The Reserve Bank of India conducts The RBI Exam annually to recruit personnel to the RBI Assistant’s post. This online exam is similar to the IBPS common exam for PO & Clerical posts. If you dream of working in this premier government organization it is imperative to prepare for the RBI Assistant Exam by first familiarizing yourself with the exam pattern. By understanding the exam pattern, you can manage your exam paper time and gauge your sectional strengths and weaknesses.


RBI notification for the recruitment of Assistant is likely to be released in May/ June 2017 and the online registrations are likely to close in July 2017.  The exam is scheduled to be held in August 2017. General candidates must be between 18 and 28 years of age as on 1st June, 2017 to be eligible for this year’s exam. A minimum of 50% passing score at the graduation level is a must for General quota candidates. These criteria are relaxed for other quotas, please refer to the final notification once released. We will keep you posted.


The Pay scale has been hiked from the previous Rs. 24,000 to Rs. 32,000. Before you apply for this exam keep a scanned image of your recent photograph and signature ready. Also have a valid email ID and a mobile number.


The first step of this 3 step RBI Assistant Exam 2017 is the Preliminary Exam. This one hour, 100 marks paper is divided into 3 sections, namely:

  • English – 30 questions weighing 30 marks
  • Numerical Ability – 35 questions weighing 35 marks
  • Reasoning Ability – 35 questions weighing 35 marks


Selected candidates will be invited to attend the Main Exam, which is two hours long and weighs 200 marks.

The sections in this paper are:

  • Reasoning – 40 questions worth 40 marks
  • English – 40 questions worth 40 marks
  • Quantitative – 40 questions worth 40 marks
  • General Awareness – 40 questions worth 40 marks
  • Computer Literacy – 40 questions worth 40 marks


The topics to cover to succeed at this exam are:


Reasoning: Symbols, Odd man out, Patterns, Blood relations, Analogy, etc.

English: Synonyms, Antonyms, Reading Comprehension, etc.

Numerical: Time & Work, Simple & Compound interest, Probability, Permutation & Combination, HCF & LCM, etc.

General Awareness: Current World News, Indian Economy, History & Geography, etc.

Computer Literacy: Devices, Internet, Language basics, etc.

The final hurdle to achieving this dream job is the personal interview weighing 35 marks.

There are a host of books available at the Sura Books online store to prepare for RBI Assistant Exam. You can find the most comprehensive array of RBI Assistant Exam 2017 books at RBI Exam Books 2017

While it is necessary to study and prepare for this entrance exam with books, you also have to attempt online mock tests to familiarize yourself with the online testing system. You can access and attempt mock tests at RBI Bank Exam Practice Test .


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