Railway Exam

The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) conducts various examinations annually for various posts in the prestigious Indian Railways. Many candidates apply for these exams which makes it more competitive. These exams are conducted for both the technical and non-technical cadres.

The following are the various exams conducted by RRB:

  • RRB JE
  • RRB NTPC
  • RRB Group D 
  • RRB ALP

RRB Junior Engineer Exam: The railway recruitment board conducts RRB JE for the technical posts for Indian Railways. A lot of vacancies are open every year for the posts of junior engineer (IT), chemical metallurgical assistant (CMA), Depot material superintendent (DMS) etc.

Exam pattern: 

CBT -1

SubjectNumber of QuestionsMarks
Mathematics3030
General science3030
General awareness1515
General reasoning2525
Total100100

Exam pattern CBT 2

SubjectNumber of QuestionsMarks
General awareness1515
Basic computer and applications1010
Environment and pollution1010
Physics & chemistry1515
Technical abilities100100
Total150150

Exam syllabus For CBT-1

1.General mathematics: Number system, percentage, ratios and proportions, average, profit-loss, algebra, mensuration, geometry, trigonometry etc.

2.General awareness: Art and culture, monuments and places, Indian literature, current affairs, Indian polity and governance, basic history, geography, economics, important world organizations and their functions, environment issues, technological developments, etc. 

3. general reasoning: Similarities and differences, coding-decoding, analytical reasoning, numerical and alphabetical series, jumbled sentences, blood relations, syllogism, arguments & assumptions, etc. 

4. General science: Chemistry, physics and life sciences up to class 10th.

For CBT-2

The syllabus for general awareness and physics-chemistry is same as CBT-1.

Basics of computer- storage devices, operating systems, websites, web browsers, input & output devices, MS office etc.

Environment & pollution – adverse effects of pollution on environment,  control strategies, their effects and control, Ozone depletion, acid rain etc.

  1. RRB Non-Technical Popular Vacancies: The RRB NTPC exam is conducted for various non-technical posts in the Indian Railways. This exam is conducted to recruit for various posts like junior clerk, train clerk, typists etc.
  • Exam pattern-

The RRB NTPC is conducted in two phases:

  1. CBT- 1: Comprises of general awareness, general intelligence and reasoning and mathematics. These sums up to 100 questions for 90 minutes.
  2. CBT -2: Consists of general awareness, general intelligence and reasoning, mathematics. This stage comprises of total 120 questions for 90 minutes.
  • Syllabus-

1. General mathematics: Number system, percentage, ratios and proportions, profit-loss, algebra, mensuration, geometry, trigonometry etc.

2.General awareness: Art and culture, monuments and places, Indian literature, current affairs, Indian polity and governance, basic history, geography, economics, important world organizations and their functions etc. 

3. General reasoning: Similarities and differences, coding-decoding, analytical reasoning, numerical and alphabetical series, jumbled sentences, blood relations, syllogism etc. 

  1. RRB Group D Exams: 

RRB Group D recruits track maintainer,  helper/technician in various departments, assistant pointsman etc.

  • Exam pattern-

It comprises of four stages:

  1. Computer based exam
  2. Physical efficiency test (PET)
  3. Document verification
  4. Medical examination
  • Syllabus-

1.Mathematics: number system, percentage, ratios and proportions, profit-loss, algebra, mensuration, geometry, trigonometry etc.

2. general awareness: current affairs, sports, technology, polity, history, economics, geography, culture etc.

3. general intelligence& reasoning: analytical reasoning, 

coding-decoding, analytical reasoning, numerical and alphabetical series, jumbled sentences, blood relations, syllogism ,similarities and difference etc.

  1. RRB Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP): The RRB ALP is conducted to recruit loco pilots in the Indian Railways. There are a lot of vacancies released for this post every year and therefore a number of candidates apply for this.
  • RRB Exam Pattern-

The 1st stage (CBT) consists of 75 questions with 60 minutes provided to complete the paper.

The 2nd stage (CBT-PART A) comprises of 100 questions for duration of 90 minutes.

The 3rd stage (CBT-PART B) consists of 75 questions for 60 minutes to complete the exam.

  • Syllabus –

Number system, decimals,  percentages, LCM, HCF, work-time questions, ratios and proportions, fractions, BODMAS, profit-loss, simple & compound interests etc.

  • The Indian Railways is a prestigious organisation and releases numerous vacancies for many posts every year. This also makes all the exams under RRB highly competitive and thus needs proper preparation to clear these exams. Practice of previous year papers will surely add an edge to you preparation.