RBI Assistant 2021 Exam is approaching and will be held soon to fill the vacancies for all the regions. The bank conducts a selection process of three phases to choose deserving candidates. The candidates have to excel the same with high marks to get placed with the central bank of the country i.e. RBI. 

RBI Assistant is the entry-level post in the bank and the candidates who fulfil all the basic eligibility criteria are called for appointment under the bank. The candidates who are aspiring for the RBI job can check out the RBI Assistant 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus along with the preparation tips on this blog.

RBI Assistant 2021 Overview

The overview of the RBI Assistant 2021 can be checked in the table mentioned below:
RBI Assistant Events Major Dates
RBI Clerk Notification Releases on Second/Third week of July 2021
Online Application Starting from Second/Third week of July 2021
Dates of Payment of Application Fees To be Announced Soon
Call Letters Pre Exam Training RBI Clerk To be Announced Soon
Conduct of Pre Exam Training To be Announced Soon
Call letters for online examination To be Announced Soon
RBI Clerk Preliminary Examination Third/Fourth Week of September 2021
RBI Clerk Mains Examination Last week of October 2021

RBI Assistant 2021 Exam Pattern

The candidates can check out the detailed exam pattern of both the stages along with subjects asked, marking scheme, sectional timing etc for all the stages in the space below:

RBI Preliminary Exam Pattern

The RBI Preliminary Exam is the first stage of the selection process and is held in the computer-based mode. As per the previous year notification, the exam has three subjects and the exam level is similar to any other government bank exam:
• The Preliminary examination is the first stage of the selection process and is qualifying in nature. It is conducted in Computer Based Test mode.
• As per the official notification, the preliminary exam of the RBI Clerk, there will be three subjects in the examination namely i.e. English language, Reasoning Ability, and Quantitative aptitude
• There will be a total of 100 questions accounting for 100 marks and the number of questions will be different for each subject.
• As per the marking scheme, 1 mark will be provided to every correct answer while there will be a deduction of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer marked by the candidate.
Sections No of
Maximum marks Medium of exam Duration of exam
English language 30 30 English 20 minutes
Reasoning ability 35 35 English and Hindi 20 minutes
Quantitative aptitude 35 35 English and Hindi 20 minutes
Total 100 100   60 minutes

RBI Mains Exam Pattern 

Like with any other bank exam, the RBI Assistant exam also has a second stage i.e. Mains exam which is also held in the computer-based format. The questions asked in the mains exam have a high difficulty level as compared to the preliminary exam. Know the highlights of the RBI Mains exam pattern below:
• The exam has five subjects i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, English/Hindi and Computer Knowledge etc.
• Each subject will have 40 questions accounting for 40 marks and separate sectional timing.
• There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks in the examination for all wrong answers.
Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40 30 minutes
Reasoning Ability 40 40 30 minutes
General Awareness 40 40 25 minutes
English/Hindi 40 40 30 minutes
Computer Knowledge 40 40 20 minutes
Total 200 200 135 minutes

RBI Assistant Subject Wise Syllabus

Check out the RBI Assistant Subject Wise syllabus for all the subjects asked in the Preliminary exam and Mains exam in the space below:

RBI Clerk Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

The subject wise topics asked in the preliminary exam of the RBI Clerk 2021 are mentioned in the table below:
Sections Syllabus
English language
Reasoning ability
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzle
  • Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations
  • Input-Output
  • Coding-Decoding
Quantitative aptitude
  • Simplification
  • Profit & Loss
  • Mixtures & Alligations
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
  • Work & Time
  • Time & Distance
  • Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
  • Data Interpretation
  • Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
  • Number Systems
  • Sequence & Series
  • Permutation, Combination & Probability

RBI Clerk Syllabus for Mains Exam

Know the syllabus of the RBI Assistant Mains exam in the following table for the different subjects asked in the exam:
Sections Syllabus
English language
  • Reading comprehension(High Level)
  • Sentence rearrangement
  • Sentence Correction
  • Grammatical Error Detection
  • Spelling Checking
  • Fillers Test
  • Cloze Test
  • Match the Column
Computer Awareness
  • History of Computer      
  • Basic computer fundamentals
  • Networking       
  • MS Word & MS Excel
  • Modern-day technology              
  • Computer abbreviations
  • Security Tools, Software, hardware and their functionalities
Reasoning ability
  • Logic-based Machine Input/Output
  • Reverse Syllogism
  • Blood Relation mixed quizzes
  • Direction Sense
  • Inequalities and Quantity Comparison
  • Puzzles based on High-Level Logic
  • Seating Arrangement(Triangular, Rectangular, Circular, Square shaped)
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Ranking based on figures
  • Statement and Assumptions
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Wrong/New Pattern Number Series
  • High-level Data Sufficiency
  • Data Interpretation based on Logica
  • Caselet
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Quantity Comparison
  • Time & Distance, Work
  • Boat and Streams
  • Partnership
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Mixture and Allegations
  • Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Percentages
General Awareness
  • Banking News
  • National and International News
  • Economic and Financial News
  • Awards and honours
  • Books and authors, 
  • Latest appointments, 
  • Obituaries, 
  • New schemes sanctioned by the Central and state governments, sports, etc.
Static GK 
  • Names of Country-capital, currency, 
  • Headquarters of Financial Organizations 
  • Constituencies of Ministers, 
  • Dance forms
  • Important Dates
Banking/Financial terms
Static Awareness

RBI Assistant 2021 Preparation Tips

RBI Assistant Exam is a very tough exam owing to the high cut off in the Preliminary and Mains exam. You can always ace the RBI Assistant 2021 examination i.e. preliminary and mains exam by following the preparation tips as mentioned below:
• The candidates should check out the exam pattern and syllabus and mark important topics for the examination. 
• Previous Year Papers and analysis of the exam should be checked to get an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam previously.
• The candidates can also follow the RBI Assistant Pre Mock Test to accentuate their marks in the examination.
• As the Mains exam has a current affairs section the candidates should follow the Current Affairs by Smartkeeda to prepare for the section.

RBI Assistant Exam Pattern and Syllabus FAQs

Q1: What are the RBI Assistant Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2021?
Ans: The RBI Assistant Exam Pattern comprise two phases i.e. Preliminary and Mains examination followed by a Language Proficiency Test. 
Q2: What is the marking scheme for the RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2021?
Ans: According to the marking scheme for the RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2021 there will be 1 mark for the correct answer while there will be a deduction of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. 
Q3: What is the Syllabus for RBI Assistant Exam 2021 for the English section?
Ans: The syllabus for RBI Assistant Exam 2021 for the English section comprises Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para jumbles. Miscellaneous, Fill in the blanks

Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting and Paragraph Completion

Q4: How many questions are asked in the RBI Assistant Preliminary Exam?
Ans: A total of 100 questions are asked in the RBI Assistant Preliminary Exam. There are 30 questions from the English section while 35 questions each from the Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability section. 
Q5: What are the major preparation tips for the RBI Assistant Exam 2021?
Ans: The major preparation tips and strategy for the RBI Assistant Exam 2021 is practising with consistency and discipline for the examination.

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