How to prepare for Phase 1 of RBI Grade B 2017? Insights by EduTap

Many aspirants lose their steam after Phase 1, many aspirants derive a sense of false satisfaction/pride by scoring very well in Phase 1 but then failing to score even average marks in Phase 2, many aspirants clear the overall cutoff but fail to clear the sectional cut off, many aspirants spend the last 40 days before the examination preparing for Phase 1 devoting just the odd 20 days after Phase 1 for Phase 2 preparation, many aspirants do not find their name in the final list.

Do not be that aspirant.

Phase 1 of RBI Grade B examination is the first hurdle in the long journey to RBI Grade B 2017 final list.

More than 2 lakh aspirants apply for this examination, assuming that 50% actually appear i.e. 1 lakh, just 2700 odd candidates are shortlisted for Phase 2.

So while you have to be one of those 2500-2700 candidates who qualify Phase 1, you also have to be one of those 600 odd candidates who qualify Phase 2 and one of those 120-140 candidates who finally secure a place in the final list.

Give Phase 2 the time it deserves, be very smart in your preparation as far as Phase 1 is concerned.

Right Strategy for Phase 1

  • Know the examination- you should be well aware of the marks allocation  and the number of questions that are asked in every section
  • Know the topics- Analyze the previous year papers to understand the topics/sub topics from which questions are asked (check out our video analysis, links are given below)
  • Strategize- Have a plan in mind, the time to be devoted to each section, the order in which you shall pick up the sections, etc
  • Pick your question- Do not solve the paper in the order presented, pick your target and go for the kill!
  • Practice, practice and practice!

The right strategy would be to solve atleast 10 full length mocks and identify your strong and weak areas after every test. You should then practice more MCQs on your weak areas. Apply the above presented strategy in these practice mocks and master it.

Time management is very vital, although there is no one size fits all strategy, the following time division can be followed or you can modify it as per your strategy:

General awareness section:

The most scoring, the least time consuming section of all!

80 marks, 80 questions

Can be completed in 15-20 minutes, one should score atleast 50-55 marks, can go upto 65-70

Reasoning:

60 marks, 60 questions

35-40 minutes should be devoted to this section, aim for 25-30 marks.

Check out our analysis of this section here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gX5CA5d4Ps

Quant:

30 marks, 30 questions

25-30 minutes should be devoted to this section, aim for 12-15 marks.

Check out our analysis of this section here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPfcshjZ2E8

English:

30 marks, 30 questions

25-30 minutes should be devoted to this section, aim for 20-23 marks.

Check out our analysis of this section here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUJkHuWN5MI

Phase 1 is just an unwanted hurdle, do not use an AK 47 to kill a mosquito! Prepare well for ESI, FM as well the English paper of Phase 2. Use your time judiciously, do not fool yourself by making yourself believe that you shall be able to prepare for Phase 2 after Phase 1. Step out of your comfort zone, we know its tough but one day all those late nights and early mornings shall be worth it.

Happy learning and all the best!

Our Phase 1 comprehensive course is available here:

http://www.edutap.co.in/learn/Phase-1-comprehensive-course-for-RBI-Grade-B-2017

All our courses are available here:

www.edutap.co.in/learn

Do write back at learnofy@gmail.com or crackrbi@gmail.com in case you have any query.

EduTap

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