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October 13, 2015
RBI Officer Exam 2015 Pattern, Papers & Books

RBI Officer Exam 2015 Pattern, Papers & Books

The RBI Officers Exam 2015 would be held on 21st and 22nd November, 2015. for selection of Grade-B Officers and this blog article has been posted to provide you the RBI Officer Exam 2015 Pattern, Papers & Books. It help you prepare for the exam with prep/study materials by first discussing about the RBI Officer Selection process and Pattern of Exam, followed by the Online Previous years Papers and list of books that you can study for this exam.

Together with this article, you should also go through: RBI Officer Exam 2015 Syllabus: Phase-1 & Phase-2 to get the Syllabus for this RBI Exam. Prior to this blog post, another article titled: RBI Officer Recruitment 2015 Notification, Form & Eligibility was written to help you apply for this exam. If you have still not applied, you may find the same useful.

Without wasting time further, let us discuss about the selection process and pattern of RBI Recruitment Exam for Officers.

RBI Officer Selection process:
The selection process for Grade-B Officers in RBI consists of a two phase exam -
Phase -I: Online Exam (Objective type): 200 marks, 2 hours: on 21st and 22nd November, 2015.
Phase -II: Online Exam (Mixed type): 300 marks: on December 7, 2015.
Further to this, Interview of 50 marks would be held for those selected in the written exam.

Marks of Phase-I (i.e. Online Objective type Exam) is for the purpose of screening only for selecting candidates for Phase-II (i.e. Mixed type). Final merit list for RBI Officer Recruitment 2015 would be based on marks secured in Phase-II exam and the Interview i.e. out of 350 marks.

RBI Officer Exam 2015 Pattern:
RBI Officer Exam Pattern 2015 Phase-1:
RBI Officer Exam Pattern 2015 Stage-1

The Phase-I RBI Exam consists of a single paper with four test sections, which contains Objective type questions and you need to appear it Online. This 200 marks test has to be answered in 2 hours. You can find  test sections in the table at right, along with approximate number of questions in each test.

The above RBI Exam pattern is very similar to PSU Bank PO exams such as IBPS CWE PO Exam,  SBI PO Exam etc - they have the same test sections, of same duration as well as of same marks. Also, even the minimum educational qualification requirement is same - graduation. Hence you can use the prep materials for the Bank PO exams to prepare for the RBI Exam.

Based on relative performance of all candidates taken together, RBI is going to decide the Cut-Off mark of each test section as well as for the aggregate of Phase-I RBI Exam .You have to score above these RBI Exam Cut-Off marks - each test as well aggregate. It is only if you qualify on both that you are going to be called for Phase-II RBI Exam.

RBI Officer Exam Pattern 2015 Phase-2:
There are three papers in Phase-II RBI Officers Exam. Of this, Paper-I & Paper-III are Objective type while Paper-II is Descriptive type. Each paper has 100 marks which has to be answered in 1.5 hours.  You can find  test sections in the table at left, along with marks and duration for each test.
RBI Officer Exam Pattern 2015 Phase-2

RBI Officer Exam Previous Years Papers:
Your best source for authentic sample paper/model paper for RBI Grade-B Officers Exam is the "Information Handout", which is going to be made available to you for downloading along with Admit Card (called Admission letter) from the RBI website. For you, I have uploaded last years handout in Click here to download the RBI Grade-B Officer Exam Handout 2014.

I am producing below the previous years RBI Grade-B Officers Exam papers from the net below.

Previous years Exam papers RBI Officers Exam (Phase-I):
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam Paper 06.02.2011 (Phase-I).
Courtesy: Pratiyogita Darpan
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam Paper 18.12.2011 (Phase-I).
Courtesy: Kiran Prakashan
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam Paper July.2004 (Phase-I).

Previous years Exam papers RBI Officers Exam (Phase-II):
You can download 12 PREVIOUS YEARS question papers of Phase-2 exam from the links below:
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2014 Paper-I-English.
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2014 Paper II-Economic and Social Issues.
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2014 Paper-III-Finance and Management.

Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2012 Paper-I-English.
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2012 Paper II-Economic and Social Issues.
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2012 Paper-III-Finance and Management.

Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2011 Paper-I-English.
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2011 Paper II-Economic and Social Issues.
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2011 Paper-III-Finance and Management.

Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2010 Paper-I-English.
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2010 Paper II-Economic and Social Issues.
Click here to download RBI Grade-B Officers Exam 2010 Paper-III-Finance and Management.

RBI Officer Exam Prep Books:
RBI Officer Exam Prep Books
Not many books are available on the market exclusively for RBI Grade-B Officer Exam. However, I could find the following book - see if you can get hold of the same in nearby book stores.

RBI Grade B Officers Exam Guide Author/Publisher: Ramesh (RPH)

Book Price: Rs.360, Offer Price: Rs. 256, Discount: Rs. 104 (29%)

This book is available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order it online by clicking the link above, from Flipkart which offers huge discounts up to 29%, apart from home delivery. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep.

Since the exam pattern is very similar, you can as well refer the following PO books, which I have categorized as Guide Book, Previous papers & Test-section specific books:

Prep Books for specific test-sections of RBI Phase-I Exam:
A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal
List Price: Rs.750/=; Offer Price: Rs.599/=; Discount: Rs. 151/= (20%)
Text Book of Quickest Mathematics: Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability Useful for all Competitive Exams by Kiran Prakashan
List Price: Rs.325/=; Offer Price: Rs.260/=; Discount: Rs. 65/= (20%)
Objective General Knowledge 6250+Q 2013 Edition (Paperback) by Manohar Pandey
List Price: Rs.235/=; Offer Price: Rs.152/=; Discount: Rs. 83/= (35%)
TMH Objective English For Competitive Examinations By Hari Prasad
List Price: Rs.410/=; Offer Price: Rs.270/=; Discount: Rs. 140 (34%)

Prep Books for RBI Phase-II Descriptive English Test:
IBPS Bank PO/MT Descriptive English; Author & Publisher: Kiran Prakashan
List Price: Rs. 195/=; Offer Price:Rs. 155/=; Discount: Rs. 40/= (21%)

Bank PO Exam Guide book:
Comprehensive Guide to IBPS-CWE Bank PO; Author & Publisher: Disha Experts
List Price: Rs. 550/=; Offer Price:Rs. 301/=; Discount: Rs. 249/= (45%)

Previous years solved papers for Bank PO Exam:
List Price: Rs.210; Offer Price: Rs.200; Discount:Rs. 10 (5%)

That's all for now. Hope with above long discussion on  RBI Officer Exam Pattern, Sample Papers & Prep Books, I have been able to provide you at least some prep materials for the RBI Grade-B Officers Exam. Please do keep visiting this blog - I would post more materials as and when I spot them.

Best Wishes!
October 11, 2015
RBI Officer Exam 2015 Syllabus: Phase-1 & Phase-2

RBI Officer Exam 2015 Syllabus: Phase-1 & Phase-2

RBI Officer Exam 2015 Syllabus
This article has been posted to provide you the RBI Officer Exam 2015 Syllabus for both Phase-1 & Phase-2 to help you to prepare for the exam. This article should be read in association with my blog post: RBI Officer Exam 2015 Pattern, Papers and Books to find all the prep materials that you need to prepare for RBI Officer Exam 2015.

 This Syllabus has been reproduced from the Official notification of RBI Officer Exam 2015.

RBI Officer Exam 2015 Syllabus Phase-1:

Phase-1 of RBI Officer Exam 2015 consists of a single paper which has to be answered in 120 minutes (2 hours). It has following four test-sections:
(i) General Awareness
(ii) English Language
(iii) Quantitative Aptitude
(iv) Reasoning.

There are total 200 Objective type questions, each with 1 mark. So there are total 200 marks. You have to secure the minimum cut off mark separately for each test as well as the cut off mark in aggregate. The Phase -1 mark is for qualifying purpose only, to short-list the candidates for RBI Officer Exam 2015.
RBI Officer Exam Syllabus 2015 Phase-1

RBI Officer Exam 2015 Syllabus Phase -2:

There are three papers in RBI Officer Exam 2015 Syllabus Phase -1 as given below:
Paper-I: Economic and Social Issues
Paper-II: English (Writing Skills)
Paper-III: Finance & Management or Economics or Statistics.

