Last 15 days strategy to crack RRB NTPC Exam 2020

RRB NTPC Preparation Strategy
RRB NTPC Preparation Strategy

The RRB NTPC 2020 Exam, slated for December 28th 2020, is ranked amongst the most attractive yet competitive government recruitment examinations in the country. The non-technical popular Categories [NTPC] hires candidates for posts including but not limited to Junior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper and Traffic Assistant amongst others and witnesses record number of applications every year. 

To give your RRB NTPC preparation strategy a right direction, we present here a 15 days revision strategy for RRB NTPC 2020 exam along with some crucial RRB NTPC preparation tips.

RRB NTPC Preparation: Exam Pattern

The RRB NTPC 2020 examination is held in two stages [CBT 1 and CBT 2] with an optional Skill Test/Computer Based Aptitude Test* which is required only for candidates applying for certain posts. Negative marking of 1/3rd marks applies for each incorrect answer. The following table offers more details.

SectionCBT 1 MarksCBT 1 MCQsTotal Duration
General Awareness4040
90 minutes
General Intelligence and Reasoning3030

* Skill Test is mandatory only for candidates of Accountant Assistant, Senior Clerk cum Typist and Senior Time Keeper vacancies. The Computer Based Aptitude Test is applicable only for candidates who have applied for Traffic Assistant and Assistant Station Master vacancies.

RRB NTPC Preparation Plan: General Awareness

  • Topics: Current Affairs, Indian History, World History, General Science, Film & Television, Science & Technology, Culture, Indian & World Geography, Indian Constitution & Polity, National Issues, Business & Economics, Institutions [Domestic & International] and current changes, Sports, Dates & Anniversaries, Books & Authors, Environment, Currency, etc.
  • Since the above topics are quite vast and diverse, incorporating online and creative techniques can be a good RRB NTPC Preparation Strategy. Take help of GK puzzles, tutorials, explainer videos, flow charts and quizzes along with online assessment sessions and feedback forums.
  • As per the previous year paper, about 7 questions were from the History section alongside Biology which accounted for 7 questions as well. Moreover, from current affairs, 11 questions were asked. 
  • RRB NTPC books for General Awareness: Class XI & XII NCERT Textbooks for History and Political Science, Laxmikant’s Indian Polity, Competition Success Review, Manorama Year Book, Yojana, The Hindu

RRB NTPC Preparation Plan: Mathematics

  • Topics: Ratio & Proportion, Number System, Speed & Distance, Percentages, Ages, Simplification/Approximation, Profit & Loss, Average, Inequalities, Trigonometry, Probability, Simple & Compound Interest, Functions, Geometry, Quadratic Equations, Linear Equations, Series & Sequences, Permutation & Combination, Probability Graphs & Tables, Data Interpretation, etc.
  • In general, Number system, Ratio & Proportion and Simplification account for 3-4 questions each, going by the trend in the past year question papers.
  • Bifurcate your RRB NTPC preparation plan into two distinct phases. In the first, get done with the basic topics such as averages, percentages, geometry, number system, etc. Then, in the next phase, complete the more advanced topics such as probability, quadratic equations, etc. 
  • RRB NTPC books for Mathematics: NCERT Mathematics textbooks for Class IX & X; R.S Aggarwal Quantitative Aptitude; Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma; Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha/ McGraw Hill Education

RRB NTPC Preparation Plan: General Intelligence & Reasoning

  • Topics: Data Sufficiency, Inequalities, Coding-Decoding, Dates & Calendars, Clocks, Puzzles, Blood Relation, Seating Arrangement, Order & Rankings, Directions, Cause & Effect, Assertion & Reason, Statements & Conclusion, Similarities, Relationships, Partnership, Advanced Coding-Decoding, Advanced Puzzles, Syllogism, etc.
  • Coding-Decoding, Blood Relation and Mathematical Operations accounted for 4 questions each in the previous exam paper. Further, the section can take much of your time with ideally 30 questions to be attempted in 30 minutes. In effect, you have 1 minute per question which is quite a stretch. Struggling with questions is normal but you must dwell too much, mark it for revision, move forward and come back to it later. 
  • Reasoning questions are typically asked in a three-part manner, that is, ‘Problem Statement/Directions/Passage’, ‘Question’ and ‘Choices’. The Problem Statement introduces you to the information that will be scrutinised in the following parts. Read the Problem Statement entirely and take note of all its important elements. ‘Questions’ exploit the information and present you with a particular situation. Lastly, ‘Choices’ are the possible alternatives which fit into the missing link of the question of which just one is correct. Use elimination technique and rule out extreme and improbable alternatives.
  • RRB NTPC books for General Intelligence & Reasoning: Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey, RS Aggarwal Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning [S. Chand Publications]; Reasoning Book for Competitive Examinations by Pearson’s; BS Sijwali and S Sijwali New Approach to Reasoning [Arihant Publications]; 

RRB NTPC Preparation Strategy: Key Takeaways

Given below are two key points that you must remember while preparing for the exam.

  • Time Management: You have 90 minutes for the exam. This comes out to 54 seconds per question. Thus, the best RRB NTPC Preparation Strategy is that if you are stuck at one question, don’t breach the per question rule. Mark it for revision and revisit it later. Further, leave 8-10 minutes in the end for revision as it helps in correcting silly mistakes, errors and faulty calculations.
  • Strategy: The RRB NTPC 2020 is a qualifying exam. Therefore, have an objective of 75-85 questions correct with 100% accuracy and you will be in good stead. Moreover, the General Knowledge section can be said to be the most important section of all with a weightage of 40 questions. In the Mathematics section, have complete control over fundamentals like BODMAS, unitary methods, averages, etc. Lastly, the General Intelligence section can be time-intensive so plan accordingly. The difficulty level of the paper stands at about easy-moderate level with sectional difficulty varying every year.

Throughout your preparation, what drives you is your motivation and conviction that you can crack the exam. Sleep adequately and eat healthy food. Have faith in yourself and your abilities, keep nervous feelings at bay and give your best.


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