Do you want a government job in the Indian Railways department? Are you unsure of how to go about applying? Then read on to know more about the RRB NTPC examination and government recruitment process.

In India, railway jobs are prestigious and reliable forms of employment. To get such a job, however, one must stand out amongst scores and scores of candidates that apply. Thus, the government conducts exams in order to select worthy candidates. Let us find out more about the RRB NTPC examination, which is conducted for this purpose.

What is RRB NTPC?

The Ministry of Railways of India routinely conducts the Railways Recruitment NTPC examinations annually.

It is conducted in English and Hindi annually. Millions of people take up this exam to get into posts of Non-Technical Popular Categories like junior clerks, accountants, time clerk, etc.

Important Dates

The last date for application and submission of documents for RRB NTPC 2019 has already passed.

The exam will be held in the months of July to September 2019.


  1. Education: Minimum 12th or +2 stage, any graduates
  2. Age limit: 18 to 30 years as of 1.1.19 (please view official notification to view the age relaxations for different categories)


The exams that one must qualify in to be employed via RRB NTPC exam are:

  1. Preliminary Test
  2. Main Test
  3. Personal Test

Stages are: 1st round Computer based test (CBT), 2nd round CBT, Computer aptitude test/Typing test (as per post requirements), Document Verification and Medical examination.

Railway NTPC jobs can be divided into various levels as follows:

L2: Junior clerk cum typist, Accounts clerk cum typist, Junior timekeeper, Trains clerk

L3: Commercial cum ticket clerk

L4: Traffic assistant

L5: Goods guard, Senior commercial cum ticket clerk, Senior clerk cum typist, Junior Account assistant cum typist, Senior timekeeper

L6: Commercial apprentice, station master

Candidates for posts of all levels must take the same CBT in the first round and some also must take the same aptitude tests. Each level has different CBTs in the second round which are also common for every post of that particular level.

The candidates that have to take up the Typing Skill Test are those aspiring for the posts including typist in the post name and also those who want to be timekeepers.

The candidates that have to take up the Computer Based Aptitude test are those competing for the post of Station Master and also Traffic Assistant.

Application fees:




Minorities/Economically Backwards:   INR 250

Important link:

Official notification: Click here


The exams we are discussing today are the CBTs of both stages. Both stages are 90 minutes long (120 minutes for PWDs) and also have only MCQs.

Both the stages only have the following sections in their papers:

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

Stage 1: 

Marking scheme is +1, -1/3 (negative marking), and the normalised marking of CBT stage 1 is used to select candidates for CBT stage 2. Here, the questions are in accordance with the prevailing standards of education. There are 100 questions, with the following distribution:

Math -30

GIR -30

GK (GA) -40

Stage 2:

Marking scheme is +1, -1/3 but questions are of different levels based on the post you have opted for. Marks will be normalised. There are 120 questions with the following distribution:

Math -35


GK (GA) -50

Exam Syllabus

We know about the exam sections in general, and we must also know the syllabus breakdown in order to do well. Today we will be dealing with the CBT round 1 syllabus as it is common for all candidates and also the first big hurdle to cross.

1. Mathematics

A lot of chapters are a routinely part of the math paper and they are also almost equal in weightage.

2. General Intelligence and Reasoning

Be sure to practice analogies, syllogisms, coding-decoding and also odd one out type questions.

3. Current Affairs and General Awareness

It is tough to provide a more in-depth breakdown as any topics can be asked within each subject and that is also too vast for the scope of one article. Do give more importance to current affairs by going through articles online about recent events. Also be sure to brush up on history and science. Definitely read the papers and also follow news channels!

Preparing for CBT round 1

In order to ace this , one needs to be proficient in a lot of fields. Your general awareness must be good, and so should your quantitative ability. Even your English and reasoning aptitude come into play. It is very difficult for an individual to study all of these subjects and also master them by yourself. This is especially true for final year college students or people who are working already.

As a result, many people turn to online coaching platforms so as to focus on work, and also exams at the same time. Edureify is one such platform that provides material on each topic, mock exams, tuition and overall assistance to RRB NTPC examination aspirants. It is one of the top online coaching institutions in India.

The platform also has teachers who specialise in English, Maths, and Economics, so you can request their tutelage to improve your performance. You will not only succeed with the English and Quantitative questions, but will also gain enough knowledge to  do well in the General Awareness and Reasoning sections.

With over 650000 questions per topic and teachers with over 7 years of experience in the education industry, Edureify challenges you while also helping you find the answers in your own time. Here, each sub-topic such as Sentence Completion, Reading Comprehension, etc. have vast sets of questions, so you’ll be thorough before writing an exam.

Edureify solving sets are designed in levels of increasing difficulty designed to test your preparation. Edureify even allows you to test yourself based on various parameters: Concept Analysis, and Speed Analysis.

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