How to prepare GK for RRB NTPC
Updated on Jun 25, 2019 - 5:18 p.m. IST by Piyush.Dixit

How to prepare General Knowledge for RRB NTPC 2019 - Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC) is one of the most popular competitive examinations among youths. RRB NTPC notification announced more than 35000 vacancies for various posts. Candidates who want to get themselves inducted into services offered by Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) should know how to prepare GK for RRB NTPC 2019. General Knowledge (GK) plays a vital role in a candidate’s selection in this online exam. Since the weightage of gk in RRB NTPC exam is substantial and without making the strategy of how to prepare GK for RRB NTPC exam one can’t qualify the exam. In this article, we will learn various ingredients of NTPC preparation e.g exam pattern, syllabus, questions trends, available resources, and full proof strategy.

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RRB NTPC Exam Pattern 2019

“Don't be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try”

This quote by Michael Jordan is important for candidates preparing for the exam because to qualify the exam, candidates should appear in the exam with a focused approach. Before knowing the exam pattern of RRB NTPC in detailed form candidates are advised to check the post wise exam pattern selection procedure.

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RRB NTPC Exam Pattern stage-wise

  1. 1st Stage: RRB NTPC Preliminary Exam (1st Stage CBT)
  2. 2nd Stage: RRB NTPC Main Exam (2nd Stage CBT)
  3. 3rd Stage: Physcology Test/Skill

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern 2019 (First Stage) Prelims


Total number of Questions

Allotted marks to questions

Time Duration

Quantitative aptitude



1:30 Hours


90 Minutes

General Intelligence & Reasoning



General Knowledge



Here candidates can see that the weightage of General Knowledge (gk) section is 40%, which in comparison to the other two sections is more. So candidates who want to clear this exam successfully should make a strategy of how to prepare GK for RRB NTPC 2019.

  • There will be one third negative marking for each wrong answer we attempt in the exam

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern (Second Stage) Mains


Total number of Questions

Allotted marks to questions

Time Duration

General Awareness



1:30 Hours


90 Minutes

Quantitative aptitude



General Intelligence and Reasoning



RRB NTPC Exam 2019 3rd Stage

Computer-Based Aptitude Test/Psychology Test - for Station Master and Traffic Assistant

Qualifying marks - Candidates need to score a minimum T-Score of 42 marks in each of the test batteries to qualify.

  • It is applicable for all the candidates irrespective of community or category and no relaxation in the minimum T- Score is permissible.

  • Candidates are required to qualify in each of the test batteries of CBAT for considering them for the post of SM/TA.

  • There is no negative marking in CBAT test.

Typing Skill Test - For Junior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist and Senior Time Keeper

RRB NTPC Syllabus 2019 of General Knowledge

Weightage of general awareness section in RRB NTPC 2019 exam is greater in comparison to mathematics & reasoning hence candidates should put major emphasis in strategic planning regarding how to prepare for General Knowledge for RRB NTPC 2019 exam. Syllabus for General Knowledge (GK) section for RRB NTPC stage 1 (prelims) & stage 2 (mains) is mentioned in below given table. Aspirants who want to have complete understanding regarding of exam should check complete RRB NTPC syllabus

  • Current Events of National and International Importance

  • Games and Sports

  • Indian Polity and Governance- constitution and political system

  • General Scientific and Technological developments including Space and Nuclear Program of India, UN and Other important World Organisations

  • Art and Culture of India

  • Indian Literature

  • Monuments and Places of India

  • General Science and Life Science (up to 10th CBSE)

  • History of India and Freedom Struggle

  • Social and Economic Geography of India and World

  • Environmental Issues Concerning India and World at Large

  • Basics of Computers and Computer Applications, Common Abbreviations

  • Transport Systems in India

  • Indian Economy

  • Famous Personalities of India and World

  • Flagship Government Programs

  • Flora and Fauna of India

  • Important Government and Public Sector Organizations of India etc.

Prerequisite of strategic analysis to qualify RRB NTPC

Aspirants who are preparing for RRB Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) exam should understand the importance of General Knowledge (gk) section and accordingly compose full proof strategy of this section which will help them how to prepare General Knowledge for RRB NTPC exam.

Solve Previous year papers

First important step for strategic planning of how to prepare of GK for RRB NTPC is to solve previous year question papers. Solving this will not only help them to increase their speed & accuracy but also help in enabling the strategy to prepare General Knowledge for NTPC exam in a well-versed way. Candidates can download previous year question papers of exam here.


Link to download

Paper 1

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Paper 2

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Paper 3

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Paper 4

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Paper 5

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In order to practise more candidates can check previous year paper of RRB NTPC .

Understand question trend analysis

second important step of strategic analysis includes understanding the question trend analysis of NTPC exam. Though RRB has provided the syllabus for General Knowledge (GK) section if we see the previous year question trend of RRB NTPC exam then we can observe that questions from certain sections like current affairs, general science, and static gk are asked in exams are greater in number.

Choose the best among the rest

“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.”

Above mentioned quote of Michael Porter holds relevance for students making the strategy of how to prepare GK for RRB NTPC exam. Many a time it happens that students choose multiple books for their preparation, make hundreds of plans and adopt various strategy hence candidates must need to be very selective while choosing any of the above-mentioned resources.

Notes making

Notes making is an art and aspirants should be excel in this. In order to prepare General Knowledge (gk) for RRB NTPC 2019 exam, it is advisable that candidates should at least prepare the notes for current affairs topics because weight of current affairs is more than 15 questions. If candidates have made the notes thoroughly for even other subjects like science, computer and economy then their selection in RRB NTPC exam is inevitable.

Increase the accuracy by online mock test Aspirants should give work hard to increase the speed along with maintaining the accuracy of the attempted questions. This exercise can be practices by solving online mock test of general knowledge (gk) topics for RRB NTPC exam. It will also ease the pressure of the candidates when they will appear in real time online mock test.

Resources material/ Books

Books are an important ingredient in the candidate’s preparation for NTPC exam hence candidates should only follow authentically and recommended RRB NTPC Books for their preparation in exam. Few books which will be helpful in candidate’s preparation for GK is given below.


Manorama year book

Pratiyogita Darpan Magazine

Arihant General Knowledge 2019

Press Information Bureau News

Nowadays lots of youtube channel & app are available which is advisable for the candidates to include in their strategic planning of how to prepare GK for RRB NTPC Exam.

"The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge”

This quote by Napoleon Hill is apt for the students preparing for NTPC exam. Candidates who will imbibe the above-mentioned tips & tricks & strategies for how to prepare General Knowledge (gk) for Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC) exam they will most likely to be selected in the exam.

RRB NTPC Pay Scale

Post name


Station Master

Rs 35,400

Commercial Apprentice

Rs 35,400

Senior Time Keeper

Rs 29,200

Junior Account Assistant cum Typist

Rs 29,200

Senior Clerk cum Typist

Rs Rs 29,200

Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk

Rs Rs 29,200

Goods Guard

Rs Rs 29,200

Traffic Assistant

Rs 25,000

Commercial cum Ticket Clerk

Rs 21,700

Trains Clerk

Rs 19,900

Junior Time Keeper

Rs 19,900

Accounts Clerk cum Typist

Rs 19,900

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Questions related to RRB NTPC

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what is the exam date of railways ntpc

Shareef 15th Nov, 2019
RRB NTPC examinination Dates are not yet confirmed. It is just said the examination will be in the month of December and even it is not a confirmation.
It is advised to keep checking official Website of RRB. Here below is the link for official website.

How to prepare for loco pilot exam

Ronak Gala Student Expert 28th Oct, 2019

(1). SYLLABUS :- written exam includes (100 to 120 marks)

Maths - upto 10th class


General knowledge

Technical question (ITI)

General science

(2) psychological test :- This test is conducted to test your presence of mind and how quick you are at decisions making. It includes 5–6 tests each test may be of 5- 10 minutes .you have to be very quick for doing 50 questions in 5 minutes. There are books available in market for psychological test . One book I remember named VIDHYASAGAR . Only practice can lead you to success


how find the applications status

Papiya Mazumder 27th Sep, 2019


As per your requirement, i would say that whatever application status you need for whichever exam, you will get in its official site. Even if you have registered for the exam or course you will be notified through your emai id. Infact, you can get its notification and details on career 360 website itself after being released officially.

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