How Many Phases are there in RRB NTPC Exam?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

“How many phases are there in RRB NTPC Exam?” is one of the most common doubts that comes to the mind of the RRB NTPC exam aspirants as the exam was conducted in multiple phases for both the stages of the NTPC selection process, i.e. CBT 1 and CBT 2. In this article, we are providing you with complete information related to the phases of RRB NTPC exam that were conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board to recruit candidates for the various posts.

RRB NTPC Exam Phases

Before we jump on the number of RRB NTPC exam phases, let’s understand what RRB NTPC is. It stands for Railway Recruitment Board Non-Technical Popular Categories. The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) holds the RRB NTPC exam to select applicants for a variety of positions throughout India, including Commercial Apprentice, Goods Guard, Station Master, and more.

How Many Phases are there in RRB NTPC?

RRB has conducted the stage 1 computer-based exam of the NTPC exam from 28 December to 31 July in multiple phases. Candidates applied for the RRB NTPC exam in humongous numbers due to the large number of vacancies announced under the RRB NTPC recruitment. RRB NTPC CBT 1 was conducted in 7 phases for the aspirants from the 22 RRB regions. Check out the table given below to know the exam dates of each phase of the CBT 1 exam. 


RRB NTPC CBT 1 Exam Date

RRB NTPC Exam Date for Phase 1

28 December to 13 January 2021

RRB NTPC Exam Date for Phase 2

16 January to 30 January 2021

RRB NTPC Exam Date for Phase 3

31 January to 12 February 2021

RRB NTPC Exam Date for Phase 4

15 February to 3 March 2021

RRB NTPC Exam Date for Phase 5

4 March to 27 March 2021

RRB NTPC Exam Date for Phase 6

1, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 April 2021

RRB NTPC Exam Date for Phase 7

23, 24, 26, and 31 July 2021

Number of Candidates who Appeared for RRB NTPC CBT-1 

A total of 1,20,78,000 candidates appeared for the RRB NTPC Computer-based Test -1 in all 7 phases that were conducted to fill 35,281 vacancies. In the table, we have provided information on the number of candidates who had taken the RRB NTPC CBT 1 exam in each of the phases:

Phases of Exam

No. of Candidates

RRB NTPC 1st Phase

23 lakh candidates

RRB NTPC 2nd Phase

27 lakh candidates

RRB NTPC 3rd Phase

28 lakh candidates

RRB NTPC 4th Phase

15 Lakh Candidates

RRB NTPC 5th Phase

19 Lakh Candidates

RRB NTPC 6th Phase

6 Lakh Candidates

RRB NTPC 7th Phase

2.78 lakhs candidates

How Many Phases are there in RRB NTPC CBT 2?

RRB NTPC CBT 2 exam was conducted in one phase only but on different dates for the different levels of posts. As you know, RRB NTPC vacancies include posts of pay levels from 2 to 6. Based on the posts for which candidates had qualified were required to appear for the separate CBT 2 exam for posts of the same pay levels. RRB NTPC CBT 2 was conducted in May for (Levels 4 and 6) and in June for (Levels 2, 3, and 5). Check the table given below for more information

Phases of Exam

No. of Candidates

RRB NTPC CBT 2 Exam Date for (Levels 4 and 6)

9 & 10 May 2022

RRB NTPC CBT 2 Exam Date for (Levels 2, 3, and 5)

12 June to 17 June 2022 

How Many Stages are there in RRB NTPC?

Complete information on the whole recruitment cycle for the Non-Technical Popular Categories exam (NTPC) is provided by the RRB NTPC selection process. Candidates who intend to take the RRB NTPC exam must be well-informed about the RRB NTPC selection process 2023. Station Master, Junior Time Keeper, Junior Account Assistant, and Junior Typist are some of the job profiles available through the NTPC recruiting process. The selection process for the RRB NTPC exam varies depending on the posts based on rules established by the Railway Recruitment Board.

RRB NTPC selection process mainly comprises four stages which are as follows:

  • First stage: Computer-Based Test (CBT 1)
  • Second stage: Computer-Based Test (CBT 2)
  • Third Stage: Computer-Based Aptitude Test (CBAT)/Typing Skill Test
  • Fourth Stage: Document Verification and Medical Examination
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