How To Prepare for RBI Assistant Mains? Last Month Preparation Strategy

RBI Assistant Mains Preparation: The wait is finally over, RBI has released the exam dates for the RBI Assistant Mains exam. The exam is scheduled to be held on 22nd November 2020. Candidates who have qualified the Prelims exam must start their preparation if they have not done yet. Close to one month is left for the RBI Assistant Mains preparation. This one month of hard work and the right strategy can help you get a job in the reputed Reserve Bank of India.

In this article, we will help you devise your strategy for the RBI Assistant Mains preparation. We will also tell you some sources which you can refer for your preparation.

Let’s first understand the exam pattern of the Mains exam before we get into the RBI Assistant Mains preparation strategy.

RBI Assistant Mains Exam Pattern

Each section has 40 questions of one mark each with sectional timings as shown below. Therefore each section should be given equal weightage in the RBI Assistant Mains preparation.

          Sections No. of Questions Maximum Marks     Duration
English Language 40 40 30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40 30 minutes
Reasoning Ability 40 40 30 minutes
Computer Knowledge 40 40 20 minutes
General Awareness 40 40 25 minutes
Total 200 200 135 minutes
  • 0.25 marks are deducted for every question marked as wrong.
  • No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.

RBI Assistant Mains Preparation Strategy Section-Wise

Let us understand what should be your RBI Assistant Mains preparation strategy for last one month to ace this exam.

General Awareness 

This section is the game changer one. Candidates must give enough time for the preparation of this section. You must aim to score at least 35+ in this section to be able to get through this fierce competition.

  • This section will contain 40 questions and most of the questions will be from the current affairs section.
  • Cover some banking related topics such as History of Banking – Indian context, first banks list, bank foundation years, merger and nationalization of banks.
  • Cover RBI, SEBI, IRDAI and other Regulatory bodies which will include their role, when were they founded, name of the persons who hold important positions in these organizations.
  • Topics such as Capital Markets, Money Markets, Inflation etc.
  • For the current affairs section, you should cover the monthly current affairs capsules and attempt as many quizzes as you can so that you are revising the current affairs again and again. You can refer some of the free current affairs sources below:

Free Monthly Current Affairs PDFs

Free Weekly Current Affairs PDFs 

Free Monthly Current Affairs Quizzes

Computer Knowledge

Computer Knowledge is one of the most section in your RBI Assistant Mains preparation. It could be the most scoring section for you if you prepare well for this section.

Below are some of the topics which you have to prepare for the Computer Knowledge section:

  • History and Generation of Computers
  • Introduction to computer organization
  • Computer Memory
  • Computer Hardware and I/O Devices
  • Operating System
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Languages
  • Basics of DBMS
  • MS Office suite and Shortcut keys
  • Internet
  • Computer Network
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Number System and Conversions

You can refer to the Computer Awareness capsule from Guidely

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English Language

Candidates need to take note of the following points while preparing for the English section:

  • Focus more on your reading skills because your overall reading comprehension can only be improved by regular reading.
  • Brush up your grammar skills by revising the grammar rules regularly and attempting more grammar quizzes to understand the application of the rules.

You can also refer to the Grammar Rules here.

  • Learn at least 10 new words daily and don’t forget to revise those words again by the end of the day.

Practice Free English Quizzes

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude is an important part of the RBI Assistant mains preparation. Note the following points while preparing for this section:

  • Give at least 20 mins daily for your calculation and revising your tables, squares and cubes.
  • For clearing the Mains section, only fast calculations will not help you. You should be thorough with your concepts because without concepts you cannot clear the Mains of RBI Assistant.
  • Attempt sectional mocks and find out your weak areas.
  • Practice more questions from your weak area and attempt your next mock only after you have worked upon your weak areas.
  • Practicing more and more questions can only help you in this section.

Reasoning Ability

It can be a very unpredictable section because of the descriptive type of questions asked in the mains paper. Reasoning Ability plays an important role in the RBI Assistant Mains preparation. You can follow these points for the Reasoning section.

  • Clear those topics from the basics in which you are facing difficulty.
  • Attempt different types of Puzzles.
  • Focus on those topics which are more predictable in the RBI Assistant Mains Paper such as Seating arrangement, Machine Input-output, Data Sufficiency.
  • Attempt more sectional tests to know your weak areas and improve on those weak areas.

Although the whole paper can be very unpredictable, yet you should target at least 170+ while attempting mocks to be on a safer side. The cut-off can vary a lot depending on the level of the paper.

Mock Tests

This is the single most important thing which you cannot skip during your RBI Assistant Mains preparation. Especially, when your Mains exam is just a month away. 

  • Attempt at least one mock daily in the last month of your preparation.
  • Look for your weak areas in the analysis part of your mock.
  • Try to improve on your weakness on the same day.
  • Attempt the next mock only after rectifying your mistakes in the previous mock.
  • Stop giving mocks 2-3 days before the exam day so that you do not lose your motivation before the final day.
  • Lastly, stay positive and give your best.

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Hope this article helped you in making your own strategy and help you in your RBI Assistant Mains preparation.

RBI Assistant Mains Preparation FAQs

Q.1 Can I crack the RBI Assistant Mains exam in one month?

Ans. Yes, you can crack this exam in one month provided your basics for every subject is already clear since you have already cleared the Prelims exam.

Q.2  Is giving mock tests necessary during  RBI Assistant Mains preparation?

Ans. Mock tests are not a compulsion but it will definitely give you an edge over others and prepare you for the exam day environment.

Q.3 Can I give 3-4 mocks daily?

Ans. If you are giving mocks without analysing them then it is of no use. Even if you give one mock a day and analyse it thoroughly it is good enough.

Q.4 What can be the cut-off for RBI Assistant Mains?

Ans. No one can predict the cutoff before the exam has commenced. However, you should target 170+ while attempting Mock Tests.

Q.5 How many questions are asked in the General Awareness section?

Ans. Each section has 40 questions in the RBI Assistant Mains exam.

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