RPF Exam: Syllabus, Exam Pattern and Preparation tips

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) organizes the RPF (Railway Police Force) Examination every year to recruit eligible candidates to the post of Constables and Sub-Inspectors. There is a total of 9739 vacancies declared for both male and female candidates for the upcoming RPF recruitment 2018.  The exam will be conducted in September/ October 2018. Since the exam is around the corner, it is now time to take close look at the syllabus and exam pattern and prepare well to ace the test.

RRB RPF Vacancies:

post vacancies
Sub Inspector819301
Total 9739

Selection procedure OF RRB RPF:

The recruitment process involves 3 stages

  1.   Computer Based test (CBT)
  1. Physical Efficiency Test (PET) & Physical Measurement Test (PMT)
  1.   Document Verification

Exam pattern for CBT of RRB RPF:

The syllabus for both SI and constable are same, but the difficulty level of the questions for the SI exam will be slightly higher.

The exam will be in the following pattern:

No:of questionsMax marksTime
General awareness and science5050

90 minutes
General intelligence and reasoning3535

There will be negative marking, and 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

RRB RPF Exam syllabus :


General Awareness and science
·         Indian history

·         Art and culture

·         Geography

·         Economics

·         General polity

·         Indian constitution

·         Sports

·         General science

·        Current affairs

·         Number systems

·         Whole numbers

·         Interest

·         Percentages

·         Averages

·         Profit, loss, and discount

·         Ratio and proportion

·         Mensuration

·         Decimal and fractions

·         Relationship between numbers

·         Fundamental arithmetic operations

·         Use of table and graphs

·         Time and distance

General Intelligence and Reasoning
·         Analogies

·         Judgment

·         Visual memory

·         Decision making

·         Spatial visualization

·         Special orientation

·         Discrimination observation

·         Problem-solving analysis

·         Nonverbal series

·         Statement conclusion

·         Coding and decoding

·         Arithmetic number series

·         Similarities and differences

·         Arithmetic reasoning

·         Relationship concepts

·         Verbal and figure classification

·         Syllogistic reasoning

How to prepare for RRB RPF?

In order to excel in the RPF exam, you must have a clear strategy and planning. The first thing to do is to be thorough with the exam pattern and the syllabus. Creating a study plan is something that will help you organize and plan your preparation effectively. Find out those topics in which you need to spend more time so that to improve in them. Make use of test prep applications like Entri for a more sharp training.

To avoid any surprises when you face the question paper, make sure that you are well aware of the question pattern. Go through as many question papers you can, so that know the kind of questions which are likely to be repeated over the years.

Revision is important. Keep track of your progress by attempting mock tests. The more you revise, the more you recall at the time of the exam.

How to approach each section?

General awareness

Almost half of the questions in the exam will be asked from this section. So more attention should be given here. General knowledge is an important deciding factor and you should make sure that you are well aware of the current affairs and related static GK. This cannot be done overnight, be consistent about it. Go through at least 6 months of current affairs and read GK books.

General Intelligence and reasoning

Good analytic skills and presence of mind will come in handy while answering this section. Practice as many different types of questions to make yourself familiar with them. Understand the basic concepts of reasoning to tackle questions easily.


One rule: practice. Learn fast calculation tricks to do problems easily. Go through different concepts and try to memorize squares and cubes and the values of fractions. Quantitative analysis might seem difficult, but it can be tamed by the basic understanding of concepts.

Start preparing now!


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