Reserve Bank of India, RBI has announced a new scheme of selection for RBI Grade B recruitment process 2015, to recruit officers in Grade-‘B’ (Direct Recruitment). Under the new scheme, RBI has made changes in essential Education Qualification viz. a general candidate must have 60% in Bachelor’s Degree as well as in 12th and 10th standard examinations. With the new criteria for RBI Grade B Recruitment Process 2015, number of candidates will reduce drastically. This step has disappointed and ruined the dream of many aspirants who wanted to join RBI (The Central Bank of India) as an Officer.

Changes in RBI Grade B Recruitment Process 2015

Changes in RBI Grade B Recruitment Process 2015

Following are the 4 important changes introduced in RBI Grade B Recruitment Process 2015. 

1. Education Qualification Criteria Changed from this year – A Minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PWD) or equivalent in Bachelor’s Degree as well as in 12th and 10th standard examinations.

2. Changes in Descriptive Test Pattern: Phase II examination will consist of three papers of which two will be compulsory papers and one optional paper. The descriptive Test will also be conducted in online mode and candidates will be required to write all the papers online.

  • Compulsory papers are Paper-I on ‘English’ and Paper-II on ‘Economic and Social Issues’.
  • The optional Paper- Paper-III will have options of subjects, viz., ‘Finance & Management’ or ‘Economics’ or ‘Statistics’.
  • In Phase-II the paper on ‘English’ will be descriptive type and computer based, i.e. to be typed on computer screen with the help of the keyboard.

3. Number of Attempts increased – The maximum permissible number of attempts (which were applicable for candidates belonging to Unreserved/General Category) has been increased from 4 to 6.

4. Duration of Exam decreased – As per the new scheme the duration of Phase I Exam has decreased from 2 hours 10 minutes to 2 hours. Also time duration of each paper in Phase II examination has been decreased from 3 hours to 1½ hours.

RBI Grade B Recruitment Exam Pattern

Phase I: Examination will be objective type with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Total duration of the exam will be 2 hours and there will be total of 200 questions, with 1 mark for each question. The Pattern of the Phase-I examination is as follows:

Section 1: General Awareness ( 80 questions, 80 marks) 

Section 2: English Language (30 questions, 30 marks)

Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude (30 questions, 30 marks)

Section 4: Reasoning (60 questions, 60 marks) 

Phase II (Descriptive Test) – Phase-II examinations will consist of three papers in MCQ pattern (except Paper-I) 

Paper 1 English Writing Skills 100 marks 90 minutes
Paper 2 Economic and Social Issues 100 marks 90 minutes
Paper 3 (Optional Subjects) Finance / Economics / Statistics 100 marks 90 minutes
Total   300 marks  
  1. Candidates will be required to write all the papers online.
  2. Only successful candidates of Phase-I will appear for Phase-II examination on a later date.
  3. Based on the results of Phase-II examinations candidates will be shortlisted for interview.
  4. Final selection will be through merit lists which will be prepared by adding marks secured by candidates in Phase-II (Paper-I + Paper-II + Paper-III) and Interview.


Interview will carry 50 marks and will continue in its existing format.