RBI Officer Grade B Exam Analysis 2017: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on July 7 has conducted the Phase 2 exam of Grade B Officers. More than 3900 candidates had appeared in the RBI Officer Grade B Phase 2 exam. Most of the candidates who had appeared in the exam found the question paper to be moderate to difficult. The Phase 2 exam comprised of three papers – Paper 1 Economic and Social Issues, Paper 2 English and Paper 3 Finance and Management. The overall level of Paper 1 and 2 was moderate while questions in Paper 3 were mostly theoretical. The RBI Officer Grade B exam analysis of Phase 2 is provided on this page. Candidates can check the exam analysis to get an idea of paper pattern, difficulty level, expected cutoff, number of good attempts, distribution of questions etc. Read below the exam analysis of RBI Officer Grade B 2017.
Candidates can check below the overall exam analysis of RBI Officer Grade B.
|Paper 1 Economic and Social Issues||Moderate|
|Paper 2 English||Moderate|
|Paper 3 Finance and Management||Moderate to difficult|
|Overall||Moderate to difficult|
The Paper 1 and 3 of RBI Officer Grade B carried objective type questions whereas, Paper 2 had descriptive type questions. Each paper carries 100 marks. As per RBI Officer Grade B sectional analysis, most of the questions in Paper 1 were asked from schemes launched by government and the number of numerical in Paper 3 were less this time. For more details, candidates can check the analysis of each section given below.
The overall paper of this section was moderate. This section had 30 questions for 1 mark and 35 questions for 2 marks. Questions in this section were asked mostly from governmental schemes, Union Budget, Index/ Report, Sustainable Development, Current Affairs etc. Some of the questions asked in this section are given below.
This section comprised of descriptive type questions. English section comprised of 3 questions - Précis writing, Passage/ Comprehension and Essay. Candidates were given to write essay of 300 words on topics such as Nuclear Power Plant, NPA, Digitization and Ransomware, Merger of SBI, Centralization of Higher Education. The topics of precis and comprehension was based on Gold and Paper currency and Business Forecasting.
This section carried objective type questions, 30 questions were for 1 mark and 35 questions were for 2 marks. The number of numericals in this section were less this year and numericals were case based. Questions were theoretical and maximum questions were based on Leadership and motivation theory. Candidates were not allowed to use calculators in the exam.
The result of RBI Officer Grade B 2017 of Phase 2 will be declared on or before July 15, 2017. Candidates based on their marks in all the three papers will be selected for Interview. The cutoff RBI Officer Grade B 2017 might range in 180 - 185 marks.
The Phase 1 exam of RBI Officer Grade B carried total 200 marks. Each session of RBI Officer Grade Phase 1 online exam was held for 120 minutes. The exam analysis of RBI Officer Grade B is based on the review given by the candidates appearing in both the slots.The question paper of RBI Officer Grade B carries objective type multiple choice questions from General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.
The exam analysis of RBI Officer Grade B 2017 of Slot 2 got over. The overall paper of slot 2 was moderate to difficult. Candidates can check below for RBI Officer Grade B 2017 exam analysis of slot 2.
|Section||Total Questions||Level of difficulty||Good Attempts||Good Score||Approximate time taken (in Minutes)|
|General Awareness||80||Easy – Moderate||46 – 48||40 – 45||30|
|English Language||30||Moderate – Difficult||20 – 22||18 – 21||20|
|Quantitative Aptitude||30||Difficult||16 – 18||13 – 15||20|
|Reasoning||60||Moderate – Difficult||32 – 34||31 – 33||50|
|Total||200||Moderate – Difficult||115 – 120||105 – 112||120|
The section had about 30 questions on Banking Awareness and Monetary Policy of RBI. Some of the questions were fundamental questions on banking terminology. Apart from that, there were about 40 questions from Current Affairs. This section was difficult as compared to last year’s RBI Grade B Officer’s Exam.
|Topics||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Banking Awareness, Monetary Policies||30||Easy to moderate|
|Current Affairs||40||Easy to moderate|
|Miscellaneous General Knowledge||~10||Easy to moderate|
The section comprised 10 RC questions in total. There were two RC passages which had 5 questions in each passage. No vocabulary questions were asked from RC passages. Most of the questions were inference based and so, were not easy. The second Reading Comprehension passage was lengthy. Other topics that came in the exam included Sentence correction, Idiom usage, Fill in the blanks, Sentence improvement, Statement Connection, etc. No para jumble and cloze test questions came this time. Overall, the level of difficulty of the questions was moderate to difficult.
|Topics||Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Reading Comprehension (5X2)||10||Moderate to difficult|
|Sentence Correction (Spot the Error)||4-5||Moderate to difficult|
|Sentence Completion (Phrase based)||2||Moderate to difficult|
|Fill in the blanks (Two words)||3||Difficult|
|Identify correct statements||4||Difficult|
This year there were no questions based on Number Series and Quadratic Inequalities in this section. There were 15 questions on Data Interpretation which were split into three sets of 5 questions each. While one set was based on Incomplete Table and additional information, the remaining two were calculative in nature. There were 5 questions on Data Sufficiency as well. Apart from these, there were 10 quantitative aptitude questions which were lengthy, calculative and time consuming.
