RRB NTPC Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2021, Exam Dates for 1st Stage CBT

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2020, Exam Dates for 1st Stage CBT. RRB NTPC Exam Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus 2020 for 1st Stage CBT. RRB NTPC will fill up 35,277 posts in Indian Railways. The posts are Clerk, Goods Guard, Senior Time Keeper, Commercial Apprentice, Station Master.

Latest Update: RRB NTPC Recruitment 2019:  Railway Recruitment Board has released the RRB NTPC Exam Dates for the second phase. The examination for the 1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT-1) will be held from January 16 to January 30, 2021, across the country. Admit card would be available to appearing candidates from January 12 onwards, 4 days before commencement of the exams

The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) will conduct Computer based Tests (CBT) for recruitment in Non-technical popular categories (NTPC), Level -1 posts and Isolated and ministerial category under CEN 01/2019 from December 15, 2020, railway minister Piyush Goyal tweeted with a video on 05-09-2020.

Candidates can check for more details from the official notification of RRB NTPC 2019. Railway Recruitment Board will organize the examination for RRB NTPC Examination for NTPC posts.

Railways will issue the date of NTPC examination (RRB NTPC Exam Date) and other information in the coming days. The candidates who have applied for the examination are advised to keep a check on the respective regional websites. RRBs would be notifying the examination dates about 10 to 15 days ahead of the start of the first stage CBT.

Please note that RRBs are yet to release any official update on the RRB NTPC exam dates for the CEN 01/2019 notification. As per the official notice, RRB NTPC 2019 First Stage CBT was to be conducted in July/August. However, RRBs have not yet released the RRB NTPC 2019 exam dates.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern & Syllabus

RRB NTPC Exam Important Dates

Date of release of Exam formFebruary 28, 2019
Date of start of the application processMarch 1, 2019
Last date to applyMarch 31, 2019
The latest update released by RRB March 2, 2020
Exam dateFrom December 15, 2020
RRB NTPC Exam Important Dates

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) will conduct the recruitment exams for non- technical popular categories (NTPC) from December 15, 2020. The recruitment notification was advertised in the month of February, 2019. The application process was conducted in the month of March last year. The detailed schedule of exam will be released soon on the official website of RRB.

RRB NTPC exam will be conducted to fill 35,208 vacancies for various posts (guard, office clerk, commercial clerk etc). Now that only three months are left, candidates should take a quick recap of the scheme of examination and its syllabus.

Selection Process: The recruitment process includes two stages of Computer Based Test(s), skill test/ computer based aptitude test, Document Verification and Medical Examination.

Candidates will have to appear for a computer based test. Those who clear the CBT will have to pass the skill test, DV and medical examination for final selection.

According to Official Notification, “The 1st Stage CBT is of screening nature and the standard of questions for the CBT will be generally in conformity with the educational standards prescribed for the posts. The normalized score of 1st Stage CBT shall be used for short listing of candidates for 2nd Stage CBT as per their merit.

Candidates who are shortlisted for 2nd Stage CBT availing the reservation benefits of OBC(NCL)/SC/ST/EWS, PwBD and ExSM shall continue to be considered only against OBC(NCL)/SC/ST/EWS, PwBD and ExSM for all subsequent stages of recruitment process,”.

Exam pattern for RRB NTPC CBT 1, CBT 2:

RRB NTPC 1st stage CBT would be an objective type paper which would be common for all. This means that a person who has applied for Junior Clerk Typist, as well as the person who has applied for Traffic Assistant or Goods Guard, would have to appear for the same examination.

The purpose of the first stage CBT is to check the basic aptitude of the person. A person would be tested in Mathematics, General Intelligence & Reasoning and General Awareness. The complete syllabus for the three sections as shared by RRBs is listed below.

CBT 1, CBT 2 Exam Paper Pattern: Candidates would get a total of 90 minutes to attempt 100 questions. The PwBD candidates, however, would get 120 minutes to attempt the 100 questions. There would be 40 questions from General Awareness and 30 each from Mathematics and General Intelligence & Reasoning.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern: The question paper will carry a total of 100 questions, each carrying one mark. There will be 25 questions from General Science (GS), 25 questions for Mathematics, 30 for general intelligence and reasoning and 20 for general awareness and current affairs. The duration of exam will be 90 minutes.

Negative Marking: There will be negative marking and 1/3 marks shall be deducted for each wrong answer.

