Indian Railways has always been one of the biggest players in providing employment opportunities in the government sector. Youngsters desire to associate with Indian Railways and work extremely hard to get a job in the ministries of Railways. While most people choose technical courses to get a job, Indian railways also provide the opportunity to Indian candidates to apply for non-technical vacancies as well through RRB NTPC (Railway Recruitment Board Non- Technical Popular Categories) recruitment.
RRB NTPC organizes this exam to select graduates and undergraduates for non-technical popular categories such as trains clerk, goods guard, senior clerk cum typist, traffic assistant etc. in production units and different zonal sections in the Indian Railways. And internet has become the preferred platform through which applicants can access and fetch information about the up and coming vacancies. Moreover, online learning portals like Testbook have come up with much better options of preparation tactics than students had ever experienced before. Aspirants should not wait for the release of notification, instead, they should start preparation early on and make a plan to achieve success.
To prepare well, candidates must be aware of some factors that have a significant impact on the exam.
- Eligibility: Eligibility is one of the most important factors that must be known before applying for any exam as this section decides whether the aspirants meet the essential requirements or not for the relevant vacancy. As per the RRB-NTPC eligibility criteria, the applicant must be a citizen of India, a subject of Nepal, a subject of Bhutan. Moreover, there are different educational requirements depending upon the post applied by the candidates. Along with that, the age of the candidate should be between 18- 33 years for the general category, and age relaxation is also provided for reserved categories. Some fitness standards are also mandatory for particular posts.
- Exam Structure: Proper understanding of this section is one of the key points that might guide aspirants for a suitable exam preparation plan as per their strengths and weaknesses. RRB NTPC Exam pattern is mainly divided into four segments followed by documents verification
- Stage-I: This pre-exam stage is a Computer Based Test (CBT) conducted for 90 minutes in which candidates have to attempt 100 MCQ’s (Multiple Choice Question) of Mathematics, General Awareness and General Intelligence & Reasoning. There is also a penalty of 0.3 marks is applicable for each wrong answer.
- Stage-II: This main exam segment is also conducted in the CBT (Computer Based Test) Mode. This stage incorporates a total of 120 objective type questions for which 90 minutes is allotted. Aspirants should steer clear of any guesswork as for every wrong answer there is negative marking. This segment also includes questions from General Awareness, Mathematics and General Intelligence & Reasoning.
- Stage-III: This stage of examination is conducted only for the applicants who have opted station master and traffic assistant post. This stage is known as Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) conducted in a bilingual mode in which aspirants have to score a minimum T-score in each of test batteries to step forward for selection. The surprising part is that it does not have any negative marking for wrong answers.
- Typing Skill Test: The fourth segment of the exam pattern of RRB NTPC is organized to determine typing skill of the pretenders. The Typing skill test is also a computer-based test conducted on a personal computer provided without the availability of spelling check and editing tool facilities. Aspirants Have to type 30 words per minute in English or 25 words per minute in Hindi within a given amount of time to qualify this test.
Candidates that qualify all the mandatory stages of the selection procedure are called for documents verification and medical test.
- The course of Study: The most important part of the exam is the syllabus which has a significant impact on selection. RRB NTPC exam syllabus for both stage-I and stage -II incorporates three subjects.
- Mathematics: Geometry and Trigonometry, Number System, Fractions, LCM, Percentage, Ratio and Proportions, Mensuration, HCF, Time and Work, Decimals, Time and Distance, Elementary Statistics, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Elementary Algebra etc.
- General Awareness: National and International Current Events, Art and Culture of India, Indian Literature, Games and Sports, Indian Places and Monuments, Life Science and General Science (Till 10th standard CBSE), Indian History and Freedom Struggle, Indian and world Social and Economic Geography, Indian Polity and Governance- Constitution, Common Abbreviations, Transport Systems in India, political system, Economy of India, Indian and world’s Famous Personalities, Government Programs of Flagship, Technological Developments and General Scientific also Indian Space and Nuclear Program, important World Organizations and UN, Environmental problems related to India and World at Large scale, etc.
General Intelligence & Reasoning: Analogies, Venn Diagrams, Completion of Number and Alphabetical Series, Puzzle, Mathematical Operations, Seating Arrangements, Coding and Decoding, Data Sufficiency, Relationships, Statement – Courses of Action, Analytical Reasoning, Statement – Conclusion, Interpretation of Graphs, Jumbling, Maps etc