RRB NTPC 2020: CBT Exam Admit Card (Released), Mains Exam Date, Syllabus and Vacancies


The Railway Recruitment Board, which is widely known as RRB, conducts the NTPC exam to recruit skilled candidates for the posts of traffic assistant, commercial apprentice, traffic apprentice, assistant station master, goods guard, etc. Those who are looking to pursue a lucrative career in Indian Railway must appear RRB NTPC exam. For the year 2020, the RRB NTPC exam dates have been announced by the Chairman of the Railway Board. The first stage CBT exam will commence from 15th December 2020 onwards. The exam will be conducted while observing the COVID-19 guidelines. RRB NTPC 2020 exam will be conducted for 1.25 crore applicants. The officials of RRB has released the recruitment advertisement for 35,208 vacancies for Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) graduate and undergraduate posts in various Zonal Railways and Production Units of Indian Railways.

The notification for the RRB NTPC 2020 Examination was released in 2019 and the exam was scheduled to be conducted between June and September 2020. However, the process is delayed due to the non-finalisation of the exam conducting agency and the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The exam will be conducted in 15 languages. The registrations for Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) 2020 was conducted on 01st March 2019, while the last date to apply for the same was 31st March 2019. Check complete details here.

RRB NTPC 2020 Latest Updates –

In a recent notification, the Railway Recruitment Board has announced the exam dates for the 5th phase of the RRB NTPC 1st stage CBT. The exams are scheduled to be held from 4th to 27th March 2021. The 5th phase will be held for approximately 19 lakh candidates at various centres across the country.

Earlier, the Railway Recruitment Board has issued the admit card for the third (3rd) phase of the RRB NTPC 2020 1st Stage CBT exam. The computer-based test was held from 31st January 2021 to 12th February 2021. Approximately, 28 lakh candidates will take the test in this third phase. As per the notice, “For the candidates scheduled in this phase, the LINK for viewing the Exam City and Date and downloading of Free Travelling Authority for SC/ST candidates will be made available on all RRB websites on 21.01.2021 at 9.00 PM.”

The Board has also sent out all necessary intimation to all the appearing candidates via the registered email address and mobile numbers (mentioned on the application form). For the candidates seeking clarifications, the officials have made a Help Desk available on all RRB websites.

RRB NTPC 2020 Notification

Railway Board had released Official Notification for RRB NTPC Recruitment 2019-2020 exam on 28th February 2019. Through this recruitment process, RRB will recruit 35,208 vacancies for the posts of NTPC (Non-Technical Popular Categories). Candidates who have minimum Educational Qualification of 12th (+2 Stage) or its equivalent examination and looking for a government job in Indian Railway can appear in the Railway NTPC 2020 Recruitment Exam.

The recruitment is done for the following posts:

  • Junior Clerk cum Typist
  • Accounts Clerk cum Typist
  • Junior Time Keeper
  • Trains Clerk
  • Commercial cum Ticket Clerk
  • Traffic Assistant
  • Goods Guard
  • Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk
  • Senior Clerk cum Typist
  • Junior Account Assistant cum Typist
  • Senior Time Keeper
  • Commercial Apprentice
  • Station Master

RRB NTPC Exam 2020 Overview


Important Details & Dates

Exam Name

RRB NTPC Exam 2020

Exam Conducting Authority

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)

Exam Category

Graduate Level

Exam Type

National Level

Mode of Exam


Number of Vacancies Expected to be Released

35,208 vacancies

Name of Posts

Non-Technical, Isolated & Ministerial, and Paramedical Staff

RRB NTPC Applications begins

01st March 2019

Online Applications for Para-Medical Staff, Ministerial & Isolated Staff posts

08th March 2019

Commencing session of (Level- 1) Exam

15th December 2020

Official website


RRB NTPC Exam 2020-21 Important Dates


Important Dates

Notification PDF

28th February 2019

Application starts

01st March 2019

Last date to apply

31st March 2019

Fee payment

05th April 2019

Final submission of application

12th April 2019

Application status released

21st September 2020

Last date to check application status

30th September 2020

Availability of admit card (3rd Phase of 1st Stage CBT)

27th January 2021

Date of CBT-1 exam

28th December 2020 to March 2021

1st Phase: 28th December 2020 to 13th January 2021

2nd Phase: 16th to 30th January 2021

3rd Phase: 31st January 2021 to 12th February 2021

4th Phase: 15th February to 3rd March 2021

5th Phase: 4th to 27th March 2021

Availability of admit card (mains)

To be announced

Date of exam

To be announced

RRB NTPC Exam 2020-21 Pattern & Syllabus

The computer-based test (CBT) will take place in two stages – Phase I (Prelims) and Phase II (Mains). The preliminary exam will consist of 100 questions carrying 100 marks, while the main examination will have 120 questions. Each question carries 1 mark. And talking about negative marking scheme, 0.25 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Exam Pattern for RRB NTPC 2020 Prelims -


No. of Questions



General Science



90 Min

General Awareness



Arithmetic Ability









90 Min

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Exam Pattern for RRB NTPC 2020 Mains -


No. of Questions



General Science



90 Min

General Awareness



Arithmetic Ability



Reasoning and General Intelligence






90 Min

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The syllabus of RRB NTPC exam includes subjects/topics from general awareness, arithmetic, general knowledge, quantitative aptitude, analytical skill and general English/ general Hindi.

