RRB Group D Syllabus 2020: Selection Process, Syllabus & Guide Books

RRB Group D Syllabus & Guide Books 2020

The entire Railway Recruitment Board Group D/ Level 1 recruitment process 2019 shall involve the following stages: 

a) Computer Based Test(s)
b) Physical Efficiency Test (PET)
c) Document Verification and
d) Medical Examination

Computer Based Test:  

The examination duration and number of questions for CBT are indicated below:

Total No of Questions: 100
Exam Duration in Minutes: 90


a) General Science: 25
b) Mathematics: 25
c) General Intelligence and Reasoning: 30
d) General Awareness and Current Affairs: 20

There will be negative marking and 1/3 marks shall be deducted for each wrong answer.

Minimum percentage of marks for eligibility in various categories: 

● UR-40%
● EWS-40%
● OBC(Non creamy layer)-30%
● SC-30%
● ST-30%

These percentage of marks for eligibility may be relaxed by 2% for PwBD candidates in case of shortage of PwBD candidates against vacancies reserved for them.

Where a second stage CBT is deemed necessary and held, the Railway Administration reserves the right to treat the first stage CBT as a qualifying test for the purpose of short listing a reasonable number of candidates for the second stage.

Question Type and Syllabus

The questions will be of objective type with multiple choices and are likely to include questions pertaining to:

a. Mathematics:
Number system, BODMAS, Decimals, Fractions, LCM, HCF, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Elementary Statistics, Square root, Age Calculations, Calendar & Clock, Pipes & Cistern etc.

b. General Intelligence and reasoning:
Analogies, Alphabetical and Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Mathematical operations, Relationships, Syllogism, Jumbling, Venn Diagram, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency, Conclusions and Decision making, Similarities and Differences, Analytical Reasoning, Classification, Directions, Statement – Arguments and Assumptions etc.

c. General Science:
The syllabus under this shall cover Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences of 10th standard level (CBSE).

d. General Awareness on current affairs: 
In Science & Technology, Sports, Culture, Personalities, Economics, Politics and any other subject of importance.

Physical Efficiency Test (PET):

Based on the merit of the candidates in the CBT, candidates shall be called for PET Three times the community wise total vacancy of the Posts notified against RRBs/RRCs. However, Railways reserve the right to increase/decrease this ratio as required to ensure availability of adequate/reasonable number of candidates for all the notified posts. Passing Physical Efficiency Test (PET) is mandatory and the same will be qualifying in nature. The criterion for PET is as under:

Male candidates:

Should be able to lift and carry 35 Kg of weight for a distance of 100 metres in 2 minutes in one chance without putting the weight down ; and

Should be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 4 minutes and 15 seconds in one chance.

Female candidates:

Should be able to lift and carry 20 Kg of weight for a distance of 100 metres in 2 minutes in one chance without putting the weight down; and

Should be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 5 minutes and 40 seconds in one


1) The Persons with Benchmark Disabilities(PwBD) as specified in Para 11.0 are exempted from appearing for PET. However, after qualifying in the CBT, such candidates will have to pass the medical examination prescribed for PwBD.

2) It is the candidates’ responsibility to ensure that they are medically fit enough to attempt the PET. Railways will not be responsible for any injury/harm suffered by candidates as a result of participating in the PET.

Document Verification and Empanelling of Candidates

Based on the performance of candidates in CBT subject to their qualifying in PET, candidates twice the number of vacancies will be called for Document Verification as per their merit and options.

These additional candidates will, however, be considered for empanelment only if there is a shortfall in empanelment from the merit list or/and as replacement against the shortfall on account of not joining of recommended candidates in the working post or/and any other special requirements.

In case of two or more candidates securing same marks, their merit position shall be determined by age criteria i.e., older person shall be placed at higher merit and in case age being same, then alphabetical order (A to Z) of the name shall be taken into account to break the tie.

Appointment of selected candidates is subject to their passing requisite Medical Fitness Test to be conducted by the Railway Administration, final verification of educational and community certificates and verification of antecedents/character of the candidates.

It may also be noted that all candidates successful in DV are sent for Medical Examination. Clearing of such Medical Examination by additional candidates (those called for DV beyond the notified number of vacancies) will give such candidates no right to be considered for appointment.

Candidates may please note that RRBs/RRCs only recommend names of the empanelled candidates and appointment is offered ONLY by the respective Railway Administrations.

Exam Language choice in addition to English:  

Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.

Guide Books:

If you are solely preparing for Railway Recruitment Board Group D posts, then you may choose the following book by Arihant Publishers.

Else, you may check following books for the preparation of Recruitment Board Group D posts along with any other competitive examinations viz.; SSC, APSC, Army, Navy, Airforce, IBPS, Banks, Assam Secretariat, etc. 

1. Fast Track Objective Arithmetic

2. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

3. General Knowledge

4. Manorama Yearbook 2019

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