Preparation Strategies to Crack RBI Assistant Exam

All banking aspirants have strong desire of working with RBI, but only a few candidates get this chance. Therefore the candidates should follow a best fit strategy to clear this exam. This article gives candidates the required best fit strategy.

This exam is conducted in two phases’ preliminary exam and mains exam. The candidates should know the sections to be covered for each exam.

Sections of Preliminary exam (1 hr.) are:-

  • English Language and Comprehension – 30
  • Numerical Aptitude – 35
  • Reasoning Ability – 35

Sections of Main exam (2 hrs.) are:-

  • English Language and Comprehension – 40
  • Numerical Aptitude – 40
  • Reasoning Ability – 40
  • General Awareness – 40
  • Computer Knowledge – 40

Now the next important piece of information is the previous year’s cut off marks, so as to get idea for the level of preparation required. For prelims exam it was in the range of 71.5 to 81.5 out of 100 for general category. And for main exam it was from 107 to 128.75 out of 200 for general category. It means that the candidates need to score very high in both the exams.

The candidates should follow a rational approach to achieve these figures. The preparation plan can be divided into following sub plans:-

  • Completing syllabus (from easy to moderate to difficult)
  • Taking quizzes while completing syllabus
  • Taking mocks after syllabus completion
  • Analyzing mocks to improve speed and accuracy

While completing syllabus and taking mocks keep following points in mind:-

  • Start with Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. After that study English, computer and general awareness.
  • Make habit of studying topic wise. Take one topic at a time and practice ample number of questions on that topic in order to make that topic your strength.
  • Candidates need to be up to date with Current Affairs. For that read newspaper daily and make your own precise notes. Also revise these notes on regular basis.
  • After completing syllabus. Take some time and revise important topics of exam. In revision focus more on the topics which are your weakness. Take mock tests with Honesty and reduced time duration. It helps you in knowing your grey areas. Focus on your weak points and practice as many questions as you can.
  • Give online mock test, it gives you proper exposer to the real exam environment and you can manage your time. There are many candidates who can perform excellent in offline tests but they are not equally comfortable in online mode. To overcome this difficulty such candidates are required to expose themselves to online mode. Try free mock test for RBI Assistant exam over here!
  • Always remember that you have to reach the upper level of exam. The selection in exam depends on scoring high marks not by just clearing cut off marks.
  • While taking mocks make a proper sequence of sections to attempt. Try out some experiments with different permutations and combinations in terms of sequence of test and time allocations for a particular section.
  • The proper analysis of mock tests is a must to improve accuracy and attempts. The deciding factor for such exams is the accuracy.

In exam every section is equally important. In every section there are some topics which are of high priority and scoring as well. The candidates should complete these topics on priority basis. The list of important topics is given below:-

Section Important Topics and Strategy
English  Reading Comprehension:- Passages on topics like banking , insurance, technology, geo-politics etc.
Spotting Errors – New and old both patterns
Sentence Correction – New and old both patterns
Sentence Completion – Including phrase replacement
Synonyms and Antonyms – New pattern also
Cloze test – Cloze tests of recent exams
Para jumbles – Five to seven statements
Reasoning Puzzle:-
Floor based – Including more than one flat at a floor
Day and Month based – New pattern also
Classification – More than three parameters also
Blood relation based – Must practice puzzles
Alpha numeric Series – New pattern also
Analytic Reasoning
 Coding Decoding including new pattern
Blood Relations – Direct and coded form
Direction Sense – Direct and coded form
Syllogisms – Direct and coded form
Order and Ranking – New pattern also
 Decision Making
Numerical Ability Quadratic Equations – Easy to difficult levels
Number Series – Wrong number, missing number
Simplifications – use unit digit and digit sum method
Time and Work
Time and Distance
Ratio and Proportions
Mixture and Allegation
Number Systems
Profit and Loss
Simple Interest and Compound Interest
 Data Interpretation
a- Bar Graph
b- Lines chart
c- Pie chart
d- Tabular
e- Missing DI
Computer Knowledge Basic Hardware and Software
Uses of Computer
Generations of Computer
 Basic Computer Operations / Shortcut Keys
 MS Office (Word, Excel, Power point)
input/ output devices
operating systems
generations of computers
peripheral devices
technology in computer
General Awareness History of Banking – Indian context
 Banking Terms – Abbreviations also
RBI, SEBI, IRDAI and other Regulatory bodies
Capital markets – Instruments and their properties
Money markets – Instruments and their properties
National Income
Banks in News
Government Schemes and Policies
Important Committees
New Appointments
Books and Authors
PM visits and MoUs signed
Capital and Currency
Natural Calamities
Themes and Taglines
Awards and Ceremonies


The candidates should bifurcate above given topics into three categories as per their caliber:-

  • Easy to cover
  • Moderate to cover
  • Difficult to cover

Start preparing for easy topics and gradually move to higher level topics. The candidates should keep in mind that to clear this exam you have to raise your standard, which is only possible with regular efforts in right direction. This article will be helpful only if you stick to the tips given in it and use your resources optimally.

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