RRB NTPC Preparation Tips

RRB NTPC Preparation Tips

ByNeha Uppal  |  Updated on: Dec 11, 2020RRB NTPC exam 2020-21 official details, events & preparation material available here. Know answer key link, exam date, admit card download link, exam analysis and answer key expected date inside!
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RRB NTPC Exam Preparation 2020

RRB NTPC 2020 exam is scheduled to be held on 28th December 2020 onwards till March 2021 as per the latest notice. Therefore, we are now left with only a few days for RRB NTPC preparation 2020. Since this exam witnesses a record-breaking number of applications, it becomes important to pick the right RRB NTPC preparation tips. Only a smart strategy will aid you to grab an RRB NTPC vacancy across Central Government Ministries/Departments in the country.

Thus, you may get started with the best RRB NTPC preparation tips to crack the Railway NTPC 2020 exam with better results. As the exam is just around the corner, applicants need to be on top of their preparation efforts and here the BYJU'S Exam Prep experts have listed down the best RRB NTPC subject-wise preparation strategies and experts tips to ease to help you get most of the RRB NTPC preparation strategy.

RRB NTPC Preparation 2020

The RRB NTPC Railway Recruitment Board Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) exams are primarily conducted in four stages. They are

  • Stage 1 Computer Based Test (CBT 1)
  • Stage 2 Computer Based Test (CBT 2)
  • Typing Skill Test (for the post of Junior Accounts Assistant cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist, and Senior Time Keeper), or RRB NTPC Computer Based Aptitude Test (CBAT) (for the post of Traffic Assistant and Assistant Station Master).

Each stage has its own importance requiring you to craft and diligently follow an effective preparation strategy.

Preparation Tips for RRB NTPC Exams 2020 Stage 1 & Stage 2

The RRB NTPC Stage 1 and Stage 2 has 3 major sections. They are - General Intelligence and Reasoning, Mathematics and General Awareness. The various marks distribution and time allotment for each section have been tabulated below. Before you begin to craft or follow any preparation tips For RRB NTPC exams 2020 Stage 1 And Stage 2, you must understand the exam structure well. The below table will help you do the same.

Marks Distribution and Time Duration Table for RRB NTPC Exam


No. of Questions in Stage 1

Total Marks Stage 2

No. of Questions in 

Stage 2

Total Marks

Stage 2

Time Duration

General Intelligence and Reasoning


30 Marks


35 Marks




30 Marks


35 Marks


General Awareness


40 Marks 


50 Marks 




100 Marks


120 Marks

90 minutes 

Note: -

  • Candidates who qualify in the Stage 1 Exam shall sit for the Stage 2 Exam.
  • Candidates who qualify the Stage 2 Exam will have to take the TST/CBAT as per the post they have applied for.
  • 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • Before starting the RRB NTPC 2020 exam preparation, make sure you go through the NTPC syllabus for a better understanding.

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RRB NTPC Subject-wise Preparations Tips 2020 for Tier 1 Exam

The section-wise RRB NTPC Preparations Tips 2020 are mentioned below:

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning - This section is given to test a candidate on his reasoning and decision-making skills. Constant practice and reflection will help you gain an insight on how to handle different kinds of questions from this section in your exam. Solving BYJU'S Exam Prep’s previous year question papers, model papers and sample papers can be of massive help.
  • Mathematics - This section comprises questions from class 10 and class 12 syllabus in a tricker manner. You must practice a lot and master significant and useful shortcut techniques to increase your overall speed and excel in this section. BYJU'S Exam Prep’s study material PDFs have been designed and drafted by expert mathematics teachers in an easy to understand manner. They include numerous math shortcuts and smart techniques that help you increase your overall efficiency.
  • General Awareness - The only way of solving this section is by being up to date with the latest news. Read papers and other news platforms regularly. You must read about current affairs related to all significant genres.

Important RRB NTPC Preparations Tips 2020

Some important RRB NTPC exam preparation tips 2020 prepared by BYJU'S Exam Prep’s expert tutors have been given below to help you prepare for your exams effectively, and efficiently. 

