The RBI Grade B (DR)-General Exam is a national level competitive examination conducted by the Reserve Bank of India for the recruitment of Officers in the Grade B category, in the Common Seniority Group (CGS). The mode of examination is online. The RBI Grade B (DR)-General Officers post is one of the most longed for the post in the banking sector.
Recruited officers can be located in any part of the country. The exam is conducted in both Hindi and English. RBI Grade B officers perform day to day activities in the bank, maintaining order in the bank and the cash inflow. The overlooking of the swift functioning of banks under RBI is also a responsibility of an RBI Grade B officer.
For appearing in the RBI Grade B (DR)-General exam a candidate must be a citizen of India.For other services, a candidate must be either:—(a) a citizen of India, or(b) a subject of Nepal, or(c) a subject of Bhutan, or(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
Graduation in any discipline /Equivalent technical or professional qualification with minimum 60% marks (50% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) or Post-Graduation in any discipline/ Equivalent technical or professional qualification with minimum 55% marks (pass marks for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) in aggregate of all semesters / years.
(i) For Gen/EWSs up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of PwBD. For SC/ST/ PwBD up to a maximum of 15 years and for OBC PwBD up to a maximum of 13 years, subject to reservation of vacancies under the respective post. Relaxation in the upper age limit for PwBD will be subject to the posts having been identified suitable for such disabilities.
(ii) For candidates having experience as an officer in Commercial Bank/Financial Institution in Public Sector as also prior experience in Reserve Bank of India, upper age limit is relaxed to the extent of number of completed years of such experience subject to a maximum of three years. For such candidates, upper age limit should not exceed 33 years including experience. For experience, probationary period will not be reckoned.
RBI Grade B (DR)-General exam consists of three phases, namely:
1. Phase-I online Examination (Objective Type),2. Phase-II online Examination,3. Interview.
The exams are conducted in online mode in two languages English and Hindi. Candidates who clear the Prelims qualify for the main exam. Candidates are invited to the interview round based on the score secured in the three papers in the Main Exam. RBI decides the minimum cut off for clearing the Main Exam. Eligible candidates are contacted via registered mail or phone number for the interview round. Performance in Main exam and interview are the basis on which candidates are finally selected.
The pattern/scheme of the Phase-I (Preliminary) exam is given below. Total Duration of the Exam is 120 minutes (2 hours). However, there will be a sectional duration for each section.
Questions on various essential fields of general knowledge.
Paper consists of numerical questions based on the syllabus of 10th Grade/ Matriculation level.
Standard of paper is as per the expectations of an Indian graduate.
The question paper is to test the reasoning ability of the candidate.
*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.
The pattern/scheme of the Phase-II (Mains) exam is given below:
50% Objective Type and 50% Descriptive.Answers to be typed with the help of the keyboard.Candidates opting to type the answers in Hindi may type with the help of either: (i) Inscript or (ii) Remington (GAIL) keyboards layout.
To test the English writing skills of the candidate along with expression and understanding the topic in English.
Candidates will be shortlisted for the interview, based on an aggregate of marks obtained in Phase-II (Paper-I +Paper-II +Paper-III). The candidate shall be required to undergo Psychometric Test conducted by the Bank before appearing for the Interview. No marks will be allotted for the same and this will not form part of the final selection criteria. The candidate may opt for an interview either in Hindi or English.
The paper on English is framed to assess the writing skills of candidates. Besides, it will test candidates understanding of the given topic.
For both Paper I and III, there will be 30 questions and 50 marks for Objective questions (some questions carrying 2 marks each and some carrying 1 mark each). In case of Descriptive questions, 6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions (2 of 15 marks each (with difficulty level) and 2 of 10 marks each). In case, candidate answers more than 4 questions in descriptive, first 4 shall be evaluated.
There is no specific syllabus for RBI Grade B (DR)-General interview. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs.