RRB Group D: Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

September 7, 2022

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Every year when vacancies are there, the Railway Recruitment Board announces entrances exams for Group D employees. The last exams were held in 2019.

Railways had announced recruitment for various group D positions for the latest cycle. These exams were supposed to be held in April. Due to covid surge, increases in the number of cases, these exams have been postponed. As per the latest news and indications, railways can announce the group D exams as soon as in August or September.

These exams will help in filling more than 1 lakh vacancies in different job titles. After the release of exam notification, RRB also announced the syllabus for the group-d exams.

Like any exam, knowledge of the syllabus and exam pattern is important for RRB Group D recruitment too. Railways have already announced these syllabus and exam patterns for the knowledge of applicants.

RRB Group D exam is divided into three parts

  • Computer-based test
  • physical efficiency test
  • document verification and medical check-up

Out of these three, only a Computer-based test is the only one that has a marking system. A physical efficiency test or PET is a qualifying test and candidates are required to clear. The third stage is document verification, candidates should present all the documents required by the authorities.  Document verification is also an equally important stage. Attendance of candidates during document verification is compulsory. In case candidates are absent, they would be disqualified

RRB Group D Exam Syllabus (Computer Based)

Before learning about the exam pattern of the RRB Group-D exam, let’s see the syllabus first. A computer-based test or CBT is the first stage of the exam. This is the only stage that has to mark.  The syllabus of this stage is-

  • General Awareness
  • Basic Science
  • Mathematics or Numeracy
  • Intelligence and Reasoning

Now let’s look at all the topics in detail.

General Awareness

There are many topics in general awareness. This subject basically includes basic and day-to-day knowledge. This includes the general awareness of society and national and state polity among candidates

  • Current events in ‘Politics and Social dynamics
  • General awareness
  • Sport
  • Culture
  • Famous personalities in different fields
  • Effect of various policies in social and economical life of the general public.
  • Civic duties and responsibilities of citizens.


This subject tests the basic numeracy knowledge of the candidates. Questions in this subject are from grade school. There will be the following topics in it-

  • LCM and HCF
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Work and time
  • Distance and time
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Profit and loss
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Mensuration
  • Square root
  • Statistics
  • Age calculation

All these topics, applicants study in high school.

General Intelligence and Reasoning

This measures the reasoning and analytical skills of the candidates.  All the applicants should study the following topics-

  • Data interpretation
  • Sufficiency
  • Coding and decoding
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Data conclusion
  • Decision making
  • Direction and classification
  • Statements- Assumption and Arguments
  • Mathematical operation
  • Venn Diagram
  • Jumbling etc.

These topics also help judge the decision-making and quick thinking abilities of the candidates.

General Sciences

This includes basic science of 10th grade i.e. physics, chemistry and biology. Candidates must consult a 10th-grade book for this topic.

Know More – RRB Group D Important Date & Notifications

RRB Group D Exam Syllabus (Physical Efficiency)

The physical efficiency test has no written exam. This test includes various physical tests that candidates need to clear. based on the syllabus and exam pattern of RRB Group-D, these include-

  • lift and carry 35 kgs for 100m in 2 min for Male candidates
  • Lift and carry 20 kg for 100m in 2 min for female candidates
  • run 1000m in 4 min 15 sec for Male candidates
  • run 1000m in 5 min 40 sec for female candidates

Document verification

Candidates are required to bring their documents for verification. All candidates must be present at the time of verification. In case of any absent candidate, they will be disqualified.

RRB Group D Exam Pattern

For RRB Group D recruitment, the exam is conducted in three stages-

  • CBT
  • PET
  • Document verification

CBT is a computer-based test. This is the only written exam there is. Once candidates clear CBT, the result is announced on the railway’s website. Based on the result of CBT and cut-off marks, candidates are called for PET i.e. physical efficiency test. In this, candidates undergo various physical tests. PET is a qualifying round. There are no marks for it. Once the candidates qualify in PET, they then move ahead to document verification. Candidates are required to be present for document verification. After this, a merit list is prepared on various criteria.

