RRB NTPC Mains : CBT Stage 2 Exam


RRB NTPC Mains 2016 : CBT Stage 2 Exam. 

RRB NTPC Mains 2016

This will come as a set back to a lot of aspirants who might want a career in Railways through the RRB NTPC examination –
Speaking on behalf of all the zonal Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs), Mr. Anil Kumar Saxena – A Senior Official with the Railways has issued the following statement , “the Railway Boards are not planning to release any other NTPC recruitment notification in the near future. So the candidates selected this time should take RRB NTPC Mains i.e CBT Stage 2 seriously.”
On being asked about the delay in result for stage 1, Mr. Saxena said.” We have 21 zones and each one has to prepare its own list keeping in mind the nine categories and various reservations. So we decided to release it on the same day to avoid any confusion. Result took a lot of time to prepare and releasing it on the same day got it postponed.”

Reasons why RRB NTPC will not be held again soon

  • The number of aspirants who sit for the exam is so voluminous that the Railways find it difficult to manage the exam.
  • Railways saw papers being leaked at various centres during Stage 1 Exam and re-conducting the exam on those centres was a major headache for RRBs.
  • Smoothly conducting RRB NTPC Mains is also a major issue.
  • The recruitment notification for this year’s exam i.e 2016 issued so many vacancies that the Indian Railways does not need to employ candidates through the NTPC route for the next few years.
All those of you who been selected for RRB NTPC Mains i.e CBT Stage 2 are requested to work really hard for RRB NTPC Mains because you will not get this chance for at least the next 3 years.

Everything that you need to know and prepare for RRB NTPC Mains is dealt with in the current article.

RRB NTPC Mains – Everything You Need to Know

January 17,18,19
Computer Based (Online)
Number of Questions
Total Duration
90 Minutes


RRB NTPC Mains: Official Instructions

  • Any candidate who does not appear for Mains will not be considered for candidature.
  • For certain posts, skilled test will have to be given. So kindly check
  • Marks of RRB NTPC CBT Stage 1 examination will NOT be counted for final merit.

RRB NTPC Mains: Pattern

Number of Questions
General Awareness
Reasoning & General Intelligence
Arithmetic Ability

RRB NTPC Mains Dates

The Official dates of RRB NTPC Mains Exam have been released. They were first put on RRB Ajmer’s official website.


E-call letters indicating date, shift, reporting time, Test Centre & city etc. for 2nd stage CBT will be uploaded two weeks before the date of examination (CBT) on the website of the RRB applied for.

Candidates shall be advised through website/SMS/e-mail to download their e-call letters to appear in the 2nd stage CBT.

Kindly note and keep visiting RRB websites regularly for the updates in this regard.

You can also bookmark this page to view the latest updates.

RRB NTPC Mains: Complete Syllabus

General Awareness
  • Physics, Biology , Chemistry , Environment
  • Indian History(Ancient, Medieval, Modern)
  • World history
  • Indian Economy
  • Concepts of Micro and Macro economy
  • Indian Polity
  • Current affairs
  • Indian Geography
  • Important days
  • Computer Knowledge(Basic)
  • Awards and books
  • Mixed questions
Reasoning & General Intelligence
  • Number questions
  • Direction
  • Analogy and alphabets problem
  • Images
  • Age problem
  • Relationship
  • Dice
  • Verbal and image folding problem
Arithmetic Ability
  • Number system
  • Percentage and its applications
  • Average and alligations
  • Time and work
  • SI and CI
  • DI, Algebra
  • Advanced maths( trigonometry, mensuration and geometry)

RRB NTPC Mains: Reasons Behind Changed Pattern

  • To prevent any discrepancy (including cheating and black listed centes) from conducting RRB NTPC Mains efficiently.
  • To prevent any leakage of software pertaining to RRB NTPC Mains. Special Task Force (STF) had previously found this issue. Hence the zonal Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) had to introduce changes for the improvisation of the system.
  • An official recommendation was given by various zonal RRB Chairpersons to change the pattern for RRB NTPC Mains.

RRB NTPC Mains: Section Wise Preparation

As per the latest RRB NTPC Mains pattern, CBT Stage 2 will consist of three sections – General Awareness, Reasoning & General Intelligence and Arithmetic Ability.

The preparation methodology for these three sections is different.

I will help you with the section wise preparation techniques for RRB NTPC Mains.

General Awareness 

  • This is one section of the RRB NTPC Mains Exam that is not taken very seriously by candidates. Most feel that marks can be easily fetched in this section. Now this is true that marks can be scored in the General Awareness Section. However, not easily. You should be quite tactful in preparaing for this section.
  • A good knowledge of both static as well as dynamic affairs is required. I insist that candidates should read a good newspaper daily and make notes out of it. The Hindu is the best newspaper to be followed by RRB NTPC aspirants. Keep revising current affairs daily.
  • Besides a good newspapers, follow magazines like Pratiyogita Darpan, Frontine and Yojana.
  • Score well in this section to have a good score overall.

Reasoning & General Intelligence

  • Prior to the exam, expose yourself to varied topics and keep solving as many problems as you can. Having solved a number of different questions will boost your confidence level.You will not panic in the exam.
  • You will have to master the techniques in solving different questions – be it blood relations or puzzles or direction problems etc.
  • Read questions extremely carefully. Even minor variations in the language of questions asked makes a lot of difference.

Arithmetic Ability

  • If there’s one keyword which defines performance in this section, it is Practice. The more in touch an aspirant is with the numeric concepts, the better it will be for scoring in this section.
  • In case your fundamentals are not very strong, do not worry. Start from scratch. Take R.S Aggarwal’s book on mathematics for Classes VIII, IX and X. Practice, and then move on to higher level books. Make sure you have understand the basics well.
  • Once your basics are clear, include short cuts in solving numeric problems. Short cuts will help you in saving time.
  • Remember all the formulas and their applications by heart.

