1. General Awareness:
- Scoring well in this section is equally easier for amateurs as well as people who are regularly giving banking exams and are pro.
- This section is very vast and questions in this section are mostly from static and current affairs.
- This includes India's ranking in various INDEXES published by different organizations, Important days observed with themes, news from RBI.
- In static portion questions asked may be like capitals and currencies of countries, National Parks, Wildlife centuries, the name of stadiums etc.
- For beginners, start reading the economic articles and keep searching the internet, Investopedia to know the terms if you are not aware of any term. Read Mint, Economic Times, Money control etc. online and get yourself familiar with the terms.
- RBI won’t ask the definition, but if you know about the commonly used terms, it would be very easy for you to remember all the news related to Banking and Finance which carry a huge weightage in this exam.
- The General Awareness section holds the key to success. It carries 80 marks and for a total of 120 minutes, you can solve this section in less than 20 minutes. So in terms of value-added, this is the most scoring section of all.
Now where to study this?
- Read one newspaper daily.
- Read our Daily GK update section daily and our monthly GK digest compilations.
- Take Current Affairs quiz daily from BYJU'S Exam Prep Website/App
- Read about one Financial Organization (like SIDBI, NABARD, IMF, etc.) daily from their official websites.
Attempt GK Quizzes from the given links:
Banking Awareness Quizzes
GK and Current Affairs Quiz
Static GK Quiz
2. English Language:
- The style of questions in Phase I in English is the same as that of any other banking exam.
- The weightage of English is 30 in Phase I but it is 100 in Phase II. This section again holds the key to success as being strong in English, can increase your chances of getting into the final round.
- The marks of the Phase-II exam 2018 are still not officially out.
- So here we are sharing marks of 2017, the average scores in English in Phase 2 in 2017 was around 65 out of 100.
- Clearly, this comes up as the most scoring section considering the overall cutoff (General Category) was 196.75.
- It is very easy to get above-average marks in English and get around 18+ marks in Phase I and 78+ in Phase II.
Since you will be reading from the websites mentioned above, your vocabulary will improve gradually, however, learn 10 new words daily. You will have an edge in English over others. You need to focus more on grammar, without this, every answer would be similar to the hit and trial method. You should know all the rules.
Attempt English Language Quizzes here!
3. Reasoning Ability:
- This is another important topic of Phase I which has a weightage of 60 and the cut-off remains around 10-15.
- You need therefore around 20+ attempts in this. Questions of this type are from Direction Sense, Data Sufficiency, Seating Arrangement, Coding-Decoding etc.
- The level is high and it is important that you practice it thoroughly, preferably from online sources since the paper is online.
- Try to attempt those topics first which give the most accurate answers in the least possible time like Direction Sense, Data Sufficiency, Seating Arrangement, Coding-Decoding, etc.
- If you are not able to solve the puzzle or seating arrangement question in one go, do not waste your time, move on to the next question.
- Start with your favourite topic.
- Make full use of pen and paper while solving questions based on arrangement, coding-decoding. You can use the analogy method with your family tree to solve questions related to blood relations easily.
- Try to practice and master all topics.
- At BYJU'S Exam Prep we have a dedicated team for this and you can take help from our carefully curated questions by clicking here.
Attempt Reasoning Ability Quizzes here!
4. Quantitative Aptitude:
Coming to this section, it is the toughest section in RBI but also has a low weightage and cutoff. Out of 30 questions, if you are able to get around 10 questions right, you are through with the sectional cutoff.
- Speed and accuracy is the key here. Increase your calculation speed by practising more and more questions.
- You should remember tables, square, cubes and square roots for doing fast calculations.
- Learn to recognize your strengths, know which questions are to be attempted first and which questions are to be skipped.
- Solve previous year’s questions papers, and get yourself aware of the exam pattern.
- Make habit of giving at least one mock test daily and then evaluate yourself.
- Keep practising daily and stick to a plan. Devote at least 3 hours daily to Numerical Ability.
Attempt Quantitative Aptitude Quizzes here!
- Start doing. The more you practice, the easier it will get.
- For Phase-I, focus on GA to clear the overall cut off. It is easier to get a 60+ score out of 80 in GA in Phase I.
Now we will discuss the pattern and tips for Phase II.