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  • Last Modified 03-02-2023

RPF Syllabus 2022: Check Selection Process, Exam Pattern


RPF Syllabus 2022: The RPF Syllabus for various posts, such as Constable and Sub Inspector (SI), has been released by the Ministry of Railways through an official announcement. It is critical to becoming familiar with the RPF Constable Exam Syllabus and RPF SI Exam Pattern in detail. As a result, all applicants who want to get the greatest possible score on the test must have the revised curriculum, and no topics must be skipped.

The RPF Exam Pattern is crucial since it aids applicants in making the most of their study plan and exam-taking methods. If candidates do not receive the exam pattern, there will be no study plan. All stages of the selection process, including the Computer-based Test (CBT), Physical Efficiency Test (PET), and Physical Measurement Test, have their own test patterns (PMT).

RPF Exam Syllabus 2022 Overview

Before we get into the detailed insights of the RPF syllabus and exam pattern of Constable and Sub Inspector (SI) posts, let us first take a look at the overview in the table below:

OrganizationIndian Railways
Exam NameRPF/ RPSF Exam
Exam ModeOnline
Name of the PostRailway Protection Force Constables & SI
No of VacanciesVarious
Apply ModeOnline
Exam DateSoon Released

RPF Syllabus: Important Dates

The important RPF exam dates are given in the table below

EventsImportant Dates
Starting Date for Online ApplicationsTo Be Announced
Last Date to ApplyTo Be Announced
Last Date for PaymentTo Be Announced
Tentative Exam DateTo Be Announced

RPF SI Syllabus: Minimum Qualifying Marks

All candidates belonging to the unreserved category must obtain at least 35% marks in the CBT; whereas those SC and ST categories are given a relaxation of 5% in the marks obtained.  Anyone who does not score the minimum passing marks as per the requirements will not be considered for the next round of selection. Since RPF releases these vacancies for both male and female candidates, this criterion is going to be the same for both types of candidates. 

All candidates who have registered for this recruitment must score minimum passing marks in all selection rounds, including the CBT. The online test is carried out in many different languages, such as:

  • English
  • Bengali
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Kannada
  • Marathi
  • Konkani
  • Gujarati
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Manipuri
  • Malayalam
  • Punjabi
  • Odia
  • Assamese

RPF Selection Process

Those who have registered for the RPF Recruitment will need to take part in each round of the selection process. Usually, RPF hires best-fit candidates by gauging their skills and performance based on the following selection rounds:

  • Phase-I: Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Phase-II: Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Measurement Test
  • Phase-III: Document Verification (DV)

If candidates are unable to satisfy the minimum passing marks in Phase-I, they will not be considered for the Phase II of the recruitment. 

RPF Constable CBT Exam Pattern (Phase-I)

The Computer-based Test (CBT) is the first round of the selection process. Scoring minimum passing grades in the CBT is a must to proceed to the next round, i.e., Phase II. The question paper on CBT is usually prepared around three sections: General Awareness, Arithmetic, and General Intelligence & Reasoning. The CBT carries a total of 120 questions, each carrying a single mark.

The time duration of the CBT is 1 hour and 30 minutes, i.e., candidates—under any circumstances—have to complete the test within 90 minutes. The aspirants who fail to score a minimum of 35% marks in the CBT will not be allowed to proceed further and shall be disqualified from the recruitment. Here are the detailed insights into the RPF CBT exam pattern. Check out which section carries the highest number of questions.

Test Number of Questions Marks Time
General Awareness 50 50
90 Minutes
Arithmetic 35 35
General Intelligence & Reasoning 35 35
Total 120 120

RPF Constable Syllabus PDF: To Be Released

Just like the exam pattern of the RPF Constable exam is significant, getting familiar with the detailed syllabus of the RPF Constable exam is equally important. Therefore, we have added the topics (from three sections) based on which the question papers (of CBT) are likely to be prepared for the recruitment. 

There are three sections based on which the RPF Constable exam is prepared as follows:

1. General Awareness

2. Basic Arithmetic

3. Logical Reasoning

We have added the detailed topic-wise syllabus of each of these sections. Please continue reading to jump to that section and browse the topics.

RPF PET/PMT Exam Pattern (Phase-II)

Once candidates have passed the CBT, they will be called for Phase-II wherein, they will be taking the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Measurement Test (PMT). Unlike the online test, PET and PMT are of qualifying nature, i.e., no marks will be awarded for these tests. To know how to score the maximum possible marks in these rounds, the candidates can check out the criteria for PET and PMT below:

RPF Constables Criteria for PET

Here is the criterion for the PET for those who have applied for the Constable posts:

Category1600 meters Run800 meters RunLong JumpHigh Jump
Constable (Male)5 min 45 sec14 Feet4 Feet
Constable (Female)3 min 40 sec9 Feet3 Feet

RPF Sub-Inspectors Criteria for PET

Those who registered for Sub-Inspector (SI) post will need to take the PET in accordance with the following:

Category1600 meters Run800 meters RunLong JumpHigh Jump
SI (Male)6 min 30 sec12 Feet3 Feet 9 inch
SI (Female)4 min9 Feet3 Feet

RPF Constable PMT Pattern

The candidates who apply for these posts will also need to go through the RPF Constable Physical Measurement Test (PMT) in which it is ensured whether or not they are physically fit and meet the physical requirements. Also, the Ministry of Railways has now made the PMT mandatory for all applicants, no matter the gender. 

Category Height (in cm ) Chest ( in cm ) [ Male ]
Male Female Unexpanded Expanded
Unreserved Category / OBC 165 157 80 85
SC / ST 160 152 76.2 81.2
Garhwalis, Gorkhas, Marathas Dogras etc. 163 155 80 85

RPF DV Round (Phase-III)

While appearing for the Document Verification (DV) round, all registered candidates must keep the following points in mind:

  • The DV round is the third round getting accepted which is subject to passing minimum qualifying marks in the PET and PMT, i.e., Phase-II. 
  • If more than one candidate scores the same marks on the test, candidates with a higher age shall be considered. 
  • Having taken part in all previous rounds, the candidates must present all the supporting documents while appearing for the Document Verification (DV) round. During the round, candidates may also show their NCC, domiciles, and other certificates of extracurricular activities to increase their chances of being shortlisted.
  • Only candidates who successfully pass the Medical Test, and supply the required documents (such as education qualification, character verification, antecedents from the local administration, etc.), will be considered for the final appointment.

Important: RPF Admit Card

Certificates Format for Document Verification:

The following documents in original, as well as their self-attested photocopies, will be required for verification in respect of candidates who qualify in PET/PMT:

  • a. 10th/Matriculation certificate as proof of age
  • b. 10th/Matriculation certificate as proof of educational qualification
  • c. Caste certificate (for SC/ST/OBC candidates) in the format prescribed for employment under Central Government
  • d. Discharge certificate for Ex-Serviceman
  • e. Two copies of self-attested color photograph
  • f. No Objection Certificate(NOC) from the present employer in case of serving Govt. employees
  • g. Domicile certificate wherever applicable

CBT RPF Syllabus 2022: Sections

It is crucial for all candidates to get the most out of their exam-taking strategy and they can make that happen by using the detailed RPF Syllabus from the table given below:

RPF Syllabus – General Awareness

General Awareness
Current Affairs
Indian History
Art & Culture
General Polity
Indian Constitution
General Science

RPF Syllabus – Arithmetic

Whole numbers
Decimal and fractions and relationships between numbers
Fundamental arithmetical operations
Ratio and proportion
Profit and loss
Use of table and graphs
Time and distance
Ratio and proportion
Number systems

RPF Syllabus – General Intelligence & Reasoning

General Intelligence & Reasoning
Similarities and Differences
Spatial Visualization
Spatial Orientation
Problem Solving Analysis
Decision Making
Visual Memory
Discriminating Observation
Relationship Concepts
Arithmetical Reasoning
Verbal and Figure Classification
Arithmetic Number Series
Non-verbal Series
Coding and Decoding
Statement Conclusion
Syllogistic Reasoning

Here are some of the frequently asked questions regarding the RPF Syllabus:

Q.1. What is the selection process of RPF Constable?
The selection process of RPF Constable Recruitment includes a Computer-based Test (CBT), PET, PMT, and DV round.

Q.2. How many sections does the RPF Constable CBT include?
The CBT of the RPF Constable Exam includes questions from three sections, such as General Awareness, Arithmetic, and General Intelligence & Reasoning.

Q.3. Are PET and PMT of qualifying nature?
Yes, both PET and PMT are of qualifying nature. The marks scored in these rounds will not be counted; only marks in the CBT matter. 

Q.4. Who is called for the PET/PMT round?
The candidates who successfully clear the written test (viz., CBT) are called for the Phase-II round, i.e., PET and PMT.

Q.5. How many questions are asked in the CBT round of RPF Recruitment?
There are a total of 120 questions asked in the CBT around and each question carries 1 mark.

Also, Check,

RPF Constable Preparation TipsRPF Detailed Syllabus
RPF Recruitment NotificationRPF Constable Salary

We hope that this detailed article on RPF Syllabus helps you in your preparation. Mastering these important topics of the RPF Syllabus will ensure you score high in the RPF/ RPSF Exam. Go through RPF Constable/ SI question papers from previous years to have an idea about the level of the exam.

If you have any queries regarding RPF Syllabus or the exam in general, drop a comment below and we will get back to you.

All the best for your exams!

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