RPF Constable 2020: Exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, and preparation

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Aug 27, 2020

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The recruitment in the Indian Railways for the post of male and female RPF (Railway Protection Force) constables and RPSF (Railway Protection Special Force) Constables is done through the RPF Constable examination. A large number of vacancies are released every year for this post in different zones of Indian Railways by the Ministry of Railways. This is a national level exam centralized exam but the recruitment process is different from one zone to another. The notification of the RPF Constable examination for this year will be released in a short time. It has been delayed due to the spread of the novel Coronavirus disease. Below are given the details and some of the important facts related to the RPF Constable examination for the year 2020.

RPF Constable Exam Highlights

Name of the Exam RPF Constable 2020
Conducting Body Ministry of Railways
Level of the Exam National Level
Frequency of the Exam Once in a year based on the vacancy
Mode of the Exam Online
Duration of the Exam 90 minutes
Language of the Paper Candidates can choose any of the following languages: Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi, Assamese and Manipuri
Fees of the Exam Rs 500 for General category and Rs 250 for the rest of the categories
Purpose of the Exam To recruit male and female constables for RPF and RPSF
Website of the Exam https://constable1.rpfonlinereg.org/home.html
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RPF Constable Exam dates

RPF Constable 2020 Exam dates

The dates of the RPF Constable exams have not been released yet. The dates of the exam will be announced officially on the official website of the paper. However, the tentative dates of the exam are given below:

Rpf Constable 2020 Exam Events Rpf Constable 2020 Exam Dates
Notification releases Going to be released soon
Online registration begins To be updated soon
Last date of registration To be updated soon
Last of fee payment To be updated soon
Date of CBT Yet to be announced
Result of CBT Yet to be announced
Date of PET/PMT Yet to be announced
Date of RPF Constable exam 2020 result Yet to be announced
RPF Constable Eligibility

RPF Constable 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The basic eligibility criteria that are required for the candidates to be eligible for the RPF Constable Exam 2020 has been given below:

  • Candidates appearing for the exam must be the citizens of India.
  • Age Criteria: The age of the candidates appearing for the exam must be between 18 and 25.
  • Educational Qualifications: The educational qualification of the candidates appearing for the exam is that the candidates must be SSLC/ matric passed from a recognized board.
  • Other Criteria: The candidates appearing for the exam must possess certain physical criteria and physical efficiency.

RPF Constable 2020 Application Process

The notification of the application process releases in November and the procedure usually starts in the same month. RPF constable 2020 notification is yet to be published.

How to Apply for RPF Constable 2020?

The following are the steps to be followed for applying for RPF Constable 2020 exam:

  • Open the official website and click on the application link to start filling up the form for the stage-1 exam.
  • In the first part of the form you have to share your DOB, name, parents’ name, aadhaar number, mobile number, email id, class 10 result, education board name, and category.
  • Once the registration is done successfully, you will receive a registration number on your registered mobile number and email address, along with an OTP. These are necessary for future login.
  • You have to log in to your profile again and fill up the second stage of the form. This includes information like religion, gender, educational qualification, and everything related to the eligibility criteria.
  • Once all these details are filled up by the candidates, they will be redirected to the page for uploading the documents. This includes photographs, signature, and if applicable, the SC/ST certificate. Make sure that all the documents are ready.
  • Also, carefully select the language for the exam and the center or zone preference.
  • After the upload is completed, you will have to go to the page for payment. General candidates will have to pay INR 500 and others have to pay INR 250. The payment can be done through net banking, Debit and credit cards, for, and even bank Challan.
  • When the payment is confirmed, you will get a confirmation and a page displaying the application form. Save it or get a print-out immediately for future reference.
RPF Constable Admit Card

RPF constable 2020 Admit Card

The admit card will be made available on the official website of the exam a few weeks before the exam date has been scheduled. You can easily find out if you keep a regular tab of the website.

