RRB Ministerial and Isolated Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2019

RRB Ministerial and Isolated Categories Exam Syllabus 2019 2020 | RRB Junior Stenographer, Junior Translator, Cook, Post Graduate Teacher (PGT), Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT), Physical Training Instructor & Laboratory Assistant Syllabus and Exam Pattern are given on this page. So, candidates who are searching for the RRB Syllabus 2019 they can collect full PDF on this page. RRB Ministerial and Isolated Categories Syllabus plays a prominent role in any exam preparation. Without having RRB Ministerial and Isolated Categories syllabus and Exam pattern nobody can know which subjects to prepare for the examination. You can check all details of Madras High Court Syllabus here. Are you looking for the free download? Then go through this section.


RRB Ministerial and Isolated Categories Selection Process:

The Selection Procedure of the Exam will be as follows:

There shall be a Single Stage Computer Based Test (CBT) followed by Stenography Skill Test (SST)/Translation Test (TT)/Performance Test (PT)/Teaching Skill Test (TST) (as applicable) and document verification and medical examination thereafter. RRBs reserve the right to conduct the CBT in Single or multi stage mode.


Railway Recruitment Board Ministerial and Isolated Categories Exam Details:

Only single online application (common to all the notified posts in opted RRB) has to be submitted by the candidate through the link provided on the official websites of RRBs.

The recruitment process shall involve Single Stage CBT, Stenography Skill Test, Performance Test/Teaching Skill Test, Translation Test (as applicable) and DV/Medical Examination. However, RRB reserves the right to conduct additional CBTs if considered necessary for all or for a limited number of candidates as may be deemed fit by RRBs.

The date, time and venue for all the activities viz. CBT, Stenography Skill Test, Performance Test/Teaching Skill Test, Translation Test, DV, Medical Examination or any other additional activity as applicable shall be fixed by the RRBs and shall be intimated to the eligible candidates in due course. Request for postponement of any of the above activity or for change of venue, date and shift will not be entertained under any circumstances.

The Question Paper for Single Stage CBT will be of 90 minutes duration for 100 questions and 120 minutes for PwBD candidates who are availing the Scribe facility. As regards Question Paper for the posts of Junior Stenographer/Hindi & English, please refer to details as given in Para 13.11 below.

The Question Papers shall be of objective multiple-choice type.

The standard of questions for the Single Stage CBT will be generally in conformity with the educational standards prescribed for the posts. The questions pertaining to Professional Ability shall be from the syllabus of every notified post mentioned at Annexure-X to XX.


Exam Pattern for RRB Ministerial and Isolated Categories Posts:

Section-wise marks: The section wise number of questions and marks are detailed below (except for CBT of Junior Stenographer/Hindi & English posts, for which refer to details as given in Para 13.11 below): –

Subject Number of questions Marks allotted
Professional Ability 50 50
General Awareness 15 15
General Intelligence and Reasoning 15 15
Mathematics 10 10
General Science 10 10
Total 100 100


Each question will be of one mark each.

The section wise distribution given in the above table is only indicative and there may be some variations in the actual question papers. There will be negative marking and 1/3 mark shall be deducted for each wrong answer.



RRB Ministerial and Isolated Categories Syllabus PDF Download:

  1. Mathematics: Number Systems, BODMAS, Decimals, Fractions, LCM and HCF, Ratio and Proportions, Percentage, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss,Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry, Elementary Statistics, Square Root, Age Calculations, Calendar & Clock, Pipes & Cistern.
  2. General Intelligence and Reasoning: Analogies, Alphabetical and Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Mathematical Operations, Relationships, Syllogism, Jumbling, Venn Diagram, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency, Conclusions and Decision Making, Similarities and Differences, Analytical Reasoning, Classification, Directions, Statement- Arguments and Assumptions etc
  3. General Awareness: Knowledge of Current Affairs, Indian Geography, Culture and History of India including freedom movement, Indian Polity and Constitution, Indian Economy, Environmental issues concerning India and the World, Sports, General scientific and technological developments etc.
  4. General Science: Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences (up to 10th standard CBSE syllabus).


