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RRB NTPC Mains Exam Analysis 2017- Jan 18

Last Updated - February 02, 2017

RRB NTPC Mains Exam is one of the most awaited and preferred Railway recruitment examination for candidates aspiring for government jobs. The second stage for RRB NTPC mains exam was conducted on January 18, 2017. RRB held a successful Computer Based Test to offer seats through RRB Recruitment. Appearing candidates are anxious to know about the exam analysis and RRB NTPC Mains Exam and has been searched a lot number of times on the Internet.

The analysis for RRB NTPC Mains 2017 released by various institutes and websites is provided here for aspirant’s reference. Overall, the exam can be rated as easy on the level of difficulty except the General Awareness questions. General Awareness section was the only section where candidates found it difficult to solve the questions. The official exam analysis will be released within a few weeks. Candidates must regularly visit the Indian Railways i.e. for latest updates related to the RRB NTPC exam. The article will provide information related to the following topics:

  • Railways RRB Mains exam pattern 2017
  • Section-wise Analysis of RRB NTPC Mains exam
  • Overall Analysis and ideal Good Attempt of RRB NTPC Mains exam for each shift

RRB NTPC Mains Exam Pattern

Firstly, let’s have a look at the RRB NTPC Mains exam pattern before analyzing the exam. RRB Recruitment exam comprises of three major parts i.e. English, Quants and General Awareness. The questions from these parts were not in the section-wise manner. Thus, no time-limit for individual sections was observed. Total time duration to attempt the examination is 90 minutes.

The Railway Recruitment 2017 exam is conducted in three shifts. Total marks for the exam was 120 and negative marking of 0.33 is applicable for wrong answers. The overall exam pattern and number of questions asked from each part is provided here.

SectionNumber of questions
General Awareness55

Section-wise Analysis of RRB NTPC Mains exam

A section wise analysis of the RRB Recruitment is mentioned here for a detailed review of the RRB NTPC exam.

Arithmetic – Arithmetic section was seen to be easy on the difficulty level. Questions based on profit and loss and ratio were easy to make while maximum question were easy to solve. Direct and easy questions were asked from DI and geometry topics.

TopicNumber of questionsDifficulty Level
 -Shift 1Shift 2 -
Simple & Compound Interest 1-23-4Easy
Profit & Loss 1-21-2Easy to Moderate
H.C.F & L.C.M1-22Easy
Ratio 2-32-3Moderate
Speed, Time and Distance 2-32-3Easy
Series 33Easy

Reasoning: Reasoning section was assessed to be very easy on the level of difficulty. The questions based on blood relations were very easy and straightforward. Questions based on all the other topics were also easy to solve. Maximum reasoning questions were asked from puzzles, cubes and dice type questions and least questions were based on mirror/ water image with none in the first shift.

TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
-Shift 1Shift 2-
Blood Relations22Very easy
Mirror/Water Image-1-
Puzzles, Cubes & Dice55Easy
 Blood Relations22Easy
Verbal & Image Folding Problems 33Easy
Logical Statements2-32-3Easy
Coding Decoding2-34-5Easy
Seating Arrangement 44Easy

General Awareness: This section was rated moderate at the difficulty level. Candidates faced difficulty attempting questions from this section. Most of the questions on current affairs were based on events occurred in 2016. Test takers found attempting current affairs questions a bit tricky while the questions based on static GK were easy.

TopicNumber of questionsDifficulty level
-Shift 1Shift 2-
Current Affairs1515Moderate
Chemistry1-21-2Easy to Moderate

Overall analysis for RRB NTPC mains exam

RRB NTPC mains exam ranges from easy to moderate. While questions from reasoning section were very easy in first shift, the General awareness questions were of moderate difficulty in all the shifts. RRB Recruitment exam overall analysis and average good attempts possible in every section is provided here for candidate's reference.

SectionDifficulty levelGood attempts
-Shift 1Shift 2Shift 3Shift 1Shift 2Shift 3
ReasoningVery easyEasyEasy22-2619-2320-25
General AwarenessModerateModerateModerate35-4538-4235-45



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