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RBI Grade B Syllabus

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

What is RBI Grade B Syllabus?

The central bank of India i.e RBI annually conducts National Level Competitive Exam known RBI Grade B. Like any other exam, students needs to know the syllabus of RBI Grade B exam as well. Once the students know the entire syllabus, they can actually plan and strategize their preparation for RBI Grade B examination.

In terms of official notification regarding the RBI Grade B examination - it is expected to be released in early 2022.

The RBI Grade B exam is conducted in the following three phases/stages:

  1. Phase – I Examination

  2. Phase – II Examination

  3. Interview

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What is the Syllabus for Phase I?

The Phase I is the FIRST screening process of the RBI Grade B exam and the syllabus includes 4 sections:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude

  2. Reasoning

  3. English Language

  4. General Awareness

The syllabus of each of the sections for RBI Grade B Exam is as follows:

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Ratio & Proportion

  • Mensuration

  • Percentage

  • Average

  • Speed

  • Time and Distance

  • Time and Work

  • Permutation and Combination

  • Mixture and Alligation

  • Data Interpretation

  • Probability

  • Stocks and Shares

  • Simplification and Approximation

  • Quadratic Equations

  • Inequalities

  • Number Series

  • Upstream and Downstream

  • Profit and Loss

  • Simple and Compound Interest


  • Puzzles

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Inequalities, Direction Test

  • Blood Relation, Syllogism

  • Input-Output

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Reasoning Analogy

  • Coding-Decoding

  • Ranking

  • Alphanumeric series

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Cloze Test

  • Para jumbles

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting

  • Paragraph Completion

General Awareness

  • Current Affairs

  • Indian Financial Systems

  • Indian Banking Systems

  • Monetary Plans

  • National Institutions

  • Banking Terms

What is the Syllabus for Phase II?

The RBI Grade B Phase-II exam is an objective and descriptive type of online exam. The importance of this phase is that the score of this phase is added for the RBI Grade B Final selection. Further, the RBI Grade B Syllabus includes the following subjects:

  1. Economic and Social Sciences

  2. English

  3. Finance & Management

The syllabus of each of the subjects for RBI Grade B Exam is as follows:

Economic and Social Sciences

  • Growth and Development

  • Economic Reforms in India

  • Indian Political System

  • Human Development

  • Gender Issues

  • Social Justice : Positive Discrimination in favor of the under privileged

  • Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India

  • WTO

  • Regional Economic Cooperation

  • Sustainable Development and Environmental issues

  • World Bank and IMF

  • Industrial and Labour Policy

  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy

  • Globalization

  • Measurement of growth

  • Role of Economic Planning

  • EXIM Policy

  • Social Sectors in India

  • Privatization

  • Social Movements

  • National Income and per capita income

  • Health and Education

  • BOP

  • Opening up of the Indian Economy

  • Urbanization and Migration

  • International Economic Institutions

  • Social Structure in India

  • Demographic Trends


The RBI Grade B syllabus for English does not provide any specific syllabus and is a descriptive one as well. The questions in this section test the writing, reading and understanding ability of the aspirant.

Finance & Management

I. Finance

(a) Financial System

  • Regulators of Banks and Financial Institutions

  • RBI- functions and conduct of monetary policy

  • Banking System in India - Structure and concerns, Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM Bank, NABARD, NHB, etc

  • 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

  • Risk Management in Banking Sector;

  • Global financial markets and International Banking – broad trends and latest;

  • Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap;

  • Financial Inclusion- use of technology;

  • Changing Landscape of Banking sector;

  • Recent Developments - Financial Sector, Portfolio Investment, Public Sector Reforms, Disinvestments;

  • FinTech;

  • Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership;

  • Corporate Governance in Banking Sector, role of e-governance in addressing the issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector;

  • 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);

  • Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI - components and trends;

  • Striking a balance between inflation and growth through monetary and fiscal policies.

II. Management

  • Management: its nature and scope

  • Management Processes

  • The Role of a Manager in an Organisation

  • Directing and Controlling

  • Staffing

  • Planning, Organisation

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

We will continue with more information in the subsequent blogs, till then happy learning.

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