RPF Preparation Tips 2022 - Strategy to Prepare Constable/SI Exam

RPF Preparation Tips 2022 - Strategy to Prepare Constable/SI Exam

ByNeha Uppal  |  Updated on: Nov 21, 2020
RPF 2020 Exam Notification for 9000+ vacancies will be released soon by the Ministry of Railways.
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How to Approach RPF Constable/SI Exam?

To clear any exam, one needs to have the knowledge of the detailed RPF Constable/SI Syllabus and the pattern in which the questions are asked. We believe that you must have been preparing for the exam in accordance with the below given official exam pattern:


No. of Qs

Max Marks


General Awareness 



90 mins




General Intelligence & Reasoning






  • Although the level of the exams will differ, CBT pattern is the same for the RPF Constable and RPF Sub Inspector (SI) posts.
  • There will be a total of 120 questions of one mark each.
  • There is negative marking of 0.33 marks i.e 1/3 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • 90 minutes will be allotted to candidates for the CBT.

RPF Preparation Tips: Revision Tips and PDF Notes

Unlike earlier Railway Group D & Railway ALP/Technician exams, the sectional weightage has been clearly mentioned in the notification itself. It gives a wise perception of the examination that one is appearing for and to decide where he/she needs to work on. Here, we will discuss each section separately in accordance with the syllabus given in the notification.

General Awareness

This is the most important section from the exam point of view as it has been clearly mentioned that out of total 120 questions, 50 will be asked from this section only which gives it great importance. GK will surely be the deciding factor for this competitive exam & as we all know this part needs a consistent approach as this is something which cannot be done overnight. So, one must be very disciplined for revising this section. Topics which are mentioned in the syllabus are as follows:

  • Current Affairs 
  • Indian History (Basic)
  • Art & Culture
  • Geography
  • General Polity & Indian Constitution
  • General Science
  • Others
  1. Current Affairs are very important for this examination. We, here at BYJU'S Exam Prep, provide the aspirants Weekly & Monthly PDF for Current Affairs which are relevant for the examination. Go through the below links and keep your self-updated for the exam. Aspirants must go through the last six months current affairs PDF to be able to tackle this subsection.
  2. For Static Part, Candidates can refer to Lucent G.K. to cover all the important aspects of this section. This book is sufficient for GK section, it will contain the static GK which will have topics from the History, Geography, Polity, economics etc. along with important general science part. Also, there is a separate book for General Science from Lucent Publication which will only cover the science part.
  3. Also One can Download General Science Questions for Railway Exams. Candidates must also attempt  BYJU'S Exam Prep General Knowledge Quizzes & Railways GK Challenge Quizzes on regular basis to check where you stand in the competition.

GK PDFs for Revision

General Intelligence & reasoning

Candidate can easily score in this section. It requires analytical skills and good presence of mind to tackle questions in this section. Mentioned Topics in the syllabus are as follows:

  • Analogies
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Spatial Visualization & Spatial orientation
  • Problem Solving Analysis 
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Visual memory
  • Discriminating Observation
  • Relationship Concepts
  • Arithmetical reasoning
  • Verbal and Figure Classification
  • Arithmetic Number Series & Non-verbal series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Statement & Conclusion (Important)
  • Syllogistic reasoning (Important)

Strategy for the above-mentioned topics:

  1. Similarities and Differences & Discriminating Observation include problems based on the Odd One Out logic of the same category, meaning, & direction finding. Practising these types of questions will help you find the different types of logic that are being interpreted.
  2. Syllogistic reasoning problems are mainly based on the application of the Venn Diagrams. If one learns the concepts of this topic well then it will be easier to attempt questions from this section. You can also click here to go through the key points
  3. For problems based on the Mathematical operations, one needs to substitute the signs with the given set of operators. Relationships based problems can easily be tackled with the help of the family tree concept. You can go through the key concepts by clicking here.
  4. Arithmetic Number Series formation questions are based upon a particular logic like square number series, Cube Number series, Arithmetic Progression etc. Candidates need to learn the squares numbers from 1 to 50 and cube numbers from 1 to 20. For the number series part, one must memorize standard series.

In these last days of revision, aspirants must solve as many questions that one can solve because once you become familiar with the patterns by practising the different types of questions, you will be able to score good marks. Aspirants should attempt  BYJU'S Exam Prep Reasoning Quizzes on the BYJU'S Exam Prep app on a regular basis which will give the same experience as of the exam and will help to enhance their preparation.


In this subject, the key to score is going through all the key concepts of the mentioned topic in the syllabus.

