NTPC RRB 2019- Important Highlights You Should Know

Private sectors may offer an excellent salary package but government jobs provide both security and stability at the same time. Therefore, a large number of students opt for competitive exams to secure a career in the government sector.

The Indian Railway Recruitment Board, also known as RRB, conducts NTPC RRB exams every year to recruit candidates in Indian Railways. It is a highly demanding job due to substantial career prospects and boundless career opportunities.

The Railway Recruitment Board has made an announcement this year regarding 1.3 lakh vacancies in the non-technical categories of Indian Railways, such as Ministerial, Para-Medical staff, Senior Time Keeper and isolated categories, etc. The NTPC RRB exams are just around the corner, and students are entirely focused on their exam preparations.

However, NTPC RRB exams are highly competitive as there is a limited number of seats. One needs to prepare well from the beginning to guarantee selection. You should aim to prepare in a way to ensure high scores and less negative marks in each section of the exam. Going through the article, will help you know all the essential things you need to know before opting for NTPC RRB exams.

NTPC RRB Exam Dates

The schedule of the NTPC RRB exam will be published on their official website shortly. Earlier, the exam was scheduled between June and September 2019, which has been postponed. The revised exam date has not been published yet.

According to the Railway Recruitment Board, the exam will be conducted in the coming year. The NTPC RRB exam is expected to be held during January or February 2020. Once the exam dates are released the admit card will be published on the NTPC RRB official website.

Here are some important dates of NTPC RRB 2019 exams given below:

Important events Dates
NTPC RRB notification release February 28th, 2019
Online application start date March 1st, 2019
Online application last date March 31st, 2019
Expected NTPC RRB exam date January – February 2020

Job roles of NTPC RRB

NTPC RRB exam pattern depends on the post you are applying for. The posts are divided into two categories – undergraduate level post and graduate-level posts.

The candidates who have graduated from any reputed institution can opt for graduate-level posts that are:

  • Traffic Assistant
  • Goods Guard
  • Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk
  • Senior Clerk cum Typist
  • Junior Account Assistant cum Typist
  • Senior Time Keeper
  • Commercial Apprentice
  • Station Master

The candidates who have passed higher secondary level can opt for undergraduate posts that are:

  • Junior Clerk cum Typist
  • Accounts Clerk cum Typist
  • Junior Time Keeper
  • Trains Clerk
  • Commercial cum Ticket Clerk

Stages of NTPC RRB

You should have a clear idea about the exam pattern to score good marks. NTPC RRB exam consists of several steps. Your exam pattern or stages may vary based on the job role that you are applying for. The selection for NTPC RRB exams is made strictly based on merit. There are multiple stages of NTPC RRB recruitment exam, and they are as follows:

  • Computer-based RRB NTPC Prelims test or CBT stage 1.
  • Computer-based RRB NTPC Mains test or CBT stage 2.
  • Typing Test OR RRB NTPC Aptitude Test. In case you are opting for the post of Senior Clerk cum Typist and Senior Time Keeper etc. then you need to prepare for the typing test. Whereas, you need to prepare for RRB NTPC Aptitude Test if you are going for the post of Traffic Assistant or others.
  • Document verification.
  • Medical fitness testing round.
  • Final selection round.

Tips to prepare for the NTPC RRB Recruitment Exam

When preparing for the NTPC RRB recruitment exam, you should know the exam pattern of the post you are opting for. But the Mains and Prelims exam pattern is the same for every job role. Both Mains and Prelims exam has four sections, which include Logical reasoning, General awareness, General sciences and Mathematics. However, the marking scheme and the total number of questions in every section may differ for CBT 1 and CBT 2. Here are some subject-wise preparation tips:

Preparation for general science

This section contains questions from basic science subjects like physics, chemistry and biology. You can also use NCERT books to brush up your higher secondary level science syllabus. If you have a clear understanding of concepts, then you can fetch good scores in the NTPC RRB exam. Don’t just memorize all the equations, formulas and reactions, try to practice extensively to secure selection for the next round.

Preparation for Mathematics

The section primarily consists of higher secondary level maths equations. Though calculations can be tricky sometimes, with thorough practice, one can master this section. It is equally essential to understand the theory behind the formulas, so you don’t get confused during the exam. When you practice, you will be able to find out tricks and shortcuts for solving though problems.

Preparation for reasoning

In case you have never participated in a competitive exam before then this section is new for you. You are required to understand the theory behind every topic to score good marks in this section. You should try to figure out the steps involved in solving a particular problem. Besides, there are some topics that can be addressed with common sense like classification, blood relations, number or alphabet series, etc. Developing a habit of making diagrams can help you to solve reasoning problems quickly.

Preparation for general awareness

You need to keep yourself updated with the current affairs of national and international importance. You can refer to NCERT books on History, Geography, Political Science and Civics. To fetch good marks, you must have an overall knowledge of the Economy, Polity, Parliament, History, Indian laws, and Constitution, etc. Try to allocate an hour daily for this section because one needs to memorize a lot of information.

A job in Indian Railways is a dream of many people. To make it come true, you need to fill up the details on time, submit all the documents accordingly and finally fetch good marks. Most importantly remember that there is negative marking, which can damage your score. Thus, don’t attempt a question until you are sure.

By SatishReddy Venkannagari

Satish Reddy V is a Cyber Security Engineer at a reputed MNC and blogs at Freshers360. I am passionate about Blogging, Digital Marketing, and Cyber Security.

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