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  • Written by Hrushikesh Vyas
  • Last Modified on 20-05-2022
  • Written by Hrushikesh Vyas
  • Last Modified on 20-05-2022

About Exam

Exam Brief

RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is an Indian security force entrusted with safeguarding Indian Railways' passengers, passenger areas, and railway property. The only central armed police force with the authority to arrest, investigate, and convict criminals is the CAPF. The Ministry of Railways conducts the RPF Sub Inspectors exam to select eligible male and female candidates for recruitment for the post of Sub-Inspectors (SI), Level 6 of the 7th CPC in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Forces (RPSF).

Candidates must qualify in three stages to secure the desired post: a Computer-Based Test, a Physical Efficiency Test (PET) & a Physical Measurement Test (PMT), followed by document verification. The organising committee publishes the results for each stage on


Candidates can find the brochure on the official website.

Exam Summary

The CBT will be conducted for 120 marks, and will contain 120 questions. These will be objective type MCQs, and to qualify in the CBT, aspirants must score at least 35% (30% for SC/ST candidates). The CBT result will be released in the form of a merit list on the official RPF recruitment website, and those who qualify will be asked to appear for PET and PMT.

Name of the Examination

Railway Police Force Computer Based Test 1 

Exam Conducting Body

Indian Railways

Level of Examination

National Level

Frequency of Exam Conducted

Once in a year or based on the vacancies

Mode of Examination

Online Test

Duration of the Examination

90 Minutes

Languages in Which the Exam is Conducted

Candidates can choose any of the languages among Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi, Assamese and Manipuri

Official Website Link

Stages of Examination

Stage I - Computer-Based Test (CBT)

Stage II -Physical Measurement Test (PET)

Stage III -Physical Efficiency Test (PET)

Stage IV -Document Verification 

Official Website Link

Number of Posts/Vacancies


Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

Selection Process

To select suitable candidates, RPF will go through a three-stage recruitment procedure. A computer-based test will be conducted first, followed by PMT and PET, and finally document verification.

Stages of Exam

The RPF selection process will be broken down into three stages.

The computer-based test (CBT) is divided into three sections: General awareness, arithmetic, and general intelligence and reasoning. The exam is worth 120 marks. Candidates are called for PET, PMT and DV based on their CBT scores, ten times the number of vacancies.

PET (Physical Efficiency Test) and PMT (Physical Measurement Test): Both stages are of the qualifying kind. There will be no marks awarded. Candidates who pass the PET/PMT will be called in for document verification.

Document verification: Candidates are called for document verification based on their performance in the CBT, PET, and PMT. The appointment of selected candidates is contingent on their passing the required Medical Fitness Test.

Exam pattern details - Scoring pattern (+/- Marking)

Following are some details on the exam pattern.

  • Candidates can pick from Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Assamese, Manipuri, and Punjabi as their CBT language.
  • The level of questions in the exam will be of the graduate level.
  • There will be a single mark for each question.
  • Incorrect responses will be penalised with a 1/3 point deduction.
  • For questions not attempted by candidates, no marks will be granted or deducted.
  • To qualify in the CBT, candidates must earn a score of 35 percent (30 percent for SC and ST candidates).
  • The test will take 90 minutes to complete, with a total of 120 questions.
  • The test will include questions on general awareness, arithmetic, and general intelligence and reasoning.

Test Number of Questions Marks
General Awareness 50 50
Arithmetic 35 35
General Intelligence and Reasoning 35 35
Total 120 120

Exam pattern details - Total time

The time duration of the RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 exam is 90 minutes.

Exam Calendar

Event Dates
RPF Sub Inspector Notification To be notified
Opening of Online Registration (Application Form) To be notified
Closing of online registration To be notified
Closing of offline payment To be notified
Closing of online payment To be notified
Closing of online submission of application complete in all respects To be notified

Exam Syllabus

Exam Syllabus

Exam Syllabus

General awareness, arithmetic, general intelligence & reasoning are the three subjects included in the RPF Sub Inspector CBT curriculum 2022. The syllabus meets the standards of a bachelor's degree. There are a total of 120 questions in the test, and carries 120 marks in total. Because questions in the exam are based on the RPF Sub Inspector syllabus, candidates must be thorough with the same. The syllabus outlines the topics to be covered while preparing for the examination. 

RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 General Awareness Syllabus

Questions in this section are asked from the following topics.

  • History of India
  • Indian Art
  • Indian Culture
  • Geography of India
  • Indian Constitution
  • Sports
  • General Science
  • Current Events
  • Economics
  • General Polity, etc.

RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 Arithmetic Syllabus

Candidates need to prepare the following topics in the Arithmetic section.

  • Number Systems
  • Whole Numbers
  • Decimal and Fractions and Relationships between Numbers
  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages, Interest
  • Profit and Loss 
  • Discount
  • Use of Table and Graphs
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Distance
  • Ratio and Proportion, etc.

Practice RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 Exam Questions

 RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 General Intelligence and Reasoning

In this section, candidates will get questions from the following topics.

