10 Methods to ace RPF SI Exam on First Attempt

Mar 06, 2023, 16:45 IST

RPF SI exam is conducted by the Ministry of Railways to recruit prospective candidates for the post of sub-inspector in the Railway Protection Force on different levels for different zones.

Overview of RPF SI Exam

Name of Exam Railway Protection Forces -Sub Inspector Exam
Conducting Body Ministry of Railway
Exam Level National Level
Mode of examination Computer Based Test
Types of question Multiple Choice Question
Eligibility for Examination
  • A candidate should be a citizen of India
  • Candidate should be a graduate from any stream
  • The age of the candidate should be from 20-25 years
Medium of examination It is conducted in
Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Assamese, Manipuri and Punjabi
Exam Duration 90 minutes
Post Offered Sub-Inspector post in RPF and RPSF
Exam Fees Reserved Categories- Rs 250
Unreserved Categories- Rs 500
Total Questions 120
  1. General Awareness
  2. Arithmetic
  3. General Intelligence and Reasoning
Total Marks 120 marks
Marking Scheme +1 for correct answer
-⅓ for incorrect answer

Exam Pattern

Subjects No. of Questions Max Marks Time
General Awareness 50 50 90 mins
Arithmetic 35 35
General Intelligence & Reasoning 35 35
Total 120 120

Now, that we know how important this exam is let's talk about ten Sureshot tips to crack it in first attempt.

10 Methods to Crack RPF SI Exam on First Attempt

  1. Starting out is everything
  • Set your goal very clearly, and don’t be confused about whether you want to appear for an examination or not. Clarity is very important.
  • Don’t wait for notification, the exam is often conducted between December to January.
  • Starting early is important as it will give you enough to prepare for the examination and work on your strategy.
  • It will take almost 6 to 1 year of preparation depending on your level.
  1. Know the syllabus of the examination

To crack any examination it is important to know the syllabus. The syllabus of the following three sections is as follows-

Sections Syllabus
General Awareness
  • Indian History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • General Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Art & Culture
  • Sports
  • General Science
  • Number systems
  • Whole numbers
  • Relationships between numbers
  • Decimal and Fractions
  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Use of table and graphs
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Distance
General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Spatial VisualizationAnalogies
  • Problem
  • Solving Analysis
  • Decision Making
  • Discriminating Observation
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Arithmetic Number Series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Syllogistic Reasoning
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Judgment
  • Visual Memory
  • Relationship Concepts
  • Verbal and Figure Classification
  • Non-Verbal Series
  • Statement Conclusion
  • Venn Diagram
  1. Tips For General Awareness
  • Reading the exam pattern above, we can clearly conclude that this is the most important section as it clearly holds 50% weightage in the exam. Hence, performing well in it will definitely give you an edge.
  • One should daily read the newspaper to keep a stronghold of current affairs, it is a very important part of this section.
  • Reading NCERT of classes 6 to 10th will be very helpful for well for Indian history as well as for geography.
  • Lucent’s GK book should be thoroughly read atleast twice before the examination.
  1. Tips For Arithmetic
  • In this section candidates can answer the questions in the fastest time but with less accuracy.
  • Aspirants should start by making their fundamentals strong. For this, they can refer to Ncert mathematics textbooks from classes 6 to 10th.
  • After grabbing the concepts, start practicing questions from books like Quantitative aptitude for Competetive exams by RS Aggarwal or any other material.
  • Make a list of all important formulas, for quick revisions. It will be very helpful to learn the formulas.
  1. Tips For General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Many times candidates struggle in the arithmetic section due to weak mathematical skills.
  • This section might prove to be the score booster as students can attend the maximum number of questions with maximum accuracy.
  • Again, candidates need to study each topic clearly in order to grab its concept.
  • Candidates can use, A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggrawal or any other source to practice questions.
  • You can divide the topic based on which topic has the highest number of questions in the examination.
  1. Previous Year Paper will work as a catalyst
  • Before starting preparing candidates should go through the previous year's question paper to get a taste of the level of questions.
  • Analyse the question paper to see which topic contains the highest weightage through the number of questions.
  • This will give a clear-cut picture of which topics are important and which are not.
  • Accordingly, a candidate can devote more time to important topics in comparison to less important topics which could be, done at last.
  1. Work on Stronger areas First
  • Rather than being worried about why are you not able to solve a mathematical problem or you are not able to learn GK, you should start working on your stronger areas.
  • Candidates should start working on their stronger areas rather than worrying about their weak areas.
  • This will not only save their time but will make them more consistent and confident while doing the preparation.
  • If any important topic lies within your weak zone, you can make an alternate list of strong and weak topics to keep up your consistency.
  1. Evaluation is as important as preparation
  • Taking regular mocks is important to test where do you stand, after your preparation.
  • Taking mocks will not only tell you what weak points but will also tell you about your stronger areas.
  • Try to take mocks in an environment which is similar examination hall in which you will give your exams and during the same time period.
  • It will improve accuracy and will prepare you completely to face to face real examination
  1. Self-study vs Coaching
  • This is a very common doubt between aspirants should they take coaching or not.
  • Nothing is better than self study, because no matter how many coaching you have to study yourself in order to make the most out of it.
  • But at the same time joining good coaching with quality and affordability will always porve to be a great asset in your preparation.
  • Under a guidance of great teachers who have years of experience, will surely act as light of hope whenever you will feel lost while preparing.
  1. Belief on Yourself
  • None of the above tips will work if you do not believe on yourself as candidate who will be qualifying this examination.
  • This confidence can only increase will practice and consistency.
  • You should not have any false hope, that any miracle will occur and you will clear the exam without preparing.
  • Understanding concepts, solving questions and practicing mocks, you have to do all these things in order to crack any exam in first attempt.
  • In such process no smartwork works,hardwork is the only way which will take you to fruitful results.


Hence, we can conclude that to crack RPF-SI we need to work smart and hard at the same time in order to crack it in first attempt.We need to remember that such national level test requires accuracy, which could be achieved with patience and enough practice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Which is the best coaching for RPF SI Exam?

Ans. Physica Wallah is the best coaching for any competitive exam.There is many free videos and materials provided by some of India’s top faculties on Youtube by physics wallah to help students in there preparation.You can also enroll in premium courses to boost your preparation at very affordable cost.

Q2. How many mocks should I solve for RPF SI exam?

Ans. Candidate should solve atleast 10-20 mocks based on the requirement of the candidate.Topicwise mocks should also solved to improve practice.

Q3. I am not good at mathematics.Can I crack still RPF SI exam if I am not good with it?

Ans. Yes, you can crack it.As mentioned above you need to take your time and practice as much as possible in order to improve your accuracy and understanding of the concepts.

Q4. How much time is required to prepare for the exam?

Ans. A candidate should take enough time for there preparation to become confident.A time period of 6 months to 1 year is recommended for an ideal candidate.

Q5. What are best books to prepare for RPF -SI exams?


General Awarness Lucent G.K.
Lucent General Science
Mathematics Fasttrack Objective Arithmetic
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by RS Aggrawal
Reasoning A modern approach to verbal & Non-verbal reasoning by RS Aggrwal


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