RBI Assistant Recruitment 2021: Detailed Syllabus with Best Online Study Material


Reserve Bank of India is counted as one of the largest Indian financial organizations in India. It acts as a regulator in the banking industry of India. To be a part of this esteemed organization is a matter of pride for everyone aspiring to join the banking sector. RBI conducts various recruitment drives to recruit bright and eligible candidates for its organization. Some of the posts which are frequently announced by RBI are RBI Grade B, RBI Office Attendant and RBI Non CSG.

RBI Assistant is one such post that is conducted by RBI almost every year or at least every alternate year. The latest recruitment of RBI Assistant exam was in the year 2019- 2020. There are very high chances of the notification to be announced in 2021 as well. For those who don’t know much about the profile of an RBI Assistant, it is a clerical level post which is a gateway to RBI and to many opportunities ahead to get oneself promoted to higher positions (RBI Grade B/Grade A).

In this article, we will discuss the detailed syllabus of the RBI Assistant exam and how you can start your preparation by studying online. If you are interested in applying to this exam, kindly check your RBI Assistant eligibility first and then start your preparation as soon as you can because the notification can be out anytime soon.  

Before proceeding to the syllabus part, we must be aware of the exam pattern to understand the sections that are being asked in this exam.

RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2021

You will have to undergo two written examinations in order to secure a seat in the final merit list of the RBI Assistant exam 2021. Both exams will be objective type (Multiple choice-based). The first exam will be the RBI Assistant Prelims exam. Please note that this exam is qualifying in nature i.e. the marks obtained in this exam will not be evaluated in making the final merit list.

Please be careful while choosing the answer options, as there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks or 1/4th of marks.  Below is the exam pattern of RBI Assistant Prelims 2021.

S. No. Subject No of questions Maximum Marks Total Time
1. English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2. Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

RBI Assistant (Mains) Exam Pattern 2021

RBI Assistant Mains exam will be held for those who will get shortlisted through RBI Assistant Prelims exam. It is also an online objective test that will have multiple-choice questions. In order to make it to the final list, you have to answer the questions very carefully and should attempt a maximum number of questions to attain a good score. Please be careful of the negative marking again, 0.25 marks or 1/4th of marks will be deducted for every wrong answer marked.

S. No. Section No. of Questions Maximum marks Time
1. Reasoning 40 40 30 minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 40 40 30 minutes
3. General Awareness 40 40 25 minutes
4. English language 40 40 30 minutes
5. Computer Knowledge  40 40 20 minutes
Total 200 200 2 Hours 15 minutes

RBI Assistant Syllabus 2021

Now you have understood the exam pattern, it is time to start preparing for the exam. Before starting your preparation, it is advised to make a note of RBI Assistant Syllabus and start covering the syllabus topic-wise. Start with the section you think you need more focus on. To analyze your strong and weak topics, simply attempt an RBI Assistant Mock test based on the latest pattern and analyze it in detail. Write your weak areas down and try finishing them first.

In case you are starting from scratch, an ideal situation will be completing your syllabus first and then practice. After completing your syllabus, practice as much as you can. To compete in such high competition, you need to keep yourself one notch higher than others and this can only be possible with expert guidance, consistent practice and hard work. Here is the complete syllabus for RBI Assistant Prelims and Mains. Please jot it down and start your preparation.

Please note that Syllabus of English language, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude is common for both Prelims and Mains. The difference only lies in the difficulty level of the exam. Please attempt one Prelims and one Mains Mock test of RBI Assistant exam to understand this in detail.

