RBI Assistant Exam

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:

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
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:

Location Vacancies PWD EXS
SC ST OBC GEN EWS Total VI HI OH 4th Category EX-1 EX-2
Ahmedabad 1 2 4 11 1 19 0 1 0 1 1 2
Bengaluru 0 1 6 12 2 21 1 0 0 0 1 2
Bhopal 4 8 4 22 4 42 1 1 0 1 1 4
Bhubaneswar 5(2) 4 2 15 2 28 0 1 1 0 1 2
Chandigarh 6 0 7 19 3 35 1 1 0 0 1 3
Chennai 11 0 15 35 6 67 0 1 1 1 2 6
Guwahati 4(2) 12(1) 7 27 5 55 1 1 1 0 2 5
Hyderabad 3 1 5 14 2 25 0 1 0 0 1 2
Jaipur 5 3 6 20 3 37 0 0 1 1 1 3
Jammu 0 1 3 8 1 13 1 0 0 0 1 1
Kanpur & Lucknow 11 0 14 32 6 63 1 1 1 0 2 6
Kolkata 2 0 0 8 1 11 0 0 1 1 0 1
Mumbai 34(1) 46(17) 101(2) 199 39 419 4 6 4 4 16 39
Nagpur 1 2 0 9 1 13 1 0 1 0 1 1
New Delhi 6(1) 0 7 18 3 34 0 1 0 1 1 3
Patna 3 0 6 13 2 24 0 1 0 1 1 2
Thiruvananthapuram & Kochi 2 0 5 11 2 20 0 1 1 0 1 2
Total 98 80 192 473 83 926 11 17 12 11 34 84

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
English Language 30 30
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Numerical Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

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
English Language 40 40
Reasoning Ability 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
General Awareness 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 40
Total 200 200

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

RBI Assistant Syllabus 2020

Given below is the detailed syllabus for the exam:

English Language:

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

Reasoning

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

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Allegations and Comparison
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Number System
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • HCF and LCM
  • Average
  • Probability
  • Problems on Trains
  • Pipes& Cistern
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Percentage

General Awareness

  • 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

Computer Knowledge

  • History of Computers
  • Languages
  • Devices
  • 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:
Office SC ST OBC GEN
Ahmedabad 69.75 74 80
Bengaluru 68.75 68.25 74.75 77.75
Bhopal 78 63.75 83.25
Bhubaneswar 71.25 68.5 82.25 84.5
Chandigarh 77 70.25 81.75 87.5
Chennai 76 81.75 83.5
Guwahati 71 63.75 73.5 77.25
Hyderabad 80.5 74.5 84.25 87
Jaipur 74.5 67.5 81.75 85.75
Jammu 70.25 56.25 72.25 80
Kanpur & Lucknow 72.75 64.25 78.5 85
Kolkata 74.5 78.5 86.5
Mumbai 70 56.5 68.25 74.25
Nagpur 54 75.75 80
New Delhi 74.75 79.25 85.75
Patna 69.75 72.5 86.25
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.

FAQs

  1. Where will the exam dates be published by the RBI? <

    The RBI will publish the exam dates on its official website.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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