RBI GRADE B Syllabus and Books to Read   

RBI GRADE B Syllabus and Books to Read

RBI GRADE B Syllabus and Books to Read

RBI Grade B notification has been released.RBI Grade B is a dream exam for candidates aspiring to become a officer in one of the best central banks of the world. The respect that comes attached with RBI brand name along with the perks offered makes it the primary choice for our graduates. But as its said that with great perks comes intense competition and in order to help our you beat it we will do series of posts on tips , tricks and recommendations for clearing the RBI Grade B exam(Phase I & II), similar to our series of tips on IBPS PO prelims

RBI Grade B Syllabus and Books to Read

We will start this series with RBI grade B syllabus and books. We would recommend you to go through this syllabus  diligently.

RBI Grade B Phase I syllabus

Phase I of RBI grade B will be an objective type test which would be conducted online.  The exam will consist of 200 multiple choice questions with 1 mark awarded for each correct answer and 1/4th mark deducted for every incorrect answer.

There will be sectional cutoff meaning you will have to clear cutoffs for individual sections along with the total cutoff in order to clear the exam and be eligible for next round.

The duration of the paper will be 120 minutes (2 hours). There is NO sectional timing, so you can attempt questions from all the sections in any order.

Below is the section wise breakup of RBI Grade B Phase I exam:

Topic Questions Marks
General Awareness 80 80
Reasoning 60 60
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
English Language 30 30
Total   200


1. RBI Grade B General Awareness Syllabus: 

This section is all the difference between RBI grade B exam and other banking exam since 80 questions are asked in GA. The topics covered in GA section are

  • Banking Awareness
  • Business Economics
  • Financial Awareness
  • Current Affairs

Suggested Books  for RBI GRADE B Banking Awareness:



2.RBI Grade B Reasoning Syllabus: 

The next important section is reasoning. It will take maximum time but can have high accuracy as well. The topics covered in reasoning are:

  • Blood relation
  • Inference, assumption, argument and conclusions based on statements
  • Coding – decoding
  • Data sufficiency and Interpretation
  • Analogy Test
  • Seating arrangement
  • Weight arrangement
  • Classification (Odd Man Out) Test
  • Inequality based statement-conclusions
  • Input output
  • Logical reasoning based on paragraph.
  • Find the odd words in the group
  • Syllogism
  • Direction and Distance Test
  • Series Test
  • Problems on symmetry and visual ability

3. English Language:

Many candidates are relieved at the fact that only 30 questions are asked in English language section of RBI grade B examination. The topics covered in this section are:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test(fill in the blanks)
  • Sentence Formation
  • Para jumbles

4. Quantitative Aptitude/Math:

There will be 30 questions asked in this section from the following topics:

  • Data Interpretation
  • Quadratic Equation Comparison
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Ratio
  • Percentage
  • Mensuration
  • Algebra
  • Time Speed and Distance

RBI Grade B Phase II syllabus

Paper-I – Economic and social Issues:

Growth and Development – 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. Globalization – 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 – Urbanization and Migration – Gender Issues – Social Justice : Positive Discrimination in favor of the under privileged – Social Movements – Indian Political System – Human Development – Social Sectors in India, Health and Education.

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Paper-II -English (Writing Skills): Descriptive paper

The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expression and understanding of the topic. You will have to type the answers on keyboard.

Paper-III -Finance and Management

(I) Finance

(a) Financial System

  1. Regulators of Banks and Financial Institutions
  2. Reserve Bank of India- functions and conduct of monetary policy, Banking System in India, Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM, NABARD, NHB, etc.

(b) Financial Markets

Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity,etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments.

(c) General Topics

  1. Risk Management in Banking Sector
  2. Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap
  3. Changing Landscape of Banking sector
  4. Recent Developments in the Financial Sector, Portfolio Investment, Public Sector Reforms, Disinvestments
  5. Financial Inclusion- use of technology
  6. Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
  7. Corporate Governance in Banking Sector, role of e-governance in addressing the issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector.
  8. The Union Budget – Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, GST, Thirteenth Finance Commission and GST, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM),
  9. Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI – components and trends.

You will have to type the answers on keyboard.

(II) Management:

Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling; The Role of a Manager in an Organisation. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader; Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader. Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD; Performance Appraisal – Potential appraisal and development – Feedback and Performance Counselling – Career Planning – Training and Development – Rewards – Employee Welfare. Motivation, Morale and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale. Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward and lateral communication; Barriers to Communication, Role of Information Technology. Corporate Governance: Factors affecting Corporate Governance; Mechanisms of Corporate Governance.

