The central bank of the country, Reserve Bank of India, has recently come out with the notification to recruit 610 assistants across India in its various branches and regional offices. The new notification is not a surprise because it was widely anticipated that the apex bank is going to come out with this vacancy in September itself when the bank announced the new examination pattern for this much popular post in the bank. In this article, we are going to go through this new pattern in detail and try to decode the mantra for success in this recruitment exercise by the most prestigious bank in the country.
RBI Assistant 2016: The Exam Pattern
RBI has notified the new exam pattern well in advance when it came out with the same in September 2016 itself. This new pattern consists of three phases:
- Preliminary Examination: This will be the first screening examination and candidates qualifying in this will be allowed to enter the next phase of examination i.e. the mains examination to be conducted by the bank. It is of 100 marks and of 1 hour duration and the subjects are Quantitative Aptitude (35 marks), reasoning ability (35 marks) and English language test (30 marks). There will not be any sectional timing allotted and you will get 60 minutes to answer these 100 questions. It will conduct in online mode.
- Mains Examination: This is the second step of examination after you qualify the first prelims examination. This is a 200 marks examination and you will get 2 hours to attempt this phase and no sectional timing concept is there in this phase of the examination as well. You will get questions from general awareness, computer awareness, English, Quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability in this exam. All of these will carry 40 marks with 1 mark allotted for each and every question. This will also be an online examination.
- Interview: This is the final hurdle in the recruitment process and this is of 35 marks. Candidates scoring sufficiently high in the merit list and clearing all the sections will get to face the interview board of the apex bank. However, the final selection will be on the basis of your marks in the mains examination and interview together.
RBI Assistant 2016: How should you approach?
Well, we are done with the examination pattern and the next important thing is how you should go ahead and prepare for this competitive examination. Here are few tips that may come in handy in your days of preparation till December 23rd and 24th:
- Focus on current affairs: Traditionally, RBI assistant papers focus a lot on current issues and while reading for this examination, keep in mind that you have to go in detail, regarding whatever you are reading in this section. RBI questions are filled with data intensive question. Hence, mug up all the data in economic survey, union budget, rail budget, socio economic and caste census etc. You are sure to gain.
- GK is less important but not to be neglected: Well, having said that Current Affairs is more important, you can only leave out static GK at your own peril. You should mug up all the traditional GK stuff you read for other bank examinations such as currency and capital, important monuments, important days etc. RBI will test you on this front as well.
- Math and Reasoning hold the key: This is important since in English, you are never certain of your answer to a particular question but in case of reasoning and mathematics, you can depend on the questions if you are not terrible in calculations. So, the best way is to practice conventional questions from these two subject because RBI questions are not very difficult but they are time consuming and lengthy.
- Depend on English if you are a pro in it: Having said that, we are not saying that you cannot score in English but you have to make reasoning and math your strong areas if you want good scores overall to get selected in the final merit list. Remember, mere qualifying in the mains will not suffice because number of vacancies is very less. For English, practice from good books and memorize as many rules as possible. However, if you have English background, this is the only thing you should do to boost confidence.
- Computer section is not that difficult: This is a traditional take on this section since questions are generally easy for tech savvy generation of today. However, you should at least read some basic stuff from a standard book and practice some questions as well.
- Mock tests help if you are intelligent: That means that you should take these tests and analyze your performance properly. This way, you can utilize these tests, however, you should keep in mind that mock tests are scores are only that and you should not use it to be over confident since real examination can be really tough and completely different (e.g. SBI PO Mains paper in 2016).
There is nothing different regarding this examination if you compare it to other banking examinations since you have already prepared for same type of examinations. The difference is in the number of vacancies you have and the career that the job is going to offer to you. So, give your best and do not forget to brush up your current affairs and general knowledge from seven days prior to the examination. Work smart and hard and success will definitely be yours.
All the best!!