  • Non-Verbal Series
  • Judgement
  • Visual Memory
  • Figure Classification
  • Number Series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Discriminating Observation
  • Problem Solving Analysis
  • Verbal and Figure Classification
  • Analogies
  • Relationship Concepts
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Statement Conclusion
  • Syllogistic Reasoning, etc.

Study Plan to Maximise Score

Study Plan to Maximise Score

Preparation Tips

Making study plans alone will not benefit applicants unless they have suitable section-by-section preparation plans for each and every topic. A list of section-by-section preparation suggestions is given below.

RPF Sub Inspector Preparation Tips for General Awareness

This segment of the RPF Sub Inspector exam holds the maximum marks. Therefore, candidates must thoroughly prepare for this section.

  • Candidates must be familiar with the topics and the syllabus before studying for this part.
  • Questions on Indian History, art and culture, as well as Geography, Economics, General Politics, the Indian constitution, sports, and General Science, are frequently asked.
  • Candidates can identify their strong and weak areas by going over the RPF Sub Inspector syllabus.
  • Set your priorities for learning these things after you have a good understanding of each of them.
  • After going through the syllabus, it's beneficial to go over the previous years’ papers for at least the last five years.
  • Practising past years’ papers will help you gain confidence and improve your exam knowledge.
  • Candidates must create a study plan that covers almost every subject and its related subjects.
  • Refer to relevant books for this section.
  • Read newspapers and magazines.

RPF Sub Inspector Preparation Tips for the Arithmetic Section

A total of 35 marks are allotted for the Arithmetic section. Number systems, whole numbers, decimal and fractional numbers, the relationship between numbers, fundamental arithmetical operations, percentages, ratio and proportion, averages, interest, profit and loss, discount, use of tables and graphs, mensuration, time and distance, ratio and proportion, and so on are among the topics covered. Candidates can use the tips provided below to help them with this portion.

Review your Basics

It is very important to clear the basics in the Arithmetic section. If candidates have a strong layout of mathematical concepts, it becomes easy to solve the questions. 

Practise Questions from Practice Sets

To learn the fundamentals, read books that might assist you in understanding the principles. This will offer you a thorough understanding of the questions and assist you in learning them quickly. If you practise questions from practice tests, you will cover a wide range of topics.

Evaluate Practice Sets

Don't forget to assess your practice sessions. Make a list of the questions you answered correctly and incorrectly during the practice exam, and work on them. 

Strengthen Weak Areas

Analyse your weak areas and work to improve them through practice.

Attempt Mock Tests

During preparation, take practice exams at regular intervals; this will help you get an actual idea of where you stand.

RPF Sub Inspector Preparation Tips for General Intelligence and Reasoning

This segment is regarded as one of the most important. This portion assesses your abilities to problem solve and think critically. Here are some preparation strategies to help you master this section.

  • Candidates must sharpen their logical, analytical skills.
  • Candidates must have command over the concepts.
  • Try to practise as much as possible from past years' papers.
  • Focus on the important topics first.
  • Try to improve on your weak areas.

Exam Taking Strategy

After exam RPF preparation, the next step would be to pass CBT with flying colours. Keep the following points in mind while writing the exam:

  • Start with simple questions.
  • Because there are negative markings, don't attempt any question whose answer you are not sure about. 
  • Be certain that no answers are marked incorrectly. Examine the alternatives and make sure you've selected the correct one.
  • It is preferable to leave the questions to which you do not know the answer.

Detailed Study plan

The General Awareness section, which is the most difficult of the three, carries 50 marks for 50 questions. Therefore, this area warrants extra attention. The following pointers will assist you in achieving high grades in this subject:

  • Geography, Economics, Indian History, Art & Culture, General Politics, General Science, Indian Constitution, Sports, and other subjects are frequently tested on. These sections are more theoretical and subjective in nature; so pay close attention to each section and don't skip any of them.
  • Spend more time on the subjects which you are weak in. Rather than skipping the topic, master it.
  • For better knowledge on each topic, start with the standard matric textbooks. While going through each section, try to make notes to assist you in reviewing the material before the exam.
  • Practising past years’ papers will help you gain confidence and improve your exam knowledge.
  • Practising additional question papers will undoubtedly improve your attitude toward the topics.

Study Plan for Preparing for RPF Sub Inspector Arithmetic Section

The arithmetic section comprises a total of 35 points. The arithmetic component is a little more difficult for most candidates than the other topics. As a result, candidates must devote as much time as possible to this area. The following pointers can assist you in getting good marks in this section:

  • Because arithmetic is all about Maths, start by strengthening your fundamentals. All arithmetic formulas should be memorised, as well as multiplication tables and other important numbers.
  • First, try to complete all numerical problems from a standard textbook and then move on to other higher-level books.
  • Following your preliminary studies, you should concentrate on reviewing past years' question papers and taking mock examinations from various sources.
  • Examine yourself, identify your weak areas, and work to improve on them via additional practise and constant learning.
  • Continuous practice is the only way to succeed in the Maths section. Hence, keep your practice level high.

Study Plan for Preparing for RPF Sub Inspector General Intelligence and Reasoning

This section will include 35 questions and will be awarded 35 marks. This section is relatively simple and easy to score in. Here are some preparation strategies to help you master this section.

  • Develop your logical and analytical skills.
  • From a typical reasoning and general intelligence book, learn essential methods for solving puzzles and other tough topics.
  • Try to study as much as you can from past years' papers and take mock tests.
  • Practise new questions as well, as this area frequently has questions that you haven't encountered previously.
  • All applicants should practise answering questions in a timed manner.

Previous Year Analysis

Previous Year Analysis

Previous Year Papers

The RPF exam for Sub Inspector recruitment took place in December 2018 and January 2019.

RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 Previous Year Papers

Let's take a closer look at the RPF exam analysis for the Sub Inspector exam that was held on December 19, 2018.

Mathematics Section Analysis

  • The mathematical section was the easiest section of all.
  • There were five profit and loss questions, one percentage question, one geometry question, one speed, time, and distance question, and three bar graph questions in total.
  • The difficulty level of this section ranged from easy to moderate.

Reasoning Section Analysis

  • This section had a moderate level of difficulty.
  • There were three sets of seating arrangement questions in this section.
  • The following were the types of questions and their numbers:
  1. Statement and Conclusion – 1 
  2. Alphabet Series – 2 
  3. Number Series – 1 
  4. Coding-Decoding – 1 
  5. Blood Relations – 1 
  6. Inequality – 2 

General Awareness Analysis

This was/is the toughest section of all. A few of the questions raised in this section are listed below. Take a look around.

  1. Who was the first to discover X-rays?
  2. Who was the architect of the Khajuraho Temple?
  3. Who is Haryana's Chief Minister?
  4. Which state has the most seats in the Lok Sabha? and so on.

This section's overall difficulty remained moderate.
  We have included the best attempts for each section in the table below for your convenience.

Subject Name With Number of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Arithmetic-35 Questions Easy 26-29
General Intelligence and Reasoning-35 Questions Moderate 22-27
General Awareness-50 Questions Moderate 28-35
Overall-120 Questions Moderate 76-91

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Sample Papers

RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 Important Books

Let us look at the RPF SI books by subject.

RPF Sub Inspector books for General Awareness

  • General Knowledge Manual by Pearson
  • General Studies by Disha
  • General Knowledge by Arihant
  • General Knowledge by Lucent

RPF Sub Inspector books for Arithmetic

To get good scores in this part, you will need to understand key concepts. For the Arithmetic section, the accompanying books are recommended.

  • Abhijit Guha's Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Exams
  • Objective Arithmetic by S Chand
  • Sarvesh K Verma's Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT
  • Fast track objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • RS Aggarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations.

General Intelligence and Reasoning RPF Sub Inspector Books

There are two types of reasoning: verbal and nonverbal. It will aid applicants in analysing situations and making decisions based on limited data.

  • Reasoning Book for Competitive Examinations by Pearson
  • A new approach to Reasoning by BS Sijwali & S Sijwali Arihant
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Multi-Dimensional Reasoning by Mishra & Kumar Dr Lal.

Important Dates

About Exam

Exam Notification Date

The RPF Sub Inspector recruitment procedure has a set of events that must be completed within a specified schedule. If you miss a deadline, your application might not be considered. Candidates can find key dates for the RPF Sub Inspector exam 2022 in the table below.

Events Important Dates
Commencement of online application form To be notified
Last date for submission of the online application form To be notified
Issuance of admit card Ten days before the exam date
Written test To be notified
Release of answer key To be notified
Declaration of result To be notified
PET and PMT dates To be notified

RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 Exam Notification Date

The RPF Sub Inspector recruitment 2022 official notification will be posted soon. Through the official notification, you can learn about the upcoming exam dates, educational qualifications, syllabus, pattern, and vacancies for RPF Sub Inspector recruitment 2022.

Application Form Filling - Start & End Date

The application form filling dates are yet to be notified by the officials.

RPF Sub Inspector admit cards will be issued by the Ministry of Railways to all candidates who submit their application forms before the deadline. For all applicants, downloading the RPF Sub Inspector admit card before the exam day is required. The download URL can be found on Indian Railways' official website, Entry to the Candidates to the exam will be denied if they fail to carry the admit card.

Application Process

About Exam

Dos and Donts of Form Filling

Steps to submit an online application. To apply for the position of Sub Inspector, go to the online application link and follow the steps below:

  1. Check that you have read and understood the instructions completely.
  2. Fill in your name, date of birth, father's and mother's names, Aadhar number (optional), state/UT, category, education board, 10th/Matric roll number, year of passing 10th/Matric, cell phone number, and email address, and then click on "Register." Before submitting an application for registration, double-check that all of the information is correct, as registration information cannot be modified later.
  3. The candidate's registration number and password will be displayed after submitting the registration form. Along with the registration details, OTPs (One Time Passwords) will be given to the registered cellphone number and email address. The candidate must first retrieve the OTPs from his or her email and cell phone and then log in to complete the application and make the payment. Applicants should note their registration number and keep it safe for future use during the recruitment process. Any request for a new registration number will be ignored by the Central Recruitment Committee.
  4. Educational qualification, gender, religion, ESM, and minority, economically backward class, age relaxation eligibility category if applicable, and other details will be included in the online application.
  5. Following completion of the aforesaid application details, the candidate will be sent to the payment page, where they will be able to select a payment mode (online->net banking/credit card/debit card & offline->other modes->bank branch for challan) and complete the payment procedure. Please keep in mind the deadlines for each means of payment and submit your application on time. 
  6. After making the online payment, the candidate will be led to Part II of the application to fill out more information. Payment confirmation may take up to an hour for those paying using the bank-offline mode, so they must log in again after 60 minutes to check for payment status confirmation. In the case of post office payments, the waiting period for payment confirmation will vary from 24 to 48 hours. The candidate can begin filling out the remaining half (part II) of the application once the confirmation status has been received. Candidates must give the beneficiary account information (beneficiary name, bank name, and account number) to obtain the refund. 
  7. Details of educational qualification, choice of group and preference of zone/RPSF, choice of exam language for CBT, and other areas will be included in Part III of the application.  
  8. Choice of Zone/RPSF: The candidate must choose a group and then state the Zonal Railways within that Group he or she prefers. Once a Group has been selected, candidates will only be evaluated for positions within that group.
  9. Candidates will be given the following language options for the Computer Based Test (CBT), from which they must choose one: Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi, Assamese and Manipuri.  
  10. Uploading a colour photograph: Go to the upload photo tab and select a recent colour photograph to upload. The photograph must meet the following specifications.
    • The passport size photo should be in colour with a white or light-coloured background.
    • A 35mm x 45mm photograph with the name and date printed on it.
    • It should be scanned at 100 DPI in JPG/JPEG format.
    • The image should be between 15 and 40 KB in size.
    • In a professional studio, the colour photograph can be processed. Self-composed photographs or selfies are taken using a smartphone may result in application rejection.
    • The photo should contain a clear front view of the candidate without a cap or sunglasses.
    • With a full-facial shot looking directly at the camera, the face should occupy at least 50% of the area of the photograph.
    • Hair on the head, a towel, or a shadow must not obscure the primary characteristics of the face.
    • The forehead, eyes, nose, and chin must be visible.
    • If the candidate wears glasses, there should be no glare on the spectacles in the shot.
    • The candidate's appearance on the day of the CBT, PET, PMT, and DV must match the photograph.
  11. It is recommended that candidates preserve at least 12 (twelve) copies of the same photograph for use as needed during the recruitment process.
  12. SC/ST candidates must also upload a scanned copy of their SC/ST certificates (JPG/JPEG format, 50kb - 100kb) to be eligible for free travel authority (Second Class Railway Pass).
  13. In the end, candidates have to confirm the declaration, “I hereby declare that I have gone through the eligibility criteria for the post applied for and meet all the requirements therein, that all the details furnished by me in the application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge & belief and nothing has been concealed or suppressed. I also understand that in case, any of the details furnished is found untrue during any stage of recruitment or thereafter Railway Administration shall disqualify me for the post applied for and /or I shall be liable for any other action under the extant rules”. After confirming the above declaration and submission of the application, the entire application shall be displayed for confirmation once again. Upon confirmation, the candidate may take a print of the application and keep it for reference and record.   
  14. Modification of RPF Sub Inspector Application Form: If candidates want to make modifications to their online application form after submitting it, they can do so for Rs 250. Other details, such as the state, email, and phone number, can be changed. The steps for changing the application form are outlined below.
    • Candidates must follow the link to the ‘online application' page.
    • Select the ‘modify application' option from the drop-down menu.
    • Use your registration number and password to log in.
    • Pay the cost for the modification.
    • After you have made your payment, log in with your registration number and password, then make your modifications and submit your application
  15. Invalid Applications/Rejection An online RPF Sub Inspector application form may be rejected for the following reasons:
    • Invalid photos
    • Multiple applications
    • Any other irregularities which are observed and considered as invalid by the Central
    • Recruitment Committee
    • Incorrect information in the application form
    • Non-fulfilment of the eligibility criteria
    • Declarations not given by the candidate
    • Incomplete application
    • Age criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Age Criteria

Before filling out the RPF Sub Inspector application form, candidates must meet the eligibility requirements. Certain characteristics in terms of age, educational qualification, nationality, and physical norms are used to determine eligibility. In order to be considered for the recruiting process, candidates must meet the examination authority's requirements. Any graduate male or female candidate who meets the RPF Sub Inspector eligibility conditions can apply for the exam. Candidates must also be physically fit to be considered for the position.

Eligibility Specific Details
Nationality Candidate must have an Indian Citizenship
Educational Qualification Candidates should have passed their 10+2 exams or graduated from recognised universities.
Age Limit The most optimum age to qualify in the exam is 25 years

RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 Age Criteria

The RPF Sub Inspector exam has a maximum age limit of 25 years and a minimum age limit of 20 years. The following categories are exempted from the age restriction:

Category-wise Relaxation of Age

Category Relaxation
SC/ST Five Years
OBC Three Years
Ex-Servicemen (Unreserved / General) Three Years after deduction of the military service rendered
Ex-Servicemen (OBC) Six years after deduction of the military service rendered
Ex-Servicemen (SC/ST) Eight years after deduction of the military service rendered
Candidates who had been domiciled in the state of J&K from Jan 1, 1980, to Dec 31, 1989. (Unreserved) Six Years
Candidates who had been domiciled in the state of J&K from Jan 1, 1980, to Dec 31, 1989. (OBC) Eight Years
Candidates who had been domiciled in the state of J&K from Jan 1, 1980, to Dec 31, 1989. (SC/ST) 10 Years

Physical Measurements

Depending on their category, candidates should have the following physical measurements.

Category Height (in Cms) Chest (in Cms) (Only for males)
Male Female Unexpanded Expanded
UR/OBC 165 157 80 85
SC/ST 160 152 76.2 81.2
For Garhwalis, Gorkhas, Marathas, Dogras, Kumaonese and other categories specified by the government 163 155 80 85

Education Qualification

Candidates must have passed their graduation or an equivalent examination conducted by an Indian university. Candidates whose final examination results are still pending are not required to apply for the exam.

Nationality: Candidates must be Indian citizens. For those who require a certificate of eligibility, the offer of an appointment will not be made until the Indian government has granted the appropriate certification.

Number of Attempts

A candidate can attempt the exam as many times as they wish, as long as they meet the age requirements or are notified by the authority.

Language Proficiency

The question paper will be available in Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Assamese, Manipuri and Punjabi.

Admit Card

Admit Card

Admit Card Release Date

The RPF Sub Inspector admit card (2022) will be made available online in phases for various groups and levels of selection. The admit card for the Computer Based Test will be released first, followed by the call letter for the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Measurement Test (PMT), as well as Document Verification. The candidate must enter the registration number and password to download their RPF Sub Inspector admit card. Candidates will not receive a hard copy of their admit card in the post.

How to Download RPF Sub Inspector 2022 Admit Card?

The steps to download the RPF Sub Inspector admit card are:

  1. Visit the governing authority's official website.
  2. Look for the admission card announcement on the website's homepage. Select it and log in to your account using the details obtained while application form registration.
  3. Click on the download admit card option. 
  4. Before downloading the RPF Sub Inspector admission card, check the details for accuracy and take a print of it.

Note: Candidates should know that the RPF Sub Inspector admit card will not be sent to their home address through post or courier.

Details in RPF SI Admit Card

The following details will be mentioned on the admit card:

  • Candidate’s name
  • Roll number
  • Date of birth
  • Category
  • Venue of exam
  • Date and time of exam
  • Exam day guidelines

Documents to Carry Along with RPF Sub Inspector Admit Card

Candidates need to carry the following documents along with the admit card:

  • Voter Card
  • Aadhar Card
  • Print of e-Aadhar
  • Passport
  • For a government employee, an identity card is provided by the state/central Govt.
  • Photo ID card issued by a school/college/university

What If There Are Discrepancies in the Admit Card?

The RPF Sub Inspector admit card is a vital document, and all of the information stated on it must be accurate. Candidates should report discrepancies, if any, to the inspection authority for correction. The details will be corrected by the examination authority, and a new admit card will be issued.

Answer Key for RPF SI 2022

The Ministry of Railways will release the answer key for the RPF SI recruitment exam. Candidates can download the RPF SI answer key from the official website ( The login credentials for downloading the answer key and response sheet would be your registration number and password. Candidates can use the RPF SI answer key, response sheet, and question paper to calculate their probable scores.

If a candidate believes an answer in the RPF SI answer key is incorrect, he or she may file an objection within the time limit specified.

How Do I Get the RPF SI Answer Key?

Candidates can download the RPF SI answer key by following the steps outlined below: 

  • Go to the official website
  • Choose a group
  • Enter your name, birth date, exam date, batch, and captcha.
  • Click on the 'View Attempted Question Paper' button.
  • The answer key is shown on the screen.

How Do I Compute My Score Using the RPF SI Answer Key?

The method for calculating the score using the answer key is shown below:

  • The correct answers are highlighted in green in the answer key
  • Candidates must count the number of correct and incorrect responses
  • Multiply the number of correct answers by one and the number of incorrect answers by one-third
  • Subtract the total number of incorrect answers from the total number of correct answers to determine the likely score

Formula to calculate marks

Total score = (Number of Right answers) x 1 – (Number of incorrect answers) x ⅓. 

RPF SI Answer Key 2022: Marks Normalisation

Since the RPF SI exam is administered in multiple shifts, the difficulty level of the question papers keeps varying. The normalisation of marks is used to compensate for differences in the difficulty level of question papers across different sessions. The standardised formula is used for normalisation.

How Do I File an Objection to the RPF SI Answer Key?

Candidates may object to the answer key if they so desire. The objection can be filed online at the RPF SI's official website. Candidates must pay Rs 50 for each objection in order to submit their challenges. The following is how candidates can object to the answer key

  • Visit the official website
  • Choose 'view answer sheet' from the drop-down menu
  • Select a group
  • In the login window, enter your roll number, date of birth, exam date, batch, and captcha code
  • When the objection window appears, enter the question number, category, and objection to the question
  • Make a payment by clicking on the 'make payment' button
  • If you are ready to pay, click on 'yes'
  • Only after the fee has been paid will the procedure be completed

Instructions for Responding to Key Objections

  • The correct alternative is highlighted in green on the question paper, while the answer is highlighted in blue.
  • Enter the question number for which an objection is to be raised.
  • In the objection field, you must enter an objection to a question.
  • To file an objection, click on the add objection button.
  • Objections must be submitted only in English.
  • Only objections to questions and their alternatives may be raised.
  • You must choose the appropriate category of objection.
  • Objections cannot be changed after they have been submitted.
  • New objections cannot be added after they have been submitted.
  • Candidates must pay Rs 50 plus bank charges for each objection raised and submitted.
  • If the objection is found to be correct, the amount paid and any bank charges associated with the objection will be refunded.

RPF SI Answer Key Types

The RPF SI answer key is made available in two stages.

Provisional answer key: The provisional answer key is made available so that candidates can object if they find any errors in the answers.

Final answer key: The final answer key is released after reviewing the candidates' objections. If the objections are valid, the examination authority revises the answers and publishes the final answer key.



List of Exam Centres

RPF Sub Inspector exam centres are announced by the Railway Protection Force, along with the cities where they are to be held. The examination authority classifies exam centres into groups and distributes them accordingly. There are six groups in total (A,B,C,D,E,F). If a candidate applies for a position in one of these railway zones, they will be assigned to an RPF Sub Inspector exam centre in that region.

Group Region RPF SI Exam Centre
Group A SR
  • Madurai
  • Palghat
  • Trichy
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Bangalore
  • Nagpur
  • Raipur
  • Hyderabad
  • Guntakal
  • Vijayawada
  • Nanded
Group B CR
  • Nagpur
  • Bhusawal
  • Pune
  • Sholapur
  • BCT
  • Vadodara
  • Ahmedabad
  • Ratlam
  • Rajkot
  • Bhavnagar
  • Bhopal
  • Kota
Group C ER
  • Howrah-I
  • Howrah- II
  • Sealdah
  • Malda
  • Asansol
  • Chittaranjan
  • Kolkata Metro
  • Danapur
  • Mugalsarai
  • Dhanbad
  • Sonpur
  • Samastipur
  • Kharagpur
  • Adra
  • Chakradharpur
  • Ranchi
  • Shalimar
  • Khurda Road
  • Waltair
  • Sambalpur
Group D NR
  • Delhi-I
  • Delhi-II
  • Ambala
  • Moradabad
  • Lucknow
  • Firozpur
  • Izzatnagar
  • Lucknow
  • Varanasi
  • DLW
  • Allahabad
  • Jhansi
  • Agra
  • Guwahati
  • Katihar
  • Alipurduar
  • Rangiya
  • Lumding
  • Tinsukia


Cut off

Expected Cut-off

RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 Cut-off

The minimum cut-off qualifying score is required to qualify in the exam and proceed to the next level of the recruitment process. The CBT and final selection cut-offs are disclosed separately. The RPF Sub Inspector cut-off is made available category-wise for different groups. Candidates must achieve the required cut-off marks to qualify in the exam.

How to Check the RPF Sub Inspector Cut-off?

The steps to check the RPF Sub Inspector cut-off are as follows:

  • Visit the official website for more information.
  • On the home page, click on the cut-off link.
  • The cut-off for each category will be displayed on the screen.
  • Take a print after downloading it.

Factors Affecting RPF Sub Inspector Cut-off

The following factors will be used to calculate the cut-off:

  • The number of people who took the test
  • The total number of applicants
  • The test's difficulty level
  • Overall score

RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 Expected Cut-off

Considering the previous years’ cut-offs, the expected cut-off for 2022 may be around 35 per cent for candidates belonging to Unreserved Categories. For SC and ST candidates, the RPF cut-off mark is expected to be 30 percent.

Previous Year Cut-off

Candidates can check out the previous years’ cut-offs for RPF Sub Inspector CBT:

RPF Sub Inspector Cut-off 2018

Group A

Category Female Male
OBC 77.77 95.53
SC 74.36 88.23
ST 60.44 85.59
UR 79.38 94.59

Group B

81.36 74.22 64.22 87.12

Group C

75.82 66.32 62.87 79.43


92.63 84.15 81.45 94.02


84.45 72.92 72.49 87.42


97.75 88.49 87.67 99.95

Group E

46.92 38.67 40.81 42


77.32 69.44 62.62 74.22

Group F

87.33 72.33 65.7 76.99

Actual Cut-off

The actual cut-off will be released by the exam body once the exam is over.

Exam Result

Exam Result

Result Declaration

The RPF Sub Inspector results are published separately for each of the different groups: A, B, C, D, E, and F. The PDF of the results is distributed in the form of a merit list, and the roll numbers of the qualified candidates are displayed on the list. Candidates 10 times the number of openings are called for PET and PMT based on their performance in CBT.

