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  • Written by Saif_Ansari
  • Last Modified on 6-10-2023
  • Written by Saif_Ansari
  • Last Modified on 6-10-2023

About RBI Assistant Prelims Exam 2023

About Exam

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) conducts the RBI Assistant Exam to recruit qualified candidates for Assistant posts in various RBI branches across India. The official RBI Assistant Notification 2023 was released on September 13, 2023. Candidates planning to appear for the RBI Assistant Prelims can apply from the official website – rbi.org.in.

The RBI Assistant selection process involves Prelims, Mains and Language Proficiency Tests. Selected candidates are initially assigned to the RBI office in the recruitment zone in which they applied. Read this article to get complete details on the RBI Assistant Prelims Exam 2023.

RBI Assistant Prelims 2023: Exam Summary

Check out an overview of RBI Assistant Recruitment 2023 from the below table:

Exam Particulars Exam Details
Conducting Body Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Exam Name RBI Assistant
Exam Level National Level
Exam Frequency Once a year (Depending upon the number of vacancies)
Total Vacancy To Be Announced
Mode of Exam Online
Language/Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Exam Stages – Prelims
– Mains
– Language Proficiency Test (LPT)
Official Website rbi.org.in

RBI Assistant Prelims Latest Update 2023


Check all the latest updates on the Reserve Bank of India Assistant Prelims exam below:

  • RBI has postponed the RBI Assistant Preliminary 2023 exam. The RBI Assistant Prelims exam — which was scheduled on October 21 and 23, 2023 — will now be conducted on November 18 and 19, 2023.

RBI Assistant Prelims Notification 2023

Exam Pattern

The official notification for RBI Assistant 2023 exam contains information such as vacancies, exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, selection process, etc. Candidates can refer to the previous year’s RBI Assistant notification for more details by clicking on the link mentioned below:

RBI Assistant Prelims Important Dates 2023

Exam Syllabus

Check the important dates for RBI Assistant 2023 exam from the table given below:

Activity Date
RBI Assistant Notification 2023 September 13, 2023
RBI Assistant Apply Online Start Date September 13, 2023
Online Application Form Last Date October 4, 2023
Download Assistant Prelims Admit Card October 4, 2023
RBI Assistant Preliminary Exam Date November 18 and 19, 2023
Assistant Result for Preliminary Exam December 2023
Assistant Prelims Scorecard December 2023

RBI Assistant Prelims Vacancy 2023

Study Plan to Maximise Score

The RBI Assistant vacancies 2023 were announced along with the official notification. However, the RBI posts vacancies based on category and state. For reference, candidates can check the previous year’s vacancies below:

RBI Assistant 2023 Vacancy Details (State- and Category-wise)
Office Reserved Vacancies* PwBD# ExS
Ahmedabad 0 2 4 1 6 13 1 1(1) 0 1(1) 1 1
Bengaluru 11(2) 1 18 5 23 58 0 1(1) 1 2(1) 2 6
Bhopal 0 6 0 1 5 12 1 1(1) 0 1(1) 1 1
Bhubaneswar 2 8(6) 2 1 6 19 1 1(1) 0 1(1) 1 2
Chandigarh 5 1(1) 5 2 8 21 1 1(1) 0 1(1) 1 2
Chennai 1 0 3 1 8 13 0 1(1) 1(1) 1(1) 1 1
Guwahati 1 8 4 2 11 26 0 1(1) 2(1) 1(1) 1 3
Hyderabad 2 1 4 1 6 14 0 3(2) 0 0 1 1
Jaipur 0 1 1 0 3 5 0 1(1) 0 0 0 1
Jammu 4 0 3 1 10 18 0 0 0 0 1 2
Kanpur & Lucknow 12 1 9 5 28 55 1 4(3) 1(1) 3(2) 2 5
Kolkata 5 4 0 2 11 22 0 1 1(1) 1(1) 1 2
Mumbai 0 15 0 10 76 101 1 8(7) 3(2) 6(5) 4 10
Nagpur 0 6 3 1 9 19 1(1) 2(1) 0 0 1 2
New Delhi 1 0 8 2 17 28 1 1(1) 0 1(1) 1 3
Patna 1(1) 1 3 1 4 10 0 1(1) 1(1) 0 0 1
Thiruvananthapuram & Kochi 0 1(1) 4 1 10 16 0 2(1) 0 1(1) 1 2
Total 45(3) 56(8) 71 37 241 450(11) 8(1) 30(24) 10(7) 20(17) 20 45

