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Tips to ace the RBI Assistant 2017 Exam

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) exam has recently announced the RBI Assistant 2017 exam; this year there are 623 vacancies. This exam is conducted to recruit candidates for the post of an Assistant in various offices of the RBI.  The prelims exam is scheduled on 27th & 28th Nov 2017. Here’s a post on how to start the preparation in the right direction. This post is brought to you by Oliveboard, an online exam preparation platform for banking and government jobs.

A. Know the exam pattern

Name of Tests

TypeNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
English LanguageObjective3030Composite time of 1 Hour


Numerical AbilityObjective3535
Reasoning AbilityObjective3535


B. Know the exam syllabus

 English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Error Spotting
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Para-Jumbles

Numerical Ability 

  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  • Averages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Time & Work
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Simplification / Approximation
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Time & Distance
  • Partnership
  • Ratio & Proportion

 Reasoning Ability 

  • Syllogisms
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzles
  • Blood Relations
  • Inequalities
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Distance & Direction
  • Ranking 

C. Create a study plan

Create a study plan, dedicate each day for a topic so that you can have a strong hold over all the concepts. With Oliveboard, you can create your own study plan and track it for effective preparation.

D. Gather your study materials

Pick limited but good books like Wren & Martin for English, NCERT, RS Agarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. You can also refer to online study materials.

E. Maintain quick notes

Make notes of grammar rules and quant formulas and use them as quick notes that can be referred from time to time.

F. Practice Full-Length & Sectional Mock Tests

Practice makes a man perfect and this is true with competitive exams like RBI Assistant. Work out as many mock tests you can. You can opt for Oliveboard’s RBI Assistant Mock Tests.

G. Build your own Exam Strategy

Something like below but this is indicative, and you are recommended to create your own strategy as per your strength and weakness.

English Language:

  • Attempt questions on Error Detection, Para jumbles, Phrase replacement etc. first.
  • Try to complete this section within 15 minutes.

Numerical Ability

  • Attempts questions on Quadratic Equations, Simplification and Approximation first and then move to Number Series.
  • You shouldn’t spend more than 25 minutesin this section.

Reasoning Ability

  • Work on questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series first.
  • Plan around 20 minutesfor this section.

Hope this helps. All the best for exam prep and the actual exam.