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RRB NTPC Mains Exam Analysis 2017 – Jan 19

Last Updated - January 23, 2017

RRB NTPC Mains exam was conducted from January 17- 19, 2017. This article elaborates the exam analysis of RRB NTPC Mains exam that was conducted on January 19, 2017. Most the current affair questions in the examination were asked from the last year events. Current affair questions were easy. However, GK questions were bit moderate in difficulty. RRB NTPC Mains examination results can be checked on the official website of RRB.

RRB NTPC Mains 2017 examination is conducted only through online mode comprising of subjects such as General Awareness, Arithmetic, and General Intelligence and Reasoning. Selection of the candidates for RRB NTPC Mains 2017 examination is based on Preliminary examination, Mains examination, Interview and the Merit list. Final selection of the candidate was based on the candidates rank in the merit list of the second stage of NTPC examination.

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RRB NTPC Mains 2017: Exam Pattern

RRB NTPC Mains 2017 examination comprised of three sections viz. General Awareness, Reasoning, and Arithmetic. The time duration to complete NTPC Mains examination was 90 minutes. For every wrong answer, 0.33 marks will be deducted.

The following table shows the RRB examination pattern and number of questions that came in exam:

Name of SubjectTotal no. of Questions
Reasoning30
Arithmetic35
General Awareness55
Total120

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RBB NTPC Mains Exam Analysis

Below is shift-wise analysis of RRB NTPC Mains exam that was conducted on January 19. Candidates appeared for one of the three shifts on the exam day. You can refer to exam analysis of all the shifts from below:

RRB NTPC 1st Shift (9:00 AM)

The Difficulty level of the 1st shift paper varied from easy to moderate. The below table shows the difficulty level and minimum marks required to crack the 1st shift paper of different subjects:

SubjectDifficulty Level (Shift 1)Marks Required (Shift 1)
ReasoningEasy23-26
ArithmeticEasy18-22
General AwarenessModerate35-44
OverallEasy79-92

The following table shows the topics asked in the paper, along with the difficulty level and no. of questions asked from each:

SubjectsTopicsTotal no. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Arithmetic PaperSimple & Compound Interest2Easy
Percentage4Easy
DI1-2Moderate
Profit & Loss1-2Easy
H.C.M & L.C.M2-3Easy
Statistics2Easy
Speed, Time and Distance2-3Moderate
Angles5Easy
Mensuration3-4Easy
Algebra3Easy
Ratio2-3Easy
Series3Easy
Trigonometry 1Easy
Others5-6Easy
Geometry2Direct and Easy
Reasoning PaperBlood Relations2Very Easy and Straightforward
Syllogisms2-3Easy
Mirror and Water Image1Easy
Puzzles, Cubes and Dice5Easy
Blood relations2Easy
Verbal & Image Folding problems3Easy
Logical Statement2-3Easy
Others5Easy
Seating Arrangement2-3Easy
Coding Decoding4Easy
General AwarenessCurrent Affairs15Moderate
History4-5Easy and Fact Based
Physics1-2Moderate
Polity3-4Easy to Moderate
Biology1-2Easy to Moderate
Chemistry1-2Moderate

RRB NTPC 2nd Shift (12:00 PM)

The difficulty level of this paper was high because of GK section. The following table shows the difficulty level, subjects and minimum marks required to crack the 2nd shift paper of different subjects:

SubjectDifficulty Level (Shift 2)Marks Required (Shift 2)
ReasoningEasy21-24
ArithmeticEasy and Straightforward20-23
General AwarenessModerate and Fact-Based38-44
OverallEasy79-91

The following table shows the topics asked, difficulty level and no. of questions asked in shift 2 of RRB NTPC Exam 2017:

SubjectsTopicsTotal no. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Arithmetic paperSimple & Compound Interest2Easy
Percentage4Easy
DI1-2Moderate
Profit & Loss2-4Easy
H.C.M & L.C.M2-3Easy
Statistics2Easy
Speed, Time and Distance2-3Moderate
Angles5Easy
Mensuration3-4Easy
Algebra3Easy
Ratio2Easy
Series3Easy
Trigonometry 1Easy
Others5-6Easy
Geometry2Direct and Easy
ReasoningBlood Relations2Very Easy and Straightforward
Syllogisms2-3Easy
Mirror and Water Image1Easy
Puzzles, Cubes and Dice5Easy
Blood relations2Easy
Verbal and Image Folding Problems3Easy
Logical Statement2-3Easy
Others5Easy
Seating Arrangement2-3Easy
Coding Decoding4Easy
General AwarenessCurrent Affairs15Moderate (States, Sports related & their Capitals
History4-5Easy
Physics1-2Moderate
Polity3-4Easy to Moderate (Lok Sabha related questions)
Biology1-2Easy to Moderate
Chemistry1-2Moderate
Geography2-3International Land Boundaries

RRB NTPC 3rd Shift (4:00 PM)

The following table shows the difficulty level, subjects and minimum marks required to crack the 3rd shift paper of different subjects:

SubjectDifficulty Level (Shift 2)Marks Required (Shift 2)
ReasoningEasy20-24
ArithmeticEasy19-24
General AwarenessModerate38-42
OverallEasy77-90

The following table shows the topics asked, difficulty level and no. of questions in shift 3 of RRB NTPC Exam 2017:

SubjectsTopicsTotal no. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Arithmetic paperAlgebra3Easy
Percentage4Easy
DI1-2Moderate
Profit & Loss1-2Easy
H.C.M & L.C.M2-3Easy
Statistics2Easy
Trigonometry 1Easy
Angles5Easy
Mensuration3-4Easy
Simple and Compound Interest2Easy
Ratio3Easy
Series2-3Easy
Speed, Time and Distance 2-3Moderate 
Others5-6Easy
Geometry2Direct and Easy
ReasoningSyllogisms2Very Easy and Straightforward
Blood Relations2-3Easy
Puzzles, Cubes and Dice5Easy
Mirror and Water Image1Easy
Blood relations2Easy
Verbal and Image Folding Problems3Easy
Others5Easy
Logical Statement2Easy
Seating Arrangement2-3Easy
Coding Decoding4Easy
General AwarenessCurrent Affairs15Moderate
History4-5Easy and Fact Based
Physics1-2Moderate
Polity3-4Moderate (based on Lok Sabha)
Biology1-2Easy to Moderate
Chemistry1-2Moderate

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