RBI Assistant Preparation 2021: Get Complete Preparation Strategies Here

Every Year Reserve Bank Of India releases vacancies for the post of RBI Assistant in its various regional and head offices. RBI is the Central Bank of India & regulator of all the public sector and private sector banks in India. The job in RBI is not like other public sector banks. Here your job would not be of public dealing. Continue reading to get the tips for RBI Assistant Preparation.

RBI Assistant preparation can be done by self-preparation using some standard sources and online portals. The best thing is that if you are preparing for banking exams then you don’t have the need to do anything separately to appear in other banking examinations.

Here we will provide you in-depth RBI Assistant preparation tips & an RBI Assistant study plan. Aspirants who are about to appear for RBI Assistant Prelims 2021 can read this article and prepare smartly.

RBI Assistant Preparation – Exam Pattern

Before preparing for the exam, it is necessary to know the exam pattern to prepare well.

Preliminary Examination

Sr. No. Name Of Tests No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time
1 English Language 30 30 Composite Time Of 1 hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100
  • There is a total of 100 questions and a composite time of 60 minutes.
  • 1 Mark will be awarded to answer the question correctly.
  • 1/4 Mark will be deducted in case of answering wrong.
  • You can switch between the sections in these 60 minutes

Mains Examination

Sr. No. Name Of Tests No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time
1 Reasoning Ability 40 40 30 Minutes
2 English Language 40 40 30 Minutes
3 Numerical Ability 40 40 30 Minutes
4 General Awareness 40 40 25 Minutes
5 Computer Knowledge 40 40 20 Minutes
Total 200 200  
  • There is a total of 200 questions with their allotted time.
  • 1 Mark will be awarded to answer the question correctly.
  • 1/4 Mark will be deducted in case of answering wrong.
  • You can not switch between the sections, as a stipulated time is allotted to every section.

RBI Assistant Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Get to know the RBI Assistant syllabus and prepare accordingly.

English Language Vocabulary, English Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Rearrangement of Sentence in Paragraph, Rearrangement of Words In Sentence, Sentence Reconstruction, Sentence Improvement, Sentence Completion, Sentence Formation, One Word Substitution, Inappropriate Usage of Words, Spotting Errors, Paragraph Completion, Common Errors
Reasoning Ability Analytical Reasoning, Direction & Distance, Linear Arrangement, Complex Arrangement, Classification (Odd Man Out), Analogy, Series, Data Sufficiency, Data Interpretation, Statements Assumptions, Statements Arguments, Analogy (Non-Verbal, Series (Non-Verbal), Classification (Non-Verbal), Problems Based on Visual Ability, Problems Based on Symmetry, Symbols and Notations, Alphabet, Blood Relationships, Statements Action, Coding-Decoding, Statements Conclusions
Numerical/Quantitative Ability Arithmetic (Number Theory), Number Systems, Fractions and Decimals, Square Roots, Cube Roots, Simplification, H.C.F. and L.C.M., Chain Rule, Variation, Time and Distance, Unitary Method, work and Wages, Time and Work, Compound Interest, Simple Interest, Profit and Loss, Percentage, Discounts, Partnership, Volume And Surface Area of Solid, Area and, Perimeter of Plane Figure, Ratio and Proportion, Mensuration- Areas and Volumes, Logarithms, Races and Games, Boats and, Streams, Average, Ages, Pipes and Cisterns, Mixture and Allegation, Problems on Trains, Clocks and Calendar.

RBI Assistant Mains Exam Syllabus

The RBI Assistant 2021 syllabus for the mains exam consists of topics from sections like English Language, General Awareness, Reasoning, Numerical Ability and Computer Knowledge. The syllabus of English Language,  Reasoning, Numerical Ability is similar to that of preliminary. The level of the question may be different. The syllabus of RBI assistant general awareness and computer knowledge is given below.

