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RBI Assistant Syllabus 2022: RBI Prelims & Mains


RBI Assistant Syllabus 2022: The Reserve Bank of India officials design and decide on the RBI Assistant Syllabus 2022. (RBI). The Reserve Bank of India has issued an official notification for the recruitment of assistants, which includes the official and most recent syllabus. RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2022 has three sections in the preliminary exam and five sections in the main exam. Candidates applying for the RBI Assistant 2022 exam should be aware of the detailed RBI Assistant syllabus and pattern in order to understand the number of questions asked in the exam, the marking scheme, the topics covered, and topic-wise weightage, and other important information.

The RBI Assistant exam dates for prelims and mains are included in the PDF notification. If a candidate passes both the Prelims and Mains exams, he or she will be eligible to take the language proficiency test. The marks obtained in the mains exam will be considered in the final selection. You can find all of the information about the preliminary and mains syllabus by scrolling down. The first step toward passing this prestigious competitive exam is to understand and know the detailed RBI Assistant Syllabus.

RBI Assistant Syllabus 2022

Before we get into the details of RBI Assistant Syllabus, let’s take a look at the exam overview.

Name of the PositionRBI Assistant
Conducting AuthorityReserve Bank of India (RBI)
Number of Vacancies926
Job LocationPAN India
Mains Exam DateMay 2022
Mode Online
Stages Three
Official Websiterbi.org.in

RBI Assistant Prelims Syllabus 2022

RBI Assistant Exam Syllabus is similar to that of other clerk-level exams like IBPS Clerk and SBI Junior Assistant. We have covered the RBI Assistant Exam 2022 section-by-section detailed prelims syllabus here. Going over the syllabus thoroughly will allow you to prepare for the exam in the best way possible.

Candidates preparing for the RBI Assistant 2022 exam should be aware of the topics covered in the exam so that they can prepare accordingly. So go over the RBI Assistant prelims syllabus thoroughly because it will give you a good idea of the expected questions from each section and will help you perform well in the RBI Assistant selection process.

Numerical Ability SyllabusData InterpretationNumber SeriesSimplification/ ApproximationQuadratic EquationsArithmetic Problems
Reasoning Ability SyllabusSyllogismCoding and DecodingAlphanumeric Series Blood RelationsInequalityPuzzles and Seating ArrangementMiscellaneous
English Langauge SyllabusReading ComprehensionCloze TestError SpottingPara jumbles/Sentence RearrangementSentence ImprovementFill in the blanks

RBI Assistant Mains Syllabus for Reasoning Ability

The following table represents the RBI Assistant Mains Reasoning Ability Syllabus. 

Topic Name Details 
Alphanumeric Series Based on numbers, Digits, Alphabet, Words, mathematical operations, etc. 
Blood RelationsDirect type
Coded type
Direction SenseDirect type
Coded type
Data Sufficiency2 Statements
3 Statements
Coding and DecodingLetter, Numer, Symbol type
Input-OutputLSN typeWord, Number based
Operation based etc
InequalityCoded type missing type reverse type
SyllogismOnly a few based reverse types
Direct type
Coded type
Puzzles and Seating ArrangementCircular Seating Arrangement
Linear Seating Arrangement
Dual Row Seating Arrangement
Square Seating Arrangement
Figure based Seating Arrangement
Unknown Number of people Seating Arrangement
Floor / Wing based PuzzleBox, Shelf BasedTime/ Day/ Week/ Month/ Year based Scheduling Tabulation
Order and Ranking based
Direction Based Puzzles, etc.
MiscellaneousOdd one out
Meaningful WordWord/ number Forward and Backward. etc. 

RBI Assistant Mains Syllabus for Numerical Ability

The following table represents the RBI Assistant Mains Numerical Ability Syllabus.

