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RRB NTPC Examination 2020-21:
RRB NTPC examination date has been delayed due to the unprecedented spike in the Covid -19 cases during its second wave.
The RRB NTPC exam 7th phase dates will be announced as soon as the situation recuperates and restrictions are eased.
The RRB NTPC exam date and RRB NTPC exam admit card will be released by the Railways Recruitment Board on their official website i.e http://www.rrbcdg.gov.in/
RRB (Railway Recruitment Boards) had released the official notification for the RRB NTPC exam recruitment on 28th February 2019.
According to official data, a total of 1,26,30,885 candidates applied for the exam.
RRBs have conducted six different phases of the RRB NTPC CBT 1 exam recruitment process from December 28, 2020, to April 8, 2021, till now.
Read this article carefully to know everything about RRB NTPC EXAM RRB NTPC exam 7th phase Dates, Vacancies, RRB NTPC exam admit card & Selection Procedure.
What is RRB NTPC Examination?
RRB NTPC exam recruitment is organized to recruit for various Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) graduate and undergraduate posts in different Zonal Railways and production units of Indian Railways.
The exam is to be held to fill 35,208 vacancies in total. The posts to be filled through RRB NTPC exam recruitment process includes Junior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Senior Time Keeper, Trains Clerk, Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Traffic Assistant, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk Junior Time Keeper, Goods Guard, Commercial Apprentice, and Station Master, Senior Clerk cum Typist.
In the future, the preliminary exams of Railways will be conducted by NRA (National Recruitment Agency) by the Union Cabinet. To select candidates for the Group B and C posts, there will be a Common Eligibility Test (CET). But the stages for further selection will be carried by the RRBs.
The syllabus of RRB NTPC exam recruitment, conducted in 15 languages, consists of Classes 10, 12, and graduation levels.
Approximately 1.25 crore applications have appeared in the different phases of the exam till now, out of a total of 1.18 crore applicants.
RRB NTPC Examination Date Updates:
May 31, 2021: RRB NTPC exam date has been delayed due to the COVID-19 situation. The exam dates of the RRB NTPC exam 7th phase will be announced once the situation gets better.
April 13, 2021: RRB NTPC 2021 objection tracker, answer key, question paper, and candidate response sheet will be released soon.
RRB NTPC 2021 Overview
|Exam name||RRB NTPC exam 7th phase|
|Exam Authority||Railway Recruitment Boards( RRBs)|
|Mode of exam||Online|
|Exam category||Undergraduate posts: Class 12 pass
Graduate posts: Graduation
|Stages of exam||1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT),
2nd Stage Computer Based Test (CBT), Typing Skill Test/Computer Based Aptitude Test (as applicable), and Document Verification/Medical Examination
|RRB NTPC exam date||Will be released soon|
|RRB NTPC exam admit card||Will be released soon|
RRB NTPC Answer Key 2021:
The examination authority of RRBs will soon release the RRB NTPC answer key for CBT 1 exam along with the objection tracker, candidate response sheet and question paper.
To access this information, you can log in to the official website by entering their User ID and password.
The candidates can also raise objections against the answer key if they want. They will have to pay an amount of INR 50 for the purpose.
RRB NTPC Exam Eligibility Criteria
The candidates need to the full fill the following criteria in terms of age and educational qualification to be eligible for the RRB NTPC exam recruitment-
Candidates should be between 18 to 30 years as of July 1, 2019, for 7th CPC Level 2 and 3 undergraduate level posts.
|Age group||Upper limit of date of birth
(Not earlier than)
|Lower limit of DOB
(Not later than)
|18 to 30 years||UR||OBC-Non
Community / Categories
|July 2, 1989||July 2, 1986||July 2, 1984||July 1, 2001|
For the Graduate level posts, the candidate had to be 18 to 33 years old on July 1, 2019.
|Age group||Upper limit of date of birth
(Not earlier than)
|Lower limit of DOB
(Not later than)
|18 to 33 years||UR||OBC-Non
|July 2, 1986||July 2, 1983||July 2, 1981||July 1, 2001|
Note: Relaxation in age is provided to candidates belonging to the reserved categories in both graduate and undergraduate levels.
For undergraduate posts: Candidates must have passed Class 12
For graduate posts: Candidates must be a graduate from a recognised university in any discipline.
RRB NTPC Examination Dates 2021:
RRB NTPC CBT 1, released in 2019, was scheduled to be conducted between June and September 2019. However, due to the speculation over the exam conducting agency, the exam was not conducted as per the schedule.
