What is NTPC Exam?

RRB NTPC is popularly known as Non-Technical Popular Category in Indian railways. In 2019, RRB has announced 1,30000 vacancies for NTPC, para-medical staff, ministerial and isolated category, and level-1 posts. Now its time to pull up your socks and tie your belt to make the career in railway.

Various Posts under Railway NTPC

he posts included under RRB NTPC are given below

Junior Clerk cum TypistAccounts Clerk cum Typist
Junior Time KeeperTrains Clerk
Commercial cum Ticket ClerkTraffic Assistant
Goods GuardSenior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk
Senior Clerk cum TypistJunior Account Assistant cum Typist
Senior Time KeeperCommercial Apprentice and Station Master

RRB NTPC Eligibility

The eligibility criteria of RRB NTPC is given below in terms of age and educational qualification.

Age limit

For 7th CPC Level 2 and 3 undergraduate level posts, candidates should be between 18 to 30 years as on July 1, 2019.

Age groupUpper limit of date of birth (Not earlier than)Lower limit of DOB (Not later than) 
18 to 30 yearsUROBC-Non Creamy LayerSC/STFor all community /categories

The age limit prescribed for Graduate level posts is 18 to 33 years.

Age groupUpper limit of date of birth (Not earlier than)Lower limit of DOB (Not later than) 
18 to 33 yearsUROBC-Non Creamy LayerSC/STFor all community /categories

Note: Relaxation in age is provided to candidates belonging to the reserved categories.

Educational Qualification

For undergraduate postsCandidates must have passed Class 12 
For graduate postsCandidates must be a graduate from a recognised university

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern

The RRB NTPC Exam Pattern consists of the following stages:

  1. CBT Stage – 1
  2. CBT Stage – 2
  3. Skill / Aptitude Test
  4. Document Verification
  5. Medical Examination

*Note: The Skill Test is applicable for those candidates who apply for the post of Junior Accountant Assistant, Senior Clerk cum Typist and Senior Time Keeper, while the aptitude test is for those who have applied for the post of Traffic Assistant and Assistant Station Master.

RRB NTPC CBT-I exam (Computer Based Exam-1st Stage):

The CBT-I exam consists of three subjects. There are total 100 questions and time period is 90 minutes. Each question carries 1 mark. There is also a provision of negative marking. Each wrong answer gives penalty of 1/3 mark. Please see the below table:

Sl. No.SubjectsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
1.General Awareness40 100
3.General Intelligence and Reasoning30

CBT exam (CBT-I) syllabus 


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.

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.

General Awareness:

Current Events of National and International Importance, Games and Sports, Art and 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 World, Flagship Government Programs, Flora and Fauna of India, Important Government and Public Sector Organizations of India etc.

RRB NTPC CBT-II exam (Computer Based Test-2nd Stage) :

The CBT-II exam consists of three papers having total 120 questions. Each question carries one mark and there will be 1/3 negative marking for each wrong answer. Please see the below table for details:

Sl. No.SubjectsNo. of QuestionsTotal marks
1.General Awareness50120
3.General Intelligence and Reasoning35

RRB NTPC Salary 

RRBs offer a handsome salary package along with other benefits. The salary is as per Seventh Pay Commission for undergraduate and graduate posts. RRB NTPC salary structure is given below:

Posts Initial Salary (In Rs)
Junior Clerk cum Typist, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Trains Clerk, 19,900
Commercial cum Ticket Clerk21,700
Traffic Assistant25,500
Goods Guard, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist, Senior Time Keeper29,200
Commercial Apprentice35,400
Station Master35,400