Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Non-technical Popular Categories (NTPC) Exam Pattern 2021-2022

RRB NTPC exam is conducted in various stages for the undergraduate and graduate level posts. The details of the exam pattern of the 2 stage Computer based test (CBT) followed by a skill test (applicable to some of the posts) are given below.

Candidates should regularly check the official website of the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) to get new updates regarding the RRB NTPC CBT-2 examination, which was recently postponed.

If you are planning to appear for the upcoming RRB NTPC 2022 examination, refer to the links given in the table below.

Related Links

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RRB NTPC Previous Year Question Papers RRB NTPC Salary

Exam Pattern of RRB NTPC 2021-2022

The RRB NTPC exam is conducted in various stages, namely:

  • Two stage Computer Based Test (CBT) 
  • Skill Test: Skill test is conducted only for the following posts:
    • Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) for Station Master and Traffic Assistant
    • Typing Skill Test for Junior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist and Senior Time Keeper
  • Document verification and medical examination takes place after CBT and Skill test (for the posts mentioned above).

 Note:

For Trains Clerk, Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Goods Guard, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Commercial Apprentice, there is two stage Computer Based Test (CBT), which is followed by document verification and medical examination

Before applying for the RRB NTPC examination, candidates should go through the eligibility criteria including educational qualification, age, medical standards etc mentioned in the official notification published by RRB.

Summary of the Various Stages of the RRB NTPC Recruitment Process

S.No. Name of the Post Level

in 7th

CPC

1st Stage

CBT

2nd Stage

CBT

Skill Test

Requirement

1 Junior Clerk cum

Typist

2 Common

for

all

posts

Common

for all

Level 2

posts

Typing Skill Test
2 Accounts Clerk cum

Typist

2 Typing Skill Test
3 Junior Time Keeper 2 Typing Skill Test
4 Trains Clerk 2 ——————
5 Commercial cum

Ticket Clerk

3 Separate for

Level 3 post

——————
6 Traffic Assistant 4 Separate for

Level 4 post

Computer

Based Aptitude

Test

7 Goods Guard 5 Common

for

all

Level 5

posts

——————
8 Senior Commercial

cum Ticket Clerk

5 ——————
9 Senior Clerk cum

Typist

5 Typing Skill Test
10 Junior Account

Assistant cum Typist

5 Typing Skill Test
11 Senior Time Keeper 5 Typing Skill Test
12 Commercial

Apprentice

6 Common

for

all Level 6

posts

——————
13 Station Master 6 Computer

Based Aptitude

Test

Exam Pattern of 1st Computer Based Test (CBT) for RRB NTPC 2021-2022

The 1st Computer Based Test (CBT) is common for all posts (given in the official notification dated 2019) released by the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). The CBT 1 comprises a 90 minute test. The questions are of objective type (MCQ). The number of questions and subjects are given in the table below.

Exam Pattern of 1st Computer Based Test (CBT)

Exam Duration in Minutes No. of Questions (1 mark each) Lower Limit
General Awareness Mathematics General Intelligence and Reasoning Total Number of Questions
90 40 30 30 100

Note:

  • PwBD candidates accompanied by Scribe: The examination duration is 120 Minutes.
  • There may be changes in the section-wise subject/topic distribution in the actual examination, hence  the section-wise distribution given in the table above is only indicative in nature.
  • There is negative marking. 1/3 mark is deducted for each wrong answer.
  • 1st Stage CBT is a screening test and therefore the standard of questions for the CBT-1 is generally in conformity with the educational standards prescribed for the posts. 
  • Candidates are shortlisted for the 2nd stage CBT based on the normalised score of CBT-1 (as per their merit).
  • Minimum percentage of marks required to be eligible in various categories is given below. The percentage of marks for eligibility may be relaxed by 2% for PwBD candidates in case there is a shortage of PwBD candidates against vacancies reserved for them.
    • UR-    40%
    • EWS- 40%
    • OBC (Non creamy layer)- 30% 
    • SC-  30%
    • ST-   25%

Exam Pattern of 2nd Stage Computer Based Test (CBT) for RRB NTPC 2021-2022

  • The second stage CBT varies for different levels. There is a separate 2nd Stage CBT for each of the following 7th CPC Levels i.e.
    • Level 2
    • Level 3
    • Level 4
    • Level 5 and
    • Level 6 
  • All the posts that fall within the same level of 7th CPC have a common 2nd stage CBT. 
  • If candidates are eligible for more than one level of 7th CPC posts as per their educational qualifications, they have to give common 1st stage CBT and corresponding 2nd stage CBT for each level of 7th CPC as per the table(summary of the Various Stages of the RRB NTPC Recruitment Process) given above.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted for the second stage CBT based on the normalised scores obtained by them in CBT-1.
  • The second stage CBT examination comprises objective type questions (MCQs) related to Mathematics, General Intelligence and Reasoning and General Awareness. Other information related to the exam pattern of CBT-2 is given in the table below.

