RRB NTPC Pattern, Syllabus and Books to read

RRB NTPC Pattern Syllabus and Books to read

In this article you will get RRB NTPC Books for preparation, Pattern and Syllabus for RRB NTPC examination, RRB NTPC Syllabus – General Awareness, RRB NTPC Syllabus – Arithmetic , RRB NTPC Syllabus – General Intelligence and Reasoning, RRB NTPC Syllabus – General Sciences,

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The online application process for 18252 RRB NTPC posts is on now. The last date to fill online application for RRB NTPC is January 25th, 2016 (up to 23.59 hours).

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RRB NTPC online exam will conducted during March-May 2016. This gives us 3- 4 months to prepare and ace the exam. Knowing the RRB NTPC Syllabus and Pattern are essential for building the sound foundation for best preparation. So let us have a look at the Syllabus, pattern and books for RRB NTPC Graduate Level Examination 2016.

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Pattern for RRB NTPC examination

  • Mode of Examination: Online (Multiple Choice Questions)
  • Duration:  90 Minutes.
  • No. of questions: 100
  • Total Marks: 100 Marks.
  • Negative Marking: Yes. 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

In the Official Notification, there is no mention of section wise division of marks. We can divide 100 questions into the following major categories:

  1. General Awareness
  2. Arithmetic
  3. General Intelligence and Reasoning
  4. General Sciences

RRB NTPC Syllabus

RRB NTPC Syllabus – General Awareness

The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research. Unlike banking recruitment exams, the GA section of RRB NTPC, less emphasis is given to current affairs. Majority of questions are designed to test awareness about your surroundings and its implications to the society. All in all the syllabus GA section will consist of following topics:

  1. National & International Current Affairs.RRB NTPC Pattern Syllabus and Books to read
  2. Indian and World History
  3. Indian Economy.
  4. Indian Geography.
  5. Constitution of India.
  6. Indian Culture & Heritage.
  7. Polity.
  8. Science & Technology

RRB NTPC Syllabus – Arithmetic 

This section is designed to test your knowledge your knowledge of numbers and your ability to use numbers appropriately. The topics covered are:

  1. Whole numbers
  2. Decimals
  3. Fractions and relationships between numbers
  4. Percentages
  5. Ratio & Proportion
  6. Square roots
  7. Averages
  8. Simple and Compound Interest
  9. Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnerships
  10. Mixture and Alligation
  11. Time and distance, Time & Work
  12. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
  13. Graphs of Linear Equations
  14. Geometry
    • Triangle and its centres
    • Congruence and similarity of triangles
    • Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, Common tangents to two or more circles
    • Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons , Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base,
  15. Trigonometric ratio
  16. Degree and Radian Measures
  17. Complementary angles
  18. Heights and Distances
  19. Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

RRB NTPC Syllabus – General Intelligence and Reasoning

The Reasoning section would include questions from logical, verbal and non-verbal reasoning from the following topics:

  1. Analogies.
  2. Space Visualization.
  3. Similarities and Differences
  4. Decision Making.
  5. Problem-Solving.
  6. Arithmetical Number Series.
  7. Differences.
  8. Arithmetical Reasoning.
  9. Analysis.
  10. Judgement.
  11. Relationship Concepts.
  12. Visual memory.
  13. Observation.
  14. Discrimination.
  15. Verbal and Figure Classification
  16. Non-verbal series
  17. Coding Decoding,
  18. Statement conclusion
  19. Syllogistic reasoning

Apart from the above topics, some questions will be asked from the following topics:

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

RRB NTPC Syllabus – General Sciences

This section will test 10th level knowledge of the following :

  1. Physics.
  2. Environmental Studies.
  3. Chemistry.
  4. Biology

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RRB NTPC Books for preparation 

There is a dearth of books in the market for preparation of RRB NTPC examination, leading to intense confusion among candidates. To help you prepare the best here is a recommendation of list of books:

Preparation books for RRB NTPC Arithmetic:

  • NCERT books
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant) Rajesh Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations (S.Chand) R.S.Agarwal

Preparation books for RRB NTPC Reasoning:

  • 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

Preparation books for RRB NTPC General Awareness and General Science

  • Lucent General Knowledge
  • Pratiyogita Darpan
  • Manorama Year Book.

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We will soon publish preparation tips for individual section of RRB NTPC. If you have any queries/questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below and we will be glad to answer them for you.

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  • Exam Notes

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    I tried to buy online test series in your website ….

    • Akshay Jain

      What problem is coming

  • Anurag

    are 10th class ncert books enough or should i cover from 7th to 10th


      Try to cover from 7th to 10th

      • Anurag

        is lucent gk or arihant gk enough for rrb and ssc cgl

        • Akshay Jain

          yeah it will be sufficient

  • Naseeha

    pls some one clear this doubt, 1/3 -ve marking meanz???? in rrb ntpc
    whether 1/3 -ve mark from the correct answer ?????
    then one more doubt —> if we left the answer without attempting in rrb ntpc, whether there is minus mark or not??????

    • Akshay Jain

      listen 1/3 mark will be deducted means when there is question of 3 marks and if you chose wrong answer then 1 mark will be deducted and if you don’t know the answer then don’t attempt it. unattempted question will not give any negative mark

  • archana tiwari

    how could i will be informed as i m selected for examinations of RRB 2016? after application?

    • Akshay Jain

      when you will be selected You’ll be notified

  • Rahul Natani

    sir rrb ntpc m sirf overall cutoff clear kerna hota hai ?no sectional cutoff?

    • Akshay Jain

      rrb ntpc m sectional cut off nahi hoti h

  • Vicky Wakle

    hi sir,
    i applied for all the post but recently i have checked my
    eyes (after filling the form ). I thing i have spectacles so i will not
    be able to clear A1 standard physical test but i think i can clear c1
    standard physical test. if i score good which post will give me ? will
    they reject me ? please sir answer this question i am little tense

  • Umakanth jopwar

    could you please suggest a book to crack rrb ntpc

    • Akshay Jain

      there are some books like arihant publication , disha publication etc

    • Akshay Jain

      There are few books like Arihant publication and Disha publication.


    since the division of syllabus is not mentioned in the notification, you have classified as four viz general awareness, general science, general intelligence and reasoning & arithmetic/maths. did you classified it on the basis of previous year papers of NTPC (graduates) or other non technical of RRB or mere assumption? and which year is the latest NTPC graduate exam conducted before this notification.
    it’s to clarify myself only because syllabus didn’t mention general science explicitly, don’t mistake it to cross examining or something else. I loved your article on various job profile.

    • Vaibhav

      Good question Karthikeyan. We have taken it from previous year papers. You can check RRB papers from the year 2014. Yes you are right the notification didn’t mention general science but considering it is a railway paper , it is bound to be there. If its not there and we have prepared for it, it won’t affect the selection, but in case it is there, and you haven’t prepared for it, then it would have a big impact on your selection. Hence the GS section in 100 marks.

  • jyoti

    sir , plz send me last year question paper of RRB NTPC

    • Akshay Jain

      We’ll post soon

  • usha

    Please say me good and successful book for RRB non technical exam,for bigginners

    • Vaibhav

      Try Preparation books for RRB NTPC Arithmetic:

      NCERT books
      Fast Track Objective Arithmetic (Arihant) Rajesh Verma
      Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations (S.Chand) R.S.Agarwal
      Preparation books for RRB NTPC Reasoning:

      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
      Preparation books for RRB NTPC General Awareness and General Science

      Lucent General Knowledge
      Pratiyogita Darpan
      Manorama Year Book.

