How to Prepare General Intelligence and Reasoning for RRB NTPC

Online applications are invited by Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) for the posts of Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC). The 1st stage Computer Based Test (CBT) is tentatively scheduled to be held on 15 December 2020. Since the exam is around the corner a candidate must be well-prepared beforehand. General Intelligence and Reasoning for RRB NTPC is one of the most important sections in this exam. It evaluates the thinking capability, reasoning intelligence, and potential of decision-making in a candidate. The truth is it is the most scoring section in both the 1st stage and 2nd stage CBT provided you follow a smart study plan.

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In this article, we will discuss the pattern of the exam and preparation strategy for the reasoning section. This will boost your chance of clearing this exam.

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1.RRB NTPC Exam Pattern 2020

The recruitment process shall involve 1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT), 2nd Stage Computer Based Test (CBT), Typing Skill Test/Computer Based Aptitude Test (as applicable), and Document Verification/Medical Examination. The syllabus for both stages is the same.

1.1 RRB NTPC 1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT)

Sections No. of Questions  Maximum Marks Duration
General Awareness 40 40 Composite time of 90 minutes

(120 minutes for PwBD Candidates)

Mathematics 30 30
General Intelligence and Reasoning 30 30
Total 100 100


1.2 RRB NTPC 2st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT)

Sections No. of Questions  Maximum Marks Duration
General Awareness 50 50 Composite time of 90 minutes

(120 minutes for PwBD Candidates)

Mathematics 35 35
General Intelligence and Reasoning 35 35
Total 120 120

Each question carries one mark and there will be negative marking and 1/3 mark shall be deducted for each wrong answer.

General Intelligence and Reasoning section for the RRB NTPC exam is underestimated sometimes as it has less weightage of marks as well as a number of questions as compared to the General Awareness section. But in this reasoning section, a variety of topics are included in the syllabus which will help you improve your score in both the stages.

There is a composite duration for the RRB NTPC exam. Aspirants get around 50 to 60 seconds for each question. Hence, there is less time pressure here but the accuracy is essential.

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2. Important Topics of Reasoning for RRB NTPC Exam

In the General Intelligence and Reasoning section, 30/35 questions were asked. Keep an aim to attempt all the questions.

Accuracy is the most important factor here. To improve the accuracy, conceptual knowledge as well as a smart study plan to prepare the topics is required.

For that aspirants must be aware of the important topics of the section, the number of questions, and the level of questions that were asked in the previous exam.

Topic No. Of Questions Level of the questions
Analogy 3 Easy-Moderate
Coding-Decoding 5 Easy
Venn Diagram 3 Moderate
Seating Arrangement and Puzzle 3 Easy
Blood Relations 5 Moderate
Statement & Assumptions 2 Moderate
Syllogism 3 Easy
Mathematical Operations 3 Moderate
Miscellaneous 3 Easy-Moderate
Total 30 Easy-Moderate

These are the important topics in this section which are generally asked in the examinations. Topics like Direction Sense, Ordering, and Ranking, Non – verbal Reasoning, Sentence Arrangement, Odd one out etc. were asked under miscellaneous sub-topic in various shifts.

Generally, the level of the exam is easy. Some questions of the moderate level are asked. Therefore this is the test of accuracy.

Apart from these topics the other topics which are included in the syllabus are – Completion of Number and Alphabetical Series, Similarities and Differences, Relationships, Jumbling, Data Sufficiency, Statement- Conclusion, Statement- Courses of Action, Decision-Making, Maps, Interpretation of Graphs, etc.

Questions on the Completion of Number and Alphabetical Series, Similarities and Differences, Relationships, Jumbling, and Interpretation of Graphs are of easy level. So, aspirants must keep in mind to attempt these topics first. There are fewer chances of mistakes and it will help you to save time for other more complex topics. This will boost your confidence and will give you a head start.

Moderate levels of questions are asked from topics like Data Sufficiency, Statement- Conclusion, Statement- Courses of Action, and Decision-Making. These questions are a bit tricky and hence requires a maximum amount of focus and attention.

3. General Approach to Attempt the General Intelligence and Reasoning Section in RRB NTPC Exam

 The following are a few important points

3.1 Prepare a Study Plan 

As you are aware of the important topics, aspirants need to prepare a study plan to complete the syllabus before time. Aspirants need to make sure that days are kept aside in the study plan to practice as many as mock tests.

Start with individual topics first and then go for the reasoning section as a whole to practice the questions.

3.2 Clarity of Concepts

Candidates need to work on the fundamental concepts and clear any doubts regarding the topics. The focus should be on both Verbal and Non – Verbal sections.

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3.3 Improve Your Logical Skills

This section evaluates the reasoning intelligence and logical approach which is required to improve the problem – solving skills. Therefore it is required that aspirants should work more on logical skills. This can be easily done by practicing questions and quizzes.

3.4 Practice Mock Tests and Quizzes

Mock tests help the aspirants to know the level of the examination and the competition. Candidates get to know the amount of preparation that is required. So try taking mocks on a regular basis which will help you to check how well you are prepared.

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3.5 Prepare Notes and Analyze Your Mistakes

Realizing the mistakes and making honest efforts to improve is the best possible way to tackle any topic. Identify your weak areas and spend most of the preparation time to convert them into strong areas.

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3.6 Attempt Strategy

Identify your strong areas in this section and prioritize the questions from these areas. Read every word in the question with maximum attention and consider all the possibilities while attempting any question.

Make sure that you are attempting the easier and less time taking questions first. Then go for complex, lengthy, and difficult questions.

This will help you in scoring maximum marks within the given time.

3.7 Maintain Accuracy 

Since in this exam the difficulty level of the questions is not much. Mostly easy to moderate questions are asked in the exam. Therefore accuracy plays an important role here. Make sure that all the easy questions are attempted first as there are fewer chances of making mistakes in such questions which will easily increase your cumulative score.

3.8 Analyse Previous Years’ Question Papers 

This is essential as this will make you acquainted with the pattern of questions and will help you to prepare a better study plan and exam strategy.




As the countdown has already started, try to implement these tips in your daily preparation and make sure that you will give your best. These are the general concepts and tips to prepare for the General Intelligence and Reasoning section and to maximize the score.

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That is all from us in this article. We wish you all the best for your journey throughout! You will surely make it!

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