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RRB NTPC Subject - Wise Books for Exam Preparation21

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Jan 21, 2021

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Sudeshna Bhar

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RRB NTPC is held to select candidates for 35,208 vacancies in the Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC) of Indian Railways. The CBT I will continue till January 30, 2021. Check latest updates

To start preparing for the exam, candidates should have a clear idea of the RRB NTPC exam pattern and syllabus. The candidates have to clear the stages for the RRB NTPC Exam such as  CBT 1, CBT 2, CBAT, and Typing Skill Test and Document Verification to be selected. 

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RRB NTPC Subjects

RRB NTPC 2021: List of Subjects

As per the RRB NTPC exam pattern, both first and second stage CBT has the same sections which are as under:

  1. General Awareness
  2. Mathematics
  3. General Intelligence and Reasoning

Hence, the syllabus is the same too. It is just the number of questions in each section that varies. Candidates can refer to the same RRB NTPC books for these sections to prepare for both Prelims and Mains. Let us further see the best section-wise books for RRB NTPC.


Best Books for RRB NTPC 2021 (CBT 1 & CBT 2)

Subjects Books and Authors/Publishers
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • Fast Track by Rajesh Verma
  • NCERT Maths from Grade 6 to Grade 11
  • Magical Books on Quicker Maths by M Tyra
  • Advance Maths by Rakesh Yadav
General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • Test of Reasoning by Edgar Thorpe
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal, and Analytical by BS Sijwali and Indu Sijwali.
  • Lucent’s General Intelligence and Reasoning
General Awareness
  • Newspapers like The Hindu, The Indian Express, Times of India, etc.
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • NCERT Books – Class X, XII

Phases of RRB NTPC 2021

The selection of RRB NTPC includes multiple stages depending upon the post candidates have applied for.

Phases Detail
1st Phase RRB NTPC 1st Stage CBT
2nd Phase RRB NTPC 2nd Stage CBT
3rd Phase Skill Test (Computer-Based Aptitude Test for Station Master and Traffic Assistant; Typing Skill Test for Junior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist, and Senior Time Keeper)
4th Phase Document Verification
5th Phase Medical Examination

Along with the above-mentioned books, to prepare for the RRB NTPC exam, candidates should take online mock tests as it is an online test and follow the previous years’ papers to estimate the important topics. 



Ques. What is the best way to practice for the examination?

Ans. The best way one can practice for the examination is by solving papers. For this one can go for Mock tests and for previous papers as well. Also, note that the RRB NTPC syllabus is almost the same as the syllabus of other government job recruitment exams. So, taking mock tests for any of those exams, like banking mock tests will be efficient in preparation for RRB NTPC 1st and 2nd stage CBTs.

Ques. Is there a lot of difference in the previous and latest versions of any books?

Ans. Yes, books are revised to keep them updated with the latest information. However, if one has the older version he/she can refer to google for the changes and updates.

Ques. What other sources can be used for General Awareness?

Ans. Candidates can read newspapers, magazines, and any awareness books. However, this subject requires to be built bit by bit so newspapers can contribute in a better way.

Ques. Is Lucent's GK sufficient for the RRB NTPC preparation?

Ans. Yes, this book is sufficient for the RRB NTPC GK section. However, candidates are advised to attempt GK quizzes which can benefit in a long run.

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


sadim ansari
How can I apply for RRB NTPC?
kavita rani

Hi Sadim. Candidates planning to apply for this exam must refer to the official RRB website and tap on the link labeled ‘New Registration’. Detailed step to complete the RRB NTPC Registration process is here.

arushi thankur
Which books are the preferable for RRB NTPC?
kavita rani

Hi Arushi. Some books that can be referred include Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal, Fast Track by Rajesh Verma, NCERT Maths from Grade 6 to Grade 11, Magical Books on Quicker Maths by M Tyra, etc.
Check out other books here.

Are NCERT books enough for RRB NTPC preparation?
kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. In addition to NCERT book, you can also refer to other books like Lucent’s General Knowledge, Manorama Yearbook, Arihant General Knowledge 2020, Magical Books on Quicker Maths by M Tyra, etc. that help prepare for the RRN NTPC exam.
Check out other books and useful preparation tips here.

koyena biswas
Which books are best for RRB NTPC?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. Some of the books that can be referred include Arihant General Knowledge by Manohar Pandey, Gradeup Current Affairs, Quickest Mathematics by Kiran Publication, Gradeup quizzes and Mock tests, etc. Other recommended books are mentioned here.