How to balance your Preparation for IBPS Clerk Mains & RBI Assistant Prelims

Preparing for banking examination? Confused about managing time for different exams together? Don’t panic as we have a solution for you. Read the full article to know more.

Banking exam are getting popular with every passing year. Although the vacancies are increasing but with that there is a cut-throat competition. Now, think if in this intense competition, you have to prepare yourself for two different challenges. Recently, RBI has released RBI Assistant Notification 2019. Also, IBPS Clerk Mains Exam is to be held on 19 January 2020. Candidates who have made through IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam, must be preparing for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam. Being a banking student, they also must be preparing for RBI Assistant 2019. Now, the puzzle is how will a student who have to appear for both the exams will manage to balance their preparation for both?

RBI Assistant Prelims Exam is to be conducted on 14 and 15 February 2020. The level of both RBI Assistant and IBPS Clerk Mains is difficult. You can manage your preparation by first analysing the exam pattern and other details that will successfully sail you through the desired examination.

Exam Pattern

First and foremost thing before starting your preparation is going through the exam pattern thoroughly. We have given a complete exam pattern of both IBPS Clerk Mains and RBI Assistant Prelims to focus on the converging point so as to make a proper strategy.

IBPS Clerk 2019 Mains Exam Pattern:

Sr. No Name of Tests


No. of




Medium of Exam Time allotted for each

test (Separately timed)

1 General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 English & Hindi 35 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 English 35 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
4 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English & Hindi 45 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

RBI Assistant Prelims Exam:

Serial Number Name of Test No. of Question Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
2. Reasoning 35 35 20 Minutes
3. Numerical Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 60 Minutes

Tips to balance your Preparation for IBPS Clerk Mains and RBI Assistant Prelims Exam

When you will take a look at the exam pattern of both the exam, you will find that Quantitative Aptitude/ Numerical Ability, Reasoning and English Language are the converging area and the plan can be made effectively to deal with it. Here are few tips to manage the same:

Exam Pattern: Go through the exam pattern of both the exam and manage your time accordingly. IBPS Clerk Mains Exam has General Awareness section in addition to other 3 sections. So, you can cover it daily and can speed up the GA preparation after 19 January.

Strategy: Once you are done with the exam pattern, make a plan that is most apt for helping in both the exam. Plan in such a way that you give equal importance to Quant, Reasoning and English. Give 30 minutes to GA every day. Give 3-4 mocks a week. Make a slot for mock and its analysis in it accordingly.

Quantitative Aptitude: Quant carries a total of 50 marks in IBPS Clerk Mains and a total of 35 marks in RBI Assistant Prelims Exam. The Quant requires a lot of practice. The important topics are:

  • Data Interpretation (comes in IBPS Clerk Mains)
  • Airthematic (Percentage, Ages, Ratio & Proportion, time and work, etc)
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Simplification & Approximation
  • Data sufficiency
  • Number Series

English Language: The English carries a total of 40 question in IBPS Clerk Mains and 30 questions in RBI Assistant Prelims. So, you can manage by preparing the important topics. The important topics are:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Error Spotting
  • Cloze test
  • Parajumble

Reasoning: The reasoning section carries a total of 50 questions in IBPS Clerk Mains and 35 questions in RBI Assistant Prelims Exam. The important topics are:

  • Puzzle and seating arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-decoding
  • Blood relation
  • Directions

Mock test: You should start giving mock as soon as possible. It is the only way to get through in the practice mode.

GA: GA is asked in IBPS Clerk Mains Exam. So, read newspaper daily but do not give so much time to GA before IBPS Clerk Mains Exam. So, it is better to give more focus to the other three areas.

All the best

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