RRB NTPC Exam 2020-21 Eligibility

There are so many perks of government jobs, and when it is about a railway job, you are surely going to avail of numerous benefits. But, it is not that easy. The competition is quite stiff and the number of applications submitted for a single post is also quite large. Before shifting your focus to these areas, you need to make sure that you are eligible for the post. Whether you want to become a goods guard, traffic apprentice, commercial apprentice, junior accounts assistant cum typist, senior clerk cum typist, enquiry cum reservation clerk or assistant station master, the only getaway to all these posts is the RRB Non-Technical Popular Categories exam. Not clearing the exam would entitle you to nothing. So, before you continue to ponder over a dream career in Railways, check out the eligibility criteria first.

  • The applicant must hold a Graduate Degree or equivalent from any recognised board/university.
  • If the concerned person is applying for any particular post, e.g. Senior Clerk cum Typist or Junior Accounts Assistant cum Typist, he must produce typing certificate and showcase typing proficiency in both Hindi and English.
  • He should be between 18-32 years old.
  • Candidates belonging to OBC, SC/ST and Ex-servicemen will avail relaxation by 3 years, 5 years and 3 years respectively.

RRB NTPC Exam 2020-21 Application Process

The application forms for RRB Non-Technical Popular Category can only be submitted in online mode. Here’s how to submit an online application form for RRB NTPC recruitment –

  • Log on to the official website of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) NTPC
  • Find the link ‘Recruitment’. Click on the same
  • Select your region that you want to apply
  • Now you will find ‘New Registration Link’
  • Click on the link, fill out fields with details and ‘submit’ the form.
  • You will see a registration number and password. Login with using the credentials
  • Follow the instruction and fill in the required fields.
  • Release the application fee using a credit card, debit card, net banking, pay-in-slip, e-challan, etc.
  • Click on the ‘submit’ button and take a printout for future use.

Note: Candidates belonging to SC/ST categories are advised to upload their community certificates along with other documents like the scanned signature and passport photographs.

The application status of RRB NTPC has been released on 21st September 2020, at 12 am. Candidates can check their application status till 30th September. The link to check the application form status is available on the respective official websites of RRBs. Candidates need to enter the registered application number and date of birth to check the RRB NTPC application form status. RRBs have also started a helpdesk for candidates whose application forms have been rejected for the exam.

How to check RRB NTPC 2020 Application Status?

The steps to check the application status of RRB NTPC are given below.

  • Visit the respective websites of RRBs.
  • Enter the application number and date of birth on the login page.
  • The application status will be displayed on the screen.
  • Check whether the application form is accepted or rejected.

Other Details

RRB NTPC Exam 2020 - Details of Vacancy

RRB NTPC 2020 recruitment is conducted for the recruitment of Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) graduate and undergraduate posts in various Zonal Railways and Production Units of Indian Railways. A total of 35,208 RRB NTPC vacancies will be filled through the recruitment exam. Initially, Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) had announced total of 35,208 vacancies. Candidates can check below the zone-wise RRB NTPC vacancies 2020.

Railway Zones 

RRB NTPC Vacancies

RRB Ahmedabad 


RRB Ajmer


RRB Allahabad 


RRB Bangalore


RRB Bhopal


RRB Bhubaneswar


RRB Bilaspur


RRB Chandigarh


RRB Chennai 


RRB Gorakhpur


RRB Guwahati


RRB Jammu-Srinagar


RRB Kolkata


RRB Malda


RRB Mumbai


RRB Muzaffarpur


RRB Patna 


RRB Ranchi


RRB Secunderabad


RRB  Siliguri


RRB Thiruvananthapuram


Discussing more about the name of positions that came under the categories of Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC), Level- 1 Posts, Para-Medical Staff, Ministerial & Isolated Categories are as follows-

  • Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) - Trains Clerk, Traffic Assistance, Junior Clerk cum Typist, Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Goods Guard, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Station Master, etc.
  • Level-1 Posts - Assistant/Helper in various technical departments (Mechanical & Electrical Engineering and S&T Departments), Assistant Pointsman, Level-1 posts, Track Maintainer Grade IV, etc.
  • Para-Medical Staff - Health & Malaria Inspector, Lab Assistant, Staff Nurse, Pharmacist, Lab Superintendent, ECG Technician, etc.
  • Ministerial and Isolated Categories - Chief Law Assistant, Stenographer, Junior Hindi Translator, etc.

