RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2020 - Reserve Bank of India (RBI) prescribed the RBI Assistant 2020 exam pattern for all aspiring candidates. The exam pattern of RBI Assistant 2020 contains the stages of exam, sections from where questions will be asked, number of questions, marking scheme, mode and medium of the exam etc. Candidates must go through the RBI Assistant exam pattern 2020 before they start off with the exam preparation. As per RBI Assistant 2020 exam pattern, the exam is held in three stages - prelims, mains, and language proficiency test (LPT). The prelims exam of RBI Assistant is conducted in online mode for a total of 100 questions of 1 mark each wherein questions are asked for three sections - English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability. Candidates who pass in prelims have to take mains exam. As per RBI Assistant exam pattern 2020 for mains exam, the test will be conducted for a total of 200 marks. Candidates who pass in the mains exam will have to appear for the LPT.
Latest: RBI has postponed the RBI Assistant 2020 mains exam which was earlier scheduled on March 29.
RBI Assistant 2020 for the online mains exam is expected to be conducted in Marchj/April 2020. The test is conducted to recruit candidates as Assistants at various offices of RBI.

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RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2020

RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2020 - Stages

According to the exam pattern of RBI Assistants, the exam is conducted in the following three stages:

  • Prelims

  • Mains

  • Language Proficiency Test

RBI Assistant 2020 Exam Pattern For Prelim

The prelims exam is the first stage of the RBI Assistant selection procedure. As per the exam pattern of RBI Assistant, the prelims exam comprises the following features:

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  • The test is held in online mode

  • The questions will be objective type multiple choice.

  • There are a total of 100 questions of 1 mark each

  • Questions are asked from three sections - English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability.

  • Candidates are given a total of 60 minutes.

  • A sectional timing of 20 minutes will be given.

  • Except the English Language test, rest sections will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

  • 1/4th marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Prelims Exam Pattern of RBI Assistants 2020

Sr. No.

Name of Tests

No. of Questions

Max. Marks



Numerical Ability



20 mins


Reasoning Ability



20 mins


English Language



20 mins




1 hour

RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2020 - Mains

The mains exam is the second stage in the selection process of RBI Assistant. According to RBI Assistant exam pattern 2020, only those candidates who will pass in the prelims exam will only be able to appear for the mains exam. The exam pattern of RBI Assistant mains exam comprises the following:

  • The mains exam is held in the online mode.

  • The questions are objective type multiple choice.

  • A total of 200 questions of 1 mark each are asked

  • Candidates are given 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete the mains exam.

  • Question from five sections are asked - Reasoning, English Language, Numerical Ability, General Awareness, Computer Knowledge

  • 1/4th marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

  • Candidates qualifying in this test will have to appear for the LPT stage

RBI Assistant 2020 Exam Pattern - Mains Exam

Name of Tests (Objective)

No of Questions

Maximum Marks


English Language



30 minutes

General Awareness



25 minutes




30 minutes

Numerical Ability



30 minutes

Computer Knowledge



20 minutes




2 hours and 15 minutes

RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2020 - Language Proficiency Test (LPT)

The language proficiency test is conducted for those who pass the mains exam of RBI Assistant. The LPT for RBI Assistant is mandatory and no exemption will be provided to any candidate from taking this test . The LPT will be conducted at respective offices of the Bank. The test is qualifying in nature and is conducted in the Official/Local Language of the State concerned. However, candidates who fail to qualify the LPT will be declared disqualified in the exam. The list of the languages have been listed below:

The official local language of the states is mentioned below:

  • Ahmedabad - Gujarati

  • Bengaluru - Kannada

  • Bhopal - Hindi

  • Bhubaneswar - Oriya

  • Chandigarh - Punjabi/Hindi

  • Chennai - Tamil

  • Guwahati - Assamese/Bengali/Khasi/Manipuri

  • Hyderabad - Telugu

  • Jaipur - Hindi

  • Jammu - Urdu/ Hindi

  • Kanpur & Lucknow - Hindi

  • Kolkata - Bengali

  • Mumbai - Marathi

  • Nagpur - Marathi/Hindi

  • New Delhi - Hindi

  • Patna - Hindi

  • Thiruvananthapuram - Malayalam

RBI Assistant Exam Pattern - Marking Scheme

It is important for the candidates to know the marking scheme of RBI Assistants 2020. As per the marking scheme, candidates will be awarded 1 mark for each correct answer while for each incorrect answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

RBI Assistant 2020 Exam Pattern - Marking Scheme


Total marks

Marks allotted per correct answer

Marks deducted for each incorrect answers










Qualifying in nature

RBI Assistant Syllabus

Along with knowing the RBI Assistant 2020 exam pattern, it is also important to know the RBI Assistant syllabus which provides the details about the topics, sub-topics, etc. in the examination. Authority provides the syllabus of RBI assistant 2020 separately for prelims and mains exam. The preliminary exam contains three sections from where the questions can be asked - Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability, English Language. Candidates can check the syllabus of the preliminary examination in the below-mentioned table.

RBI Assistant 2020 Syllabus - Prelims

English Language

Reasoning Ability

Numerical Ability


Analytical Reasoning


English Comprehension

Direction & Distance


Sentence Correction

Linear Arrangement


Rearrangement of Sentence in Paragraph

Complex Arrangement

Spelling Mistakes

Rearrangement of Words In Sentence

Classification (Odd Man Out)

Idioms and Phrases

How To Prepare For RBI Assistant Exam

In order to prepare for the RBI Assistant exam, candidates must follow some of the tips and tricks mentioned below:

  • Understand the syllabus and RBI Assistant exam pattern 2020

  • Figure out which are your weak areas & strong areas

  • Prepare a study plan

  • Give much time to the subjects in which you are weak

  • Maintain a strict study plan and make sure you complete each topic from where the questions are expected.

  • Solve previous years question papers and take as many mock tests as possible.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - RBI Assistant Exam Pattern 2020

Question: Is there negative marking in RBI Assistant prelims examination?


Yes, as per the exam pattern of RBI Assistants 1/4th of the marks allotted to the question will be deducted for each incorrect response in both prelims and mains exam of RBI Assistant recruitment.

Question: Is RBI Assistant examination descriptive or objective type?


RBI Assistant examination is conducted in online mode. Candidates will be given objective type MCQ.

Question: I am a resident of Bangalore but my Kannada is weak. Can I choose another language for the Language Proficiency Test of RBI Assistant?


No, candidates can only pick the local language of the state from which they have applied for the Language Proficiency Test of RBI Assistant recruitment exam.

Question: Is there a sectional time limit in RBI Assistant prelims exam?


Yes, candidates have to attempt each section in 20 minutes' time.

Question: What is the time duration given to attempt the mains exam of RBI Assistant?


Candidates will be given 2 hours and 15 minutes in total to take the mains exam. There will be a separate time limit for each section of the main question paper.

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I have paid 99 /- Rs for an RBI assistant mock test and it says that the transaction have been failed ,but money has been deducted from my account. I have paid through CCavenue /upi. So tell me how i can get my money back

Sujatha Venkat 18th Feb, 2020

Hello  Vikram,

Don't worry if the transaction is failed and money was cut. It will definitely be returned to your bank account with 7 or above working depending on the bank. If you still worry about it,mail or call to your bank service to know the update. If not,if bank is near better visit and clarify your doubt. But definitely money will be returned.

Hope this is useful


i wrote my degree backlog in november2019.but i didnt get the result until now.I have applied for RBI assistant .will i be eligible during certificate verification,after clearing mains

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 27th Mar, 2020


if your back paper is not cleared until certificate verification then you can't join even you pass through all the process of selection. Don't worry keep checking the result publishing site regularly so that you get details fast. Do that atleast once in a day and it won't harm you anyway.

Keep preparing yourself for the whole process.

Hope it helps!


rbi assistant ka notification kab ayega?

Parvathi Ramachandran 4th Dec, 2019

Greetings !!

We can expect the notification for RBI assistant by the end of December. As RBI Grade B exams are done, we can hope RBI will come up with assistant notification. I suggest you to start preparing well for the examination, so you can clear it in one go. Dedicate at least 5-6 hours daily for your preparation. Practice mocks as much as you can. Revise the concepts. You can definitely clear the exam. If any doubts, pls feel free to ask !

Wish You Good Luck !

Thank You !!


Minimum qualifications for RBI exam

Bachan Thakur 14th Mar, 2019

Hi Mahendra,

For RBI Assistant Exam, you need to be between 20 to 28 years of age pls should be a graduate in any discipline with 50% marks. For reserved categories (SC/ST/PWD candidates), they just need to pass graduation in any discipline. Knowledge of word processing on PC is required too.

Candidates applying for post in a particular recruiting office should be proficient in the language (to read, write, speak and understand the language) of the state/ any of the states falling under the recruiting office. 

Hope this helps!  


I have just 2 months to go for the rbi assistant exam. Could you please help me for preparation process in this little time

Aditi Garg 6th Oct, 2018

Hi Prasanna, 

Candidates who are appearing for the post of Assistants in RBI conducted every year. Candidates must have a effective preparation strategy.

Preparation Tips of RBI Assistant
  • Prepare a time table

  • First go through the exam pattern

  • Segregate topics from the syllabus

  • As the test is online candidates take mock tests

  • Prepare from practice papers and sample papers

  • Refer to some of the important books. Some of the Books and Study Material to follow are:

English →Objective English by Hari Mohan Prasad, Verbal Ability and RC by Arun Sharma and SP Bakshi, English Grammar by Lucent.

Quant → R. S Agarwal , K Kundan DI, Quicker Math

Reasoning → R.S Agarwal and M.k.Pandey . Subscribe my YouTube channel BANK4SUCCESS and join my WhatsApp Group to get study material.

New Pattern Topics Available on Internet.

Current Affairs → BSC Magazine, Monthly capsules, Daily Updates.

Banking Current Affairs(5–10 Ques) → BANK4SUCCESS

Online Apps and Study Source → ADDA247, GRADE UP, bank4success, bankexamtoday, affairscloud,bsc4success.

  • Make notes and do revision work regularly after completely each unit.

  • Time management: In prelim exam your target is to get more marks in less time as the questions are comparatively easy. If you are good at English you can score more in less time.

  • Balance speed and acccuracy- Reasoning is a very scoring section in which you get the best balance of speed and accuracy.

  • Practice for the exam: build on on your basics and fundamentals. Analyse your performance and work on your ‘improvement area’ to score more by taking a lot of mock tests.

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