RBI GRADE B Syllabus and Books to Read

RBI GRADE B Syllabus and Books to Read

RBI Grade B notification will be released shortly.RBI Grade B is a dream exam for candidates aspiring to become an officer in one of the best central banks in 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 it is 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 exams 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!


  1. Yes Santanu, But you to devote your weekends and atleast 3-4 hours daily after coming from office for your preparation

  2. Sir , is it practically possible to pass RRB grade B exam while doing job as a government bank teller ? This is my dream job.And I have 3 attempts left. I leave at 9 am for office and come home around 7 pm. Please guide.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

  6. 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….

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

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

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

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

  11. 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.

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