Cut-off Score

Cut-off score in 2019

Name of the Category Cut-off Marks 2019
General / OC 80-85 marks
OBC 75-80 Marks
SC 60-65 Marks
ST 60-65 Marks


Freaquently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How much is the RPF Sub Inspector exam fee?
A. The exam fee is Rs. 500, of which Rs. 400 is returned after bank charges are deducted when you take CBT. The exam fee for SC/ST/Ex-Serviceman/Female/Minorities/Economically Backward Class students is Rs. 250, which is also returned after bank costs are deducted.

Q2. What is the best approach to check if the RPF Sub Inspector application is complete?
A. The RPF Sub Inspector registration process has five stages. You will receive an email and an SMS alert after all of these stages have been completed.

Q3. When will the RPF Sub Inspector exam dates be released?
A. The RPF Sub Inspector notification has not yet been released. Along with the notification, the exam dates will also be announced.

Q4. What is the RPF Sub Inspector exam marking scheme?
A. Candidates score one point for each correct answer, and 1/3 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Q5. What is the starting salary for RPF Sub Inspector selected candidates?
A. Candidates who are selected in the RPF Sub Inspector exam are paid a basic of Rs. 35,400.

Dos and Donts

Q1. How much is the RPF Sub Inspector exam fee?
A. The exam fee is Rs. 500, of which Rs. 400 is returned after bank charges are deducted when you take CBT. The exam fee for SC/ST/Ex-Serviceman/Female/Minorities/Economically Backward Class students is Rs. 250, which is also returned after bank costs are deducted.

Q2. What is the best approach to check if the RPF Sub Inspector application is complete?
A. The RPF Sub Inspector registration process has five stages. You will receive an email and an SMS alert after all of these stages have been completed.

Q3. When will the RPF Sub Inspector exam dates be released?
A. The RPF Sub Inspector notification has not yet been released. Along with the notification, the exam dates will also be announced.

Q4. What is the RPF Sub Inspector exam marking scheme?
A. Candidates score one point for each correct answer, and 1/3 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Q5. What is the starting salary for RPF Sub Inspector selected candidates?
A. Candidates who are selected in the RPF Sub Inspector exam are paid a basic of Rs. 35,400.

Job Profile & Salary

Job Description

The RPF Sub Inspector salary and job profile will assist you in understanding the work tasks that you will be responsible for once you have been assigned to the position of Sub Inspector. The following sections provide more information.

RPF Sub Inspector CBT 1 JD detail

As an RPF Sub Inspector, you will be on the front lines, dealing with antisocial groups, providing security to passengers, and ensuring that passenger transport is safe and smooth.

The RPF's jurisdiction extends to all railway locations in which railway property exists.

1. The following are the primary responsibilities of the force's enrolled members (RPF Sub Inspectors):

(a) To protect and defend railway property, as well as to combat criminality against it.
(b)To take any other action that may strengthen the safety and security of railway property.
(c) To clear any impediment to railway property movement.
(d) To carry out the duties of a Union armed force and to exercise the powers of a railway servant as granted by the Indian Railways Act, 1890.

2. RPF Sub Inspector will also have the following functions

  • To identify situations that have the potential for the conduct of crime against railway property, whether static, in transit, or mobile, and to take remedial actions or advise the railway administration, when appropriate, improvements in basic security systems or faulty procedures.
  • To reduce the risk of thefts, pilferages, misappropriation, trades, etc., against railway property and revenue leakage through surprise preventive checks or other appropriate measures such as detailing of patrols in vulnerable sectors, posting of guards and pickets at black spots, escorting of affected trains, keeping an open or unobtrusive watch at workshops, stores, and goods-sheds, detaining of affected trains, etc.
  • To assist, cooperate, and coordinate the actions of other railway agencies, the Police, or other authorities in putting in place any relevant measures for preventing crime against railway property and improving its security.
  • To intervene at any time or place to prevent any attempt to steal, misuse, destroy, or tamper with railway property, or to convert it into private use without lawful authority, and to pursue offenders.
  • To register under the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act of 1966, conduct investigations, catch criminals and participate in any later judicial processes related to the act.
  • All cognisable offences against railway property shall be registered or promptly reported to the local Police, who shall conduct inquiries and collect evidence for the purpose of localising the crime or as otherwise deemed necessary, and render such other assistance as may be possible in the investigation of such cases.
  • To obtain intelligence relating to the commission of or intent to commit any of the crimes listed in clauses (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi), (vii), (viii), (ix) of subsection (1) of Section 39 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 on the railways, and to lay such information and take such other steps consistent with the law and his superiors' orders as shall be best calculated to bring the offender to justice.
  • To gather information on subversive and other unpleasant acts impacting railway security and operation, as well as the activities of criminals and suspects snooping on railway property.
  • To investigate any suspected cases of sabotage, track tampering, or impediment to the movement of railway property in order to recommend preventive measures to the railway administration and the police.
  • To help the railway administration during strikes and lockouts, as well as the police during mob violence or civil disturbances, or to maintain law and order and suppress railway crime, or when deputed anywhere in India in aid of civil power, subject to Rule 42.
  • During raids on ticketless commuters, alarm chain pullers, unregistered hawkers, and those who are engaged in hose pipe disconnections or violating other sections of the Indian[ Railway Act,1890], to assist the commercial and other departments of the railway.
  • When called upon by another member of the Force, or in the event of a need to fulfil such other member's duty, to assist such other member in such ways as would be lawful and reasonable on the side of the person thus supported.
  • To do his best to prevent any loss or damage to railway property caused by fire.
  • To keep track of and investigate any fire incidents involving railway property, as well as to operate and maintain fire fighting equipment at railway stations, installations, and other locations.
  • Railway cash offices must be guarded, and pay clerks must be escorted.
  • To take timely action to obtain required medical assistance for any wounded or sick individual detained or arrested.
  • To ensure that everyone who is arrested or detained receives adequate food and shelter.
  • To perform any other security duty assigned to the Force by or with the concurrence of the railway administration, for the execution of which necessary resources have been provided and approval of the Director-General of the Chief Security Commissioner, and to obey and perform out all legitimate instructions given by any superior of the Force, and to abide by all orders lawfully issued to him by any superior officer of the Force, and to abide by all orders lawfully issued to him by any superior officer of the Force, and to abide.