Minimum percentage of marks for eligibility in various communities: UR-40%, EWS-40%, OBC-30%, SC-30% and ST-25%. These percentage of marks for eligibility may be relaxed by 2% for PwBD candidates in case of shortage of PwBD candidates against vacancies reserved for them.

Where a second stage CBT is deemed necessary and held, RRBs reserve the right to treat the first stage CBT as a qualifying test for the purpose of shortlisting a reasonable number of candidates for the second stage.

The normalized marks scored by the candidate in the CBT shall be used for shortlisting the candidates for Stenography Skill Test, Performance Test/Teaching Skill Test, Translation Test, DV (as applicable) for the posts.

The question paper for theJunior Stenographer (Hindi) &Junior Stenographer (English) will consist of two parts only. The subjects of the paper for CBT, No. of questions, the time allowed, the maximum marks for each subject will be as follows:

Part Subject No. of questions Questions (from – to) Total Marks Time duration
I General Awareness 50 1 to 50 100 90 Minutes
II Hindi or English Language 50 51 to 100 100

All the candidates will have to attempt Part I & II (both the subjects) compulsorily. There shall be a single composite paper for both the subjects. Candidates will be required to qualify in each of the two subjects separately.


Part-I – Questions of the General Awareness portion shall be from the syllabus of Mathematics, General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness and General Science as mentioned in above para 13.8.

This portion needs to be translated in regional Languages as per extant instructions.

Part-II (Either Hindi or English as per option filled up in application form) – The questions shall be designed to check the language skill and knowledge of Hindi/English including grammar. This portion needn’t be translated in regional Languages. The syllabus of the questions to be asked in this part is given at Annexure – VIII to IX

In addition to CBT thereshall be Shorthand Test, which will carry 300 marks. Candidates equal to 10 times the number of vacancies, based on the merit of CBT, will be called for Shorthand Test (Stenography Skill Test).

The candidates have to pass Stenography Skill Test as per criteria mentioned below:

Type of Stenographer Speed Duration Transcription Time
English 80 words per minute (wpm) 10 minutes 50 minutes
Hindi 80 words per minute (wpm) 10 minutes 65 minutes

The Stenography Skill Test will be conducted on Personal Computer only without editing tools and spell check facility. For guidelines of those who appear for Skill Test in Hindi, KrutiDev and Mangal font shall be made available on Personal Computer

As regards the evaluation of transcription sheets of the Stenography Skill Test, with each Full or Major mistakes, candidates will loose one mark. Similarly, Half or Minor mistake would lead to deduction of half a mark. Maximum number of mistakes (both Full/Major or Half/Minor added together) permitted are limited to 10% of the total words dictated. It would mean that candidates, committing more than 10% mistakes will be treated as failed. Procedure to evaluate the transcription and nature of mistakes are elaborated below:-


  1. a) Every omission of a word or figure including omission of a definite or indefinite article. In case a group of words is omitted, mark as many mistakes as the actual number of words omitted.
  2. b) Every substitution of a wrong word or figure. The number of mistakes will be equal to the number of words/figures dictated which have been replaced/substituted by other word(s)/figure(s).
  3. c) Every addition of a word or figure or a group of words or figures not occurring in the passage.


  1. a) Mis-spelling, including transposition of letters in a word and also omission of a letter or letters from a word. However, mis-spelling of proper nouns and unfamiliar names may be ignored.
  2. b) Using singular for plural noun and vice-versa.
  3. c) Wrong use of Capital or small letters at the beginning of the sentence.


(a) All the errors are counted but the total mistakes counted in a single word should not exceed one Full Mistake.

(b) Candidates will not be penalized for any type of errors or mistakes other than those described above.

(c) Computer and Shorthand Notebook for the test will be provided by the Exam Conducting Agency (ECA) and candidates have to hand over the used Shorthand Notebook to the invigilator on exam duty after completion of Skill Test. Further it is also clarified that candidates will not be allowed to bring their own key board.

(d) Editing Tools and Spell Check facility will not be available to the candidates.

Merit list for the post of Junior Stenographer will be prepared based on aggregate of marks obtained in the CBT and Stenography Skill Test.