RBI Assistant Mains General awareness syllabus: General Knowledge, Animals Famous Personalities, Books And Authors First Largest, Buildings Inventions, Calendars Languages, Countries Music, Currencies Religions, General Concepts (Polity), Economics Study, General Policy, General Science, Computer Science, Sports And Recreation, Current Events National and International, Science And Technology, Dances, Sanctuaries, Disasters, Prizes And Awards, Geography, History

RBI Assistant Mains Computer Knowledge Syllabus: Shortcut keys, Computer hardware, Basic security concepts, Application Packages, etc, Operating system concepts, MS Word, Excel, MS PowerPoint, access, Latest technologies, Internet & networks.

RBI Assistant Preparation – Total Vacancies

The complete list of regions along with the respective vacancies has been mentioned below.

Region Total Vacancies
Ahmedabad 19
Bengaluru 21
Bhopal 42
Bhubaneswar 28
Chandigarh 35
Chennai 67
Guwahati 55
Hyderabad 25
Jaipur 37
Jammu 13
Kanpur & Lucknow 63
Kolkata 11
Mumbai 419
Nagpur 13
New Delhi 34
Patna 24
Thiruvananthapuram & Kochi 20

RBI Assistant Preparation – Academic Qualifications

  1. At least a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks (pass class for SC/ST/PWD candidates) in the aggregate and the knowledge of word processing on PC.
  2. A candidate belonging to the Ex-servicemen category (except dependents of ex-servicemen) should either be a graduate from a recognized University or should have passed the matriculation or its equivalent examination of the Armed Forces and rendered at least 15 years of defence service.
  3. As per RBI Assistant notification, candidates applying for the post in a particular recruiting office should be proficient in the language (i.e. know to read, write, speak and understand the language) of the state/ any of the states falling under the recruiting office.

How to Prepare the RBI Assistant Study Plan

  • The first step to prepare for any exam is to understand the syllabus & pattern of the exam.
  • List down your week areas & strong areas as per the syllabus and pattern of this examination.
  • Make a study plan keeping three parameters in mind – Your strong areas, weak areas & syllabus.
  • Devote much time to weaker section than that of your strong section.
  • Follow the study plan strictly and cover all the concepts related to each topic.
  • After going through all the concepts, practice the exercise questions available in the chapter.
  • When you are done with the clarity in concepts, then pick past 3-5-year papers of all the banking exams, as all the banking exams follow the same examination pattern.
  • In the real-time examination, you have to do these questions in a stipulated time limit. So, now take an online test series and attempt that in a manner that you are attempting the real examination.
  • After taking an online test, analyze the question which you have answered wrong & go through the given solutions.

RBI Assistant Section-wise Preparation

Aspirants can check below the section-wise RBI Assistant Preparation Tips.

RBI Assistant Preparation – Numerical Ability

  • Learn the calculation tricks using Vedic mathematics.
  • Take a standard book to get the conceptual clarity of all the arithmetic topics.
  • Practice all the questions & examples given in the book.
  • Take the help of online sources to cover the topics which are not available in the book.
  • Be familiar with group-questions like- Quadratic equation, simplification, DI, Number Series, etc.
  • Perfection in solving group-questions will help you in cracking the examination.

RBI Assistant Preparation – Reasoning Ability

  • Go through all the concepts available for all the chapters.
  • Try to get perfection in solving the group questions of topics like-inequality, syllogism, etc.
  • Solve 3-4 sets of puzzles daily to be comfortable with various kinds of puzzles.
  • Attempt newspaper sudoku and various other kinds of the puzzle to increase your mental ability.
  • While attempting the real exam, do the group questions first of all.
  • If you are going to attempt puzzles’ sets in the examination then choose the easiest set wisely

RBI Assistant Preparation – English Language

  • Its a language first then after it is a subject, so the best way to prepare is listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Go through parts of speech to cover the basics of the English language.
  • Read English newspapers, magazines, and novels.
  • Try to go through the English news channel.
  • Try  English speaking, it will help you in improving English.
  • Go through past papers of all the banking examination, practice the question, and analyze them.

