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RBI Assistant Recruitment 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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Jan 12, 2021

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RBI Assistant 2020 Exam is conducted online and has two phases, Prelims and Mains. The exam pattern for the preliminary exam is different from the mains exam. The prelims exam pattern is same as of previous years. However, certain changes are introduced in the Mains exam.  RBI Assistant 2020  Prelims exam to be held on February 14 – 15, 2020.

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RBI Assistant exam pattern for preliminary exam is divided into three sections - English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability. In this paper, there will be a total of 100 questions for 100 marks. The major sections for the Mains Exam will be Reasoning, English Language, Numerical Ability, General Awareness, and Computer Knowledge. In Mains, candidates have to attempt 200 questions and the total marks allotted to this paper are 200. Check RBI Assistant Prelims Paper Analysis 2020

There will be a Sectional time limit in the Mains exam only. Hence a candidate cannot switch between the sections. The candidate has to clear both Prelims and Mains exam to be eligible for the post. RBI Assistant Main exam is scheduled to be held in March 2020 (tentatively).  

RBI Assistant Exam Pattern

RBI Assistant Exam 2020 Exam Pattern

Paper Pattern for Prelim

  • Total time allowed: 2 hours
  • Total number of questions: 100 questions.
  • No sectional time limit.
S. No. Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks
1 English Language 30 30
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
 - Total 100 100

Main Examination

  • Total time allowed: 135 minutes
  • Total question: 200 questions
  • There is sectional time limit for each section.
  • One can’t switch between sections.
Sr. No. Section No of Questions Maximum Marks Duration (mins)
1 Reasoning 40 40 30
2 English Language 40 40 30
3 Numerical Ability 40 40 30
4 General Awareness 40 40 25
5 Computer Knowledge 40 40 20
Total 200 200 135 minute

Language Proficiency Test (LPT)

After selection from the main examination, candidates will have to take a language proficiency test (LPT). The test will be conducted in the Official / Local Language of the State concerned (Refer Annex-IV of the official notification released). A candidate who is not proficient in the Official/Local Language would be disqualified.

RBI Assistant Marking Scheme

RBI Assistant Exam 2020 Marking Scheme

The marking scheme is applicable for both Prelims and Mains:

  • For every correct answer: +1 marks
  • For every wrong answer: -0.25 marks
  • For every unanswered question: 0 marks

In case of LPT, it has no weightage, but it determines whether the candidate is able to handle the local language or not. A candidate who does not pass this would be disqualified.

Read More RBI Assistant Merit List & Cut Off

RBI Assistant Syllabus

RBI Assistant Exam 2020 Syllabus


Reading Comprehension, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Correction, Word Meanings, Cloze Test, One Word Substitution, Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence Completion, Phrases, Active and Passive Voice

Quantitative Aptitude

Time and Distance, Time and Work, HCF and LCM, Simple and Compound Interest, Problems on Trains, Average, Probability, Assumptions and conclusion, Permutation and Combination, Pipes& Cistern, Number System, Geometry, Mensuration, Percentage, Algebra and Trigonometry.


Number Series, Blood Relations, Analogy, Odd Man Out, Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Directions Based Concept, Row Arrangements, Symbols, Statement Reading and understanding

Computer Knowledge

Languages, Basic Hardware and Software, History of Computers, Devices, Viruses and Hacking.

General Awareness

Current World News, Current India News, Geography Concepts, History Concepts, Political Science, Banking Awareness, RBI Terms, Emoluments and Other Benefits, Acts and Laws related to Bank (RBI)

Check RBI Assistant 2020 Paper Analysis

RBI Assistant Important Books

RBI Assistant Exam 2020 Books

Subject Book Name Author ISBN no.
English Objective General English S.P. Bakshi 9789351768449
English A New Approach to Objective English S. Rajinder Dhillon 9788186651032
Quantitative Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Verma 9789351760146
Quantitative Problems In MATHEMATICS with Hints and Solutions V. Govorov ,‎ P. Dybov ,‎ N. Miroshin,‎ S. Smirnova 9789351762553
Quantitative Mathematics for Class 11 R.D. Sharma 9789383182954
Quantitative Mathematics - Class XII (Set of 2 Volumes) R.D. Sharma 9789383182367
Computer knowledge Computer Awareness Single Edition Mini Goyal, Sweta Rani 9789351761600
Reasoning A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal 9789352535743
Reasoning A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R S Agarwal 9789352535316
General Knowledge Indian Year Book English/ Hindi Publications Division 9788123023281
General Knowledge Manorama Year Book English/ Hindi Mathew & Mammen Manorama 978-938602520

Frequently Asked Questions

RBI Assistant Exam 2020 FAQs

Ques: What are the local languages of the offices?

