RRB NTPC Syllabus and Exam Pattern

RRB NTPC Syllabus and Exam Pattern

RRB NTPC Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The RRB NTPC Exam candidates must keep themselves well-versed with the RRB NTPC Syllabus and RRB NTPC Exam Pattern, as both are critical for exam success.

The Railway Recruitment Board decides the RRB NTPC Syllabus.

The exam recruits candidates for different positions in the Indian Railways throughout the country, ensuring a promising future for those who wish to work for the railways.

This article will include all detailed information on the RRB NTPC syllabus and the Exam Pattern so that candidates can systematically study for the exam.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern

The RRB NTPC Exam pattern consists of:

  • 1st stage of CBT – Prelims
  • 2nd stage of CBT – Mains
  • Typing Test
  • Document Verification
  • Medical Examination
  • Final Selection

The board publishes the final list of candidates selected, and the exam cut off on the regional RRBs’ websites.

*Please note that the typing test is only for applicants who have qualified for the roles of Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Accounts Assistant cum Typist, Senior Time Keeper, Junior Clerk cum Typist, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, and Junior Time Keeper, and negative marking would subtract around 1/3rd of the total marks.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of both RRB NTPC CBT-1 and CBT-2.

RRB NTPC CBT – 1 Exam Pattern 2020
Sections Maximum Marks
General Awareness 40
Mathematics 30
General Intelligence and Reasoning 30
Total 100
No of Questions – 100 Time – 90 Mins


RRB NTPC CBT – 2 Exam Pattern 2020
Sections Maximum Marks
General Awareness 50
Mathematics 35
General Intelligence and Reasoning 35
Total 120
No of Questions – 120 Time – 90 Mins

Candidates should qualify for both tests to move on to the next stages of the RRB NTPC exam. 

RRB NTPC Marking Pattern

The Normalization of marks to calculate a candidate’s final marks has been revised by the Railway Board. Here is the notice released by the RRB for the revised formula. 


Typing Test for RRB NTPC Exam

The RRB NTPC Exam’s typing test is a skill-based exam of qualifying nature and will not be counted for the final merit list. The test is conducted for the following posts:

  • Senior Clerk cum Typist
  • Junior Accounts Assistant cum Typist
  • Senior Time Keeper
  • Junior Clerk cum Typist
  • Accounts Clerk cum Typist
  • Junior Time Keeper

Other relevant factors for the skill test include the following:

  1. The typing exam will be held for a number of candidates equal to eight times the number of positions open.
  2. Candidates must be able to type 30 words per minute (WPM) in English or 25 WPM in Hindi on a computer without using any editing or spell-checking software.


RRB NTPC Exam – Medical Examination Phase

Candidates must pass a physical fitness test conducted by the Railway Administration to ensure that they are physically fit to fulfil the duties associated with the position they have chosen. One of the most significant medical fitness criteria for railway employees is their visual acuity.

RRB NTPC Exam – Document Verification Page

Candidates equal to the number of vacancies will be called for Document Verification based on their results in the 2nd Stage CBT and their performance in both the 2nd Stage CBT and the CBAT/TST (as applicable).

Also, candidates who account for 50% of the number of vacancies for different positions (which can increase or decrease at the sole discretion of RRBs) may be called for document verification.

RRB NTPC Syllabus

We will discuss the RRB NTPC subject-wise syllabus in this section. The subjects covered are as follows: 

  1. Mathematics
  2. General Awareness
  3. General Intelligence and Reasoning


RRB NTPC Syllabus for Mathematics


Number Systems Time and Work
Decimals Time and Distance
Fractions Simple and Compound Interest
LCM and HCF Profit and Loss
Ratio and Proportions Elementary Algebra
Percentage Geometry and Trigonometry
Mensuration Elementary Statistics


RRB NTPC Syllabus for Reasoning

Analogies Venn Diagrams
Completion of Number and Alphabetical Series Puzzle
Coding and Decoding Data Sufficiency
Mathematical Operations Seating Arrangements
Similarities and Differences Statement – Conclusion
Relationships Statement – Courses of Action
Analytical Reasoning Decision Making
Syllogism Maps
Jumbling Interpretation of Graphs


RRB NTPC Syllabus for General Awareness

National and International Current Events Common Abbreviations
Games and Sports Transport Systems in India
Art and Culture of India Indian Economy
Indian Literature Famous Personalities of India and World
Monuments and Places of India Flagship Government Programs
General and Life Science (Up to 10th Std) Flora and Fauna of India
History of India and Freedom Struggle Important Government and Public Sector Organizations of India
Physical, Social and Economic Geography of India and World General Scientific and Technological Developments of India
Indian Polity and Governance Environmental Issues Concerning India and World at large
UN and Other Important World Organisations Basics of Computers

Regularly taking RRB NTPC mock tests will help in making a well-thought-out strategy. You should also look over a few Solved Question Papers from previous years in each section and get a feel of the real exam and identify your weaknesses. 

We, at Direction, wish you all the best for your upcoming RRB NTPC Examination. Also, if you need guidance for preparation, contact us here

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