RPF Syllabus 2018 – The syllabus of RPF has been announced by the Ministry of Railways along with the notification. RPF syllabus underlines the topics and sub-topics that candidates need to prepare for the exam. The standard of questions will be of Class 10 and graduation level. The topics given in RPF 2018 syllabus for general awareness aims to test a candidate’s awareness regarding the environment and its application to society. RPF syllabus for Mathematics includes topics like Number systems, whole numbers, decimal and fractions and relationships etc. Questions in General Intelligence and Reasoning is asked from analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualization, spatial orientation, problem-solving analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory etc. The detailed RPF syllabus 2018 is given on this page. RPF 2018 examination is scheduled to be conducted from December 19 onwards. Read below for more details on RPF 2018 syllabus.

RPF Syllabus 2018


Topic-wise RPF Syllabus 2018 

The syllabus for RPF recruitment 2018 is given below in details:

RPF syllabus for General Awareness: Questions in this section is aimed to test a candidate’s awareness regarding the environment and current affairs. Total marks allotted to this section is 50. Candidates need to prepare the following topics in this section.

Important Topics for General Awareness

Indian History

Art & Culture



General Polity

Indian Constitution


General Science 

Preparation Tips: Candidates are advised to read newspapers, magazines, current affair books to stay updated with the recent events.

Best books to prepare for RPF General Awareness

Name of the book


Lucent’s General Knowledge

Lucent Publication

Pratiyogita Darpan

Upkar Publication

Manorama Year Book 2018 (English)

Malayala Manorama

RPF syllabus for Arithmetic: Questions in this section test a candidate’s calculative skill and familiarity with numbers. This section carries 35 marks. 

Important topics for Arithmetic are given below:

Important Topics for Arithmetic

Number systems

whole numbers

decimal and fractions

and relationships

fundamental arithmetical operations

percentages, ratio and proportion


profit and loss


use of table and graphs


time and distance

ratio and proportion etc


Preparation Tips -

  • Revise the formulae related to arithmetic

  • Learn the shortcuts and tricks for simplifying lengthy calculations

  • Memorise the values of common squares, cubes, square roots and cube roots

  • Brush up the basics

  • Practice previous years’ question papers

Best books for RPF Arithmetic

Name of the book


Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

R.S Aggarwal

Practice Book on Quicker Maths, 2nd Edition

M.Tyra, K.Kundan

Fast Track Objective Arithmetic

Rajesh Varma

RPF syllabus for General Intelligence and Reasoning: This section carries total 35 marks. Questions in this part aims to test a candidate’s thinking ability.

Important Topics for General Intelligence and Reasoning


Similarities and differences

Spatial visualization

Spatial orientation

problem solving analysis


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


Preparation Tips -

  • Solve previous years’ question papers

  • Attempt mock tests

  • Be thorough with the syllabus

Best books to prepare for General Intelligence and Reasoning

Name of the book


A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

R.S Aggarwal

Test of Reasoning

Edgar Thorpe

RPF Exam Pattern 2018

RPF recruitment will be conducted in online computer based mode. The question booklet carries 120 questions. The total duration of the exam is 90 minutes. Marks allotted for the exam is 120. Candidates can check below the detailed exam pattern of RPF.

Detailed RPF 2018 exam pattern



Total questions


General Awareness

50 marks


90 min



General Intelligence & reasoning


RPF 2018 recruitment is conducted for total 9739 vacancies of constable and Sub Inspector (SI). According to RPF selection procedure, the exam is conducted in three phases – Computer Based Test (CBT), Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Measurement Test (PMT) and Document Verification (DV).

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