RRB Exam Preparation Tips and Tricks

RRB Exam Preparation Tips and Tricks:

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Exam Preparation
Tips and Tricks


Recruitments in Indian railways are a regular affair, not every year they announce 18,000 jobs.With so many vacancies in Asia`s largest public sector enterprise, we know everyone would be very eager to crack the RRB exam.For all such people, here we are giving the details of RRB Exam, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation Tips and all kind of such things for RRB railways recruitment exam. 21 RRB`s are participating to recruit for 9 different positions including Assitant Station Master, Commercial Apprentice, Goods Guard etc.

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

Candidates should possess Degree from recognized University or its equivalent for Commercial Apprentice, Traffic Apprentice, Enquiry cum Reservation Clerk, Goods Guard, Assistant Station Master & Senior Time Keeper, Degree from recognized University or its equivalent with Typing proficiency in English/ Hindi on Computer for Junior Accounts Assistant cum Typist, Traffic Assistant, Senior Time Keeper.

Age Limit

Minimum: 18 Years

Maximum: 32 Years

a.       By 5 years for SC/ST candidates.

b.      By 3 years for OBC candidates

c.       For Ex-Servicemen, up to the extent of service rendered in Defence plus 3 years provided they have put in more than 6 months service after attestation.

d.      By 5 years to candidates who have ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989.

e.      By 10 years for Physically Handicapped candidates  (15 years for Physically Handicapped SCs/STs and 13 years for Physically Handicapped OBCs).

f.        Upper age limit in case of widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from the husband but not remarried shall be relaxed up to 35 years for Unreserved, 38 for OBC and 40 years for SC/ST candidates.

g.       No age relaxation is allowed to SC/ST/OBC candidates applying against unreserved vacancies.


The candidate must be a citizen of India.

Exam Pattern

The railway recruitment 2016 exam pattern is very straight forward.All candidates have to appear only for 1 common Computer Based Test (CBT), which is nothing but an online test.

The written test shall include these papers:






General Awareness

20 Marks

1 Hours 30 Mint


Mathematics/ Arithmetic

25 Marks Each


General Intelligence



50 Marks

For each wrong answer, negative mark of 0.33 would be reduced.You would be awarded 1 mark for every correct answer.

There are no section-wise cutoffs & candidates have to just secure the necessary cutoff on their total scores only.

Preparation Tips and Tricks

The best approach is to do a section wise planning, focus on your strengths and weakness and work on them accordingly.

General Intelligence and Reasoning:

Reasoning is one of the most important section for most of the competitive exam. Reasoning is generally a scoring subject in comparison to the quantitative section. Unlike numerical skill in reasoning section you don’t have to learn some formula and solve question by applying that formula. You just have to be very careful while answering these questions. This section can’t be mastered within the given time without proper practice, so you must practice enough to score well in this section.

Always Remember that the given question will be solved by the data given only, don’t make unnecessary assumptions or judgment while solving the problem. Use smart and appropriate tricks and method for solving any problem.

Be very careful with words having negative prefixes like non- , un-. They can fool you for facts. So you must read the question very carefully and when you are sure about the question, then find its solution.

The understanding of Directions should be accurate i.e. which direction is West, North, East and South.

Always remember the sequencing of alphabets i.e. which alphabet comes after/before the particular alphabet and you should also remember their numerical position as per 1 to 26.

You should also try to imagine the object in 3D like dice and paper folding etc. it will help in solving the such problems.

Reasoning problems takes more time than other sections, hence time constraint must be kept in mind while attempting this section.

Numerical Ability:

Quantitative Aptitude section which is the most important area or you can say is the deciding area for a candidate in the merit list. If you are having decent basic concepts of Mathematics, then this section will be your favorite and highest scoring section. Candidate must be able to solve questions quickly without compromising on accuracy. To do this the candidate must learn shortcuts & tricks and do away with the descriptive approach of problem solving.

Attempt your strong sections first.

