RBI Clerical

1. What is RBI Clerical?

RBI Assistant exam is conducted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to select eligible candidates for the post of Assistant in various branches and sub-offices of RBI. This exam provides the candidates a gateway to joining one of the most coveted government organizations in India.

RBI Assistant Exam comprises 5 parts, they are English, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and Computer. Each section is of 40 marks consisting of 40 questions each. Each section is equally important so one has to give importance to each section and should work more on weak areas.

2. Why RBI Clerical?

1. Salary: Employee working as Assistant with the Reserve bank of India is entitled to get a in hand salary of approx. 32,000/- inclusive of all perks and benefits. He can get an annual emolument of Rs 4,00,000/

2. Perks and benefits: RBI Assistant gets some extra benefit than other banking sector. He also receives periodic allowance for the smooth running of daily expenses.

He is entitling to get HRA, DA, Travel allowance, CCA, Transport allowance etc. Some of the allowances other than HRA and DA are received on some specific intervals.

3. Career progression: Chances of promoting to other officer’s level are very high in the RBI if the employee performs all the duties well and efficiently. He can apply for officer levels after completing 3 years of service as RBI Assistant.

4. Transfer: An employee has to serve at least 4-5 years in a branch to be eligible for the transfer thus the family of the concerned person do not have to worry about the early or frequent transfer or changing of place regularly.

5. Availability of loans at concessional rates: RBI Assistant can take loan from the bank easily and at concessional rates. For example, housing loans, car, and education loans are available at convenient interest rates to RBI employees.

So aspirants if you are eager to claim all the benefits, you need to clear the RBI Assistant exam by putting your arduous efforts to sail through this. Work hard to work in the reserve bank of India. All The best!

3. How to prepare?

  • The first step to prepare for any exam is to understand the syllabus & pattern of the exam.
  • List down your week areas & strong areas as per the syllabus and pattern of this examination.
  • Make a study plan keeping three parameters in mind – Your strong areas, weak areas & syllabus.
  • Devote much time to weaker section than that of your strong section.
  • Follow the study plan strictly and cover all the concepts related to each topic.
  • After going through all the concepts, practice the exercise questions available in the chapter.
  • When you are done with the clarity in concepts, then pick past 3-5-year papers of all the banking exams, as all the banking exams follow the same examination pattern.
  • In the real-time examination, you have to do these questions in a stipulated time limit. So, now take an online test series and attempt that in a manner that you are attempting the real examination.
  • After taking an online test, analyze the question which you have answered wrong & go through the given solutions.
  • Learn the calculation tricks using Vedic mathematics.
  • Take a standard book to get the conceptual clarity of all the arithmetic topics.
  • Practice all the questions & examples given in the book.
  • Take the help of online sources to cover the topics which are not available in the book.
  • Be familiar with group-questions like- Quadratic equation, simplification, DI, Number Series, etc.
  • Perfection in solving group-questions will help you in cracking the examination.
  • Go through all the concepts available for all the chapters.
  • Try to get perfection in solving the group questions of topics like-inequality, syllogism, etc.
  • Solve 3-4 sets of puzzles daily to be comfortable with various kinds of puzzles.
  • Attempt newspaper Sudoku and various other kinds of the puzzle to increase your mental ability.
  • While attempting the real exam, do the group questions first of all.
  • If you are going to attempt puzzles’ sets in the examination, then choose the easiest set wisely.
  • It’s a language first then after it is a subject, so the best way to prepare is listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Go through parts of speech to cover the basics of the English language.
  • Read English newspapers, magazines, and novels.
  • Try to go through the English news channel.
  • Try English speaking, it will help you in improving English.
  • Go through past papers of all the banking examination, practice the question and analyze them.

4. Important materials:


RBI Assistant Syllabus – Prelims Exam

Reasoning AbilityNumerical AbilityEnglish LanguageGeneral AwarenessComputer Knowledge
Seating ArrangementNumber SeriesError DetectionCurrent AffairsComputer basics
PuzzlesData InterpretationReading comprehensionBanking AwarenessMS office
Direction and Blood relationSimplification/ ApproximationFillersEconomy/ Financial AwarenessInternet and web technology
Syllogism and InequalityProfit & LossSentence based errorStatic AwarenessDatabase Management System
Alphanumeric Series and order and rankingData SufficiencyColumn based questionNetworking
Data Sufficiency and Miscellaneous questionsQuadratic InequalitiesWord usagecomputer and Networking Security
Input-outputTime Speed DistanceCloze testOperating System
Logical ReasoningTime & Work, problems on trainword swap
Ratio & Proportion, mixture and allegationSpelling based error, Para jumbles
PartnershipIdiom and phrases
Average and AgesSentence completion
Boat & StreamVocabulary Based
Pipes & CisternParagraph Completion
Probability, MensurationConnectors