Ans: The local languages of the offices of RBI are:

  • Ahmedabad – Gujarati
  • Bengaluru – Kannada
  • Bhopal – Hindi
  • Bhubaneswar – Oriya
  • Chandigarh – Punjabi / Hindi
  • Chennai – Tamil
  • Guwahati – Assamese / Bengali / Khasi / Manipuri
  • Hyderabad – Telugu
  • Jaipur – Hindi
  • Jammu – Urdu / Hindi
  • Kanpur & Lucknow – Hindi
  • Kolkata – Bengali
  • Mumbai – Marathi
  • Nagpur – Marathi / Hindi
  • New Delhi – Hindi
  • Patna – Hindi
  • Thiruvananthapuram – Malayalam

Ques: What is the total mark/ weightage allotted to LPT?

Ans: There is no mark allotted to LPT, it is only for qualification.

Ques: Is the exam bilingual?

Ans: Except for English Language section, the paper will be bilingual, i.e. English and Hindi.

Ques: Is there any change in the RBI Assistant 2020 exam pattern?

Ans: The change in RBI assistant 2020 exam is that sectional time limit is introduced in the Mains exam unlike composite time limit in the previous years. Also, candidates wouldn’t be able to switch between sections now.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


deeksha singh
rbi assistant 2021 exam apply link or vacancy is out or not ?
abdul nazir

Hi Deeksha, The official notification and registration link for the recruitment will be released on September 2021 tentatively at the official website of RBI. The exam date will be notified along with the official website. To know more visit RBI Assistant 2021.

how to prepare for rbi assistant prelims?
kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. Refer to the latest RBI Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern, revise RBI Assistant Important Topics and do more mock tests to analyse your performance. More tips and latest exam pattern to prepare for the RBI Assistant prelims are mentioned here.

what is the cut off marks for rbi assistant exam for the previous years?
kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. The marks obtained in the final merit list are considered for making the final selection of candidates. RBI Assitant 2020 Cutoff (Out): Check State Wise Cut off Marks are mentioned here.

what is language proficiency test in rbi assistant?
kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. The language proficiency test is taken to ensure that all the candidates are well versed with the local language failing which they will not be selected as RBI Assistant exam. The LPT is conducted in the Official / Local Language of the concerned state and it is qualifying in nature.
More details related to the exams are mentioned here.

puja sao
how to prepare english for rbi assistant exam?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. RBI Assistant exam pattern for prelims exam is segmented into three sections including English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Abilities. To prepare for the English section, candidates are advised to refer to the best books that help get a good score ahead.
More details related to the same are presented here.

how to prepare for rbi assistant exam in 1 month?
kavita rani

Hi Vipashs. You must plan your timings for each section. You need to develop your reading and vocabulary skills by reading newspapers. Learn more about tricks for the Quantitative and Reasoning section by referring to the link here.

koyena biswas
Is the RBI Assistant examination easy to crack?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. Honestly, cracking the exam is not an easy task, one need to work harder to get a good score. Only clearing the overall RBI Assistant cut off is not sufficient, you must get a good score more than the overall cutoff. But candidates can crack competitive exams like RBI assistant Exams by creating a well-versed strategy and study plans. Get tips related to preparing for this exam here.

Has RBI introduced any changes in the Exam Pattern?
kavita rani

Hi riyaz. The change introduced in RBI assistant is that sectional time limit is introduced in the Mains exam unlike composite time limit in the previous years. More details related to the latest exam pattern is mentioned here.

divakar sharma
Is the exam Bilingual?
kavita rani

Hi divakar. Excluding English Language section, the paper will be bilingual, i.e. English and Hindi.

divakar sharma
Is there a criterion for negative marking?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. Yes, both prelims and mains exam will have negative marking. For every incorrect option, 1/4th of the marks will be deducted. However, no marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.

fauzia shahid
What is the mode of the exam - online or offline?
kavita rani

Hi Fauzia. RBI Assistant Exam is taken online and it has two phases including Prelims and Mains. Candidates can refer to the official webiste to check more deatils related to the exam.

kashish tomar
What is the total duration of the preliminary exam of RBI Assistant post?
kavita rani

Hi Kashish. Total time allowed for RBI assistant prelims exam is 2 hours and the total number of questions is 100 questions. More details related to the same are presented here.

divakar sharma
Does RBI Assistant have the negative marking?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. Yes, there will be negative marking in both prelims and mains exam. On every wrong answer, 1/4th of the marks will be deducted. Detailed exam pattern and marking scheme is mentioned here.

Any example question paper?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Monika, sample papers for this exam can be obtained from official website or websites like cracku, oliveboard, sscgradeup etc.
kashyap shivam
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Shivam, you can check the notification from here: RBI Assistant 2019 Official Notification

any banking exams can be given after 12th ?
vritika kapoor

Hi Sonia, You cannot give banking exams after your 12th.The minimum eligibility for this is graduation.