RBI Assistant Exam – Preparation Tips

The Reserve Bank of India conducts exam for recruitment to the post of RBI Assistant. The exam consists of three stages – Prelims, Mains and Language Proficiency Test.The Candidates have to pass these three stages inorder to get selected to the post of RBI Assistant.

Preparation Strategy

Each candidate has to keep in mind that the preliminary and LPT are qualifying in nature and the merit is decided by the main examination score. The paper usually has an easy-medium level difficulty and hence cut-off can be expected up to 70-80 for different regions. Hence the goal should be to attempt 90+ questions. The Preliminary Level is similar to the Prelims of other bank exams except for the Numerical Ability section instead of Quantitative Ability. So it is evident that the speed of your mathematical calculations will play the key role in passing the exam. Inorder to improve calculation speed,

  • Learn mathematical tables up to 40
  • Learn squares up to 50
  • Learn cubes up to 30
  • Try to do maximum calculations in mind
  • Check the time taken to solve each problem and try to reduce it with practice

For Reasoning Section focus more on solving one variable puzzles as highly complicated questions are usually not seen.

As far as English section is concerned developing a knowledge of basic English grammar and a habit of reading English newspapers specially focusing on editorials will help to pass the section by improving the vocabulary as well as sentence construction ability.

For Preliminary Level a composite time of 1 hour is available for solving a total of 100 questions from all the sections. For Main exam sectional time is allotted after which the next section is unlocked automatically and the previous section cannot be re-accessed. Hence time management is essential.

For General Awareness keep note of current affairs, important events, dates, personalities, awards, books etc that has been in the news in the recent times and be aware of currencies, capitals and leaders etc from across the world. Make it a point to read newspapers daily.

To pass the Computer Awareness section maintain a basic knowledge of Computers, its operation, Windows OS and in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office. Refer related questions from other bank exams as many questions are found to be repeated.

The Entri app provides a platform for the candidates to prepare for RBI Assistant Examination. Refer all previous year question papers of RBI Assistant to derive a general idea about the pattern of  questions. 1 or 2 questions are usually found to be repetitions. Attend mock exams to improve the time management tactics.

To qualify language proficiency test the candidate should know how to read, write, speak and understand the basic language of the place from which they have applied for the examination.

Study Plan

Focus on Numerical Ability Section first. This section mainly contains questions from Simplification, Arithmetic and Data Interpretation. However in the past few exams RBI has not asked questions from Data Interpretation while nearly 80% questions have been from simplification.

  • Memorize formulas from Interest (SI and CI), Profit and Loss, Distance, Time, Speed, Percentage, Time and Work to do simplification problems.
  • Learn shortcuts to solve arithmetic problems with speed and accuracy.
  • Candidates should be thorough with squares, square roots, cubes, cube roots and fractional value of percentages to solve data interpretation questions.

This should guarantee around 30 marks from the section.

Reasoning Section is the main weapon for getting a high score. The questions asked is less time consuming and you can use the saved time for solving problems in the other sections for the preliminary stage.

  • Maximum questions (around 15) are asked from the topics such as Puzzles, Sitting Arrangement.
  • Around 5 sure questions are asked from inequality every year. .
  • Syllogism is another scoring topic which may come in a set of 5 questions in the exam. A new pattern of Reverse Syllogism has also been introduced in this section in which conclusions are given in questions and Statements are given in Answers. Learning this can guarantee the 5 marks from syllogism topics.

If these topics are covered a sure mark of 25 can be achieved from this section.

The major scoring questions from the English Section are the Reading Comprehension Passage, Fill up and Error correction questions.

  • The first and last paragraph of Reading Comprehension passage provide critical context for the entire text. Understanding them is of utmost importance. Mainly this topic will include passage from banking & economy, finance, business, demonetization, financial policies and more. The level of questions is moderate to tough and therefore needs practice. Last year, the passage was story-based. If that is the case this year as well, it would be slightly easier for candidates.
  • Fill up the blanks questions are mainly using prepositions or story type. You have to look carefully at the prepositions given in the option before/after the blank before answering the question as all the options have a meaning close to each other. A story based fill up will be quite easy to attempt, provided you have sufficient practice on this topic. You can expect maximum 10 questions from this topic
  • Error Spotting and Phrase Replacement are usually asked on this topic. They also carry a maximum of 10 marks combined. Focus more on Articles, Tenses, Subject Verb Agreement, Degrees of Comparison and Common Errors.

Approximately 30 marks can surely be obtained from these topics.

For General Awareness prepare to attempt questions from International Summits/ Conferences, Governmental Schemes and Initiatives, Sports Tournaments, Books and Authors, International Organizations, Monetary and Fiscal Policies, Banking and Financial terms. This can guarantee 90% scoring from this section.

In the Computer Awareness Section candidates should be through with keyboard shortcuts, software packages and usage, abbreviations, basic of computers, networking fundamentals, history of computers, programming languages, computer hardware. Candidates can easily score in this section because Syllabus is not so vast.  Questions are asked only on general operations performed by a person on a computer.

Preparing the specified topics in depth with the help of previous question papers, subject-oriented questions, exam-oriented practice and mock tests available in the Entri App can guarantee a score of 80% and above for RBI Assistant examination.

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