Most of the examinees of railway engineering exams (such as the RRB exam for Sr. Section Engineer, Junior Engineer, Senior Supervisor & Depot Material Superintendent) are in dilemma over what to prepare for the RRB written exam, as not much have been said about the exam pattern or syllabus in the notification. But since the merit list is prepared based on the written test alone (i.e. without any GD/Interview), finding the prep materials for RRB engineering exam – Sample papers and prep books
is of paramount importance to succeed.
This blog post is therefore being made to help you prepare for the RRB written exam for engineers (including JE). In the latest recruitment notification by RRB
, if you see the eligibility, you would find that there are broadly two groups of posts, based on qualification:
1.0 Degree in Engineering: Sr. Section Engineer, Chief Depot Mat. Superintendent
2.0 Diploma in Engineering: Junior Engineer, Senior Supervisor & Depot Material Superintendent.
Therefore, your preparation should be based accordingly – depending on which positions you have applied for.
First let us discuss the pattern of RRB exam for engineers.
Pattern RRB Written Exam for Engineers:
As said not much has been said about the pattern of RRB written exam in the notification other than the following:
The written exam will consist of following two groups of test sections:
1.0 Aptitude Test: It will have test sections on General Awareness, Arithmetic, General Intelligence and Reasoning.
2.0 Technical Test: It will have questions on the specific engineering branch.
There are total 150 Objective Type questions to be answered in 2 hours. There is negative marking - 1/3rd of the allotted marks for each question.
Other than above, the notification does not says there would be how many questions in each test section or marks per question. But you can expect either half or more than half weightage to be given for Technical Test – may be about 60% marks would be for Technical Test and the rest for Aptitude Test.
Syllabus for RRB Written Exam for Engineers:
As given in the notification, the syllabus for the exam would conform to the syllabus of Degree level engineering for Degree level posts and Diploma level engineering for Diploma level posts. No specific syllabus has been prescribed either for engineering or for aptitude test sections.
Sample papers for RRB Written Exam for Engineers:
I had searched on the net for the sample papers/ previous years exam papers specific to RRB exam – but quality of the sample papers are not that good and also not authentic. The findings are as below:
In absence of authentic exam papers, I would advise you to go for similar test sections of other competitive exams – such as the ones I am giving below for bank PO exams:
Sample paper for General Awareness test:
Sample paper for Arithmetic/Quantitative Aptitude:
Sample paper for Test of Reasoning:
You can also check the previous blog post of mine titled: Test of Reasoning: Sample Question papers & Books
, which not only tells you about the four types of Test of reasoning (Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning & Diagrammatic Reasoning), but also gives you sample papers and books for the test of reasoning.
Prep Books for RRB Written Exam for Engineers: