Exam Pattern of RBI Assistant 2017 : Prelims & Mains

Dear Bankersdaily Aspirant,

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released the notification for the most awaited exam for the post of Assistant in the respective states. The total number of vacancies available for the post of RBI Assistant is 623. The admit card for the RBI Assistant was released some days and if you haven’t downloaded the admit card, please check the link below to download the admit card of the RBI Assistant 2017.

Reserve Bank Of India Assistant Preliminary Examination Call Letter & Admit Card Released

What are the changes in the exam pattern of the RBI Assistant? Is there any modification in the topics asked in the RBI Assistant.

  • There is no change in the exam pattern in the Preliminary Examination of the RBI Assistant 2017.
  • There are some changes in the Mains Examination of the RBI Assistant 2017 and sectional timing has been included in this year’s mains examination which amounts to 2 Hours 15 minutes which is defined individually for different sections.
  • Lastly Reasoning , Quantitaive Aptitude and English section will be given 30 minutes individually and General Awareness section will be provided with 25 minutes and computer awareness section with 20 minutes which as said amounts to a total of 2 Hours 15 Minutes ( This is not composite time for all the sections rather than sectional Timings for each section)

There are three phases of Exam for RBI Assistant 2017. The Final phase will be the language proficiency test, since the interview phase for the lower grade posts were scraped the previous year. Even last year too, this exam had Language Proficiency Test as the Final Phase for the RBI ASSISTANT 2017.

  • Phase I : Online Preliminary Examination
  • Phase II : Online Mains Examination
  • Phase III : Language Proficiency Test


Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 Hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

The Preliminary Exam Pattern is unchanged and is pretty much the same as that of the previous years. Also note that this exam is one of the complex exam to crack with qualifying marks in the higher range. So your accuracy rate and the number of attempts should be high, to crack the RBI Assistant. So prepare in a way, to attend maximum questions in the preliminary examination.


Name of Tests No. of Max marks Total Time
Reasoning 40 40 30 minutes
English Language 40 40 30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40 30 minutes
General Awareness 40 40 25 minutes
Computer Knowledge 40 40 20 minutes
Total 200 200

As said above , individual sectional timings are there this time and the pattern is not changed. There is one change which is different from IBPS PO , Computer knowledge section is there in the mains Examination. In many of the mains examination Computer knowledge is separated and asked in the Reasoning section as Computer Aptitude section. So this is the main change apart from the other ones.

The Language Proficiency Test is the last phase of the RBI Assistant 2017. The candidate has to clear the Language Proficiency Test to finally get selected in the RBI Assistant 2017. The regional Language Test is the local language which is mentioned in the Language list of the RBI in the notification. We have also provided the same in a separate post along with the How to approach Language Proficiency Test or Regional Language Test.

Know About Language Proficiency Test

To know more about the official languages of the regions , please read the following link to check the languages list.


RBI Assistant 2017 Notification Released

You can check the perks of being a RBI Assistant and the emoluments of the premier banking institution from the link given below.



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