RRB NTPC Selection Process & Exam Pattern

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Aspirants opting for RRB NTPC should know the Selection Procedure of the recruitment. Students will be selected based on the marks scored in first & second stage whereas other stages will be qualifying in nature. 

There will be two stage Computer Based Test (CBT) followed by Skill Test (Computer based Aptitude Test for Station Master and Traffic Assistant, 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).

Lastly, there will be document verification and medical examination.

For Trains Clerk, Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Goods Guard, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Commercial Apprentice, there shall be two stage CBT followed by document verification and medical examination.

Detailed Selection Process for RRB NTPC Posts

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.

Post CategoryGrade PayStage 1Stage 2Final Stage
Commercial ApprenticeGP-4200CBTNRDocument Verification
Traffic ApprenticeGP-4200CBTNRDocument Verification
Enquiry / Reservation ClerkGP-2800CBTNRDocument Verification
Goods GuardGP-2800CBTNRDocument Verification
Junior Accounts Assistant / TypistGP-2800CBTTyping TestDocument Verification
Senior Clerk / 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)

Note: 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.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern: CBT 1

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

SubjectQuestionsMarksDuration
General Awareness404090 Minutes
Mathematics3030
General Intelligence and Reasoning3030
Total Marks100100

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

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern: CBT 2

Subject No of Question Marks Duration
General Awareness 50 50 90 Minutes
Mathematics 35 35
General Intelligence and Reasoning 35 35
Total Marks 120 120

Check out the RRB NTPC CBT 1 & CBT 2 Exam Syllabus here.

RRB NTPC: Short Listing for Various Stages

RRB wise short listing of candidates for 2nd Stage CBT shall be done at the rate of 20 times the vacancies (may increase or decrease as per the requirement of Railway Administration). The short listing for 2nd Stage CBT will be based on the merit of the candidates in 1st Stage CBT.

The short listing for Skill Tests such as Computer based Aptitude Test and Typing Skill Test shall be to the extent of 8 times the vacancies (may increase or decrease as per the requirement of Railway Administration) based on the merit of the candidates in 2nd Stage CBT.

Typing Skill 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

Computer based 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.

Document Verification: RRB NTPC Recruitment

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 as per their merit and options.

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