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RPF Constable: Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

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RPF Constable: Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips
September 15, 2021
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The syllabus of RPF constable 2021 will cover all the high-level topics even easy to. In addition, the syllabus is divided into various subjects like general awareness, arithmetic, general science, reasoning , English etc. Detailed explanations of these subjects are given below:


RPF Constable Syllabus of Arithmetic 

This is the part of mathematics of basic level up to class 10th. However, mathematics is included in all competitive level exams. Therefore, the chapters covered in arithmetic portion (mathematics)  are:

  • Relationships between numbers
  • Profit and loss
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Percentage
  • Number system
  • Time and distance
  • Decimal and fraction
  • Interest
  • Discount
  • Fundamental arithmetic operations
  • Mensuration
  • Averages
  • whole number, etc.

Table of Contents


RPF Constable Syllabus of General knowledge

Further , the chapters that are going to come in the RPF constable exam :

  • Environmental issues concerning India
  • Economics
  • Current affairs
  • India history, art and culture
  • Specialized growths comprising space and
  • The nuclear strategy of India
  • Sports
  • General awareness of the events and
  • Developments in the society
  • General Science
  • Life science
  • Common abbreviations
  • Geography
  • General politics and,
  • The Indian constitution.


RPF Constable Syllabus of General intelligence and reasoning

This subject is included to check your IQ level and mental ability. Further, the chapters that will come in the exam are as follows:

  • Coding
  • Decoding
  • Syllogistic reasoning
  • Non-verbal series
  • Spatial orientation
  • Analogies
  • Problem-solving analysis
  • Visual memory
  • Relationship concepts
  • Arithmetic number series
  • Statement conclusion
  • Verbal and figure classification
  • Spatial visualization
  • Similarities and differences
  • Discriminatory observation


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Exam pattern of RPF constable 2021

The candidates who are preparing for the RPF constable exam firstly ,they should have knowledge about the exam pattern. However, the preparation of the category depends upon the exam pattern. Moreover, the exam is divided into four stages namely, physical measurement test and physical efficiency test, computer-based test. So, the candidates who are applying for this post must qualify each of the levels for qualifying the exam and to secure a job . Furthermore, in this article, one interested candidate will come to know about their exam pattern and exam stages. Additional, let’s check the each stages one by one.


Computer-based test (CBT)

The starting level is CBT, Which is known as a computer-based test in the selection procedure. For those who have applied for the RPF Constable exam, they must have to appear in this CBT for move to furthur levels of exam and they have to qualify this exam for movement in furthur stage. Eventually, the exam is going to be held for all the communities. Furthermore, the concept of the CBT exam is as follows:

  • The question paper will be susceptible in Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Assamese, etc. So the candidate from any state can appear in exam and able to choose his own native language in exam according to his comfort.
  • Moreover, the exam will be of auxiliary or 12th class, with questions framed following the RPF constable syllabus.
  • Yet, all questions in the paper will be compulsory, and candidates will be awarded one positive mark for each correct answer.
  • In the CBT, a negative marking policy is used. Therefore, (1/3)rd of a mark is deducted from your positive score for each incorrect response. So the candidate have to focus in his accuracy .


CBT exam pattern


Sections No. Of questions Marks given
General intelligence and reasoning 35 35
General knowledge 50 50
Arithmetic 35 35
  • In addition, Paper contain total 120 question in it and the overall timing is of 90 minutes for exams .Also, there’s no sectional timing for each section.
  • Additionally, the qualifying percentage of RPF, constable CBT exam is as follows and the qualifying marks can be varies according to the total number of vacancies and the total number of student appeared in the exam:


Category Qualifying percentage
SC/ST 30%
General/ unreserved/OBC 35%


Exam pattern of Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Measurement Test(PMT) 

The qualified candidates will be moving ahead to the next step. They will be greeted by the RPF department. However, the railway policy state that the candidates are ten times to the vacancies will be greeted for the PET and PMT exam. Furthermore, the given tables will make the aspirant familiar with the concept of this exam:


PET Standards 


Standards Female Male
800 meters run 3 minutes 40 seconds
High jump 3 feet 4 feet
1600 meters run 5 minutes 45 seconds
Long jump 9 feet 14 feet


PMT Standards 

The RPF constable recruiting board requires candidates to satisfy certain physical requirements. Therefore, candidates must verify these parameters throughout the RPF constable application process.


Category Chest ( in CM) ( ONLY FOR MEN) Height (in CM)
Expanded Unexpanded Female Male
SC/ST 81.2 76.2 152 160
For other categories specified by the government 85 80 155 163
UR/OBC 85 80 157 165


IMPORTANT NOTE – Ex-servicemen are free from PET, although they must go through PMT.


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RPF Constable Suggested books of 2021

The RPF constable exam is that level of exam, where there is a must to study from books. In addition, the books must be of good quality matter and cover all necessary details of that particular subject. Furthermore, there is a list of books according to their subjects are as follows:


General knowledge books


Topics Publications
General Studies(S.S.T) Disha
G.K Manual Pearson
General awareness Lucent and Arihant


Intelligence and reasoning books


Popular books Name of the publication
Reasoning book Pearson
Verbal and non-verbal reasoning R.s Aggarwal
Analytical reasoning M.k Pandey
A new approach to reasoning B.S Sijwali and Sijwali Arihant


Arithmetic Book


Lists Publishing house
Quantitative aptitude for competitive examination Abhijeet Guha
objective arithmetic  S Chand
Fast track objective arithmetic Rajesh Sharma
Quantitative ability  Rs. Agarwal


Preparation tips for RPF constable exam

The exam pattern and the curriculum is the first step in developing a preparation strategy; both are critical to success. Along with the RPF constable notice, the syllabus and the pattern are issued. However, examine the curriculum and split it into sections according to your understanding. Moreover, this may be done on a subject-by-subject basis. The candidate must practice each subject at a time. Therefore, you will be able to finish the syllabus in no time. Therefore, start practicing question papers and taking as many mock exams as you can when you finish the curriculum. In addition, continue to revise the chapters so that you don’t forget what you’ve already read.


Preparation of a subject Arithmetic 

The arithmetic subject contains a total of 35 marks. Most of the candidates have a problem with this subject. So, they should give more time. The following pointers will undoubtedly assist you in achieving a high score in this section:

  • Know your fundamentals, memorize all arithmetical formulae, and recall tables and significant values.
  • First, try to complete all numerical problems from a regular book, then go on to higher-level issues.
  • Review past years’ papers and take a range of simulated exams at various levels.
  • Find your weak points and improve them.
  • The improvement of your weak points can be done through education and practice.
  • Maths need more practice. Therefore, do more practice.


Preparation of a subject Reasoning 

The reasoning subject covers a total of 35 questions. Also, has 35 marks. Usually, the candidates feel insecure with this subject. But, when it will become understandable. Then its easy too practice.

This portion is quite straightforward to score. Here are some preparation suggestions to help you master this section.

  • Learn fundamental techniques to answer puzzles and other hard problems from popular reasoning.
  • Sharpen your logical and analytical abilities
  • Try to practice as much as possible from past years’ papers and take a mock exam.
  • Practice new questions as well, as this part frequently asks questions that have never been asked before.
  • Practice in a timed way so that you may complete all of the questions during the exam within the allotted time.


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Preparation of a subject general knowledge

This portion has cover the greatest weightage among the all four sections. Moreover, this section contain a total of 50 questions which constitute a total score of 50 marks. As a result, the candidate has to be more focused and more attentive at the time of preparation for this section. The candidate have to consider the following points at the time of preparation for  achieving a high score in this section:

  • Questions from Indian history, art, and culture, as well as geography, economics, sports, general science, etc, are frequently asked in the exams.
  • So candidate have to pay more attention to each part of these topics and don’t skip any of them.
  • The candidate should be aware of his/her weak point. Therefore, you should give extra attention to it.
  • For each topic, read fundamental  textbooks first specially ncert of junior classes upto class 10th
  • And write one-liner notes to assist you to revise the concepts before the exam.
  • Previous year’s questions can help you gain confidence and,
  • Enhance your knowledge for preparation of the CBT.
  • Practicing extra question papers will undoubtedly shift your perspective on the themes.


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Q. Which subjects will come in the RPF constable CBT exam?

The subjects which will come in the RPF constable exam are G.K, Arithmetic and intelligence and reasoning.

Q. How many marks of the general knowledge section is?

The general knowledge subject covers 50 marks.

Q. What are the total marks of the CBT exam?

The total mark of the RPF Constable CBT exam is 120.

Q. What is the total timing of the CBT exam?

The total timing is 120 minutes.

Q. Is there any sectional timing?

There is only overall timing given.

Q. What is the negative marking of the CBT exam?

The negative marking is 1/3 per the wrong answer.

Q. What is the height required for females in the PET exam?

The height required for females is 150-157.

Q. How is height and chest size judged?

The height and chest size are judged according to the candidate’s category.

Q. What is the qualifying percentage for the general category?

The qualifying percentage of the general category for the CBT exam is 35%.

Q. What is the qualifying % for the SC/ST category?

The passing percentage for SC/ST category is 30%.

Q. What are the famous books for the RPF constable Arithmetic?

The books for the arithmetic subject is fast track arithmetic, quantitative aptitude for competitive examination, etc.

Q. How many marks does the arithmetic subject contain?

50 marks.

Q. Is mathematics subject need more practice?


Q. What is the time need in the female’s 800 m race?

3 minute 40 seconds.

Q. Coding and decoding is the topic of which subject?


Q. How many total questions are their in the arithmetic?

There are total 35 questions.

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