RBI Assistant Prelims Salary & Job Profile 2023

Previous Year Analysis

Candidates should be familiar with the job description and salary for RBI Assistant prior to taking the Prelims 2023 exam. Look at the section below:

RBI Assistant Salary

The initial basic salary of an RBI Assistant is Rs. 20,700/- per month. The pay scale is Rs. 20,700 – 1200 (3) – 24,300 – 1440 (4) – 30,060 – 1920 (6) – 41,580 – 2080 (2) – 45,740 – 2370 (3) – 52,850 – 2850 – 55,700 (20 years).

Initial Basic Salary (Monthly) Rs. 20,700/-
Pay Scale (Monthly) Rs. 20,700 – Rs. 55,700
Gross Salary (Monthly) Rs. 45,050/-

RBI Assistant Job Profile

The RBI Assistant include clerical duties like file maintenance, document verification, etc. The following is a job description for an RBI Assistant:

  • Ensuring Financial Stability
  • Currency Issues & Circulation
  • Banking Document Verification
  • Attending Government Treasury Work
  • File work which includes a collection of receipts, maintenance of ledger, balance tally, etc.
  • Data Entry
  • Replying to emails

Get complete details on RBI Assistant Salary & Job Profile here.

RBI Assistant Prelims Eligibility Criteria 2023

To be eligible for the exam, candidates must meet the age criteria, educational qualification, and nationality requirements. Applicants can check the RBI Assistant eligibility criteria below:

RBI Assistant Nationality

To fulfil citizenship criteria, a candidate is required to be:

  • (a) a citizen of India or
  • (b) a subject of Nepal, or
  • (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
  • (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

RBI Assistant Age Limit

  • The candidate’s age must be between 20 and 28 years as on September 1, 2023.

RBI Assistant Age Relaxation

Candidates from the reserved category receive a relaxation in age. The following table lists the age relaxations granted by the Government of India:

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) 5 years, i.e. up to 33 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 3 years, i.e. up to 31 years
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) 10 years (GEN/ EWS),
13 years (OBC) &
15 years (SC/ ST)
Widows/divorced women/ women judicially separated (not re-married) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen To the extent of service rendered by them in Armed Forces plus an additional period of 3 years, subject to a maximum of 50 years
Candidates with work experience in RBI To the extent of the number of years of RBI experience, subject to a maximum of 3 years.

RBI Assistant Educational Qualification

  • The applicant must have a graduation degree in any discipline from a reputed college or University approved by Govt. of India.
  • At least 50% aggregate marks (Pass class for SC/ST/PWD candidates) must be scored in graduation.
  • Good knowledge of computers and word processing is required.

RBI Assistant Number of Attempts

A candidate can appear multiple times for the RBI Assistant Recruitment examination as long as the age criteria is fulfilled. For instance, if the candidate started appearing for the examination at the age of 21 years then the maximum number of attempts is limited to 7 times since the maximum age limit is 28 years. However, the number of attempts will vary for every category due to age relaxations.

RBI Assistant Language Proficiency

Candidates applying for an Assistant post in a specific RBI regional recruiting office should be fluent in the local language (i.e. know to read, write, speak and understand the language) of the state/ UT falling under the RBI recruiting office.

There will be a Language Proficiency Test (LPT) to check the fluency of the candidate in the regional Language. It is conducted after the RBI assistant main exam. LPT is qualifying in nature. It will be based on the language selected while filling out the application form.

RBI Assistant Prelims Application Form 2023

The RBI Assistant 2023 application form was available on the official website for a limited time, i.e., from September 13 to October 4, 2023. Candidates could apply online by filling out and submitting an application form online. There was no other way to submit the RBI Assistant online application form.

How to Apply Online for RBI Assistant Prelims Exam?

To apply online for the RBI Assistant 2023 exam, follow the steps outlined below:

  • Visit the official website of RBI – rbi.org.in.
  • On the home page, click the registration link.
  • Candidates must enter their basic details in order to register.
  • The user ID/registration number and password will be generated after a successful registration.
  • Applicants must upload scanned images of their signature and photograph.
  • After uploading the scanned images of the photograph and signature, aspirants must complete the detailed application form.
  • After filling out the application form, applicants must pay the required fees.

