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RRB NTPC Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

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RRB NTPC Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
September 6, 2021
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The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) of India conducts every year the RRB NTPC exam to fill in existing vacancies. RRB NTCP stands for Railway Recruitment Board Non-Technical Popular Categories. The exam is online and pulls in candidates from all around the Indian Subcontinent. On average more than 10 lac students apply for the exam. However, each year vacancies arise in the vicinity of 25-35k only.

Students and candidates with undergraduate and graduate degrees from recognized universities and boards are eligible to take the exam. Moreover, the exam opens doors for the candidates into the vast pool of roles and positions at RRB. Therefore, candidates get absorbed into roles like:

  • Clerk- Accounts cum Typist
  • Clerk- Trains
  • Time Keeper Junior or Senior
  • Clerk- Junior and Typist
  • Clerk- Tickets
  • Guard- Goods
  • Assistant of Traffic
  • Commercial Trainee and Station Master in the Zonal Railways and Production

 

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More About RRB NTPC Exam

Before we dive into a deeper understanding of the exam let’s quickly learn of the exam conducting body. Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) conducts RRB NTCP every year. Likewise, RRB is a recruitment agency of the Indian government established in the year 1998. Thus, the agency recruits candidates into group C and group D vacancies. In other words, it recruits civil and engineering staff on behalf of the government. Moreover, it is also essential to know that the agency is a part of the Indian Government and operates under the Ministry Of Railways India. Some quick facts about the board are below.

Abbreviation

RRB

Type Government Recruitment Body
Purpose Recruitment of Railway Staff
Location 21 Boards Across India
Headquarters Rail Bhavan, Raisina Marg, New Delhi — 110001
Chairman Suneet Sharma
Director Kumar Rajesh Chandra

Now That you have a fair amount of Ideas of the exam conducting authority, now let us get to know the exam in detail.

The RRB NTPC exam occurs every year around the month of December. Likewise, the application for the exam starts in the month of March. After successful completion of the application, one gets a chance to correct the application as well. Soon after the application the admit card is released which contains vital information related to the candidate and also acts as the first official document for the exam.

The RRB NTCP exam is of the National level and hires eligible Indian citizens. Speaking of eligibility, it depends on factors such as educational qualification, age, etc. The complete eligibility criteria for different posts and vacancies are available here.

Now diving deeper into the details of the exam one must keep in mind the syllabus of the exam is based on learnings of class 10, 12, and graduation levels.

 

Latest Notifications of RRB NTCP

Date

Notifications

7th August 2021 To get the refund of your fees click here now
6th August 2021 Application for Apprentice roles apply now from here
19th July 2021 Download 7th Phase Admit Card click here
16th July 2021 RRB NTCP 7th Phase Admit card related guidelines for Covid-19
7th July 2021 7th phase last exam last date notice for CBT-1 is here

 

RRB NTPC – Exam Dates

The 2021 RRB Exam started in January, the exam saw an enormous number of candidates being registered. Thereby, taking the total tally above 1.cr registration. Thus, the board decided to conduct the exam in 7 phases. All of the phases of the exam are now complete. The Last and final phase of the exam took place in the month of July 2021 on 23rd, 24th, 26th, and 31st. Moreover, the exam is online in two parts CBT 1 and CBT 2. Likewise, the application of the exam is also online. Likewise, a detailed exam date table is given below so that candidates can forecast exam dates for 2022 until officially available.

Exam Phase Exam Dates
1 Phase 28th of December 2020 – 13th of January 2021
2 Phase January 16th, 2021 – January 30th, 2021
3 Phase January 31st –  12th of February 2021
4 Phase 23rd of  February – 3rd of March 2021
5 Phase 4th of March – 27th of March 2021
6 Phase 1st of April – 8th of April 2021
7 Phase July 23rd – July 31st, 2021

After the Competition of the CBT 1 Exam candidates wait for results and once the results are out candidates learn about the students selected for CBT 2. The dates for CBT 2 Exam are not yet available. Moreover, the Railway Board will produce a merit list for the CBT 2 exam and announce the dates of the examination soon.

 

Application Fee for RRB NTPC

The Application fee for RRB NTPC can be broken into two parts. Part one is the basic application fee and part two is the examination fee. You must be wondering why there is a separate examination fee. Well, the answer is there are quite a few posts available for RRB NTCP and for some posts, the examination process is different which means the costs of conducting such exams are also different, therefore separate exam fees for separate posts.

Now the Application Process is simple. Simply head on to the respective RRB website of your state and fill the form by producing the necessary detail. Then skim through the application and pay the fee once you feel the form is correctly filled. Below is the application fee.

Category Of Candidates Fee Amount In Rupees
Unreserved or General Category 500
Females/ Schedule Cast/ Schedule Tribe/ PWD/ Transgender 250

Now that you know the exam fee it is also important to know that candidates can get a refund of the fee from RRB. In order to get the refund click here.

 

Eligibility Criteria

The Eligibility Criteria mainly consists of four-parameter which a candidate needs to meet in order to secure a job with RRB. The four parameters are citizenship (nationality), age limit, Physical and medical fitness, and last but not least educational Qualification. The above four parameters are further discussed below as applicable to different posts or job roles.

 

Nationality

The first Eligibility parameter is the nationality of the candidate. Candidates who are citizens of India are eligible provided they meet the other three requirements. Also, candidates from Nepal or Bhutan are also eligible. Likewise, a Tibetan refugee before 1962 is also eligible. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from other countries and is permanently settled in India is also eligible.

 

Age Limit

The Two tables are given below the first table depicts the upper age limit and lower age limit of each category of the candidate.

Category Max Year Of Birth Minimum Year Of Birth Maximum Age Limit Minimum age Limit
General 02 July 1989 01 July 2021 32 20
OBC July 02 1986 July 01 2021 35 20
SC/ST 2 July 1984 1 July 2021 37 20

 

Likewise, the second table shows the age relaxation for candidates that go beyond the SC/ST and General Categories.

Special Categories Maximum Age Limit UG level Post Maximum Age Limit Graduate level Post
Non Creamy OBC Candidates 38 36
SC and ST 5 more Years Relaxation 38
Ex-Servicemen Of Defense General Category 30 Years + Number of Years Served+ 3 years grace 33 Years + Number of Years Served+ 3 years grace
Ex-Servicemen Of Defense OBC Category 33 Years + Number of Years Served+ 3 years grace 36  Years + Number of Years Served+ 3 years grace
Ex-Servicemen Of Defense SC/ST Category 35Years + Number of Years Served+ 3 years grace 38 + Number of Years Served+ 3 years grace
PWBD General 40 43
PWBD OBC 43 46
PWBD SC/ST 45 48
J & K domiciled Candidates ( 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989) General 35 38
J & K domiciled Candidates ( 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989) OBC 38 41
J & K domiciled Candidates ( 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989) SC/ST 40 43
Railway Quasi Administrative staffs

General, OBC, and SC, ST respectively

Age – 40, 43, and 45 33, 36, and 38 respectively + additional 5 years or number of years served whichever is lower
Group C or Group D Railway Staff with 3 years time served General, OBC, and SC/ST respectively 40, 43, and 45 Respectively 40, 43, 45 respectively
Widows and Divorcees (not married)

General, OBC, and SC/ST respectively

35,38, and 40 respectively Same as UG level Posts

 

Physical Fitness and Medical Tests

The medical standard and fitness of each candidate are absolutely necessary to qualify for the post. The below table gives an easily understandable medical standard for different posts.

Medical Standards Posts Falling in the Medical standards
A2 Station Master, Goods Guard, Traffic Assistant
A3 Trains Clerk
B2 Commercial Apprentice, Commercial + Ticket Clerk, Senior Commercial Cum Ticket Clerk,
C2 Junior Time Keeper, Junior Clerk Cum Typist, Accounts Clerk Cum Typist, Senior Time Keeper, Senior Clerk-Cum-typist, Junior Accounts Assistant Cum Typist,

Apart From Medical Test candidates should meet the physical fitness parameters. Under the physical fitness parameter candidate of each medical standard category from A2 to C2 need to be physically strong and fit. Apart from that candidate should also meet the required vision test.

 

Educational Qualification for RRB NTPC Exam

The posts at RRB NTCP fall to a maximum in the 7th pay commission. Each Post has a different educational qualification standard, however, few courses have the same qualification standards. The qualifications for the post are as per the below table.

Post

Qualification

– Clerk- Trains

– Clerk Cum Typist- Junior

– Time Keeper- Junior

– Clerk- Accounts cum Typist

– Clerk- Commercial cum Ticket

10+2 with 50% (50% not applicable for SC/ST and special categories), Computer typing Hindi and English.
– Traffic Assistant

– Senior Commercial Cum Ticket Clerk

– Goods Guard

– Station Master

– Commercial Apprentice

Under Graduate Degree From a Recognized University
– Time Keeper – Senior

– Senior Clerk Cum Typist

– Junior Accounts Assistant Cum Typist

 

Under Graduate Degree From a Recognized University and typing proficiency in Hindi and English

 

Vacancies in RRB NTCP

RRB released the revised vacancies on April 20th, 2021. The Vacancies play an important role in deciding the cut-off marks as well. Presently the board has 35208 vacancies. Moreover for these vacancies more than 1.2cr candidates have applied to write the exam. Below are two tables that explicitly show the category-wise vacancies and job posts wise vacancies.

 

Category Wise Vacancy as on RRB NTPC Exam 2021

Category Total Number of available Vacancies
General 15176 ( Fifteen thousand one hundred seventy-six)
Other Backward Classes 8840 (eight thousand eight hundred forty)
Schedule Cast 5143 (five thousand one hundred forty-three)
Scheduled Tribe 2780 ( two thousand seven hundred eighty)
EWS 3525 ( three thousand five hundred twenty-five)

 

Post-Wise Vacancies

Post Number Of vacancies Under Graduate Number Of vacancies Graduate
Clerk Cum Typist – Junior and Senior Respectively 4300 2854
Accounts cum Typist –  Junior and Senior Respectively 760 3147
Time Keeper- Junior and Senior Respectively 05 06
Trains Clerk and traffic assistant Respectively 592 160
Commercial cum ticket clerk- Junior and Senior Respectively 4940 5638
Commercial Apprentice 259
Station Master 6865
Goods guard 5748
Total 10597 24677

 

Salary in RRB NTPC

The Salary for different roles of RRB NTPC is as below. The salaries both for UG level and Graduate level posts are below. The Graduate-level posts start from Traffic Assistant.

Post Name

7th Pay commission Level

Starting salary

Junior Clerk Cum Typist 2 ₹ 19900
Junior Time Keeper 2 ₹ 19900
Trains Clerk 2 ₹ 19900
Accounts Clerk Cum Typist 2 ₹ 19900
Commercial Ticket Clerk 3 ₹ 21700
Traffic Assistant 4 ₹ 25500
Senior Commercial cum Ticket clerk 5 ₹ 29200
Goods Guard 5 ₹ 29200
Senior Clerk Cum Typist 5 ₹ 29200
Junior Account Assistant Cum Typist 5 ₹ 29200
Senior timekeeper 5 ₹ 29200
Commercial Apprentice 6 ₹ 35400
Station Master 6 ₹ 35400

 

Syllabus of RRB NTPC

The syllabus of the RRB NTPC exam consists of three parts

Firstly mathematics, which includes arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics. Secondly, the exam consists of Reasoning and finally, the syllabus ends in General awareness which contains both static and current affairs. Furthermore, a finely detailed guide to the syllabus is available here. Check the syllabus pages it also contains tips on how to cover the syllabus in an efficient timely manner. Following this can help one cover the syllabus quickly leaving enough time span for practices only.

 

Exam Pattern

The RRB NTPC exam consists of four stages. Firstly Stage one or CBT 1, secondly stage 2 or CBT 2, thirdly depending on the post the exam will either be CBAT or typing test and finally Document Verification. The fourth stage is not a part of the exam pattern however, it is essential for a candidate to verify the documents in order to finally secure a job. Each of the stages exam patterns is as below. It is also notable there is negative marking for wrong answers,

 

CBT 1

Section

Number of Questions

Total Marks

Mathematics 30 30
Reasoning 30 30
General Awareness (GK) 40 40
Total 100 100
  •         PWD candidates will get 120 minutes while the rest will get 90 minutes to complete the exam
  •         1/3 marks deduction for every wrong answer

 

CBT- 2

Section Number of Questions Total Marks
Mathematics 35 35
Reasoning 35 35
General Awareness (GK) 50 50
Total 120 120
  •         PWD candidates will get 120 minutes while the rest will get 90 minutes to complete the exam
  •         1/3 marks deduction for every wrong answer

 

CBAT or Computer-based Aptitude Test

The CBAT exam is only for qualifying candidates for the posts of Traffic Assistant and station Master. The CBAT question will be available in Hindi and English only. The questions will be divided into six batteries a candidate will have to qualify in all six of them. Additionally, a candidate has to score a minimum of 30% in CBAT and 70% in CBT-2 in order to proceed to document verification.

Typing Skill

Candidates that achieve success in the CBT -2 exam qualify for the typing skill test. It is the last stage for selection except for document verification. In this test, candidates need to type at least 30 words in English and at least 25 words in Hindi in order to qualify further.

 

RRB NTPC Admit Card

The admit card for the 7th phase was released on 19th July. The admit card is an official document. Every candidate should keep it safe at least until the entire selection and onboarding process is over. Likewise, there will be no more admit cards released as the exam is over for 2021.

 

Result – RRB NTPC

RRB NTPC exam results are pending, likely the board will release the result in September. Moreover, the answer key for the exam will also be available in time during September. The students have written the exam for different states RRB, thereby rendering the exam available in 15 languages. The official site still does not have any notification or notice regarding the answer key or result announcement. However, students can expect the results to be available by September end. Once the result is announced or any notification for the same or for answer key is released you can check this space for links or the latest updates.

 

How to apply for RRB

The application process for the exam is online and is no rocket science. Simply follow the steps to easily apply for the vacancies.

  • Visit the RRB Website for the state you want to work in
  • After visiting the website find “new registration” and click on it
  • Select the RRB NTPC Zone of your choice for application
  • Check availability by filling in your community and other details
  • After checking the availability proceed to fill up the form in order to generate the registration number
  • Fill up the basic personal details and verify your email and phone number through OTP
  • You must have your registration number after verification
  • Simply log in using your registration number and fill in the rest of the form.
  • After filling the form properly review it and search for mistakes if any
  • Also, upload your picture and signature in the prescribed manner
  • Once you find there are no errors in the form submit it and proceed to pay the application fee
  • You can take out a print of the challan and make the payment via bank
  • After printing your challan submit the application and take a printout for future reference

 

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FAQ

Q. Which exam is RRB NTPC?

RRB NTPC – Railway Recruitment Board Non-Technical Popular Categories. RRB conducts the exam every year and recruits candidates from the nation. The exam secures candidates for non-core technical posts and the payment for the same starts from level 2 and goes up to level 6 as per the 7th pay commission. Recently the exam saw the registration of more than 1 crore candidates for 30k+ vacancies.

Q. Is RRB NTPC tough?

The syllabus of the exam is not vast and a student or candidate with proper discipline can cover the syllabus easily. However, the tough part lies with the fact that seats are very low when compared to the number of candidates appearing for the exam. The answer for the question can vary from candidate to candidate therefore complete the syllabus take mocks and determine where you stand by analyzing your mocks.

Q. What is the salary of RRB NTPC?

The salary starts at level 2 of the seventh CPC and goes up to the 6th level. The starting salary begins at 19900 and goes up to 35400. Moreover, the salary comprises components like basic pay, grade pay, DA, TA, and HRA. The entire starting salary for each and every post is given above. Please check it.

Q. Can a 12th pass take RRB NTPC?

A 12th pass can write the RRB NTPC exam and secure a job. Moreover, the 12th pass candidates can apply for the following posts.

  •         Junior Clerk Cum Typist
  •         Accounts Clerk Cum Typist
  •         Junior Time Keeper
  •         Train Clerk
  •         Commercial Cum ticket clerk
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