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RBI Grade B Notification 2024, Exam Dates & Job Profile

Topics Covered: RBI Grade B Notification 2024, RBI Grade b Exam Dates 2024, Job Profile of Grade B Officer with Work Timings, Roles & Responsibilities, Career Growth & Job Myths

Preparing for an exam like RBI Grade B requires to have a well – rounded knowledge of the exam – related factors.

So, the first step you must take is to be thorough with all key aspects of the RBI Grade B exam. This gets accomplished when you carefully go through the official notification.

Since it contains details related to the latest eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, and much more. It becomes important to familiarize yourself with all these details. 

Now, another important aspect of the exam is knowing the date when it will commence.

As you must be aware that RBI Grade B exam is held in multiple stages, so having a proper idea of the exam dates will help you strategize your preparation and cover the syllabus accordingly.  

While I am sure many of you must be preparing hard for the exam, but the motivation to sustain those efforts comes when you are driven by a strong purpose! 

This purpose comes once you realize the immensity of responsibilities that are handed over to a RBI Grade B officer. Hence, you must also learn about this crucial factor that will form a major part of your career after you get selected.

Yes, it is the RBI Grade B job profile that I am talking about, which shall enlighten you about the functions an officer will be performing. 

To help you get a holistic idea about the exam, I will be discussing all these factors in detail in the section below.  

So, without further ado, let’s get started!  

Table of Content – RBI Grade B Notification, Exam Dates & Job Profile

RBI Grade B Notification 2024

The RBI Grade B notification 2024 has not been out yet and is expected to release in the month of April/ May 2024.  

The notification contains information related to the latest eligibility criteria, including educational qualification, age limit and exam pattern for RBI Grade B Phase 1 and Phase 2. 

Till then, you can take a look at the important details related to RBI Grade B given in the last year’s notification.  

Previously, the RBI Grade B official notification was out on 9th May 2023. The online application process for the exam started on the same day itself and continued till 16 June 2023.  

The Phase 1 exam of RBI Grade B 2023 took place on 9th July 2023, while the Phase 2 exam commenced on 30th July 2023.  

The RBI Grade B Interview process began from 25th September 2023 and continued till the month of December 2023. A total of 291 vacancies were released with the notification.   

You can check the latest RBI Grade B syllabus 2024; in case you haven’t done so yet.  

RBI Grade B Exam Dates 2024

While the official RBI Grade B 2024 notification is yet to be released, if you planning to prepare for the upcoming RBI Grade B 2024, you can take a look at the previous RBI Grade B Exam Dates 2023.

On 26th April 2023, various newspapers have released an advertisement regarding RBI Grade B notification which will officially be announced on 09th May 2023 along with that has provided official exam dates for various streams for Phase 1 and Phase 2.

The exam for Phase 1 is scheduled for 09 July 2023 and the exam for Phase 2 on 30th July 2023. 

RBI Grade B Exam Dates
2023 EventsDates
Release of RBI Grade B 2023 Notification26th April 2023 (Newspaper Cut Out)
RBI Grade B 2023 Online Registration09th May-16th June 2023 (6:00 PM IST)
Release of 2023 Prelims Admit Card29th June 2023
RBI Grade B 2023 Exam Date for General Phase–I09th July 2023
RBI Grade B 2023 Exam Date for DEPR/DSIM Phase 116th July 2023
Release of RBI Grade B 2023 Phase-I Result18th July 2023
Release of RBI Grade B 2023 Phase-II Admit Card24th July 2023
RBI Grade B 2023 Exam Date Phase-II General (DR)30th July 2023
RBI Grade B 2023 Exam Date Phase-II DEPR02nd Sep 2023
RBI Grade B 2023 Exam Date Phase-II DSIM19th August 2023
Release of RBI Grade B 2023 Phase-II (General) Result28th August 2023
RBI Grade B 2023 Interview Dates25th September to December 2023
RBI Grade B Final Result Declaration13th December 2023
RBI Grade B Final Cut Off Date27th December 2023

RBI Grade B Job Profile

As an RBI Grade B Officer, you will be working with India’s foremost financial establishment and will be making the policies for the banks all around the country and work on monetary policies around the year. 

However, it should also be noted that you shall be on post-trial supervision for a long time which can go up to 4 years as per your performance.  

As far as the assigning goes, the assignment of new officers into the various divisions/departments is a random process. Individuals with experience in HRD might be given Banking Supervision and vice-versa. 

That said, some of the divisions are Financial Markets, Banking Supervision, Banking Regulation, Currency Issuing, Public Debt Office, Foreign Exchange, HRD, and so forth. 

RBI Grade B Officer Job Profile – Roles & Responsibilities 

After undergoing a probation period, the RBI Grade B perform the following functions: 

    • Handing the issuance and circulation of currency: This involves maintaining the currency exchange and regulating its circulation.  
    • Checking the nation’s financial stability: This involves ensuring an adequate supply of liquidity and maintenance of cash flow in the country.  
    • Handling all government bank accounts: Looking after various state and central government accounts by performing merchant banking functions.  
    • Regulating the monetary policies of nation: This involves doing economic analysis and formulating economic policies and compiling data pertaining to select sectors. 

You can check the RBI Grade B preparation strategy & study plan that I have curated.

RBI Grade B Officer Job Profile – Work Timings

Now talking about the daily life of an RBI officer, the RBI has set working hours. However, these working hours differ from region to region and depend on the local conditions.

For example, the New Delhi office has working hours from 10:15 am to 5:30 pm while the Lucknow Office has working hours from 9:45 am to 5:00 pm.

Typically, the working hours are between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. So, to elaborate, all weekends are off (except for certain exceptional circumstances). 

That is because the work is easily manageable during working hours and RBI promotes a good work-life balance. 

Also, you will be asked to choose the location of your choice, but it is not guaranteed that you will get the city of your choice. However, a good thing about the RBI Grade B posting is that all the offices are in cities. 

You can take a look at the RBI Grade B Officer salary & other perks.  

RBI Grade B Officer Job Profile – Career Growth

The RBI Grade B officers are provided with an opportunity to reach higher ranks with the help of promotional examinations within the organization to reach the next level.  

The RBI Grade B officers start off with the post of Assistant Manager and progress in their career in the following order: 

    • Assistant Manager 
    • Manager 
    • Assistant General Manager  
    • Deputy General Manager 
    • General Manager 
    • Chief General Manager 
    • Principal Chief General Manager 
    • Executive Director 
    • Deputy Governor 
    • Governor 

Now check the Job Myths of RBI Grade B Officer.

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RBI Grade B Job Myths

Let us discuss a few Myths about the RBI Grade B job/exam.

Myth 1: Only people with a strong finance background can clear this Exam

Fact 1: It is not true at all. RBI wants diversity in their employees to get good ideas while making policies.

Therefore, even individuals with Engineering or other backgrounds, with the right preparation, should be able to clear the exam.

Myth 2: It resembles a typical bank, monotonous occupation, an absence of development openings

Fact 2: Absolutely, not true. The functioning of RBI is not even close to that of a typical bank. A major chunk of the daily activities, of a typical bank, are client-facing. While the daily activities at RBI involve creating and updating monetary policies among other activities.

Myths 3: There is a lack of Development opportunities at RBI

Fact 3: In reality, there are significant training, research, deputation, and self-development opportunities at RBI.

Myth 4: IIT and IIM Graduates are favored

Fact 4: Well, that’s so Not True!!

Everything relies upon your skills, knowledge, and score in the Phase 2 exam and interview.

Myth 5: My Phase 1 score is marginally more than the cutoff, I won’t be selected

Fact 5: Phase 1 is just a qualifying phase. It doesn’t matter if you clear the cut off by 1 mark or 50 marks as long as you clear it. So, don’t feel deflated instead feel motivated and start preparing for Phase 2.

Myth 6: Initially I should focus only on Phase 1. I will focus on Phase 2 once I clear Phase 1.

Fact 6: A common oversight is that the RBI doesn’t give enough time for Phase 2. A few weeks are given after Phase 1 and you can’t even cover English descriptive in those few days.

So, make sure to prepare for Phase 2 from day 1.

Myth 7: I am getting great scores in other banking exams/I am a UPSC aspirant, clearing RBI ought to be a walk in the park

Fact 7: Scoring great marks in other banking examinations will help you certainly yet you should remember that the level of RBI Grade B examination is different from the level in those examinations. These great scores should serve as a confidence boost for you.

The level of most of the Phase 1 sections is quite tough, in some cases, it matches even the level of CAT.

As for UPSC aspirants, Economics and GS may encourage you, however, RBI Phase 1 paper contains numerous reality-based or scheme questions, which isn’t the situation with UPSC.

Conclusion

On this page, we have discussed all the important information regarding the RBI Grade B notification, which will help you know all key details.

I have also provided RBI Grade B exam dates, so that you can strategize preparation for all three phases, and lastly, RBI Grade B job profile, so that you are familiar with the roles and responsibilities of an officer. I wish you all the best for the future! 

Be confident & stay determined!!

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    What is the Age limit for RBI Grade B 2024?

    Your age is a big criterion when it comes to the topic of eligibility for the RBI Grade B. The age limit to be eligible for RBI Grade B 2024 is as follows: 

    • The minimum age limit to apply for RBI Grade B exam is 21 years, whereas the maximum age limit differs from category to category.  
    • The candidates belonging to unreserved category, the maximum age limit is 30 years,  
    • whereas there is relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST candidates and 3 years for OBC candidates.

    To know more about RBI Grade B Eligibility for 2024 pertaining to age you can check here.

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    What are the topics covered in RBI Grade B Syllabus?

    The RBI Grade B exam is conducted in 2 Phases. For the first phase, you’d need to prepare for one paper with questions pertaining to, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English, and General Awareness. For the second phase, you’d need to study 3 papers based on Economics and Social Issues (ESI), Finance and Management (FM), and English Descriptive. You can check out the detailed RBI Grade B Syllabus here. Good Luck!

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    Which book is best for the RBI Grade B 2024 exam preparation?

