Preparation Strategy for RBI Grade B Phase-1 Exam 2021

Preparation Strategy for RBI Grade B Phase-1 Exam 2021

Aspirants need to have a clear cut strategy both while preparing for Grade B exam and at the time of appearing in Phase-1 Exam to beat it. Therefore every student wants a strategy which suits him and makes his preparation smooth. Now that there are only a few a days left for the preparation strategy for the RBI Grade B exam must get speedy and practical to the core.

Phase-I online Examination (Objective Type)

Before gearing up for the Prelims or Phase-I exam you need to keep in mind all the guidelines released by RBI regarding the exam. This is going to be a single Paper for 200 marks. Depending on the number of candidates, the examination may be held in multiple shifts or some other days also. A candidate must appear for an exam in only one shift on the given day. The date, time, and venue of the exam will be known through the Admission Letter (AL) to be downloaded by the candidate from RBI’s official website.

RBI Grade B 2021 Phase 1

The Phase 1 will be of 200 Marks and 1 Hr. 20 Mins hours of duration. Candidates who will qualify in the first phase will be called for Phase 2 Exam.

Name of PaperDurationMaximum Marks
The exam will consist of MCQs from General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.120 Mins200 Marks

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Phase-I online Examination (Objective Type)

A composite time of 120 minutes will be given to candidates for answering Paper I. Other detailed information regarding the examination will be given in an Information Handout, which will be made available for the candidates to download along with the Admission letter for examination from the RBI website.

The Paper will consist of, tests of:

  1. General Awareness
  2. English Language
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. Reasoning

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Things you need to keep in mind

The ‘corrected-scores’ obtained by a candidate in different sessions will be normalized using equipercentile method. If the exam is held in more than one session, the scores across various sessions will be equated following IBPS’ standard practice to adjust for slight differences in difficulty level of different test batteries used across sessions.  

A total time of 120 minutes will be given for answering. However, separate time will be allotted for each test. Other detailed information regarding the examination will be given in an Information Handout, which will be made available for the candidates to download along with the Admission letter for examination from the RBI website.

Candidates who will secure minimum marks separately for each Test, as prescribed, will be shortlisted for Phase-II of the examination based on the aggregate marks obtained in Phase-I. The minimum aggregate cut-off marks for being shortlisted for Phase-II of the examination will be decided by the Board in relation to the number of vacancies.

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How to prepare for RBI Grade B exam?

Here’s what you should do to crack RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam:

  1. Make a good last month study plan
  2. Section-wise preparation strategy for RBI Grade B Phase-I
  3. Mock-Test papers & analysis

Let’s delve into each topic in detail:

1. Make different Study Plans

For an effective preparation, its better you go for three separate study plans. This method of dividing your course to be covered in a smart week-wise to an hour-wise schedule will surely amplify your preparation to Grade B exam level. It will also provide sufficient time to your weaknesses.

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i.         Week-wise study plan 

A week-wise syllabus helps you in breaking down the Phase-I syllabus week-wise to complete it effectively. Keep the weekends free for the revision.

ii.       Day-wise study plan 

A Day-wise study plan is needed for any subtopics that you aim to cover in a day.

iii.     Hour-wise study plan

An hourly study plan is devoted to separating the topics on hourly basis. For example, you can divide your day from beginning to end into:

  • Morning hours reading current affairs via newspapers or videos as per your preference
  • Break of hour or hours
  • Next, break your day in time slots to study for 3 hours then 3 and then 2 hours, etc.

All in all, a good 7-8-hour study would be sufficient. This hourly plan can also be followed when barely 2-3 weeks are left for the exam.

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Section-wise preparation strategy for Phase-I 2021-[1 month]

If you are a job goer or were not able to invest time in proper preparation of the upcoming exam you need to take care of these three points when you sit for.

For General Awareness

GA carries highest weightage. So it is most one of the most important sections in the exam. This section is important because it takes less time in comparison to other section like English or Quants. In it youre not required to solve a mathematical question to get the answer. So you can easily score well here.

For English Language

 English is also one of the most scoring sections. Solve at least two previous year paper seriously to know the type of English question that are entertained in the exam paper. It will help you in analyzing where you stand at the moment and how much effort you need to put in to get there as quickly as possible. It has nothing to do with whether you study on your own or get external guidance, like coaching classes and the like.

For Reasoning

Reasoning carries the second-highest weightage. Questions on Puzzle and Seating Arrangement must be attempted at any cost. To excel in this section, you need to practice different types of questions reasoning from authentic online sources or books that can be a part of the paper.

For Quantitative Aptitude

The questions in Quantitative Aptitude section are a bit easier than reasoning and the concepts are also not as difficult as of reasoning. This should not be an excuse to take this section lightly. Practice is the key to ace this section.

