RBI Grade B Syllabus 2021 (Download) RBI SO Prelims & Mains Exam Pattern PDF


RBI Grade B Syllabus 2021 PDF: Good news!! Reserve Bank of India released the RBI SO (Grade-B) Recruitment 2021 notification for all interested aspirants. All interested candidates can apply for the exam online before the last date. Aspirants who have to wish to choose a career in RBI can apply to this exam. So, the contenders who are prepared for bank exams can check the details of RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021 in this article. Aspirants must visit the official website @ rbi.org.in to apply online.

RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Contenders who are eligible and willing to write the exam must be aware of the syllabus to prepare well and score high in the exam. We have provided a clear and detailed structure of exam patterns, syllabus, and cut-off marks for all deserved candidates. You must go through the below article for more information.

RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021 Exam Details:

Organizing Body Reserve Bank Of India (RBI)
Post/Exam Name RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Online
Category Syllabus
Official Website rbi.org.in

Eligibility Criteria:

Educational Qualification:

  • 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.
Equivalent CGPA/OGPA/CPI or similar terminologies allotted on a 10 point scale Aggregate Percentage of Marks
6.75 60%
6.25 55%
5.75 50%

The following table shows the eligibility of candidates for specified posts based on their education qualifications:

S. No. Post Name Educational Qualification 
1. Finance Essential: 2 year full time Post Graduate Degree in Economics / Commerce / MBA (Finance) / PGDM (with Finance specialization) from an Indian University recognized by Government bodies/ AICTE or a similar Foreign University /Institute, with at least 55% marks
Desirable: CFA (USA), FRM, CA/ ICWA/ CS/ Charter holder from Actuarial Society of India/ IFRS Certification from ACCA
2. Data Analytics 2 year full time MBA (Finance) / M.Stat from an Indian University recognized by Government bodies/ AICTE or a similar Foreign University /Institute, with at least 55% marks.
3. Risk Modelling 2 year full time MBA (Finance) / M.Stat from an Indian University recognized by Government bodies/ AICTE or a similar Foreign University /Institute, with at least 55% marks.
4. Forensic Audit CA/ ICWA with Certificate Course on Forensic Accounting and Fraud Detection conducted by ICAI.
5. Professional Copy Editing 1. Full time Post Graduate Degree in English from an Indian University recognized by Government bodies or a Foreign University /Institute, with at least 55% marks.

2. Knowledge of Hindi is desirable.

6. Human Resource Management Full time Post Graduate Diploma/ Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management / Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/Labour Welfare from a recognized Indian or Foreign University /Institute with at least 55% marks.

Age Limit:

  • Candidates must have age of 24 years on the 1st of August 2021
  • Upper age limit: 34 years on the 1st of August 2021
  • The above age criteria for general category candidates
  • For M. Phil and Ph. D candidates the upper age limit will be 32 and 34 years, respectively.
  • As per extant practice age relaxation will be available to experienced candidates viz. candidates having experience as an officer in Commercial Bank/ Financial Institution in Public Sector as also candidates with prior experience in Reserve Bank of India, to the extent of number of 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.
  • There are relaxations in upper age limit as per statutory requirements and for the staff.


  • Either Indian or Citizen of Nepal or Bhutan or Tibetan

Vacancies Details for RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021:

 The Reserve Bank of India Services Board (Board) invites applications from eligible candidates for the posts mentioned below in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI/Bank):


S. No. Post of Specialists in Grade B Number of Vacancies
Unreserved i.e., General (GEN/UR) Scheduled Castes (SC) Scheduled Tribes (ST) Other Backward Classes (OBC)$ TOTAL
1. Finance 8 2 1 3 14
2. Data Analytics 8 2 1 3 14
3. Risk Modelling 8 1 0 3 12
4. Forensic Audit 8 1 0 3 12
5. Professional Copy Editing 3 0 0 1 4
6. Human Resource Management 3 0 0 1 4

Number of Attempts:

If in future, vacancies for any of the above Specialists post arise then the following rule will apply:

  • Candidates belonging to unreserved i.e. General Category, who have already appeared Six times for the post in the past, are not eligible to apply.
  • No such restriction applies to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PwBD, if the posts are reserved for them.