RRB NTPC Exam Admit Card -

The Railway Recruitment Board released the RRB NTPC admit card 2020 for 3rd Phase of 1st Stage CBT on 27th January 2021. To download the RRB NTPC admit card, candidates need to enter user ID (registration number) and password (date of birth). The RRB NTPC admit card will have personal details of candidates and exam related information. Candidates will not receive the hard copy of the admit card.

How to download RRB NTPC admit card 2020?

The steps to download the admit card of RRB NTPC are explained below:

  • Visit the official websites of respective RRBs
  • Click the admit card download link on the home page
  • Candidates need to enter the user ID (registration number) and password (date of birth)
  • The admit card will appear on the screen
  • Download the admit card and take its printout

RRB NTPC Exam Answer Key –

RRB NTPC Answer Key 2020 for first stage will be released by Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) after the completion of the exam. Along with the answer key, the examination authority also releases candidates' response sheet, objection tracker and question papers. Candidates who will appear in the exam can access the answer key from the official website by logging with user ID and password. Candidates can also raise objection against RRB NTPC answer key and question paper if they have any doubt online within the deadline specified by the RRBs.

RRB NTPC Exam Result –

RRB NTPC result 2020 will be announced online by Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) on its respective official websites. The result will be available in PDF format in the form of a merit list. Along with result, the scorecard and cut off will also be released. To download the scorecard and cutoff, candidates need to enter user ID/registration number and password.

Details in RRB NTPC Scorecard 2020

The scorecard of RRB NTPC will display the following details:

  • Candidate’s name
  • Roll number
  • Registration number
  • Raw score
  • Pro-rated score
  • Normalised marks
  • Qualifying status

RRB NTPC Result 2020: Procedure to calculate the scores

  1. For correct answers, candidates will be awarded 1 mark.
  2. For the incorrect answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  3. The score will be calculated based on the number of correct answers after deducting penalty for wrong response.

Frequently Asked Questions -

Q: When will the RRB NTPC 2020 3rd Phase of 1st Stage CBT exam take place?

A: The Railway Recruitment Board will conduct the exam after the 2nd Phase is over. The 2nd Phase of 1st Stage CBT exam will be over on 30th January 2021. The Board has scheduled the 3rd Phase exam on 31st January 2021.

Q: Is RRB NTPC an offline mode exam?

A: The RRB NTPC 2020 is a two-stage (the preliminary and the main) computer-based test.

Q: Do applicants have to find their RRB zone to apply for NTPC exam?

A: Visit the official website of Indian Railways. Candidates need to choose their region for which they want to apply. There are 21 RRB zones all over the country.

Q: Brief me about the age-based eligibility?

A: The minimum age of the applicant should be 18 years. The upper age limit of the applicant should not exceed 32 years at the time of applying. However, general category candidates are exempted from age relaxation, whereas candidates from other categories (SC/ST/OBC/PWD) can avail the facility. For SC/ST candidates, the age relaxation is 5 years. For OBC candidates, it is 3 years. For Persons with Disabilities, it is 10 years.

Q: How do I know that my application will be accepted?

A: There is an ‘application status’ link on the official website. After submitting the online form, you can keep a track of it. Once your application is accepted, you will be able to download the admit card when it is released by RRB.

Q: What will be the question type – will be the descriptive or objective type?

A: Both the prelims and the mains will have objective type questions.

Q: Is there negative marking scheme?

A: Yes, there is negative marking for every wrong answer. 1/4th mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Q: Who is the conducting authority of Non-Technical Popular Categories exam?

A: RRB or Railway Recruitment Board is the conducting authority. There are 21 RRBs across the country.


February 8, 2021
i missed my exam, can i write my exam in next phase?
Exams Planner
March 4, 2021
No. You can appear for the next recruitment, if eligible.
Ankita Paul
March 30, 2019
I am pursuing graduation i.e appearing for my 6th sem exam in May 2019. Can I apply for RRB NTPC under qualification details graduate or its equivalent ? Or there would be any chances of uploading graduation certificate documents while filling the application form after payment is done as I have not yet completed graduation and final year certificates are not available with me right now.
Exams Planner
April 5, 2019
No. It is clearly mentioned in the information bulletin that those waiting for the result of graduation should not apply if their result is not declared till the last date of the application process.
March 26, 2019
When RRB exam tell me plz soon
Exams Planner
April 5, 2019
The first stage CBT will be tentatively conducted from June to September.
March 15, 2019
I am a Bsc nursing graduate, can I apply both NTPC and Paramedical staff nurse together ?
Exams Planner
March 18, 2019
January 19, 2019
Want RRB ug graduate reg date and exam date