Post list & Vacancies

As you may be aware, the Ministry of Railways has yet to issue a notification. Hence we do not yet have information on the confirmed RPF Sub Inspector vacancy details for 2022. Male and female candidates will be notified individually about the openings. You’ll also get the RPF Sub Inspector vacancies distribution by group and zone in the official notification. Here is the RPF Sub Inspector vacancy for the 2018 recruiting campaign to give you a sense of how the positions are distributed.

RPF Sub Inspector Vacancy for male candidates:

The Ministry of Railways had advertised a total of 819 male-only posts. The zone-by-zone and group-by-group distribution of RPF Sub Inspector vacancies for male candidates is shown in the table below.

RPF Sub Inspector Vacancy (Male Candidates) 2018
Groups Railway Zones RPF SI vacancies
A SR, SWR & SCR 126
B CR, WR, WCR & SECR 144
C ER, ECR, SER & ECoR 287
D NR, NER, NWR & NCR 173
E NFR 30
  Total 819

RPF Sub Inspector Vacancy for Female Candidates

In 2018, the Ministry of Railways announced a total of 301 positions for female candidates. The vacancy distribution for the post of RPF Sub Inspector 2018 is shown in the table below, broken down by group and zone.

Group Railway Zones RPF Sub Inspector Vacancies
A SR, SWR & SCR 52
C ER, ECR, SER & ECoR 112
E NFR 12
  Total 301

Important Information Regarding RPF SI Vacancies

  • Candidates can apply for RPF SI positions in either a Group of Zonal Railways or the RPSF.
  • Candidates must indicate their preference for individual zones within a Group of Zonal Railways.
  • Candidates will be considered for RPF SI vacancies within a specific group, and railway zones will be assigned based on merit and preference.
  • The vacancies announced at the time of the notification are provisional and may be increased or decreased as needed.
  • The railways reserve the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel the RPF SI vacancies.

Salary Structure

The RPF Sub Inspector salary structure is shown in the table below. It also mentions the 6th Pay Commission's old pay scale and grade pay, as well as the 7th Pay Commission's new basic pay. It also includes the RPF Sub Inspector's entire monthly income or gross salary. HRA, Dearness Allowance, Basic Salary, Transport Allowances, and other allowances are included in the Gross Salary.

Post Old Pay-Scale & Grade Pay(6th Pay Commission) New Basic Pay(After 7th Pay Commission) Total Salary Per Month(Gross Salary)
RPF Sub Inspector (Sub Inspector) Between Rs 9300 - Rs 34, 800/- & Grade Pay Rs 4200/- Rs 35, 400/- Between Rs 43, 000 - Rs 52, 000/-

The RPF Sub Inspector pay scale varies from city to city and is determined by the population of the cities from which they come.

RPF SI Salary and Job Profile - Perks & Allowances

You will be eligible for the following benefits and allowances while working as an RPF Sub Inspector. Check out the details below for more information.

  • Medical services
  • Gratuity
  • a pension fund
  • Assistance with education
  • Pension
  • Allowance for travel and transfers
  • Orders for passes and privilege tickets
  • Other financial considerations

Similar Exams

Similar Exam

List of Parallel Exams

While you are preparing for the RPF Sub Inspector CBT exam, you can also sit for other exams that demand the same educational qualifications and other criteria. Take a look at some of those exams, which you can apply for simultaneously.

  • Karnataka State Police Recruitment 
  • State Level Police Recruitment Board Assam
  • SSC GD Constable
  • CAPF exam
  • Punjab Police Recruitment
  • State Level Police Recruitment Board Guwahati

Future Exams


List of Future Exam

After the final merit list is published, the document verification procedure begins, and a candidate's appointment can be subject to qualifying in the medical verification.

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