How to Download RPF 2020 exam Admit card?

The following are the steps to follow to download the RPF 2020 admit card:

  • Visit the official website rpfonline.org
  • Check for the link to download the RPF exam admit card.
  • When you click on the link, a page for a new login will appear. enter your login credentials here.
  • The admit card will open. Click on the save or download button and then make sure you take a print out for the same.
  • in case there is any mistake on your admit card, it should be reported immediately to the respective authority.
  • You must bring along a valid identity proof along with the admit card to the exam center- without this, you will not be allowed entry.
RPF Constable Exam Pattern

RPF constable 2020 Exam Pattern

RPF Constable exam is conducted in different phases. There are four stages of the exam, i.e., Computer-based test (CBT), Physical Measurement Test (PET), and Physical Efficiency Test (PET). To clear the exam, candidates must qualify all these phases to reach the final level of the selection process. Below is given the exam pattern of the RPF Constable exam for the year 2020.

Stage 1: Computer-based test

The first stage of clearing the RPF Constable exam is the Computer-based online test. A candidate has to appear for the computer-based online test to clear the constable exam.

  • The duration of the test is 90 minutes and there is no provision of sectional timing.
  • The questions that come in the test are based on topics like General awareness and Science, Arithmetic, General Intelligence, and Reasoning.
  • All questions are compulsory in the paper. Every correct answer will fetch you 1 mark.
  • The policy of negative marking is followed in the computer-based online test. 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • The question paper will be made available in Hindi and English along with in different regional languages, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Assamese, Manipuri and Punjabi.
  • The level of questions asked in the paper will be of the Class 10th level.

The paper pattern is given in the table below:

Sections Number Of Questions Marks
General Awareness 50 50
Arithmetic 35 35
General Intelligence and Reasoning 35 35

The qualifying percentage of the Computer-based test f RPF constable exam for different categories is given in the table below:

Category Rpf Constable Cbt Qualifying Percentage
General/ Unreserved/ OBC 35%
SC/ ST 30%

Stage 2: PET/PMT

The second stage of the RPF Constable recruitment process is PET/ PMT. The candidates who clear the computer-based online test are called for the Physical Measurement Test (PET) and Physical Efficiency Test (PET). Both of these tests are of qualifying in nature but candidates are required to qualify all the sections.

PET (Physical Efficiency Test) Standards

The standards of the PET (Physical Efficiency Test) of the RPF Constable exam are given in the table below:

PET Standards Male Female
1600 meters run 5 min 45 secs -
800 meters run - 3 min 40 secs
Long jump 14 feet 9 feet
High jump 4 feet 3 feet

PMT (Physical Measurement Test) Standards

Candidates are required to meet the physical standards as prescribed by the recruitment board of the RPF Constable exam. The standards of the PMT (Physical Measurement Test) of the RPF Constable exam are given in the table below:

Category Height (in cms) Chest (in cms) (Only for Male)
Male Female Unexpanded Expanded
UR/OBC 165 157 80 85
SC/ST 160 152 76.2 81.2
For Garhwalis, Gorkhas, Marathas, Dogras, Kumaonese, and other Categories specified by Govt. 163 155 80 85
RPF Constable syllabus

RPF Constable Exam 2020 syllabus

The questions that are asked in the RPF Constable exam are based on topics like General awareness and Science, Arithmetic, General Intelligence, and Reasoning. It includes miscellaneous topics to assess the awareness of the candidates in all the subjects. Below is given the syllabus of the RPF Constable examination:

Sections Type Of Questions
General Awareness The questions in this section are based on general awareness which includes the topics of science, humanities, sports, polity, current events, innovations, etc.
Arithmetic The questions asked in this section test the numerical ability of the candidates.
General Intelligence and Reasoning The questions asked in this section test the mental ability and general intelligence of the candidates.