CBT First Stage Exam Details:

  • CBT 1 Examination will be of 100 marks.
  • It has 40 points of General Awareness,
  • 30 marks for Mathematics and
  • 30 points for General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Duration of test: 1 hour 30 minutes

The first stage of Computer Based Test consists of the following sections. Listed along is the weightage of each section along with the timing of the exam. The first stage of CBT is just the screening process for the second stage of CBT in which there will be a negative marking of 1/3. 

SubjectsTotal Questions
General Awareness40
Maths30
Reasoning and General Intelligence30
RRB NTPC First Stage Exam Pattern

CBT Second Stage Exam Details:

  • CBT 2 Exam will be of 120 marks in total.
  • It includes 50 for General Awareness,
  • 35 for Mathematics and
  • 35 marks for General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • A total of 90-90 minutes will be given for both examinations. 
  • There will be negative marking.
  • Mathematics: 35 Questions 30 Duration
  • General Intelligence and Reasoning: 35 Questions 35 Duration
  • General Awareness: 50 Questions 50 Duration
  • Total=120 Marks 120 Duration 90 Minutes Duration
  • Duration of test: 1 hour 30 minutes

The second stage of CBT will follow the following pattern listed below. This section will consist of more questions than the previous paper and will have more marks allotted to it.

SubjectsTotal Questions
General Awareness50
Mathematics35
Reasoning and General Intelligence35
RRB NTPC First Stage Exam Pattern

Marking: Each question would carry one mark making the paper of a total 100 marks. There is a negative marking of 1/3 marks. This means that for every 3 incorrect answers, one mark would be deducted from the total. In other words, out of the 100 questions, say a candidate attempted 72 questions and say 18 out of the 72 questions were wrong. In that case the candidate would score 48 marks (1*54 – 1/3*18).

RRB NTPC Exam Syllabus and Marks:

RRB NTPC Complete Syllabus: The candidates can follow this general syllabus to prepare for 1st stage Computer Based Test. The exam will have 3 sections mainly. This is not the entire syllabus but a gist of it. The candidates can view the complete syllabus on the official website.

SectionSyllabus
General awarenessCurrent Events of National and International Importance, Art and Culture of India, Indian Literature, Monuments of India, General Science and Life Science (up to 10th standard), History of India and Freedom Struggle, Physical, Social and Economic Geography of India and World, Indian Polity and Governance- constitution and political system, General Scientific and Technological Developments including Space and Nuclear Program of India, UN and Other important World Organizations, Environmental Issues Concerning India and World at Large, Basics of Computers and Computer Applications, Common Abbreviations, Transport Systems in India, Indian Economy, Known Personalities of India and World, Government Programs and schemes, Plants and animals of India etc
MathematicsNumber System, Decimals, Fractions, LCM, HCF, Ratio and Proportions, Percentage, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Elementary Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Elementary Statistics, etc.
Reasoning and General IntelligenceAnalogies, Completion of Number and Alphabetical Series, Coding and Decoding, Mathematical Operations, Similarities and Differences, Relationships, Analytical Reasoning, Syllogism, Jumbling, Venn Diagrams, Puzzle, Data Sufficiency, Statement- Conclusion, Statement- Courses of Action, Decision Making, Maps, Interpretation of Graphs, etc.
RRB NTPC Exam Syllabus and Marks:

Minimum percentage of marks for each category is different. The general category candidates will be needing a minimum of 40% marks to pass the CBT. The EWS category students will also need 40% to pass the exam while OBC and SC candidates will be considered passed at 30%. The ST candidates can qualify at 25% itself. For further details, candidates can check the official website of RRB NTPC.

CBT 2nd Stage:

Shortlisting of Candidates for the 2nd CBT will be based on the normalized marks obtained by them in the first stage CBT (screening test) and the options for various posts exercised by them keeping in view the educational qualification of the candidate i.e. 10+2 or Graduate.

Qualifying marks for RRB NTPC Recruitment:
The candidates need to secure a minimum T-Score of 42 marks in each of the test batteries to qualify. This is applicable to all candidates irrespective of community or category i.e. irrespective of SC/ST/OBC-NCL/EWS/PwBD/Ex SM and no relaxation in the minimum T-Score is permissible.

The normalisation of marks: Shortlisting of Candidates for various stages shall be based on the normalized marks obtained by them whenever CBT is conducted in multiple sessions for the same syllabus. The normalization scheme to be adopted for 1st Stage CBT and 2nd Stage CBT is detailed in the following paragraphs.

The level of the questions would be at par with the High School level or class 10. Experts often recommend taking up NCERT books of classes 9 and 10, to begin with the preparation. Other journals for questions for banking clerk examinations may also be a good place to begin.

Official Notification

RRB NTPC Exam Dates

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