    Okay, so let us be clear about this. There is no one book that can act as your guardian angel for this exam. You would need to masterfully choose the things to read from a host of different books. But if you really insist on having a single book, here is the link to one that should best help you prepare for the RBI Grade B 2024 exam: RBI Grade B 2024 Phase 1 Book

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    What is the latest UPSC Syllabus 2024?

    The UPSC Prelims syllabus 2024 which consists of General Studies Paper 1 and CSAT include subjects such as History, Polity, Indian constitution, Science & Tech, English Comprehension, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.   

    Whereas the UPSC Mains syllabus 2024 is comprised of 1 essay, 2 Language Papers, 4 GS Papers and 2 Optional Papers.  

    The syllabus of these papers includes subjects like Modern Indian History, World Geography, International Relations, Indian Economic development, Disaster Management and Ethics, Aptitude and Integrity.   

    To know all the subjects in detail, you can check UPSC syllabus 2024 for CSE has been provided above.    

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    How many attempts can you give for RBI Grade ‘B’ General, DEPR, and DSIM? 

    This is a pretty significant question, knowing the permissible number of attempts for the RBI Grade B exam might help you plan your future accordingly. So here’s the answer: 
    • If you belong to the General category, you can appear no more than 6 times for the RBI Grade B Exam. 
    • If you belong to SC/ST/OBC/PwBD/EWS category, then there are no restrictions on the number of attempts. 

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    What is the syllabus for UPSC Prelims? 

    The syllabus for UPSC Prelims is as follows: 

    • GS paper 1 syllabus includes subjects like History, Polity, Economy, Environment, Geography, Science and Tech. 
    • The CSAT syllabus or Paper 2 includes English comprehension, logical reasoning and analytical skills.  

    The syllabus for both the papers has been explained in detail in this blog above. You can check the UPSC Prelims Syllabus. 

     

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    What are the optional subjects in UPSC? 

    The UPSC provides a list of 26 optional subjects for CSE Mains, some of which are as follows: 

    • Commerce and Accountancy,    
    • Management, 
    • Geography, 
    • Economics    
    • Political Science,   
    • History etc.  

     You can check complete list of UPSC optional subjects  mentioned above in the blog. 

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    Is the Prelims and UPSC Mains Syllabus different? 

    Yes, the UPSC Prelims Syllabus and UPSC Mains Syllabus are different in terms of total number of papers in both phases, e.g., –  

    • There are 2 papers in Prelims and 9 papers in Mains examination. 
    • Objective– based questions are asked in prelims and descriptive questions in mains exam.  
    • There is also an addition of some topics in Mains exam.

    To learn about the UPSC syllabus (Prelims + Mains), you can go through them in the blog above. 

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    Does the RBI Grade B exam has negative marking?

    Yes, there is 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. This marking scheme applies to both the RBI Grade B Prelims, as well as the Mains exams.

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    What is the syllabus of UPSC Mains? 

    The UPSC Mains syllabus has defined set of paper subjects that the candidates are required to cover in order to prepare for Mains Examination. These papers are as follows: 

    • 1 Language Paper of your choice   
    • 1 English Language Paper   
    • 1 Essay Paper   
    • 4 General Studies Papers   
    • 2 Optional Subject Papers  

    The syllabus prescribed for these papers include topics such as Ancient, Medieval and Modern History, Polity, Governance, Internal Security, Science and Tech, Ethics, Aptitude and Integrity.  

    The IAS Syllabus has been talked about in detail in this blog above. To go through the UPSC Mains Syllabus, click here. 

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    How long does it take to prepare for RBI Grade B? 

    Well, the question that you ask is fairly simple, but the answer to this is pretty complex. You see the time that you’d require to prepare perfectly for the RBI Grade B exam is something that would depend on a lot on the following factors: 

    • For example, your education background, meaning if you are from the science, commerce, or humanities streams.  
    • Or the fact that you have or have not appeared for other govt. job exams before, and if you are a working professional or not. Therefore, the preparation time varies from candidate to candidate. 
    • However, it’s safe to say that if you are beginning your preparations from scratch, you’d need 6 months if you are from a commerce background,  
    • While you can allocate the time period of 9 months if you are an aspirant from a non-commerce background.
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    How to choose the optional subject for the UPSC Mains Exam? 

    There are a few factors you need to take into consideration before choosing an optional subject such as: 

    • Your graduation subject 
    • Access to subject material 
    • Familiarity and interest in a particular subject 

    For better understanding of such factors, you can check this video on How to choose the UPSC Optional Subject. 

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    I have scored just above the cut-off. What are my chances for final selection? 

    If you have scored just above the Phase cut off, don’t’ worry, Phase 1 is basically an elimination round.  

    • The marks obtained by candidates in it are not taken into consideration when the final RBI Grade B exam scorecard is computed.  
    • So, that basically means, by scoring above the cut off marks in phase 1 you have just been able to secure yourself a seat in the phase 2 paper, nothing more than that.  
    • It’s entirely up to you now to score well in the Phase 2 exam and Interview to place yourself on the final selection list.
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    Can I prepare for RBI Grade B by practicing mock tests only?

    No, if you are beginning your exam preparation, then just solving mock tests won’t suffice.  There are few preparation tips you need to follow to ace the exam: 

    • You’d need to cover the entire RBI Grade B syllabus thoroughly and then practice on as many RBI Grade B past year question papers as you can.  
    • Check the RBI website for all the updates that the organization releases, and read the newspaper daily for your current affairs preparation.  

    Having said that, if you are too inclined on solving them, you can practice on the Mock Tests that I have created for you.

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    Is there negative marking in the UPSC IAS Exam 2024? 

    Yes, there is a provision of negative marking in the UPSC IAS exam pattern 2024, and the marking scheme is as follows:  

    • For Prelims : Every wrong answer will cost you 1/3rd of the marks for that answer, i.e., 0.66 marks for Paper 1 (GS) and 0.83 marks for Paper 2 (CSAT).  
    • For Mains and Interview: There is no negative marking in these two stages.  
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    Which will be the most scoring section in the RBI Grade B Exam 2022? 

    If we are to go by the exam that happened in 2022, the most scoring section in the 2022 RBI Grade B was General Awareness. So, I think in the 2023 RBI Grade B exams too, the General Awareness section would be the most scoring. 

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    Why is it important to understand the IAS exam pattern? 

    Understanding the IAS exam pattern is an extremely important aspect of the IAS exam preparation. This will help you decide on the topics that you would need to prioritize and focus most on and the ones that you can leave for later.  

    Apart from that, it also helps in understanding other factors such as the weightage of the given topics in the exam, nature of the questions asked in the paper as well as help in better judgement of your own strengths and weaknesses.    

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    In how many shifts will the RBI Grade B Exam 2024 be conducted? 

    For 2023 RBI Grade B Phase 1 exam, there were 2 shifts conducted.  Therefore, there is a possibility in the 2024 RBI Grade B exam too that it will have the same number of shifts. But this information will be known for certain only after the official 2024 notification is released.

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    Are Commerce and Management good options to choose as an optional subject? 

    Yes, Commerce and Management are definitely good choices as optional subjects as they have a good success rate among candidates. Even though they’re not as popular as the other optional subjects like Geography or Public Administration, there have been several IAS toppers who have chosen Commerce or Management as their optional subjects and made it big.    

    Now to state, some advantages of choosing Commerce or Management as the subjects of your optional papers are that they’re generally scoring subjects as they’re logic and rationality-based by nature.  

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    What is the IAS exam pattern of Prelims? 

    The IAS exam pattern of the Prelims section consists of 2 papers. Both the papers have objective-type questions with a total of 200 marks each are as follows: 

    • The GS Paper 1 –  It contains 100 questions and has negative marking. For each right answer, the candidate receives 2 marks, and for every wrong one, they lose 0.66 marks. The total time duration for the GS paper is 2 hours.   
    • The CSAT paper –  There are 80 questions and has the provision of negative marking. For each right answer, the candidate receives 2.5 marks, and for every wrong one, they lose 0.83 marks. The total time duration for the CSAT paper is 2 hours. 
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    What is the selection process for the UPSC IAS Exam? 

    According to the UPSC Exam Pattern, the selection procedure for the UPSC CSE is a 3-stage process:   

    • Prelims – At first stage of the UPSC exam is an objective type of exam comprising of 2 papers. The 2 papers are the GS and CSAT papers.    
    • Mains – After clearing the prelims exam, the candidate appears for the second stage of the exam cycle which comprises of 9 descriptive papers and finally,   
    • Interview – After qualifying the Mains, the candidates undergoes the third and the final round which is also known as the Personality Test.    

    The final selection depends on the combined performance in both the Mains & Interview Round (i.e., marks obtained from a total of 2025 marks – 1750 for Mains & 275 for Interview Round). 

     

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    What is the pay scale of an RBI Grade B Officer? 

    The pay scale for a newly recruited RBI Grade B officer starts with a basic salary of Rs. 55,200 a month (Gross salary is around Rs. 1,16,914 per month in metro cities). Initial Basic Pay is Rs. 55,200 p.m. with a yearly increment of Rs.2850 for 9 years. After 9 years, Rs. 80850 is your basic pay and yearly increment of Rs. 2850 for the next two years if you reach the Efficiency Bar (EB). After a total of 11 years, Rs. 86,550 is your basic pay and a yearly increment of Rs. 3300 for the next four years. Rs. 99,750 is the Maximum Basic Pay after 16 years.

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    What is the pattern for the UPSC Mains exam? 

    According to the UPSC exam pattern, the IAS Mains exam has a total of 9 descriptive type papers. There is no negative marking and all the papers are of 3 hours each. The exam pattern for Mains is as follows: 

    • Out of the 9 papers, there are 2 are language papers which are qualifying in nature with 300 marks for each, the candidate is required to score a minimum of 25% marks in the two language papers with 300 marks each  
    • Among the remaining 7 papers, there is 1 essay paper, 4 General Studies papers, and 2 papers based on the optional subject that a candidate chooses. All the papers are maximum marks of 250 each. 

     

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    What is the basic pay of RBI Grade B Officer? 