  • There are certain topics in which candidates can score easily & this can be done by revising the basics of these chapters and practising on the questions based on these topics which are as follows:
  1. Whole Numbers
  2. Decimal
  3. Fractions
  4. Age Calculations
  5. Relationships Between Numbers
  6. Fundamental Arithmetical Operations
  7. Number System
  • Moving on further we have the topics from Arithmetic section. This section comprises the important portion of the Quant Section so aspirants need to master this section and apart from the basic knowledge, one must go through the important types of questions which are repeatedly asked in competitive examinations. Chapters from this category are
  1. Averages
  2. Percentages
  3. Simple and Compound Interest
  4. Ratio and Proportion
  5. Profit, Loss & Discount
  6. Time and Distance
  7. Time and Work
  8. Pipes & Cistern

Percentage plays an important role in mastering the arithmetic section & the key point to master it is to learn the values of the important fraction in percentage form which are










14(2/7) %


7 (9/13) %




12(1/2) %


7 (1/7) %


33(1/3) %


11(1/9) %


6 (2/3) %




10 %


6 (1/4) %




9 (1/11) %




16(2/3) %


8 (1/3) %

Remembering this will save a lot of time and also simplify the problem. Another Frequently asked topic is Time, Work & Wages and Pipes & Cistern problems are also based on the concepts of this chapter. Refer to any practice sets for revising this section.

  • At this time, Candidates should have a good understanding of Advance Maths topic and have practiced well for them, however, this section will not be covering the major part but it will help you increase your chances to score well in the exam. Following are the topics:
  1. Geometry Basic Questions
  2. Basics of Trigonometry
  3. Algebra
  4. Perimeter, Area, and volume

For above-given topics, an aspirant should revise the basics and practice well. Also, these topics are mainly dependent on the Formulas (especially Trigonometry and Mensuration) so keep on memorizing them. Also, you can make a chart and paste it on the wall near your study table. This will help you a lot. You can also click on the links to note down the important formulas of AlgebraMensuration 2DMensuration 3D.  Aspirants must regularly attempt BYJU'S Exam Prep Maths Quizzes which are based on the latest exam pattern. Also for comprehensive preparation, we have launched the Railway Study Plan which will be helpful for RPF Recruitment Exam, students can follow that plan for good results.  

RPF Preparation Tips for last few days

Most of the candidates must have a single question buzzing in their mind i.e "What to do in these last days"? Making a proper study schedule for the upcoming days will help you score more in the real exam. Coming to the core part, "Revisions & Mock Tests" are the two essential tasks one has to perform during these last days of preparation.

Step I: Revision is necessary

The most important phase of preparation is Revision. If the important topics that you studied earlier are not properly revised, it is as good as not studied. The revision will help you memorize/ remember what all you studied months back. According to Science, if you will not revise what you have studied, you will forget 70% of the data and of course, you cannot afford this. Make a list of the important topics and revise them all. This will brush up your knowledge and you will feel confident to appear for the exam. Now here the question arises, How to do the revision?

We will not advice oral revision unless it is General Knowledge. Also, for efficient revision, we advise you to make GK sticky notes and paste them on your refrigerator or almirah or anywhere in your room. Placing these Notes/ charts in front of your eyes all the time will help you memorize the GK more easily than trying to mug them. At the end of the day, try to remember, revise what all you learned. For other subjects like Maths & Reasoning, always revise intermittently. Eg. Start with Speed, Time & Distance Topic of Maths and then switch to other reasoning topic say Syllogism. This way, you will not feel overburdened.

Step II: Attempt at least 1 Full Mock Test Daily

Haven't appeared for any mock?? This is high time!! Practising mock test will not only help you align your performance in accordance with the time but also increase question-solving speed. The more you attempt the mock test, the more you become efficient. Make a habit of attempting at least 1 mock test daily. Your task doesn't end here. After attempting mock tests, go through the detailed solution of the questions you marked wrong. Try to find if that question can be solved by any shortcut method. If you continuously find problems in solving a particular topic, give that topic a couple of hours and reattempt those questions. By attempting mock tests daily before the actual RPF exam, students would cut down on the petty mistakes they may commit in the real exam.

That's it! If you will follow these simple steps in the last days before the exam, you will definitely reach closer to your dream job.

"Don't practice until you get it right, practise until you can't get it wrong"

So, stay confident and you will crack the exam. We hope these guidelines will help you score more in the real exam. If you have any query in your mind, please feel free to write it in the comments section below.

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