The RBI Assistant exam is a national-level recruitment process to find eligible and ideal candidates for the post of Assistant in the Reserve Bank of India (RB). It is conducted by the RBI with applications elicited from youngsters across India. The exam has three phases: Preliminaries, Mains, and Language Proficiency Test (LPT). The scores of the main exams will determine the list of meritorious students who will finally be selected for the post of the RBI Assistant.
Exam Dates of RBI Assistant Exam 2020
The RBI Assistant exam is conducted in different venues across India in shifts.
Mains: The online Mains examination was scheduled to be held on 29 March 2020. However, due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns that were imposed, the examination has now been postponed. The new dates will be published on the RBI website once the dates have been decided.
Preliminaries: The RBI Assistant’s Preliminary exams were conducted on 14 and 15 February 2020. The results were announced on 3 March 2020.
RBI Assistant 2020 Exam Centre
The RBI Assistant exam 2020 is conducted in various authorised centres across India. It is conducted in the online mode. Centres are allotted based on the candidate’s preference that is provided in the application form. The centre may be changed by the RBI without prior notice if there is no seat availability at the RBI office at the location.
RBI Assistant 2020 Eligibility
Nationality: A candidate should be one of the following:
- Citizen of India
- Subject of Nepal
- Subject of Bhutan
- Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1 January 1962 to settle permanently in India
- Person of Indian origin who migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, or East African countries of Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Zaire, the United Republic of Tanzania, or Uganda, with the intent to permanently settle in India
Age: A candidate must be between 20 to 28 years of age.
Age relaxation for Reserved Category is as given below:
|PWD||General candidates: 10 years OBC candidates: 13 years SC/ST candidates: 15 years|
|Ex-Servicemen||As provided by Armed Forces + 5 years|
|Divorced Women/Women legally separated and not re-married/widows||10 years|
|Candidates with working experience in RBI||Maximum of 3 years|
|Candidates from Jammu and Kashmir||5 years|
Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree with an aggregate of 50% and above in any discipline. Knowledge of computers as well as proficiency in the official language of the relevant state or Union Territory is a must.
RBI Assistant 2020 Online Application
Online application for the RBI Assistant exam can be submitted at the official website of the Reserve Bank of India.
RBI Assistant 2020 Application Fee
- For General and OBC candidates, the fee is Rs. 450
- For SC/ST/PWD/EXS candidates the fee is Rs.50
Payment mode: Fees can be paid online using debit card, credit card, or net banking facility.
RBI Assistant Vacancies 2020
There are 926 total Assistant vacancies in the RBI at offices across the country. The selections of candidates for these vacancies will be done through the RBI Assistant exam. However, the number of these vacancies can decrease or increase based on the requirement. The distribution of these vacancies are as given below:
|Kanpur & Lucknow||11||0||14||32||6||63||1||1||1||0||2||6|
|Thiruvananthapuram & Kochi||2||0||5||11||2||20||0||1||1||0||1||2|
RBI Assistant’s Salary in 2020
An RBI Assistant gets a Basic Pay of Rs. 14,650 per month. This is Rs. 13150 and two advance increments which are applicable only to graduates.
The RBI Assistant also gets House Rent Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Transport Allowance, and City Compensatory Allowance, along with the Basic Pay. So the Gross Salary is approximately Rs. 32,124 per month.
RBI Assistant Exam Details
The exam has three phases which are the preliminaries, mains, and the Language Proficiency Test (LPT).
- Prelims: There are three sections for the preliminary examination which are the English Language section, Reasoning Ability section, and Numerical Ability section.
- Mains: The mains exam has five sections which are English Language, Computer Knowledge, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning.
- LPT: The candidate will be tested on their proficiency of the local language of the state they are applying from
Marking: While there is negative marking for wrong answers, marks will not be deducted if the question is left blank or unanswered.
RBI Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern:
Given below is the pattern for the preliminary examination with a total duration of 1 hour for all the sections:
|Sections||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks|
RBI Assistant Mains Exam Pattern:
Given below is the pattern for the mains exam with a total duration of 135 minutes for all the sections:
|Sections||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks|
RBI Assistant Language Proficiency Test (LPT) Exam Pattern
The candidates who are shortlisted provisionally from the mains will be called for the LPT. This will be in the official or local language of the state. Candidates who do not have proficiency in the language will not be qualified.
The local language as per the different states is given below:
|Area||Language for LPT|
|Chandigarh||Punjabi / Hindi|
|Guwahati||Assamese / Bengali / Khasi / Manipuri / Bodo / Mizo|
|Jammu||Urdu / Hindi / Kashmiri|
|Kanpur & Lucknow||Hindi|
|Kolkata||Bengali / Nepali|
|Mumbai||Marathi / Konkani|
|Nagpur||Marathi / Hindi|
|Patna||Hindi / Maithili|
RBI Assistant Syllabus 2020
Given below is the detailed syllabus for the exam:
- Cloze Test
- Reading Comprehension
- Word Meanings
- One Word Substitution
- Sentence Rearrangement
- Sentence Completion
- Sentence Correction
- Active & Passive Voice
- Number Series
- Odd Man Out
- Coding and Decoding
- Row Arrangements
- Blood Relations
- Directions Based Concept
- Statement Reading, Understanding
- Allegations and Comparison
- Permutation and Combination
- Simple and Compound Interest
- Number System
- Time and Distance
- Time and Work
- HCF and LCM
- Problems on Trains
- Pipes& Cistern
- Current India News
- Current World News
- Banking Awareness
- RBI Terms
- Acts and Laws related to Bank (RBI)
- Emoluments and Other Benefits
- Geography Concepts
- History Concepts
- Political Science
- History of Computers
- Basic Hardware and Software
- Viruses and Hacking
RBI Assistant Exam Cut-off Marks for 2020
Although the cut-off marks is usually announced only after both the prelims and main exams are conducted, it is expected to be the same as in 2019, which was as given below:
|City Wise Cut-Off for RBI Assistant Prelims Exam:|
|Kanpur & Lucknow||72.75||64.25||78.5||85|
|Thiruvananthapuram & Kochi||76||–||84.25||87.25|
Preparation for the RBI Assistant Examination
Candidates can prepare for the RBI Assistant examination by first gaining a thorough understanding of the syllabus and exam pattern. This will help them know where they have to focus their attention on. They can also go through the previous years’ question papers and solve them in order to gain practice. This should be preferably done with a timer in order to improve time management skills which will prove to be beneficial during the exam. Daily practice of reading, comprehension, computer skills, and math problems will help candidates to improve their skills and understanding. It is also important to keep abreast of current affairs both at the national and international levels with a focus on news related to the Banking Sector, especially the RBI.
Where will the exam dates be published by the RBI? <
The RBI will publish the exam dates on its official website.
Are there negative marks for the exams?
Yes, negative marking is there for every wrong answer. The marks that are subtracted is 0.25 for each wrong answer in both the prelims and main exams.
Is there negative marking for unanswered or un-attempted questions?
No, there is no negative marking for questions which are not attempted or which are not answered.
Within how much time after the exam can we expect the results to be announced?
The RBI usually announces the results of the RBI Assistant exam one or two weeks after the exam is completed.
Is it possible to clear the exam if I have high marks in one out of two sections or in two out of the three sections?
You have to clear all the three sections, which are the preliminaries, mains, and Language Proficiency Test, in order to be selected for the post of RBI Assistant.