Railways has announced lakhs of vacancies per year. This year, it is estimated that over 1.3 lakh vacancies would be opened for recruitment. Railways has already announced the recruitment of Junior Engineers, however, it has announced Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) graduate and undergraduate posts. Here, all the details regarding examination, syllabus, eligibility and further preparations would be provided.

I. NAME OF THE POSITIONS: Junior Clerk cum Typist (2), Accounts Clerk cum Typist (2), Junior Time Keeper (2), Trains Clerk (2), Commercial cum Train Clerk (3).
Total number of vacancies: 10628 (Including all RRBs)

Eligibility: Educational Qualification – 12th (+2) or its equivalent examination
Age Limit: 18 to 30 years as on 01.07.2019

II. NAME OF FHE POSITIONS: Traffic Assistant (4), Goods Guard (5), Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk (5), Senior Clerk cum Typist (5), Junior Account Assistant cum Typist (5), Senior Time Keeper (5), Commercial Apprentice (6), Station Master (6)
Total number of vacancies: 24649 (Including all RRBs)

Eligibility: Educational Qualification – University degree or equivalent
Age limit: 18 to 33 years as on 01.07.2019

Different zones have a different number of vacancies opened for each category. A candidate may check the vacancies of the posts at the RRB which he/she may be applying. Reservation is also provided on posts which may be referred to in detail in the official notification.

Level 1: First Stage Computer Based Test (CBT) – Common for all the posts.
Duration: 90 minutes. (120 min for PwBD candidates)
Total Number of questions: 100 (carrying 1 mark each)
Type: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Negative marking: Yes (1/3 mark deduction for every wrong answer)
Sections: General Awareness (40 marks), Mathematics (30 marks), General Intelligence and Reasoning (30 marks)
Selection: Screening nature test for shortlisting candidates for 2nd stage CBT.

Level 2: Second Stage Computer Based Test (CBT) – There are separate 2nd stage CBT for all the posts falling within 7th CPC level (2,3,4,5 and 6). Posts falling within common 7th CPC level shall have common 2nd stage CBT. Candidates eligible falling within different posts within different 7th CPC levels shall appear for corresponding 2nd stage CBTs for each level.
Duration: 90 minutes. (120 min for PwBD candidates)
Total number of questions: 120
Type: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Negative Marking: Yes (1/3 mark deduction for every wrong answer)
Sections: General Awareness (50 marks), Mathematics (35 marks), General Intelligence and Reasoning (35 marks)
Selection: Shortlisting done on the basis of marks obtained in 1st stage CBT and the options of the post with keeping in view the educational qualification (10+2 or graduate).

Syllabus (For both 1st and 2nd stage CBT- Difficulty level may vary as per stage and category of 7th CPC level in 2nd stage CBT)

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

b. General Intelligence and Reasoning:
Analogies, Completion of Number and Alphabetical Series, Coding and Decoding,
Mathematical Operations, Similarities, and Differences, Relationships, Analytical
Reasoning, Syllogism, Jumbling, Venn Diagrams, Puzzle, Data Sufficiency,
Statement- Conclusion, Statement- Courses of Action, Decision Making, Maps,
Interpretation of Graphs etc.

c. General Awareness:
Current Events of National and International Importance, Games and Sports, Art and The culture of India, Indian Literature, Monuments and Places of India, General Science and Life Science (up to 10th CBSE), History of India and Freedom Struggle,
Physical, Social and Economic Geography of India and World, Indian Polity and
Governance- constitution and political system, General Scientific and Technological
Developments including Space and Nuclear Program of India, UN and Other
important World Organizations, Environmental Issues Concerning India and World at Large, Basics of Computers and Computer Applications, Common Abbreviations,
Transport Systems in India, Indian Economy, Famous Personalities of India and
The world, Flagship Government Programs, Flora and Fauna of India, Important
Government and Public Sector Organizations of India etc.

Level 3: Skill Test Requirements

  1. Computer-Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) – (Traffic Assistant and Station Master)
  • Minimum T-score of 42 in all test batteries of CBAT irrespective of category (SC/ST/OBC etc.)
  • Type of test: In Hindi/English. No negative marking.
  • VISION CERTIFICATE in the prescribed format ( Annexure VI of official notification) to be provided during the test.
  • Sections: 1. Memory Test
  • 2. Following Directions Test
  • 3. Depth Perception Test
  • 4. Test of Power of Observation
  • 5. Test of Perceptual Speed
    Note: Merit list of TA/SM shall be produced by considering 70% marks weightage of 2nd stage CBT and 30% marks weightage of CBAT.
  1. Typing Skill Test (TST) – For all the other posts except TA/SM.
  • The candidates should be able to type 30 words per minute (WPM) in English or 25 WPM in Hindi on Personal Computer only without editing tools and spell check facility. For guidelines of those who appear for typing skill test
  • The exemption in Typing Skill Test may be extended to candidates who are permanently disabled due to Blindness/Low Vision, Cerebral Palsy & Loco Motor Disability with not less than 40% permanent disability. Such eligible PwBD candidates have to upload a scanned copy of Typing Skill Test Exemption Certificate issued by the Competent Medical Board in the website of respective RRBs before the conduct of typing skill test in the format at Annexure V(E).
    Note: Merit list shall be produced for candidates qualifying TST on the basis of marks obtained in 2nd stage CBT.

Level 4: Document Verification.

Level 5: Medical Fitness Test


  1. The procedure is completely online.
  2. The candidate would have to go to the website of the RRB for which they choose to apply. One candidate can apply in one RRB only.
  3. Important dates:
    Closing of online registration of Applications 31.03.2019 at 23.59 hrs.
    Closing Date & Time for Payment of Application Fee through:
    (a) Online (Net Banking/ Credit Card/ Debit Card/UPI) 05.04.2019 at 23.59 hrs.
    (b) SBI Challan 05.04.2019 at 15.00 hrs.
    (c) Post Office Challan 05.04.2019 at 15.00 hrs.
  4. Final submission of Applications 12.04.2019 at 23.59 hrs.

The two stages of Computer Based Test have the same syllabus. The plan for the preparation of different sections of the test can be as follows:
General Awareness: This section represents the maximum questions in the question paper. General awareness would mainly include topics as mentioned above. Here are some tips for preparation:

  • Read thoroughly the NCERT books of History, geography, civics and Political Sciences.
  • Dedicate specific time to read and understand the Constitution, Polity, Budget, and Economics.
  • Read newspapers daily to follow current affairs. Focus on sports, business, science and technology and economy sections of the newspaper.
  • This section will require a lot of remembering. So dedicate at least 2 hours per day for this.
  • Currencies, capitals, awards, honors, international developments, authors, books shall be read and remembered from a reliable source. Keep reading these on the go.
    BOOKS TO BE REFERRED: NCERT (10th level), Lucent’s General Knowledge, Yearbook (any publisher), General awareness by Disha Experts (Amazon), Made easy General awareness or Arihant books.
    General Intelligence and Reasoning: This section is reasoning based. Tips are as follows:
  • Refer to previous year question papers to assess the difficulty level of this section and solve them.
  • Solve as many questions as you can on a daily basis from each category.
  • Start with easy topics like Distance and directions, blood relations, alphabet series, etc. Which requires common sense rather than practical theories. Then proceed to difficult levels like statement and assumptions, syllogism, puzzles, seating arrangement, etc.
  • Focus on understanding concepts rather than running for shortcuts.
    BOOKS TO BE REFERRED: Arihant reasoning guide, Lucent’s railway reasoning, Reasoning by Disha experts, Made Easy.
    Mathematics: This section would require the solving of mathematical problems. Here are some tips:
  • High school level mathematics- focus on concepts from 10th level NCERT.
  • Start with what seems easy to you like profit and loss, Simple and compound interests, average, percentage, etc and then proceed to difficult parts like Time, distance, speed, mixtures, and allegations, etc.
  • This section is all about practice. Make a daily habit of practicing.
  • Solve previous year question papers for better practice.
    BOOMS TO BE REFERRED: R.S Aggarwal publications, 10th level NCERT, Kiran publications, Made easy


  1. Apply for the exam as soon as possible completing all the formalities and keeping in mind the deadlines.
  2. Download previous year question papers. Study them and start solving. You will be able to analyze your position.
  3. Start reading. Make reading newspapers a permanent habit.
  4. Dedicate 2-3 hours daily exclusively for solving reasoning and mathematics questions.
  5. Read general awareness texts of basic information like books, authors, awards, honors, capitals, etc on the go and try memorizing it. Make notes if feasible.
  6. Make a personal timetable for covering topics.
  7. Solve mock test papers while preparing.

Expectedly, more than 1 crore applications would be received for RRB NTPC posts which makes the competition very high. The preparation would require systematization and a lot of practice in order to crack the exam. However, dedicated efforts would lead to good outcomes for the candidate. Though the competition is high, the syllabus includes basic things which can be covered with punctuality and practice. Perseverance, Dedication, and Practice are the three mantras which will help the candidates hold merit.

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