RBI Assistant Mains 2020: Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and Tips to score!

Reserve Bank of India has announced the result of the RBI Assistant Preliminary exam on March 17, 2020. The Mains online exam, which was declared to be conducted on March 29, 2020, has been postponed due to the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The new exam date will be announced soon on the official website of Reserve Bank of India.

As the exam is being postponed, all the selected candidates get an advantage of extended time to prepare for the exam considering the syllabus, exam pattern, and some important tips.

Let’s start with the exam pattern and the syllabus to crack the RBI Assistant Mains exam.

RBI Assistant Mains Exam Pattern

The Mains exam comprises five sections i.e., English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, Computer Knowledge, and General Awareness. There will be 200 questions for a total score of 200.

Each section has a fixed time allotment and number of questions, as shown below.





English Language



30 min

Quantitative Aptitude



20 min

Reasoning Ability



30 min

Computer Knowledge



30 min

General Awareness



25 min




135 min

Just like the prelims exam, the RBI Assistant Mains exam also has negative marking for each wrong answer. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks would be deducted from the final score.

RBI Assistant Mains Exam Syllabus

RBI Assistant Mains exam syllabus is similar to that of other banking exams. A few tips and tricks with basic maths, reasoning, and English, and you’re all set to crack it.

In order to clear the RBI Assistant Mains exam, the candidate has to stay updated with the general awareness and basic computer knowledge as these two topics are additional in the Mains exam.

Let’s drill down to the detailed syllabus of each section.

English Language

English language section has a total of 40 questions for 40 marks. It includes different topics such as reading comprehension, fill in the blanks, papa jumbles, and many more.

To score this section, focus on the listed topics: 

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Correction
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Spelling Error
  • One word Substitution
  • Error Detection
  • Active and Passive Voice 

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude is a challenging section to solve, as it requires solving 40 questions in the allotted time frame. Instead of reviewing all the topics, focus on the important topics mentioned below: 

  • Data Interpretation
  • Number Series
  • Simplification
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Average
  • Percentage
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Speed, Distance and Time
  • Time and Work
  • HCF and LCM
  • Problems on Train
  • Allegations and Comparison
  • Probability
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Mensuration
  • Pipes & Cistern
  • Geometry

Reasoning Ability

Reasoning Ability is the most intricate yet easy to score section. To prepare for this section, stress more on the below-listed topics:

  • Number Series
  • Blood Relation
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Analogy
  • Odd man out
  • Venn Diagram
  • Row Arrangements
  • Symbols
  • Direction Based Concept
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-verbal Reasoning
  • Syllogism

Computer Knowledge

This section can fetch you good marks as the syllabus is limited. Furthermore, all you have to focus on is previously asked questions. To cover this section, revise the topics listed down.

  • History of Computer
  • Languages
  • Basic Hardware and Software
  • Devices
  • Viruses and Hacking

General Awareness

The General Awareness section requires thorough preparation and revision from the beginning. A simple trick to prepare for this section is to stay updated with the current affairs and news. The topics that you should revise multiple times are:

  • Current Affairs of the last eight months
  • RBI and Banking Awareness
  • Indian Financial System
  • Important committees and its recommendations
  • History of Indian Banking Industry
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Union Budget and Economic Survey
  • International Organizations/ Financial Institutions
  • Capital Market & Money Market
  • Government Schemes
  • Abbreviations and Economic terminologies

Tips to crack the RBI Assistant Mains exam 2020

By now, you have got the overall idea of the syllabus and the exam pattern for the mains exam.

As you have cleared the prelims exam, that means your basics are cleared, and all you need is to practice more.

  1. Take a mock test of the RBI Assistant 2020 exam
  2. List down all the topics you’re good at and the ones that need thorough revision
  3. Focus on your strengths
  4. Cut down the complete preparation into parts and prepare accordingly
  5. Repeat it

With these five assured tricks, you are all set to crack the RBI assistant mains exam 2020.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is RBI Assistant recruitment?

RBI Assistant is an examination that is conducted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). This is a national level recruitment process, and so, all the interested candidates all over India can apply online for this post.

Q. What are the stages in the selection process of the RBI Assistant?

The following are the stages in the selection process of the RBI Assistant:-

  • Stage 1:- Preliminary exams
  • Stage 2:- Mains exam
  • Stage 3:- Language Proficiency Test (LPT)

Q. How to view the notification of RBI Assistant in 2020?

The Following are the steps to check the notification of RBI Assistant:-

  • Step 1:- Visit the official website.

  • Step 2:- Click on the “Recruitment related Announcement.”

  • Step 3:- After that, you will be able to see the official notification of the RBI.

Q. When is the RBI Assistant mains examination in 2020?

The mains examination of the RBI Assistant is postponed because of the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). All the candidates are requested to check the official website regularly to know the exam date.

Q. Is there negative marking in the mains examination of RBI Assistant, and how much is deducted for the wrong answer? 

Yes, there is negative marking in the mains examination of RBI Assistant. For the wrong answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted.

Q. Who can appear for the RBI Assistant mains examination in 2020?

Only those candidates can give RBI Assistant mains examination who have cleared the preliminary exam.

Q. What is the duration of the RBI Assistant mains examination in 2020, and is there also sectional time?

135 minutes is the total duration of the RBI Assistant mains examination. Yes, there is a sectional time, and that is as follow:-

  • English Language:- 30 minutes
  • Quantitative Aptitude:- 20 minutes
  • Reasoning Ability:- 30 minutes
  • Computer Knowledge:- 30 minutes
  • General Awareness:- 25 minutes

Q. What is a section-wise marking in the RBI Assistant mains examination in 2020?

The section-wise marking in the RBI Assistant mains examination are as follows:-

  • English Language:- 40 marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude:- 40 marks
  • Reasoning Ability:- 40 marks
  • Computer Knowledge:- 40 marks
  • General Awareness:- 40 marks

Q. What is the Language Proficiency Test (LPT)? Is it mandatory to appear for the LPT?

Language Proficiency Test (LPT) is the third stage of the selection process. In this test, proficiency is checked whether the candidates know their local language of the state from where they appear in the exam that means they must know to read, write, speak and understand the language.

Q. What are the total vacancies in the RBI Assistant mains examination in 2020?

926 vacancies

Q. What is the mode of the examination of the RBI Assistant mains examination in 2020?

There is only one mode of the examination, and that is online.

Q. Do I need to select separate exam centers for the preliminary and mains exam?

Yes, candidates are required to select separate RBI Assistant exam centers 2020 for the preliminary and mains exam. 

Q. What is the age limit for the RBI Assistant mains examination?

The minimum age of the candidate should be 20, and the maximum age should be 28 years as on December 1, 2019.

Q. Is there any age relaxation in the RBI Assistant mains examination?

Yes, there is age relaxation in the RBI Assistant mains examination. 

Q. Does a candidate need to have a working knowledge of computers for applying to the RBI Assistant exam?

Yes, candidates need to have the working knowledge of computers for applying to the RBI Assistant exam. 


All the best for the exam!