While Paper-I & Paper-III are of Objective type questions, Paper-II consists of Descriptive type questions. In Paper-III, you have to choose any one out of the three subjects: Finance & Management or Economics or Statistics, which has to be specified at the time of submitting your online application form. You can find the pattern of Phase-2 Exam below:
RBI Officer Exam Syllabus 2015 Phase-2

Syllabus of Phase-2 Paper-I - Economic and social Issues:

Growth and Development – Measurement of growth: National Income and per capita income – Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India – Sustainable Development and Environmental issues. Economic Reforms in India – Industrial and Labour Policy – Monetary and Fiscal Policy – Privatization – Role of Economic Planning. Globalization – Opening up of the Indian Economy – Balance of Payments, Export-Import Policy – International Economic Institutions – IMF and World Bank – WTO – Regional Economic Co-operation. Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic Trends – Urbanization and Migration – Gender Issues – Social Justice : Positive Discrimination in favor of the under privileged – Social Movements – Indian Political System – Human Development – Social Sectors in India, Health and Education.

Suggested reference material:
1. Indian Economy: Uma Kapila.(Series of Books)
2. Indian Economy: Mishra Puri. (Latest Edition)
3. Growth And Development: Devraj Ray
4. Sociology: C.N. Shankar Rao

News Papers:
1. Economic Times
2. Hindu
3. Business Standard

Weekly/Monthly Magazines/Bulletins /Reports:
1. Economic and Political Weekly
2. Southern Economist
3. Yojana
4. Business India
5. RBI Bulletins

1. World Development Report
2. Economic Survey of India

Syllabus of Phase-2 Paper-II -English (Writing Skills):
The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expression and understanding of the topic.

Syllabus of Phase-2 Paper-III -Finance and Management/ Economics/Statistics:

(A) Finance and Management :

(i) Finance
(a) Financial System
1. Regulators of Banks and Financial Institutions
2. Reserve Bank of India- functions and conduct of monetary policy, Banking System in India, Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM, NABARD, NHB, etc.

(b) Financial Markets
Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity,etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments.

(c) General Topics
1. Risk Management in Banking Sector
2. Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap
3. Changing Landscape of Banking sector
4. Recent Developments in the Financial Sector, Portfolio Investment, Public Sector Reforms, Disinvestments
5. Financial Inclusion- use of technology
6. Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
7. Corporate Governance in Banking Sector, role of e-governance in addressing the issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector.
8. The Union Budget – Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, GST, Thirteenth Finance Commission and GST, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM),
9. Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI - components and trends.

Suggested reference material:
a. An introduction to Economics – A W Stonier and D C Hauge
b. Monetary Theory and Public Policy – Kenneth Kurihara
c. Indian Economy – Mishra and Puri
d. Indian Economy – R. Dutt and KPM Sundaram
e. Economic Growth and Development – Mayer and Baldwin
f. Major economic newspapers and Economic and Political Weekly
g. Public Finance – K K Andley and Sundaram
h. Financial Management – Prasanna Chandra

(II) Management:
Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling; The Role of a Manager in an Organisation. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader; Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader. Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD; Performance Appraisal – Potential appraisal and development – Feedback and Performance Counselling – Career Planning – Training and Development – Rewards – Employee Welfare. Motivation, Morale and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale. Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward and lateral communication; Barriers to Communication, Role of Information Technology. Corporate Governance: Factors affecting Corporate Governance; Mechanisms of Corporate Governance.
The questions on this section will be basic in nature.