RRB NTPC Mains: Statistics

  • Out of the 54 Lakh students who appeared for RRB NTPC CBT Stage 1 Exam, 3 Lakh students have been shortlisted for RRB NTPC Mains Exam i.e CBT Stage 2.
  • Finally, 18252 candidates will be selected post typing test/skill test( wherever applicable).
  • 50,000 candidates will be called for Typing Test
  • 20,000 candidates will be called for Skill Test

RRB NTPC Mains: Mock Tests

RRB NTPC Mains Mock Tests are essential for the evaluation of your preparation. They will help you assess your preparation level and hence overall performance.

Let me point out here that many of users who subscribed for our RRB NTPC Mock Tests for Prelims i.e CBT Stage 1 successfully qualified the exam. So in case you feel that you’d be interested to enroll for RRB NTPC Mains Mock tests, kindly do so at the earliest to make the best use of them before RRB NTPC Mains is held.


RRB NTPC Mains + Prelims Cut Off 

Note: The following cutoff is based on a maximum score of 120. In 2012 total marks were 120.

RRB NTPC Exam was conducted in 2012 before 2016. Hence, we are providing the official cutoffs from 2012 below. Find below the final cutoffs from 2012 after successful declaration of the RRB NTPC Result.

1. RRB NTPC Cutoff for Commercial Apprentice

Community Upper Cut-off Marks Lower Cut-off Marks
General (UR) 91.47 83.82
OBC 94.28 82.44
SC 80.04 74.05
ST 80.75 80.63

2. RRB NTPC Result and Cutoff for Traffic Apprentice

Community Upper Cut-off Marks Lower Cut-off Marks
General (UR) 82.76 79.62
OBC 80.04 78.85
SC 73.29 73.29
ST 78.87 72.99

3. RRB NTPC Cutoff for Enquiry-Cum-Reservation Clerk

Community Upper Cut-off Marks Lower Cut-off Marks
General (UR) 82.76 82.44
SC 74.42 72.23
ST 71.41 70.09

4. RRB NTPC Cut off for Goods Guard

Community Upper Cut-off Marks Lower Cut-off Marks
General (UR) 83.43 75
OBC 77.83 70.97
SC 72.23 65.01
ST 71.68 65.23

5. RRB NTPC Cut off for Sr. Clerk-cum-Typist

Community Upper Cut-off Marks Lower Cut-off Marks
General (UR) 80.17 69.01
OBC 75.38 65.58
SC 64.08 59.37
ST 57.83 57.83

6. RRB NTPC Cutoff for Asstt. Station Master

Community Upper Cut-off Marks Lower Cut-off Marks
General (UR) 76.13 68.73
OBC 68.64 66.51
SC 67.77 61.08
ST 65.95 60.3

RRB NTPC Posts to be Filled

Name of Posts Total Posts
Commercial Apprentice (CA) 703
Traffic Apprentice (TA) 1645
Enquiry Cum Reservation Clerk (ECRC) 127
Goods Guard 7591
Junior Accounts Assistant Cum Typist (JAA) 1205
Senior Clerk Cum Typist 869
Assistant Station Master (ASM) 5942
Traffic Assistant 166
Senior Time Keeper 4


RRB NTPC Mains Result

The result for RRB NTPC Mains is expected to be announced well in time especially because the various Railway Recruitment Boards took en enormous amount of time in releasing the result for CBT Stage 1. The exam was conducted in the the earlier months of 2016 and was announced on December 7th i.e 8-9 months late.

RRB’s are expected to be more efficient in releasing the RRB NTPC Mains result.

Each RRB will publish its own RRB NTPC Mains result on its respective website.

RRB NTPC Mains Result be will be announced for the following RRB Zones –

RRB Ahmedabad, RRB Ajmer, RRB Allahabad, RRB Bangalore, RRB Bhopal, RRB Bhubaneshwar, RRB Bilaspur, RRB Chandigarh, RRB Chennai, RRB Gorakhpur, RRB Guwahati, RRB Jammu, RRB Kolkata, RRB Malda, RRB Mumbai, RRB Muzaffarpur, RRB Patna, RRB Ranchi, RRB Secunderabad, RRB Siliguri, RRB Thiruvananthapuram.

RRB NTPC Result for CBT Stage 1

RRB Zone RRB NTPC Result 2016
RRB Ahmedabad www.rrbahmedabad.gov.in
RRB Ajmer www.rrbajmer.org
RRB Allahabad www.rrbald.nic.in
RRB Bangalore www.rrbbnc.gov.in
RRB Bhopal www.rrbbhopal.gov.in
RRB Bhubaneshwar www.rrbbbs.gov.in
RRB Bilaspur www.rrbbilaspur.gov.in
RRB Chandigarh www.rrbcdg.gov.in
RRB Chennai www.rrbchennai.gov.in
RRB Gorakhpur www.rrbgkp.gov.in
RRB Guwahati www.rrbguwahati.gov.in
 RRB Jammu  www.rrbjammu.nic.in
 RRB Kolkata  www.rrbkolkata.gov.in
 RRB Malda  www.rrbmalda.gov.in
 RRB Mumbai  www.rrbmumbai.gov.in
 RRB Muzzafarpur  rrbmuzaffarpur.gov.in
 RRB Patna  www.rrbpatna.gov.in
 RRB Ranchi  www.rrbranchi.org
 RRB Secunderabad  www.rrbsecunderabad.nic.in
 RRB Siliguri  www.rrbsiliguri.org
 RRB Thiruvanathapuram  www.rrbthiruvananthapuram.gov.in


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