The Railway Recruitment Board conducts recruitment for various posts to different departments of the Indian Railways. Candidates writing the various exams conducted by the RRB need to carefully go through both the RRB Syllabus and the RRB Exam Pattern to increase their chances in clearing the exams.
Candidates can find the detailed railway syllabus in this page along with the RRB exam pattern for RRB JE, NTPC and ALP.
This article will discuss the syllabi of the following RRB Exams:
- RRB Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) Syllabus
- RRB Junior Engineer (JE) Syllabus
- RRB Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) Syllabus
The railway syllabus is different for the different posts the RRB exam is conducted for. Candidates must make a note that before they start the preparation, candidates are completely aware of the railway syllabus and exam pattern in detail.
The RRB Syllabus is designed to select the best candidates who are not only physically fit but also have a dynamic knowledge of the world around them.
To know more about other RRB Exams, visit the linked article.
Given below is the detailed RRB Syllabus for NTPC, JE and ALP.
The railway syllabus has certain topics which are common for both RRB exams and bank exams, candidates can visit the bank exam syllabus page for their reference.
RRB NTPC Syllabus and Exam Pattern:
The RRB NTPC exam is conducted for the non-technical group in the Indian Railways.
The RRB NTPC Exam Pattern consists of:
- First Stage of CBT
- Second Stage of CBT
- Typing Test (Skill Test)
- Document Verification
- Medical Examination
- Final Selection
The RRB NTPC exam pattern for the written examination is given below in brief:
|RRB NTPC Exam Pattern|
|RRB NTPC CBT – 1||General Awareness||40|
|General Intelligence and Reasoning||30|
|RRB NTPC CBT – 2||General Awareness||50|
|General Intelligence and Reasoning||35|
RRB NTPC Typing Test:
The typing test for the RRB NTPC Exam is a skill-based exam which is of qualifying nature and thus will not be counted towards the final merit list. The candidates should be able to type 30 words per minute (WPM) in English or 25 WPM in Hindi on a personal computer without the aid of any editing and spell checking tools.
Candidates can solve RRB NTPC Question Papers at the linked article. This will help the aspirants understand and apprehend the type of questions asked in the exam based on the railway syllabus.
RRB Medical Exam:
Candidates need to follow a requisite physical fitness test in order to ensure that they are physically fit to carry out Indian Railways duties. Visual Acuity Standard is one of the important criteria of medical fitness of railway staff.
The detailed section-wise RRB NTPC Syllabus is given below:
|RRB NTPC Syllabus|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Reasoning Ability||General Awareness|
|Number System||Puzzle||National and International Current Affairs|
|Decimal||Seating Arrangement||Games and Sports|
|LCM and HCF||Analogies||Books and Authors|
|Ratio and Proportion||Data Sufficiency||Common Abbreviations|
|Mensuration||Statement and Conclusion||Important Government Organizations|
|Speed, Time and Distance||Blood Relation||Indian Polity and Governance|
|Time and Work||Direction Test||Inventions|
|Simple and Compound Interest||Decision Making||Famous Personalities (India & International)|
|Profit and Loss||Coding-Decoding||History of India|
|Elementary Algebra||Alphanumeric Series||Banking History|
|Geometry and Trigonometry||Venn Diagrams||Banking Terms and Organizations|
|Elementary Statistics||Important days & dates|
|Quadratic Equations||General & Life Science|
|Simplification||Physical, Economical & Geographical features of India and World|
|Upstream and Downstream||Basics of Computer|
|Data Interpretation||Indian Art & Culture|
For more details regarding the RRB NTPC Syllabus, candidates can visit the linked article.
