RBI Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern – Check Section-wise Pattern, Marking Scheme & Important Topics

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RBI Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern

The Prelims Exam for the 2023 RBI Assistant exam will take place on 21 and 23 October and the main exam will be held on 2 December 2023. This article contains the RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2023 for the Preliminary and Main Exams. Start preparing by reading the RBI Assistant Exam Pattern.

Name of ExaminationRBI Assistant 2023
Duration of Exam• Prelims – 60 minutes
• Mains – 135 minutes
Maximum Marks (Online Exam)• Prelims – 100
• Mains – 200
Type of ExamObjective Test
Marking Scheme1 Mark for each correct answer
Negative Marking1/4th Marks (0.25)
Selection ProcessPrelims (qualifying)
Language Proficiency
Language of RBI Assistant Exam• English
• Hindi

RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2023

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will hold RBI Assistant 2023 to choose qualified applicants for the position of Assistant. For a candidate to advance to the Language Proficiency round, they must pass both the preliminary exam and the main exam. The appointment letter is given to the candidates who made the cut after the language proficiency round. 

There are three stages to the selection process for assistants through the RBI Assistant 2023 Exam:

  • Online Preliminary Exam
  • Online Mains Exam
  • Language Proficiency Test

RBI Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern 2023

SectionsDurationNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Numerical Ability20 minutes3535
English Language20 minutes3030
Reasoning Ability20 minutes3535
Total60 minutes100100
  1. There will be three sections—English language, numerical ability, and reasoning ability—each with 100 questions.
  2. The RBI Assistant Prelims Exam has a 60-minute time limit (with 20 minutes allotted for each section).
  3. For each incorrect response, 0.25 marks will be deducted; there will be no deduction for unanswered questions.
  4. The tests will consist of objective questions.
  5. All other sections, excluding English Language, will be in Hindi and English.
  6. The Prelims Exam is a qualifying examination, so the results will not be factored into the merit list.

RBI Assistant Mains Exam Pattern 2023

Sections DurationNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
General Awareness25 minutes4040
English Language30 minutes4040
Reasoning Ability30 minutes4040
Quantitative Aptitude30 minutes4040
Computer Knowledge20 minutes4040
Total135 minutes200200
  1. 200 questions across 5 categories—English language, quantitative aptitude, computer knowledge, general awareness, and reasoning ability—will be included.
  2. The RBI Assistant Mains Examination will last 135 minutes. Timing for each section is listed above.
  3. For each incorrect response, 0.25 marks will be deducted; there will be no deduction for unanswered questions.
  4. The tests will consist of objective-style questions.
  5. All other sections, with the exception of English Language, will be in Hindi and English.
  6. After passing the main exam, candidates will be called for the language proficiency test, and the results will be used to create a merit list.

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Language Proficiency Test (LPT) 2023

Only a certain number of applicants will be invited to the Language Proficiency Test based on their overall performance in the main online examination. The applicant who cannot communicate effectively in the official or local language will be disqualified.

The Bank will determine this number in relation to the number of announced openings to be filled.According to the official RBI Assistant notification, the following local languages will be tested:

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

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Important Topics of RBI Assistant Syllabus 2023

The RBI Syllabus is divided into the Preliminary and Mains exams in accordance with the exam pattern To make the best use of your time, you can prioritise the important topics first when creating a schedule. 

Below are a few of the few key subjects for English, Reasoning, General Knowledge, Numerical Ability, and Computer Knowledge in the RBI Assistant Syllabus 2023. The topics are generic and not divided into prelims or mains.

Numerical AbilityData Interpretation, Number Series, Simplification/ Approximation, Quadratic Equations & Arithmetic Problems, etc.
General KnowledgeCurrent Affairs, Banking Awareness, Static Awareness, etc.
English LanguageReading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Fill in the blanks, Spotting errors, Para jumbles/Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence Improvement, etc.
Reasoning AbilitySyllogism, Puzzles/Seating arrangement/ Inequality, Coding-Decoding, Data Sufficiency, Input-Output, Blood Relations, etc.

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