What is the difference between RRB NTPC 2022 exam and RRB Group D exam? Are both the exams conducted every year?

RRB Group D Exam and RRB NTPC are different exams. However, both exams are conducted every year by the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). The major difference between the two exams is RRB Group D Exam selects candidates for non-desk jobs in the Indian Railways, and RRB NTPC 2022 Exam selects candidates for non-technical jobs. NTPC stands for Non-technical Popular Categories. The exam is a gateway to desk jobs, including clerk, typist, accountant, etc., in the Indian Railways. 

RRB Group D Jobs

The posts for the RRB Group D are as follows: 

  • Assistant Workshop
  • Assistant C&W
  • Assistant Loco Shed (Diesel)
  • Assistant Loco Shed (Electrical)
  • Assistant Depots (Store)
  • Assistant Operations (Electrical)
  • Assistant Pointsman (Traffic)
  • Assistant Signal & Telecom
  • Assistant Track Machine
  • Assistant Bridge
  • Assistant TL&AC
  • Assistant TL & AC (Train Lights and AC) workshop
  • Assistant TRD(Electrical)
  • Assistant Work Engineer
  • Assistant Work (Workshop)
  • Track maintainer

RRB NTPC (Non-popular Technical Categories) Jobs

The exam is conducted to recruit candidates for the following positions. 

  • Junior Clerk cum Typist
  • Accounts Clerk cum Typist
  • Junior Timekeeper
  • Train Clerk
  • Commercial cum Ticket Clerk
  • Traffic Assistant
  • Goods Guard
  • Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk
  • Senior Clerk cum Typist
  • Junior Account Assistant cum Typist
  • Senior Time Keeper
  • Commercial Apprentice
  • Station Master

Eligibility Difference in RRB Group D and RRB NTPC Exam

To appear in the RRB Group D exam, you need to have at least a 10th class (matriculation) certificate, ITI or a diploma from a recognised educational institution. 

However, you need at least an undergraduate degree to be eligible for the RRB NTPC Exam. Also Read About: Studen

Selection Process for RRB Group D and RRB NTPC Exam

Both the exams have four stages.

RRB Group D has the following process.

  • Computer Based Test 1
  • Computer Based Test 2
  • Physical Efficiency Test (PET)
  • Document Verification

Similarly, RRB NTPC Exam also has four stages.

  • Computer Based Test 1
  • Computer Based Test 2
  • Typing Test/ Computer Based Aptitude Test
  • Document Verification/ Medical Test

In RRB Group D Exam, all candidates, regardless of the post, must mandatorily appear for the physical efficiency test. However, in the RRB NTPC Exam, typing test is applicable to selected roles where good typing speed is required. For instance, a computer-based aptitude test is applicable for the post of traffic assistant. It is usually applicable for level 4 and level 6 jobs. While for level 2 and level 5, the typing test is applicable.

The exam pattern for both exams is more or less the same, except for a few minor differences. You can see the difference in the exam pattern below.

RRB NTPC Exam Pattern

Section CBT 1 (Number of questions) Duration



 90 mins


(Number of questions)


90 mins

General Awareness 40 50
Mathematics 30 35
General Intelligence & Reasoning 30 35
Total 100 100

RRB Group D Exam Pattern

Section CBT 1 (Number of questions) Duration

90 mins

CBT 2 (Number of questions) Duration

120 mins

General Science 25 30
Mathematics 25 30
General Intelligence & Reasoning 30 35
General Awareness & Current affairs 20 25
Total 100 120

Some of the major differences in the exam patterns are:

Differences RRB Group D Exam RRB NTPC Exam
Section             4 

–  General Science

–  Mathematics

–  General Intelligence & Reasoning

–  General Awareness and current affairs


–  General Awareness

– Mathematics

– General Intelligence & Reasoning

CBT 1 (Duration) 90 mins 90 mins
CBT 2 (Duration) 120 mins 90 mins

All in all, RRB Group D Exam and RRB NTPC are different exams. If you’re looking for mock tests or other resources to prepare for the exam, BYJU’s Exam Prep has comprehensive mock tests, test series and more, which can help you ace your preparation and bring you closer to your dream of getting a job in the Indian Railways. 

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