General Awareness Syllabus

The topics that come under General awareness are:

  • Current affairs
  • Awareness of the events and developments in society
  • Indian History, Art & Culture
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • General Polity, Indian Constitution
  • Sports
  • Environmental Issues Concerning India and World at Large
  • Common Abbreviations
  • Technological Developments including Space and Nuclear Program of India
  • General Science and Life Science (up to 10th CBSE) General Science and Life Science (up to 10th CBSE)

Arithmetic Syllabus

The topics that come under Arithmetic are:

  • Number systems
  • Whole numbers
  • Decimal and Fractions
  • Relationships between numbers
  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Use of table and graphs
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Distance
  • Ratio and Proportion, etc.

General Intelligence and reasoning Syllabus

The topics that come under General Intelligence and Reasoning are:

  • Analogies
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Spatial Visualization
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Problem Solving Analysis
  • Decision Making
  • Visual Memory
  • Discriminating Observation
  • Relationship Concepts
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Verbal and Figure Classification
  • Arithmetic Number Series
  • Non-Verbal Series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Statement Conclusion
  • Syllogistic Reasoning

RPF Constable 2020 Exam Reference Books

RPF Constable exam consists of three sections, i.e., General Awareness, Arithmetic, and General Intelligence and Reasoning. Some of the books that are recommended to prepare for the exam are given below:

Subjects Recommended Books
General Awareness
  1. NCERT Books
  2. General Knowledge by Lucent
Arithmetic
  1. Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Kumar Verma
  2. Magical Book on Quicker Maths by M. Tyra
General Intelligence and Reasoning
  1. Test of Reasoning by Edgar Thorpe
  2. Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

RPF Constable 2020 Exam Vacancy

RPF Constable exam is conducted at the national level but the recruitments are made based on the zones. The candidates planning to appear for the RPF Constable exam 2020 must be aware of the vacancies as released by the Ministry of Railways. The RPF Constable vacancy for the year 2020 has not been released by the Ministry of Railways so far. However, in the last year’s RPF constable exam, the railway board has an opening for 8619 constable posts. Below is given the category wise vacancies for the year 2019.

Zonal Railway Male Female
UR SC ST OBC Total UR SC ST OBC Total
Group A - SR, SWR & SCR 656 82 34 32 804 621 114 54 138 927
Group B - CR, WR, WCR & SECR 329 42 18 51 440 388 92 45 187 712
Group C - ER, ECR, SER & ECoR 877 184 134 92 1287 816 201 132 242 1391
Group D - NR, NER, NWR & NCR 761 152 68 65 1046 646 141 75 144 1006
Group E – NFR 136 5 12 7 660 128 17 14 21 180
Group F – RPSF 378 66 18 204 666
Total 3137 531 284 451 4403 2599 566 320 732 4216
RPF Constable Selection Process

RPF Constable 2020 Selection Process

Below given are the stages that a candidate has to clear to qualify the RPF Constable examination.

  • Computer Based Test: The first stage of clearing the RPF Constable exam is the Computer-based online test. A candidate has to appear for the computer-based online test to clear the constable exam.
  • PET/ PMT: To appear in PET/PMT, candidates have to qualify the CBT exam first. Both of these tests are of qualifying in nature.
  • Document Verification: The candidates appearing for the RPF Constable exam and clearing the above mentioned two stages are called for the document verification thereafter.
  • Medical Examination: The final stage of the test is the medical checkup. This is only done for the candidates who finally qualify for the first three stages. The medical examination of the candidates is done at the Railway hospitals.
  • Training: After clearing the computer-based online test and going through the medical examination, document verification, candidates need to undergo certain training to get a certificate. This training certificate helps the candidates in their official joining process.

