RBI Mains Question papers of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 are given @bottom. (in pretty readable fonts. These are not those eye-stressing scanned papers.)
- RBI vs UPSC : Mains English paper
- Letter/Report/Memo writing
- Essay Writing
- Précis, Comprehension
- Appendix I: Previous Question Papers RBI Grade B Officer
- Appendix II: Free Study Material
IN RBI Grade “B” Officer Phase II exam (henceforth called RBI Mains), you’ve to face a paper of English language and comprehension. First, let’s compare it with UPSC
|RBI Mains English paper||UPSC Mains Compulsory English paper (2012)|
|Every candidate has to give this paper||Same|
|100 marks||300 marks|
|Marks counted in final merit list||Not counted, but you’ve to pass the paper.|
|Essay worth 500 words||300 words|
(for compulsory English paper)
|Comprehension questions are based on the same precis paragraph||They two provide different passages for precis and comprehension.|
|Grammar not asked||Grammar questions are asked e.g. fill in the blank, active-passive, direct-indirect voice, sentence correction.|
|Vocabulary questions are based on the passage given for précis+comprehension.||Vocabulary questions are ‘absolute’ (i.e. not asked from the passage), they just give you a term and you’ve to write its synonym/antonym.|
|Letter and report writing is asked||not|
In the RBI Mains English paper, usually the pattern is like following:
|Comprehension + vocabulary based on the passage||16|
Let’s start looking at previous questions and the approach
Let’s take a look @Questions asked in Previous RBI Exams:
|Attempt any one of the following in about 250 words, 20 marks.|
How to prepare for Letter / Memo / Report Writing?
- for the basic principles/rules: refer to the IGNOU+NIOS material. (download links @bottom)
- Read English newspaper on daily basis, particularly the economy section, letters to editor and columns to get additional ideas/fodder points.
- practice writing a few reports on your own @home
Let’s take a look @Questions asked in Previous RBI Grade B Exams:
|Write an argumentative essay of about 500 words on any one of the following. 40 marks.|
- Fundamental principles remain same like UPSC Essay: spend the first few minutes on brainstorming the idea. Then rank those ideas, start writing essay: introduction >> body (+/- pros, cons) >> conclusion.
- For more elaboration, read the earlier article on Essay writing Click Me
- To write a decent essay, what you need is decent fodder points.
- Essay can be on variety of topics, so ideally you need to keep reading newspapers, magazines, and some good books from library on regular basis.
- After some months, you have good fodder points on almost every topic.
- I’ve providing two things (in the appendix)
- Topicwise Huge list of essays, from previous UPSC, LIC etc exams. So you can practice them or atleast brainstorm for ideas about how to write them @home.
- IGNOU India democracy and Development zip file. This PDF set contains necessary fodder points to approach most of the social/democracy/Development etc. topics related essays.
- there is no dearth of readymade essay books in the market, but that type of firefighting/desi jugaad, I don’t find it very helpful because such books are either outdated (only reprinted, not updated after 90s), and or don’t cover all the necessary topics. But still, if you want to refer to any books, you may use Spectrum Book of Essays
RBI provides only single passage and asks three types of questions from it
- précis for 24 marks
- Comprehension questions (and vocabulary) for 16 marks.
- =total 40 marks.
- Previous RBI question papers for Mains English paper 1, are given in the appendix of this article. You’ll find the précis/comprehension questions in it.
- For additional practice, I’ve also included last 16 years UPSC Mains compulsory English papers. Because they too contains précis/comprehension questions.
- Other than that, Internet is full tips on précis, of just a google search away.
RBI asks vocabulary questions directly from the passage meant for comprehension. Just like SBIPO. And Unlike UPSC Mains English or SSC CGL.
How to prepare vocabulary?
- Download free software called “WordWeb”: http://wordweb.info/free/
- It is also available for android phones, tablets etc. for free (links on the same site).
- Read daily English newspaper, and whenever you come across any difficult word, note it down in a diary. Once you’ve a list of 10-15 words in your diary, open wordweb software, dig their meaning and note them down. Keep this habit, until you stop giving competitive exams.
- It’s not like RBI will lift questions from it, but with this exercise you’ll be able to accurately guestimate the meanings in the exam hall.
- + If you’re simultaneously preparing for SSC CGL or CAT, I’d suggest go through Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis
RBI Mains Paper 1 English Papers
RBI Mains Paper 2 Economic and Social Issues
RBI Mains Paper 3 Finance and management papers
RBI Prelims papers 2008 and 2010