(B) Economics
(a) Microeconomics
1. Consumers behaviour and firms; value of resources like land, labour and capital
2. Markets-monopoly, perfect and imperfect competition
3. General Equilibrium of price and activity, economic welfare and case for regulatory / policy interventions

(b) Macroeconomics
1. Measuring national income and its components; basic macro identities and idea of macro-balance; Goods and Financial Market Equilibrium (IS-LM Framework)
2. Major macro-economic school of thoughts; Classical, Keynesian and Monetarist
3. Consumption and Investment demand; demand management policies and their effectiveness
4. Money demand and supply; monetary and fiscal policies

(c) International Economics
1. Benefit of International trade; comparative and absolute advantage; effect of International trade on resources allocation and factor price equalisation; non-conventional trade barriers, optimum currency areas and effect of customs union
2. International finance and exchange rates issues in an open economy, benefits and costs of an inter-connected financial markets; evolution of international financial architecture

(d) Public Economics
1. Public Goods, instruments of financing, government tax and non-tax revenue
2. Direct and Indirect taxes, efficiency costs of commodity taxes, income taxation, labour supply and savings, corporate taxation and corporate behaviour
3. Government expenditure policy-various components, deficit financing and its impact on the economy, government debt and crowding out of private capital

(e) India’s Economy and Development Issues
1. India’s experimentations with planned development models and the outcomes, structural issues-savings and investment, demography, urbanization, productivity, etc., issues with poverty, inequality and employment
2. Agriculture- policy and developments, manufacturing competitiveness; what is holding India back, role of public sector enterprises in the key economic sectors, India’s resilient service sector; trade, tourism, communication, ITES, etc.
3. Financial sector regulation and reforms-banking, insurance and capital market, fiscal policy and the changing priorities of government, emergence of monetary policy and its new role

Suggested reference material:
a. Microeconomics, Student Value Edition (8th edition) by Robert Pindyck, Daniel Rubinfeld
b. Intermediate Microeconomics : A modern Approach(8th edition) by Hal R. Varian
c. Macroeconomics(2011) by Rudiger Dornbusch, Stanley Fisher, Richard Starz
d. Macroeconomics by N. Gregory Mankiw, (Seventh Edition),
e. International Economics (2013) by Domimick Salvatore
f. International Economics(2011) by Paul Krugman and Maurics Obstfeld
g. International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics (1993) by Francisco L.Rivera- Batiz, Luis A.Rivera- Batiz
h. Public Finance in Theory and Practice(1989) by Richard Abel Musgrave and Peggy B.Musgrave
i. The Concise Oxford Companion to Economics in India, Edited by Kaushik Basu & Annemie Maertens
j. Indian Economy since Independence (2014) edited by Uma Kapila
k. Indian Economy : Performance and Policies(2015) edited by Uma Kapila
l. India Development Report (2015) edited by S. Mahendra Dev

(C) Statistics:
(1) Probability: Random variables, Theorems of probability, Conditional probability, Independent events, Bayes' theorem and its application, expectation, moments, distribution functions, Binomial, Poisson, Geometric, Exponential, Negative binomial, Hyper geometric, Cauchy, Laplace, Logistic, Pareto, Log-normal, Beta and Gamma distributions, Weibull, Uniform, Bivariate normal distribution and truncated distributions, Markov’s inequality, Chebyshev’s inequality, Cauchy-Schwarz inequality, Laws of large numbers, Central limit theorems and applications.

(2) Statistical Methods: Population and sample, Measures of central tendencies Parameter and Statistic, Correlation and Regression, intra-class correlation, multiple and partial correlations, Spearman's coefficient of rank correlation, Z, chi-square, t and F statistics and their properties and applications, Large sample distributions, Variance stabilizing transformations, sin inverse, square root, logarithmic and z transformation.

(3) Linear Models: General Linear models, BLUE, method of least squares, Gauss-Markoff theorem, estimation of error variance, Simple and Multiple linear regression models, Important assumptions and treatments in case of assumption’s violation, Regression diagnostics, Analysis of variance in one, two and three-way classifications, Analysis of Covariance in one and two-way classifications.

(4) Statistical Inference: Properties of estimators, MVUE, Rao-Blackwell and Lehmann-Scheffe theorems, Cramer-Rao inequality, methods of estimation, properties of maximum likelihood and other estimators, confidence intervals. Simple and composite hypotheses, Type I and Type II errors, size and power of a test, Most Powerful and Uniformly Most Powerful tests, Neyman-Pearson lemma, Likelihood Ratio test and its properties and applications. SPRT, OC and ASN functions, Tests of goodness of fit. Parametric vs. Non-parametric Test, Frequently-used non-parametric inferential statistical methods.

