RBI Assistant Prelims 2017 – High Priority Topics & Tips by Toppers

RBI Assistant Preliminary Examination is approaching, and we are positive that you have already started prepping up for the exam. For your assistance, we bring to you high priority topics for the upcoming RBI Assistant Prelims and few expert tips from the toppers. Let’s glance through the exam pattern for the prelims first.

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


Note: The topics mentioned below are based on previous years’ trends and there might be a change in the actual exam.

English Language – High Priority Topics

  • Comprehension
  • Questions Based on Passage
  • Vocabulary Questions Based on Passage
  • Fill in the Blanks
    • Sentence-based
    • Paragraph-based
    • Sentence Correction
    • Sentence Arrangement
  • Spot the Error
  1. For comprehension do maximum practice. Read tips on how to improve RC score.
  2. Grammar will play the key role in fill in the blanks questions. Therefore, get your basics clear for all the grammar rules.

Topper’s Tips

Ankit Malik (Cleared RBI Assistant, NIACL AO, IBPS PO & Clerk)

“I used to read an English newspaper daily which helped me in learning new words and was very useful as most of the times newspaper articles are given in the comprehension part. So it’s a must for everyone.

My advice to other aspirants is that first clear your basic concepts of grammar (my preference was plinth to paramount). After clearing your concepts, practice a lot. Attempt as many mocks as you can.”

Pankaj Saini (Cleared IBPS PO, IBPS SO, RRB Officer, CWC)

“I always kept on reading newspaper (which ever available). I used to write the Gist of editorials everyday which helped in Comprehension and improved my Grammar. I used to solve whichever material was available on websites or in the market and for errors I considered the Grammar books for basic rules.”

Read on RBI Assistant Prelims 2017 – Preparation Guide for English

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Numerical Ability – High Priority Topics

  • Number Theory
    • Divisibility remainders
    • LCM & HCM
    • Fractions comparison
  • Algebra
    • Linear Equation
  • Average and Ratios
    • Simple Average
    • Ratio-Proportion Variations
    • Partnership
  • Speed, Time and Distance
    • Time speed distance
    • Boats-streams
    • Time and work
    • Pipes and cisterns
  • Mensuration
    • Area
    • Volume
    • Perimeter
  • Percentage
    • Profit, Loss
    • Simple Interest, Compound Interest
  1. Understand the rules of BODMAS and memorize the tables
  2. Practice as many topic-tests you can

Topper’s Tips

Anchint Garg (Cleared RBI Assistant)

“Maths was not that easy because I could solve most of the questions, but time was the barrier in maths. So, I learned shortcut tricks and practiced improving Maths.”

Pankaj Saini (Cleared IBPS PO, IBPS SO, RRB Officer, CWC)

“I had a fear of quantitative aptitude, so I kept on practicing some selected topics and kept on increasing difficulty level. I did Averages, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simplification thoroughly first and focused more on Data Interpretation and Analysis. I started with RS Aggarwal and went on to do the most difficult sets of Oliveboard and Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma (TMH).”

Read on RBI Assistant Prelims 2017 – Preparation Guide for Numerical Ability

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Reasoning – High Priority Topics

  • Direction Sense Test
  • Sitting Arrangement
    • Rectangle
    • Circular
    • Building
  • Blood Relations
  • Coding Decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Analogy
    • Word based
    • Number based
  1. Solve all questions from R.S. Agarwal’s book on reasoning
  2. Attempt topic-wise tests

Topper’s Tips

Pankaj Saini (Cleared IBPS PO, IBPS SO, RRB Officer, CWC)

“In reasoning, I always had a very good command, but I had to mould myself with every exam because Reasoning has always been very unpredictable. I kept on doing Mocks of Oliveboard and used to do puzzles again and again so that I stay in touch with the latest trends.”

Ankit Malik (Cleared RBI Assistant, NIACL AO, IBPS PO & Clerk)

“This is the most scoring and most dynamic section. I used to attempt it second last. To clear my basics, I used BSC publication’s analytical reasoning, BSC’s a magical book on puzzles (it’s not relevant in today’s exams as the level of puzzles is not up to the mark). Apart from that I used to attempt mock tests a lot for reasoning part and analysed the unattended questions then attempted them again and again until they got solved.”

Hope this helps! All the best for the exam!

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