With 2020, exam wait and uncertaintyhas become as hard as the preparations itself. Recruitment news finally has some piece of relieving clarity at least for the candidates preparing for RRB Recruitments 2020.Railway Recruitment Board has already announced the Non-Technical Popular Categories,NTPC 2020 exam date. RRB NTPC CBT Exam is scheduled to be held from December 15.

Notably, the announcement comes after a period of over one and a half year since the recruitment notifications for the NTPC and Group D exams in the year 2019. The long delay has been cited to be caused by the on-going process of selecting a new exam conducting agency.

PiyushGoyal, the Indian Railway Minister had told that open tenders had been floated to fix the Examination Conducting Agency or the ECA. He had noted in the Parliament that new RRB NTPC exam dates will be notified post the fix.

RRB Total Vacancies in 2020

More than 2 crore 42 lakh applicants have applied for the 1.40 lakh vacancies in the Indian Railways. However, lakhs of aspirants still await the exam schedule. The upcoming RRB NTPC exam will be held for recruitments under sub-three categories under the broad NTPC category. These categories will include level one employee categories, isolated and ministerial category and the NTPC category.


More specifically, among the total 1.40 lakh vacancies, a majority of 1,03,769 vacancies  are for level 1 posts such as track maintainers. Additionally, 35,208 NTPC vacancies will include job positions such as guard, commercial clerk,office clerk, etc. while the 1,663 vacancies under the isolated and ministerial categories will hire stenographer and their equivalents.

Paper Pattern for the RRB NTPC Recruitment Exam 2020

RRB NTPC Recruitment Exam 2020 will be a Computer Based Test (CBT) with a total duration of one and a half hour (90 minutes). There will also be our least favourite “negative marking”, -1/3 mark for each incorrect answer. The exam is held in two stages, referred to as RRB NTPC CBT I and CBT II. However, interestingly, both the stages consist of the same three sections, Mathematics, Reasoning & General Intelligence and General Awareness.


Stage 1 of the Railway Recruitment Board NTPC exam is largely a screening test with standard questions based on the basis of prescribed educational standardsand syllabus for the posts.Only the shortlisted candidates (based on the normalised score of the exam) will go ahead to the Stage 2. However, the only major difference between the two stages is in the level of difficulty. Moreover, students get a total of 120 questions in the RRB NTPC CBT II while they get only 100 questions in the CBT I.

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