(5) Multivariate Analysis: Bivariate and Multivariate normal distribution, marginal and conditional distribution, Estimation of mean vector and covariance matrix, Asymptotic properties of estimators, Sampling distribution of   and S, Mahalanobis D2 and Hotelling's T2 and its applications.

(6) Optimisation Techniques and Statistical Quality Control: Linear Programming, Transportation Problem, Assignment Problem, Basics of Simulation, Quality control, Process Control and Product Control, control charts, Acceptance Sampling plan, single and double sampling plans (ASN, OC, ATI, LTPD, AOQL).

(7) Sample Surveys and Design of Experiments: Simple and Stratified random sampling, ratio and regression methods of estimation, Double sampling, Systematic, Cluster, two stage and PPS sampling. Sampling and Non-sampling errors. Principles of Design of Experiments, Completely Randomized Design, Randomized Block Design, Latin Square Design, missing plot technique, 22 and 23 factorial designs, Split-Plot Design and Balanced Incomplete Block Design, Fractional factorial experiments

(8) Applied Economic Statistics: Time Series vs. cross sectional data, Multiplicative and additive models, Auto-correlation, Partial autocorrelation, Smoothing techniques, Seasonal and cyclical adjustment. Price and Quantity Index numbers, Types of index numbers and their properties. Chain and Fixed base index numbers, Cost of Living Index numbers, Wholesale Price Index, Consumer Price Index, Index of Industrial Production, Gini’s coefficient, Lorenz curves, Application of Pareto and Lognormal as income distributions.

(9) Vital Statistics: Sources of vital statistics compilation, Errors in census and registration data, Measurement of population, rate and ratio of vital events, Stationary and Stable population, Life Tables, Measures of Fertility, Mortality and Reproduction, Crude rates of natural growth, Pearl’s Vital Index.

(10) Numerical Analysis: Principles of floating point computations and rounding errors, Linear Equations factorization methods, pivoting and scaling, residual error correction method, Iterative methods, Jacobi, Gauss-Seidel methods, Newton and Newton like methods, unconstrained optimization, Lagrange interpolation techniques, Cubic Splines, Error estimates, Polynomials and least squares approximation; Integration by interpolation, adaptive quadratures and Gauss methods.

(11) Basic Computer Applications: Functional organization of computers, algorithms, basic programming concepts, Program testing and debugging, Subprograms and Subroutines, Sorting/searching methods, Database Management Systems, Software Engineering, Basic of Networking, Internet Technologies, Web and HTML, Distributed systems, Programming using C, MINITAB and FORTRAN.

Suggested reference material:
1. Atkinson, K.E. (1989): An Introduction to Numerical Analysis, Wiley.
2. Bhat, B.R. (2007): Modern Probability Theory, New Age International.
3. Cochran, William G. (1977): Sampling Techniques. John Wiley and Sons, New York
4. Das, M.N. and N.C.Giri (1986): Design and Analysis of Experiments. Wiley Eastern Ltd.
5. Draper, N.R. and H.Smith (1998): Applied Regression Analysis, John Wiley & Sons.
6. Goon, A.M., M.K.Gupta and B.Dasgupta (2001): Fundamentals of Statistics. (2 Vols.), World Press, Kolkata.
7. Gibbons, J.D. & S.Chakrabarti (2007): Non parametric Statistical Inference, Chapman and Hall.
8. Gupta, S.C. and V.K.Kapoor (2007): Fundamentals of Mathematical Statistics, Sultan Chand and Sons.
9. Gupta, S.C. and V.K.Kapoor (2008): Fundamentals of Applied Statistics, Sultan Chand and Sons.
10. Hollander Myles and Douglas A.Wolfe (2006): Non Parametric Statistical method, Wiley.
11. Kshirsagar, A.M. (1983): A Course in Linear Models Marcel Dekker, New York.
12. Montgomery, D. C. (2008): Design and Analysis of Experiments, John Wiley and Sons.
13. Montgomery, D.C., E.A.Peck and G.G.Vining(2006): Introduction to Linear Regression Analysis, John Wiley and Sons.
14. Murthy, M.N. (1967): Sampling Theory and Methods. Statistical Publishing Society, Kolkata.
15. Rajaraman, V. (2010): Fundamentals of Computers, Prentice-Hall India.
16. Rohatgi, V. K. and A. K. Md. Ehsanes Saleh (2009): An Introduction to Probability and Statistics, John Wiley and Sons.
17. Saxena, H.C. (2005): Finite Differences and Numerical Analysis, S. Chand and Co.
18. Silberschatz, A., H.F.Korth and S.Sudarshan (1997): Database System Concepts, McGraw-Hill.
19. Sinha, P.K. (2010): Computer Fundamentals, University Science Press.
20. Sukhatme, P.V., B.V.Sukhatme, S.Sukhatme and C.Asok (1984): Sampling Theory of Surveys with Applications, Iowa State University Press, Iowa, USA.
21. Swaroop, K., P.K.Gupta and M.M.Singh (1985): Operations Research, Sultan Chand and Sons.
22. Taha, H.A. (1982). Operations Research: An Introduction, Macmillan Publishing Company.

