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Reserve Bank Of India Assistants Recruitment(RBI) 3rd slot: Exam analysis

Preliminary Exam for Recruitment of ASSISTANTS (3rd Slot on 24th Dec, 2016)

The exam was conducted by IBPS for RBI Assistant. The overall structure of the RBI Assistant Prelims exam was same like IBPS PO,with 3 sections, 5 options, one mark allotted for correct answer and a negative marking of 0.25 mark allotted for every wrong answer. The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate. While most of the questions were easy to moderate in terms of the level of difficulty.

The best approach to succeed in these type of exams is to identify the difficult or time consuming questions and attempt them last.

S.N Sections No of Questions Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30

01 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35

3 Reasoning Ability 35 35

  Total 100 100

The section-wise analysis of is given below:

English Language:

Overall this section was of moderate difficulty level, but some questions were way too easy. The best approach to maximize score in this section is to attempt cloze and error spotting first and then go for the reading comprehension. Some questions in the passage were analytical and were tough to crack.

S.NO Topic No. of Question Level of Difficulty
1 Error Spotting 5 Easy
2 Cloze test 7 Moderate
3 Reading Comprehension 8 Easy- Moderate
4 Mis-Spelt or Inappropriate word 5 Easy
5 Para-Jumbles 5 Easy

Good Attempts:  20-22 with 90% accuracy.
Good Score:
18-24 Marks
Time Taken: 15 minutes.

Reasoning Ability:

 This section was of moderate level. No input-output questions, one puzzles were asked. 2 seating arrangement  sets were there. One linear arrangement set was difficult and other  circular arrangement set was easy

S.N Topic No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
1 Alpha Numeric Series 5 Easy
2 Directions 2 Easy
3 Linear Arrangement 5 Moderate
4 Circular Arrangement 5 Slightly Difficult
5 Puzzle (Scheduling) 5 Moderate
6 Inequalities 5 Easy
7 Syllogisms 5 Moderate
8 Blood Relations 3 Easy

Note:  First going through Syllogisms, Blood relations,Inequalities,  Alphanumeric Series, Directions and then going for Linear Arrangement, Circular arrangement and Scheduling would have been a better approach to maximize the score in this section.

The level of difficulty of this section was between easy to moderate. This section was scoring and chances of making it to the mains exams depends on how well one scored in this section. A good score in this section would’ve helped the aspirant to clear the overall cut-off which is high for RBI Assistants.

Good Attempts: 22-25 Questions with 90% accuracy
Good Score: 20-24
Time: 20-25 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

This section was moderate in difficulty . DI set was table based. There were 10 simplification questions asked. Simplifications were mostly easier to solve.

S.NO Topic No. of Question Level of Difficulty
1 Simplification 10 Easy- Moderate
2 Number Series 5 Easy - Moderate
3 Data Interpretation 5 Easy
4 Miscellaneous 15 Easy-Moderate

Miscellaneous  (Ages, Average, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Time Speed and Distance, Geometry(Circle based), Ratio and Proportions,Mensuration,  Partnerships, Simple and Compound Interest etc.)

Quadratic Equations were not asked in this exam, which was a surprise since students were accustomed to having 2-5 questions from this section.

The best strategy for quant section is to first go for Approximations and Number series and then gradually move to your area of strength. Some questions in start and middle were sitters and the best strategy for them was to attempt them last.

Good Attempts: 20-24 Questions
Good Score: 18-22
Time: 20 minutes

Conclusion:  The pre-exam of RBI Assistant was same as any IBPS PO preliminary exam. A total of 60-65 attempts with 90% accuracy can give you a call for mains exam.


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