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3.     Mock Test Papers & Analysis

Solve as many sectional mocks as you can. Analyze your mistakes and work on them. Solve Full-length mock tests after you’ve covered at least almost the entire syllabus. Analyze the results and learn from your mistakes and repeat them.

2 weeks before the RBI Grade B prelims

When there are only 2 weeks left for the exam, you must switch your preparation strategy to mock-test-based preparation for the exam. As know, Prelims also has a sectional cutoff that you need to qualify in order to be considered for the final merit. For this, you need to,

Revise every day

Don’t for get to revise one or two topics everyday day from your notes, especially, for General Awareness and Vocabulary part of the English Language.

Focus only on the Prelims at this stage

As it is extremely important to qualify Prelims to reach Phase-II or RBI Grade B Mains, you need to focus only on the Prelims at this stage.

Exam Time Strategy

1.     Time Management

Time Management is an important factor to decide your Prelims results. You sit to solve 200 questions in 2 hours. Students must keep in mind the strategy of the students who had already qualified for the exam in past years. Go for a mock test, and for better results, try to Invest:

  • 20 minutes for General Awareness
  • 20 minutes for English
  • 35 minutes for Quants
  • 45 minutes for Reasoning

By making this habit you’ll feel comfortable while dividing your time in the exam among different sections. Now consider this! If you can only attempt, let’s say, all questions in English, 80 in General Awareness, 14-15 in quant in my 30 minutes, and then switched to Reasoning where I could manage 26-27 questions chances are you might clear the exam. That is to say, you have to be strong in one section and try to attempt questions as many as you can, quickly. But that doesn’t mean blindly, because there is negative marking. Hence, it’s better to attempt the questions you are only of. And a better prep beforehand guarantees that surety. And that’s where this preparation strategy comes in handy.

Many students attempt reasoning questions first and then find themselves in no man’s land, with little time left for quant. Therefore, they fail to clear the sectional cutoff. But with sectional timing, you can achieve your aims.

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The Success Mantra for RBI Grade B Phase-1 Exam 2021

Be confident & believe in your own particular strategy

It is recommended to not just blindly follow anyone’s strategy. You need to make your own from others and follow it religiously. Every student has his or her own style of studying and time-schedule with personal strengths and weaknesses. Some may be good in Quant and decent in Reasoning and good in English section, some may not. A B.Tech student may have little knowledge about Finance and Management and an arts student may be weak in math. It’s better to focus on your own strengths and weaknesses in quick time. Now that the exam notification is out you must gear up for a more seriously study schedule.

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Note: Keep in mind that all the strategies mentioned above may vary from candidate to candidate, or from paper to paper, and depends on the difficulty level of the exam. Hence, you need to attend both sectional & full-length as much as you can. It will really help you in achieving better results in final exams.

Section-Wise Suggestions

Your priority should be to clear the cutoff and target easy questions. You can target certain topics in Quant, you can target:

  • Number series
  • Diagram interpretation

These two account for at least 10-15 questions. Thus, at least, the cutoff will be cleared.

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In reasoning, you can target:

  • Syllogisms
  • Inequalities
  • Directions
  • Coded inequalities
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Puzzles (Solving puzzles can take time and a small mistake can cost you valuable time and marks. So, it is recommended to go for easy questions first and then attempt questions on  puzzles)

Note: You can also watch YouTube videos on quant and reasoning and study various questions related to targeted sections. Here, videos can also be helpful. Better select a particular topic and then watch all conceptual videos related to it. Try to apply this in mock tests as well.


Try to solve all the English questions as fast as I can. Implement it in mock tests. In case, you have problems in solving the questions you can watch targeted videos on YouTube by just searching the syllabus of the exam.

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Here are some of the sources that would greatly help you to cover GA:

  • Gktoday monthly
  • Bankersadda capsule for RBI
  • Vision PT365 of Economy, Social Issues and Govt Schemes
  • IAS baba summary of Budget
  • Vision Summary of Economic survey
  • Oliveboard pdf
  • Wikipedia for all national parks and imp sanctuaries
  • Sriram’s IAS Economy
  • LiveMint

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Lastly, current affairs of the last 5 months would be fine, but you need to focus on the affairs that had occurred just 2 months before the exam. Plus I make your own important yet concise notes for referring to just before the exam.  Make a notebook dedicated to RBI Grade B exam 2021. For example, it could have:

  • Latest budget
  • Growth forecast predictions by various institutions
  • Fund allocation by World Bank, Internationals Monetary Fund to various states and scheme
  • Committees and reports and their chairman

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