  • usha

    I applied for RRB 2016 recruitment,please give good advice which book cointaining full knowledge for exam for bigginers

    • Akshay Jain

      you can go through the arihant publication or like disha
      or you can purchase book from kiran publication , http://kiranprakashan.com/railway-goods-guard-exam-solved-papers-hindi.html and for the revision go through the mocktests. this will be so helpful to crack the rrb ntpc . Best of luck and study hard

      • @ Tejesh @

        Sir…I want to score more than 85 marks in RRB NTPC Examination. Please tell me…NCERT books from 6th to 12th enough as far as General Knowledge section is concerned ???

        • Akshay Jain

          you should go through the Lucent book also

          • @ Tejesh @

            Okay…Thank you sir…Sir If I go through NCERT and Lucent then can I score more than 35 marks in General Knowledge section out of 50 marks in RRB NTPC ???

          • Akshay Jain

            Preparation books for RRB NTPC General Awareness and General Science

            Lucent General Knowledge
            Pratiyogita Darpan
            Manorama Year Book.

            please dont predict, go through all

          • @ Tejesh @

            Thanks a lot sir…….Your words are really helpful for me….

          • @ Tejesh @

            I have NCERT and Lucent…But where can I get Pratiyogita Darpan and Manorama Year Book sir….Please tell me about these two sir…
            * Pratiyogita Darpan
            * Manorama Year Book

  • anjali prasad

    sir , plz plz tell me ki aptitude test k baad medical test hoga

    • Vaibhav

      Yes aptitude test ke bad he medical hoga anjali

  • santosh

    Tell me sir

  • santosh

    Hlo sir can I apply for more then of one post

    • Vaibhav

      You can apply forall the posts but from one rrb only.

  • smita sirsat

    Sir ,I want to be a previous examination paper.

    • Vaibhav

      We will post previous year papers soon Smita

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  • Rohit Gupta

    By mistake I applied for one RRB, now I want to re-apply for some different RRB. Will it be feasible or a good idea to do that?

  • wangdi

    sir wil we posted in that area frm which RRB zone we hv applied..? what r the things we shud bear in mind while choosng RRB zone.?

    • Vaibhav

      Whether do you want to work in that RRB or not.
      What is the budget of the RRB
      Is there any criminal political nexus at the RRB.
      Is there local political intervention in that RRB.
      Local Language

      • supriya pandey

        Sir…can u pls provide RRB graduate level examination previous year paper

  • gaurav

    sir eyes operations karwakar applicable h kya

  • Poonam Tiwari

    I had applied for CEN.No.03/2015 NON TECHNICAL POPULAR CATEGORIES (GRADUATE) my Registration No. is : 2471130077 dtd: 02.01.2016, i printed my Application Form too, but not got the option for Fee payment… Is my application is complete?

    Kindly inform me so that i can review the application if needed..

    • Vaibhav

      Yes your application is complete. Since you are a woman your application fee is waived. The fee is only for male general candidates not belonging to any minority

      • Poonam Tiwari

        thanks alott…

  • Santanu

    Sir, maine registration karne k liya primary information me ek galat data de diya. Par main abhi final registration nahi kiya. To kiya main dubara naya registration kar sakta ho.

    • Vaibhav

      Nahi aap naya registration nahi kar sakte hain.

      • VAIBHAW

        Hello Vaibhav sir, Which section consists of the maximum number of questions- MATHS, REASONING or G.K?

  • Deepak

    sir please clear my dout …is their any changement of rrb syllabus..means I found a news gs paper will not happen( history geo polity )question is not appear on paper…is that true…

  • Rajkumar

    Sir need complete booklist for general science and general knowledge section….

  • Subhendu Biswas

    Sir, I did Railway transport management course from rail bhawan, while filling up the form there was no provision to mention the subject course.

    One more Query. Can I apply in two different RRB ?


    • Vaibhav

      You cannot and should not apply for more than 1 RRB. regarding form can you provide screenshot.

