Last-minute tips for RBI Assistant Mains Quants Section

RBI Assistant Prelims Exam 2020 was held on 14 and 15 February 2020 and the result for the same was released on 03 March 2020. Candidates who cleared the prelims exam will appear for its mains exam that is scheduled to be held on 22 November 2020. Admit card of RBI Assistant Mains exam 2020 is now available to download which can be downloaded up to 22 November 2020.  In this article, we will discuss the last-minute tips for RBI Assistant Mains Quants.


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Mains exam of RBI Assistant consists of five sections Reasoning, English Language, Numerical Ability, General Awareness, and Computer Knowledge. The number of questions in each section is 40, the maximum marks in each section is 40, and the time allotted to attempt these questions in each section is 30 minutes. The numerical ability section of the exam is the most time-consuming section among all the sections and at the same time, it can be a very scoring section as well if you have a proper strategy to attempt this section.

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1. Important Tips

Two very important points that need to be kept in mind while preparing for RBI Assistant Mains Quants section:

Speed: Scanning previous year’s questions, attempting as many mock tests, sectional tests as possible, will give you an idea about the types and difficulty levels of questions asked in the exam. When you are familiar with the type and difficulty level of the questions, your speed to attempt the questions will automatically increase.

Accuracy: Along with speed, accuracy is also an important skill for the exam. Attempting more questions will not allow you to score well in the exam unless your accuracy is good. To make your calculation accurate, you need to learn a few things such as tables of integers up to 30, squares of integers up to 50, and cubes of integers up to 30.

2. Types of Questions Asked in RBI Assistant Mains Quants Section

2.1 Simplification/Approximation

This is the easiest topic of RBI Assistant Mains Quants as compared to other topics and questions can be either of Simplification or Approximation. Usually, 5 – 10 questions are asked from this topic and to score 100% in this section you need a lot of practice.

In simplification, you need to calculate the exact value of the expression given in the question.

In approximation, you do not need to calculate the exact value of the expression. You have to calculate the approximate value of the expression in order to perform an arithmetic operation.

2.2 Data Interpretation

It is a major topic in any mains exam of banking. Usually, 2 – 3 sets of Data interpretation can be asked in the RBI Assistant Mains Quants section and each set can be either of 5 questions or 6 questions. Also, this topic is very scoring as individual questions asked are from basic arithmetic concepts such as Ratio, Percentage, Average. Practicing DI regularly will boost your confidence and you will be able to attempt as many questions as possible with good accuracy in the exam.

Types of DI that can be asked in RBI Assistant Mains Quants are Pie chart, Bar graph, Line graph, Radar graph, Table and Caselet, etc.

2.3 Miscellaneous (Arithmetic)

This section of RBI Assistant Mains Quants is very lengthy, calculative, and time – consuming. Try to attempt this section at the end of the exam when you are done with other sections. Questions in the section are asked from various arithmetic topics such as:

  • Average
  • Percentage
  • Raito and Proportion
  • Problem on ages
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Profit and loss
  • Speed, distance, and time
  • Problem on trains
  • Boat and stream
  • Time and work
  • Pipe and cistern
  • Mixture and alligation
  • Probability
  • Permutation and combination

This section usually contains 10 – 12 questions (one from each topic mentioned above).

2.4 Number series:

Number series is also a very important topic in banking exams, but it is rarely seen in mains exam. There might be a chance that this section will come in RBI Assistant Mains Quants this time so, do not skip this section as this is a very scoring topic. Questions from this topic will be usually 5 in the exam and this section can be prepared only by practicing more questions. While practicing, you can identify the commonly asked pattern of the series.

Number series questions can be either of Missing type or Wrong number type:

  • In the missing number series, you need to calculate the missing term based on the certain logic given in the series.
  • In the wrong number series, you need to find the wrong term that did not follow the certain logic of the series.

Try to attempt that topic first on which you are master, and you think you can score well. After attempting your favorite topic, your confidence will be high which will help you to attempt the remaining topics efficiently and effectively with good accuracy.

The only method to score well in this section is a smart practice. So, keep practicing.

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