What are the Books to be Followed to Prepare for RBI Grade B?

RBI conducts Grade B Exam to recruit Grade B Officers. Since it is a national-level exam, thousands of students apply for it. However, most candidates are not fully aware of the books they should refer to, in order to clear this exam in one go. The Grade B Exam is conducted in two phases. The first phase is an online examination comprising objective-type questions. The second phase is an online examination consisting of both objective and descriptive questions.

The RBI Grade B books that need to be referred according to the subjects of the phase I exam are listed below:

Subjects Books to be referred Writer/Publication
English High School Grammar & Composition Wren & Martin
Objective General English S. P. Bakshi
Word Power Made Simple Norman Lewis
Logical Reasoning Analytical Reasoning M. K. Pandey
  Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R. S. Aggarwal
Banking Awareness Banking Awareness for SBI & IBPS Bank Clerk/PO/RBI Exams/RRB Disha Experts
  Banking Awareness Arihant Experts
Quantitative Aptitude Magical Book on Quicker Maths M. Tyra
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R. S. Aggarwal
  How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude or CAT Arun Sharma

English Writing

In the phase II Exam, the English Writing paper analyses the writing abilities of the candidates. Therefore, there are no specific reference books for this subject as candidates can enhance their knowledge of words and writing style. The candidates must read various types of books and newspapers to get themselves acquainted with different writing styles. Also, they can check Wren and Martin to figure out how to write grammatically correct sentences.

Finance Management

The candidates can refer to the following topics to get a hold on the topics associated with Finance Management:

Book Name Writer/Publication
Indian Economy Mishra and Puri
Indian Economy R. Dutt and KPM Sundaram
Monetary Theory and Public Policy Kenneth Kurihara
An Introduction to Economics A. W. Stonier and DC Hauge
Public Finance K. K. Andley and Sundaram
Economic Growth and Development Mayer and Baldwin
Financial Management Prasanna Chandra

Apart from these books, the candidates should also read newspapers covering topics related to politics, policymaking, economics, and financial matters extensively.

Economic and Social Issues

The books that the candidates should refer to for covering the topics related to Economic and Social Issues are listed below:

Book Name Writer/Publication
Sociology C. N. Shankar Rao
Growth and Development Devray Ray
Indian Economy Uma Kapila (Book Series)
Indian Economy Mishra and Puri (Latest Edition)

The other materials that can help the candidates to stay updated with the latest news and proceedings related to social issues and economics are mentioned below:

Reference Material Particulars
Magazines and Bulletins RBI Bulletins
  Southern Economist
  Economic and Political Weekly
  Business India
Newspapers Hindu
  Economic Times
  Business Standard
Reports Economic Survey of India
  World Development Report

The candidates can also watch news channels highlighting social issues and economics to remain updated with the latest news and events.

Apart from these books, the candidates should go through the previous years’ question papers of Grade B Exams. It will help them to understand the difficulty level and type of questions asked in these exams. As 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer, candidates should answer only the questions they are confident about.


Once the candidates go through the reference books, they should practice mock tests and quizzes thoroughly. BYJU’S Exam Prep allows the candidates to prepare comprehensively by offering test series, updates on current affairs, online courses, GK updates, and much more. They can also take up the mock test for RBI Grade B Exam without paying anything. It is specially created by knowledgeable tutors and experts to help candidates score well in this exam.

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