intimation Charges

February 23, 2021, to March 10, 2021
(TILL 6.00 PM)

Date of Examination

April 10, 2021

Job Requirements

  1. Dealing with references on legal issues received from various departments of the Bank and its associate institutions, which are mainly related to the interpretation of various statutes such as Reserve Bank of India Act 1934, Banking Regulation Act 1949, Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999, Companies Act 2013, etc. 
  2. Preparing initial drafts of legislation administered/to be administered by the Bank. 
  3. Preparation of drafts of pleadings and comprehensive instructions/briefs to counsel in connection with litigation involving the Bank and its associate institutions. 
  4. Appearing before Conciliation Officers, Labour Courts, Tribunals etc. on behalf of the Bank.

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

  • Essential: Bachelor’s Degree in Law from any University/College/Institution, recognized by UGC and the Bar Council of India with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent in the aggregate of all semesters/years.
    • Note: For SC/ST and PwBD candidate minimum required marks shall be 45% in Bachelor’s degree in Law in the aggregate of all semesters/years if vacancies are reserved for them.
  • Desirable: 
    1. Bachelor’s Degree in Law with 60% marks or equivalent in the aggregate of all semesters/years or Master’s Degree in Law.  
    2. Proficiency in computer applications.

Experience (as on February 01, 2021)

  • Essential: At least two years’ experience as an 
    1. Advocate/ Legal Consultant/ Legal Assistant/ Associate in an Advocates’ or Solicitors’ Office or Law firm after being enrolled with the Bar Council; or 
    2. as a Law Officer in the Legal Department of a large bank / financial institution / statutory corporation/company / State / Central Government; or 
    3. as a full-time teacher in a Law College / University, teaching law.
Note: In case of (i) above, (a) copy of the Bar Council Registration/Enrolment Certificate and (b) a certificate from the Bar Association of which the candidate is a member or a certificate issued by the Presiding Officer of a Court before which the candidates have practised for the required period should be produced at the time of interview.
  • Desirable: Special knowledge of Banking Law, Company Law, Labour Law and Constitutional Law and experience in drafting of pleadings and documents.

Age (as on February 01, 2021)

  • A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years as on February 01, 2021 (candidates must have been born not earlier than 02-02-1989 and no later than 01-02-2000).
  • The upper age limit is relaxable by 3 years in the case of candidates possessing an LL.M. degree and 5 years in the case of candidates possessing a PhD in Law. Refer to Para 9 below for relaxation in the upper age limit for specified categories. (Cumulative benefit is not allowed)

Application Fees

Sr. No.



Amount *



Intimation Charges only

Rs 100/-



Application Fee including intimation charges

Rs 600/-





Scheme of Selection


Maximum Marks


Paper I - General Knowledge of Law



Objective Type


Three Hours

Descriptive Type





Paper-II - English -Descriptive Type


Three Hours

Grand Total



Syllabus for Paper-I

General Knowledge of Law

  • Constitutional Law 
  • Administrative Law 
  • Principles of Statutory Interpretation 
  • Law of Evidence 
  • Contract Act, 1872 
  • Transfer of Property Act,1882 
  • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 
  • Registration Act, 1908 
  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 
  • Legal Drafting
  • Companies Act
  • RBI Act
  • Banking Regulation
  • Labour Law
  • FEMA

Syllabus for Paper-II

English (Descriptive Test)

  • Essay
  • Precis writing
  • Comprehension and Business/Office Correspondence
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