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RRB NTPC Mains Exam Analysis 2017- January 17

Last Updated - January 20, 2017

RRB NTPC Mains was successfully held between January 17-19, 2017 to fill 18,252 Posts. Railway Recruitment Board conducted RRB NTPC Mains exam in three shifts of 90 minutes’ duration on each day. This year, almost 17 lakh candidates from all over India appeared in RRB NTPC Mains Exam 2017 at different examination centres. The article will give you a comprehensive analysis of the RRB NTPC Mains for the exam that was held on January 17, 2017.


RRB NTPC Mains Overall Analysis

RRB NTPC Exam 2017 is conducted in two stages. The RRB NTPC 2017 Mains Exam has been arranged only for those candidates who have qualified in 1st Stage Online Exam. The examination is conducted online (Computer Based) for Railway recruitment of candidates against various vacancies.

This year, the question paper comprised of 120 Objective type/Multiple Choice Questions covering the 3 sections in total. The Exam Paper was of moderate/average level. The duration of the exam was 1 hour and 30 minutes i.e. 90 minutes.

The questions asked in RRB NTPC Mains 2017 Exam Paper were about:

  1. General Awareness
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. General Intelligence and Reasoning

Note: It should be noted that there is a provision of negative marking in the question paper. For every incorrect answer, 1/3rd mark will be deducted from the total marks obtained by the candidate. Candidate thus should not make any random guesses while solving the question paper.

Each section of the question paper should be attempted carefully and with full dedication as the merit list will be prepared on the basis of the overall performance in all the sections. 

From the analysis of RRB NTPC Mains 2017, various details can be concluded. The details of the examination like the weight age of each section and the number of questions asked from each section are tabulated below:

Name of the sectionNumber of questionsWeightage of section (marks)
 General Awareness5555
 General Intelligence & Reasoning 3030
Quantitative Aptitude3535
Total120120

Check RRB NTPC Mains Answer Key- January 17

From the table, it is clear that theGeneral Awareness” section carries maximum number of questions and thus, requires more focus followed by the rest three sections.


Difficulty level of RRB NTPC Mains

The Railway Recruitment Board prefers to shortlist candidates qualifies in each section of the paper. Candidates who manage to get the minimum specified marks in all the sections, will be awarded first priority in the merit list. Given below is the table determining the difficulty level of each section and the minimum number of questions to be attempted to get place in the merit list.

Name of SectionNumber of minimum attemptsDifficulty Level
General AwarenessOut of 55 questions, candidate must attempt 43 to 48 questionsEasy- Moderate difficulty level
Quantitative AptitudeOut of 35 questions. candidate must attempt 24 to 29 questionsEasy- Moderate difficulty level
General Intelligence and ReasoningOut of 30 questions, candidate must attempt 25 to 28 questionsModerate difficulty level
Overall Analysis of AttemptsCandidate must attempt 100-106 questions out of 120 questions to get shortlistedThe overall paper was of Moderate difficulty level

Candidates who are likely to secure more than 75% marks in the RRB NTPC Mains Exam 2017, have the maximum chances of selection.


About RRB Recruitment

RRB calls for various posts or vacancies through the direct recruitment and competitive examinations every year. Candidates are selected for different posts on the basis of Written Exam and Interview. Candidates can apply for the available vacancies in RRB Recruitment through the online mode, by filling and submitting the complete RRB online application form. The form must be submitted along with the application fee and important documents before the last date. Candidates can download the form from the official website i.e. www.rrbcdg.gov.in.

Candidates will be selected on the basis of the merit list prepared by the committee nominated for the purpose. The merit list will be prepared on the basis of candidate’s performance in the RRB NTPC Mains Exam followed by the other stages of selection. Candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria to be able to appear in the test. There is a relaxation in the minimum percentage of marks for SC/ST/Ex. Service Man/PWD candidates.


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