SBI Clerk Vs RBI Assistant | Step-by-Step Comparison – Pattern, Salary

SBI Clerk Vs RBI Assistant comparison is here. RBI Assistant and SBI Clerk are two major and most popular jobs which many students dream of cracking and getting into their dream job. Both the exams have very high competition and every year lakhs of aspirants fill the form for both the exams. SBI Clerk and RBI Assistant both give you a clerical cadre post. With each passing year, the competition has been increasing while the number of vacancies has been decreasing and this has further made these exams tough to crack.

Every year SBI releases the notification for filling the vacancies of both SBI PO and SBI Clerk and both these vacancies add up to more than 10,000 every year. Due to this large number of vacancies the candidates always have high hopes of grabbing a seat by cracking any of these exams. However this year, the examination for both SBI PO and SBI Clerk has been postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This year the number of vacancies for SBI Clerk is 8000 whereas the SBI PO vacancies are yet to be released.

RBI Assistant 2020 notification was released on 23rd Dec 2019 for 926 posts in different States and Union Territories and pre-exam was held on 14th Feb 2020, and 15th Feb 2020, and the result was declared on 3rd March 2020. However, the Mains exam will be held on 22nd November 2020.

In this blog, we will cover all the important aspects which you want to know regarding the RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk exam such as exam pattern, salary, and perks, career and promotions, job profile, workload, the difficulty level of the exams, etc.

RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk – Exam Pattern

The Prelims exam pattern of both RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk is almost the same. In both the exams, the candidate is tested on the basis of similar subjects.

  • RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk – Prelims

Exam RBI Assistant SBI Clerk
Sections (No of Questions)
  • English Language(30)
  • Reasoning Ability (35)
  • Quantitative Aptitude(35)
  • English Language(30)
  • Reasoning Ability(35)
  • Quantitative Aptitude(35)
Section cut-off Yes Yes
Overall cut-off Yes Yes
Overall Timing 1 Hour 1 Hour
Sectional Timing No (Composite Time of 1 Hr) 20 mins for each section
Negative Marking 0.25 0.25
Total Marks  100 100


  • RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk–Mains 

The Mains Exam of both RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk differs in terms of the number of questions asked and time duration allotted to each section. 

  • RBI Assistant Mains

          Sections No. of Questions Maximum Marks     Duration
English Language 40 40 30 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40 30 mins
Reasoning Ability 40 40 30 mins
Computer Knowledge 40 40 20 mins
General Awareness 40 40 25 mins
Total 200 200 135 mins


  • SBI Clerk Mains


No. of Questions
Max. Marks
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 mins
English Language 40 40 35 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 mins
General, Economy/Banking Awareness 50 50 35 mins
Total 190 200 160 mins

This sums up the exam pattern comparison of prelims and mains exam of RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk.

You can know more about the official notification of RBI Assistant

You can know more about the exam pattern, official notification, and other important details of SBI Clerk

RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk–Salary, Allowances, and Perks

Both RBI Assistant and SBI Clerk offer a decent salary to their employees. However, the salary of an RBI Assistant is more when compared to SBI Clerk. 


RBI Assistant         SBI Clerk
Basic Pay– ₹13,150/-

Pay Scale- 13150-750(3)-15400-900(4)-19000-1200(6)-26200-1300(2)-28800-1480(3)-33240-1750(1)-34990(20 years)

Gross Salary– ₹36,091/-

Basic Pay– ₹13,075/-

Pay Scale – 11765-655/3-13730-815/3-16175-980/4-20095-1145/7-28110-2120/1-30230-1310/1-31450

Gross Salary – ₹31,450/-

Perks and Allowances

  • RBI’s accommodation (subject to availability)
  • Vehicle maintenance for official purpose
  • Newspaper
  • Briefcase
  • Furnishing Allowances
  • Reimbursement of medical bills
  • Interest-free festive advance
  • Leave Fare Concession (LFC)
  • Loans at concessional interest rates
  • Travel Allowances
  • Leased Accommodation or House Rent Allowance
  • Medical Reimbursement
  • Pension Scheme
  • Miscellaneous
  • Dearness Allowance
  • City Compensation Allowance
  • Special Allowance

See more about the salary and other allowances of RBI Assistant

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RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk–Promotions and Careers

Both RBI Assistant and SBI Clerk offer great careers to their employees. Every hard-working employee gets an opportunity to serve at top positions in the organization if the employee is capable enough. Few fortunate and capable employees from Banks get the opportunity to work as a Deputy Governor in RBI as well.


RBI Assistant  SBI Clerk
  • RBI Assistant 
  • 1st Scale – Officer / Assistant Manager (Grade A)
  • 2nd Scale – Manager (Grade B)
  • 3rd Scale – Senior Manager (Grade C)
  • Scale 4 – Chief Manager (Grade D)
  • Junior Management Grade – Scale I: Officer i.e. PO
  • Middle Management Grade – Scale-II: Manager
  • Middle Management Grade – Scale III: Senior Manager
  • Senior Management Grade – Scale IV: Chief Manager
  • Senior Management Grade Scale V: Assistant General Manager
  • Top Management Grade Scale VI: Deputy General Manager
  • Top Management Grade Scale VII: General Manager
  • Executive Director (ED)
  • Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)

RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk–Job Profile

SBI Clerk involves more customer services and dealing with the queries of the customer whereas RBI Assistant rarely involves any customer dealing work.

RBI Assistant  SBI Clerk
  • File Work
  • Data Entry
  • Banking Document Verification
  • Attending to Government Treasury Work 
  • Replying to mails
  • Replying to RTI queries
  • Resolving customer queries of the branch
  • Maintaining and supervising regular branch activities
  • Public relations and addressing issues and grievances of customers
  • Processing day to day transactions of customers and processing loan details.
  • Bringing new businesses to the bank branch

RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk– Difficulty Level of Exam

  • RBI Assistant is a Clerical level post and the difficulty level of this exam can be compared to bank clerk exams, however, due to a lesser number of vacancies and a higher number of applicants, the cut-off for RBI Assistant is usually very high.
  • SBI Clerk is also a Clerical level post and the difficulty level of both prelims and mains is similar to the RBI Assistant.

RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk–Other Important Comparisons

RBI Assistant  SBI Clerk
Transfers Mostly, once in 5 years Transfers are frequent in Banks with one transfer every 2-3 years.
Working Days 5 days a week with mostly fixed timing 6 days a week (2nd Saturday Off).
Postings Mostly Home State and in Urban cities. Mostly Rural postings in the initial years.
Work Pressure Very less High

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Which has more frequent transfers between RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk?
A: SBI Clerk has more frequent transfers when compared to RBI Assistant.

Q: Does the RBI Assistant give rural postings?
A: No, all the offices of RBI are in urban areas so there are no rural postings in RBI  Assistant.

Q: Which exam is tough between RBI Assistant vs SBI Clerk?
A: Both SBI Clerk and RBI Assistant exams are of a similar level.

Q: When is the RBI Assistant mains 2020?
A: The RBI Assistant mains examination will be conducted on 22nd November 2020.

Q: When will the preliminary result for SBI Clerk 2020 be released?
A: SBI Clerk preliminary result for 2020-21 will be conducted soon on the official website. 

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All the Best for your exams!!

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