Take every practice test as seriously as you would while sitting in the main exam. Time yourself for every test that you take.

Have a list of formulae that are important and make sure that you memorize them all.

Save your time, attempt easy ones quickly and then come back to tricky/ difficult questions.

General Awareness & Current Affairs:

General awareness has always been taken at the lighter note by many candidates, not realizing that how major it can be in competition Exam. This section acquires more importance because this is the only section which can be attempted quickly i.e. in 12-15 minutes and at the same time, decent marks can be scored in this section if prepared well.

Keep an eye on latest happenings and read a daily newspaper that will help you to be updated with the latest news.

Prepare notes of important news, economy news and corporate affairs and revise them meticulously to keep yourselves perfect in General Awareness.

One should thoroughly go through the last year’s questions so that you can score well in the exam.

Another great option to prepare GK well is to go through magazines that focus General Knowledge. Some of the useful magazines are Pratiyogita Darpan and Manorma. Objective Lucent can also be referred to score well.

Practice with a stop watch:

The most important point to be kept in mind while appearing for competitive exams is time management. If you are still wondering how you would manage your time and solve all the 100 questions that you need to solve in the four hour time period, the only option you are left with is to keep a stopwatch by your side and practice regularly.

Go Through Previous Year Question Papers:

This will help candidates to have an idea of the examination pattern. Aspirants should practice the papers during the revision time so that they can know the time limit and can practice weak areas.

Work on your weak Areas:

It is very easy to go along well with your strong areas, but it is the best to work on your weaker areas and give it your best shot. Practice on the weak areas so that it is easy in the examination to solve them more easily.

Don’t Overburden Yourself:

It is important not to overburden yourself while preparing for the examination. This is most important requirement for maintaining focus and concentration.

Railway Exams Study Material:

You can take the help of these books and start preparation to crack the examination easily and make your career bright because these books can change your way of thinking.

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (R. S. Aggarwal):

This book is very popular and easy to understand and gives topic-wise basics of chapters, solved examples and numerous practice questions. (Good book for beginners)

A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (R. S. Aggarwal):

This book has been divided into two parts, the first part of this book is Verbal Reasoning which covers General Mental Ability and Logical Deduction while the second part is Non-verbal Reasoning (including Analytical Reasoning).

Analytical Reasoning, (M. K. Pandey- Bsc Publications):

While most similar books are published with a focus on last-minute preparations and quick comprehension, Analytical Reasoning focuses on the basics of the subject of logic and reasoning. This book is a great source for learning the core concepts and is divided into two parts, Reasoning based on Logic and Reasoning based on Rules.

30 Practice Sets Railway Recruitment Boards RRB (Non-Technical Cadre) 2016 :

The present book contains 30 Practice Sets for the common written exam, to be conducted by the Indian Railways for recruitment to the posts of, Non-Technical Cadre in various RRBs. The practice papers not just help in thorough revision of the various concepts covered under the syllabi but also help in self-analysis of the level of preparation for the upcoming written examination.

RRB: Non-Technical (Goods Guard, ASM, TA, CA etc.) Exam Guide (2016 edition):

This comprehensive book is specially developed for the candidates of Railway Non-Technical Posts Recruitment Exam. This book included Model Paper, Previous Years Papers and Study Material for the purpose of practice of questions based on the latest pattern of the examination.

Simple things like these will let you to prepare better for the Railway Exam 2016.

In Additionally, Gradeup has launched a Mock test package of 10 full-length online tests for RRB 2nd Stage Exam 2016. This Series  consists of 10 Good Quality Practice Mock Tests for you to ace your exam. Where the first test is completely free and entire package can be purchased for only Rs. 195/-.

At last always remember that:

Success is not an accident. It is the result of your attitude and your attitude is your choice. So choose your path and work towards your destination with full determination. A little smart preparation strategy will ensure you success.


