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RRB NTPC Exam Pattern 2019: Detailed Railways NTPC Exam Pattern & Selection Procedure

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern 2019: The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) has recently released the RRB NTPC 2019 notification. The notification announced the recruitment of more than 35000 candidates in various posts under Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC). RRBs and RRCs have also announced the recruitment of Para-Medical Staffs, Ministerial and Isolated Categories, and Level 1 posts. A total of around 1.3 lakh vacancies have been announced this year. The registration process for RRB NTPC 2019 has already started and the last date to apply for the exam is 31st March 2019.

The RRB NTPC exam date is not yet declared. No matter whether the dates of the exam are out or not, the aspirants should start their preparation from now on. The RRB NTPC syllabus is vast and completing the entire syllabus overnight is simply impossible. So, if you are serious about getting this job, you need to start your preparation at the earliest.

Now, to start your preparation for any exam you should have a study plan and to have a proper study plan you should be aware of the exam pattern. So, candidates willing to appear for this exam should have sound knowledge of the RRB NTPC exam pattern. Here, Embibe comes to your aid. In this article, we will provide you with the detailed RRB NTPC exam pattern 2019. Read on to find out.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern 2019

We bring you the RRB NTPC exam pattern and selection process to help you plan your preparation.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern: RRB NTPC Selection Process

RRB NTPC selection process involves the following stages:

1st Stage: RRB NTPC Preliminary Exam (1st Stage CBT)

2nd Stage: RRB NTPC Main Exam (2nd Stage CBT)

3rd Stage: Skill Test:

  • a. Computer-Based Aptitude Test for Station Master and Traffic Assistant;
  • b. Typing Skill Test for Junior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist and Senior Time Keeper

4th Stage: Document Verification

5th Stage: Medical Examination

Candidates who applied for Trains Clerk, Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Goods Guard, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, and Commercial Apprentice will directly go for Document Verification and Medical Examination after the 2nd Stage CBT. Candidates will have to clear each stage of the exam in order to appear for the next step.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern For 1st Stage CBT (Prelims)

The RRB NTPC Prelims exam pattern is tabulated below:

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern For Prelims
Sections Total Number Of Questions
General Awareness 40
Mathematics 30
General Intelligence & Reasoning 30
Total 100/100

The time duration for the exam is 90 minutes in total. 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

The exam will be conducted across multiple sessions. So, the raw scores of the candidates will be normalized so as to overcome the problem caused by the variation of difficulty level across papers. Based on the normalized scores, candidates will be shortlisted for 2nd Stage CBT.

Note that the First Stage CBT is common for all posts.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern For 2nd Stage CBT (Mains)

The RRB NTPC Main exam pattern is tabulated below:

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern For Mains
Sections Total Number Of Questions
General Awareness 50
Mathematics 35
General Intelligence & Reasoning 35
Total 120/120

The time duration for this stage is also 90 minutes and there is negative marking of 1/3rd marks for every wrong answer.

The Second Stage CBT will be different for different posts. All posts that come under a particular 7th CPC Level (Level 2, 3, 4, 4, and 6) will have a common 2nd Stage CBT. Also, the difficulty level of the paper will depend upon the level.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern For Computer-Based Aptitude Test (CBAT)

Candidates who qualify in the 2nd Stage CBT and who have applied for the post of Station Master (SM) and Traffic Assistant (TA) will have to appear for this test. They should secure a minimum T-Score of 42 marks in each of the test batteries to qualify.

There is no negative marking in this stage.

Note that the selection of SM and TA for Document Verification will be based on the marks secured by the candidates in 2nd Stage CBT and CBAT, with 70% weightage given to 2nd Stage CBT and 30% to CBAT.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern For Typing Skill Test (TST)

This is the third stage of the selection process for candidates who applied for the posts 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. Only candidates who qualify in the 2nd Stage CBT will be called for this stage. However, this stage is just qualifying in nature.

The expected typing speed of the candidates in English and Hindi is 30 words per minute and 40 words per minute, respectively.

Candidates with not less than 40% permanent disability due to Blindness/Low Vision, Cerebral Palsy, and Loco Motor Disability will be exempted from this stage. But they have to provide a Typing Skill Test Exemption Certificate issued by a Competent Medical Board.

Selection of candidates for Document Verification will be based on the marks secured by the candidates in 2nd Stage CBT provided they clear the TST or are exempted from it.

Document Verification

Candidates will be called for this stage based on merit, that is, based on the:

  1. Marks secured by the candidates in 2nd Stage CBT for Trains Clerk, Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Goods Guard, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, and Commercial Apprentice,
  2. Scores of the candidates in 2nd Stage CBT and Computer-Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) for the posts of Station Master (SM) and Traffic Assistant (TA),
  3. Marks secured by the candidates in 2nd Stage CBT provided they clear the Typing Skill Test (TST) or are exempted from it, for the posts 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.

Candidates whose documents are found in order will have to appear for Medical Fitness Test. If found fit, they will be recruited. Note that in case two or more persons secure the same score, preference will be given to the one older in age.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern: Frequently Asked Questions

Even after going through various articles, the dearth of knowledge about the exam is always there. Aspirants often have a lot of questions going on in their minds. Here at Embibe, we not only understand the questions you think of but also answer them. Go through the table below to get the helm of the typical questions regarding RRB NTPC exam pattern and their answers as well:

RRB NTPC FAQS
Questions Answers
What is the cut off for the RRB NTPC prelims? The cut off for the exam varies from one category to another. It is also different for different posts.
What is the age relaxation to apply for the exam for candidates belonging to the OBC and SC/ST category? There is age relaxation of 3 years and 5 years for candidates belonging to the OBC and SC/ST categories respectively.
Is this an offline mode exam? RRB NTPC is a computer-based exam.
Is there any negative marking in RRB NTPC exam? There will be 1/3rd negative marking for each wrong answer for the RRB exam.

Now you have a clear knowledge of RRB NTPC exam pattern. We hope you make a great preparation and score well in the upcoming exam. You can start preparing for the RRB NTPC exam by solving some bank PO mock test papers available on Embibe. These tests, which are based on the same syllabus as that of RRB NTPC exam, are available for free. Make the best use of these mock tests and ace the exam.

We hope this detailed article on RRB NTPC Exam Pattern helps you in your preparation. If you have any query regarding RRB NTPC Exam Pattern or the exam in general, drop a comment below and we will get back to you.

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