India’s central banking institution Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will be organising the online exam (preliminary) later this month for the recruitment to the posts of Assistant. The exam is scheduled to be held on December 23 & 24 and even the call letters for the exam have been issued to all eligible applicants.
Usually, the recruitment process to fill Assistant posts starts in June, however, the same was not followed this year. It was in September that the Bank announced revisions in the recruitment process and finally in November, the official notification for this year’s recruitment process was issued. Earlier, the selection to the posts of Assistant was done as a two-tier process consisting of a single exam followed by an interview. Changing the two-tier selection process to three-year, RBI announced that there will be a preliminary test (screening test), to be followed by a main exam and then interview.
The applications for RBI Assistant recruitment 2016 were submitted from November 7 to 28. There are total 610 posts to be filled across 17 offices of the Bank. The Assistant prelims exam will be held in multiple shifts on December 23 & 24 across 209 cities and the call letters have already been issued on December 8. Though the candidates will be able to download the call letter / admit card till the exam date, it is advised to do so at the earliest. The prelims exam will consist of total 100 questions distributed among 3 objective tests : English Language (30 questions), Numerical Ability (35 questions) and Reasoning Ability (35 questions). Each question will have 5 options and a candidate will have to select only one as the answer.
The candidates will be given 1 hour time for the prelims exam with the flexibility of solving any test (any question) within this duration. This will enable the aspirants to score higher marks as well as they will be able to save some time to review the tough questions. As the negative marking system will be applicable in the prelims exam, this would also prove beneficial for the aspirants to reduce the probability of wrong answers.
The scores will be corrected and equated as per the difference in the difficulty level of the sessions, while the cut-offs may be applied either on scores in individual objective tests or on the total score of objective tests, RBI has said. The candidates obtaining marks above than the cut-off score will be called for the main exam as per the merit list. The performance of the candidates in the main exam and interview would be taken together for final selection.
As the call letters for Assistant prelims test are available now, the candidates must fetch their respective call letter. As per the guidelines issued by RBI, the candidates are required to carry a printed copy of the call letter with a passport size photo affixed on it to appear for the test. The candidates would also have to carry a valid ID proof (original and one photocopy) to establish their identity. Apart from the call letter and ID proof, the candidates should carry one ball-point pen, while they will be provided a sheet of paper for rough work at the test venue. This paper (for rough work) should be handed over to the Test Administration before leaving the venue.
The monthly salary offered to the RBI Assistant is approximately Rs. 32,124/- per month including the perks and allowances. The allowances include Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, Transport allowance and City compensatory allowance as applicable from time to time. The job profile of RBI Assistant includes maintaining the records of letters and emails forwarded to and by the RBI, maintaining files on various matters of the RBI, data entry, replying mails and others based on the need of the organisation.