RRB Syllabus compromises in following section mentioned here:

1.       General Awareness

2.       Reasoning Ability

3.       Arithmetic

4.       General Intelligence

5.       Technical Ability

General Awareness

This RRB Syllabus 2017 portion contains the questions from recent happenings and events in all around the world to test the knowledge of applicants and includes the following:

Science – Inventions and Discoveries

Latest Current News & Affairs

Books and Authors

Current Affairs (National and International Importance)

Awards and Honors

Budget and Five Year Plans

International and National Organizations

GK Preparation Tips


Who is who?

Important Days


Major Financial/Economic News

Arithmetic Ability

RRB Syllabus 2017 essentially contains all the topics of mathematics covered in any class till graduation to checks the mathematical and quantitative skills of the students and following is the topics from which the questions asked:

Decimal Fractions

Time and Work

Simple and Compound Interest

Ratio and Proportions

Number System

Profit and Loss

Math Online Quiz

Menstruation (2D and 3D)


Data Interpretation




Start Your Test Now

Unitary Method

Time and Distance


Technical Ability

This part is a bit tricky and complicated one which has the portion of question to test your technical knowledge regarding the profession and presence of mind.

Reasoning Ability

It includes testing the series and sequence concealed in questions and reasoning made out of series of events.

The 2 portion of this section are:

RRB Syllabus 2017 for VERBAL


Problem on Age Calculation

Number Series

Arithmetical Reasoning

Number Ranking

Decision Making

Alphabet Series

Test of Direction Sense

Blood Relations



Grouping Identical Figures

Cubes and Dice

Non Verbal Series

Embedded Figures

Mirror Images

General Intelligence

The questions would be of Objective type with MCQs and are likely to include questions pertaining to the fallowing topics:


General Science

General Awareness

General Intelligence and Reasoning

RRB is the organization of Government of India, Ministry of Railways and has circulated the recruitment notice for the exam to be conducted for total various available seats in the organization.  All the applicants interested for all the job profiles mentioned by RRB Recruitment 2017 can apply for it and start preparing for the examination to be conducted by the organization.

The examination for RRB will comprise of four major parts (Technical and Non Technical Examinations) via-

1) General Awareness

2) Mathematics/ Arithmetic

3) General Intelligence and

4) Reasoning

The examination will be of 100 marks in total. The categorization of marks section wise is as follows-

1) General Awareness – 20 marks

2) Mathematics / Arithmetic – 25 marks

3) General Intelligence – 25 marks

4) Reasoning – 50 marks

The examination will be “Online Exam Computer Based Test (CBT)” and total 90 minutes will be given to the applicants to solve it.

Reference Books


Book Name



Upkar Railway Recruitment Board Examination

Khanna & Verma



R.s Aggarwal


Quicker reasoning test

Upkar publication


English Grammar

Wren & martin


Railway Recruitment Board Exam

Upkar Publication


Special class Railway Apprentice

Upkar Publication


Verbal & non verbal Book

R.s Aggarwal


Railway Recruitment Board Examination Technical cadre Books

Upkar Publication


Arihant Railway Group (D)

Bahrti Pariksha J296


Ramesh Rly Group D Exam Guide

RPH Editorial Board


Ramesh Rly Tech. Exam Pre. Solved Papers

RPH Editorial Board


Ramesh Rly Psychological Tests & Interviews

Sanjay Kumar


Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations

R. S. Aggarwal


Fast Track Objective Arithmetic

Rajesh Verma – Arihant Publications


Magical Book On Quicker Maths

M Tyra- Bsc Publications


A New Approach to Reasoning : Verbal, Non – Verbal & Analytical

Rajesh Verma – Arihant Publications


Analytical Reasoning

M. K. Pandey- Bsc Publications


14000 + Objective Questions – General Studies

Manohar Pandey- Arihant Publications


Objective General Knowledge

Lucent Publication


Sankhyatmak Abhiyogyata (Quantitative Aptitude) 1st Edition

Paperback, R. S. Aggarwal

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