  • Timetable - Having a strategized timetable will be the key to your success. This is one of the most important tips for RRB NTPC 2020 exam. Make a timetable and follow it diligently. Do not stick to only one chapter or topic. Distribute the time and work on each section for a few hours every day. Make a time table and draft study strategies according to your strengths and weaknesses. Make changes to your study plan and time table based on your progress from time to time. 
  • Repeated revision - Studying without the necessary amount of revision is as good as no studying at all. Once you finish studying a topic, make sure you revise it, again and again, every few days. The more you revise, the more you retain.  Also, repeated revision increases your hold on the topics allowing you to perform better and score more. Revising is one of the most common yet very effective RRB NTPC preparation tips.
  • Time management & Pressure Management - All exams are time-bound exams. However, this part becomes even more complicated in competitive exams due to the number of questions involved. Also, as the paper needs to be answered in the given time constraint, you tend to feel pressured, and you tend to take the stress. Therefore developing the capability to adequately manage time and mastering the art of giving the exam under pressure is extremely important. The only way to improve your time and pressure management skills in order to perform well in the exams is to strategically, and constructively practice giving the exam. BYJU'S Exam Prep’s strategic study material, a systematic study plan helps you develop the skill of tackling different types of questions in a timely manner. 
  • Practise Practise and More Practise - Practice should be an important part of the exam preparation strategy. Multiple practice sessions allow you to become confident and master time management skills. Practise from mock papers, practise papers and previous years question papers. Scrutinising these papers once you finish solving them will help you to analyse your strengths and weaknesses, assess your level of preparation and work on your shortcomings. Practising is one of the most sound preparation tips. 
  • Confidence - Confidence is the key to perform well on the day of the exam. You can indulge yourself in all kinds of preparation strategies; however, if you are not confident on the day of the exam, all the preparations would be for nothing. Therefore, trust in yourself and your capabilities and write your exam confidently. The best way to gain confidence is to practice sample papers to get well acquainted with the exam environment and the exam pattern beforehand.
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RRB NTPC Preparation Tips For Typing Test

The typing test stage in the RRB NTPC Exams is qualifying in nature. Candidates who have qualified for the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Exams have to take up the Typing Skill Test (TST). In the TST candidates should be able to type 30 words per minute (WPM) in English or 25 WPM in Hindi on a personal computer without the aid of any editing and spell checking tools. The best RRB NTPC Preparation Tips For Typing Test is to practice typing regularly. Therefore candidates must practice typing every day for a minimum of 30 minutes.

The new digital era allows everything to be obtained at our fingertips. Find the latest model papers, sample papers and all the solved Railway NTPC previous years questions papers on BYJU'S Exam Prep’s website and BYJU'S Exam Prep’s App to practice well and crack the RRB NTPC Exam 2020. Find innumerable study tips strategically drafted study material PDFs on our website to help you perform well in the exams.

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RRB NTPC Eligibility Criteria 

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  • The mock papers and previous years question papers for the RRB NTPC Exams 2020 are made available on our website to help candidates prepare for the exam.

  • When you lose confidence in an exam, you tend to panic resulting in a bad performance in the exam with bad scores.

  • The Stage 2 paper can be more tricky than the Stage 1 Exam. The difficulty level is expected to vary.

  • Learning a few basic maths skills will go a long way in helping you solve aptitude questions. Also be well versed with certain concepts like tables, cubes and squares for quick calculations.

  • The best way to improve English reading skills is to read the newspaper every day.  It will also help you to improve your general awareness and perform well in both English and General Awareness Section.

  • For a successful RRB NTPC 2020 exam preparation, you must thoroughly be updated with the latest syllabus and exam pattern. Also, practice RRB NTPC mock test along with previous year question papers to excel in the exam.

  • Each and every topic is important to be covered while preparing for RRB NTPC 2020 exam in order to crack the exam with good score.

  • Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer attempted by the candidates.

  • Since the competition is high it becomes difficult to crack the exam.  But as we know preparing well for the exam hard working in the right direction can surely aid you to crack the exam with a good score.

  • Since there are a plethora of books available for the RRB NTPC exam in the market. Thus, it becomes important to choose the study material wisely that has covered the entire syllabus in detail.

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