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RRB NTPC Preparation

The RRB NTPC exam is scheduled to be held from December 28th 2020 onwards. Thus, will begin one of the toughest exams in the country where millions of candidates will compete for a few thousand vacancies. A good preparation strategy will be the difference between success and defeat.

Applicants need to have a thorough understanding of both the RRB NTPC Syllabus and its subsequent exam pattern for a sound RRB NTPC Preparation strategy. Once both the syllabus and the exam pattern is understood, this article will give tips on how each topic of the RRB NTPC Exam can be attempted with ease.

To know more about other RRB Exams, visit the linked article.

RRB NTPC Book List 2021:-Download PDF Here

Aspirants of various Government exams other than RRB NTPC can check the linked page for important information such as exam dates, eligibility, vacancy, preparation of upcoming government exams.

RRB NTPC Preparation 2021

The main factor that goes into making an RRB NTPC preparation strategy for the exam is to ensure that negative marking is prevented or at least that there is a little of it as possible and of course studying from day one also helps. Other important points to keep in mind about the exam are as follows:

  • The candidates must know that the exam covers 3 sections: General Awareness, Reasoning, and Mathematics.
  • There are a total of 3 stages of RRB NTPC exam: Prelims, Mains and Skill/ Aptitude test.
  • The negative marking will deduct 1/3rd of the total marks.
  • Candidates must go through the RRB NTPC Syllabus thoroughly before starting the preparation as a proper understanding of the topics are key to cracking the exam.

Also, check RRB NTPC Notification for regular updates on the examination.

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RRB NTPC Exam Pattern

It is important for the candidates to know the exam pattern of the RRB NTPC exam as it a crucial element in the RRB Non-Technical & Popular Category preparation strategy.

The following table highlights, in brief, the exam pattern of RRB NTPC CBT -1:

RRB NTPC CBT – 1 Exam Pattern 2021
Sections Maximum Marks
General Awareness 40
Mathematics 30
General Intelligence and Reasoning 30
Total 100
No of Questions – 100 Time – 90 Minutes

*Note: Only candidates who clear the CBT- 1 exam will be qualified to appear in the next stage.

Candidates can give an edge to their NTPC preparation by taking Free Online RRB NTPC Live Course. It will help candidates revise the whole syllabus and gain an edge over competitors in the NTPC exam.

To know more about the eligibility criteria, visit the RRB NTPC Eligibility page.

Candidates aspiring to appear for RRB NTPC examination can check the following links for assistance-

RRB NTPC Preparation Related Articles
RRB NTPC Apply Online RRB NTPC Exam Dates
RRB NTPC Admit Card RRB NTPC Cut Off

The following table highlights the exam pattern of RRB NTPC CBT -2

RRB NTPC CBT – 2 Exam Pattern 2021
Sections Maximum Marks
General Awareness 50
Mathematics 35
General Intelligence and Reasoning 35
Total 120
No of Questions – 120 Time – 90 Minutes

To know more about the specific topics of the exam, visit the RRB NTPC Syllabus page

Now that a general idea of the exam has been given, the preparation tips for each section can now be highlighted.

RRB NTPC Preparation – General Awareness

This is the section in which candidates face moderate difficulty, but it is also the section where they can score the maximum number of marks so long as they stay updated with the daily news and current affairs. The candidates should keep the following tips and tricks in mind to help them crack the General Awareness Section easily:

  • Reading the newspaper every day is a crucial habit that one must develop and also watching the news.
  • Candidates should be stay updated about national and international events with more emphasis on national events.
  • Static GK forms an important part of the general awareness section, candidates can find important Static GK topics on the linked page to prepare well for the GA section.
  • About 1-2 Mock Tests of the RRB NTPC Exam must be taken every day
  • Subscribe to a weekly Magazine of Current Affairs and read them diligently.
  • Moreover, candidates should not miss out on the areas of Business, Politics, and Economics and they should definitely take out at least 3 hours per day to practice on the General Awareness section of the exam.

A few important General Awareness topics are given below for reference-

RRB NTPC Preparation – General Intelligence and Reasoning

Candidates can prepare for the Reasoning Section very easily with the help of the following tips:

  • Reasoning can be strengthened by solving various types of puzzles and playing tricky games.
  • One can always improve their skills in reasoning and logic with the right techniques.
  • At least 4 topics of Reasoning Syllabus in a day must be studied upon.
  • At least about 1 or 2 RRB NTPC Mock Tests on Reasoning and General Intelligence must be attempted.
  • Hands-on shortcuts can be tried from time to time but one must not rely on them solely.

Given below are a few important topics to prepare for RRB NTPC reasoning and general intelligence:

Coding/Decoding Alphanumeric Series Directions
Blood Relations Order & Ranking Seating Arrangements

To prepare well for reasoning sections please check the Logical Reasoning for more topics on basic concepts with detailed explanation and sample questions.

Candidates can check out 3 sutras to prepare for reasoning ability which will definitely help to deal with obstacles in the preparation.

Get more tips and tricks the pass the Railways Exams, by visiting our RRB Preparation page.

