RRB NTPC 2020 Subject-wise Preparation Tips - Quantitative, General Awareness & Reasoning

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Aug 29, 2020

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The RRB NTPC Exam is expected to be held between September to November 2020. Approximately 1.26 corers of applicants are preparing for the Stage-I of RRB NTPC. Therefore, the competition is going to be very difficult. However, A good preparation strategy will be the difference between success and defeat.

Applicants need to have a thorough understanding of both the RRB NTPC Syllabus and its subsequent exam pattern for a sound RRB NTPC Preparation strategy. Check RRB NTPC 2020 Exam Pattern and Syllabus.

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Preparation tips for Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section is not so tough as it seems to most of the aspirants. This section will have 25 questions from Number System, Decimals, Fractions, LCM, HCF, Ratio and Proportions, Percentage, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Elementary Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Elementary Statistics, etc. The following tips and tricks on the Mathematics section will prove useful for candidates:

  • Do not need to prepare for the higher-level mathematics subjects. Preparing up to the 12th standard level will be enough.
  • Work on your basics first. Then increase the level of difficulty.
  • Practice for at least 3 - 4 hours per day and that no topic must be neglected during the practice sessions.
  • The focus should be on the topics which are more difficult and invest less time on the topics which are easy for you.
  • Must have all the formulas and figure out the shortcuts to save time.
  • Figure out the logic behind every formula. For accuracy, grave understanding is the only key.
  • Must solve previous years’ question papers and take mock tests for speed and accuracy.

Preparation Tips for General Awareness

A total of 20 questions will be asked from this section. Questions are usually asked from current events of national and international importance, games and sports, art and culture, History of India, Common Abbreviations, Indian Polity and Governance etc. The candidates should keep the following tips and tricks in mind to help them crack the General Awareness Section easily:

  • The first step is to start reading newspapers and magazines to stay updated about current affairs.
  • Also, read weekly GK blogs online, watch the news to increase their knowledge.
  • Take notes of news on climate change, political steps, governance, historical inventions, Economy, Polity, Science and Technology, and Sports.etc.
  • Stay updated about national and international events with more emphasis on national events.
  • About 1-2 Mock Tests of the RRB NTPC Exam must be taken every day
  • Static GK forms an important part of the general awareness section. Keep that on the mind.
  • Invest 30 - 45 minutes on a daily basis for Current Affairs.
  • As this section needs one to remember a lot of information, daily study and revision is a must. Allocate at least an hour daily for this purpose.
  • Refer to one of the latest Yearbooks from any reputed publication as well. Information about Books and Authors, Countries Capitals and Currencies, Awards, Honours and Recognition, etc. should be at your fingertips.
  • Must also have basic knowledge of Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology)

Preparation Tips for General Intelligence and Reasoning

If you have never prepared for any national examination, there is a possibility that this section is totally new to you. However, there is nothing to worry about this new subject. With proper knowledge of the theories and sufficient practice, you will be able to master every topic in this section. Candidates can prepare for the Reasoning Section very easily with the help of the following tips:

  • Reasoning can be strengthened by solving various types of puzzles and playing tricky games.
  • Use your leisure to improve their skills in reasoning and logic with the right techniques.
  • At least 2 - 4 topics of Reasoning Syllabus in a day must be studied upon.
  • At least about 1 or 2 RRB NTPC Mock Tests on Reasoning and General Intelligence must be attempted.
  • Always revise the topics that one has done on the previous day.
  • Try hands-on Shortcuts but never rely on them.

Best Books for RRB NTPC Preparation

To prepare effectively for the RRB NTPC Exam one must have a lot of reference books handy. These books will help the candidates focus better on the subject matter at hand and ultimately score high marks in the exam. Here is a list of books which covers each section:

RRB NTPC Books for General Awareness

  • Lucent’s General Knowledge
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • Arihant General Knowledge 2020
  • NCERT Books – Class X, XII

RRB NTPC Books for Quantitative Aptitude

  • 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

RRB NTPC Books for Logical 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

Applicants should start their RRB NTPC preparation with a clean slate. The focus should only be on the final goal and how to achieve it. Applicants need to stay calm, hydrated and focused to reach their ultimate goal.

Every candidate has a different preparation strategy for preparation, applicants should follow the one that best suits them rather than copying others. The main mantra for clearing the RRB NTPC 2020 exam is to stay focused and determined.

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