    Answer: The basic pay of a Grade B Officer in the Reserve Bank of India is Rs. 55,200/month. This is just basic pay. The salary further increases as the recruit gains experience in the organization. The basic pay does not even include any of the allowance and perks that you’ll receive as an officer. Moreover, it’s a known fact that you will not need to touch a penny out of your basic pay given the allowances and perks that you’ll receive. Sounds like the perfect bargain doesn’t it? So, what are you waiting for? Start preparing for the RBI Grade B exam already. 

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    How many subjects are there for IAS Prelims? 

    The two papers in the UPSC Prelims exam pattern include some of the subjects as follows:  

    • GS paper –  For Paper 1 of CSE Prelims, some of the subjects are Economics, Geography, History, Environmental science, Sociology, Political science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. 
    • CSAT paper – The questions are asked primarily from 3 subjects – English, Quantative Aptiude and Logical Reasoning . 
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    What is the CTC of RBI Grade B Officer?

    As per the revised salary mentioned in the official RBI Grade B in the previous notification 2024. The total CTC of RBI Grade B officer can vary between 20 to 24 Lacs per annum. However, this case is for those who will be posted in metro cities. Neat, isn’t it? If this doesn’t make you want to be an RBI Grade B officer, I don’t know what will.

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    How many papers are there in IAS Mains? 

    There are a total of 9 descriptive type papers given in the IAS Mains which are as follows: 

    • 2 lanuguage papers – Paper A (Compulsory Indian Language) and Paper B (English) which are qualifying in nature.  
    • 1 Essay paper for which the candidate are required to write 2 essays.  
    • 4 General Studies Papers, i.e., GS Paper I, II, III and IV.  
    • 2 Optional Papers for which the candidate is required to select an optional subject. 
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    What is the in-hand salary of RBI Grade B Officer? 

    I get it. Getting to know the salary that a job offers, works as one of the greatest motivators for the person working to attain it. So, let me get to it right away. The initial in-hand salary of a Grade B officer of RBI is approx more than 1,16,000 INR/month.

    The amount includes all the allowances, incentives and is adjusted for deductions. Moreover, this is just the initial salary. It further increases with experience, not to mention, with every promotion that an officer secures. It’s a quite handsome deal, isn’t it? Makes it even more worthy of being pursued. 

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    When will the UPSC Mains Admit Card for 2024 release?

    The admit card for the UPSC Mains 2024 is expected to be released 2-3 weeks prior to the Mains examination. The UPSC Mains 2024 exam will commence on 20th September 2024  

     

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    What perks are given to a Grade B Officer apart from the RBI Grade B Salary?

    Answer: Apart from the prescribed RBI Grade B salary, an officer is also entitled to receive various perks and benefits. These perks and benefits are a huge luxury compared to what the rest of the jobs in the market have to offer and should make your resolve to achieve your goal of becoming an RBI Grade B officer even stronger. Written below are the various perks and benefits given to an Officer apart from RBI Grade B Salary: 

    • Back Accommodation 
    • Medical Allowance 
    • Leave Fare Concession 
    • Furnishing of Residence 
    • Miscellaneous Allowance (Fuel, Furniture, etc.) 
    • 1984 Riot Victims – 5 years 
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    What all information does the UPSC IAS Admit card have? 

    The information written on the IAS admit card pertains to all the important inputs made by the candidate during the registration process such as: 

    • Date of Examination 
    • Name of the Candidate 
    • Roll Number 
    • Photo ID Card (e.g., Aadhar Card etc.) 
    • Name of the Candidate’s Father 
    • Name of the Candidate’s Mother 
    • Physically Handicapped Status 
    • Center & Venue of Examination 
    • Time of the Examination 
    • Candidate’s Photograph & Registration ID 
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    What happens if a candidate submits multiple online applications? 

    In the case where a candidate applies for the IAS exam multiple times, only the last UPSC application form submitted successfully shall be considered for further processing. This means that all the previous application forms filled and submitted by the candidate will be ignored. 

    Therefore, it is advised that you fill only one UPSC application form. 

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    Can I withdraw my application from this exam? 

    No, candidates are not allowed to withdraw their exam applications after successful submission of the same.

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    How can I attempt the RBI Grade B Free Mock Test?

    It’s a great thing that you are looking to solve RBI Grade B Mock tests. 

    • Practicing more and more mock tests render you with faster comprehension skills and a chance to know your strong and weak areas.  
    • Also, solving mock tests brings you the closest you can be to solving the actual RBI Grade B exam papers in real-time.  

    Having said that, I have made necessary provisions to quell your appetite for free RBI Grade B Mock Tests. You can find them at the top of this blog page. 

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    How can I get my UPSC IAS Application Form Corrected? 

    To get your UPSC IAS application corrected you should contact the Union Public Service Commission Officials. You can take this step if you have any doubts or objections regarding the same. Any discrepancies that you might find related to the UPSC IAS Application Form can be resolved if you contact the officials on the contact details that the UPSC has provided for candidates. I have mentioned them below.   

    UPSC Contact Details:  

    UPSC Help Desk/Phone numbers: 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591. 

    UPSC Official Website – https://www.upsc.gov.in/

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    What are some good study materials for the English test in the RBI Grade B Exam?

    Answer: English Descriptive consists of Essay, Reading Comprehension & Precis. So, there is no definite study material for the English Descriptive Test. Instead, you should practice writing on a weekly basis to prepare for it. For a detailed & complete preparation strategy for the English Descriptive section, you can check out one of my Quora answers

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    Can Anuj Jindal’s RBI Grade B Mock Tests help me clear the exam?

    Answer: I know I might sound a bit proud while writing this but the RBI Grade B Mock tests that I have uploaded on my site are based on the most recent exam patterns and are compiled by experts and toppers. So, rest assured, if you choose to practice these mock tests diligently, you’ll definitely have an upper hand. 

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    How to make the best use of books for the RBI Grade B 2024 Exam?

    Working smart, instead of working hard can make all the difference in the world. I don’t usually recommend reading every book front to back. That would take too much time and energy. Hence, you can follow these steps instead: 

    • Collect all the study material listed here in this article.  
    • Once you are done collecting the required study material, you should get down to drafting a pragmatic study plan and take notes accordingly.  
    • You should read only the portions of books that are relevant to your study plan.  
    • You can choose to purchase the RBI Grade B Quantitative Phase 1 Book written by me.  
    • Alternatively, you may choose to purchase the Kit containing Phase 1 book, Phase 2 book, Summary Sheets and goodies as well. To purchase call at +91-9999466225. 

    If you need help preparing a study plan, refer to this blog on creating your personalised preparation strategy plan.

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    How can a candidate choose the best study material for RBI Grade B 2024? 

    To choose the best study material for RBI Grade B 2024, you can refer to the following steps: 

    • You can pick up some of the best books and study material as listed above in this article and start going through the relevant topics thoroughly.  
    • Make sure that all the study material you choose should meticulously be curated, by you, according to your vision of cracking the exam.  

    If you want help choosing the best books, you can read more about the same in this article itself.

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    How many RBI Grade B Phase 1 Mock Tests are provided by Anuj Jindal?

    Answer: You get 10 RBI Grade B Phase 1 Mock Tests, on my website. Practicing these mock tests with the intention to gauge your performance is the most sensible way to clear the RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam. 

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    How many RBI Grade B Phase 2 Mock Tests are provided by Anuj Jindal? 

    Answer: You get 20 RBI Grade B Phase 2 Mock Tests. 10 of these are ESI Mock Tests and the other 10 are FM Mock Tests. The RBI Grade B Phase 2 paper or the Mains is the most important when it comes to clearing the RBI Grade B exam. So, solving as many RBI Grade B Mains Mock tests as possible would boost you by leaps and bounds in your preparation for the exam.

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    How to memorize faster from the study material of RBI Grade B 2024?

    I know, memorization can be an extremely humdrum and long-drawn process, if not done the right way.  

    • One of the effective ways to do so is by going through your books/notes for RBI Grade B 2024 diligently, and at regular intervals.  
    • You can also look into techniques of memory retention, like for instance using a mind map.  
    • Using a mind map, you can learn to relate everything that you want to memorize with a visual queue. That way it would become much easier for you to memorize stuff.  
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    What should be the difficulty level of the IAS mock tests that I should solve/attempt? 

    The difficulty level of the IAS mock tests or the UPSC test series should be a little higher than the actual IAS exam. That is because by solving IAS mock tests of higher difficulty levels, you’d be able to prepare much better for the actual IAS exam. You might even find the actual paper to be easier and may score high marks. 

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    What are the advantages of attempting IAS mock tests 2024? 

    The advantages of attempting mocks are many, and therefore should not be overlooked. Some of these benefits are as follows: 

    • Better understanding of the exam pattern 
    • Analyzing the difficulty level 
    • Assessment of strengths and weaknesses 
    • Enhancing the answer- writing skills 

    There are several other benefits as well. You can check it out in the article given above. 

      

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    Does RBI release notification every year?

    Yes. RBI releases the RBI Grade B notification every year. 

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    What is the right time to start with UPSC Mock Test Series? 

    The best time to start with your UPSC Mock test series is right at the beginning of your preparation itself. Even before you have started with your syllabus. Then of course, as the exams come nearer and nearer, you should solve more and more mocks with increasing seriousness, making sure to do so as if solving a real exam.   

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    Can final year students apply for RBI Grade B Recruitment 2024 

    No.

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    When will the RBI Grade B 2023 Notification release? 

    The notification for the recruitment of RBI Grade B officers 2023 has been officially released on 09th May 2023. 

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    Is there a sectional cut off in the RBI Grade B exam? 

    Oh yes, certainly, there’s a sectional cut off in the RBI Grade B exam. Therefore, you need to remember not to just focus on the sections you are good at. Since every section carries its own separate cut off marks, you’d be wise to pay attention to all of them to the required extent. If you want to know about the cut offs in detail, I have made it available here

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    What is UPSC CSE? 

    UPSC CSE or the Civil Services Examination is a nationwide exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment of officers to the elite services of the Indian Government, such as the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Foreign Services (IFS), Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Revenue Services (IRS), etc. 
     

