Railway Recruitment Board conducts this exams almost every year in order to recruit people and is a reliable gateway to acquire a secured job.

This is one such exam for which the applicants have been waiting since February, 2019, finally their wait has come to an end.

 Let’s first look at the key highlights of this exam:

Particulars Events
Notification released on28th February, 2019
Application process started on1st March, 2019
Last date to apply31st March, 2019
Last date for payment of application fees5th April, 2019
Final application submission12th March, 2019
RRB NTPC Stage-1 admit card release 24th December, 2020
Date of Examination28th December, 2020
Number of vacancies35,208

For more updates, candidates are requested to keep a track of the official website which is given below:


RRB invited applications for the following Non-Technical Popular Categories:

  • Junior clerk cum typist.
  • Junior time keeper.
  • Accounts clerk cum typist
  • Commercial cum ticket clerk.
  • Goods guard.
  • Traffic assistance.
  • Senior clerk cum typist.
  • Senior commercial cum ticket clerk.
  • Senior time keeper.
  • Junior account assistant cum typist.
  • Commercial apprentice
  • Station master in Zonal Railways and Production units of Indian Railways.

The admit cards will be released just 4 days before the exam. The chairman and CEO of Railway Recruitment Board, Mr. Vinod Kumar Yadav gave his statement regarding the tentative dates of the exam. Prior to this, the tentative dates for this exam were zeroed around June to September of 2019 but due to some glitches it couldn’t be conducted in that year and the following year came with the pandemic thus, it became almost impossible to conduct the exam during all this time. But now the wait has come to an end and now it is time for the aspirants to ace their preparations by summing up their preparations and giving it a final touch.


The subjects for this examination revolve around the syllabus which falls within the periphery of- General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning (general intelligence).

Exam Pattern:

Subjects Reasoning and general intelligence, Quantitative aptitude, General awareness
Number of questionsQuantitative Aptitude- 30
General Awareness- 30
General Intelligence/Reasoning- 40
Total- 100
Marks Quantitative Aptitude- 30 marks
General Awareness- 30 marks
General Intelligence/Reasoning- 40 marks
Total- 100 marks
Duration 90 minutes

Category wise eligibility of minimum percentage marks;

  • Unreserved: 40%
  • EWS: 40%
  • OBC (non-creamy layer): 30%
  • SC: 30%
  • ST: 25%

Another relaxation of 2% is given to the candidates of PwBD falling in any of the above categories respectively.


  • General Awareness:

Current national and international events, flora and fauna of India, important govt. sector organisations of India, govt. programs, famous personalities of country and the world, new appointments and important designations of India, common abbreviations, transport systems in India, basics of computer, computer applications, major environmental issues, UN and other important World Organisations, space and nuclear programs of India, general scientific and technological developments, constitution and political system of India, Indian geography, freedom struggle and history of India, social and economic issues and status of India, general science (matriculation level), art and culture of India, places and monuments of India, games and sports.

  • General Intelligence/Reasoning:

Completion of number series and alphabetical series, analogies, mathematical operations, coding-decoding, analytical reasoning, relationships, jumbling, syllogism, venn diagrams, data sufficiency, statement-conclusion, puzzle, statement-courses of action, interpretation of graphs, decision making.

  • Quantitative Aptitude:

Decimals, fractions, number system, HCF LCM, time and distance, time and work, simple and compound interest, elementary statics, elementary algebra, geometry and trigonometry , profit and loss, mensuration.

Quick Revision Strategy:

We study religiously throughout the time but as we come closer to the exams we start facing problems in summing up that vast syllabus that we’ve covered.

It is quite common among the students but don’t you be worried these tips will help you in putting things together within a short span of 10 days right before the exam and to have a good bite of revision.


  1. Take out your notes and start reading the highlighted points only.
  2. Take a rough sheet and start writing whatever you remember about those important concepts in bullet points.
  3. Have a very quick read of those concepts which are still doubtful.
  4. Assign every subject or topic a particular time frame and try to adhere to that.
  5. Try to have refreshing but small breaks- try tuning in to music or any such hobby.
  6. Have a small meditation session before you start studying in order to maintain a good concentration.
  7. After the end of the topic , try recalling what you have just gone through, this way the subject matter will get concrete.
  8. Divide the whole subject matter into smaller chunks.
  9. Focus more on your strong points.
  10. Eat healthy but not too much.
  11. Try solving some topic related questions right after getting done with that topic.


  1. Don’t go on reading the whole stuff word by word, it will only waste time.
  2. Don’t try to read everything at once.
  3. Stop reminding yourself of the countdown every now and then.
  4. Don’t stuff your stomach too much.
  5. Don’t waste much time on your weak points, it is not the time to build up on them.
  6. Don’t compare yourself with others’ preparations.
  7. Don’t make a blind guess while practicing questions.
  8. Don’t avoid the questions that you have marked wrong rather, analyse them properly so that you won’t make the same mistake ever again.
  9. Don’t take much stress and take proper sleep.

Hopefully these points will help you to create a good study bubble while summing up your preparations and aligning things properly right before the exam.

#All the Best!!

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