RRB NTPC Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Aspirants of RRB NTPC Exam must keep themselves armed with the knowledge of RRB NTPC Syllabus and RRB NTPC Exam Pattern, as these are crucial to attaining success in the examination.

The RRB NTPC Syllabus is decided by the Railway Recruitment Board. For more information on RRB NTPC check the linked page.

The exam recruits candidates to fill various positions in the Indian Railways across the country, and thus it promises a bright future for those who will embark on a career in the railways. Candidates willing to know about various examinations conducted by the Railway Board can check the RRB Exams page.

This article will provide all detailed information on the syllabus of RRB NTPC as well as the Exam Pattern so that candidates can systematically prepare for the exam.

Table of Contents:
  1. RRB NTPC Exam Pattern
  2. RRB NTPC Syllabus for Mathematics
  3. RRB NTPC Syllabus for Reasoning
  4. RRB NTPC Syllabus for General Awareness

Candidates aspiring to appear for other Government exams can check the link for latest notification, dates, eligibility and more.

RRB NTPC Syllabus 2020-21:-Download PDF Here

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern

The railway board mentions the examination pattern and syllabus of the Non-Technical and Popular Category Exam and various other RRB exams in detail in the official notification. Aspirants willing to appear for any Railway exam can check the RRB Notification page or detailed information on different exams.

The RRB NTPC Exam Pattern consists of:

  • First Stage of CBT – Prelims
  • Second Stage of CBT – Mains
  • Typing Test (Skill Test)
  • Document Verification
  • Medical Examination
  • Final Selection

The list of candidates finally selected is published by the board on the regional RRBs website along with the cut off for the exam. Candidates can go through RRB NTPC result for year-wise details and information.

Candidates who want to know the expected and previous years RRB NTPC Cut Off can visit the link provided.

Also, check the RRB Result page for information on Railways result.

*Note: The typing test is only applicable to the candidates who have applied for the posts 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 the negative marking will deduct about 1/3rd marks from the total.

The detailed breakdown of both RRB NTPC CBT -1 and CBT – 2 Exam is given below:

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 Minutes

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

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 Minutes

Qualifying for both tests is necessary to move on to the next stages of the RRB NTPC Exam. For the preparation of the general awareness section of the RRB NTPC exam, candidates can refer to various Static GK topics (link given above).

To give a boost to their preparation and for a quick revision, candidates can take Free RRB NTPC Live Course Online, which will definitely prove worthy in NTPC preparation.

RRB NTPC Marking Pattern

The Railway Board has revised the formula for the Normalization of marks for the score calculation of the candidate’s final marks. The Notice released by the RRB for the revised formula is as mentioned below-

RRB NTPC marks Normalization - Revised Formula

Typing Test for RRB NTPC Exam

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 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 important points to keep in mind for the skill test are as follows:

  • The typing test shall be conducted for the number of candidates equal to eight times the number of vacancies.
  • 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.

RRB NTPC Exam – Medical Examination Phase

Candidates will have to pass requisite physical fitness test conducted by the Railway Administration to ensure that they are medically fit to carry out duties connected to the post opted by them. Visual Acuity Standard is one of the important criteria of medical fitness of railway staff.

To know more about the criteria to pass the Medical Examination stage, you can visit the RRB NTPC Eligibility page.

RRB NTPC Exam – Document Verification Page

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

Also, candidates equal to 50% (may increase or decrease at the sole discretion of RRBs) of the number of vacancies for various posts will be called for document verification.

Candidates willing to appear for the next recruitment of NTPC exam can check the following links for relevant details:

Aspirants willing to know about other RRB Exam Dates can visit the given link.

For a good practice of typing as well as revision of syllabus and analysis of preparation level candidates are advised to take free online quizzes.

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RRB NTPC Syllabus

In this section, we will discuss the syllabus for RRB NTPC exam subject-wise. Candidates can download the consolidated RRB NTPC Syllabus PDF at the beginning and the end of this article.

The subjects covered in the syllabus are as follows:

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

For complete preparation of RRB NTPC, candidates must check 100 difference between Articles for Revision and practise.