Junior Translator/Hindi:

A single stage Computer Based Test will be conducted followed by a qualifying translation test. The Question Paper shall be designed to test equally both the knowledge of English language as well as knowledge of Hindi language. Atleast 50% of the questions will be designed to test language proficiency – 20% for English and 30% for Hindi. The remaining questions will be designed to test General Knowledge, General Intelligence, Simple Arithmetic and basics of computer.

Translation Test (i) Translation Test shall not be a part of the main examination. Candidates 10 times the number of vacancies shall be called for the translation test, based on the merit of the objective type CBT, duly taking into account reservation requirements. (ii) The Translation Test shall be only a qualifying test and the qualifying pass marks shall be 60%.

Merit list of Junior Translator will be based on the marks obtained in the CBT alone. Those who do not qualify in translation test with 60% marks shall be disqualified.


Performance Test/Teaching Skill Test

Apart from the CBT of 100 marks as brought at para 13.7, teachers will be subjected to Performance Test (PT) and Teaching Skill Test (TST).

For the Post Graduate Teachers(PGTs), Trained Graduate Teachers(TGTs), Physical Training Instructor (PTI)&Assistant Mistress/Junior School (PRTs) the recruitment shall be done on the basis of Written Test (CBT) and Teaching Skill Test in the ratio of 85:15.

For the post of Primary Teacher (Music), Primary Teacher (Dance) and Art Master (PGT/TGT), the Weightage of Written Test (CBT), Performance Test and Skill Test should be in the ratio of 60:25:15 respectively.


Teaching Skill Test:-

Teaching Skill Test shall be based on Teaching Ability, Teaching Methodology, Content Expertise, Appropriateness of material, Incorporation of recent development in the discipline, Communication skill, Presentation Skill, Classroom Management Skill, understanding of Subject Matter, Problem Solving ability, Decision making, Creativity, Leadership & Motivation Quality. Candidates will be asked to teach some topics of their subject through power point presentation in front of the Committee. Topics will be decided by the Committee on the spot. Candidates will be given sufficient time to prepare and will be asked to use PowerPoint presentation or any other teaching aid as per the availability of equipments at the point of skill Test. The Skill Test shall range between 15 to 30 minutes as decided by the Committee. Skill Test will be of 150 marks. There will not be any minimum qualifying marks for Skill Test. However, weightage of Skill test should be 15% in total marks. There is a possibility that the Skill Test can be video-graphed.

Performance Test: Primary Teacher (Music) and Primary Teacher (Dance) may be adjudged on the basis of skill of singing, playing the various instrumental music, performance of dance, Presentation Skill, Coordination, Expression, Energy level, Rhythm, Experimentation with art forms, imagination and innovation and Artistic temperament.

Art Master (PGT/TGT) may be adjudged on performance of art forms/paintings/sketches, innovative and creative approach, Aesthetic sensibilities, Observation skill, interpretation and Originality, Correlation with real life, Experimentation with different art Modes and mediums, Proportion in size and clarity and importance of colour, balance and brightness.

Topics will be decided by the Committee on the spot. Candidates will be given sufficient time to prepare and will be asked to use any teaching aid as per the availability of equipments at the place of Performance Test.

Performance Test shall be of 100 marks. There will not be any minimum qualifying marks for the Performance Test. However, weightage of Performance Test shall be 25% of the total marks. There is a possibility that the Performance Test may be videographed.

Document Verification (DV): Based on the performance of candidates in CBT and Stenography Skill Test, Performance Test/Teaching Skill Test, Translation Test (as applicable), candidates equal to the number of vacancies will be called for Document Verification as per their merit and options. In addition, candidates equal to 50% (may increase or decrease at the discretion of RRBs) of the number of vacancies for various posts will also be called for DV. These additional candidates will, however, be considered for empanelment only if there is a shortfall in empanelment from the merit list or/and as replacement against the shortfall on account of non-joining of recommended candidates in the working post or/and any other special requirements. In case of two or more candidates securing same marks, their merit position shall be determined by age criteria i.e., older person shall be placed at higher merit and in case age being same, then alphabetical order (A to Z) of the name shall be taken into account to break the tie.


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