RRB NTPC Syllabus:- Download PDF Here
RRB JE Syllabus and Exam Pattern
The RRB JE Exam Pattern comprises 4 stages:
- CBT Stage I
- CBT Stage II
- Document Verification/ Medical Examination
- Final Selection
The RRB JE Exam pattern has been given below in brief:
|RRB JE Exam Pattern|
|RRB JE Exam||Subjects||Marks|
|CBT – 1||Mathematics||30|
|CBT – 2||General Awareness||15|
|Physics & Chemistry||15|
|Basics of Computer Applications||10|
|Basics of Environment and Pollution Control||10|
Following the RRB JE Syllabus, the topics for the first stage of CBT is given in the table below:
|RRB JE Syllabus for CBT-1|
|Mathematics||General Reasoning||General Science||General Awareness|
|Number System||Analogies||Physics||India and International Current Affairs|
|BODMAS||Statement – Arguments and Assumptions||Chemistry||Indian geography|
|Decimals||Directions||Life Sciences||culture and history of India including freedom struggle|
|Fractions||Analytical reasoning||Indian Polity and constitution|
|LCM & HCF||Alphabetical and Number Series||Environmental issues concerning India and the World|
|Ratio and Proportion||Classiﬁcation||Sports|
|Percentage||Similarities and Differences||Scientific and Technological Inventions|
|Mensuration||Conclusions and Decision Making||Static General Knowledge(national parks, sanctuaries, currency, state capitals, airports, etc.)|
|Pipes and Cisterns||Syllogism||Important days and Dates|
|Calendar and Clock||Blood Relations||Organisations and their Headquarters|
|Age Problems||Coding and Decoding||Important Abbreviations|
|Square root & Cube root||Mathematical Operations||Government Schemes|
|Elementary Statistics||Venn Diagram|
|Profit and Loss|
|Simple and Compound Interest|
|Speed, Time & Distance|
|Time and Work|
According to the with the RRB Syllabus of the Junior Engineer exam, the topics for the second stage of CBT is given in the table below:
|RRB JE Syllabus for CBT – 2|
|General Awareness||Physics and Chemistry||Basics of Computer Applications||Basics of Environment and Pollution|
|Knowledge of Current affairs||Up to 10th Standard CBSE syllabus and relevant basics||The architecture of Computers||Basics of Environment|
|Indian geography||input and Output devices||Acid rain|
|General scientiﬁc and technological developments||Computer Virus||Ozone depletion|
|Sports||Websites & Web Browsers||Global warming|
|Environmental issues concerning India and the World||Storage devices||Adverse effects of environmental pollution and control strategies|
|culture and history of India including freedom struggle||Networking, Operating System like Windows, Unix, Linux||Air, water and Noise pollution|
|Indian Polity and constitution||MS Ofﬁce||their effect and control|
|Indian Economy||Various data representation||Waste Management|
|Static General Awareness (national parks, sanctuaries, currency, state capitals, airports, etc.)||Internet and Email|
|Important dates and days||Hardware and Software Devices|
|National and International Organisations along with Headquarters|
Candidates can visit the RRB JE Syllabus page to get more details on document verification and medical examination.
RRB JE Syllabus:- Download PDF Here
RRB ALP Syllabus and Exam Pattern
The RRB Syllabus for the Assistant Loco Pilot is designed to select the best candidates for the position of Assistant Loco Pilot in the Indian Railways. This section will cover all the aspects of the Syllabus for RRB ALP as well as the RRB ALP Exam Pattern.
The exam pattern for RRB ALP Exam involves the following 2 stages:
- CBT Stage – I
- CBT Stage – II (Consists of Part A and Part B)
*Note: For RRB ALP CBT Stage- II, it is necessary for the candidates to pass both Part A and Part B. In case the candidate does not pass either Part A and Part B, then he/she will not complete the RRB ALP Recruitment process.
CBT Stage – I is a standard exam for the ALP Technicians post, while CBT Stage – II is common for the ALP exam.