Selection Process of RBI SO (Grade-B):

The selection process will be done through 3-phases of Online/Offline exams. Such as Prelims, Mains and Personal interview. The candidates who are qualified in Prelims and Mains will be called for Interview. We have given the detailed information of selection process in below.

Phase-I or Prelims:

It is an Objective Type Question Paper. Time duration is 2 hours and maximum marks 200 allotted to the exam.

Phase-II or Mains:

Phase-II or Mains exam contains 3 Papers and it will carry a total of 300 marks.

 (a) Paper-I: It is an online Objective test based on the Professional Knowledge in the area of specialization. The time limit of exam is 90 Minutes and the marks carried for 100 marks.

(b) Paper-II: This is an online descriptive exam. It includes Economic and Social Issues questions and carries 100 marks within the time limit of 90 Minutes.

 (c) Paper-III: It is an offline descriptive exam. The questions will be from Professional knowledge in the area of Specialization (Finance & Management/ Economics/ Statistics) which carries total of 100 marks at the time limit of 90 Minutes.

Phase-III or Interview:

After qualifying in the 2 Phases candidates have to appear in the Interview. The interview is held to carry maximum of 50 marks.

RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021 Exam Pattern

Aspirants can find the RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021 Exam Patterns of Prelims and Mains in below of the article:

RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021 Prelims Exam Pattern:

Subject Expected no. of Questions Marks Duration
General Awareness 80 80  


2 Hours

English Language 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
Reasoning Ability 60 60
Total 200 200

RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021 Mains Exam Pattern:

Papers Examination Type Exam Subjects Time Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I Online-Objective Professional knowledge in the area of Specialization  90 minutes 100
Paper-II Online-Descriptive(to be typed with the help of keyboard) English (writing skills) 90 minutes 100
Paper-III Offline-Descriptive(Paper-based) Professional knowledge in the area of Specialization 90 minutes 100

RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021 Syllabus

Prelims Syllabus for RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021:

Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude English Language General Awareness

Coding Decoding


Machine Input Output

Data Sufficiency

Circular Arrangement

Linear Arrangement

Verbal Reasoning

Ordering and Ranking

Arrangement and Pattern

Blood Relations

Direction and Distance

Ratio and Proportion


Time and Work

Speed, Distance and Time


Permutation and Combination



Data Interpretation



Set Theory



Error Spotting


Passage Making

Jumble Words

Fill in the Blanks

Sentence Framing

Current Affairs

Indian Financial System

Indian Banking System

Monetary Plans

National Institution

Banking Term

Category-wise Cut-off Marks for Prelims/Phase-I:

Section Category
General OBC SC ST
GENERAL AWARENESS 20 16 14.25 14.25
REASONING 15 15 10.75 10.75
ENGLISH 7.50 6 5.25 5.25
TOTAL 98.50 88.50 84.50 84.50

Mains Syllabus for RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021:

Economic and Social Issues Finance Management
Growth and Development

Economic Reforms in India


Social Structure in India

Financial System

Financial Markets

Risk Management

Basics of Derivatives

Development in Financial Sector

Union Budget


Role of Manager

Human Resource Development

Motivation, Morale and Incentives


Corporate Governance

Category-wise Cut-off Marks for Mains/Phase-II:

Recruitment Stage Category
General OBC SC ST
Aggregate Cut-Off Marks in paper-I, paper- II And Paper-III taken together in written examination for short-listing the candidate for interviewer (Out of total 300 marks) 176.75 161.75 155.75 155.75
Aggregate marks written examination and interviewer taken together (out of total 350 marks) obtained by the respective category with reference to the no. of vacancies notified under each category 225.50 211.00 204.25 210.25

Important Links:

RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021 Notification: Click Here

RBI SO (Grade-B) 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern: Click Here

RBI Grade B Syllabus – Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is the syllabus for RBI Grade B?

General Awareness English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability

What is the Age Limit for RBI Grade B exam?

Candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not be more than 30 years of age.

What is the eligibility criteria for RBI Grade B Posts ?

Candidates should have a Graduation Degree from a recognized University

Where can I download RBI Grade B Syllabus?

You can Download RBI Grade B Syllabus from its Official website rbi.org.in