RRB NTPC Notification – Dates, Vacancies, Pay Scale, Selection Process

RRB NTPC Notification is one of the most important documents which includes all the crucial exam-related details. Every year, the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) releases the official RRB NTPC notification to recruit aspirants for the Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) Graduate and Undergraduate posts. It consists of proper guidelines for the candidates to follow throughout the RRB NTPC recruitment process. 

For CEN 01/2019 RRB NTPC exam, the Railway Recruitment Board released the notification on 28th February 2019. Against a total of 35,208  vacancies, RRBs have received a total of 1,26,30,885 applications for RRB NTPC 2020*. 

*Note: RRB NTPC 2019 was planned to be conducted in June 2019. However, uncalled events like non-finalisation of the exam conducting agency, exam centres and COVID-19 pandemic delayed the exam. The same exam would now be conducted as RRB NTPC 2020. This year, RRB and Railway Ministry jointly announced that the postponed RRB NTPC exam 2019 will be conducted from 15th December 2020

To make things easier for candidates to understand, Buddy4Study has summarised the RRB NTPC notification PDF containing information related to vacancies, posts, pay scales, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, how to apply, stages of exam, admit card and more.

Important Updates

  • 7th December 2020 – RRB NTPC exam will begin from 28th December 2020.The exam will be held till the end of March 2021. Details of RRB NTPC exam city and date are likely to be released 10 days before the exam date.

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RRB NTPC Notification – Highlights

As there are no major updates available for the RRB NTPC 2020 exam notification, RRB would carry forward with the same exam notification issued on 28th February 2019. Candidates must pay attention to the highlights related to RRB NTPC notification 2019-20, as stated below:

 RRB NTPC 2019-20 Notification Highlights

Name of ExaminationRRB Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) posts (UG & PG posts) 
Recruitment BoardRailway Recruitment Board
Advertisement NumberCen 01/2019
RRB Recruitment Official Websitewww.rrcb.gov.in 


RRB NTPC Total VacanciesAround 35,208
Participating RRBs21
RRB NTPC Exam Date Stage 1 CBTFrom 15th December 2020
Credentials required to download RRB NTPC Admit CardRegistration ID

Date of Birth

Compulsory documents to carry on exam dayAdmit Card

2 Passport Size Coloured Photograph

Valid Photo ID Proof

Duration of RRB NTPC Exam Stage 1 CBT1 hour 30 minutes or 90 minutes

2 hours or 180 minutes for PwBD candidates with a scribe 

Duration of RRB NTPC Exam Stage 2 CBT1 hour 30 minutes or 90 minutes

2 hours or 180 minutes for PwBD candidates with a scribe 

Timing of RRB NTPC ExamShift 1 – 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Shift 2 – 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Shift 3 – 4:00 PM to 05:30 PM

RRB NTPC Notification – Important Dates

A majority of important dates have been released and the rest will be announced by RRB in due time. Candidates will find the important events and their respected dates in the table below:

RRB NTPC Notification Schedule

EventsImportant Dates
Release of RRB NTPC Notification28th February 2019
Last date to submit the RRB NTPC application fee:
Online (Net banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/UPI5th April 2019 (11:59 PM)
Offline (Post Office Challan)5th April 2019 (3:00 PM)
Offline (SBI Challan)5th April 2019 (3:00 PM)
RRB NTPC application form submission deadline12th April 2019 (11:59 PM)
RRB NTPC Admit Card release date4 days before the exam date
RRB NTPC Exam DateFrom 15th December 2020
RRB NTPC Result declarationTo be Announced

RRB NTPC Notification  – Eligibility Criteria

Both undergraduate and postgraduate posts have different RRB NTPC eligibility criteria. 

Undergraduate PostsGraduate Posts
Candidates who have passed Class 12 can apply Candidates who have completed their Graduation degree can apply
Lower age limit  – Candidate should not be less than 18 years 

Upper age limit  – Candidate should not be more than 30 years 

(Age calculated as on 1st July 2019)

Lower age limit  – Candidate should not be less than 18 years 

Upper age limit  – Candidate should not be more than 33 years 

(Age calculated as on 1st July 2019)

Eligibility Criteria for Typing Skill Test 

Candidates applying for the below posts must possess extensive typing skills to crack the Typing Skill Test.