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    Is there any negative marking in the RBI Grade B Exam? 

    Yes, unfortunately, there’s negative marking in the RBI Grade B exam. 1/4th marks are deducted for every wrong answer. This applies to both the RBI Grade B Prelims, as well as the Mains exam. I know this somewhat of a letdown. Just make sure you choose your answers after much deliberation, and you’ll sail through unscathed. 

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    Are the questions asked in IAS exams tough? 

    No, I wouldn’t say that the questions asked in the IAS exams are tough per se, but sure, if you have not prepared well enough, then it’s definitely one of the toughest exams you’ll come across. 

    That said, the questions that are asked in the IAS exams are set with the intention of testing you on your grasp of the various concepts pertaining to the IAS syllabus. 

    Therefore, if your concepts are clear and you can jot down your thoughts in an articulate manner, you can easily sail through across the exams and score well above the UPSC cut offs. 

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    What is the full form of terms like the UPSC CSE, and IAS? 

    The full form of UPSC is Union Public Service Commission, and CSE is Civil Services Exam. The full form of IAS is Indian Administrative Services.  
     

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    Which optional subject should I choose for UPSC Mains? 

    That said, the most commonly opted-for subjects for the optional paper are Geography, Public Administration, psychology, political science, History, Sociology, Philosophy, anthropology, etc.  

    However, according to me, you should always choose the subject that you are most comfortable in

    There are a lot of optional subjects to choose from when it comes to the UPSC Mains. There are 25 subjects in total. To know the names of the optional subjects, you can read the blog that I have written on the topic of the UPSC IAS syllabus.  

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    What is the job profile of an IAS Officer? 

    The job of an IAS officer can be extremely varied, but as the name suggests, it’s mostly to do with administrative and management-related works, such as advising ministers about issues, policy formulation, maintenance of law and order, implementation, and monitoring of policies, revenue collection, etc.  

    To know more about the job profile of an IAS Officer in detail, read my blog on the same. 

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    Do questions from the RBI Grade B Previous Year Question paper repeat?

    Answer: Since the syllabus does not vary, the same topics find their place every year in the RBI Grade B examination. However, when it comes to whether the exact question can come again in the subsequent year’s exam, to that I would say, the probability of that happening in one of country’s most competitive exams is less. 

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    What is the Medium of the RBI Grade B Question Paper? 

    Answer: RBI has given the provision of choosing the medium. Therefore, a candidate can pick between English and Hindi as the medium to answer RBI Grade B Question Paper. However, the English section of both Phase-1 & Phase-2 needs to be answered in English irrespectively.  

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    Where can I find UGC NET free mock tests?

    To prepare for UGC NET 2024 exam, solving mock tests is an excellent way to familiarize with exam pattern. You can find free UGC NET Paper 1 & 2 online mock tests  at the top of this page.

     

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    What is the exam pattern of UPSC Exam 2024? 

    The Prelims papers of the UPSC CSE are entirely objective in nature, meaning that the questions asked are MCQ-based. Getting to the papers involved in the Prelims, they are General Studies (GS 1) or Paper 1 and the Civil Services Aptitude Test also known as GS 2 or Paper 2.  

    Both Prelims papers have to be completed in a maximum duration of 2 hours and carry a weightage of 200 marks each with negative marking. To know the detailed exam pattern for UPSC CSE Prelims, check the linked blog. 

     

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    Can candidates use calculators in UPSC Civil Services Exam? 

    No, however, there are some exceptions

    So, you won’t be allowed to use a calculator while solving your Prelims paper, and also in your Mains paper. However, in certain optional papers like Mathematics, Management, or other optional papers involving numericals, you are allowed to used calculators

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    Is the RBI Grade B exam Tough?

    Answer: The RBI Grade B exam is one of the most competitive exams in the country. For every seat, there is more than lakh students competing for it. Moreover, the syllabus is as vast as it gets, therefore, the exam can be everything but easy. But whether it can be termed as tough, depends on the degree of your preparation. 

    To give you a greater understanding of the level of the exam, I have given the previous year’s analysis of the RBI Grade B exam, and the information related to the cutoff of RBI Grade B exam. Explore these pages, to know the answer to this question. 

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    Can I get the previous year UPSC question papers online? 

    Yes, of course, you can get the Previous year’s question papers online on my website. To access downloadable pdfs of past year papers of UPSC CSE, check the linked blog

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    In which mode will be the RBI Grade B 2024 examination conducted?

    The RBI Grade B 2024 examination will take place in the online mode.

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    What is the cut off of RBI Grade B 2021? 

    RBI Grade B Phase 1 Cut Off 2021 (Overall) – General – 66.75, EWS – 66.75, OBC – 63.75, SC – 53.50, ST – 52.75 & PwBD – 52.75. It was released on 31st March 2021 i.e. roughly 3 weeks after the 2021 Phase 1 exam. Check sectional cut off in RBI Grade B Phase 1 Cut Off section in the section above. 

    RBI Grade B Phase 2 Cut Off 2021 – It is yet to be released. However, I’d advise that you keep checking on the blog above for updates. 

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    When to Take UGC NET Mock Test?  

    Before attempting UGC NET mock tests, you can follow these steps I have suggested below:  

    • Attempt a NTA NET mock test and identify your strong & weak areas first.   
    • Work on eliminating your weaknesses and strengthening your strong points.    
    • After doing so, take another mock test to again see where you stand as per your conceptual understanding of topics.  
    • Repeat the process until you clear all weak points in your preparation.  
    • Continue solving more mock tests till the very last day before the real exam 

    That said, every mock that you successfully solve and the lesser and lesser time duration you do so in will increase your confidence exponentially. 

     

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    How many UGC NET Mock Tests for Paper 1 & 2 are enough to prepare for UGC NET exam? 

    Since mock tests are a medium of practice and I am assuming that you know that no amount of practice is enough. Therefore, give as many UGC NET mock tests of Paper 1 & 2 as you can. 

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    I have scored just above the RBI Grade B 2021 Phase 1 cut off. What are my chances for final selection? 

    If you have scored just above the Phase cut off, don’t’ worry, Phase 1 is basically an elimination round. The marks obtained by candidates in it are not taken into consideration when the final RBI Grade B exam scorecard is computed. 

    So, that basically means, by scoring above the cut off marks in phase 1 you have just been able to secure yourself a seat in the phase 2 paper, nothing more than that. It’s entirely up to you now to score well in the Phase 2 exam and Interview to place yourself on the final selection list. 

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    What is the Prelims exam date for UPSC IAS 2024?

    The 2024 UPSC prelims exam date is scheduled on 26th May 2024. 

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    What are the UPSC 2024 Mains exam dates?

    The UPSC Mains 2024 exam will commence on 20th September 2024 for 5 days. 

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    When are the start and end dates to apply online for UPSC IAS 2024?

    The UPSC online application process 2024 has begun with the release of the notification, i.e., 14th February 2024 and will continue till 5th March 2024. Know more about the process to apply online for UPSC examination. 

     

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    What are the important current affairs topics from where IAS questions can be asked in UPSC Prelims 2024? 

    Okay, this is a very important question because the current affairs topics form a major part of the question pool of the prelims stage. So let us understand the kind of topics that you should be aware of to successfully clear the UPSC cut offs for the prelims.  

    So, UPSC usually asks questions from schemes, programs, acts, and National/international events that have been in the news for the last 2 years. Therefore, to ace the current affairs portion of the Prelims exam, you’d need to go through all the current affairs news daily without a miss. 

     

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    Is it possible to prepare for UPSC through self-study? 

    Yes, it is possible for you to prepare for UPSC through self- study as well as clear this prestigious exam. However, there are few important points you must keep in mind while beginning your exam preparation: 

    • You must have a comprehensive IAS preparation strategy which includes a reliable booklist and the right study material to effectively cover the syllabus.  
    • To clear the exam, you would also need to work hard, be dedicated, and be extremely motivated to carry on with your studies along with the dedicated IAS strategy.  

    However, I’d also add here, that taking help from online coaching agencies, at least as far as their Mock test series or current affairs modules go, is not a bad idea. They help cut down preparation time by a whole lot. 

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    What are the steps to attempt mock tests by NTA? 

    To take the UGC NET free mock tests by the NTA, you can follow the steps given below:  

    1. Visit the official website of the NTA and click on the option for “Mock Test”   
    2. Select the ‘UGC-NET’ exam option, choose the paper of your choice, and click “Start Mock Test”.    
    3. Click on the “Login” button and read all the instructions carefully.    
    4. Next, tick the checkbox given at the bottom of the page and press proceed.    
    5. The UGC NET Mock Test will be displayed on your screen.
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    What kind of questions are asked in the IAS interview? 

    The questions in IAS interviews asked from the wide – ranging topics such as personal background, educational qualifications, interests, hobbies, current affairs, national and international events, socio- political issues, governance and ethics. The UPSC Interview pattern is designed to test a candidate’s general awareness, decision – making abilities, problem – solving skills and moral integrity.  

    Some examples of the type of questions asked are as follows: 

    • What is the meaning of your name and explain your background? 
    • Where do you live? Tell us interesting facts about your native place? 
    • Explain why did you pursue this subject for your graduation? 
    • Did you participate in other activities during your college time? 
    • Did you read about the recent incident which took place in your native place? 
    • What are your thoughts on the current socio- political climate in India? 
    • Tell us about your interests and hobbies which you pursue in idle time? 
    • How will your past working experience help you in administration? 
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    Are there any cut off marks for the interview round?

    No, there isn’t any cut off marks for the interview round (Phase 3) of the RBI Grade B exams. 

    However, do not make the mistake of underestimating the Interview round, as the scores you secure in this round can make all the difference in terms of getting you through to being an RBI Grade B officer or missing it.

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    Is there a sectional cut off in the RBI Grade B exam? 

    Oh yes, certainly, there’s a sectional cut off in the RBI Grade B exam. Therefore, you need to remember not to just focus on the sections you are good at. Since every section carries its own separate cut off marks, you’d be wise to pay attention to all of them to the required extent. If you want to know about the cut offs in detail, I have made it available here

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    What is JRF in the UGC NET exam?