The RRB ALP exam pattern is given below in brief:
|RRB ALP Exam Pattern|
|RRB ALP Exam||Subjects||Marks|
|CBT-2 (Part A)||Mathematics||25|
|Basic Science & Engineering||40|
|CBT-2 (Part B)||Relevant Trade||75|
The RRB ALP Syllabus for CBT Stage – I is given in the table below:
|RRB ALP Syllabus|
|Mathematics||General Intelligence and Reasoning||General Science||Current Affairs|
|Number system,||Mathematical operations||Physics||Knowledge of Current affairs|
|Pipes & Cistern||Statement – Arguments and Assumptions||Chemistry||Indian geography|
|Age Calculations||Directions Test||Life Sciences||General scientiﬁc and technological developments|
|Elementary Statistics||Analytical ReasoningSimilarities and Differences||Sports|
|Square root & Cube Root||Conclusions and Decision Making||Environmental issues concerning India and the World|
|Trigonometry||Relationships||culture and history of India including freedom struggle|
|Profit and Loss||Data Interpretation and Sufficiency||Indian Polity and constitution|
|Algebra||Number Series||Indian Economy|
|Simple and Compound||Coding and Decoding||Static General Awareness (national parks, sanctuaries, currency, state capitals, airports, etc.)|
|Mensuration||Venn Diagram||Important dates and days|
|Time and Work||Government schemes|
|Speed, Distance and Time||Important Abbreviations|
|BODMAS||National and International Organisations along with Headquarters|
|Ratio and Proportion|
|LCM and HCF|
The Syllabus for the CBT II Stage of the RRB ALP exam is given in the table below:
|RRB ALP Syllabus|
|Mathematics||Basic Science and Engineering||Current Affairs||General Intelligence and Reasoning|
|Number system||The topics covered under this shall be Engineering Drawing (Projections, Views, Drawing Instruments, Lines, Geometric figures, Symbolic Representation)||National and International Organisations along with Headquarters||Analogies|
|BODMAS||Units||Government schemes||Alphabetical and Number Series|
|Pipes & Cistern||Mass Weight and Density||India and International Current events||Coding and Decoding|
|Age Calculations||IT Literacy||Politics||Mathematical operations|
|Calendar & Clock||Occupational Safety and Health||Economy||Syllogism|
|Square Root||Measurements||Government schemes||Statement – Arguments and Assumptions|
|Elementary Statistics||Environment Education||Sports||Analytical reasoning|
|Geometry and Trigonometry||Work Power and Energy||Culture||Similarities and Differences|
|Algebra||Levers and Simple Machines||History||Venn Diagram|
|Profit and Loss||Speed and Velocity||Conclusions and Decision Making|
|Simple and Compound Interest||Heat and Temperature||Data Interpretation and Sufficiency|
|Time and Work||Basic Electricity||Direction test|
|Time and Distance||Blood Relations|
|LCM and HCF|
Candidates can get the detailed RRB ALP syllabus at the linked article.
RRB ALP Syllabus:- Download PDF Here
Railway Syllabus Related Links:
|Previous Year Question Papers [with solutions]||Government Schemes||RRB NTPC Exam|
|RRB JE Exam||RRB JE Preparation||RRB Preparation|
|Mock Test Series [with solutions]||Current Affairs||Static GK|
RRB Exam Preparation
The RRB exam is conducted for recruitment to different posts under the Indian Railways. The railway exam syllabus varies for different posts and candidates preparing for the Railways exams must keep themselves updated with the latest RRB exam pattern and Railway syllabus to prepare accordingly.
Given below are a few tips that may be helpful for candidates preparing for railway exams:
- The Railway exam syllabus differs for RRB NTPC, JE and ALP, so candidates must prepare themselves for the post they wish to apply for during the recruitment procedure.
- Solve RRB mock tests on a regular basis. This will help candidates stay updated with the latest Railway exam syllabus. Candidates can check the RRB mock test series by BYJU’S for free mock tests for railway exams.
- The RRB syllabus is vast and candidates must revise the syllabus regularly to increase their speed of solving questions and also attempting to solve questions using short cuts.
- Sorting out a systematic study plan is also something that candidates must follow. The railway syllabus has multiple subjects and multiple topics within those subjects, so candidates must schedule their study plan in a manner that they can pay equal time for each topic included in the railway syllabus.
- Time management is another important factor in RRB exams. Candidates must practise sufficiently enough so as to solve questions as quickly as possible to score more in the final RRB exam.
- Candidates must stay updated with the latest exam pattern and railway syllabus to apprehend their preparation level. Also solving previous year question papers can be of great help to candidates, as this will help them improve for the actual exam.
Aspirants can refer to the list of books given below to prepare for RRB exams. The booklist has been prepared in preference to the best study material as per the railway exam syllabus:
|RRB Syllabus – Booklist|
|Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant Publications||Lucent’s General Knowledge (Science Section)|
|Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by R.S Agarwal||Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by R.S.Agarwal|
|Pratiyogita Darpan (monthly edition)||Physics and Chemistry (class X & XII)|
Candidates can visit the official RRB Notification page to get more information about the various exams conducted by the RRB.