  • ravish

    When would admit cards will out! For RRB NTPC…….can I cancel my RRB application?

  • Dobhal

    I from uttarakhand. where is center of rrb examination for uttarakhand state people.

  • Abhishek Singha Roy

    Hello Sir,
    what is the usual cut-off mark that goes for general category candidates in previous years for such exams?

  • Shashank Shahi

    Suppose if i got selected for any post in gorakhour exam center , so where i will going to have posting after training ? in gorakhour station or different station which come under gorakhour zone ? pls let me know. Thnx

  • ravish

    I had filled the application from chandigadh and Allahabad RRB….and both the applications are submitted successfully….and all the information in both the applications is same…neither the application are rejected….no notification occurred by me…regarding cancellation….suggest me …what to do…or what will happen …can I sit in exam of my choice RRB

    • Vaibhav

      You will know when the admit card will be out!

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  • Vivky Sharma

    Which RRB good for apply ??

    • Vaibhav

      The one where you have maximum vacancies for your desired posts.

  • venkateswaran

    HI , i had filled the form from chennai , and i had choosen the exam paper in tamil , so which language question to my examination?in Tamil or English ? pls let me know. thanks

    • Vaibhav


  • lalitha

    I complete ambedhkar open university.
    am I eligible? plz tell me
    thank u

    • Vaibhav

      Yes you are eligible

  • Vidya

    For rrb ntpc Is it advisable to go for a coaching or self study is enough pls suggest

  • Abhishek Singha Roy

    Hello Sir,
    what is the usual cut-off mark that goes for general category candidates in previous years for such exams?

  • sayyed omar

    Sir plz send the previous papers of rrb ntpc.

  • sunilsingh

    Is there interview section, any local language confirm required for state wise? ??
    Thanks! !!


    Hello sir! Is overall cutoff same for every board or different? Actually i am from Andhrapradesh. As posts in chennai are more than here i am in ambiguity ” which board i have to prefer”?

  • swarna mohanty

    Hello sir i prefer center for different state for exam, i want to know Which exam center i ll get?? For first preferrence or other preferrence??

    • Vaibhav

      First preference

  • Shashank shahi

    HI , i had filled the form from mumbai for gorakhpur station , and i had choosen the exam center in gorakhur , so where i will going to have exam center ? in mumbai or in gorakhpur ? pls let me know. thanks

    • Vaibhav


      • Shashank shahi

        thnx for reply. Suppose if i got selected for any post in gorakhour exam center , so where i will going to have posting after training ? in gorakhour station or different station which come under gorakhour zone ? pls let me know. Thnx

  • Shweta

    Sir is it necessary to clear sectional cutoff in RRB NTPC exam

    • Vaibhav

      No there is only overall cutoff

  • Shweta sharma

    Sir is it necessary to clear sectional cut off in RRB NTPC

  • Rahul

    Sir, rrb exams also held according to pre and mains basis..?as like ibps and in rrb hindi section also coming towards English section.. What we do for hindi section??

  • kalyani

    sir i want previous papers

    • Vaibhav

      Kalyani we will post hindi papers soon.

  • sutapa

    is there any sectional cut off??

  • Deepak

    Sir I want to apply from East zone, Kolkota and want to appear the exam in Delhi. It is possible?

    • Vaibhav


    • SANTU


  • VATS

    Hello Sir !
    I wanted to enquire whether I can apply 4200 G.P post from one board and 2800 G.P post from other board?

    Which is better feasible board to opt ?


    • Vaibhav

      No you can only apply from one RRB

  • Jitender saini

    Ex service man ka kitna quota h .sir

  • mansingh

    I want to preparation paper


    hello sir, i applied rrb ntpc recently. i kept different states for my exam center in application form.my doubt is that what center i will get for my exam.

    • Vaibhav

      You will be given exam center based on your current address.

    • MUKESH KHare

      mr. asiwini You can choose any center in all over india.

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