Last minute tips for RRB NTPC examination

RRB or Railway Recruitment Board conducts the NTPC exam for non-technical posts. The full form of NTPC is Non-Technical Popular Categories. Through this exam, those candidates are appointed who do not have much technical knowledge. 

Students are often worried at the time of the exam, what to read at the last moment, and what strategy to follow, so we have come up with these last minute tips for RRB NTPC examination, if candidates follow these tips, there are chances to clear RRB NTPC exam are increased. 

Lakhs of posts are recruited in railway exam but the maximum number of candidates participate in these 2 exams: Railway Group D and Railway NTPC. Before we tell you last-minute tips, you need to know about the exam pattern of RRB NTPC.

Last minute tips for RRB NTPC examination

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern 2022


Subject No. of Questions Marks Duration
Mathematics 30 30 90 Minutes
General Intelligence and Reasoning 30 30
General Awareness 40 40
Total 100 100


Subject No. of Questions Marks Duration
Mathematics 35 35 90 Minutes
General Intelligence and Reasoning 35 35
General Awareness 50 50
Total 120 120

Last Minute Tips for RRB NTPC Examination

  • Avoid Learning New Topics

At the time of examination, many aspirants feel that they should not miss any topic, due to which they start studying new topics. It is not right to do this, the time to read the new topic should be long before. Do not read new topics right at the time of the examination, because it will only create confusion and you may also become demotivated about the exam. All you have to do is revise and practice at the last minute.

  • Focus on Speed & Accuracy

Clearing time-bound exams like RRB NTPC becomes very easy if you can maintain speed and accuracy. You are given 90 minutes in both RRB NTPC CBT-1 and CBT-2 exams. In such a situation, every single minute is useful, you have to work hard on speed and accuracy because this will get your selection done.

The best way to increase speed and accuracy is to join RRB NTPC Mock Test Series from a good institute like Physics wallah. It is the most Reliable Learning Platform of India, so you can analyse your preparation with this. The more you practice it, the more your speed and accuracy will increase.

  • Maintain Time Division

If there is one thing most important for speed and accuracy, then it is time management. Questions are asked from Math, Reasoning and General Awareness in RRB NTPC. If you can save time in General Awareness and Reasoning then it will help a lot in solving Math. Solving math questions takes some time, so it would be better to manage your time wisely.

Do not spend too much time on a single question, because you have not come to solve the whole paper, you have to bring only cutoff marks. There is a negative marking (1/3rd) in RRB NTPC so you should avoid putting any kind of fake answers. Keep in mind that we read the entire paper in time, many times students tell us that they used to know the answer but they could not reach that question. So, avoid making such silly mistakes.

  • Don't Answer in a Hurry

Speed ​​is to be maintained while solving the questions, but keep in mind that do not answer in a hurry. Before ticking the correct answer, read the question thoroughly. Sometimes the examiner plays with your mind, at the beginning of the question, he gives you a hint that it is an easy question, but only after reading it completely, you will understand that it was a little tricky question. 

Therefore, after reading the whole question very carefully, tick the answer. If you have doubts, you can keep them for later, but don't spend too much time.

  • Revise All the Important Things

You should revise all the important topics at the last moment of the Railway NTPC exam. Math Formulas, Important Current Affairs, Reasoning Short Tricks etc. These are the important things which you do not have to skip to revise. This will indirectly increase your speed as well as will be very useful in time management. Students often forget the formula in the exam hall and waste their time, the only way to avoid this is to do revision before the exam.

  • Don't be Overconfident

Some candidates are overconfident before the exam. They may have topped the Mock Test or been the topper of their school class earlier. But you have to keep one thing in mind no matter who you are, you have to revise everything till the last moment and avoid any kind of overconfidence. 

Some questions in the exam come only to confuse you, if you get caught in it to show your excellence, then you will harm yourself. If you solve 75 - 80 questions then you will get cut off, it means you can skip 15-20 questions. But if you stay stuck on only one question then the whole hard work can be wasted.

  • Attempt Mock Tests/Previous Year Papers

Along with preparation, it is also very important to do analysis. The best way to do this is to give mock tests for RRB NTPC. You can also solve previous year's papers; this will help you to understand the exam pattern very well. When you are giving RRB NTPC paper in the exam hall, you will not feel anything new, you will feel like regular practice. This will increase your confidence and you will be able to solve more and more questions.

  • Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

It is very important for you to follow a healthy diet before the exam. Avoid eating any type of junk food, or outside food. Eat homemade food as much as possible or eat where you eat regularly. Do not take so much stress about the exam that you stay up all night to study and get sick. Take at least 6-7 hours of sleep, and do yoga or light exercise in the morning, it will also help in increasing your concentration.

  • Complete Revision of Current Affairs

Current Affairs is an essential part of RRB NTPC. You should revise the current affairs of the last 1 to 1.5 years, don't think of skipping it. The advantage of revising it in the last few days will be that you will be able to solve the question of current affairs on sight and it will save a lot of time. Usually, such questions are easy but the candidate is not able to recall them at the time of the exam. So you should be prepared for it.

  • Understand Admit Card Guidelines

As soon as the RRB NTPC Admit Card arrives, read its guidelines carefully. Confirm things like exam centre, exam timing, negative marking etc. Do not rush while ticking the answer, tick carefully. There may be some special Covid 19 guidelines in it, understand them well because you will have to follow them in the exam hall.

  • Attempt Known Questions in the 1st Round

After getting the paper in the exam hall, first of all, answer those questions for which you are 100% sure. By doing this you will be able to read the entire question once and the chances of leaving any easy question will also be reduced.

Always keep in mind that in the pattern of negative marking, some questions come only for skipping purposes. Do not try to solve every single question, if you solve even 75 - 80% of the questions then you will easily reach the cutoff.


RRB NTPC is a very easy exam. If you follow the above-mentioned tips and study with focus then you will be able to clear this exam easily. It has almost the same syllabus as class 10th, just improve it a little more and your selection is sure.

If you do not want to take any kind of risk and want to get selected in the first attempt, then you can join the classes of Physics Wallah. Here you will be taught by the expert faculty. Joining the Test Series here is very beneficial, its question level is like the RRB NTPC exam, so it will help you in every way.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Is NTPC exam easy?

Ans. RRB NTPC exam is a moderate-level exam in which questions are asked about Maths, Reasoning and General Awareness, some questions may be difficult.

Q2. Is Lucent enough for RRB NTPC?

Ans. Lucents is a good book for General Awareness, and you can also score well on this subject. However, you can also read the Special General Awareness Notes of Physics Wallah.

Q3. Can I crack RRB exam without coaching?

Ans. Yes, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exam can be cracked without coaching but you may have to work harder. Coaching gives you the right direction and also solves your doubts, so coaching can also be joined.

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