RBI Assistant Application Fee

Check the application fee for RBI Assistant from the table below:

Category Amount
OBC/ General Rs. 450/-
SC/ ST/ PWD/ EXS Rs. 50/-

Get complete details on RBI Assistant Application Form 2023 here.

RBI Assistant Prelims Exam Centre 2023

Topper List Success Stories

Check the list of exam centres for RBI Assistant Prelims below:

State/UT/NCR Preliminary Exam Centre
Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chirala, Guntur, Hyderabad, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
Arunachal Pradesh Naharlagun
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
Bihar Arrah, Aurangabad, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea,
Delhi Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon

RBI Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern 2023

Exam counselling

Check out the detailed RBI Assistant Prelims exam pattern below:

Sections Total Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes


  • RBI will conduct the RBI Assistant Prelims exam in online mode.
  • RBI asks objective type (MCQ) questions in the Prelims test.
  • Each correct answer carries 1 mark.
  • Every wrong answer deducts 0.25 marks from the total score.
  • Except for the English Language section, candidates can choose the medium of paper between Hindi and English language.
  • The total duration of the exam is 60 minutes.

RBI Assistant Prelims Syllabus 2023

Exam talks

The topics that candidates should study for the exam are highlighted in the RBI Assistant syllabus. The section-wise important topics for the RBI Assistant Prelims are tabulated below:

Numerical Ability Reasoning Ability English Language
Number System Series Completion Error Locations
Quadratic Equations Analogy Synonyms
Decimal Fraction Classification Antonyms
Square Root & Cube Root Coding-Decoding Verbs
Percentage Distance and Direction Preposition
Ratio and Proportion Ranking and Number Passage Completion
Average Blood Relation Fill in the Blanks
Simplification Mathematical Operation Rearrangements
HCF & LCM Seating Arrangements Sentence Improvement
Problems on Ages Puzzles Phrase Replacement
Partnership Venn Diagram Idiom and Phrases
Profit and Loss Data Sufficiency and Miscellaneous Questions Vocabulary, Connectors
Simple and Compound Interest Input and Output Reading Comprehension
Allegation and Mixture Statement Conclusion, etc. Words Usage
Time and Distance, Boat and Streams, etc. Cloze Test

Get a detailed syllabus for RBI Assistant Prelims 2023 here.

RBI Assistant Prelims Preparation Tips 2023

About Exam

The right RBI Assistant Preparation strategies will enable the applicants to realise their goals and obtain the desired positions. Check the expert’s recommended RBI Assistant Prelims exam preparation tips below to perform exceptionally well in the upcoming exam:

(A) Create Daily Timetable

  • Plan your study by dividing the time equally for each section. One good study tip is to read the newspaper daily or subscribe to any weekly/ monthly magazine related to the banking sector to increase your general awareness.
  • Daily practice short tricks to improve reasoning and quantitative aptitude skills.
  • Keep yourself updated with the latest exam syllabus and exam pattern.

(B) Clear Basic Concepts

  • For any exam, basic concepts must be clear before advancing to practice difficult problems.
  • Learn and practice the basic concepts with short tricks to consume less time and solve more questions.
  • Once go through the topics you have studied in the entire day and revisit them after some time for better retention.
  • Make notes while studying, which will help in the revision stage.

(C) Identify Weak and Strong Areas

  • One must identify their weak areas, so that special attention to those topics can be provided.
  • Do not ignore the strength areas because you may stumble at the last minute while attempting the question due to overconfidence in the strong topics.

(D) Attempt Mock Tests and Practice Previous Year Papers

  • Attempting the RBI Assistant Prelims Mock Test is of utmost importance for any competitive exam. It helps in improving speed and accuracy by providing a real exam-like environment.
  • It will help reduce the anxiety that is generally developed during the last few weeks before the exam.
  • Solving RBI Assistant previous year papers will give you an idea of the types of questions previously asked in the exam.

(E) Regular Revision

  • For effective exam preparation, the comprehensive revision of the topics studied is critical.
  • Study the notes made in the earlier phase of the exam preparation.
  • Keep a check on the difficult topics, do not waste time on one topic for so long.

(F) Stay Healthy

  • Do not compromise on health amid the exam preparation.
  • Take a balanced diet and keep yourself hydrated during the long study sessions.
  • Take adequate sleep, as it will also help you in effective retention.