    The full form of JRF is Junior Research Fellowship. 

    Basically, the JRF holders are the creme de la creme of all those who qualify for the UGC NET exams, which constitutes a very less percentage of the total qualifiers. The JRF letter/e-Certificate signifies that a JRF holder can avail of the scholarship while pursuing M.Phil./Ph.D. 

    The intention behind the JRF is to inspire NET JRF qualified students to pursue M.Phil./Ph.D. in their area of interest. NTA declares two cut offs – one for clearing NET (which makes you eligible to apply for Assistant Professorship) and the other one (higher of the two) for JRF. The E-Certificate/score is valid for 3 years whereas the NET score is valid for the lifetime. 

    The JRFs are entitled to some special benefits that separate them from normal NET qualifiers. 

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    What is the selection process for RBI Grade B 2024 recruitment? 

    If you want to be an RBI Grade B officer, knowing the process is the first step to become one. So, the Selection Process of RBI Grade B 2023 consists of three rounds, i.e., Prelims Examination, Mains Examination, and Personal Interview. If you are able to clear all three rounds, you will become entitled to receive the much-coveted letter offering you the post of an RBI Grade B officer. 

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    What is the stipend after qualifying the UGC NET JRF?

    After qualifying JRF, you will be eligible for stipend of approximately 31000 INR per month (for the first 2 years) if you pursue a Ph.D. or M.Phil. from a UGC NET approved university.

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    Will there be an interview after the written exams? 

    The interview round will be held after you clear the first and subsequently the second phase of the Exam. That said, only applicants who will clear the minimum sectional cut off and the overall cut off will be called for the interview round. 

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    Is UGC NET and JRF the same? 

    Let me say straight off the bat that the exam for qualifying both is the same. However, there are a few differences pertaining to the benefits and the cut off. Let me elaborate. 

    When the UGC NET JRF results are released, then there are two cut offs declared, one for the UGC NET and the other for the UGC NET JRF. The JRF cut off is slightly higher than the other cut off. Those who clear the JRF cut off become JRF qualifiers and those who manage to clear the UGC NET cut off but not the UGC NET JRF cut off become eligible for Assistant Professor. 

    The next difference is that the score of NET is valid for a lifetime whereas the score of JRF is valid only for 3 years. The JRF qualification entitles you to a host of other benefits which I have answered in the question pertaining to the ‘benefits of NET JRF’ in this blog. 

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    What are the benefits of NET JRF? 

    Being a NET JRF qualifier myself, I think I can answer this question better than most. 

    You see, the UGC NET exam gives you an opportunity to foray into the field of academics and research by making you eligible for a post of an assistant professor, or a Junior Research Fellow (JRF), or both. In the case of the assistant professor post, you only need to score above the cut offs in the exam to become eligible for it. 

    However, to be eligible for the JRF post, you’d need to clear the exam with high marks. Being a JRF will entitle you to a scholarship of 31000 INR per month for the first 2 years and 35000 INR per month for the remaining tenure after that. Sweet, isn’t it? So, I’d urge you to put in the extra effort, ace your UGC NET, and become a JRF. 

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    How many UPSC test papers should be taken before the exam? 

    Well, the perfect answer to that question would be, “As many as you can”. That’s because no matter how many UPSC test papers or previous year question papers you solve, it’s never enough.  

    The reason for that is the UPSC exams are well known for being unpredictable in nature, as far as the kind of questions asked is concerned.  Thus, test papers will prepare you enough to be able to expect any and every variation that the UPSC incorporated in the IAS exam question pool. 

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    What are the benefits of attempting the UPSC previous year papers? 

    The benefits of attempting UPSC previous year question papers are enormous. Let me quote a few of them:   

    • Knowing the Exam Pattern  
    • Gauging the Levels of Prelims & Mains  
    • Identification of Important Topics  
    • Understanding Your Strengths & Weaknesses  
    • Better Time Management 
    • Increase Intuitive abilities for marking correct answers 

    To understand these benefits in detail, check the linked portion that will give you precise knowledge about UPSC Previous Year Papers. 

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    For how many subjects is the UGC NET Exam conducted? 

    The UGC NET exam is a series of exams conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for 83 different subjects including Management, Philosophy, Electronic Science, Yoga, and many others. Most of the subjects belong to non-science streams like Humanities, Management, Arts, etc. The latest addition in the UGC NET subject list is Hindu Studies and Indian Knowledge System.

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    How many students are selected for the IAS interview? 

    I get asked this question a lot, and the answer is that around 2 to 2.5 the number of vacancies announced for the particular year’s IAS exam are selected for the IAS interviews.  

    Apart from that, you should know that only the people who are able to clear the UPSC cut offs for the Mains papers of the IAS exams are called to appear for the interview round. 

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    How many marks are required to qualify the IAS exam? 

    In short, you need to clear the overall UPSC cut offs to qualify/clear the UPSC IAS exam

    The overall cut offs are decided by taking into account the scores of the Mains exams and the Interview round.  

    If you want a detailed answer to this question, you should read the UPSC cut offs section on the blog given above. 

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    What is the procedure to prepare the IAS prelims cut off? 

    The IAS prelims cut off is prepared by taking into account the General Studies Paper 1 only

    As far as Paper 2 or CSAT goes, the CSAT is only a qualifying paper where candidates just need to score above 33% of the total marks. This means that the marks secured by candidates in the CSAT paper are not considered while preparing the Prelims cut off. 

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    What rank is required to get into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)? 

    So, the answer differs according to the various reservation categories and it also changes depending on the year of the exam. So, what I am writing here is merely a general estimate.   

    For the general category, you’d need to have an All-India Rank (AIR) that does not go beyond the range of 75-95 if you want to be an IAS officer. For OBC, the rank cannot be greater than the range of 460-470, For SC, 840-650, and for STs, 765-775. 

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    What is the total number of vacancies that are released in the RBI Grade B notification 2024?   

    The RBI Grade B 2024 Notification has not been released yet, you can check the RBI Grade B 2023 Vacancies. 

    In 2023, a total of 291 vacancies were released and these vacancies were categorically as follows: 

    • General (DR) 222 Vacancies 
    • DEPR (DR)- 38 Vacancies 
    • DSIM (DR)- 31 Vacancies 
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    How many times is UGC NET conducted in a year? 

    The UGC NET is held twice every year i.e., once in June and once in December.

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    What is the full form of UGC NET?
    • UGC stands for University Grant Commission. It was established on 28th December 1953 by the Government of India and became a statutory body under the UGC Act in 1956.  
    • The National Testing Agency on behalf of UGC conducts the exam for NET.  
    • NET stands for National Eligibility Test which is conducted with the primary aim of determining the eligibility for the posts of Assistant Professor (AP) & Junior Research Fellowship Award (JRF) in universities and colleges in India.  
    • You can read more about the NET exam here.
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    Is UGC NET December 2023 notification out?  

    The official notification for UGC NET December 2023 has been released on 30th September 2023 and the exam was scheduled from 06th December 2023 to 22nd December 2023. However, as per the revised exam schedule, the UGC NET 2023 December cycle will be held from 06th December 2023 to 14th December 2023.

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    What is the starting salary of an IAS officer after the 7th Pay Commission? 

    The starting basic salary of an IAS officer is Rs. 56,100 per month. And that is just the basic IAS salary per month without taking into account all the perks and allowances that he is eligible to receive, like Dearness Allowance (DA), Transport Allowance (TA), and House Rent Allowance (HRA), and so on and so forth.

    Therefore, the starting gross salary can get close to Rs. 1,50,000 per month (depending on the DA & other allowances at the time).  

    Also, to note is that the base monthly salary of an IAS officer is when he’s been in the civil services for 1-4 years. So, after 4 years the basic monthly salary of IAS officers increases to 67,700 INR. However, since the question asks about the starting salary of an IAS officer, I will stop right there. 

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    Who pays the salary of an IAS officer? 

    This is an important question. So, the answer is, the state government pays the salary of IAS officers. Now, you might be thinking that how is this possible when the IAS officers have been selected via the UPSC, and not the State PSCs.

    Well, the explanation for this is that the salary of IAS officers is decided and fixed by the Union Government of India. However, it is the State government that pays the salary of IAS officers, to those assigned to the state in question. 

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    What is the salary of an IAS per day? 

    Well, I can tell you the basic monthly salary of an IAS officer who’s been in service for 1-4 years, and that is Rs. 56,100. That’s of course excluding all the allowances that he/she receives. 

    So, to find out the per day salary of the IAS officer we’d just need to divide the base monthly salary amount by 26, considering that Saturdays are mostly working for IAS officers. So the per day salary amounts to around Rs. 2,157 excluding daily allowances (HRA, DA etc.). 

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    Is the Salary of an IAS Officer more than that of an IPS Officer? 

    Yes, the IAS officer salary is slightly higher than that of an IPS officer, because the IAS officer mostly is a bit more superior in terms of power and importance.

    This can be assessed by the fact that there is usually only one IAS officer in an area, but the number of IPS officers present in an area can be decided according to the area’s requirement. 

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    What are the perks of an IAS Officer? 

    The perks of being an IAS officer are many. You’ll get: 

    • Travel Allowance 
    • Dearness Allowance 
    • House Rent Allowance 
    • Electricity & Water Bills 
    • Mobile Bills 
    • Medial Expenses 
    • Study Leaves of up to 2 years after a service of more than 7 years 
    • Abroad Study Option 
    • House Help Support 
    • Job Security 
    • Pension & Retirement Benefits 
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    What is HRA and DA for IAS Officer?

    HRA is basically short for House Rent Allowance, and DA is short for Dearness Allowance. These allowances form a pretty significant portion of an IAS officer’s gross monthly salary. 

    HRA

    • 24% in Class X cities 
    • 16% in Class Y cities 
    • 8% in Class Z cities 

    However, HRA is linked to DA and will change once the DA crosses 50% and again when it crosses 100%. 

    DA: 

    The DA is linked to inflation and is revised twice a year. It is 31% as of December 2021. 

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    Does the government provide the electricity and other bills of an IAS officer? 

    Yes, that is usually the case, and even if it’s not, the costs are heavily subsidized. And it is not just the electricity bills, but the water bills, gas, and phone bills, that are also taken care of by the government.

    This is so because the IAS’ post is an extremely important post and demands that the officer in question be completely subservient to the act of solving the problems of the area that he is posted in. 

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    Do IAS officers get a salary during training? 

    Yes. IAS officers do get paid a monthly stipend of Rs 56,100 during their 2 year training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration or LBSNAA.   

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    What are the eligibility criteria for RBI Grade B General, DEPR, and DSIM? 

    Answer: The Educational Qualification for General (DR) of the candidate should be as follows:  

    • General – minimum aggregate of 60% marks in Graduation or 55% marks in Post-Graduation 
    • SC/ST/PwBD- minimum aggregate of 50% marks in Graduation or pass marks in Post-Graduation 

    To know the Educational Qualification for DEPR and DSIM, read the full Eligibility Criteria here. 

    The Age Criteria to be eligible for the exam are:  

    • You must be above the age of 21 years but must not have touched the 30th year of your life. 
    • If you have an M.Phil. or a Ph.D. degree, the upper age limits are 32 and 34 years respectively. 
    • If you belong to the SC/ST category, there is a provision for relaxation of the upper age limit up to 5 years. 
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    I have scored 50% marks in Graduation. Am I eligible for RBI Grade B General, DEPR, and DSIM? 

    Answer: You need to have atleast 60% marks in Graduation (50% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) or 55% marks in Post-Graduation (pass marks for SC/ST/PwBD applicants) in aggregate of all semesters/years.

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    How UGC decides the NET JRF Cutoff? 

    Ok, the process employed by the UGC to decide the NET JRF cutoffs is a bit complicated. Let’s use a scenario to understand this. For instance, I have given below the process of finding out the JRF cut off for economics for the ST category:  

    • [Number of ST category candidates that have opted for JRF and have also qualified NET in the subject of economics] X [Total number of JRF seats reserved for ST category] ÷ [Total ST category candidates from all subjects that have opted for JRF post and also have cleared the NET exam.]  
    • The Aggregate scores of paper 1 and paper 2 combined, computed with respect to the number of JRF seats allocated for people from the ST category, will help derive the cut off marks for the JRF for the ST category in “economics”.
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    How to Calculate Cut Off Marks for UGC NET? 

    As I have mentioned above, the organization of NTA uses a unique approach to calculate the UGC NET Cut Off. A complex process gets underway every year at the time of calculation of cut off. Please refer to the aforementioned section- UGC NET Cut Off: Calculation Procedure, to know the detailed information regarding the calculation of cut off. 

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    When will the RBI Grade B 2024 Application Form be released?

    The RBI Grade B Notification & application process 2024 has not started yet.

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    What are the powers of an IAS officer? 

    The powers of an IAS officer are immense. They can either play their part at the state or at the central level.

    At the state level, an IAS officer is the one who fulfills the task of ensuring the smooth functioning of a district.

    Once an IAS officer proves his competence at the state level, he’s then handed greater responsibilities and is also made to do things like represent India on the world stage in a foreign country, or handle the functioning of a PSU, or become the Cabinet Secretary.  

     

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    How is HRA linked to DA? 

    HRA and DA are linked in the following manner:  
      

    When DA crosses 25%, HRA shall be revised to 27%, 18% and 9% of Basic Pay in X, Y and Z cities respectively, and when DA crosses 50%, the HRA will further be revised to 30%, 20% and 10% of Basic Pay in X, Y and Z cities, respectively.   

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    How do I Edit the RBI Grade B Application Form 2024? 

    You can edit the details on your application form, but only till the final submission of it. 

    The details being talked about here are the ones you’ll be asked to give while filling the application form; details such as your name, category, date of birth, address, mobile number, email ID, exam center, etc. 

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    What is the fee that I’d need to pay for my RBI Grade B 2024 Exam registration? 

    The application fees that you’d need to pay is Rs. 850 + 18% GST –, if you belong to the general category or OBC. However, if you are from the SC/ST/PWD category the application fees that you’d need to pay is Rs. 100 +18% GST.

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    Can I change the details that I had entered in my application form after clicking on the final submission button? 

    The answer is no, you can’t. The details that you enter into your application form cannot be changed after you click on the final submission button. Therefore, I’d suggest that you check the details that you enter very carefully before finally submitting your application form over to the RBI. The best option for you in such a situation would be to edit the detail that you might be doubtful of while previewing your application form itself. 

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    What if I submit more than one application form?

    In the case that you have submitted more than 1 application form, only the latest completely filled application that you had submitted will be considered by the RBI. All other applications that you may have submitted will be scrapped.

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    Is there any subject wise cutoff for UGC NET? 

    Yes, the UGC NET exams have subject wise cut offs. As the UCG NET exams are conducted for a total of 83 subjects, therefore, each subject has its own respective cut off mark.

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    How many attempts can I give for the UPSC exam?

    The total number of attempts is allotted to candidates based on different categories which are as follows: 

    • Candidates belonging to the General category can appear for a maximum of 6 attempts.   
    • The maximum number of attempts for candidates from OBC category is 9,   
    • For candidates from SC/ST/ PWD category there is no limit on the number of attempts till their respective upper age limits.   
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    What are the UPSC Educational Qualification Requirements?

    To be eligible for the IAS exam, a candidate needs to have a graduation degree from any stream. The degree accorded should be of a university recognized by the Government of India as a legitimate university. 

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    What is the Age Limit for UPSC General category candidates?

    For candidates belonging to General Category, the age limit for UPSC CSE for is specified as follows: 

    • The lower age limit is 21 years.  
    • The upper age limit is 32 years.  

    An important point to note here is there are no age relaxation granted for candidates from General Category.  

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    Are there any age relaxations in UPSC for female candidates? 

    No, for UPSC exam, the female candidates are not granted any kind of age relaxation. However, women are exempted from exam fee in the application process.  

    If you want to know about the age relaxation criteria of the UPSC, you can check it out in the article I have written above. 

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    What is the age limit for UPSC Civil Services Exam? 

    Talking about UPSC exam eligibility, the applicants are required to meet the following criteria: 

    • The minimum age limit required to appear for the IAS is 21 years for candidates of all categories. Whereas the maximum age limit for candidates belonging to different categories is specified as follows: 
    • The upper age limit for candidates from General category is 32 years 
    • The maximum age for candidates from OBC category is 35 years 
    • The age limit for SC/ST category candidates is 37 years.  
    • Whereas the uppermost from candidates from  PwBD category is 42 years.  

     

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    What to do if I am not able to upload my photograph and signature?

    If you are not being able to upload your photo and signature, it must be because you have not uploaded them according to the prescribed specifications. So, I’d suggest that you upload your photograph and signature as per the dimensions given to us by the RBI.

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    Is there any reservation for ex-servicemen in the Civil Services Exam? 
    • Yes, there are reservations for ex-servicemen in the Civil Services Exam. As per the UPSC exam eligibility, the upper age limits of ex-servicemen are extended by a few years.   
    • The maximum UPSC age limit criteria for ex-servicemen have been divided between two different categories of ex-servicemen.  
    • The first being “Ex-serviceman discharged from duty due to disability” and the other being, “Ex-serviceman discharged after 5 years duty”. 
    • For category of “Ex-serviceman discharged from duty due to disability”, the upper age limit for General candidates is 35 years, for OBC, it is 38 years, and for SC/ST, it is 40 years.  
    • For category of “Ex-serviceman discharged after 5 years duty”, the upper age limit for General candidates is 37 years, for OBC, it is 40 years, and for SC/ST, it is 42 years. 
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    Is a diploma holder eligible for UPSC? 

    No, a diploma holder is not eligible to appear for the UPSC Civil services exam, as the UPSC candidates must have at least a graduation degree before applying for the exam.  

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    Can 12th passed students apply for the UPSC recruitment? 

    No. It is not possible for a 12th passed student to apply for the IAS exam, as the minimum UPSC qualification for educational requirements is of being a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from a government-recognized university.  

     You can take a look at the process of the UPSC apply online. 

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    When will I receive my registration number and password? 

    You will be sent your registration number and password as soon as you successfully register for the RBI Grade B exam 

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    How to calculate percentile in UGC NET?

    The percentile score ranges from 0-100, and it is calculated taking in account the performance of all the candidates. Higher the rank you score, more percentile you will get. Click here to know every aspect of how UGC NET percentile is calculated. 

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    Can I make changes in the exam center once the RBI Grade B Admit Card/Hall Ticket is released? 

    Answer: No, unfortunately, you can’t. There is no provision for you to change your exam center once it has gotten printed on your RBI Grade B 2021 Admit Card. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that you fill in your application form as carefully and as correctly as possible, to avoid hassles later. 

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    What documents are required to be carried to the exam center along with the RBI Grade B admit card 2023? 

    To be honest, there isn’t much that you need to take along with your RBI Grade B 2023 admit card, to the exam centre. All you need are the original and the photocopy of any one of your identity proofs along. With these, you can stride on into the exam center, like a knight. No one will stop you. 

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    How to download the RBI Grade B Admit Card for 2023? 

    To download the RBI Grade B Admit Card you need to click on the “Opportunities@RBI” link in the “Bottom” menu on the official website of the Reserve Bank of India from there you can find “Call Letters” under the “Current Vacancies” section in the menu bar. You can click on this link to know the detailed steps to download the RBI Grade B Admit Card for 2023.  

    The RBI Grade B Admit Card for 2023 should be the most important card in your life until you are through with the RBI Grade B 2023 exam, even more than the ones given to you by a special friend.

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    Which documents should candidates carry when appearing for the examination? 

    Along with their admit card, candidates would need to carry an ID proof document and a passport size photo of theirs to the exam center. The ID proof document can be either their Voter ID, Adhaar Card, Pan Card, Driving License, or Passport, etc. 

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    Are there some other instructions/information that candidates need to follow when appearing for the RBI Grade B examination?

    Yes, there are a lot of other instructions that a candidate would need to carefully go through keep in mind when appearing for the RBI Grade B exam. You will find all these instructions given on the backside of the admit card. 

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    How many days before an exam stage are the RBI Grade B admit cards released?

    The RBI Grade B admit cards for any particular stage of the exam, be it Phase 1 or Phase 2 are released 7-10 days before the conduction of the same. 

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    Does the UPSC Exam has negative marking? 

    UPSC exam follows a competitive structure and hence there are some elements of elimination, infused at every stage. One such element is of “Negative Marking”, which is included in the preliminary stage. At the preliminary stage, in both Paper 1 & 2 the candidate faces a penalty of 0.33 marks at every wrong answer.   

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    Is UPSC Management Optional paper difficult? 

    Choosing the appropriate optional paper is one of the vital steps of selection, and in the category, Management is a popular choice. The subject checks the management aptitude of the individual at every turn, however, whether it can be perceived as difficult or not, depends on the degree of preparation of the candidate.  

    Nevertheless, over the years, the general mandate has termed the exam as Easy to Moderate. 

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    What type of questions come in UPSC exam? 

    The paper 1 of UPSC preliminary stage, comprises of 200 Multiple Choice-Type Questions (MCQs) and the Paper 2 of prelims, which is known as CSAT, carries 80 MCQs. Following the prelims, the mains stage is all about answer writing, and hence in the mains, descriptive questions appear. 

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    How can you apply for UGC NET 2024?

    You can apply online for UGC NET 2024 by referring to the “UGC NET: Steps to Fill Application Form” section given above. 

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    Can I Self Study for UPSC? 

    Of course, you can self-study for the UPSC. All that you’d need to do is follow some simple steps. The first step would be to understand the UPSC IAS syllabus properly, and the exam pattern, then your next step would be to draw out a detailed study plan for yourself. The study plan should be according to your personality and nature as an aspirant. After creating the study plan you should get down to business. Start with the first topic, take notes of the same, and revise regularly what you have learned. 

    To prepare you can take help from the various study material available on the internet, some of which I have made available to you for FREE in the blog article, written above. You should also practice on the various Mock tests and previous years’ question papers. To download previous years’ papers of the last 5 years, you can go over to my blog on the same.

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    What should I do if I do not receive my RBI Grade B admit card, even after filling my application form successfully? 

    If this happens, you should immediately contact the exam authorities at RBI and tell them that your RBI Grade B admit card has not yet been issued, even after your having submitted the application form successfully. 

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    What is the number of candidates applying for the examination each cycle?

    I have mentioned below, the number of candidates that appeared for the various UGC NET cycles from December 2017 to June 2021. 

    • Dec 2017 – 700000 
    • June 2018 – 859498 
    • Dec 2018 – 681930 
    • June 2019 – 942000 
    • Dec 2019 – 793813 
    • June 2020 – 526707 
    • Dec 2020 & June 2021 Merged Cycle- 6,71,288 
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    Are there different RBI Grade B admit cards for different phases? 

    Oh, yes mate, the admit cards for every phase are different. Phase 1, Phase 2, and the interviews all have separate admit cards. However, it should be noted that the admit cards for the interview round are called call letters. 

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    When Will the Official Notification of UGC NET 2022 Exam be Released? 

    The UGC NET 2022 Official Notification was released on April 30, 2022 on the official website of NTA. 

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    Will I get the RBI Grade B Admit card in a hard copy format? 

    No, the answer to that is negative. You will not get the admit card in a hard copy format. You’ll need to download the admit card from the RBI’s official website after its release, and then get it printed out yourself. Then you’ll have a hard copy of the RBI Grade B admit card. 

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    What should I do if the RBI gets my name wrong on the admit card. What should I do then? 

    If this happens, you should immediately contact the exam authorities at RBI and tell them that your name has been wrongly printed on the admit card. Then they will surely do something about it. 

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    Can I show a digital copy of RBI Grade B admit card and enter the exam center? 

    If you do that, it would be a grave mistake on your part. The RBI exam authorities allow only the candidates with their printed RBI Grade B admit cards to enter the RBI Grade B exam centre. So, do not forget to get a printout of your admit card as soon as it is released. 

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    How can you apply for UGC NET 2024?

    You can apply online for UGC NET 2024 by referring to the “UGC NET: Steps to Fill Application Form” section given above.

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    Which is the best study material for the UPSC IAS exam? 

    Well, the answer to that question of yours is, unfortunately, NONE. There is no ONE study material that is good for the UPSC IAS preparations. As a matter of fact, you’ll have to prepare from a lot of varied sources to study properly for the UPSC IAS exam. My suggestion would be to pick out your study materials topic-wise. Identify all the topics that you think you should focus on, and then look for their study material accordingly. In case you need help with the names of books and material, you can go over to my blog that I’ve written on the topic of UPSC books.

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    Does UPSC provide study material? 

    The UPSC does not provide any study material for the preparation for the IAS exams to candidates. It does however provide links to past year question papers of the IAS exams on its official website. 

    That said, if you are on the lookout for good-quality study material, you can always download some of it for free from the blog I have written above. All you need to do is click on the links on the blog above and voila! You’ll have quality material to study from. 

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    Do I need to carry an original copy of my photo ID proof along with my RBI Grade B admit card to the exam center? 

    Yes, that’s right. You need to carry an original copy of your photo ID proof along with your RBI Grade B admit card to the exam centre. If you do not have an ID proof of yourself while appearing for the exam, you shall not be allowed to enter the exam centre. 

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    Where can I get free UPSC materials? 

    You can get free UPSC material on the internet, pretty easily, but the real problem that you’d face is while looking for quality FREE material. Anyway, don’t worry, I have you covered on that front. For Good quality FREE UPSC material you can go over to the blog that I have written above and click on the links of the same. You won’t be disappointed. 

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    What is the application fee for UGC NET 2022 Exam?

    The UGC NET Application Fees for candidates belonging to the General category is 1100 INR, while for those belonging to the GENERAL – EWS or OBC – Non-Creamy Layer categories, the UGC NET Application Fees is 550 INR.  
     
    As for candidates from the SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories, the fee is 275 INR. Given below is the table representing the information given above.  

    Category Application Fee (in Rs.) 
    General 1100 
    General – EWS/OBC – NCL 550 
    SC/ST/PwD/Transgender 275 
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    What all Should a UPSC Aspirant include in their study material? 

    UPSC aspirant should have the right books, according to the subjects listed in the UPSC syllabus. He should make sure that he has ample material to learn everything included in the previous 1 years worth of Current Affairs. He should arrange for authentic notes for the various UPSC topics. Apart from all of the things written above, he shouldn’t forget to arrange for himself the various sets and Past year question papers and UPSC Mock tests. 

    These are about all the UPSC study material that a candidate would be needing to prepare for and crack his UPSC IAS exam. 

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    Can I pay the UGC NET application fee through the demand draft? 

    No. All payments made through money orders and demand drafts are rejected. According to UGC NET’s official notification, only payments made through credit/debit cards/net banking, or UPI are accepted

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    Is the UGC NET application fee refundable? 

    No, the UGC NET application fees is non-refundable. Meaning that the National Testing Agency (NTA – the body that conducts the UGC NET exam), does not process requests for fees refund once the fee amount has been paid by the candidate. 

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    How can I edit my UGC NET 2023 Application form?

    You can edit your UGC NET 2023 application form by taking advantage of the UGC NET 2023 application form correction window. However, the correction window for the 2023 window is closed. It will open on 02nd june and will continue till  03rd June 2023 (upto 11:50 P.M). To know how to make changes in your application form in the form correction portal you can refer to the steps to do the same in the blog above. 

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    Is there any negative marking in the UGC NET exam? 

    Oh, the joy that candidates feel every time I give the answer to this question of theirs is really amazing to see. Well, here it goes. There is no negative marking in the exam while you gain 2 marks for every correct answer. So, don’t leave any question unattempted. 

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    Can I apply for UGC NET 2023 exam through offline mode? 

    Again, this is one of the most common questions that I get asked. So, here’s the answer. No, you cannot apply for the UGC NET 2023 through offline mode. With the arrival of the UGC NET apply online process, you can now only apply online for the UGC NET Exam. 

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    Is it necessary to upload a thumb impression with the application form? 

    This is one of those questions that I don’t often get asked. You see the details about the files, related to your identity, that you’d need to upload while applying for the UGC NET keeps changing every cycle. 

    However, considering the UGC 2022 Notification, there will be no need to upload a thumb impression while filling up the 2022 application form. 

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    For how many subjects is UGC NET conducted? 

    UGC NET is a subject oriented exam and includes a total of 82 subjects. 

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    How to change my UGC NET exam centre? 

    You should use the correction window to change your UGC NET exam Centre. Here are the steps to do so  

    • Visit the official website, then log in with personal details.  
    • Click on the button/link with something like “application structure amendment” written on it.  
    • Make changes in the necessary fields (exam center) of the application structure  
    • Click on “Submit” to finalize your corrected application form. 

    However, you should be very careful and attentive while filling your UGC NET application form, and also make sure to fill it according to the instructions given. I am saying this to you to save you the trouble of having to change details in the application form during the UGC NET correction window. 

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    What is UGC NET 2023 salary? 

    Initially, Candidates can expect a handsome salary in the range of Rs 25000 to 50,000/- depending upon the university & the skills of the candidates. However, with the passage of time this figure will increase. 

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    What is the salary of a SEBI Grade A Officer? 

    SEBI Assistant Manager salary starts from a basic pay of 44,500 INR per month which can go upto 89,150 INR over the duration of 17 years. Remember, this is just the basic pay. The gross salary of a SEBI Grade A officer is approx. 1,49,500 INR per month. To know more about the salary, perks, annual increments, and promotions, check the linked blog.

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    When is the SEBI Grade A exam results normally announced? 

    The results are normally announced a week after the final phase which is the interview round. For more SEBI Grade A exam updates, you can keep checking my website. 
     

