Phase 1 exam of RBI Grade B, one of the most coveted government jobs got over and we are glad to present its analysis. As was evident, there were a total of 200 questions with 5 options for each question: 30 questions each from English and Quantitative Aptitude, 60 questions from Reasoning Ability and 80 questions from General Awareness. Overall the paper was moderate and the English section was difficult-moderate, General Awareness and Reasoning Ability were moderate, Quantitative Aptitude was easy-moderate. Negative marking was in place with 0.25 mark for each incorrect answer. Let’s have a look at the section wise analysis:


  • Reading Comprehension- 12 questions on 2 topics (the first topic was about exchange rate of currency) (moderate-difficult)
  • Cloze Test (New Type)- 8 questions (moderate-difficult)
  • Sentence Correction (divided into 4 parts)- 5 questions (moderate)
  • Column Matching (Connectors)- 3 questions (moderate)
  • Idioms & Phrases- 2 questions (moderate-difficult)

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation- 2 sets with 10 questions (difficult)
  • Wrong no. series- 5 questions (easy-moderate)
  • Quantity comparison- 5 questions (moderate)
  • Arithmetic word problems- 10 questions (moderate)

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles- 4 sets with 20 questions (moderate-difficult)
  • Coding-decoding: 5 questions (moderate)
  • Inequalities- 5 questions (moderate)
  • Data Sufficiency- 3 questions (moderate)
  • Logical Reasoning- 12 questions (moderate)
  • Blood relation- 5 questions (moderate)
  • Number Series- 3 (easy)
  • Directions based- 5 questions (moderate)
  • Word Formation: 2 questions (easy-moderate)

General Awareness

As is obvious, most of the questions were from banking awareness, static GK, and current affairs. Current affairs questions mainly focused on the events happened from April to July 2018. Some questions were from Dec 2017, Jan and Feb 2018 and other questions were as recent as from the second week of August. Read more details here. The section was easy to moderate.

If you have already appeared for the paper, all the best for your results and let us know in the comments below if we missed out something. Meanwhile, start preparing for Phase II without waiting for the results. And if you are going to appear for the paper in the forthcoming shift, we hope that this analysis would be useful for you.

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