RPF Exam Pattern 2018
Updated on Dec 19, 2018 - 3:51 p.m. IST by Anangsha Patra
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RPF Exam Pattern 2018 – The exam pattern of RPF 2018 indicates the exam mode, number of questions, sections, marking scheme and duration. According to RPF exam pattern 2018, the computer-based test (CBT) consists of 120 questions that candidates had to answer within 90 minutes. Total marks allotted for the computer-based test is 120. The test carries questions from General Awareness, Arithmetic and General Intelligence and Reasoning. As per marking scheme, candidates for correct answer scores 1 mark while 1/3 marks are deducted for wrong answers. There is no difference in the exam pattern for Constable and Sub-Inspector posts. The detailed RPF 2018 exam pattern of different stages are explained on this page.


RPF Exam Pattern 2018 – Highlights

Stages of Exam

CBT, Physical Efficiency Test and Physical Measurement Test and Document verification

Mode of exam

Online Computer Based Test

Time duration

90 minutes

Total questions


Total marks



General Awareness, Arithmetic and General Intelligence and Reasoning

Standard of questions

Constable – Class 10/matric

Sub-Inspector – Graduation


Marking scheme

Correct answer – 1 mark

Incorrect answer – 1/3 marks

RPF 2018 Exam Pattern of Computer Based Test

The Computer Based Test of RPF is being held across various centres throughout the country. The CBT is held in 15 languages, out of which candidates were given the option to choose one while filling RPF application form. The languages for CBT are – Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujurati, Bengali, Odia, Assamese, Manipuri and Punjabi. The online test booklet consists of 120 questions and total marks of the exam is 120. The qualifying marks for general and OBC candidates is 35% while it is 30% for SC and ST. The structure of RPF exam pattern 2018 for Constable and Sub-Inspector is given in the table below.

Structure of RPF Exam Pattern for CBT



Total questions


General Awareness

50 marks


90 min



General Intelligence & reasoning


RPF 2018 Exam Pattern for PET and PMT

Candidates are shortlisted for PET and PMT based on merit. Shortlisting of candidates are done 10 times the number of vacancies as per category. PET and PMT is qualifying in nature and candidates will not be awarded any marks. The pattern for PET Constable and Sub-Inspector posts are discussed below separately.

Exam Pattern for PET (Constable)


1600 meters run

800 meters run

Long jump

High jump

Constable (Male)

5 min 45 secs


14 feet

4 feet

Constable (Female)


3 min 40 secs

9 feet

3 feet

 Exam Pattern for PET (Sub-Inspector)


1600 meters run

800 meters run

Long jump

High jump

Sub-Inspector (Exe) Male

6 min 30 secs


12 ft

3 ft 9 inch

Sub-Inspector (Exe) Female


4 mins

9 ft

3 ft

Marking Scheme

Candidates can check below the marking scheme for CBT.



For correct answer

1 mark

For wrong answer

1/3 marks

Questions left unattempted

No marks will be given

RPF Syllabus 2018

The syllabus of RPF lists out the topics and sub-topics that candidates have to prepare for the exam. The standard of questions for Constable and Sub-Inspector’s post is of Class 10 and graduation level. Candidates can check RPF 2018 syllabus below.

General Awareness: Questions relating to Indian History, Art & Culture, Geography, Economics, General Polity, Indian Constitution, Sports, General Science etc will be asked in this part.

Arithmetic: Number systems, whole numbers, decimal and fractions and relationships between numbers, fundamental arithmetical operations, percentages, ratio and proportion, averages, interest, profit and loss, discount, use of table and graphs, mensuration, time and distance, ratio and proportion.

General Intelligence & reasoning: Analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving analysis, judgement, 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, syllogistic reasoning etc.

RPF 2018 recruitment is conducted for 9739 vacancies of Constable and Sub-Inspector in RPF and RPSF. The online exam is being conducted from December 19 onwards. According to RPF selection procedure, candidates qualifying CBT will be called for PET and PMT. On the basis of candidate’s performance in CBT, PET and PMT, they will be called for document verification. Candidates will be selected for final appointment provided they fulfill the medical conditions.

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