RRB NTPC CBT 1 exam was conducted from December 28, 2020, to April 8, 2021, in six phases. RRB NTPC exam dates related to the exam authorities has been highlighted in the following table-
|RRB NTPC events||RRB NTPC dates||Salient features|
|Notification PDF||28-Feb-2019||RRBs had released the notification for the RRB NTPC exam with details regarding exam pattern, vacancies, eligibility, reservation, syllabus, etc.|
|Application form||01-Mar-2019||The application form was made available on the official website a few days after the notification was released|
|Last date to apply||31-Mar-2019||Candidates could apply for the exam till this date|
|Fee payment||5-Apr-2019||Candidates could pay the application fees of INR 500 and INR 250 for PwBD / Female /Transgender/ Ex-Servicemen, SC/ST/Minority Communities/ Economically Backward Class candidates.|
|Final submission of applications||12-Apr-2019||After fee payment, candidates were required to submit their application form|
|First phase of CBT 1 exam||28-Dec-2020 to 13-Jan-2021||Around 23 lakh candidates participated in the first phase of RRB NTPC exam|
|Second phase of CBT 1||16-Jan-2021 to 30-Jan-2021||Around 27 lakh candidates participated in the
the second phase of RRB NTPC exam
|Third phase of CBT 1||31-Jan-2021 to 12-Feb-2021||Around 28 lakh candidates participated in the the third phase of RRB NTPC exam.|
|Fourth phase of CBT 1||15-Feb-2021 to 03-Mar-2021||Around 15 lakh candidates participated in the fourth phase of RRB NTPC exam.|
|Fifth phase of CBT 1||04-Mar-2021
|Around 19 lakh candidates participated in the the fifth phase of RRB NTPC exam.|
|Sixth Phase of CBT 1 exam||01-Apr-2021
|Around 6 lakh candidates participated in the the sixth phase of RRB NTPC CBT 1 exam|
|RRB NTPC exam 7th phase||Will be released soon||Will be released soon|
|CBT 1 answer key||Available soon||The provisional RRB NTPC CBT 1 answer key will be released soon online along with the question paper, the objection tracker, and the candidate response sheet.|
RRB NTPC Exam Process:
RRB NTPC Exam Recruitment process consists of multiple stages. All these stages are designed to test candidates’ intelligence as well as their physical fitness.
Only candidates with exceptional performance will be selected against the 35,208 vacant posts announced by Indian Railways.
The recruitment of the RRB NTPC Exam has been mentioned in details below-
Step 1: Fill the Application Form
The application form for the c Recruitment was made available online on March 1, 2019. And the final date for application submission was March 31, 2019. The deadline for fee payment was April 5, 2019.
Step 2: Issue of Admit card
Admit cards for different stages of the RRB NTPC Exam will be released differently. Candidates will have to log in to the official website by entering the required credentials (such as user id and password) to download their admit cards.
Step 3: Appear in the exam:
RRB NTPC Exam will be conducted in different cities in the country.
The exam consists of the following stages-
- Computer Based Test (CBT),
- Typing Skill Test/Computer Based Aptitude Test (as applicable)
- Document Verification/Medical Examination.
Step 4: Result:
The results of the RRB NTPC Exam will be released as per the different stages of recruitment. The result of the exams that have already been conducted is made available in PDF format along with RRB NTPC cut off marks for different posts and categories.
RRB NTPC Examination admit card 2021:
The admit card for the RRB NTPC exam 7th phase will also be issued online like the other six phases. Candidates will be required to bring their RRB NTPC exam admit card and photo identity proof, and a coloured passport size photograph to the examination hall on the day of the exam.
It is to be noted that your RRB NTPC exam admit card will have all the important information, including registration number, date of exam, allotted exam centre address, name of the candidate, gender, date of birth, etc.
Use the following steps to download your admit card for the RRB NTPC exam 7th phase-
- Go to the official website
- Log in by entering your user id and password.
- Go to the download RRB NTPC exam admit card option
- Download and take out a printed copy of your RRB NTPC exam admit card for future reference.
RRB NTPC Examination Analysis 2021
RRB NTPC exam analysis is made available to help the applicants understand the overall and section-wise difficulty levels. Overall RRB NTPC exam paper was moderate.
- The General Awareness section: Easy to moderate.
- The mathematics section: Easy to moderate.
- General Intelligence and Reasoning section: easy to moderate.
RRB NTPC Exam pattern :
RRB NTPC Exam pattern is divided into four sections, namely first Stage CBT, second stage CBT, CBAT, and typing skill test as mentioned below-
|Exam stage||Overall Pattern|
|1st stage CBT||
|2nd stage CBT||
|Typing skill test||
RRB NTPC Examination Syllabus
The topics prescribed in the RRB NTPC exam syllabus are of Class 10, 12, and graduation levels. Moreover the syllabus is the same for CBT 1 and CBT 2. However, the difficulty level at the different stages.
The syllabus for Mathematics includes:
- Ratio and Proportions
- Number System
- Time and Distance
- Time and Work
- Percentage etc.
General Intelligence and Reasoning includes:
- Completion of Number and Alphabetical Series
- Coding and Decoding
- Data Sufficiency
- Questions from Analogies,
- Similarities and Differences,
- Analytical Reasoning
- Mathematical Operations
General Awareness questions primarily include:
- Current events happening in and around the world.
