RPF SI: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

September 7, 2022

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RPF SI Exam Syllabus

RPF SI exam is divided into 3 stages. According to this exam pattern following are the stages-

  • Computer Based Test
  • Physical Efficiency Test
  • Physical Measurement Test

Only CBT i.e. Computer based test will have test questions and syllabus.  Computer based test of RPF is exam is divided into 3 sections.

  • General Awareness
  • Arithmetic
  • General Intelligence And Reasoning

Candidates should learn about each topic and its sub parts in details when appearing for exam.  All the sections are marked and evaluated separately. Candidates need to clear all three sections separately.

Computer Based Test

The Syllabus of computer based test of RPF SI exam is divided into three sections.

General Awareness

This section includes current events, Indian politics, constitution etc Questions regarding effects of these events and politics on the society are also asked. Following is the list of the topic that candidates should go through while preparing for this exam.

  1. Current Events
  2. Social Experiences
  3. Affect Of Politics On Society
  4. Affect Of Different Policies On Society
  5. Environmental Concern
  6. Indian History
  7. Geography Of India
  8. Economics
  9. Civic Duties And Responsibilities
  10. Rights Of Citizens
  11. Indian Constitution And Its Amendments
  12. Sports And Achievements
  13. General Science

Questions regarding the above topics are asked to judge candidates’ approaches and understanding of current events and their effect on the country and its citizens. These questions also judge the capacity of a candidate to observe and implicate her or his experience in society.


This section has basic maths and numeracy questions. These are grade-level questions and check the basic calculation capacity of the candidates. The following sub-topics are part of this section.

  1. Decimals
  2. Fractions
  3. Permutation And Combination
  4. Whole Numbers
  5. Measurements
  6. Data Understanding
  7. Tables And Graphs
  8. Charts And Bars
  9. Time And Distance
  10. Mensuration
  11. Profit And Loss
  12. Interest
  13. Time
  14. Percentage
  15. Arithmetical Operations
  16. Relationships Between Numbers
  17. Number System

Understanding of basic maths is a requirement for the candidates. These questions are designed to check their knowledge and efficiency to solve these questions.

General Intelligence and Reasoning

This section tests the logical reasoning and analytical capacity of the candidates. This section will have questions on-

  1. Questions On Analogies
  2. Spatial Orientation
  3. Judgment
  4. Decision Making
  5. Relationship Concept
  6. Coding And Decoding
  7. Statement Conclusion
  8. Visual Memory
  9. Similarities And Differences
  10. Verbal And Figure Classifications
  11. Special Visualization
  12. Discriminating Observation
  13. Statement Conclusion

Candidates should understand each topic properly and practice them.

Know More – RPF SI Important Date & Notifications

Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Measurement Test (PMT)

This is the second stage of the exam. Candidates who clear CBT are called for PET and PMT up to 10 times. Though recalls depend upon the number of vacancies available. It is compulsory for candidates to qualify for PMT and PET. Also, there are no marks. Candidates need to clear the following tests.

CategoryHigh JumpLong Jump800m run1600m run
Sub-Inspector female3 Ft9 ft4 min
Sub-Inspector Male3 ft 9 inches12 ft6 min 30 sec

RPF SI Exam Pattern

The recruitment exam of RPF SI is divided into three parts.

  • Computer Based Test
  • Physical Efficiency Test
  • Physical Measurement Test

Written Exam

  • For Computer Based Test There Are 3 Topics-
  • General Awareness
  • Arithmetic
  • General Intelligence and Reasoning.

There is only one paper with three sections. Marks distribution is as following-

General Awareness50  90 min
General Intelligence and reasoning35

Following points are important regarding RPF SI Exams syllabus and pattern-

  • Only those candidates who will clear the CBT will move to the second stage of physical tests.
  • There is negative marking in exams.
  • There is no option of recalculation.
  • Candidates can choose the language of the paper at the time of filling the application form.
  • All the details related to the exam like timing, date, and venue will be written on the admit card.
  • After the exam, the Central recruitment committee will take all the decisions related to future intimations and purposes.

Physical Exam

For the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Measurement Test (PMT), the following points should be kept in mind.

  • There are no marks on these exams.
  • PET has two runs and two jumps. Candidates can try for jumps twice. But they will get only one chance to clear the runs.
  • PET and PMT are qualifying tests. Candidates should clear both these tests.
  • There will be a recall up to 10 times for Pet. But this depends completely on the number of vacancies.
  • There will be a grievances cell set up for the candidates. They can go to the cell to report their issues and clear confusion.
  • Ex-Servicemen are exempted from the physical efficiency tests. Though, they have to qualify for physical measurement tests.

Document verification

It is the third phase of the test. The central recruitment committee is responsible for the verification of the documents.

  • Document verification is only done after a candidate clears CBT and qualifies PET and PMT.
  • In case two candidates have the same scares, the older one will get a higher merits position.
  • If a candidate is not present for document verification, their candidature is canceled.
  • The appointment of any candidate is subjected to their document verification, medical exam, and completion of the training period.
  • Candidates must notice that the final recommendation is by CRC and the appointment letter is released by the subsequent railway administration.

Recommended Books

Exam notification for RPF SI for 2021 is not announced yet. But candidates must start preparing for exams. They should study from the best of the books. A few of those books are given below.

General Awareness

To study and understand the concept of general awareness, candidates should study from one of the following books.

Name Of The BookAuthor/Publication
Railway To The Point General Awareness & General Science Kiran Prakashan
General Knowledge ManualPearson
Lucent’s General KnowledgeVinay Karna
General Knowledge & Awareness 2018 For RRB Railway Recruitment ExamsDisha Experts


To study basic maths and numeracy, the following books are a good option-

Name Of The BookAuthor/Publication
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations  R S Aggarwal
Fast track Objective Arithmetic  Arihant Publications
Objective Arithmetic  S. Chand

These are a few of the best books in the market to practice competitive arithmetic.

General Intelligence and Reasoning

There are a few of the most suggested books for verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Candidates must definitely practice from any of these books.

Name Of The ExamAuthor/ Publication
Analytical Reasoning  M K Pandey
Multi-Dimensional Reasoning  Mishra & Kumar
A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR S Aggarwal

There are a few books that are specifically arranged with the RPF SI exam syllabus and pattern in mind. They are-

  • Candidates can refer to RPF & RPSF Sub-Inspector (Executive) Recruitment Exam Guide: Sub Inspector Recruitment Exam
  • They can also see RPF / RPSF Sub Inspector Exam Books
  • Or pick up R. Gupta’s RPF & RPSF Constable Recruitment Exam Guide

All the above-given books have a good collection of questions. These questions will help the candidates in clearing their doubts and concepts. Candidates must also practice from old papers. This way, they can fully understand the exam pattern and RPF SI syllabus.

RPF SI Preparation tips

There are few points that one should remember before filling up the form-

  • Candidates must prepare their documents beforehand.
  • If all the documents are not ready, applicants should start the process of getting the documents ready. This will help them to avoid last-minute confusion.
  • Candidates must make sure they fulfill the basic physical requirements like height.

Following are a few of the most important points that candidates should remember regarding filling up the form and exam-

  • They should always be aware of the proper syllabus.
  • It is important to understand the exam pattern of RPF SI exams too.
  • Daily consumption of newspapers is also recommended.
  • This exam tests the physical capacity of the candidates. Therefore, candidates must keep themselves physically fit.
  • All the applicants should practice old papers. It will help them in their speed.
  • Time efficiency is an important aspect of preparing for any exam. Therefore, candidates must improve their speed at solving papers.
  • Candidates must make sure to apply early to get to the center of their choice.
  • The candidates must also think carefully before filling up the language of the exam.

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Q. What is the language of the RPF SI exam?

Candidates can choose from 15 given languages for their question paper.

Q. Is there any change in the exam pattern of RPF SI?

No, the Ministry of railways has not announced any change in the exam pattern of RPF SI. If there are any changes, the ministry will announce them on their official website.

Q. Is it compulsory for the candidates to be present for verification of the documents?

It is compulsory that all the candidates should be present for the verification of the documents. However, if a candidate is absent, their application is canceled.

Q. Who is the final authority for the decision for RPF SI exams?

Central recruitment authority makes the final call in RPF SI exams.