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    What is the last date to Fill the UGC NET 2023 Application Form? 

    The first UGC NET Notification June 2023 has come out on 10th May 2023, the application process for which has begun on the following day, i.e., 10th May 2023 and will remain active till 31st May 2023 (05:00 PM) 

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    What was the last date to apply for SEBI Grade A Recruitment 2022? 

    The last date to apply for the SEBI Grade A Recruitment 2022 was 24th January 2022. The online application filling process started from 5th January 2022. 

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    What is the application fee for SEBI Grade A Recruitment 2024?

    SEBI Grade A Application Process 2024 is started, thus, it is difficult to answer what fee would be levied upon registration. However, this component is likely to carry forward with the same figure that was prevalent in 2024. Hence, if you wish to appear for the SEBI Grade A 2024 exam, you should be prepared to shell out the application fees of 1000 INR, in case you belong to the Unreserved/OBC/EWSs. If you belong to SC/ ST/ PwBD, the fee is 100 INR. 

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    What is the selection procedure for SEBI Grade A 2024?

    To be a SEBI Grade A officer you need to go through a three-stage selection process. You can only apply for the process if you fit the SEBI Grade A eligibility criteria for it which is as follows:

    • In Phase 1, there are 2 papers, i.e., Paper 1 and Paper 2 for which you are required to clear required cutoff.  
    • For Phase 2, there are again 2 papers, i.e., Paper 1 and Paper 2 for which you must secure cutoff marks in both papers as well as aggregate cutoff.  

    If you do manage to clear the first 2 stages, then you qualify for the third stage or the interview round, clearing which you finally become entitled to receive the SEBI Grade A offer letter. 

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    Does the UGC Net Exam Syllabus Remain the Same Every Year? 

    The UGC keeps on dwelling and making modifications to the UGC NET Exam syllabus. However, as per trends, it does not implement changes every year, but it is not a said rule. UGC can bring changes to the exam syllabus at its will. Hence, the UGC NET Syllabus may or may not remain the same every year. 

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    Is there any limit to number of attempts for the SEBI Grade A Exam? 

    Yes. There is a limit to the number of attempts and it differs category-wise. Click here to find the detailed information regarding the total number of attempts

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    Is the SEBI Grade A Exam Online or Offline? 

    The exam for SEBI Grade A is conducted only via online mode.  

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    When will SEBI release the SEBI Grade A Notification 2024? 

    As per the information, the SEBI Grade A notification 2024 is expected to release soon.  

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    What is the maximum age limit for NET JRF exam? 

    To be eligible for UGC NET exam, the candidates can check the following criteria regarding the age limit:  

    • While there is no maximum age limit for NET but to be eligible for Junior Research Fellow (JRF), the candidate should not be more than 31 years.  
    • However, there is a relaxation of 5 years granted to the candidates who belong to SC/ST/OBC/PwBD/Transgender category and women applicants.
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    How many attempts are allowed for the UGC NET Exam? 

    There is no restriction on the number of attempts when it comes to the UGC NET exam. 

    However, as covered earlier in the blog, when we talked about the age restrictions for the UGC NET JRF, i.e., Junior Research Fellowship, you should not be over 31 years. 

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    What was the start date to apply for SEBI Grade A Recruitment 2024?

    The application process for SEBI Grade A 2024 exam is started from 13th April 2024. You will be notified about the latest updates in the SEBI Grade A 2024 registration on this page.  

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    Is SEBI Grade A a govt job? 

    Oh yes definitely. A SEBI Grade A officer job is no doubt a government job. This is based on the fact that SEBI as a Statutory Body draws its authority from the SEBI Act of 1992, which was passed by the Indian Parliament. So, saddle up and start your preparations to become a SEBI Grade A officer, for if by a good chance you succeed, then there’d be no looking back for you. You’d have it all. Money, prestige, and peace of mind. 

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    Can I apply for the UGC NET exam while pursuing my Master's?

    Yes, you can apply for the UGC NET exam, while pursuing post- graduation, if you fulfill these following criteria: 

    • You must complete your master’s degree from the date of the NET result with the required 55% marks if you belong to unreserved category.  
    • If you are from reserved category (SC/ST/OBC/PwBD/Transgender), then you must score 50% marks in your post- graduation.  
    • As IGNOU is a UGC approved university, therefore, if you are pursuing a master’s degree from IGNOU, then you are eligible for NET exam 
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    Can final year students apply for SEBI Grade A? 

    If you are a final year student in university, and still want to apply for the SEBI Grade A exam, you can do so. You will be eligible for SEBI Grade A, provided you fulfill the following eligibility requirements: 

    • The candidate must be between 21 to 30 years of age.  
    • For General stream, you should possess Master’s Degree in any discipline or Bachelors’ Degree in Law, Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering from a recognized university or CA / CFA / CS / Cost Accountant 
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    What is the process of selection for SEBI Grade A Officer Recruitment? 

    The selection process for SEBI Grade A exam is as follows: 

    • In Phase 1, the candidates are required to secure minimum cutoff marks of 30% in Paper 1 and 40% in Paper 2. Along with this, the candidates must secure an aggregate of 40 % marks to qualify the overall cutoff.  
    • For Phase 2, you must score minimum 30% cutoff for  Paper 1 and minimum 40%  marks for Paper  2 . Additionally, you need to secure aggregate cut-off 50% marks to be shortlisted for Phase III. 
    • The final selection of the candidates for the SEBI Grade A Exam will be made by cumulating the marks secured by the candidate in the Phase II exam (weightage 85%) and the Interview (weightage 15%).  
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    What is the exam pattern of the SEBI Grade A Officer Exam? 

    The exam for SEBI Grade A consists of three stages, namely, Phase 1, Phase 2 and the final Interview.  The exam pattern for Phase 1 and Phase 2 is as follows: 

    In Phase 1, there are two Papers, i.e., Paper 1 and Paper 2. While Paper 1 has 80 questions and Paper 2 has 50 questions and both papers are for 100 marks each.  

    For Phase 2, there are two papers, i.e, Paper 1 which is English descriptive and Paper 2 which is for General Stream. While in Paper 1, there are 3 descriptive questions asked, the Paper 2 contains 50 objective type questions. Both the papers are for 100 marks each.  

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    Which papers will be common for all the candidates? 

    Now, to understand the answer that I write for you fully, you need to go through the exam pattern of the SEBI Grade A exam given in this article Basically Sebi organizes the Grade A exam in 2 phases. Paper 1 of both the phases are common for all candidates, irrespective of the stream he/she applies for in the SEBI Grade A exam. Paper 2 in both phases are different according to the stream you happen to select. 

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    Is there a negative marking? 

    Yes, there is a provision for negative marking in both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of SEBI Grade A exam which is as follows: 

    • In Phase 1, there shall be negative marking of 1/4th mark for attempting incorrect answer in both Paper 1 and 2. 
    • Whereas, for Phase 2, negative marking of 1/4th mark allotted for each incorrect answer in Paper 2 only.
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    Can a non-collegiate apply for the UGC NET? 

    No. If you are a non-collegiate, then you will unfortunately not be allowed to apply for the UGC NET exam. Additionally, finishing college till your bachelor’s degree will also not be enough for you to be eligible for the UGC NET exam. 

    To appear for the UGC NET exam, you’d have to be a post-graduate degree holder from a UGC approved university. However, there are still other eligibility criteria that you can read here. 

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    Is a Ph.D. mandatory to become an Assistant Professor? 

    No, as per the latest amendment made to the  draft (2021) of the UGC Regulations, the Ph.D. qualification shall not be a mandatory for the appointment to the post of Associate Professors.

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    Is solving the SEBI Grade A Previous Year Papers important?

    Solving the SEBI Grade A Previous Year Papers is one of the initial steps of preparation, hence, if you are planning on appearing in SEBI Grade A 2024 then I would suggest you refer the past year papers as it will help you understand the exam pattern as well as your strengths and weaknesses

    I have also provided you the gateway to the destination of SEBI Grade A Previous Year Papers.  

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    How many SEBI Grade A Question Papers should I solve? 

    You must solve a considerable number of SEBI Grade A question papers during your bid to clear SEBI Grade A exam. It is your practice that will ultimately decide your fate, and no amount of practice is enough. So, solve as many question papers as you can.

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    Where can the candidates download the SEBI Grade A Past Year Papers PDFs from? 

     You can access and download the SEBI Grade A Previous year papers PDFs that I have compiled and provided in the blog above.  

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    Is going through SEBI Grade A  Exam Analysis helpful? 

    Yes, it is essential to go through the exam analysis of SEBI Grade A exam. This practice will give you a major understanding about the crucial topics and their weightage in the exam. 

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    Where can I find SEBI Grade A Phase 2 exam analysis 2022? 

    I along with Chetan Sir, we have prepared an in-depth self-given exam analysis of SEBI Grade A Phase-2. You can refer to the complete SEBI Grade A Phase 2 exam analysis with good attempts and difficulty level, in this article itself. Moreover, you can find the video analysis too. Click here to watch the analysis of SEBI Grade A Phase 2 exam

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    How many sections will there be in the SEBI Grade A exam Phase I? 

    The phase 1 exam checks the knowledge, speed and aptitude of the candidate. Hence, the sections such as, General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and English, incorporate the SEBI Grade A Phase 1 exam. 

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    What is the difficulty level SEBI Grade A exam 2022 shift 1?

    As per SEBI Grade A exam analysis 2022 the SEBI Grade A Phase 2 difficulty level of shift 1 is moderate. The difficulty level is usually determined by taking reviews from the aspirants who took the actual exam. However, in my case I myself took the exam, and have provided a genuine review afterwards.. 

     

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    What is the difficulty level of descriptive paper of SEBI Grade A exam 2022?

    I have provided a thorough analysis of the descriptive paper of the SEBI Grade A Phase 2, which you can check in this article itself. When it comes to the difficulty level, “Moderate” is the ideal word to describe the descriptive paper of SEBI Grade A Phase 2.

    The questions were mostly asked from the current affairs’ topics and few questions were very general in nature.