Topic NameDetails
Number SeriesWrong/ Missing Number Series. Based on patterns such as double step variation, arithmetic (difference/multiplication/division) based, square/cube/square root/cube root based, mixed arithmetic operations based, and so on.
Simplification/ ApproximationModerate to DifficultBased on basic BODMAS rules, percentages, etc
Quadratic EquationsFactorization based and less formula-based
Data InterpretationThere will be questions on topics such as line graphs, bar graphs, pie charts, radar charts, mixed charts, tabular charts, caselet charts, and missing DI. The level will be difficult, and it may be combined with arithmetic problems.
Arithmetic ProblemsThis will involve questions from topics like Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Age-based problems, Percentages, Profit Loss & Discount, Mixture & Alligations, Simple & Compound Interest, Time Work & Wages, Speed Time & Distance, Boats & Streams,- Probability, etc. They can be asked in the form of Caselets or Data Interpretation
Data Sufficiency2 Statements
3 Statements
Quantity based Questions2 Statements
3 Statements

RBI Assistant Mains Syllabus for the English Language

The following table represents the RBI Assistant Mains English language Syllabus.

Topic Details 
Reading ComprehensionComprehensions can be based on a wide range of topics such as Economy and Related Fields, AI-Based Articles, Research-Based Articles, and so on. In the preliminary phase, questions from the Synonyms/ Antonyms section of the RC are asked. For this, students should consult the Economic Times, The Hindu, or The Indian Express.
Cloze TestWord Replace type
Fill in the blanks type
Error SpottingBased on grammar rules.
Para jumbles/Sentence RearrangementThe old or new pattern may be used to ask questions from para jumbles.
These questions will be of moderate difficulty.
Sentence ImprovementSingle Error Type Multiple Error Type
Fill in the blanksDepending on the situation, double or triple fill-ups may be required.
Another variation of this question asks you to identify a single word that would fit neatly into two different sentences.
Sentence/ Paragraph CompletionTypically, in the Main phase, questions based on sentence or paragraph completion are asked.
The overall difficulty level of these questions ranges from moderate to difficult.
Sentence ConnectorsDepending on how well you understand this subject, the level of these questions may range from moderate to difficult.
New Pattern QuestionsIn the various bank exams, many new topics have been introduced.
Preliminary and main examinations may include questions on vocabulary, word usage, and grammar usage.

RBI Assistant Mains Syllabus for General Awareness

The questions in this section are mostly factual and are based on current events and general banking knowledge. These questions are mostly based on current events from the last 5-6 months prior to the examination date, as well as Banking Awareness, with a few questions based on Static Awareness.

Let us now go over the syllabus in detail:

National NewsGovernment Memorandums of Understanding, Government Schemes, Various Loans and Grants, Government Committee, Policy Changes, Amendments, and so on.
International NewsSummit and Meeting of the Committee of International Importance, International Reports, and International Institutes such as the World Bank, IMF, WHO, FAO, and others.
Banking & Finance Various Memorandums of Understanding and Deals between Indian Banks, Product Launches, New Agreements, and so on.
Economy & BussinessBudget, news from Indian regulatory bodies such as the RBI, SEBI, NABARD, EXIM, and others, GDP forecasts, and so on.  
Summit & RankingNews about various national and international summits, India’s ranking in various indices, and so on.
Awards and Recognitions Indians are especially well-represented in awards and citations of national and international significance.
Appointment & Resignations Appointment & Resignations of MD, CEO, Presidents, or other important personalities 
Merger & AcquisitionCompany deals, mergers or acquisitions
Science & Technology New inventions, research, discoveries, and so on in science and technology
DefenseRecent Indian Forces Military Exercises, Innovations and Inventions, Defense Deals, and so on.
Sports News related to Sports
Important Days, Events, and FestivalsDate and Theme of Important days
Obituary Obituary of Important persons
State News State Government Schemes and MoUs, Grants, and Loan deals, Welfare Schemes, etc.