RRB NTPC Examination
Since a huge number of applicants applied for the exam, the competition is expected to be tough. Aspirants will have to put in a lot of hard work and effort in their preparation to crack every stage of the exam.
Aspirants are advised to keep the following points in mind to make the strategy for their exam preparation-
- Exam pattern and syllabus
- Questions pattern by going through the previous years’ question papers
- Do a concept based study rather than memory-based
- Refer to RRB NTPC books and courses to fast track your preparation
- Solve RRB NTPC mock tests before the exam.
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RRB NTPC Vacancies:
The number of seats to be filled through, as announced by examination authorities, for RRB NTPC 2021 Exam was 35,277. But since the vacancies for DLW under RRB Allahabad were canceled, RRBs revised the vacancies of the RRB NTPC exam to a total of 35,208seats.
RRB NTPC Salary:
The salary package for the RRB NTPC exam is generous with additional benefits. RRB NTPC salary structure as per Seventh Pay Commission for undergraduate and graduate posts is mentioned below-
|Posts||Initial Salary (In Rs)|
|Junior Clerk cum Typist, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Trains Clerk,||19,900|
|Commercial cum Ticket Clerk||21,700|
|Goods Guard, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist, Senior Time Keeper||29,200|
RRB NTPC 2021 Exam Day Guidelines:
Candidates must reach the RRB NTPC exam centre an hour before the commencement of the exam.
Candidates are required to bring RRB NTPC admit card, an original photo-identity proof (such as a Voter Card, Aadhaar Card, printout of e-Aadhaar, Driving License, PAN card, Passport, Identity Card issued by the employer, College / University Photo ID card ), and one passport-size colour photograph while appearing for the exam.
Electronic gadgets (such as mobile phones, bluetooth, pen drive, laptops, calculators, wristwatches, etc. ) are not permitted inside the exam centre
Pen, pencil, belts, shoes, wallet/purses, ornaments, etc., are also not allowed inside the exam hall.
Covid-19 protocols have to be maintained, such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, at the exam centre, at any stage of the exam.
RRB NTPC 2021 FAQs
Q: How could candidates apply for the RRB NTPC exam?
A: Candidates were allowed to fill the RRB NTPC application form online within the due date. The application fees for the Unreserved and OBC category male were Rs 500. While for Women/SC/ST/PwD/Ex-Servicemen, the fees were Rs 250.
Q: Is the RRB NTPC exam conducted every year?
No. It is not conducted every year. The RRB NTPC exam recruitment notification is released as per the requirement and number of vacancies in the various railway departments.
Q: What were the RRB NTPC exam dates for CBT 1?
A: RRB NTPC CBT 1 exam 2021 was conducted from December 28, 2020, to April 8, 2021, in six phases. The RRB NTPC exam 7th phase dates will be released soon.
Q: Will RRB NTPC exam 7th phase be conducted online?
A: RRB NTPC exam is conducted online by the RRB at various stages as per the posts.
Q: Are there minimum qualifying marks in the RRB NTPC exam?
A: To pass the RRB NTPC exam, a candidate needs to score a minimum qualifying mark of 40% for UR & EWS categories, 30% for OBC and SC, and 25% for the ST category.
Q: When will the RRB NTPC result be announced?
A: RRB NTPC result will be announced soon after completion of all the phases of the exam. It is to be noted that RRB NTPC exam dates and admit cards will be announced soon.
Q: When will the provisional RRB NTPC answer key 2021 for CBT 1 be released?
A: RRB NTPC answer key 2021 will be released soon. Candidates can download the answer key along with the question paper, objection tracker, and candidate response sheet by logging into their account.
Q: Are NCERT books enough for RRB NTPC preparation?
A: Questions asked in the RRB NTPC exam are generally of class 12 and graduation level. The topics covered are all there in the NCERT books. However, they can go for other books available in the market to brush up on the topics.
Q: What is the RRB NTPC syllabus for the first stage and second stage CBT exams?
A: The RRB NTPC syllabus for the first stage and second stage includes General Awareness, Mathematics, and General Intelligence, and Reasoning. The questions are going to be Class 12 and graduation level keeping in mind the nature of the post.
Q: Which books are best for RRB NTPC?
A: There are a number of books available in the market for RRB NTPC exam preparation. However, It is best to go for the books that have covered the entire syllabus and written in simple language.
Q: How can I prepare for the RRB NTPC exam 7th phase?
A: You can prepare for RRB NTPC exam 7th phase by practicing the previous year’s question papers on each topic. Since the competition for the exam is tight you are advised to study hard and smart. Strategise well for the exam preparation according to the question pattern and your strengths and weak points. Practice and take the mock tests to improve your speed and time management. Revise well before the exam.
Q. Can Class 12 candidates apply for RRB NTPC?
A: Yes, they could apply for the undergraduate posts of RRB NTPC exam.
Q. Is there any normalisation of marks in RRB NTPC exam?
A: Yes, RRBs follow a normalisation procedure to calculate the scores of candidates to adjust the difficulty level of question papers.
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