Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) has so far successfully conducted the six phases of Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC) Computer Based Test (CBT) of first stage or CBT-1. The exam was conducted from December 28, 2020, to April 8, 2021, in multiple phases for around 1.19 crore candidates, until now. However, CBT-1 for over 7 Lakh candidates is still pending which was halted due to the increase in cases of Coronavirus.
As the CBT-1 for around 95 percent of total registered candidates is done, the board will soon release the exam dates for the RRB NTPC CBT-2 as well as for the CBT-1 for remaining candidates. Hence, if you have already appeared in the CBT-1 then it’s time for you to pull up your socks and start your preparation for CBT-2 as the exam is expected to be conducted from the first to the third week of August, tentatively.
In this blog, we have provided the complete details on RRB NTPC CBT-1 Exam phases conducted till now, exam phases left, the total number of candidates to be shortlisted for CBT-2, how you can prepare for CBT-2 and how BYJU'S Exam Prep can help you in your preparation in last two to three months of the exam.
RRB NTPC 2021 CBT 1 Exam Dates, Phases, and Number of Candidates
The table below highlights the exam dates, phases, and total number of candidates for the RRB NTPC Exam:
Exam Phase CBT – 1
Total number of candidates
28-Dec-2020 to 13-Jan-2021
16-Jan-2021 to 30-Jan-2021
31-Jan-2021 to 12-Feb-2021
15-Feb-2021 to 03-Mar-2021
04-Mar-2021 to 27-Mar-2021
01-Apr-2021 to 08-Apr-2021
To be announced
7 Lakh (Remaining candidates)
126 Lakh or 1.26 crore
RRB NTPC 2021 CBT 2 Number of Candidates to be Shortlisted
Out of a total of 1.26 crore candidates, the board will shortlist a total of 7,04,160 or around 7 Lakh candidates. This is because the board had earlier notified that it shall shortlist 20 times the total number of vacancies available, and the total available vacancies are 35,208 (tentative). This means out of every 100 candidates appearing in CBT 1 only 5 to 6 candidates will be selected.
It should also be noted that the board will use the normalized marks scored in CBT-1 by the candidate.
Looking at the exam statistics of RRB NTPC 2016, where only 4 to 5 candidates were selected out of 100 candidates. Candidates now are in a better position due to the increase in the vacancy by 150 per cent as well as the rise in the selection ratio. The table below highlights the exam statistics for the RRB NTPC 2016 Exam:
RRB NTPC 2016 Statistics
18,252 later revised to 14,023
Duration of Exam
3 March 2016 to 5 May 2016
Number of Applicants
Number of Candidates who appeared in the CBT 1 Examination
Number of Candidates Qualified for CBT-2
2,73,780 or 2.73 Lakh
Percentage of Candidates Qualified for CBT-2
4.8% (Around 5 candidates out of every 100 candidates)
Candidates should also note that the exam difficulty level of CBT-2 shall vary as per the 7th CPC viz. Level 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. All posts which fall under the 7th CPC will have a common CBT-2. If candidates as per their educational eligibility criteria qualify for more than one posts of 7th CPC, then they have to take the common CBT-1 and corresponding CBT-2 for each level of 7th CPC.
How to Prepare for RRB NTPC 2021 CBT 2?
The RRB NTPC CBT 2 and CBT 1 has the same number of sections which are Mathematics, General Intelligence and Reasoning, and General Awareness but with an increased number of questions. Even for CBT 2, the difficulty level of questions is in the range of Moderate to Difficult and cut off may go from 75 to 90 depending on posts to posts.
Here are some expert tips to prepare for RRB NTPC 2021 CBT 2:
How BYJU'S Exam Prep Can Help You in Your Preparation for RRB NTPC CBT 2 Exam
As mentioned earlier, the expected dates of RRB NTPC CBT 2 is from the first week of August to the third week of August. Going by these dates, you have only two to three months for your preparation. To help you excel in the upcoming exam we have provided a Comprehensive Course for RRB NTPC CBT 2 Exam which is available in both English and Hindi language.
The below image highlights the pointers of the course:
Here are some benefits of enrolling on the RRB NTPC CBT 2 course:
- Learn through Tips and Tricks
- Complete Conceptual Clarity through Experience Faculty
- Practice Quiz and Important PDFs after Every class
- Doubt Resolution by the Mentors
- Previous Years Question Papers with Detailed Solution
- Unique Method to Learn and Memorise GK
RRB NTPC Region Wise Results