RBI Assistant- How to Prepare for the Quant Section (1)
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RBI Assistant Mains will be held on Dec 31, 2023, which leaves you with a duration of only one month for your preparation. Last year lakhs of students appeared for this exam and since the number of vacancies is more or less the same, you would have guessed by now the number of aspirants you would be pitted against. For this, you need to start your preparation right away so that you can be ahead of the majority of your competitors. In this article, we are writing about the preparation strategy you should adopt while preparing for the Quantitative Aptitude section.

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Practice is the Key

Before stating anything else, we would like to reinforce the importance of “practice”. It’s more of a speed test to eliminate the majority of the competition and therefore you need to step up your pace. Take a Free Mock Test of RBI Assistant Mains Now and see how do you stand against your competitors by knowing your rank & percentile. Check out how have you performed in the Quantitative Aptitude section and how was your accuracy level. The Mock Test’s analysis also highlights your weak areas and it’s only by understanding their concept thoroughly and by practising consistently that you can improve upon them.

Review & Improve

Pick a topic and practice a lot of questions on it without any time-limit. Do it for all the topics in the first 15 days. In the remaining days, start with solving Sectional Tests & Mock Tests and do a lot of practice while also ensuring that you are reviewing the analysis of these mock tests. Reviewing the analysis is as important as Taking a Mock Tests if not more. If you find, that you’re still not comfortable in any of the topics, put extra effort on improving upon its concepts. Watch videos online and try to understand the basic principals. Also, refer to the detailed solutions of the Mock Test to check where are you lacking. Below is the list of topics you need to be ready for the Quants Section.

  • Age Problems
  • Average
  • Boats and Stream
  • Clock and Calendar Problems
  • Data Interpretation – Charts and Graphs: Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart; Tabular; Caselet; Mixed DI
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Decimal and Fractions
  • Indices and Surds
  • LCM and H.C.F
  • Mensuration
  • Mixture and Allegations
  • Number Series
  • Number System
  • Partnership
  • Percentage
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Probability
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Simplification & Approximation

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Quantitative Tips for RBI Assistant Mains Preparation

Let’s have a look at some topic-wise tips:

  • As you must have already noticed, it’s more of a speed test. So you need to be an expert in the concepts of Averages, Percentage & Ratio. Do a lot of practice in all of these 3 topics as a majority of DI questions and word problems may use their concept.
  • Number Series questions are known for the logic which is involved. The inherent logic can be simple or it can be complicated. Moreover, the inherent logic can be a combination of more than one logics. Start with solving 100 number series questions to get a hang of the logic involved. At this stage, you would have got a good idea of what all logic can be used. Keep solving the number series questions to gain more confidence in this topic and to increase your speed.
  • When it comes to quadratic equation/equation comparison questions, don’t follow the conservative method. Read this article to know the Best Tips to compare Equations.
  • A DI set looks out for 2 things: first is understanding & finding the relevant data and secondly calculate the asked answer. Practice a lot of DI sets via Sectional Tests to deal with data of different types viz. Table, Bar graph, Pie chart, Verbal data etc. See how quickly are you able to understand the data & extract the important part out of it and try to improve your speed.
  • Additionally, learn the tables by heart especially of prime numbers until 30. It can come quite handy when reducing the ratios of large numbers.
  • Use tables, divisibility rules and factorisation techniques to reduce ratios. Start practising on how these can be done and be an expert by the month of September.
  • Also, learn how to convert decimals into fractions. Doing calculation on fractions are relatively easy when compared to doing calculation on decimals. Additionally, knowing how to convert percentage to fractions can come quite handy when doing calculations regarding percentage, profit & loss and simple & compound interest.
  • Learn the concepts & shortcuts of HCF & LCM. It can come quite handy in word problems & during the addition/subtraction of fractions.
  • Know the quick tricks of finding square & cube roots of a given number.
  • Master the ratio tricks which will be very useful in word problems of ratio & can be useful in age problems.

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Practising keeping these tips in mind will definitely help you understand the concept and its application. Go in the depth of the concept and don’t be hesitant to come up with your own shortcuts & tricks. Keep practising via Mock Tests & Sectional Tests to get the best out of yourself.

Wishing you all the best for your preparation!

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