RBI Grade B Phase I Exam Strategy


RBI Grade B Phase I Exam Strategy

Talking about the RBI Grade B phase 1 exam pattern, it consists of 200 questions embedded 120 minutes which valued for 200 marks.

RBI Grade B phase 1 has four sections:

  • General Awareness – 80 questions
  • Reasoning Ability – 60 questions
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 30 questions
  • English Language  – 30 questions

From this mentioned pattern it is clear that General Awareness and reasoning are going to play a really important role in your selection as these two sections alone consist of 70% of weightage. So, it is suggested to read current affair properly of last 3-4 months and distribute your time wisely for this section and reasoning. Further discussing the strategy lets come to each section separately.


General Awareness is a section in banking examination that may make or break your deal. As this sections consist of 80 questions that are maximum than all other sections. So it becomes important to majorly focus on this section. General Awareness Section will have questions with special reference to Banking Awareness and latest current affairs from the banking sector. It also includes questions from Static Awareness, Current Affairs and Financial Awareness. To score good marks in this section you must cover current affairs of atleast 3-4 months.
This section tests your intellectual level as no formula or method you have to learn to master this section it just required practice.
Reasoning questions can be tricky and require a lot of practice to score well. As we have seen in the recent examination that this section mostly consists of Puzzles and sitting arrangement. First, try to do your strong part in this section whether it is a puzzle or miscellaneous one. If you are going for puzzle don’t get stuck in any as it will consume a lot of time, just switch to next question. The puzzles can be Circular Arrangement, Linear arrangement, floor based puzzle, a tabular puzzle with two or three or even four variables, puzzles combined with blood relation or Direction sense, Square/Rectangle sitting arrangement.
As the weightage of this section is more so it becomes important to cover each and every topic ( Direction Sense,  Blood Relation,  Syllogism,  Order and Ranking,  Coding-Decoding,  Machine Input-Output,  Inequalities,  Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series,  Data Sufficiency, and Logical Reasoning) as you will find questions from approx every topic in this section so better get ready.
This is a section in which you can achieve 100% accuracy as in this whether you are getting an answer or not. Like is reasoning in this you will get most of the questions from data interpretation(DI). Other topics from which you can get a good number of questions are Number series, Simplification & Approximation and Quadratic Equation/Inequality. And you’ll certainly need a good calculation to save your time. These topics can be your life saver if you attempt them at first with 100% accuracy.
There will be questions from the topics like Percentage, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Time & Work and Work & Wages, Pipes and Cisterns, Allegation or Mixtures, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Mensuration go for these.  The only strategy to tackle language problems is to go for those questions first you feel you are comfortable with. If you are good in Probability, choose a question of probability first, and likewise go on.  For getting a good command over these topics you need a good understanding of concepts and good speed of solving these questions which come with nothing but practice.
As you can not spend a lot of time in any section so, for that you have to attempt questions smartly.
  • Firstly in this section, you should go for Cloze test, Fillers, Errors and other topics which will consume less time and at last if you left with some time go for Reading comprehension but in that also firstly try to attempt Antonym/Synonym.
  • Then, at last do rest of the questions of reading comprehension which can from the topic like on Story based, Economy based, Social cause or Specific Topic-based.
  • Remember it’s better to leave those questions that you find too much time consuming, be careful with your choices.
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