RRB NTPC Exam Pattern and selection procedure

RRB Selection process 2016 for the various Non Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) posts (Commercial Apprentice (CA), Traffic Apprentice (TA), Enquiry -cum- Reservation Clerk (ECRC), Goods Guard, Junior Accounts Assistant cum typist (JAA), Senior Clerk cum typist, Sr. Time Keeper, Assistant Station Master(ASM) & Traffic Assistant). Notification published through Centralised Employment Notice No. 03/2015. Details about RRB selection process 2016, Exam Pattern and Syllabus is given as under:

Important  Dates:

  1. Date of publication : 26.12.2015
  2. Date of closing : 25.01.2016.
  3. RRB NTPC Exam Schedule Date : 28 March -30 April, 2016.

Mode of application:

Candidates are required to apply only through ONLINE mode. No other mode for submission of application is allowed.

Examination Fee:

Only for UR/OBC male candidates not coming within preview of exempted categories, examination fee is Rs. 100/-.

Posts & Vacancies:

The approximate number of vacancies are 18250 in Group C and in various grades viz. Rs. 4200, 2800 & Rs. 2000. The number of vacancies is liable to alteration. Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC, Ex Serviceman and Physically Disabled Category as per Government Rule.


Cat. No. Post Grade & Pay Band Total Vacancies
1 Commercial Apprentice (CA) Rs. 9300-34800 GP 4200 703
2 Traffic Apprentice (TA) Rs. 9300-34800 GP 4200 1645
3 Enquiry -cum- Reservation Clerk (ECRC) Rs. 5200-20200 GP 2800 127
4 Goods Guard Rs. 5200-20200 GP 2800 7591
5 Junior Accounts Assistant cum typist (JAA) Rs. 5200-20200 GP 2800 1205
6 Senior Clerk cum typist Rs. 5200-20200 GP 2800 869
7 Assistant Station Master(ASM) Rs. 5200-20200 GP 2800 5942
8 Traffic Assistant Rs. 5200-20200 GP 2000 166
9 Sr. Time Keeper Rs. 5200-20200 GP 2800 4
Total Vacancies 18252

The number of vacancies given below is tentative and may be changed.

For full details of vacancies and posts may be seen at Individual RRB wise NTPC Posts and Vacancies 2015.

Minimum Educational Qualification:

For all above category Posts – Degree from recognised University or its equivalent.
For the posts of Junior Accounts assistant cum typist, Senior Clerk cum typist & Sr. Time Keeper- Typing proficiency in English/Hindi on Computer is essential.
Note: Candidates, who have requisite Educational/Technical qualifications as on the date of  submission of the application. Those awaiting results of the final examination, need not apply.

Age Limit for RRB Non Technical Selection Process:

Normal Age for RRB Selection process 2016 on 01.01.2016 is 18 years -32 years. (Age relaxation as per prescribed rules)

RRB Selection Process 2016:

There shall be two stage common CBT (Computer Based Test) for all the notified categories followed by aptitude Test/Typing Skill Test. Common CBT examination will be conducted on the same day by all participating RRBs.


Category No. Name of the Posts Exam Scheme
1, 2, 3 & 4 Commercial Apprentice (CA), Traffic Apprentice (TA), Enquiry -cum- Reservation Clerk (ECRC) & Goods Guard Two stage Common CBT + document verification
5, 6 & 9 Junior Accounts Assistant cum typist (JAA), Senior Clerk cum typist & Sr. Time Keeper Two stage Common CBT + Typing skill test (qualifying nature)+ document verification
7 & 8 Assistant Station Master(ASM) & Traffic Assistant Two stage Common CBT + Aptitude test + document verification

RRB NTPC Tier 2 Exam:

All RRBs will hold additional CBT (second stage examination) in terms of paras 8.12 and 14.03 of CEN 03/2015.

Standard and Type of question paper of RRB NTPC exam:

The question papers shall be of Objective Multiple Choice Type. The standard of questions for the CBT will be generally in conformity with the educational standards prescribed for the posts.

Syllabus for RRB NTPC Exam:

The questions will be of objective type with multiple choices and are likely to include questions pertaining to General Awareness, Arithmetic, General Intelligence and reasoning.

Duration and number of questions in RRB NTPC Exam:

The question paper for single stage CBT will be of 90 minutes duration for 100 questions.

Medium of Examination for RRB Non Technical Selection Process:

The questions will be set in Hindi, English, Urdu and specified local languages.

RRB NTPC Negative marking:

There shall be negative in Computer Based Test (CBT) Examination and marks will be deducted for each wrong answer @ 1/3 of the marks allotted for each question.

Aptitude Test for the post of Assistant Station Master(ASM) & Traffic Assistant:

For question pattern and other details, candidates may visit website of RDSO (www.rdso.indianrailways.gov.in/Directorates/Psycho Technical/Candidates’ Corner)

For merit purpose in RRB Selection Process 2016, 70% weightage will be given to CBT marks and 30% weightage to the marks obtained in Aptitude Test.

Aptitude Test procedure for the post of ASM and TA in details may be seen at ASM Aptitude Test details in RRB NTPC Exam.

RRB NTPC Typing skill test:

Typing skill test is mandatory for the posts of Junior Accounts Assistant cum typist (JAA), Senior Clerk cum typist & Sr. Time Keeper.

RRB NTPC Typing Test Procedure:

1. The candidates should be able to type 30 WPM in English or 25 WPM in Hindi on Personal Computer only.

2. Editing tools and spell check facility will be disable in Personal Computers.

3. Typing Test will be qualifying nature. Marks will not be added for making merit.

RRB NTPC Typing Test Procedure in details may be seen at RRB NTPC Skill/Type Test Procedure.

Note: Detailed Employment Notice No. 03/2015 is available at official websites of various RRBs. RRB Selection Process 2016 may be checked at http://www.rrbbbs.gov.in/.

CBT Demo test for RRB NTPC Exam:

CBT Demo Test for RRB NTPC Exam has been given at https://cdn4.digialm.com/OnlineAssessment/. It will be beneficial to aspirants for familiarity with its technical terms and type of CBT Test being conducted by Railway Recruitment Boards.

Link for downloading RRB NTPC Exam 2016 Admit Card (e-Call Letter):

RRB NTPC Exam 2016 Admit card (e-Call Letter) may be downloaded from https://cdn4.digialm.com/EForms/configuredHtml/1181/3453/login.html

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