RRB NTPC Preparation – Mathematics

Preparing for the Mathematics section is not a difficult task although it may seem like it. By devoting at least 3-4 hours per day on this section can enable candidates to easily crack this section with high marks. The following tips and tricks on the Mathematics section will prove useful for candidates:

  • The candidates do not need to prepare for the higher-level mathematics subjects. Preparing up to the 12th standard level will be enough.
  • Candidates must ensure that they practise for at least 3 -4 hours per day and that no topic must be neglected during the practice sessions.
  • Candidates must have all the formulas and shortcuts on their fingertips.
  • More focus should be on the topics that are difficult and less time must be allotted for the easy sections.
  • It is not recommended to memorize the formulas. The development of an accurate and firm understanding of the numerical equations is the right method to prepare for this section.

A few important mathematics topics that you can check to gain clarity of conceptual knowledge are given below:

Questions on Quadratic Equations Problems on Train
Problems on Age Problems on Data Interpretation
Problem on Time and Work Questions on Number Series

More important topics based on basic concepts with sample questions covered in the Quantitative Aptitude syllabus can be found in the linked page.

For the preparation of the Mathematics section of RRB NTPC examination check the given links for convenience in preparation.

  1. Shortcut tricks for Square, Cubes Roots and Multiplication
  2. Maths Tricks and shortcuts

To know more about the RRB Syllabus, visit the linked article.

Daily News


To prepare effectively for the RRB NTPC exam one must have a lot of reference books handy. These books will help the candidates focus better on the subject matter at hand and ultimately score high marks in the exam.

Before heading towards the selection of books it is important that candidates are aware of the syllabus and latest exam pattern of the exam. Hence, to stay abreast with the same, candidates can refer RRB NTPC Question Papers from the previous exam (link given above).

Candidates preparing for any examination conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board can check RRB Mock Test for practice, revision and preparation analysis.

The section-wise reference books are:

RRB NTPC Books for General Awareness

  1. Lucent’s General Knowledge
  2. Manorama Yearbook
  3. Arihant General Knowledge 2020
  4. NCERT Books – Class X, XII

RRB NTPC Books for Mathematics

  1. Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  2. Fast Track by Rajesh Verma
  3. NCERT Maths from Grade 6 to Grade 11
  4. Magical Books on Quicker Maths by M Tyra
  5. Advance Maths by Rakesh Yadav

RRB NTPC Books for Logical Reasoning

  1. Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  2. Test of Reasoning by Edgar Thorpe
  3. A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  4. New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal and Analytical by BS Sijwali and Indu Sijwali.
  5. Lucent’s General Intelligence and Reasoning

RRB NTPC Book List PDF:-Download PDF Here

With a sound preparation strategy along with a clear understanding of basic concepts, it is possible for a candidate to crack this competitive exam with relative ease. For more preparation, related topics and study materials look no further than BYJU’S.

Candidates willing to appear for any other exams conducted by RRB can go through the following links for assistance:

RRB Eligibility RRB Admit Card RRB Notification
RRB Apply Online RRB Vacancy RRB Exam Calendar

Also, aspirants preparing for other government exams can check the detailed syllabus of the relevant exams:

  1. UPSC Syllabus
  2. FCI Syllabus
  3. SSC Syllabus
  4. LIC Syllabus
  5. Bank Exam Syllabus
  6. UPSC CAPF Syllabus

Candidates are advised to keep track of this page for the latest information.
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Frequently Asked Question – RRB NTPC Preparation & Book List


Q.1. Which book is recommended for the preparation of General Awareness section RRB NTPC?

Ans. Candidates doing RRB NTPC preparation can go through Lucent’s General Knowledge, Arihant General Knowledge, Manorama Year Book and General Knowledge by Disha for the preparation of General Awareness section of the exam.

Q.2. How to prepare for Non-Technical And Popular Category examination?

Ans. For a successful RRB NTPC preparation, candidate needs to strategise well. have a study plan to follow, keep up to date with the latest syllabus and exam pattern, Practice Mock Tests and Previous Year question paper regularly, work on speed, accuracy and time management.

Q.3. What topics need to be covered from the syllabus for NTPC preparation?

Ans. For RRB NTPC Preparation candidates have to study General Awareness, General Intelligence and Reasoning and mathematics.

Q.4. How to do mathematics preparation for NTPC examination?

Ans. For RRB NTPC exam Mathematics of 12th standard level is enough. 3 to 4 hours of daily practice is required, by heart shortcut tricks and formulae, take mock test daily and work on the weak areas, math practice should be done with time constraints.

Q.5. Is there any negative marking in the Railway NTPC examination?

Ans. Yes, there is negative marking in the NTPC exam. For each wrong answer candidates will lose 1/3 marks.

Q 6. Which is the best book for RRB NTPC Mathematics?

Ans. The important NTPC books to prepare for mathematics are:

    • Fast Track by Rajesh Verma
    • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
    • NCERT Maths from Grade 6 to Grade 11
    • Advance Maths by Rakesh Yadav
    • Magical Books on Quicker Maths by M Tyra


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  1. Is there any direct interview for NTPC rrb exam or mark wise based on this exam?