The key to cracking the exams conducted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is a thorough understanding of the exam pattern and the syllabus set by the RBI. The foundation for a robust preparation is to know what kind of questions will be framed in the examination. This article will cover the RBI Assistant Syllabus in great detail.
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RBI Assistant Exam Pattern
Before we go into detail about the RBI Assistant Syllabus it is important to know the RBI Assistant Exam Pattern.
The RBI Assistant exam is conducted in two phases, which is followed by the Language Proficiency Test:
- Preliminary Exam
- Mains Exam
Here are the exam patterns for the initial two phases of the exam:
RBI Assistant Preliminary Exam Pattern:
The table below gives information on the RBI Assistant Exam Pattern for the Preliminary stage:
|RBI Assistant Exam Pattern For Preliminary Stage|
|Sections||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|English Language||30||30||A composite time of 1 hour is provided to the candidate.|
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The table below gives a highlight of the RBI Assistant Exam Pattern for mains stage
|RBI Assistant Exam Pattern for Mains|
|Sections||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|English Language||40||40||30 minutes|
|Quantitative Aptitude||40||40||30 minutes|
|Reasoning Ability||40||40||30 minutes|
|Computer Knowledge||40||40||20 minutes|
|General Awareness||40||40||25 minutes|
RBI Assistant Exam Pattern – Salient Points
- There will be negative marking in this exam.
- 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer given by the candidate.
- No marks will be deducted for the question that is not attempted by the candidate.
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|RBI Notification||RBI Vacancy||RBI Exam Pattern|
|RBI Grade-B Exam Eligibility Criteria||RBI Grade-B Exam date||RBI Syllabus|
Language Proficiency Test:
The final stage of the recruitment will be the Language Proficiency Test (LPT). The candidates who clear the mains exam will then have to appear for the LPT. This test is of a lot of importance because as an assistant you may be required to interact with the public directly. The LPT will be conducted in the Official/Local language of the concerned state. Candidate not proficient in the Official/Local Language would be disqualified.
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RBI Assistant Syllabus
RBI Assistant exam has a specific syllabus for all the sections asked in both prelims exam and mains exam. The sections that feature in both of these exams are:
The marks distribution of English language in the RBI Assistant Exam is as follows:
|English language||Weightage(maximum marks)||Difficulty Level||Type of questions|
|Reading Comprehension||7-10||Moderate – Difficult||Essay type questions related to Banking, Economy, Finance, Globalization, etc.|
|Sentence Corrections||5-10||Moderate – Difficult||Preposition, tense, Articles, Subject – verb Agreement|
|Cloze Test||5-10||Moderate – Difficult||Preposition, Phrasal Verbs|
|Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, rearrangement||5||Easy- Moderate||Jumbles, fill in the blanks|
|Phrases, Active & Passive Voice||5-10||Moderate- Difficult||Phrase replacement|
The marks distribution of Numerical Ability in the RBI Assistant Exam is as follows:
|Numerical Ability||Weightage(maximum marks)||Difficulty Level||Type of questions|
|Simplification, data interpretation, Quadratic Equation, Number Series||15-20||Easy-Moderate||Series completion, Approximation, Decimals, etc|
|Average, Interest, mensuration, Percentage, ratio & proportion, Algebra,
Profit & loss, Mixture
|15||Moderate- Difficult||Work efficiency, speed, average, divisibility, LCM, HCF, etc.|
The marks distribution of Logical reasoning in the RBI Assistant Exam is as follows:
|Reasoning||Weightage(maximum marks)||Difficulty Level||Type of questions|
|Analogy, Classification, Order & ranking, data sufficiency, Odd Man Out, Symbols||0-5||Easy- Difficult||Coding, Relation base problem, Directions and distances, height, weight, rank, etc.|
Additional sections of General Awareness and Computer Knowledge are also asked in the Mains Exam, apart from the above mentioned three sections. The candidates must clear the sectional cut-off as well as the overall cut-off for each phase of the examination, in order to get selected for further rounds of the RBI Assistant recruitment process. Let’s have a closer look at the various topics that make up the RBI Assistant syllabus.
Given below is the RBI Assistant Syllabus topics for Quantitative Aptitude:
|RBI Assistant Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude|
|Allegations and Comparison||Algebra|
|Permutation and Combination||Trigonometry|
|Pipes and Cistern||Time and Distance|
|Number System||Time and Work|
|Geometry||HCF and LCM|
|Mensuration||Simple and Compound Interest|
|Problems on Trains||Averages|
The table below gives the RBI Assistant Syllabus for the English Language:
|RBI Assistant Syllabus for English Language|
|One Word Substitution|
|Active and Passive Voice|
The table below gives the RBI Assistant Syllabus for General Awareness:
|RBI Assistant Syllabus for General Awareness|
|Current World News||Political Science|
|Current India News||Banking Awareness|
|Geography Concepts||RBI Terms|
|History Concepts||Acts and Laws related to RBI|
|Emoluments and Other Benefits|
The table below gives the RBI Assistant Syllabus for Computer knowledge:
|RBI Assistant Syllabus for Computer Knowledge|
|History of Computers||Basic Hardware and Software|
|Devices||Virus and Hacking|
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The table below gives the RBI Assistant Syllabus for Reasoning:
|RBI Assistant Syllabus for Reasoning|
|Odd Man Out||Blood Relations|
|Coding and Decoding||Analogy|
|Directions Based Concept||Symbols|
|Row Arrangements||Statements Reading and Understanding|
RBI Assistant Exam – Preparation Strategy
The preparation strategy should allow you to improve upon your shortcomings and build on your strengths at the same time. It is quite obvious that you will need to give special attention to the weak areas but that does not mean that you can afford to completely ignore your strong areas.
Take RBI Assistant mock tests on a regular basis as it would allow you to devote unwavering attention to each subject that is asked in the exam.
The mock tests will also provide you with a detailed analysis of your performance. They will help you to learn about your strengths and weaknesses.
After figuring out your shortcomings the next step would be to again start from scratch and learn each fundamental concept related to that topic. Spend enough time to develop a strong grasp of the underlying concepts by practicing the previous year question paper.