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.
|Name of the Exam||RPF Constable|
|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|
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|
The basic eligibility criteria that are required for the candidates to be eligible for the RPF Constable Exam 2020 has been given below:
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.
The following are the steps to be followed for applying for RPF Constable 2020 exam:
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.
The following are the steps to follow to download the RPF 2020 admit card:
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.
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 paper pattern is given in the table below:
|Sections||Number Of Questions||Marks|
|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%|
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.
The standards of the PET (Physical Efficiency Test) of the RPF Constable exam are given in the table below:
|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|
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)|
|For Garhwalis, Gorkhas, Marathas, Dogras, Kumaonese, and other Categories specified by Govt.||163||155||80||85|
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.|
The topics that come under General awareness are:
The topics that come under Arithmetic are:
The topics that come under General Intelligence and Reasoning are:
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:
|General Intelligence and Reasoning||
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.
|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||–||–||–||–||–|
Below given are the stages that a candidate has to clear to qualify the RPF Constable examination.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.