[Studyplan] RBI Assistant exam, Topicwise booklist, strategy, Free studymaterial, previous years paper, cut offs

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[Studyplan] RBI Assistant exam, Topicwise booklist, strategy, Free studymaterial, previous years paper, cut offs

  1. Scheme of the written exam
  2. Approach: General Awareness
    1. Economy and Banking
    2. Economy (theory)
    3. Economy (Current Affairs)
    4. Government schemes
    5. Misc. GK
    6. Current Affairs?
  3. Approach: Computer and IT awareness
  4. Approach English
  5. Approach Maths
    1. Maths: ignore these topics
    2. Maths: prepare these topics
  6. Approach: Reasoning
    1. #1: Chart based
    2. #2: coding n series
    3. #3: Math ops
    4. #4: Syllogism
    5. #5 Analogy, odd man
  7. Tips on Computer based Tests
  8. Pitfalls/ Things to avoid
  9. Avoid jholachhap Publications
  10. Appendix: Free download studymaterial

Scheme of the written exam

  • will be conducted on computer
  • sectional cutoffs = yes
  • negative marking= yes (1/4)
Name of Tests (Objective) No of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time
General Awareness 40 40 2 Hours
Computer knowledge 40 40
English 40 40
Maths 40 40
Reasoning 40 40
Total 200 200
  • previous year’s paper uploaded here click me
  • job profile, cutoffs already given click me

Approach: General Awareness

From the 2012’s paper we can see that, GA involves following areas:

  1. Economy and banking (theory, current)
  2. Few Government schemes.
  3. Misc. GK (persons in news, sports, awards, books, authors etc.)
  4. Current affairs, mostly based on International events (summits, deals, treaties etc.)

History, polity, geography are absent or rarely asked. (Similar situation in LIC exams).

from 2012’s paper we can see that

Economy related topics banking 5
Theory 2
Current affairs related to Economy 3
GK related to Economy 2
Subtotal 12
Current affairs Government  schemes 5
International events 5
space,defense 2
Subtotal 12
Misc. GK awards 3
books, authors 2
Sports 6
PIN 3
misc science related 2
Subtotal 16
Final total 40

Economy and Banking

Economy (theory)

  1. NCERT Class 10, 11 and 12 textbooks on Economy. (for class 12, you may skip microeconomics.)
  2. NIOS Economy material

^free download links in appendix.

  1. a lot of theoretical concepts regarding banking and economy, SLR, CRR, Repo, reverse etc. have been explained in my old articles: Mrunal.org/economy

There is no need for “Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh” specially for RBI assistant exam alone, because questions won’t be of that high difficulty. (by the way, those who are planning to buy that book, wait for a few days because they’re coming up with a new 5th edition.)

Economy (Current Affairs)

  1. a lot of economy related current affairs covered in my old articles: Mrunal.org/economy
  2. In the market, truckload of books for “economy current affairs” etc. but they go in to lot trivial data, hence giving diminishing rate of return. although from competitive magazines, do refer the important things like appointment of RBI dy. governors, chiefs of various banks, merges of banks, entry of new player in banking sector, FDI limits etc. ( for more, scroll down and read the paragraph titled “current affairs?”)

Government schemes

Most of them already covered under

Healthcare Click me
Education Click me
SC, ST, OBC Click me
Women Click me

Misc. GK

This is infinite, there is no end to stupid awards, books and events. Anyways, here are some compilations:

Space, satellite, NASA, ISRO related Click me
Defense related Click me
Persons in news, books, authors, sports. Click me

Please note: above compilations are upto March 2013 only. I may update them with latest stuff later, but right now busy with some other projects. So whatever happened after March 2013, you cover that up from other sources (competitive magazines etc.) + beyond a level this whole exercise starts giving diminishing rate of returns, put that effort in other areas of the exam (maths, reasoning, English) + sectional cutoff for GA is not going to be 40/40!

Current Affairs?

  • Hit the library, go through previous issues of any magazine that is available: Chronicle, Wizard, Banking Services Chronicle, CST, Pratiyogita.
  • In all such magazines, first 30-40 pages are devoted to current affairs (rest is just filler material).
  • In these first 30-40 pages, you get current updates regarding National, international events, science-tech, defense, books-authors-persons in news etc.
  • Note down the important facts for MCQs, in loose papers. come back home, file those loose papers. (this way, when new things happen in upcoming months, you can easily update your file. if you write in notebook or diary then it becomes cumbersome to insert new details.)
  • Reason for this exercise: You’ll need this data for any other exams you appear (IBPS, SSC etc.). So always maintain your own notes for current affairs, for ready and rapid revision for any exam.

Approach: Computer and IT awareness

  • From the last year’s paper, we can see they mostly ask routine stuff: software, hardware, OS, MS-office, internet-email-networking and security.
  • If you already have some book for Computer (from Kiran, Arihant, BSC, GKP etc), that’s well and good. Read, revise it multiple times.
  • If you don’t have any book on computer then no need to buy a book because….
  • NIOS (National open school) runs various courses on Computer/IT/Web-design/Software programming and provides free PDF files.
  • Earlier, for SBI PO exam  I had already compiled the important and exam-relevant chapters from courses of  NIOS. Free download links in appendix of this article.  (Please note: some chapters would overlap but content and coverage is still quite good. and secondly, the difficulty level of SBI PO computer questions was higher- they even ask minor things from HTML, programming, database  Management etc. but for RBI assistant, you don’t need to prepare in that depth.)
  • After you have finished the syllabus, solve the computer section from old bank clerk/ IBPS papers.

Approach English

From 2012’s paper

Comprehension Vocabulary Qs Based on Passage 5
Questions based on Passage 5
Fill in the blanks (FIB) Sentence based FIB 5
Paragraph based FIB 10
Sentence Correction 10
Sentence Arrangement 5
Total 40
  • Approach to English remains similar in all Bank, LIC, SSC exams: what differs is the difficulty level of grammar and comprehension + complexity of vocabulary.
  • For vocabulary, unlike SSC CGL, it doesn’t require exhaustive or exclusive preparation as such.
  • For comprehension, and Sentence arrangement = do maximum practice from old question papers of Bank clerk/ IBPS and SSC
  • For sentence correction  / spot the errors / fill in the blanks: first understand the rules from grammar book and then do maximum practice for old papers of SSC, IBPB etc.
  • For grammar book, If you already have grammar book (R.S.Agarwal, A.P.Bhardwaj) etc. use it. If you don’t have any book, I suggest you go for objective general English by SP Bakshi (Arihant Publication).

Approach Maths

Here, RBI assistant exam follows similar pattern of IBPS Bank clerk. That means first dozen or so questions based on BODMAS, to check your calculation speed. for example

  1. 65% of 654 – ? % of 860 =210.1
    1. 25
    2. 15
    3. 20
    4. 30
    5. None of these

To improve your speed and accuracy for such questions, do following

  1. First understand the rules of BODMAS, surds and indices from NCERT (free download link @bottom)
Topic NCERT chapter
Simplification (BODMAS) NCERT Class 8 Chap 1
Surds, indices NCERT Class 8 Chap 12, Then NCERT Class 9 Chap 1
Roots, squares, Cubes Basics from NCERT Class 8 Chap 6 and 7.
  1. Understand this two-digit long division technique explained here click me
  2. Understand the Trachtenberg’s method for multiplication, especially for 5,9 and 11. plenty of articles on google, start with this one: click me
  3. Then practice maximum questions from previous years’ IBPS/Bank papers.

(There is no harm in learning Vedic maths techniques either but I find Trachtenberg’s speed maths more user-friendly and convenient than Vedic maths.)

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