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

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Jan 21, 2021

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Sudeshna Bhar

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RRB or Railway Recruitment Board conducts the NTPC or Non-Technical Popular Categories exam to select candidates for the posts of Assistant Station Master, Traffic Assistant, Commercial Apprentice, Traffic Apprentice, Goods Guard, etc. across India.

Approximately 1.26 corers of candidates are preparing for the Stage-I of RRB NTPC. Therefore Applicants need to understand both the RRB NTPC Syllabus and exam pattern for a sound RRB NTPC Preparation strategy.

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As per the RRB NTPC syllabus, there are 3 comprehensive sections from where questions will be asked:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  2. General Awareness
  3. General Intelligence and Reasoning
NTPC Quantitative Aptitude

Preparation Tips for Quantitative Aptitude

  • Work on your basics first. Then increase the level of difficulty and preparing up to the 12th standard level will be sufficient.
  • 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. Direct link for free mock tests in multiple languages
NTPC General Awareness

Preparation Tips for General Awareness

  • Start reading newspapers and magazines to stay updated about current affairs.
  • English newspapers such as The Hindu, The Indian Express, Times of India, etc. can be followed for current affairs and general awareness.
  • Go through weekly GK blogs and watch the news on television or apps to increase the depth of knowledge.
  • Take notes of news on climate change, political steps, governance, historical inventions, scientific inventions, economy, polity, science and technology, and sports. etc.
  • Stay updated about national and international events with more emphasis on national events.
  • Approx. 1-2 Mock Tests of the RRB NTPC Exam must be taken every day to increase the speed and accuracy.
  • Static GK forms an important part of the general awareness section and Invest 30 - 45 minutes on a daily basis for Current Affairs.
  • This section needs one to remember a lot of information, daily study, and revision. Allocate at least an hour daily for this purpose.
  • Refer to one of the latest Yearbooks from any reputed publication as well. Information on Books and Authors, Countries Capitals and Currencies, Awards, Honours and Recognition, etc. should be at your fingertips.
  • Must also have basic knowledge of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
NTPC GI & Reasoning

Preparation Tips for General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • Use your leisure to improve their skills in reasoning and logic. 
  • At least 2 - 4 topics of Reasoning Syllabus in a day must be studied upon.
  • On weekends, try to revise the topics which you have completed throughout the week. 
  • At least about 1 or 2 RRB NTPC Mock Tests on Reasoning and General Intelligence must be attempted.
  • Always revise the covered topics on weekends to avoid the chance of slowing down.
  • Try hands-on shortcuts but never rely on them. 
  • Follow 3 - 4 Books on General Intelligence and Reasoning. The list of General Intelligence and Reasoning books is here.


Ques. In what other ways one can practice efficiently?

Ans. Solving the RRB NTPC question papers from previous years is surely one of the most beneficial strategies to prepare well for any exam. You can download and attempt all the RRB NTPC question papers to examine the weaker sections to work on in the coming examination.

Ques. Is following a time-table a good practice?

Ans. Yes, having a timetable helps to manage time well and create a well-thought-out study plan. It is necessary to create the plan after analyzing your strengths and weaknesses and separating the topics based on them. While creating a timetable, you should also keep slots open for revision and mock tests.

Ques. How can one improve for the typing test?

Ans. You are required to keep practicing typing without any spelling or grammatical errors. As the necessity for English is 30 words per minute for English and 25 words per minute for Hindi, make sure you update the content before submitting it.

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


koyena biswas
Is RRB NTPC conducted online or offline?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. RRB NTPC 2019-20 exam will be taken in Computer-based Test mode. Detailed information related to the exam dates are presented here.

yash raj singh
How can I prepare for the RRB NTPC exam?
kavita rani

Hi Yash. Prepare a detailed study plan and do more last years' question papers and mock tests as it helps judge your performance. Also refer to the best recommended books here that help ace your preparations. Practice important topics and strengthen your weak areas referring to the link here.

yash raj singh
Is RRB NTPC exam tough?
kavita rani

Hi Yash. Railway Recruitment Board takes NTPC Exams to appoint candidates for Non-Technical Popular Categories. This exam is one of the toughest exams and students need to do study harder to get a good score in the exam. Refer to the most recommended books mentioned here that help get a good score.