  • Junior Clerk Cum Typist
  • Junior Time Keeper
  • Trains Clerk
  • Accounts Clerk Cum Typist
  • Commercial Cum Ticket Clerk
  • Senior Clerk Cum Typist
  • Senior Time Keeper
  • Junior Accounts Assistant Cum Typist
  • Station Master

Note: ONLY the candidates who are shortlisted for the second round are eligible to sit for the Typing Skill Test

Level of Proficiency required in RRB NTPC Typing Skill Test:

  1. Hindi Language Typing: 25 words per minute in Kruti Dev or Mangal font
  2. English Language Typing: 30 words per minute

Candidates can read the elaborate RRB NTPC Eligibility Criteria here.  

RRB NTPC Notification  – Posts/Vacancies and Salary

The pay scale for RRB NTPC posts is planned by the Railway Ministry and Railway Recruitment Board. Candidates will find the total number of vacancies (zone-wise) and the pay scales for NTPC, both Graduate and Undergraduate Posts, as per the 7th CPC Pay Matrix (according to RRB NTPC Notification 2019) in the tables below:

RRB NTPC Total Zone-Wise Vacancy 2019

RRB RegionsRegional RRB NTPC Official Vacancies

RRB NTPC Pay Scale and Vacancies  – Undergraduate Posts

Name of the PostsRRB NTPC VacancyInitial Pay (Rs.)
Commercial cum Ticket Clerk494021,700
Junior Clerk cum Typist431919,900
Accounts Clerk cum Typist76019,900
Trains Clerk59219,900
Junior Time Keeper1719,900
Grand Total10628

RRB NTPC Pay Scale and Vacancies  – Graduate Posts

Name of the PostsRRB NTPC VacancyInitial Pay (Rs.)
Station Master686535400
Commercial Apprentice25935400
Goods Guard574829200
Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk563829200
Junior Account Assistant cum Typist316429200
Senior Clerk cum Typist287329200
Traffic Assistant8825500
Senior Time Keeper1429200
Grand Total24649

RRB NTPC Notification  – Application/Registration Process

RRB NTPC application form was released on 1st March 2019. The online registration process was lengthy as nearly 1.26 crore candidates applied for around 35,208 vacancies in the posts associated with RRB NTPC. The last date to submit the RRB NTPC registration form (online) was 31st March 2019. 

Candidates could pay their application fee via online mode (net banking/credit card/debit card/UPI) or offline mode (SBI Challan or Post Office Challan). The last date to pay the online RRB NTPC application fee was 5th April 2019 until 11:59 PM. 

RRB NTPC application process is divided into 2 parts. The first part comprises online registration and the second part consists of application and fee payment procedure. 

In the first part, candidates require registering themselves by visiting the official RRB NTPC website (www.indianrailways.gov.in) and selecting the zone from where they would prefer to apply for the exam. 

Once the registration process is complete, candidates will move ahead to the second part. In this part, they have to fill out 3 sections in the RRB NTPC application form:

  1. Personal Details
  2. Details related to Education Qualifications
  3. Uploading Photograph and Signature

The application fee payable for each category and the refund amount (after the candidates appear for the Stage 1 CBT exam) is given in the table below:

RRB NTPC Notification – Application Fee Structure

CategoryApplication FeesRefundable Amount
Unreserved (General)



Rs. 500/-Rs. 400/ – 

(after deducting the bank charges)






Economically Backward Class

Rs. 250/-Rs. 250/-

Candidates would be allowed to pay their application fees via 2 modes:

  1. Online – Net Banking/Credit card/Debit card/UPI
  2. Offline – SBI Challan Payment mode where cash can be deposited  in any branch of SBI/ Post Office Challans (Payment mode in any branch of Computerized Post Office)

Only after the payment is successful and candidates’ find their RRB NTPC application status 2019 ‘Accepted,’ the application process will be considered complete. 

Candidates will get to know the elaborate application process and how they can fill-up the form correctly by following the RRB NTPC Application/Registration article. 

Note: Candidates have to bear the additional bank transaction charges associated with online payment of application fees

RRB NTPC Notification – Exam Pattern

Candidates with the help of RRB NTPC exam pattern can get a clear idea regarding the sectional distribution of questions and marks. 

