How to crack RBI Assistant Examination?

Today we are sharing the strategy to prepare for upcoming RBI Assistant Exam 2018. RBI Grade B is not just an exam. It’s an opportunity which can give a you job in one of the most prestigious organisations in the country. RBI Assistant job profile is the best one among all the bank clerk jobs being conducted.

The notification for RBI Assistant 2017 was out last year and to our surprise RBI has issued the notification for a total of  623 vacancies. To be among those 623, a proper strategy and hard work was required. Notification for this year’s RBI Assistant can be rolled out by RBI anytime soon. Now, very less time is left for the examination, so this is high time that you should start preparing and follow a precise strategy to get through the exam.


The syllabus and exam pattern for RBI Assistant examination is as follows:

  • RBI Assistant examination is held in 3 Phases- Prelims, Mains and Language Proficiency Test (LPT).
  • All papers are bilingual except ENGLISH, which is conducted only in English Medium.
  • In case a student is not proficient in local language, he or she will be disqualified as there is public dealing involved in RBI as Assistant Officer.

The syllabus and pattern of Preliminary and Mains Examination is as follows:

Preliminary Examination:

S. No. Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks Total time
1. English Language 30 30 1 hour
2. Numerical Ability 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Mains Examination:

S. No. Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks Total
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
7 Computer Awareness 40 40 20 minutes
Total 200 200

Note: Penalty for Wrong answers marked in the Online Objective Tests. Each question for which a wrong answer has been marked by the candidate, one-fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. No marks are deducted for un-attempted questions.

Reasoning Ability:

Syllabus of Reasoning Ability for RBI Assistant for Prelims and Mains Exam combined, are as follows:

1- Puzzles

2- Seating Arrangements

3- Direction Sense

4- Blood Relation

5- Syllogism

6- Order and Ranking

7- Coding-Decoding

8- Machine Input-Output

9- Inequalities

10- Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series

11- Data Sufficiency

12- Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude:

Syllabus of Quant for RBI Assistant Prelims and Mains Exams are as follows:

1- Data Interpretation

2- Quadratic Equations

3- Number Series

4- Approximation and Simplification

5- Data Sufficiency

6- HCF and LCM

7- Profit and Loss

8- Problem on Ages

9- Work and Time

10- Speed Distance and Time

11- Probability

12- Mensuration

13- Permutation and Combination

14- Average, Ratio and Proportion

15- Partnership

16- Problems on Boats, Stream and Trains

17- Mixture and Allegation

18- Pipes and Cisterns

General Awareness:

Syllabus of General Awareness for RBI Assistant Prelims and Mains Exam are as follows:

1- Banking Awareness

2- Financial Awareness

3- Govt. Schemes and Policies

4- Current Affairs

5- Static Awareness

English Language:

Syllabus of English for RBI Assistant Prelims and Mains Exam are as follows:

1- Reading Comprehension

2- Cloze Test

3- Fillers

4- Sentence Errors

5- Vocabulary based questions

6- Sentence Improvement

7- Jumbled Paragraph

8- Paragraph Fillers

9- Paragraph Conclusion

10- Paragraph /Sentences Restatement

Computer Knowledge:

Syllabus of Computer Knowledge for RBI Assistant Prelims and Mains Exam are as follows:

1- History and Generation of Computers

2- Introduction to Computer Organization

3- Computer Memory

4- Computer Hardware and I/O Devices

5- Computer Software

6- Computer Languages

7- Operating System

8- Computer Network

9- Internet

10- MS Office Suit and Short cut keys

11- Basics of DBMS

12- Number System and Conversions

13- Computer and Network Security


Quantitative Aptitude:-

  • For solving further problems and practice – Fast Track Arithmetic by Arihant

Reasoning Ability:-

  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non – Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning (MK Pandey, BSC Publications)

English Language:-

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Follow Business Line editorial for Reading Comprehension

Computer Knowledge:-

  • Computer Awareness by Arihant
  • Manorama Year Book
  • Lucent Publications
  • Follow newspapers daily and read about Financial, Sports, Economic News only.

General Knowledge:-

  • Manorama Year Book
  • Lucent Publications
  • Follow newspapers daily and read about Financial, Sports, Economic News only.

Final Practice:

  • Kiran RBI’s Assistant Online Exam Paperback Edition

Tips to Crack RBI Assistant Exam

Candidates need to follow the following Tips to crack RBI Assistant exam:-

  • Regular Reading of Newspapers to be up to date with current affairs.
  • Start with Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude & then focus on Other Parts.
  • Study Topic wise. Take one topic at one time & practice more questions on that topic till you ace it.
  • Take time to revise important topics. Focus more on the topics which are your weakness. Pay less attention to a topic that is your strength.
  • Give frequent time – based mock tests to assess your position and analyse your strengths and weaknesses.
  • In the Examination Hall strategise according to your preparation. Attempt those sections first that are your strength.
  • In the exam hall, there are 200 questions in the paper, and if at any point you feel that a certain question is too tough, you should immediately move on and try to attempt the next one. Time is precious. Don’t waste time on questions you cannot solve.
  • Don’t get in the trap of ‘getting everything’ under your belt. Focus on the quality of your answers rather than the quantity so as to avoid negative markings which can take down your chances of getting through.
  • Dedicate 4- 5 hours of daily preparation and rather than making a time schedule, you should list down the topics you should prepare per day.
  • If you cannot study for long hours, it is much better to sit for short hours, but with dedication!
  • Take Regular Breaks – It’s always better to give yourself a break after every hour or two than cramming everything nonstop. Give your mind time to soak it all in.
  • Set achievable targets for yourself, like studying 4 comprehensive topics in an hour, or 7-8 small topics in an hour. This will boost your speed as your mind will not feel overtaxed.
  • Use Flashcards to revise anytime, anywhere and with ease! Make flashcards of important dates, event, and keywords to keep your memory fresh.
  • For videos on English – click E-01; READING COMPREHENSION
  • For videos on Quant – click RBI Grade B Maths- SIMPLE AND COMPOUND INTEREST
  • For videos on Reasoning – click VENN DIAGRAMS- RBI, SBI, IBPS, SSC and other Government Exams