Railways: NTPC Exam, Study Plan & Strategy ?

Indian railways is the fourth largest railway network in world in terms of route length and acting as one of the most critical infrastructure of India. Jobs in Indian railway is considered as most prolific and highly accepted in Indian society. Indian railways is also one of the highest job provider in our country and recruits about 30-50 thousands individuals every year from Group A to Group D.

Union Public Service Commission recruits Group A officers through Civil Services examination for administrative area and Indian engineering services for technical areas.  Various Railway Recruitment boards recruit Group C & Group D posts comprising of Assistant Loco Pilot, Assistant Station Master, Ticket collector, Clerks etc.

Aspirants who are willing to join government services and especially for doing public services, may appear in examination for jobs in Railways.  Growth and career progressions are well defined and one can become Group A officer in Government of India through departmental promotion examination.

Railway Recruitment Board Official Website
Ahmedabad http://www.rrbahmedabad.gov.in/
Ajmer http://rrbajmer.gov.in/
Allahabad http://rrbald.gov.in/
Bangalore http://www.rrbbnc.gov.in/
Bhopal http://www.rrbbpl.nic.in/
Bhubaneshwar http://www.rrbbbs.gov.in/
Bilaspur http://www.rrbbilaspur.gov.in/
Chandigarh http://www.rrbcdg.gov.in/
Chennai http://www.rrbchennai.gov.in/
Gorakhpur http://www.rrbgkp.gov.in/
Guwahati http://www.rrbguwahati.gov.in/
Jammu http://www.rrbjammu.nic.in/
Kolkata http://www.rrbkolkata.gov.in/
Malda http://www.rrbmalda.gov.in
Mumbai http://www.rrbmumbai.gov.in
Muzaffarpur http://www.rrbmuzaffarpur.gov.in/
Patna http://www.rrbpatna.gov.in/
Ranchi http://rrbranchi.gov.in/
Secunderabad http://rrbsecunderabad.nic.in/
Siliguri http://rrbsiliguri.gov.in/
Trivendrum https://rrbthiruvananthapuram.gov.in/

Indian Railways-NTPC (Centralized recruitment) - Post for Under Graduates (10+2):

S.N. Name of the Post Intial Pay
1 Junior Clerk cum Typist 19900
2 Accounts Clerk cum Typist 19900
3 Junior Time Keeper 19900
4 Trains Clerk 19900
5 Commercial cum Ticket Clerk 21700

Indian Railways-NTPC (Centralized recruitment) - Post for Graduates:

S.N. Name of the Post Intial Pay
1 Traffic Assistant 25500
2 Goods Guard 29200
3 Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk 29200
4 Senior Clerk cum Typist 29200
5 Junior Account Assistant cum Typist 29200
6 Senior Time Keeper 29200
7 Commercial Apprentice 35400
8 Station Master 35400

All the aspects and factors pertaining to recruitment process of Indian railways for Group C & Group D (Non-Technical) have been thoroughly analyzed by Team CAT Aspirants for devising a successful strategy and effective study plan for Railways examination.  Please give your feedback at the end of this blog for improvement.

Examination Structure for Non-technical popular categories (NTPC) Graduate & under Graduate posts:There shall be two stage Computer Based Test (CBT) followed by Skill Test (Computer based Aptitude Test for Station Master and Traffic Assistant, Typing Skill Test for Junior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist and Senior Time Keeper). Subsequently, there will be document verification and medical examination. For Trains Clerk, Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Goods Guard, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Commercial Apprentice, there shall be two stage CBT followed by document verification and medical examination

Tier-I: Computer Based Online Examination

S.N. Name of Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
1 General Awareness 40 40 90 Minutes
2 General Intelligence & Reasoning 30 30
3 Mathematics 30 30
  Total 100 100

Note: There will be negative marking and 1/3 mark shall be deducted for each wrong answer

Tier-II: Computer Based Online Examination

S.N. Name of Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
1 General Awareness 50 50 90 Minutes
2 General Intelligence & Reasoning 35 35
3 Mathematics 35 35
  Total 120 120

Study Materials for Indian Railways NTPC 2019:

Based upon feedback of successful candidates and research done by Team CAT Aspirants, we recommend following list of books for Railways NTPC 2019 Preparation:

Study Plan & Strategy Indian Railways NTPC 2019 (Tier-I & Tier-II): Computer Based Online Examinations

Planning is the first step towards completion of any task. To get a desirable result, a good and effective plan may lead you to door of the success. Team CATAspirants.Com has outlined a comprehensive six weeks plan for Railways NTPC (CEN 1) recruitment on popular demand of aspirants and readers.

Week-1/ Month-1:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Number System, Progressions, Averages
General Awareness Current Events of National and International Importance, Games and Sports, Art and Culture of India, Indian Literature, Monuments and Places of India.
Reasoning Data Interpretation and Relation, Analogies, Mathematical Operations

Week-2/ Month-2:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Allegations, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Interest
General Awareness History of India and Freedom Struggle,

Physical, Social and Economic Geography of India and World,

Reasoning Similarities and Differences, Relationships, and Venn Diagram based Questions

Week-3 / Month-3:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Ratio, Proportions & Variations. Time & Work, Time Speed & Distance
General Awareness Indian Polity and Governance- constitution and political system, General Scientific and Technological Developments including Space and Nuclear Program of India.
Reasoning Analytical Reasoning, Syllogism, Jumbling, and Circular table and arrangements

Week-4 / Month-4:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Geometry & Mensuration
General Awareness Basics of Computers and Computer Applications, Common Abbreviations, Flagship Government Programs, Flora and Fauna of India, Important Government and Public Sector Organizations of India.
Reasoning Completion of Number and Alphabetical Series, Coding and Decoding, and Questions based on Pictorial representation

Week-5 / Month-5:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Quadratic equations, Inequalities, Logarithm, Set Theory, Elementary Statistics
General Awareness General Science and Life Science (up to 10th CBSE), Transport Systems in India, Indian Economy, Famous Personalities of India and


Reasoning Data Sufficiency, Statement- Conclusion, Maps, Interpretation of Graphs and Puzzles

Week-6 / Month-6:

Subject Chapters
Quantitative Aptitude Probability, Permutation & Combination, Algebra, Trigonometry
General Awareness UN and Other important World Organizations, Environmental Issues Concerning India and World at Large.
Reasoning Statement- Courses of Action, Decision Making,

All the Best

Team CAT Aspirants 🙂

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