Exam Pattern of Computer Based Test

CBT is the only question-based test. Based on the RRB Group-D Exam Pattern, it is the test that has marks in it. Candidates, who clear CBT, are then informed of their physical efficiency test. RRB Group-D exams are expected to be announced soon. Till that time, candidates must learn about the syllabus and exam pattern of this exam. The computer-based test is divided into 4 sections-

  • General Awareness
  • Mathematics
  • General sciences
  • Intelligence and reasoning

For this test following points are important-

  • The question paper of CBT has 100 questions.
  • Candidates get 90 minutes to finish the paper.
  • Each question is of 1 mark. Therefore, candidates can score a maximum of 100 marks.
  • there is negative marking for wrong answers
  • For every wrong answer, candidates would lose 1/3 marks.
  • The paper is 90 minutes long.

Following is question distribution and marks distribution for different sections-

S. NoSectionNumber of QuestionsMarks
1General Awareness2020
3General Sciences2525
4Intelligence and Reasoning3030

Exam Pattern of Physical Efficiency Test

Exam Pattern of RRB Group-D has PET. The physical efficiency test is designed to measure the physical stamina of applicants for RRB Group-D exams. Following are the important point to remember-

  • Candidates who clear CBT move on to PET.
  • Candidates are called up to 3 times for PET.
  • There are different tests for male and female candidates.
  • There is no marking system for PET. Only the candidates who qualify for these tests move on to document verification.

The physical efficiency test is divided into the following sets.

Category of CandidateRunWeight
Male 1000m in 4 minutes 15 seconds.  One chanceLift and carry 35 kg of weight for a distance of 100m.  They should carry this in 2 minutes without putting the weight down.  Will get only one chance.  
Female 5 minutes40 seconds for 1000m. Only one chance. Must lift and carry 20kgs for 100m.  2 minutes to cover the distance without putting it down. Only one chance.  

Document Verification

The third stage is document verification. Here is the list of some of the documents-

  • NOC by the current employer if the applicant is in a govt. job at the times
  • Copy and original of Aadhar card
  • matriculation certificate and mark sheet
  • domicile (if applicable)
  • SC/ST certificate (if applicable)
  • certificate for EWS (if applicable)

Exam Preparation Tips

  • Candidates must understand the syllabus and exam pattern of RRB Group-D exams properly.
  • Candidates can start with the General Intelligence & Reasoning section since it carries maximum marks.
  • They can also practice several mock tests and set a timer of 90 minutes.
  • Since the syllabus is vast, applicants need a few months to cover section-wise topics thoroughly.
  • They can grasp the exam pattern to score well in the computer-based test.
  • Divide the syllabus into small parts for your ease. Also, focus on the math problems you find hard to solve.
  • Do not forget to check the previous year’s question papers for solid RRB Group D preparation.
  • Refer to math tricks that could save your time in the written exam.

Know More – RRB Group D Result & Cut off Marks

Reference Books RRB for Group D Exam Syllabus

For Math Section

The name of the booksAuthors
Advanced MathRakesh Yadav
Fast TrackRajesh Verma
Basic Maths and Pre-Algebra for BeginnersMark Zegarelli
Quantitative AptitudeRS Aggarwal

For General Intelligence & Reasoning Section

The name of the booksAuthors
General Intelligence & ReasoningKuwar Ishwar Singh Rathore
Test of ReasoningEdge Thorpe/Pearson
General Intelligence & Test of ReasoningVikas Publishing House
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningRS Aggarwal
New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal, & AnalyticalBS Sijwali & Indu Sijwali

General Awareness Section

The name of the booksAuthors
Pratiyogita DarpanUpkar Publication
Manorama Year Book 2018Malayala Manorama
Arihant General Knowledge 2019Manohar Pandey
Lucent’s General KnowledgeLucent Publication

Candidates must also refer to the NCERT books of Science and Math for grade 10. They should also study from Class 10 social studies. This would definitely help in understanding the economics and basic civics of the country.

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Q.1 What are the recent changes in the syllabus and exam pattern of the RRB Group-D exam?

A. There have been no recent changes in the exam syllabus or pattern for the referred exam.

Q.2 What are the names of the sections of Computer-based tests?

A. As per the syllabus of RRB Group-D exams, there are 4 main sections-

  • General Science
  • General Awareness
  • Mathematics
  • Intelligence and reasoning

Q.3 How many callbacks are there in the Physical Efficiency test?

A. Candidates get 3 callbacks in case of vacant positions.

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