|Topic||Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Data Interpretation (Table + Additional Information on Time and Work)||5||Moderate to difficult|
|Data Interpretation (Double-Pie Chart; Population and Literacy Based)||5||Difficult|
|Data Sufficiency||5||Easy to Moderate|
|Data Interpretation (Case-Let Based)||5||Moderate to difficult|
|Simple Interest/Compound Interest||1||Moderate|
|Profit, Loss and Discount||1||Moderate|
|Time and Work||1||Difficult|
|Probability (Balls based)||1||Moderate|
|Boat and Stream||1||Difficult|
This section comprised of 4 AR sets (Puzzles) which were of moderate to difficult in nature.The overall section was quite lengthy and time consuming.
|Topic||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Analytical Reasoning (Circular Seating + Additional Information)||6||Difficult|
|Analytical Reasoning (Linear Seating / North-South)||5||Moderate to difficult|
|Analytical Reasoning (Data Arrangement: 4 Information Based)||5||Moderate to difficult|
|Floor Arrangement (Additional Information)||5||Moderate to difficult|
|Data Sufficiency||5||Easy to moderate|
|Input – Output||6||Easy|
|Blood Relation||3||Easy to moderate|
|Direction||4||Easy to moderate|
|Syllogism (Statement Conclusion)||5||Moderate|
|Logical Reasoning (Cause and Effect, Course of Action, Inference, Strong and Weak Argument etc.)||11||Moderate to difficult|
The overall paper of RBI Officer Grade B 2016 was moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty. Candidates can check below for expected RBI Officer Grade B exam analysis.
|Section||Total Questions||Level of difficulty||Good Attempts||Approxiate time taken (in Minutes)|
|Reasoning||60||Moderate - Difficult||33 - 36||50|
|English Language||30||Easy - Moderate||11-13||20|
|Quantitative Aptitude||30||Moderate - Difficult||9-12||20|
|Total||200||Moderate - Difficult||89-97||120|
The sectional analysis of RBI Officer Grade B provides an insight into the difficulty level of each section, distribution of questions, weightage of topics, difficulty of each topic etc. Candidates can check the RBI Officer Grade B analysis of each section.
This section comprised of 80 questions carrying total 80 marks. This section was moderate. Questions were asked from static GK, banking and recent current affairs. No questions were asked from budget and economy survey.
Questions in this section were asked from arrangement, blood relation, statement and conclusions, coding and decoding, input and output, syllogism and inequalities. The level of Reasoning was moderate to difficult. There were 4 puzzles and sitting Arrangement based on pattern - Linear North- South, Students and class (Odd Even), Month based Puzzle and Floor based Puzzle with salary.
|Topic||No. of Questions||Level|
|Input - Output||6||Difficult|
|Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles (Linear, Circular, and Floor)||20||Moderate-Difficult|
This section carried total 30 questions based on Reading Comprehension, sentence correction, fill in the blanks, cloze test and para completion. Questions were of easy to moderate level. There were two set of RC on Banking System in Britain and European countries and their currencies (Euro).
|Topic||No. of Questions||Level|
|Idioms and Phrases||3||Difficult|
Quantitative Aptitude section of RBI Officer Grade B slot 1 was moderate to difficult. Total 30 questions were asked in this section. There were three sets of DI one form time and work another one based on double pie chart and the third one was based on water and tank. Questions were asked from Data Interpretation, Data sufficiency, Percentages, Ratios, Time Speed & distance, Time & Work and Partnership etc.
No. of Questions
Inequalities (New Pattern)
Data Interpretation (Tabular and Bar graph)
Miscellaneous(SI,CI, Speed &Time, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Averages, Ages, Ratio etc.)
The result of RBI Officer Grade B of Phase 1 exam will be declared in last week of June 2017. Candidates who will secure minimum marks for each test as well as in aggregate will be shortlisted for Phase 2 exam. The RBI Officer Grade B result will be announced online by RBI.
RBI will release the cutoff score of RBI Officer Grade B Phase 1 few days after the declaration of result. The RBI Officer Grade B cut off 2017 of Phase 1 exam will be decided by RBI on the basis of total marks of exam, number of candidates appearing in the exam, difficulty level and number of vacancies. Based on the RBI Officer Grade B cutoff of Phase 1, candidates will be selected for Phase 2 exam.
|Expected RBI Cut Off for Grade-B (Phase- I Examination – 2017)|
|Section||Cut Off Marks|
|General awareness||19 – 22|
|Reasoning||14 – 17|
|English Language||7 – 9|
|Quantitative Aptitude||7 – 11|
|Total Marks||100 – 105|