RBI Assistant Syllabus and Exam Pattern

To know about the RBI Assistant Exam in short refer to the below table and get to know the important details associated with the exam.
TYPE OF EXAM Objective Test
CATEGORY RBI Assistant Syllabus & Exam Pattern
  1. Preliminary – 60 Minutes
  2. Mains – 135 Minutes
  1. English
  2. Hindi
  1. Preliminary – 100
  2. Mains – 200
MAKING SCHEME 1 Marks For Each Correct Answer
  1. Prelims (Qualifying)
  2. Mains
  3. Language Proficiency


The minimum age limit to appear for the IBPS PO exam is 20 years and the maximum limit is 28 years of age. For reserved categories the upper age limit relaxation is as follows (Relaxation of Upper age limit)

Sr. No. Category Age relaxation
1 Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
2 Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
3 Persons With Benchmark Disabilities as defined under “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016” 10years
4 Ex-Servicemen To the extent of service rendered by them in Armed Forces plus an additional period of 3 years subject to maximum of 50 years.
4 Widows/divorced women/women judicially separated who are not re-married Upto 35 years (40 years for SC/ST)
6 Candidates having work experience in Reserve Bank of India To the extent of number of (NOTE: Cumulative Age Relaxation will not be available either under the above items or in combination with any other items. years of such experience, subject to maximum of 3 years.)

Educational Qualifications

  1. At least a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks (pass class for SC/ST/PwBD candidates) in the aggregate and the knowledge of word processing on PC.
  2. A candidate belonging to Ex-servicemen category (except dependents of ex-servicemen) should either be a graduate from a recognized University or should have passed the matriculation or its equivalent examination of the Armed Forces and rendered at least 15 years
  3. Candidates applying for post in a particular recruiting Office should be proficient in the language (i.e., know to read, write, speak and understand the language) of the state/ any of the states falling under the recruiting Office.

Scheme of Selection

Selection will be through Preliminary examination, Main examination and Language Proficiency Test

I. Preliminary Examination (Multiple Choice):

Sr.No. Name of Tests (Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Total Time
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 60 Minutes

II. Main Examination (Multiple Choice):

Sr.No. Name of Tests (Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Test of Reasoning 40 40 30 minutes
2 Test of English Language 40 40 30 minutes
3 Test of Numerical Ability 40 40 30 Minutes
4 Test of General Awareness 40 40 25 Minutes
5 Test of Computer Knowledge 40 40 20 Minutes
Total 200 200 135 Minutes

Note-There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer, no deduction for unanswered questions.

Language Proficiency Test (LPT) 2023

The candidates provisionally shortlisted from the main online examination will have to undergo a language proficiency test (LPT). The language proficiency test will be conducted in the Official / Local Language of the State concerned as detailed below. The candidate who is not proficient in the official/ Local Language will be disqualified.

Only such a number of candidates will be called for the Language Proficiency Test who stand sufficiently high in merit based on the aggregate marks of the main online examination, such merit will be decided by the Bank in relation to the number of notified vacancies to be filled in.

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

Area Language for language proficiency test
Ahmedabad Gujarati
Bengaluru Kannada
Bhopal Hindi
Bhubaneswar Oriya
Chandigarh Punjabi / Hindi
Chennai Tamil
Guwahati Assamese / Bengali / Khasi / Manipuri / Bodo / Mizo
Hyderabad Telugu
Jaipur Hindi
Jammu Urdu /Hindi/Kashmiri
Kanpur and Lucknow Hindi
Kolkata Bengali / Nepali
Mumbai Marathi / Konkani
Nagpur Marathi / Hindi
New Delhi Hindi
Patna Hindi / Maithili
Thiruvananthapuram Malayalam

Important Topics of RBI Assistant Syllabus

The RBI Syllabus is divided into Preliminary and Mains exams as per the exam pattern. You can prepare for the exam keeping in mind the phases of the exam and make a schedule accordingly. When making a schedule, to use your time in the best possible way, you can go through the important topics first. Some of the few essential topics for RBI Assistant Syllabus for Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Awareness, Computer Knowledge and English are below. The topics are generic and not divided into prelims or mains.

Numerical Ability Data Interpretation, Number Series, Simplification/ Approximation, Quadratic Equations & Arithmetic Problems, etc.
General Knowledge Current Affairs, Banking Awareness, Static Awareness, etc.
English Language Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Fill in the blanks, Spotting errors, Para jumbles/Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence Improvement, etc.
Reasoning Ability Syllogism, Puzzles/Seating arrangement/ Inequality, Coding-Decoding, Data Sufficiency, Input-Output, Blood Relations, etc.