RBI Assistant Prelims 2017 – Getting Started with Exam Prep

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) exam is a national level exam that is conducted annually to recruit candidates for the post of an Assistant in various offices of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The official notification for RBI Assistant 2017 exam is released and this year, RBI has announced 623 vacancies for the post. Aspirants might have already started with the exam preparation. The RBI Assistant preliminary examination is scheduled on 27th & 28th Nov 2017. You have few days less than a month for exam preparation, so it’s time, you gear up for the exam. This post will help you get started with the exam preparation in the right direction.

  1. Know the exam pattern

Name of Tests

No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time
English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 Hour


Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100


  1. Know the exam syllabus

English Language

Numerical Ability

Reasoning Ability

Reading Comprehension, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks, Cloze Test, Sentence Improvement, Para-Jumbles Number Series, Data Interpretation, Averages, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Data Sufficiency, Simplification / Approximation, Quadratic Equations, Time & Distance, Partnership, Ratio & Proportion

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

  1. Create a study plan

Dedicate each day for a topic so that you can have a strong hold over concepts. With Oliveboard, you can create your own study plan and track it for effective preparation. Here’s a suggestive study plan to start with.


RBI Assistant Prelims 2017

  1. Collect limited but good books

There are a plenty of books available for competitive exams. Ensure that you pick and refer to some limited but good ones. Here are few books highly recommended by previous year successful candidates.

  • English Language: Wren & Martin
  • Numerical Ability: NCERT, RS Agarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning Ability: R.S Agarwal’s Reasoning

There are various study materials available online as well that can come as handy for exam preparation.

  1. Create notes with grammar rules and quant formulas

While studying, you will realize that there are various concepts that you have already studied during school and, yet you fail to remember all the rules and formulas. Therefore, maintain notes of grammar rules and quant formulas. Refer to these notes at regular intervals.

  1. Practice Sectional and Full-length Mock Tests

Competitive exams like RBI Assistant can be cracked only with regular practice. Work out both sectional and full-length mock tests. After each mock attempt, analyse your performance and attempt more tests on weak areas. This will help you get a strong hold over every concept. Practice Oliveboard Mock Tests, available both in Hindi and English language.

RBI Assistant Prelims 2017

  1. Build your Exam Strategy

Here is an exam strategy for the RBI Assistant Prelims exam. However, we would suggest building your own exam strategy depending on your strong and weak areas which you can easily identify with mock analysis.

English Language – Attempt questions on Error Detection, Para jumbles, Phrase replacement etc. first. If you are confident with Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary, you can pick that first as well. 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. Then you can move to Data Interpretation questions. You shouldn’t spend more than 25 minutes in this section.

Reasoning Ability – Work on questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series first. Then move to puzzles that appears easy to difficult. Plan around 20 minutes for this section.

So, here you go with almost all information needed to get started with the RBI Assistant Prelims 2017 exam preparation. Hope this helps.

All the best for exam prep and the actual exam.

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