RRB NTPC CBT Stage 1 – Sectional Distribution of Questions and Marks

SectionsNumber of Questions in Each Section (MCQ)Marks Allotted to Each SectionDuration of Test
General Awareness404090 Minutes
General Intelligence and Reasoning3030
Mathematics3030120 Minutes (PwBD candidates with a Scribe)

RRB NTPC CBT Stage 2 – Sectional Distribution of Questions and Marks

SectionsNumber of Questions in Each Section (MCQ)Marks Allotted to Each SectionDuration of Test
General Awareness505090 Minutes
General Intelligence and Reasoning3535
Mathematics3535120 Minutes (PwBD candidates with a Scribe)

Candidates will get 4 options for every question. For every correct answer, they will be awarded 1 mark. However, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.  The normalization of marks will be done to adjust the difficulty of question papers and shortlist the candidates for 2nd Stage of CBT as per their merit. 

RRB NTPC Marking Scheme

Type of AnswersMarks Allotted
Correct Answer+1
Wrong Answer1/3 mark deducted for every wrong answer  (-0.33)

RRB NTPC Notification  – Selection Stages

RRB NTPC recruitment or selection process includes five stages. 

  1. Preliminary Exam (Computer Based Test)
  2. Main Exam (Computer Based Test)
  3. Document Verification
  4. Medical Fitness Test
  5. Final Selection

Besides these five, there are two additional stages meant for specific posts – 

  1. Computer-based Aptitude Test (For the post of Traffic Assistant and Assistant Station Master)
  2. Typing Skill Test (For the post of Junior Accounts Assistant cum Typist, Senior Clerk cum Typist and Senior Time Keeper)

Computer-Based Aptitude Test (CBAT)

  • Candidates who have opted for the post of Traffic Assistant and Station Master are eligible to sit for the Computer-based Aptitude Test.
  • They will be given different test batteries, which will comprise of 5 or 6 tests (as per the posts).
  • Candidates can take this test in English and Hindi languages.
  • Candidates appearing for this test will be relieved to know that there is no negative marking in CBAT.
  • They need to secure a minimum T-Score of 42 marks in each of the test batteries to qualify this exam.

Typing Skill Test

In this test, candidates will have to type 25 words per minute in Kruti Dev or Mangal font (Hindi) and 30 words per minute in the English language on a standard computer without using any editing tool and spell check facility tool. 

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RRB NTPC Notification  –  Syllabus

RRB NTPC syllabus is divided into 3 sections:

  • General Awareness
  • Mathematics
  • General Intelligence and Reasoning

Questions asked in RRB NTPC 2019 exam will be based on Class 10, 12 and graduation curriculum.

Candidates can read the elaborate and well-explained RRB NTPC syllabus here.  

RRB NTPC Notification  – Shortlisting and Empanelling

  1. The shortlisting procedure for RRB NTPC exam takes place after the completion of Stage 1 CBT. 
  2. The number of candidates selected for the Stage 2 CBT RRB NTPC exam is 20 times more than the number of actual vacancies. 
  3. Candidates are shortlisted for the second test based on their merit and the cutoff marks set by RRB authority. 
  4. When the RRB NTPC Stage 2 tests are complete, the candidates shortlisted in that round become eligible to move forward in the Computer-based Aptitude Test (CBAT) and Typing Skill Test.
  5. The number of candidates selected for the CBAT and Typing Skill Test is 8 times more than the number of actual vacancies.
  6. Candidates, after completing all the stages, become eligible and move ahead in the RRB NTPC recruitment stage. 

RRB NTPC Notification  – FAQs

When was the RRB NTPC notification published?

The RRB NTPC notification for CEN 01/2019 exam was released on 28th February 2019.

How many vacancies are open for RRB NTPC Graduate posts?

A total of 24,649 vacancies are open for RRB NTPC Graduate posts.

What is the age limit for RRB NTPC Graduate posts?

The lower age limit for RRB NTPC Graduate post is 18 years and the upper limit is 33 years.

What are the stages of RRB NTPC candidate selection?

The selection process in RRB NTPC exam comprises 5 stages -

  1. Stage 1 Computer Based Test (CBT)
  2. Stage 2 Computer Based Test (CBT)
  3. Typing Skill Test/ Computer Based Aptitude Test (as applicable)
  4. Document Verification
  5. Medical Examination

How much time is allotted for RRB NTPC Stage 1 exam?

Candidates will be given 90 minutes to complete the RRB NTPC Stage 1 exam. However, time relaxation is provided to PwBD candidates, where they will be given 120 minutes with a Scribe to complete the examination.

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