RBI Exam Pattern

Preliminary Examination:

Sr. No. Name of Tests (Objective) No. of Questions No. of Marks Total Time
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 Hours
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Main Examination:

Sr. No. Name of Tests (Objective) No. of Questions No. of Marks Total Time
1 Test of Reasoning 40 40 Composite time of 2 Hours
2 Test of English Language 40 40
3 Test of Numerical Ability 40 40
4 Test of General Awareness 40 40
5 Test of Computer Knowledge 40 40
Total 200 200

Interview:35 Marks

  • i) The above main online tests except the Test of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.
  • ii) Candidates will have to pass in each of the objective tests of the online examinations
  • iii) A candidate has to qualify in Preliminary Examination for appearing in Main Examination.
  • iv) There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the Objective tests (Preliminary and Main examination).1/4th marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • v) 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 call letter for examination from the RBI’s website.
  • vi) Roll No. of the candidates successful in preliminary online examination will be made available on RBI’s website in January 2017. The Roll No. of candidates successful in main online examination will be available on RBI’s website and a brief notice thereof will be published on the Bank’s website in February/March 2017.
  • vii) Only such number of candidates will be called for interview who stand sufficiently high in merit on the aggregate marks of the Objective Tests, such merit being decided by the Bank in relation to the number of vacancies to be filled in.
  • viii) Final selection will be on the basis of candidate's performance in the online main examination and interview taken together in order of merit.
  • xi) BIOMETRIC DATA- Capturing and Verification
    It has been decided to capture the biometric data (thumb impression or otherwise) and photograph of the candidates on the day of the Main Examination for the candidates who qualify after the preliminary examinations and appear for the main examination. Decision of the Biometric data verification authority with regard to its status (matched or unmatched) shall be final and binding upon the candidates. Candidates are requested to take care of the following points in order to ensure a smooth process :
    • - If fingers are coated (stamped ink/mehndi/coloured…etc.), ensure to thoroughly wash them so that coating is completely removed before the exam.
    • - If fingers are dirty or dusty, ensure to wash them and dry them before the finger print (biometric) is captured.
    • - Ensure fingers of both hands are dry. If fingers are moist, wipe each finger to dry them.
    • - If the primary finger (left thumb) to be captured is injured/ damaged, immediately notify the concerned authority in the test centre. In such cases impression of other fingers, toes etc. may be captured.

Examination Pattern

  • Examination will consist of two phases, viz. - Phase-I & Phase-II followed by interview.
  • Phase-I examination will be objective type with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The Phase-I examination will continue as per the existing Phase-I examination for Grade-‘B’ (DR). There are four modules in Phase-I, viz.- General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.
  • Phase-II examinations will consist of three papers in MCQ pattern (except Paper-I) – viz. Paper-I on English (writing skills); Paper-II – Economic & Social Issues and Paper-III – (optional subjects) – Finance & Management/ Economics/ Statistics.
  • Candidates will be required to write all the papers online.
  • Only successful candidates of Phase-I will appear for Phase-II examination on a later date.
  • Based on the results of Phase-II examinations candidates will be shortlisted for interview.
  • 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.

Duration of Examinations and Distribution of Marks

  • Phase-I :Objective Type - 2 hours - 200 marks
  • Phase-II :Three Papers - 300 marks

    Paper-I – online- English-( writing skills)- 1½ hours - 100 marks
    Paper-II – Economic and Social Issues – 1½ hours – 100 marks
    Paper-III - Optional Paper (Finance & Management/ Economics/ Statistics) – 1½ hours - 100 marks