The exam is conducted by RBI to select suitable candidates for the post of assistants in various branches and sub-offices of RBI across India. It is a highly competitive exam. If you clear the exam, you can work for the RBI and move up the ladder and prosper in your career.
The exam consists of a preliminary exam and the main exam. Both the exams cover almost the same syllabus from five sections- reasoning ability, English language, quantitative aptitude, general awareness and computer knowledge. After clearing the exams, the candidates also have to appear for a language proficiency exam for final selection.
One month of preparation can be enough if you put in the effort and focus on studying for the exam completely. A proper study schedule and tips for preparation will help you do so.
Section-wise tips for preparation:
- Reasoning Ability- It can be a highly scoring section if you understand the concepts well and practice daily. Focus on topics like puzzles, syllogism, blood relations, inequalities, coding-decoding etc. Refer to mock tests and papers from previous years.
- Quantitative aptitude- This section includes questions on data interpretation and mathematical equations. Be thorough with all the necessary formulas. You can refer to class 10 and 12 books to clear concepts like percentages, probability, interest, profit and loss etc. Practice questions daily.
- English Language- Read the newspaper, blogs or magazines daily to increase your fluency in the language. Practice grammar by solving exercises from books or online.
- General awareness- Prepare static general awareness by referring to books or online. Read the newspaper daily to keep up with the current affairs. Focus on economical current affairs. Reading the newspaper daily will also help with English language fluency.
- Computer Knowledge- Basic knowledge of computer software like excel is tested in this section. Be familiar with these software and basic working and operations.
General tips to prepare for the exam:
- Prepare timetable- Having a schedule is very important for preparing for exams especially if you want to achieve your goal in a lesser amount of time. Chalk out your schedule for the next 30 days. Divide time for each section and then subsequently for the topics within the section. It is important that you manage your time well and cover as many topics and questions as possible. This will also help you keep a track of the topics that you have covered and what else you have to cover.
- Prepare notes- Making notes come in handy during revision. When you have a vast syllabus, it is important that you make notes as it will help you make the information concise and help you revise easily just before the exam day. Writing and learning is also a more efficient way of studying. Writing helps you retain more. This is important for topics like General knowledge, Current affairs and Maths where you need to memorise dates and formulas. Highlight the key points in your notes as well so that it makes revision that much easier for you.
- Set daily goals- Setting daily goals will help you cover a good portion of the syllabus in a day. Achieving these goals will also help you feel accomplished and keep you motivated. This will be very helpful for the 30 days that you want to achieve your goal. Setting daily goals will help you utilise your time the most and get the maximum amount of syllabus done.
- Clear your basic concepts- Some concepts you need to know for the exam may be from textbooks from school. Make sure to prepare these concepts well and refer to the old books to clear any doubts. The NCERT books explain the topics in a very simple language so it will be easy for you to understand. Clearing the basic concepts first will make preparation and attempting practice questions easy.
- Practice papers from previous years- You can find papers from previous years online or offline. This will help you be familiar with the kind of questions to expect in the exam and also be familiar with the pattern. Practice as many papers as possible so that you can also maintain your speed of answering the exam.
- Practice mock tests- While preparing, it is also important that you start practising as many mock test papers as possible. After completing the syllabus, start practising the RBI Assistant prelims mock test and the main mock test. While practising, you can check the pattern and the kind of questions in the test. It will help you analyse your preparation and make you aware of the topics that might need more practice and attention. While practising, make sure you increase your speed and accuracy as you practice more and more papers.
- During the exam, make sure to only answer the questions that you are sure about. There is a negative marking in the exam. So if there is a question that you are not fully sure about then do not attempt it as this will bring down your overall cut-off.
- In the time schedule prepared, make sure to give yourself breaks as well. These 30 days can be stressful. Do not exhaust yourself. Take regular breaks, exercise, get enough sleep and eat well. Make sure to only start new topics or tackle tougher topics when you are feeling fully refreshed. Figure out the time when you feel the freshest and study these then.
- Make sure to set daily tasks as well- Topics like English, current affairs and general awareness need a daily reading of newspapers and blogs. Make sure you devote time every day to this. This will help you make it a habit to read the newspaper daily and increase your vocabulary as well. Students tend to ignore this practice. Do not make that mistake and devote time to reading and news daily.
Following the above tips and focusing on preparation for this one month will surely help you clear the exam with a great cut-off. Clearing the RBI Assistant exam is a great career boost and opportunity.