RBI Assistant Syllabus – English

Reading Comprehension
Error Spotting
Cloze Test
Para Jumbles
Fill in the Blanks

RBI Assistant Syllabus – Reasoning

Arrangement & Pattern
Mathematical Inequalities
Linear Seating Arrangement
Circular Seating Arrangement
Floor Puzzle
Directions & Distances
Blood Relations
Order & Ranking
Data Sufficiency
Double Line-Up

RBI Assistant Syllabus – Numerical Ability

Data Interpretation
Quadratic Equations
Number Series
Ratio & Proportion
Profit & Loss
Time, Speed & Distance
Time & Work
Mixture Problems
Number System
Permutation & Combination / Probability

RBI Assistant Syllabus – Mains – Reasoning

  • Coded 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

RBI Assistant Syllabus – Mains – English Language

  • Reading comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Phrase substitution
  • Paragraph complete/Sentence correction
  • Para jumbles
  • Miscellaneous
  • Commonly misspelled words
  • Double blanks in a sentence
  • Synonyms and antonyms

RBI Assistant Syllabus – Mains – Numerical Ability

  • Simplification
  • 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

RBI Assistant Syllabus – Mains – General Awareness

  • Banking & Financial Awareness – Banking terms, Current rates (Bank rate, repo rate, reverse repo rate), RBI, Fiscal-Monitory Policies, Social Functions of Bank
  • Economic News – Indian and International Economy, Finance, shares, various schemes of Government
  • Monetary policies, important guidelines, Financial & Economics News, Economics terms, etc.
  • National and International News, Sports News, Awards, Summits and Conferences, Schemes, Agreement and Deals, etc.
  • Parks, Dam, Thermal Power Plants, Mountains, Temples, Stadiums, Airports, etc.

RBI Assistant Syllabus – Mains – Computer Knowledge

  • Generations of computer
  • Basic computer fundamentals
  • Software and Hardware and their functionalities
  • Networking
  • Modern day technology
  • Computer Abbreviations
  • Internet, LAN, WAN
  • Security Tools, Virus, Hacker
  • MS Word, MS Excel, etc.

a. E-books:


  1. Word Power Made Easy- Norman Lewis
  2. English Language Question Bank- G.K Publications


  1. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations- S. Chand, R.S Agarwal
  2. Fast Track Objective Arithmetic- Rajesh Verma


  1. A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning- R.S Agarwal
  2. A New Approach to Verbal & Non- Verbal Reasoning- B.S Sijwali


  1. Manorama Yearbook English/ Hindi- Mammen and Matthew Manorama
  2. Indian Yearbook English/ Hindi- Publications Division

Computer Knowledge

  1. Computer Knowledge- Sikha Agarwal
  2. Objective Computer Awareness- R. Pillai

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5. Previous year question papers with answers:

RBI Clerical 2017 Prelims exam question paper:


RBI Clerical 2016 question paper:


RBI Clerical 2015 question paper:


RBI Clerical 2014 question paper:


RBI Clerical sample paper1:


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6. Important tips:

  1. If you find any particular question difficult, make sure that you don’t waste your time trying to solve it. Instead, you should move to the next question and if time permits come back to this question later.
  2. One thing that is crucial is that you have to clear the sectional cut-off of each section and also the overall cut-off.
  3. Sometimes, the questions can be very tricky. So it is advised that you read them very carefully before answering.
  4. Avoid using any shortcut in the exam that you are not completely sure about.
  5. Avoid Guesswork in the Exam.
  6. Revision: Instead of trying to learn new things at this point, it is advisable that you focus on revising the topics/questions which you feel are your stronger points. Take a free mock test and practice your learned concepts and figure out your weaker areas.
  7. Take Mock Tests: Olive board provides you with a complete solution to your exam preparation. Toppers took the test and scored 79/100. Can you beat their score? Check Now!
  8. Practice during Your Exam Time-Slot: Each one’s mind is active at different times during the day. To ensure that your mind is active during exam time, take mock tests during your exam slot so that your mind is trained to be alert during your exam.
  9. Be Ready for Surprises: Keep yourself open to the chances that RBI may throw some surprises your way. Just be confident in your preparation and tackle the questions with the best approach.
  10. Relax your mind a day before the exam: An active & fresh mind will ensure you are in the best frame of mind to solve quicker & better. To achieve this, do not study too much on days leading upto your exam. Get at least 8 hours of sleep before the exam day. People tend to under-estimate the advantage that a fresh mind can provide especially during a speed based exam where you need to solve 100 questions in 60 minutes.


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