About RBI Assistant Recruitment Exam - Syllabus, Pattern, and Eligibility

Exam to select candidates for the post of Assistant with the Reserve Bank of India

RBI Assistant Recruitment Exam

The Assistant Exam is used by the Reserve Bank of India to fill vacant post in its 22 branches across the country. Consider this as an entry level opportunity to join India’s central bank. Working with RBI has several perks that are hard to match by other public sector banks. Though RBI has branches in 22 cities, Assistants are almost always posted in their home state. Additionally you will get a number of perks and allowances. But, all this comes later. First, you have to clear the recruitment exam and interview. Read on to find out more about the recruitment exam.

Details provided are as per the 2016 notification. Notification for the 2017 - 18 exam is expected in November / December.

What is it It is a two-tier selection exam for the post of Assistant with the Reserve Bank of India. Conducted annually, the exam has two phases - Preliminaries and Mains. Candidates who clear the first level are eligible to sit for the Mains, following which the selected candidates are called for an interview.
Number of Vacancies 610, as of 2016. Vacancies are spread across the 22 cities in which RBI has branches and categories of candidates - general, OBC, SC, ST, and ex-servicemen.
Educational Qualification Graduate in any subject from a recognized university or institute with at least 50% marks and knowledge of word processing on a computer.
Age Between 20 to 28 years of age, candidates must have been born between 8 November 1988 and 7 November 1996, both days inclusive. There are category specific age relaxations.

RBI Assistant Selection Exam Preliminary - 2016 Pattern

In the Preliminary Exam, candidates were expected to answer 100 questions across three sections within an hour. Each question carried one mark, with a deduction of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer.

Subject Number of Questions Marks Time
English Language 30 30 60 Minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

The English sections had questions on reading comprehension, para-jumbles, fill in the blanks, and Cloze test. Some topics in the Numerical section were data interpretation, ratio-proportion, average, ages, geometry, and mensuration. Reasoning ability had questions on circular seating arrangement, blood relation, linear seating arrangement, mathematical inequalities, and data arrangement.

Read a detailed analysis of the 2016 Preliminary exam.

RBI Assistant Recruitment Exam Mains - 2016 Pattern

The second tier of the recruitment exam, the Mains was conducted online Candidates who cleared the Preliminary exam were called for this test. All sections except English, were available in both English and Hindi. The paper had 200 objective, multiple choice questions. As in the Preliminary exam, there was a 0.25 mark deduction for each incorrect answer.

Candidates had to also provide biometric data - their thumbprints and photograph. These were collected again on the day of the interview and matched with the data collected before Mains.

Subject Number of Questions Marks Time
Reasoning 40 40 120 Minutes
English 40 40
Numerical Ability 40 40
General Awareness 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 40
Total 200 200

Read a detailed analysis of the 2017 Mains exam.

RBI Assistant Selection Interview

The final stage of the RBI Assistant recruitment process is the interview. The interview is for 35 marks, and candidates that clear the Mains are invited for it. However, the final selection for appointment is done on the basis of a composite score of Mains and Interview. Selection of deserving candidates - for interview and final appointment is the discretion of the Bank.

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