The topics in each section of RRB NTPC Prelims and RRB NTPC Mains Syllabus are the same. They are given in the tables below:

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

Go through links given below for shortcut tricks and tips to prepare well for Mathematics section of NTPC Syllabus.

For Maths section it is important to have a clear understanding of the basic concepts. Hence, given below are a few concepts based topics that are important for Quantitative aptitude section.

Simplification and Approximation Problems on Train
Problems on Age Alligations and mixtures

More conceptual topics are explained in detail along with important questions on the Quantitative Aptitude page.

The following table highlights the General Intelligence and Reasoning in RRB NTPC CBT – 1 i.e. Prelims and CBT – 2 – RRB NTPC Mains Syllabus :

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

Candidates can check 3 sutras to prepare for reasoning ability for RRB NTPC exam as general reasoning and intelligence is an important part of the syllabus.

Given below are a few concept-based important reasoning topics that candidates can check for the preparation of this section.

For more such topics visit the Logical Reasoning page and prepare well for the reasoning section.

The following table highlights the syllabus for General Awareness in RRB NTPC CBT Stage – 1 and RRB NTPC CBT Stage – 2:

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

Candidates can check important general awareness topics given below for assistance in the preparation of this section:

Candidates can check more topics on awards, largest, biggest, fathers of various fields etc. on the SSC General Awareness page.

For more insight into how the recruitment process for the exam works, candidates are advised to visit the RRB NTPC Recruitment page for more details.

RRB NTPC Syllabus 2020-21:-Download PDF Here

Taking RRB NTPC mock tests regularly will help you develop a properly planned strategy. You can also refer a few Solved Question Papers of prior years of the different sections to get the feel of a real test and identify any weak spots in the process.

You can visit the RRB NTPC Preparation page to get tips and tricks to crack the exam.

RRB NTPC Syllabus Related Articles
RRB NTPC Notification RRB Eligibility
RRB NTPC Admit Card RRB Admit Card
RRB NTPC Apply Online RRB Apply Online
RRB Vacancy RRB Recruitment

The RRB NTPC syllabus for General Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness is the same as the syllabus for other government exams. Candidates can go through the relevant links to know the syllabus of these examinations:

Frequently Asked Question – RRB NTPC Syllabus 2020-21


Q.1. What are the subjects covered in Railway NTPC syllabus 2020-21?

Ans. There are three subjects covered in the RRB NTPC syllabus that are General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness and Mathematics.

Q.2. Is there negative marking in Railway NTPC examination?

Ans. Yes, there is negative marking in RRB NTPC exam, candidates will lose 1/3rd marks for each wrong answer in both stage I and stage II exams.

Q.3. What is the total number of questions in both Stage I and stage II of NTPC examination?

Ans. Candidates will have to answer 100 questions in Stage I of Railway NTPC exam while Stage II comprises of 120 questions.

Q.4. How many stages are there in Railway Non-Technical & Popular Category exam?

Ans. Aspirants of NTPC exam have to qualify three stages i.e. First Satge CBT – Prelims, Second Stage CBT – Mains, Typing Test (skill test). However, candidates who clear these three stages also have to qualify in the Document verification and Medical exam for the Final Selection.

Q.5. Is there any interview process in the Railway NTPC?

Ans. No, there is no interview process in the RRB NTPC exam.

Q.6. How many questions are covered from the General Awareness section of Railway NTPC Syllabus?

Ans. At least 40 questions shall be asked in the examination from the General Awareness section of RRB NTPC syllabus.

Q.7. How to qualify the typing test of NTPC exam?

Ans. In order to qualify the typing test candidates to need to type 30 words per minute in English and 25 words per minute in Hindi on Desktop only.

Q.8. Which all NTPC posts have typing tests?

Ans. NTPC Posts like Junior Account Assistant cum Typist, Junior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist, and Senior Time Keeper will have the Typing test.

Q 9. Which book is recommended to study for the RRB NTPC Mathematics syllabus?

Ans. The important books to prepare for mathematics for RRB NTPC syllabus 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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