The questions on this section will be basic in nature.

RBI Grade B Descriptive Finance and management Books and References: 

      1. An introduction to Economics – A W Stonier and D C Hauge
      2. Monetary Theory and Public Policy – Kenneth Kurihara
      3. Indian Economy – Mishra and Puri
      4. Indian Economy – R. Dutt and KPM Sundaram
      5. Economic Growth and Development – Mayer and Baldwin
      6. Major economic newspapers and Economic and Political Weekly
      7. Public Finance – K K Andley and Sundaram
      8. Financial Management – Prasanna Chandra

Make sure you checkout  for upcoming tips and tricks on individual sections. Please ask your queries in the comments section below. Thank you!

  • shalini

    rbi phase II all sections are descriptive or only English is descriptive?

    • Vaibhav

      only english section is descriptive in RBI Grade Phase II

    • Deepak kumar singh

      All sections will be descriptive in nature.

      • Vaibhav

        Hi Deepak

        Only English will be descriptive in nature

  • Rahul gaikwad

    Thanks for the details.
    Will you please provide previous year’s phase-i exam papers..

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Rahul
      Since exam is being conducted online we dont have previous year papers.

  • priyanka

    We have to read the all suggested material.. and current affairs from which month is to be studied? Please suggest the strategy to clear this exam.

    • Santosh

      Current affairs minimum last 3 month
      They will focus mostly on 5 yrs plan and old govt. Schemes

    • Vaibhav

      Hi priyanka

      You have to refer some material from the suggested material based on your preferences.

  • Anirban

    It’s not possible to study all the material listed above. Suggest the books which is important from exam point of the view

    • Vaibhav

      You are correct Anirban.
      Please let us know which optional paper you opting for. We will post the books required to study.

  • shyamala

    thank you for the details

  • shyamala

    phase 2 paper 1 paper 2 paper 3 are all descriptive ,suggest important books for phase 2

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Shyamala

      Only English paper of RBI Grade B Phase II is descriptive. rest all are multiple choice.

  • Rs

    I have secured 59% marks in 12th and 59.67% in graduation.am I eligible for rbi grade B exam?

  • shyamala

    suggest reference books for fci managment trainee papaer 1 computer awarness ,general awarness, managment , current affairs.

  • shyamala

    plz suggest current affairs which book i prepare

    • Vaibhav

      You can refer to daily current affairs update by MockBank along with pratiyogita darpan.

  • shyamala

    suggest reference book for management only

    • Vaibhav

      Management Fundamentals: Concepts, Applications, Skill Development (English) 5th Edition
      Author: Robert N. Lussier

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  • I have secured 54.75% in 10th and 66% in intermediate and 62.75% in b.com. am I eligible for rbi grade b?

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Sapna
      I’m sorry but due to less than 60% in 10th you are not eligible for RBI Grade B

  • Abhilasha

    Can you please suggest me a good book for general prep and also books for phase 2 according to my optional subject. My optional subject is Finance and management….

    • Vaibhav

      Hi Abhilasha

      Please refer to upkar and kirna prakashan for RBI Grade B.


      You can check our updated post

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  • Narendra saubhari

    Kindly update the syllabus of BANK NOTE PRESS DEWAS for the post of SUPERVISOR

  • Pankaj

    Sir i. Choose economic subject as my optional. Because i m postgraduate in economic.. So suggest some particular books according to the syallbus..

  • Pankaj

    Sir i. Choose economic subject as my optional. Because i m postgraduate in economic.. So suggest some particular books according to the syallbus.. Plz help me sir


      You can’t chose optional papers this year

  • Deepak kumar singh

    Which book to refer for “management ” portion?


      We will update the list of books soon

      • Niklaus Michaelson

        Is the 3rd paper descriptive


          only English Paper is descriptive

          • Niklaus Michaelson

            thank you..

  • reshma

    Good info regarding RBI grade b preparation. Thank you



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  • veeresh

    where to download previous year question paper for phase 1?

  • Abhinav Gupta


  • Vicky

    I had choosen Statistics what topics should i cover and suggest some books.

  • Abin Jose

    Can you please tell which book should be referred for 2 mcq papers of phase 2

  • Sumit

    i have started preparing for the next year rbi grade and bought Indian Economy by ramesh singh.. please guide me on the same and tell me the strategies for english and also for finance and management… thank you.