RRB NTPC Selection Process & Exam Pattern

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The Selection of candidates via the RRB NTPC Recruitment will be made based on the four staged progress as mentioned below.

1. Written Test.

2. Skill Test.

3. Document Verification.

4. Medical Fitness Test.


Detailed Selection Process for RRB NTPC Posts

Post CategoryGrade PayStage 1Stage 2Final Stage
Commercial ApprenticeGP-4200CBTNRDocument Verification
Traffic ApprenticeGP-4200CBTNRDocument Verification
Enquiry – cum – Reservation ClerkGP-2800CBTNRDocument Verification
Goods GuardGP-2800CBTNRDocument Verification
Junior Accounts Assistant-cum- TypistGP-2800CBTTyping TestDocument Verification
Senior Clerk – cum – TypistGP-2800CBTTyping TestDocument Verification
Assistant Station MasterGP-2800CBTAptitude TestDocument Verification
Traffic AssistantGP-2800CBTAptitude TestDocument Verification
Sr. Time KeeperGP-2800CBTTyping TestDocument Verification

Note: CBT – Computer Based Test. NR – Not Required.

Computer Based Test: RRB NTPC

The Computer Based Test is again subdivided into two phases as Common Preliminary Examination and Mains Examination for selected branches. Whereas, only a computer based test conducted for some of the RRB NTPC Posts which are prescribed below.

1) Common Preliminary Examination.

2) Main (second stage) Exam followed by Verification of documents.

GroupCategoriesMethod of Selection
I.Safety category posts, for which psychological test has been prescribed, like ASM, SM, Asst. driver (Electric/diesel)Single written examination followed by Psycho test (No interview)
II.Non Technical Popular Categories (NTPC)

1. Under-Graduate categories like Junior clerk, account Clerk, ticket Collector, Commercial Clerk.

2.Graduate categories like senior Clerk, Junior accounts Assistant, Commercial App. Traffic App. ECRC etc.

Two stage written examination (No Interview)


1) Candidates who qualify in the Preliminary Exam will again have to apply separately for Main (second stage) Examinations.

2) There will be negative marking of 1/3 for each wrong answer.

CBT Exam Pattern: RRB NTPC

The Question papers shall be of Objective Multiple Choice Type. The question paper will be in English, Hindi, Urdu and local languages.

The standard of questions for the single stage CBT (Computer Based Test) will be generally in conformity with the educational standards prescribed for the posts.

Name of the Paper

No. of Question

Max. Marks

Total Time

Arithmetic/ Math



90 Minutes

General Science



General Awareness



General Intelligence/ Reasoning








There shall be negative marking and marks shall be deducted for each wrong answer 1/3 of the marks allotted for each question.

CBT Syllabus: RRB NTPC Recruitment

General Awareness: Indian Polity, Indian Economic Scenario, Current Affairs – International & National, History & Culture of India, Geography of India, Indian Constitution, Science & Technology, Sports, Issues related to India and Neighbouring Countries etc,

Arithmetic / Math: Simplification, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Ratios and Proportions, Averages, Problems on Ages, Simple & Compound Interest, Time and Distances, Time and Work.

General Intelligence & Reasoning: Analogies, Arithmetical reasoning, Space visualization, Problem solving, Relationship concepts, Decision making, Visual memory, Arithmetical Number Series, Similarities & Differences, Analysis, Judgment, Verbal and Figure Classification, Non-verbal series,

General Science: Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Typing Test: RRB NTPC Recruitment

  • For the posts of Cat No: 5, 6, & 9 (Sr.Clerk cum Typist, JAA, Sr.Time Keeper) Typing Skill Test of qualifying nature (marks obtained in typing skill test shall not be added for making merit) shall be conducted.
  • The number of candidates equal to eight times the number of vacancies shall be called for.
  • The candidates should be able to type 30 WPM in English or 25 WPM in Hindi on Personal Computer only with disabling editing tools and spell check facility.
  • For skill test in Hindi, KrutiDev and Mangal font shall be made available for skill test on Personal Computer. The merit will be drawn only for the candidates qualified in the typing skill test based on performance in CBT
  • Exemption in Typing Skill Test may be extended to PWD candidates having disability of more than 40%. Such candidates are required to bring typing skill test exemption certificate to the Type Test centre issued by competent medical board

Aptitude Test: RRB NTPC Recruitment

  • For the posts of Cat. No. 7 & 8 (ASM, Traffic Assistant) Aptitude Test shall be conducted for which candidates equal to eight times the number of vacancies shall be called for.
  • The merit will be drawn only for the candidates qualifying in the aptitude test, with 70% weightage being given to the marks obtained in the CBT and 30% weightage being given to the marks obtained in aptitude test.
  • Candidates called for Aptitude Test for the post of ASM & Traffic Assistant are required to bring Vision Certificate to Aptitude Test centre from an Eye Specialist on prescribed proforma as per Annexure – IX of notification, failing which they will not be allowed to appear in the Aptitude Test.

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