Thats all. Hope above RBI Officer Exam 2015 Syllabus helps you prepare for the exam. Best Wishes!

October 10, 2015
RBI Officer Recruitment 2015 Notification, Form & Eligibility

RBI Officer Recruitment 2015 Notification, Form & Eligibility

RBI Officer Recruitment 2015 NotificationReserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently published RBI Officer Recruitment 2015 Notification for 134 Officers in Grade-B. As per this notification, submission of application form has began from 5th October and the last date for submission of online form is 23rd October, 2015. The RBI Officers Exam 2015 would be held on 21st, 22nd November, 2015. 

This blog post has been made to help you download the exam notification as well as to help you apply for RBI Grade-B Exam 2015 by quoting the relevant information on Eligibility & Application Forms. In a subsequent blog post titled RBI Officer Exam 2015 Pattern, Papers & Books, I would provide you the prep materials for the RBI Written/Online Exam.

But first, what is RBI?

RBI Officer Recruitment 2015 Eligibility
RBI is the central bank of India, established on April 1, 1935 through Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. Although initially privately owned, the RBI has been fully owned by the Government of India since nationalization in 1949.

The Preamble of the Reserve Bank of India describes the basic functions of the Reserve Bank as to regulate the issue of Bank Notes and keeping of reserves with a view to securing monetary stability in India and generally to operate the currency and credit system of the country to its advantage.

It has 19 regional offices, most of them in state capitals and also 9 Sub-offices. More about RBI can be found from this About us page of RBI website. You can as well refer Wiki.

Download RBI Officer Recruitment 2015 Notification

You can click here to find the RBI Officer Recruitment 2015 Notification.

RBI Officer vacancy 2015:

Category wise break-up of Officer vacancy position in RBI is : SC: 15; ST: 13; OBC: 39; GEN: 67; Total: 134.

Salary Offer for RBI Officers

Gross salary being offered by RBI for Grade ‘B’ Officer job is approximately Rs.5 4,970//-per month, apart from other perquisites. The pay-scale of RBI Officers in Grade-B is Rs. 21000-1000-30000-EB-1000-32000-1100-36400.

Eligibility required for RBI Officers:

Age eligibility:

 Min: 21 yrs, Max: 30 yrs as on 01.10.2015.
DOB should not be earlier than 02/10/1985 and not later than 01/10/1994 (both days including)
Age relaxations exist for SC/ST/OBC candidates as well as for candidates with higher qualifications/experience. Refer section: 2 (a) Age of the RBI job notification.

Academic qualification eligibility:
Minimum of 60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PWD) or an equivalent grade in Bachelor’s degree as well as in 12th (or Diploma or equivalent) and 10th standard examinations

60% marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PWD) or an equivalent grade in Bachelor’s degree as well as in 12th and 10th standard examinations. The minimum qualifying percentage or an equivalent grade for the Bachelor's Degree will be in aggregate for all semesters / years.

