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RRB NTPC Exam Pattern

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern 2022:

The Railway Recruitment Board conducts the RRB NTPC Exam to fill up more than 35000+ vacant positions in the Indian Railways. The exam is held in the NonTechnical Popular categories for the Undergraduate and the Graduate positions in the Indian Railways.

RRB will be released the dates for the Computer Based Test ( CBT ) Phase I for 2022. The Phase I exam is scheduled to be held from 28th December 2022 to 13th January 2022. Knowledge of the  RRB NTPC Exam Pattern is necessary for the candidates to answer the questions properly and score the maximum marks in the exam.

The RRB NTPC Exam Pattern describes the marking scheme of the exam and contains important details like the total number of questions, marks allotted to each question, the total number of sections, weightage of each section, negative marking, and the duration of the exam.


RRB NTPC Exam Pattern

RRB NTPC Exam 2022 (Useful Links)
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The RRB NTPC Exam is conducted in the following Stages and in the given categories:

  • Computer-based test (CBT) Stage I Preliminary Exam
  • Computer-based Test (CBT) Stage II Mains Exam
  • Skill Test
  • Computer-based Aptitude Test (CBAT)-
  • Typing Skill Test
  • Document verification
  • Medical Examination

✍ Please Note- The CBAT Test is conducted for the post of Station Master and Traffic Assistant. The Typing Skill Test is conducted for Junior Timekeeper, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Senior Timekeeper. It is necessary for the candidates to clear each stage of the exam in order to move on to the next stage.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern and marks distribution for Stage I and Stage II exams

Stage I Exam Pattern:  RRB NTPC Exam Pattern

S.No

Categories

Total number of questions

Marks allotted

1

General awareness 

40

40

2

Mathematics

30

30

3

General Intelligence and Reasoning

30

30

4

Total

100

100

  • The total time duration for the exams is 90 minutes.
  • A total of ⅓ marks is deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Candidates who qualify the Stage I of the exams will go on to Stage II of the exams. The examination is conducted in different sessions and has varied difficulty levels. The scores of the candidates across different sessions are normalized for qualifying for CBT Stage I.

Stage II Exam Pattern: RRB NTPC Exam Pattern

S.No

Categories

Total number of Questions

Marks Allotted

1

General awareness

50

50

2

Mathematics

35

35

3

General Intelligence and Reasoning

35

35

4

Total

120

120

  • The total time duration for the exams is 90 minutes.
  • A total of ⅓ marks is deducted for every wrong answer.
  • The difficulty level of the exam depends on the post that the candidate has applied for. 

RRB NTPC Exam pattern for Computer-based Aptitude Test ( CBAT):
 

  • Candidates who have cleared Stage II of the exam can appear for the CBAT Test.
  • This test is compulsory for the candidates who have applied for the post of Station Master and Traffic Assistant.
  • The candidate needs a minimum T-score of 42 marks( irrespective of the community to which they belong) to qualify for this category.
  • The language options of the questions and answers in this category are only in English and Hindi.
  • There are 6 test batteries for this category of the exam.
  • The candidates have to qualify for all the test batteries to qualify for the position of Traffic Assistant and Station Master.
  • There is no negative marking for this stage of the exam.
  • Candidates who score 70% in Stage II and 30% marks in CBAT can proceed with the Document Verification.

RRB NTPC Negative Marking

There is no negative marking for this stage of the exam.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern for Typing Skill Test:

Candidates who have qualified the Stage II of RRB NTPC can appear for the Typing Skill Test.

  • Candidates need to fulfill the following typing criteria:

           30 words per minute( For the English language).

            25 words per minute ( For the Hindi Language ).

  • The typing skill test is qualifying in nature.
  • The candidate will have to undergo the typing skill test on the personal computer without the option of editing or spell check.
  • The total number of candidates shortlisted for the typing skill test is almost 8 times more than the total number of vacant positions.

RRB NTPC: Document Verification Test

  • Candidates who have qualified for the Computer Based Stage I, Stage II tests, and the typing skill test will be called for the Document Verification on the available vacancies for the required positions.
  • Candidates who fill up 50% of the vacancies of the Railway Recruitment Board positions will also be called for Document verification tests.
  • Candidates for the different categories will be called for the Document Verification Test based on the given merit:

S.No

Categories

Criteria for Merit

1

Trains Clerk

Goods Guard

Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk

Commercial cum Ticket Clerk

Commercial Apprentice

Marks secured by the candidate in Stage II Computer Based Test ( CBT )

2

Station Master

Traffic Assistant

Marks secured by the candidate in Stage II Computer Based Test ( CBT )

3

Junior Clerk cum Typist

Junior Timekeeper

Senior Clerk cum Typist

Senior Timekeeper

Junior Account Assistant cum Typist

Junior Timekeeper

Marks secured by the candidate in Stage II Computer Based Test ( CBT )

Candidates must either qualify or are exempted from the Typing Skill Test

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern Medical Examination Test:

The candidates who qualify for the above-mentioned tests will have to undergo the Medical Fitness Test conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board authorities. 

  • The Medical Test makes sure that the candidate is physically fit to carry out the duties assigned to him/her.
  • Visual equity standard is one of the main criteria for the Medical Fitness test.

Given below is the Visual equity standard for the RRB NTPC Exams:

S.No

RRB NTPC posts

Visual Equity Standard

1

Commercial Apprentice

Junior Accounts Assistant cum Typist

Senior Timekeeper

Senior Accounts Assistant cum Typist

Qualify the following tests:

Colour Vision

Binocular Vision

Field of Vision

Night Vision

Distance Vision- 6/9, 6/9 without glasses

Near Vision-0.6, 0.6 without glasses

2

Traffic Apprentice

Goods Guard

Traffic Assistant

Assistant Station Master

Distance vision- 6/12, 6/18 with or without glasses.

Near vision- 0.6, 0.6 with or without glasses

What is the Normalization process for the RRB NTPC Exam Pattern?

The Railway Recruitment Board uses the Normalization method for calculating the marks obtained by the candidates in the exams. As the questions have different levels of difficulty, RRB uses a fair method of calculating the marks scored by the candidates. Normalization of the score is a statistical and scientific process that uses the raw marks of the candidate based on Mean and Standard Deviation for a particular exam session.

The revised Formula for Normalization is given below:

Given below is a simplified explanation for calculating the raw score of the candidate based on the normalization formula:

  • Assume the candidate attempts 60 questions out of 100.
  • 54 out of the 60 questions are correct and 6 questions are wrong.
  • The candidate will get 54 marks for the correct answers and -2 (⅓ mark deducted for every wrong answer) marks for the wrong answers.
  • The net core of the candidate is 54-2= 52 marks.
  • The raw score of the candidate will be as follows:
  • 52/98 multiplied by 100 which is equal to 53.06.
  • Therefore the raw score of the candidate after the normalization process is 53.06.

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