English LanguageReading Comprehension, Error Spotting/Phrase replacement, Cloze test, Para Jumbles, Vocabulary, Phrase substitution, Paragraph complete/Sentence correction, Synonyms and antonyms, Para jumbles, Miscellaneous, Commonly misspelled words, Double blanks in a sentence
Numerical AbilitySimplification, Average, Percentage, Time and Work, Time and Distance problems, Area, Volume, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Menstruation, Time and Speed, Missing numbers, Fractions, and Ratios, HCF and LCM, Problem on Ages, Data Interpretation
ReasoningCoded Inequalities/Mathematical Inequalities, Syllogisms, Coding and Decoding, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relations, Directions and Distances, Ordering and Ranking, Arrangement and Pattern, Double Lineup, Scheduling, Analogy, Statement – Conclusions/Arguments
General AwarenessBanking & Financial Awareness – Banking terms, Current rates (Bank rate, repo rate, reverse repo rate), RBI, Fiscal-Monetary, Policies, Social Functions of Bank, Economic News – Indian and International Economy, Finance, shares, various schemes of Government, Monetary policies, Financial & Economics News, National and International News, Sports News, Awards, Summits and Conferences, Schemes, Agreement and Deals
Computer KnowledgeGenerations of computer, Basic computer fundamentals, Software and Hardware and their functionalities, Networking, Computer Abbreviations, Internet, LAN, WAN, Security Tools, Virus, Hacker, MS Word, MS Excel

RBI Assistant Online Study Material

Now, when we know about the exam, eligibility, pattern and syllabus, the next immediate question that arises is how we can access the study material or what study material should we use to prepare for the RBI Assistant exam? We can prepare for RBI Assistant 2021 exam through two ways i.e. Offline or Online. Some prefer to study offline and some use online platforms for their preparation. So, what should one use? You can link to my blog on online vs offline coaching

The ideal situation for this is to take advantage of both worlds. To complete your basics, the best way is to study from books. Whereas, to practice mock tests and to keep oneself updated with the trends, one should refer to online platforms. With the exams being conducted online nowadays, one should also keep oneself up to date with the changing scenarios. Here are some Offline and Online study materials that might help you in your RBI Assistant Preparation Journey.

Subject Name of Book Author/Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude Practice Book on Quicker Maths, 2nd Edition M.Tyra, K.Kundan / Magical Book Series
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations 17th Edition R.S Aggarwal / S.Chand Publisher
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Varma / Arihant Publishers
Computer Awareness Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams Arihant Publishers
Computer Fundamentals P.K Sinha
General Awareness Manorama Year Book 2021
Pratiyogita Darpan Upkar Prakashan
Lucent’s General Knowledge Lucent
English Language Objective English 4th Edition Edgar Thorpe / Pearson
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis / Penguin
Objective General English 2nd Edition S.P Bakshi / Arihant
Reasoning A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal
Analytical Reasoning MK Pandey
How to Crack Test of Reasoning: In All Competitive Exam Arihant Publication
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal B.S. Sijwali & Indu Sijwali

RBI Assistant Online Course 2021:

Even after studying extensively or by watching a few YouTube videos here and there, we feel stuck in our preparation sometimes. We feel an urge of a helping hand that can sail us through the competition. In such difficult times when offline coaching seems to be distant, online assistance comes to the rescue. We in ixamBee believe in making every aspirant dream of becoming an RBI Assistant come true. You can also simply visit our website section and take assistance from our executive.

We also provide online coaching for the RBI Assistant exam. For this, you can visit our RBI Assistant Online Course page. To have an idea of what we have to offer in our RBI Assistant Online course please refer below:

  • 350+ Video lessons covering the entire syllabus for Phase I and Phase II exam.
  • 80+ Video lessons out of 350 videos prepared exclusively for RBI Assistant Phase II exam covering Computer Knowledge and General awareness sections in detail.
  • Study notes in PDF format especially for Computer Knowledge and General Awareness Section, and wherever else required for easy learning and quick revision.
  • 8000+ Questions divided into Easy, Moderate and High Levels for each chapter for all the subjects to help you prepare systematically.
  • 15 Full-Length practice tests for RBI Assistant Phase 1 and 8 Full-Length practice tests for RBI Assistant Mains exam.
  • Live Classes for doubt clarification with the subject experts where you can get all your queries related to any subject clarified.

In case of any query, you can ping us on +91-9205524028  we are available on this number from Mon-Sat (10 AM to 7 PM) or you can write to us on hello@ixambee.com.

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