Selection process for RBI Officers:

The selection process consists of a two phase exam -
Phase -I: Online Exam (Objective type): 200 marks, 2 hours: on November 21 & 22, 2015.
Phase -II: Offline Exam (Descriptive type): 300 marks, 1.5 hours: in December 7, 2015.

You can find more about it in my next blog article titled: RBI Officer Exam 2015 Pattern, Papers & Books.

RBI Officer Recruitment 2015 Online form:

How to apply online has been given clearly in section "8. HOW TO APPLY" in RBI job notification..

Call letter/Admission Letters for RBI Officer exam 2015:

You have to download the call letter (called as Admission Letters by RBI) for the written exam which should be available in RBI website. The date for downloading the Call letter/Admit Card would be sent to your e-mail as well as SMS. So keep checking your mail box nearer exam time.

RBI Officer exam 2015 dates:

Last date for submission of forms: 23/10/2015.
Online Fee Payment : 05/10/2015 to 23/10/2015
Last date for printing of application: 07/11/2015
Date of RBI Officer Exam 2015 Phase-I: November 21 & 22, 2015..
Date of RBI Officer Exam 2015 Phase-II: December 7, 2015.

Hope with above information on RBI exam notification, eligibility and application forms you can apply to the RBI Officer positions with confidence. In my next blog post I would cover RBI Officer Exam Pattern, Papers & Books. Please visit that post!
October 03, 2015
UGC NET 2015 Exam Pattern Format & Cut-Off Marks

UGC NET 2015 Exam Pattern Format & Cut-Off Marks

UGC has retained the same exam pattern for UGC NET December 2015 as the previous year exam and this article is being posted to help you find and analyse what is this UGC NET December 2015 exam pattern, so that you can base your preparation on it. In addition, this article also tells you what is the minimum cut-off mark you should score in UGC-NET so as to qualify in the same.

You can refer to my previous blog post titled: UGC-NET December 2015 Notification, Form & Eligibility to know what is UGC-NET and how to apply for it along with the eligibility required.

UGC NET 2015 Exam Pattern/Format:
As said, pattern of exam/format has not changed from last years exam. There was major change in scheme of exam in UGC NET June 2012.  Previously Paper-I & II were of Objective type while Paper-III was Descriptive type. Also the marks allotted to Paper-III was reduced to 150 from 200 as was in exams prior to UGC NET June 2012.

There is going to be two sessions in the exam day - Morning session from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon and Afternoon session from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. The Morning session has two Papers - Paper-I & Paper-II while afternoon session has one paper - Paper-III.

In Paper-I (i.e. Teaching/ Research aptitude) there are 50 questions with 2 marks each. But in  this paper, you will have the option to choose any 50 question out of a total of 60 questions. In the other two paper, you will not have this option - 50 compulsory questions have to be attempted in Paper-II & 75 questions  in Paper-III.

Thus out of total 350 marks, 250 marks is for your subject knowledge - more than 70%. So you have to put proper emphasis on your Subject knowledge.

With this the paper-wise exam format/pattern of UGC NET December 2014 is as given in the following table:
UGC NET 2013 Exam Pattern

UGC NET Cut-off Marks Category-wise:
Along with the change in the exam pattern, UGC has also changed the minimum cut-off marks for each paper. Now you have to score following minimum cut-off marks in UGC-NET which is given category-wise in the table below:
UGC NET 2013 Cut-off Marks Category-wise

As you can see from above, if you are a General category candidate, you need to score 40 marks in each of Paper-I & Paper-II and 75 marks in Paper-III of UGC-NET exam.

A merit list would be prepared subject-wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of all the three papers secured by candidates who clears the above cut-off marks in UGC NET and top 15% candidates (for each subject and category), will be declared NET qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only. Also, a separate merit list for the award of JRF will be prepared from amongst the NET qualified candidates, from the merit list.
Hope with above information on Exam pattern/Format for UGC NET you can base your preparation accordingly. You can also go through the subsequent blog article of mine titled: UGC-NET Prep Books & Sample papers to know more about UGC NET and how to prepare for the same:

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