Banking Awareness

The topics mentioned above cover nearly all of the current affairs topics for the RBI Assistant Main exams. Now, let’s talk about the Banking Awareness section of the exam:

  • Banking in India
  • RBI and its functions
  • Current in India
  • Monetary policy of RBI
  • Functions of Indian Regulatory Bodies: SEBI, IRDAI, NARBARD,  EXIM, etc
  • Nationalization of Banks in India
  • Types of Bank Accounts in India
  • Small finance bank Payment Banks in India
  • Money and Financial Market
  • Basel Norms
  • Negotiable Instrument
  • Micro Financial Institutes
  • Basel Norms
  • Priority Sector Lending & Financial Inclusion
  • NPCI, UPI & other Payment Channels
  • Negotiable Instruments
  • ATM in India
  • Risk in the Banking Sector

Static Awareness

Almost every main exam contains a question from Static Awareness, and RBI Assistant is no exception. At least 3-to 4 Static Awareness questions based on country capitals, Indian state capitals, nuclear power plants, biospheres, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, locations of national and international sports stadiums, dams and hydropower plants, and so on can be expected. In general, the Static Awareness section is asked indirectly about current events because they are based on a location or person in the news. For example, if the state of Maharashtra has recently been in the news, there may be a question about Maharashtra’s national parks or wildlife sanctuary.

RBI Assistant 2022 Selection Process

Candidates must be aware of the RBI Assistant Exam Pattern before they start preparing for the exam. The Computer Based Test of RBI Assistant is conducted in various stages comprising multiple-choice questions.

  • RBI Assistant Prelims Exam
  • RBI Assistant Mains Exam
  • RBI Language Proficiency Test

RBI Assistant Prelims Exam has the following three sections:

  • a. English Language
  • b. Numerical Ability
  • c. Reasoning Ability

The RBI Assistant Syllabus for English Language and Reasoning Ability is the same for both Prelims and Mains. Also, the Quantitative Aptitude section of RBI Assistant Mains is almost the same as the Numerical Ability section of RBI Assistant Prelims.

Let us now look at the section-wise RBI Assistant Syllabus. This will help you understand the exam a little better.

RBI Assistant Syllabus for Language Proficiency  Test

Candidates who are qualified in RBI Mains exam will have to undergo RBI LPT (Language Proficiency Test). The language proficiency test will be conducted in the Official / Local Language of the State concerned as detailed below. Candidates who are not proficient in the official/ Local Language will be disqualified.

The local language that is to be tested as per the official notification is given below:

LocalityLanguage for LPT
ChandigarhPunjabi / Hindi
GuwahatiAssamese / Bengali / Khasi / Manipuri / Bodo / Mizo
JammuUrdu / Hindi / Kashmiri
Kanpur & LucknowHindi
KolkataBengali / Nepali
MumbaiMarathi / Konkani
NagpurMarathi / Hindi
New DelhiHindi
PatnaHindi / Maithili

RBI Assistant Preparation Tips & Strategy

Creating a realistic timetable will be of much help. You can go through the entire RBI Assistant syllabus in time. Once you are done with the whole syllabus, you can attempt free mock tests on Embibe. As the RBI Assistant Syllabus is almost the same as that of bank exams, you can take free Bank Mock Test Series on Embibe. This will be the best way to revise your concepts. After every test, you should analyze them. It will help you identify your weak points where you can improve. For more preparation tips and tricks, check out this article on RBI Assistant Preparation.

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RBI Assistant Previous Year PapersRBI Assistant Prelims Book
RBI Assistant Mains Exam AnalysisRBI Assistant Mains Exam Syllabus

Given below are some important FAQs answered which candidates usually tend to ask:

Q: Is the RBI Assistant exam syllabus the same as that of SBI PO?

A: Yes, RBI Assistant exam syllabus is the same as that of SBI PO. Preparing for one will help you in the other.

Q: Is there any negative marking in RBI Assistant Mains exam?

A: Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.

Q: What are the best RBI Assistant books which will help me to prepare well?

A: The best RBI Assistant books to help you in your preparation are:
1. Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S.Agarwal
2. Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications
3. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by R.S.Agarwal
4. Objective Computer science and Information Technology by G.K.Mithal
5. High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin
6. Data Interpretation by Arun Shama

We hope that this detailed article on RBI Assistant Syllabus will help you in preparation for your exam. Follow this article and you will surely score high in your exam.

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