RBI Assistant Prelims Admit Card 2023

About Exam

The Reserve Bank of India will release the Assistant Prelims Admit Card for Prelims 10 to 15 days before the exam date. Candidates can download their call letters online from the official website. Furthermore, they have to enter their login credentials to download the call letter.

How to Download RBI Assistant Prelims Hall Ticket 2023?

RBI Assistant Admit Card is one of the mandatory documents to be carried to the examination hall. Candidates can follow the below steps to download the RBI Assistant admit card:

  • Visit the official website of RBI.
  • Click on the link “Opportunities@RBI”.
  • On the new screen, click on “Current Vacancies”.
  • A drop-down menu will appear, click on the “Call Letter” Option.
  • Find and click on the link “Recruitment for the Post of Assistant – 2023 – Preliminary Online Exam Call Letter and Information Handout”.
  • A login page will open, enter the login credentials, i.e., Registration/ Roll Number and Password/ Date of Birth.
  • Click on the “Login” button.
  • The RBI Assistant Prelims Admit Card will appear on the screen. Now, verify the details like name, date of birth, etc.
  • Download and take a printout of the admit card for future use and reference.

Get complete details on RBI Assistant Admit Card 2023 here.

RBI Assistant Prelims Result 2023

Eligibility Criteria

The Reserve Bank of India will declare the RBI Assistant Result 2023 for Prelims within 1 to 2 weeks after the examination is over. Candidates appearing in the exam can check the result of RBI Assistant through their login credentials, i.e., registration number/ roll number and date of birth/ password from the official website of RBI. However, the final result is declared on the basis of performance in the main exam and LPT. Get complete details on RBI Assistant result 2023 here.

RBI Assistant Prelims Cut-off 2023

Admit Card

RBI releases the cut-off of RBI Assistant 2023 on the official website after the successful completion of the Prelims test. RBI Assistant cut-offs are applied to individual sections as well as the total aggregate marks. The table below shows the previous year’s cut-off for the Assistant Prelims 2023 exam:

RBI Zone Name SC ST OBC EWS General
Ahmedabad 82.25 74.50 82.25 82.75 87.25
Bengaluru 76.75 71 82.25 80 82.75
Bhopal 80.25 76 87 89.50
Bhubaneswar 80.50 79 87.50 90.50
Chandigarh 80.25 80.25 84.75 87.50 90.75
Chennai 80.50 86 77.75 87.75
Guwahati 79.25 73.50 82 86
Hyderabad 84 80.75 88.50 88 90.25
Jaipur 79 81 87.75 86.75 89.25
Jammu 69.50 78.25 78.75 85.50
Kanpur & Lucknow 79 78.75 85.25 86.75 89.25
Kolkata 83.25 73.25 87 90.75
Mumbai 70 82.50 85.25
Nagpur 84 72 85 82.25 87
New Delhi 80 84.75 85.75 89.25
Patna 81 75 87.50 89
Thiruvananthapuram & Kochi 74.75 57 84.50 76 86.50

Get complete details on RBI Assistant cut-off 2022 here.

FAQs on RBI Assistant Prelims Exam 2023

Exam Answer key

Candidates may have numerous questions about the RBI Assistant Prelims exam. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers:

Q. When will the RBI Assistant 2023 notification be released?

A. The notification for RBI Assistant recruitment 2023 was released on September 13, 2023.

Q. How much is the RBI Assistant application fee?

A. Unreserved category/OBC candidates have to pay Rs. 450/- for the RBI Assistant application form. It is Rs. 50/- for applicants belonging to SC/ ST/ PWD category.

Q. What is the age limit to apply for the RBI Assistant exam?

A. Candidate should be between the age of 20 to 28 years old as on September 1, 2023.

Q. What is the maximum number of attempts allowed for the RBI Assistant exam?

A. Applicants can attempt the RBI Assistant 2023 exam several times, subject to fulfilment of the age criteria.

Q. What is the marking scheme of the RBI Assistant Prelims exam?

A. For every correct response, 1 mark will be provided. However, 0.25 (1/4) marks will be deducted for each wrong answer from the score.

Q. What is the RBI Assistant’s basic salary?

A. The basic pay of an RBI Assistant is Rs. 20,700/- per month. Furthermore, the initial gross salary is approximately Rs. 45,050/- per month.

Q. I am a final year graduation student, can I apply for the RBI Assistant 2023 exam?

A. No, final graduation marks are mandatory to be eligible for the exam.

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