Exam Pattern of 2nd Computer Based Test (CBT)

Exam Duration in Minutes No. of Questions (1 mark each) Lower Limit
General Awareness Mathematics General Intelligence and Reasoning Total Number of Questions
90 50 35 35 120
  • The examination duration will be 120 Minutes for eligible PwBD candidates who are accompanied by a Scribe.
  • PwBD candidates accompanied by Scribe: The examination duration is 120 Minutes.
  • There may be changes in the section-wise subject/topic distribution in the actual examination, hence  the section-wise distribution given in the table above is only indicative in nature.
  • There is negative marking. 1/3 mark is deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Minimum percentage of marks required to be eligible in various categories is given below: 
    • UR-    40%
    •  EWS-40% 
    • OBC (Non creamy layer)-  30%
    •  SC-  30%
    •  ST-   25% 

These percentages of marks for eligibility may be relaxed by 2% for PwBD candidates if there is a shortage of PwBD candidates against vacancies reserved for them.

  • The normalised marks obtained by the candidate in the 2nd stage CBT will be used for shortlisting the candidates for document verification for those posts which do not have a typing skill test or computer based aptitude test. 
  • For the posts that have a skill test (typing test or computer based aptitude test), the normalised marks obtained by the candidate in the 2nd stage CBT will be used for shortlisting the candidates for the skill test.

Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT)

  • Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) is conducted only for those candidates who have opted for the post of Traffic Assistant and Station Master.
  • Qualifying marks: The candidates need to secure a minimum T-Score of 42 marks in each of the test batteries to qualify in CBAT. This is applicable to all candidates irrespective of community or category (SC/ST/OBC-NCL/EWS/PwBD/Ex SM).There is no relaxation available to candidates with regard to the minimum T- Score.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted for CBAT based on their performance in 2nd Stage CBT from among the candidates who have opted for the post of SM/TA. 
  • Shortlisted candidates should produce the Vision Certificate in the prescribed format as given in the official notification released by the RRB. The original Vision certificate should be produced during CBAT. If the candidate is unable to provide the vision certificate then he/she will not be allowed to appear in the CBAT.
  • Candidates will have to qualify in each of the test batteries of CBAT to be considered  for the post of SM/TA. 
  • The questions and answer options in CBAT will be available in English and Hindi only.
  • There is no negative marking in CBAT.
  • The SM/TA merit list will be drawn only from among those candidates who qualify in the CBAT, with 70% weightage for the scores obtained in the 2nd Stage CBT and 30% weightage for the scores obtained in CBAT.
  • To get more information on the question paper pattern and other details regarding the CBAT, candidates are advised to visit the websites of RDSO (www.rdso.indianrailways.gov.in ->Directorates->Psycho Technical Directorate ->Guidelines for Aptitude Test).

Typing Skill Test (TST)

  • Typing Skill test (TST) will be 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 and Junior Time Keeper
  • Typing Skill Test (TST) is of qualifying nature and therefore marks obtained in this test will not be included to calculate the final scores of the candidate.
  • In the Typing Skill Test (TST) candidates should be able to type 30 words per minute (WPM) in English or 25 WPM in Hindi on a personal computer only without editing tools and spell check facility
  • Guidelines for the candidates who appear for the typing skill test in Hindi, Kruti Dev and Mangal font will be made available on the Personal Computer during the typing skill test.
  • Exemption in Typing Skill Test: Exemption may be extended to those candidates who are permanently disabled due to Blindness/Low Vision, Cerebral Palsy & Locomotor disability with not less than 40% permanent disability. Such eligible PwBD candidates should upload a scanned copy of Typing Skill Test Exemption Certificate (format is available in the official notification (2019) published by the RRB) issued by the Competent Medical Board on the website of respective RRBs before the typing skill test is conducted.
  • The merit list will be drawn only for those candidates (except TST exempted PwBD candidates) who qualify the Typing Skill Test (TST). The merit list for TST exempted PwBD candidates will be drawn based on their performance in the 2nd Stage CBT.

Document Verification (DV) and Medical Standards for RRB NTPC 2021-2022

After the 2nd Stage CBT and CBAT/TST (posts for which it is applicable), candidates are shortlisted based on their performance in the aforementioned tests (wherever applicable). Thereafter, candidates are called for document verification based on their merit and options selected while applying for the RRB NTPC application.Candidates should ensure that they provide the correct information regarding their qualifications and other eligibility criteria in the application form.

Candidates who are called for document verification have to also pass the essential medical fitness test(s) conducted by the Railway Administration to get selected.

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