RBI Assistant Preparation – General Awareness

  • General Awareness in the banking exam can be bifurcated as – 60% Banking, 25% current affairs & 15% Static Gk.
  • For Banking, You must read the basic terminologies, rules, and current affairs related to banking & the economy.
  • For Current affairs, Read either one of the newspapers like- The Hindu, The Indian Express & The Economic Times.
  • For Static GK, You must read topics like – Capital-Currencies, Dams, Rivers, Wild Life Sanctuaries, etc

RBI Assistant Preparation – General Tips

  • Your strategies for attempting prelims & mains examination should be different because the difficulty level and the number of questions are not the same in both these examinations.
  • Prelims is basically a speed test and do not check your in-depth knowledge about the subjects.
  • In-depth, conceptual clarity will be checked in the mains examination.
  • While attempting prelims, As per your strength start the exam from your strongest section in the examination and so on. (In descending order)
  • Attempt those questions first of all which can be solved in minimum time as compared to the others.
  • In Mains Examination, Focus on General Awareness as if you are prepared then you can score high in minimum time.

RBI Assistant Preparation – Must Read Books 

  • Numerical Ability – Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal or Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Mathematics.
  • Reasoning Ability – Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal or A New Approach To Reasoning by BS Sijwali, Magical Book On Puzzles by K.Kundan.
  • English Language – Objective General English by SP Bakshi, Word Power Made Easy.
  • General Awareness – The Hindu Newspaper, PIB, Yojana Magazine.
  • Computer Knowledge – Arihant’s Computer Awareness.

RBI Assistant Preparation – Tips During the Exam

  1. If you find any particular question difficult, make sure that you don’t waste your time trying to solve it. Instead, you should move to the next question and if time permits come back to this question later.
  2. One thing that is crucial is that you have to clear the sectional cut-off of each section and also the overall cut-off.
  3. Sometimes, the questions can be very tricky. So it is advised that you read them very carefully before answering.
  4. Avoid using any shortcuts in the exam that you are not completely sure about.
  5. Avoid Guesswork in the Exam.

So, I have explained about RBI Assistant Preparation. Now that you have these tips on how to prepare for RBI Assistant, you need to get going with your practice! Remember, it is of utmost importance that you also take the RBI Assistant mock tests. They will help you identify your weaknesses and help you improve from test to test. Furthermore, you get to improve your test-taking skills in terms of time management, question selection, etc. 

RBI Assistant Preparation FAQs

Q: Which RBI Assistant books are the best for English?

A: Candidates can refer to Objective General English by SP Bakshi, Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis, High School English Grammar and Comprehension by Wren & Martin, English Language Question Bank by GK Publications.

Q: What is the pattern of the RBI Assistant mains exam?

A: The mains exam of RBI Assistant is divided into five sections: Test of Reasoning, Test of English Language, Test of Numerical Ability, Test of General Awareness, and Test of Computer Knowledge. Candidates need to complete the paper within 135 minutes. There are sectional timings for the exam.

Q: Which books should I refer to for the Test of Numerical Ability?

A: The books that candidates should refer to the Test of Numerical Ability are Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma, Advanced Maths for General Competitions by Rakesh Yadav, Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive examinations by S Chand and RS Agarwal, etc.

Q: Which books should I refer to for the Test of Reasoning?

A: Candidates can refer to, A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal, Analytical Reasoning by S Chand, and RS Agarwal, A New Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by BS Sijwali, etc.

Q: Which books should I refer to for the General Awareness?

A: For General Awareness, candidates can refer to General Knowledge 2020 by Arihant, General Studies by Disha, General Knowledge Manual by Pearson, General Knowledge by Lucent, Manorama Yearbook by Mathew & Mammen Manorama, etc.

Q: Which books are best for Computer Awareness in the mains exam?

A: The Computer Awareness books that candidates can refer to are Objective Computer Awareness by R Pillai, Computer Knowledge by Sikha Agarwal, etc.

Q: Does RBI prescribes books for the RBI Assistant exam?

A: No, RBI does not prescribe books for the RBI Assistant exam.

Q: What are the total marks of the mains exam?

A: The total mark allotted for the mains exam is 200.

Q: How many questions are asked in the mains exam?

A: The mains exam carries a total of 200 objective type multiple-choice questions.

Q: How can I prepare for General Awareness?

A: Candidate should keep themselves updated with the recent events of national and international importance.

Q: Should I refer to newspapers and magazines to prepare for the RBI Assistant exam?

A: Yes, newspapers and magazines are important to prepare for the RBI Assistant exam.


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