Learn about RRB NTPC - one of the most popular Govt. recruitment exams of India (Part-II)

In the second part of this two-part article, the author has described in detail the scheme of RRB NTPC Examination, syllabus of the examination and Typing Skill Test. Continue reading this useful article.

The Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) Examination jointly conducted by the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) is one of the most well-known recruitment examinations of India. In the first part of the article, we discussed the positions to be filled up, eligibility, reservation, age-limits, medical standards, the application process, application fee and other related aspects of this recruitment examination. In the second and final part of this article, we will try to learn the detailed syllabi and the entire scheme of the examination.

This article is a continuation of the earlier one: Learn about RRB NTPC - Part I.

Stages of NTPC Examination

The candidates must remember that the scheme of NTPC Examination is different for different positions. Generally speaking, NTPC Examination is held in two stages, Computer Based Test (CBT) followed by the Skill Test. For the positions of Station Master and Traffic Assistant, Computer-based Aptitude Test is held. Typing Skill Test is held for the positions of Junior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist and Senior Time Keeper (Please refer to Part-I of this article to know the positions which are filled through this examination). Subsequently, there will be document verification and medical examination of successful candidates. For the positions of Trains Clerk, Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Goods Guard, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk and Commercial Apprentice, there will be two-stage CBT (CBT-1 and CBT-2) followed by document verification and medical examination.

1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT-1): Common Test for all positions

All candidates are required to appear in the CBT of 90 minutes duration (120 minutes for the PwBD candidates accompanied with scribes). This test contains 100 questions out of which 40 questions are on General Awareness, 30 questions are on Mathematics (Quantitative Aptitude) and the remaining 30 questions are on General Intelligence and Reasoning. This CBT is of screening nature. The score of the candidates will be normalized and used for shortlisting of candidates for the subsequent stages of the examination. Each question has 1 mark and each wrong answer would have a negative mark of 1/3 (this means that three wrong answers would cause a deduction of one mark).

Syllabus of this CBT

The broad syllabus of this CBT is:

General Awareness

Current Events of National and International Importance, Games and Sports, Art and Culture of India, Indian Literature, Monuments and Places of India, General Science and Life Science (Xth Standard), History of India and Freedom Struggle, Geography of India and World, Constitution of India, Scientific and Technological Developments (Space and Nuclear programme of India), UN and other World Organizations, Environmental Issues, Basics of Computers, Common Abbreviations, Transport Systems in India, etc.


Number System, Decimals, Fractions, LCM & HCF, Ratio & Proportions, Percentage, Mensuration, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Simple & Compound Interest, Profit & Loss, Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry, Statistics, etc.

General Intelligence & Reasoning

Analogies, Completion of number and Alphabetical series, Venn diagrams, Puzzle, Data sufficiency, Statement- Conclusion, Statement- courses of action, Decision-making, etc.

2nd Stage Computer Based Test (CBT-2)

As already stated, this test would be different for different positions. However, for positions with the same pay scale, the test will be the same. If a candidate applies for different positions with different pay scales, he/she will have to appear in different CBT-2 with different difficulty levels. Only those candidates who get the cut-off marks in CBT-1 are allowed to appear in CBT-2. The duration of this test is 90 minutes (120 minutes for the PwBD candidates with scribes). This test contains 120 questions out of which 50 questions are on General Awareness, 35 questions are on Mathematics (Quantitative Aptitude) and the remaining 35 questions are on General Intelligence and Reasoning. Each question carries 1 mark and there will be negative marking of 1/3 mark for each wrong answer. Those candidates who have applied for the positions of Traffic Assistant and Station Master are required to appear in the Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT). The marks scored by the candidates in CBT-2 will be normalised as par the pre-notified formula.

Syllabus of CBT-2

The syllabus of CBT-2 is same as that of CBT-1 which has been mentioned in detail. But the difficulty level of the questions will be different.

All the candidates must note that there is no test of English either in CBT-1 or in CBT-2 of RRB NTPC Examination.

Typing Skill Test (TST) for some candidates

For the positions 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, Typing Skill Test (TST) of qualifying nature will be conducted. The number of candidates called for the TST will be eight times than the total number of vacancies in respect of these positions. The candidates are required to type 30 words per minute (WPM) in English or 25 WPM in Hindi on Personal Computer without any editing tool and spell check system.

Document Verification and Medical Test

Candidates who qualify CBT-1, CBT-2 and TST and find their names in the merit list, are called for document verification and medical test by the respective RRBs. The Medical Test standard will be different for different categories.

Final few words

The entire examination scheme and syllabus of RRB NTPC Examination have been mentioned in details. Serious candidates must start preparing for NTPC-2019 Examination because there is still some more time before CBT-1. They must utilize this additional time prudently and give their best to clear the entire examination and join different Zonal Railways as permanent Central Government employees.

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