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RBI assistant mains exam 2017: Preparation strategy

The RBI Assistant Mains exam will be conducted on December 20 this year. With only a few days left it is important that you prepare well for it and do some smart planning

education Updated: Dec 13, 2017 18:17 IST
While studying for the RBI assistant mains exam, practise questions of different difficulty levels from every section and answer a sufficient number of questions. Set a timer during your revision to determine the time taken by each question
While studying for the RBI assistant mains exam, practise questions of different difficulty levels from every section and answer a sufficient number of questions. Set a timer during your revision to determine the time taken by each question(Hindustan Times)

The RBI Assistant prelims were held on November 27 and 28, 2017, and the results were announced recently. The RBI Assistant Mains exam will be conducted on December 20 this year. With only a few days left it is important that you prepare well for it and do some smart planning. Let us first take a look at what this exam is all about and then discuss tips to improve your speed and accuracy while writing it.

RBI Assistant Mains Exam: Pattern

RBI Assistant Mains 2017 Exam Syllabus

English Language syllabus for RBI Assistant 2017 Exam:

•Reading Comprehension

•Spot the error

•Fill in the blanks

•Cloze test

•Sentence completion

•Para-jumbles

•Antonyms and synonyms

•Phrase peplacement

Numerical ability syllabus for RBI Assistant 2017 Exam:

•Number series

•Profit and loss

•Average

•Time and work

•Simplification

•Data sufficiency

•Partnership

•Time and distance

•Problem on ages

•Ratio and proportion

•Pipes and cisterns

•Boats and steams

•Data interpretation

•Mensuration

•Percentages

•Mixture and Allegations

•LCM and HCF

•Probability

•Quant comparison

Reasoning syllabus for RBI Assistant 2017 Exam:

•Seating arrangement – Linear, circular and square

•Puzzle

•Syllogism

•Inequality

•Blood relations

•Coding decoding

•Data sufficiency

•Ranking

•Distance and direction

General awareness syllabus for RBI Assistant 2017 Exam:

•Banking awareness

•Awareness of the Reserve Bank of India

•Current affairs

•Static GK

Computer knowledge syllabus for RBI Assistant 2017 Exam:

•Fundamentals of computer

•Computer terms and abbreviations

•Operating system

•Networking

•Internet

•Microsoft Office

•History of computers

•Hardware and software

Tips to prepare for the RBI Assistant Mains Exam

Get the fundamentals right

Once you are done gathering the required RBI assistant mains exam study material, analyse the previous year’s RBI assistant mains question papers and brush up the basic and advanced concepts under each section.

Revise well

Practise questions of different difficulty levels from every section and answer a sufficient number of questions. Set a timer during your revision to determine the time taken by each question. Try and solve the questions in lesser time and with greater accuracy. Practise calculating mentally to save time during your RBI assistant mains exam paper.

Improve your speed and accuracy

During the final week of preparations for your RBI assistant mains 2017 exam, focus on improving your speed and accuracy. The following steps will help you:

Step 1: Take an RBI Assistant 2017 mains mock test

Step 2: Analyse your performance in the test using the analytics tool. This will help determine your speed and accuracy and identify your weak areas

Step 3: Use this information to device a custom study plan for the RBI assistant mains exam

Step 4: Follow your custom study plan for the next two days, focusing on improving your weak areas and making your strong areas stronger

Step 5: Once you have practised sufficiently take another mock test

Repeat the steps 1 to 5 until you have mastered all the topics in the syllabus.

Time management

•Duration of the RBI assistant mains 2017 exam is 135 minutes

•One way to determine how much time you should be allocating to each section during the exam is by taking the mock tests. Analyse your performance in the mock test and identify your strong and weak areas

•It’s a good idea to start answering questions you know well and those that take up less time and complete the sections in as little time as possible with 100% accuracy. Then move on to the more time consuming and difficult topics / questions. Make sure you read the questions carefully before answering

•The RBI assistant mains exam has sectional cutoffs, so aim to clear the sectional cutoffs, while at the same time increasing your overall score

•While it is important to answer quickly, it is equally important to answer accurately as there’s a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer

•For effective time management during the exam, set a timer during your practice sessions, to determine which topics are taking more time. Practising a sufficient number of questions from your weaker sections in RBI assistant mains exam 2017 syllabus will help you increase your speed and accuracy

The author is the CEO and Co-founder at Oliveboard, an online preparation portal for MBA,banking and government exams.