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Railway Protection Force (RPF) had few days back issued recruitment notification for 511 Sub-Inspector positions. The purpose of this blog post is to help you prepare for this RPF SI exam with prep materials – the sample papers and books with an analysis of the exam pattern.

If you have not still applied for RPF SI recruitment but would like to go for it, please visit my blog post titled: RPF Sub-Inspector Recruitment 2011 Notification, Eligibility & Forms.

Pattern of RPF Sub-Inspector Exam:
RPF Sub-Inspector Exam Pattern
The written exam of RPF SI exam consists of a single paper with 3–sections, containing 120 questions worth 120 marks to be answered in 90 minutes. You can find the break-up of section-wise marks in the table at right.

There is negative marking – while for each correct answer you get 1 mark, for each wrong answer, 0.25 marks would be deducted. Hence your guesses should be wise ones. Also, as you can find, you have answer one question every 45 second – hence managing time here is an important factor. Also to be eligible for the next stages of selection processes you need to score minimum 40% (35% for reserved categories) marks in the written test as shown above.

RPF Sub-Inspector Exam Syllabus:
Following syllabus has been reproduced from the RPF recruitment notification, so as to archive the same for future RPF SI aspirants (i.e. RPF SI Exam 2012/2013):

i. General Awareness (50 marks) :- Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to the society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India especially pertaining to History, Arts & Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution, Sports, General Science, Scientific Research etc.

ii. Arithmetic (35 marks) :- This part will include questions on problems relating to Number systems, Computation of whole numbers, decimal and fractions and relationships between numbers, fundamental arithmetical operations, percentages, ratio and proportions, averages, simple and compound interest, profit and loss, discount, use of table and graphs, mensuration, time and distance, ratio and time etc.

iii. General Intelligence & reasoning (35 marks) :- It would include questions of both verbal and non- verbal type. This component will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualization, spatial orientation, problems solving analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation , relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.

RPF Sub-Inspector Exam Sample/Model/Previous years Papers:
Not many good quality exam papers are available on the net. Since the online papers are not of very high standard and have not been verified, I would advise you to use the prep books given below to prepare for the exam.

Also, since RPF SI exam is very similar to CPO Sub-Inspector Exam conducted by SSC, I would advise you to go through following two papers: