Tips to Ace the Numerical Ability Section in RBI Assistant Prelims 2017





8 Tips to Ace the Numerical Ability Section in RBI Assistant Prelims 2017


The official notification for RBI Assistant 2017 exam is released recently and this year, RBI has announced 623 vacancies for the post. The RBI Assistant Prelims is scheduled on 27th and 28th November 2017. Here’s a post on RBI Assistant Prelims 2017 – Preparation Guide for Numerical Ability. This post is brought to you by Oliveboard, an online exam preparation platform for banking and government exams.



1.    Know the Exam Pattern and Syllabus

There will 35 questions of 35 marks.
·      Number Series
·      Data Interpretation
·      Averages
·      Profit & Loss
·      Time & Work
·      Data Sufficiency
·      Simplification / Approximation
·      Quadratic Equations
·      Time & Distance
·      Partnership
·      Ratio & Proportion

2.    Collect the Study Materials

Get a clear understanding of the basics. Go through the NCERT books (6 – 12th standard) thoroughly to get a strong hold over basics. Refer to RS Agarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude; Few other recommended books and study resources are:

·      Quantitative Aptitude Test by N.K. Singh
·      Kiran’s Textbook of Quickest Mathematics

3.    Number Series

Expect about 5 questions from this topic. The level of questions is generally easy to moderate. Two types of questions are generally asked– either to find out the missing number or the wrong number in the given series. Practice mock tests to be comfortable in identifying patterns. Few common patterns are square, square root, cube, prime number, geometric series etc.

4.    Data Interpretation

Expect 5 – 10 questions on this topic. The level of questions is generally easy to moderate. Learn concepts like Percentage, Ration and Proportion and Average in depth. Also, remember tables and practice short tricks.

5.    Simplification and Approximation
Expect 10-15 questions from this topic and the level of questions will be easy to moderate. Get stronghold over the basic rules of B.O.D.M.A.S. Practice as many tests you can to improve your calculation speed.

6.    Quadratic Equations

Expect 0-5 questions from this topic of easy to moderate level. Understand the basic concepts, factorization techniques and short tricks that will come handy for this section.

7.    Miscellaneous

Expect about 10-15 questions from topics like Average, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Mixture & Allegation and more. The level of questions will be typically from moderate to difficult. Understand all basic Arithmetic concepts. Practice as many tests you can from these topics to get an edge over the actual exam.

8.    Time management 

It is crucial for every competitive exam. While practicing for the numerical ability section of RBI Assistant, you need to keep an eye on the time spent. Try to improve your calculation speed. Include calculation in your daily life, practice mental math, memorize multiplication, square and cubes tables. Also, learn Vedic math tricks and short-cuts to solve problems. You will start gaining a stronghold of these tricks only with rigorous practice.

Hope this helps.

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