RBI Grade B how to clear sectional cutoff for Quantitative Aptitude

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We hope that your preparation for RBI Grade B Phase I is going on in full force. In the series of posts on how to clear sectional cutoffs in RBI GRADE B phase I, today we will take up the Quantitative Aptitude section of RBI Grade B.

When it comes to value of Quant section in RBI Grade B, majority of candidates feel that pattern of RBI GRADE B Phase I is skewed towards GA and Reasoning with 80 and 60 questions asked from these two sections respectively  and that Quant holds little importance in the preparation. Well this assumption is not entirely true. It is correct that GA and Reasoning have more weightage then Quant, but in reality, this section will be responsible for elimination of a huge number of candidates.

The sectional cutoff for Quant in previous year’s RBI Grade B was 14. We know that only 30 questions were asked, out of that a cutoff of 14 is not just high, it is humongous. Inorder to clear the cutoff, you need to attempt atleast 18-20 questions with 80% + accuracy. Considering you take 75 seconds on average to solve 1 quant question, you will need atleast 25 minutes to solve 18-20 quant questions and mind you this is just the lowest assumption.

To get through Quant section, you not only need good practice but also a smart strategy. Hence we will try to help you carve out a brilliant strategy to win over the quant section of RBI Grade B.

Pattern of Quantitative Aptitude section of RBI Grade B:

Topic Number of Questions
Series 3-5
 Data Interpretation (DI) 10
Quadratic Equations 2-4
Data Sufficiency 3
Ratio, Percentage, Mensuration, Algebra and Time, Speed and Distance 5-8

As you can see clearly, DI holds the maximum priority for this exam, followed by Series and Arithmetic topics.

Tips on how to approach individual sections.

1. Data Interpretation

  • Data Interpretation is the most important part of the quantitative aptitude section.
  • If you follow the recent pattern of questions, the Quantitative section will definitely have more than one DI questions. The DI questions in the RBI GRADE B paper will be of high difficulty level.
  • Most of the questions are from Pie charts, bar diagram and graphs.
  • Read the questions carefully and understand what is being asked. Don’t start solving as soon as you see the question and the figures. Read and understand what is asked. Chances are that there will be a few questions that won’t even need calculations.
  • Weigh your option.  There will always be some questions that are comparatively easier to solve than others. Identify these questions and solve them quickly.
  • Focus on solving one question at a time. Do not think about the next or the previous question and deliberately waste time and even end up solving the question wrong.  Immerse yourself completely on the question at hand and if you feel its taking longer time then move to the next question.
  • Solve only what is asked. DI questions have enormous amount of data to confuse the candidate. For eg a graph can be given stating the income and losses of few years and you are asked to find the expenditure of year A. Do not try to solve expenditure for year B, until it is used to find the value of expenditure in A. Read carefully and then solve accordingly.
  • While solving the questions, avoid mixing up the data by writing the figures on the rough sheet and assigning proper and unique variables to it so that you do not get the figures mixed up while solving.
  • Practice all types of DI and practice a lot to improve your speed and accuracy
  • Never use a calculator while practicing.

2. Series 

  • Basically you are given a series of numbers which are all connected to each other. Identify the pattern and you have 100% accurate answers.
  • There can be many patterns. viz.
    • Prime Numbers:
    •  Squares/ Cubes
    • Patterns in differences
    • Pattern in alternate numbers
    • Geometric series
    •  Odd one out
    • Cube roots/ square roots
  • Don’t rush through solving these type of questions. Give some time and you have 100% accuracy.

3. Arithmetic topics

4. Quadratic Equations

  • If Quadratic equation is not your forte, leave it for good.
  • Don’t get too stressed out, trying to solve each and every question in exam.
  • Quadratic Equations take up a lot of time and generally have low accuracy among candidates.
  • You either know how to solve these questions or you don’t. There is no middle ground.

5. Data Sufficiency

  • Read the given statements. Do not to assume any data on your own.
  • Don’t  solve the question: Ask yourself whether the question could be solved with the information given in the statements. These questions are not supposed to involve long and drawn-out calculations. However if you still find yourself doing a lot of calculations, there is certainly something you’re not seeing.
  • Use the first statement and combine it with main statement. If you get the answer answer is first statement is sufficient to answer the question.
  •  If first statement is not sufficient to find the answer, then take the second statement individually and combine with the main statement. If you can get the answer then answer is second statement alone is sufficient to answer the question.
  • After verifying that both statements individually aren’t enough to find an answer then combine both statements with main statement and check whether you find the answer. If you manage to get the answer then option is both statements combined are sufficient to answer the question.
  • If still you can’t find the answer, then both statements are insufficient.


  1. The sectional cutoff for Quantitative Aptitude of RBI Grade B 2015 is expected to be 15-17.
  2. Practice as many questions as you can. Give mocks and don’t use calculators.
  3. In exam, start with DI.
  4. It is imperative you get 100% accuracy in DI.
  5. Once you are done with DI, you have 10 marks in your score. You need just 10 more questions.
  6. Give 15 minutes to DI.
  7. Then solve Arithmetic and Series questions.
  8. Solve only those questions which are easy and require no more than 1 minutes to solve.
  9. If you have time remaining, go for Data sufficiency.
  10. Remember the higher number of questions you solve, doesn’t necessarily translate into a higher score.
    30 questions attempted with 50% accuracy is worse than 20 questions with 80% accuracy. 

Friends this is it for the quantitative aptitude section of RBI Grade B. Hope it helps you in the exam. Please feel free to ask your questions or queries in the comments section below and we will be more than happy to answer them. Please click here for RBI Grade B mock tests. 

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