How to prepare for General Intelligence Section of RRB NTPC

How to prepare for General Intelligence Section of RRB NTPC : In this article you will get RRB NTPC General Intelligence Pattern. RRB NTPC General Intelligence Syllabus. Topic Wise Preparation Tips for General Intelligence section of RRB NTPC. Study Plan for General Intelligence Section of RRB NTPC.

RRB NTPC General Intelligence

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To help you prepare the best, we have started a series of articles on RRB NTPC Exam preparation. In this series we will tell you the pattern/syllabus, study plan, preparation tips and expected cutoffs of individual sections viz, Arithmetic Ability, General Intelligence, General Awareness and General Science.

Today we will take up How to prepare for General Intelligence Section of RRB NTPC Stage I (Prelims).

RRB NTPC will be conducting Stage I (CBT) from June 2019 (tentative). This implies there is 3 months approx. to preparation and ace the exam. The number of vacancy is 32,000 and around 92 lakhs candidates are expected to appear for the exam. Considering the latest pattern released by the RRB, the General Intelligence and Reasoning Section consists of 30 percent of the total paper weightage. Go through the strategies suggested by our MockBank experts and try to emulate the same so that you can cover all the topics under arithmetic section within the remaining time.  As this section can differentiate the candidates clearing to the next Stage and the candidates who do not.

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How to prepare for General Intelligence Section of RRB NTPC

Today we will take up General Intelligence section of RRB NTPC.

RRB NTPC General Intelligence: Pattern

 No. of questions  30
 Total marks  30
 Marks per correct answer  1
 Negative Marking for incorrect answer 0.33

RRB NTPC General Intelligence Syllabus 

General Intelligence Topics Name Expected Number of questions
Analogies 2-3
Completion of Number 1-2
Alphabetical Series 1
Coding and Decoding 3-4
Mathematical Operations 2-4
Similarities and Differences 1
Relationship Concepts 2-3
Analytical Reasoning 3
Syllogism 2-3
Jumbling 1-2
Venn Diagrams 3-4
Inserting Missing Term 1-3
Data Sufficiency 0-2
Statement- Conclusion 1-2
Statement- Courses of Action 1-2
Decision Making 1
Maps and Interpretation of Graphs 1-2

Start giving mock tests, subject wise as well as full length tests and analyse your performance in each test. So, that you have a brief understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. And, make a study plan such that you devote more time on your weaknesses.

RRB NTPC Previous Year Papers

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Apart from the above topics, some miscellaneous questions may be asked from the following topics

  • Punched hole/pattern –folding & un-folding
  • Figural Pattern – folding and completion
  • Indexing,
  • Address matching
  • Date & city matching
  • Classification of centre codes/roll numbers.

RRB NTPC General Intelligence: Books to be referred

  • Verbal Reasoning By R.S. Agarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey.
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning (S.Chand) by R.S.Agarwal
  • A new approach Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning (Arihant) by BS Sijwali
  • You can also choose some other books as per your choice.

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RRB NTPC General Intelligence: Topic Wise Preparation Tips

1. Syllogistic reasoning

  • Syllogisms are also known as deductive reasoning tests and are designed to test your logical reasoning abilities.
  • Use Venn diagrams to solve questions of this type.
  • Venn diagrams help you form simple relations between the different statements mentioned in the question to result in a valid conclusion of the syllogism.
  • Syllogisms can have 80-90% accuracy. This means if you attempt 3-4 questions, you will get around 3 right (on an average).
  • Aim for the above accuracy.
  • Practice 3-4 syllogisms everyday.

2. Relationship Concepts

  • They are designed to check your cognitive skills.
  • They might appear long and complicated however they are terribly simple to solve.
  • To decide whether you should solve the problem is to find out which type of problem is it:
    • Single person Blood relation.
    • Mixed blood relation.
    • Coded blood relation.
  • If it is a single person blood relation problem, then go ahead and solve it.
  • They take less time and have higher (100%) accuracy.
  • For single person blood relation break the sentence at is/was/as and resolve it from last point to is/was/as to get the solution.
  • Use diagrammatic representation to solve it.

3. Statement conclusion

  • In this type of questions ambiguity kicks in.
  • There is no definite right or wrong answer, since it depends on the thought process of the candidate.
  • Only answer it, if you are 100% sure or the question is really easy.
  • Spend no more than 2-3 minutes combined on this topic.

4. Seating Arrangement and Directions:

  • It is really easy to figure out from previous paper’s analysis that questions from Sitting arrangement (Liner, Circular) and Directions constitute a major chunk of reasoning section. This is unlikely to change for this year’s paper too.
  • The 3 topics mentioned above will carry up to 35-40 % marks, making it the WOW topic for this section.
  • The best part about Sitting arrangement questions is they are clubbed together. This means they are asked as set of 2-3 questions based on one case.
  •  So, if you manage to get the initial arrangement correct, you can attempt all questions for that case with 100% accuracy and in a total time of 3-4 minutes.
  • Beware, if you do not practice for these type of questions, you will end up spending 10-15 minutes and still get an incorrect answer. This will not only cost you marks but will also result in poor time management for the other parts of the paper.
  • So the mantra here would be practice, practice and practice.
  • Start by going through the basic concepts of sitting arrangement (try permutation and combination topic from 12th standard NCERT book).
  • Solve 2 questions of sitting arrangement and 1 question of direction daily for the next 1 months. This will increase your speed, your visualizing capabilities and moreover you will be prepared for the toughest level of Sitting arrangement questions by the time of your exam.

Click here for Sitting Arrangement tips, tricks, video solution and sample questions.  

RRB NTPC General Intelligence Study Plan.

  1. Do not try to study everything because if you try and study everything you will end up cramming your schedule and ultimately risk being under prepared.
  2. Accuracy and Speed are the keys for scoring maximum in this section.
  3. Give  1 hour daily for General Intelligence preparation.
  4. For the next 2-3 days, go through basic concepts and questions for topics stated above.
  5. Then take up each topic for 3 days and solve maximum questions possible on that topic.
  6. While doing the above exercise, solve at least 50 questions everyday.
  7. Start giving Mock Tests. Identify topics you are weak in and again attempt those topics.
  8. Mock Tests will also help you prepare a timing strategy.
  9. Talk to experts about those topics and get your doubts solved.
  10. Practice Practice Practice. All the BEST.

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Friends this is it for General Intelligence section of RRB NTPC.



  1. lakshmi
    To some extent it is write, because the exam paper is created at least a month before the exam

  2. Few websites are saying that area & mensuration geometry topic will not come in Rrb exam is this true?

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