RPF Constable 2020 Exam Preparation Tips

To clear any examination, one must prepare with full focus and dedication throughout the preparation process. Candidates should build a proper and well-structured preparation strategy possessing analytical, time management, and exam-taking skills. Some of the important points and tips to prepare for the examination are given below:

  • Analyze The Syllabus: To clear any examination, one must thoroughly analyze the complete syllabus of the examination. Before preparing for the RPF Constable exam, candidates must check the complete syllabus, which is available on the official website of the examination. Students must check all the details regarding the distribution of marks according to the topics and the marking scheme too.
  • Solve Previous Year Papers: To understand the types of questions, the difficulty level of the examination, and the paper pattern, one must refer to the previous year’s papers and solve them regularly. Students should keep practicing the mock tests to keep a check on their preparation level.
  • Revise Regularly: Aspirants should keep revising all the topics regularly so that nothing is left out, and they don’t skip any vital topic before the examination.
  • Make Proper Preparation Plan: Students then must make a good plan for their preparation. An ideal plan should have time devoted to the study of all three topics daily apart from the school hours.
  • Plan And Make Proper Strategy: Making a strategy and a routine and following it strictly, can help you clear the examination easily and efficiently. To excel in the examination, students are required to have a regular and rigorous practice of problems.

Section-wise Preparation Tips

There are three sections in the RPF Constable exam, i.e., General Awareness, Arithmetic, General Intelligence, and Reasoning. Below are given the preparation tips to prepare for each section.

General Awareness

There are 50 questions of 1 mark each from the General Awareness section in the RPF Constable exam. Some of the topics that come under this section are Current affairs, Awareness of the events and developments in society, Indian History, Art & Culture, Geography, Economics, etc. Some of the preparation tips to prepare for this section are given below:

  • Read basic textbooks of class 10th level and make crisp and short notes out of them so that you can revise them at the last moment.
  • Practice the previous year’s questions and try to find out what type of questions are asked from a particular topic.
  • Give as many mock tests as much you can give.

Arithmetic

There are 35 questions of 1 mark each from the Arithmetic section in the RPF Constable exam. Some of the topics that come under this section are, Fundamental Arithmetical Operations, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Interest, etc. Some of the preparation tips to prepare for this section are given below:

  • Learn all the important basis arithmetic formulae, remember all the tables, and important values by heart.
  • Pick up a basic book first and try solving all the basic numerical problems from it.
  • Practice the previous year’s questions and try to find out what type of questions are asked from a particular topic.
  • Practice as many arithmetic problems as you can.

General Intelligence and Reasoning

There are 35 questions of 1 mark each from the General Intelligence and Reasoning section in the RPF Constable exam. Some of the topics that come under this section are Fundamental Relationship Concepts, Arithmetical Reasoning, Verbal and Figure Classification, Arithmetic Number Series, Non-Verbal Series, etc. Some of the preparation tips to prepare for this section are given below:

  • Sharpen your logical and analytical skills
  • Learn basic tactics to solve the puzzles and other tricky questions from a standard reasoning and general intelligence book
  • Practice in a time-bound manner so that all questions can be attempted within the stipulated time during the examination
RPF Constable FAQs

FAQs

Ques. What is the salary of the RPF Constables?

Ans: The salary of RPF constables is set as the pay band of Rs. 21,700 plus usual allowances at the entry-level.

Ques. What is the qualifying percentage for RPF constable recruitment?

Ans: To qualify RPF constable CBT, a candidate must obtain 35% marks if the individual belongs to the general category while it is 30% for SC and ST candidates.

Ques. How many questions are asked in the paper?

Ans: There are 120 questions asked in the RPF Constable examination. The General Awareness section has 50 questions while the other two sections have 35 questions each. The questions that are asked in the RPF Constable exam are based on topics like General awareness and Science, Arithmetic, General Intelligence, and Reasoning.

Ques. What is the basic educational qualification required to appear for the RPF Constable exam?

Ans: The educational qualification of the candidates appearing for the exam is that the candidates must be SSLC/ matric passed from a recognized board.

Ques. What is the language of the paper?

Ans: Candidates can choose any of the following languages: Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi, Assamese and Manipuri.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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