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|
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|
|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|
|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|
|Profit and Loss|
|Simple Interest and Compound Interest|
| Data Interpretation
a- Bar Graph
b- Lines chart
c- Pie chart
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|
|generations of computers|
|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|
|Banks in News|
|Government Schemes and Policies|
|Books and Authors|
|PM visits and MoUs signed|
|Capital and Currency|
|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.