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Explore all about RRB Railway Exam here. RRB Railway Exams are conducted by Railway Recruitment Board for filling vacancies in Indian Railways. RRB Railway Exams are conducted for wide range of job posts and details on all those are given in the article. Get details on Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and other details regarding RRB Railway Exam from the article. Follow us for instant updates on the same.

Railway Exam - Overview

Indian Railways owned and operated by Govt. of India through Ministry of Railways is the fourth largest railway network in the world. The staffs of Indian Railways are recruited under two categories i.e. gazetted (Group A and B) and non-gazetted (Group C and D) employees. Railway Recruitment Board does recruitment of Group B, C, and D through 21 Railway Recruitment Boards across India. Few posts of Group B are done through direct promotion from Group C. Check the article for more details on RRB and its recruitment process.

Railway Exam - Recruitment of Various Posts

Group A

Group A Officer positions are filled in by UPSC Exams. UPSC Civil Services and Combined Engineering Services are conducted for the recruitment in posts of Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), Indian Railways Accounts Service (IRAS), Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE), Indian Railway Services of Signal Engineers (IRSSE), and Indian Railway Store Service (IRSS).

Group B

The posts of Group B are filled in by direct promotion from Group C. For some posts, the Exams are conducted by Railway Recruitment Board.

Group C and D

The recruitment for Group C and D is done via RRB under 21 Railway Recruitment Boards under the supervision of Railway Recruitment Control Board. The posts are divided into technical cadre and non-technical cadre. Recruitment is done on All India basis and the competition is not restricted to one particular zone and only the eligibility of the candidate is necessary for taking up the Exam under any zone. Since recruitment in done on larger scale, it is done under 21 RRBs.
  • Posts for which recruitment is done Group C are RRB NTPC (Non-Technical Popular Category), RRB Technical Cadre and RPF Sub-Inspectors/Constables.
  • The recruitment of Trackman, Porter, Helper-II (Mech), Helper-II (S&T), Gr.D Engg., Helper-II (Elect), Gr. D (Store) are done through Group D recruitment.
Thus the focus of Railway Recruitment Board will be solely on Group C and D through Competitive Exams followed by Interview process and other necessary recruitment processes.
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Railway Exam - Group C - NTPC

Railway Recruitment Board conducts Group C Exams for recruitment of various posts in Indian Railways. The Opening/vacancy details are given zonal wise and recruitment is done on Zonal basis. Vacancies are made based on the requirement in each zone. The posts of Group C are

  • Commercial Apprentice
  • Traffic Apprentice
  • Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk
  • Goods Guard
  • Junior Accounts Assistant-cum-Typist
  • Senior Clerk-cum-Typist
  • Assistant Station Master
  • Traffic Assistant
  • Sr. Time Keeper

Railway Exam - Group C - NTPC - Overall Exam Pattern

Group C posts for Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC) follows different pattern based on the necessary skill set required for each post. Basically, Every post will be having Two-Stage Computer based test. Typing skill set will be required for few posts and for few other posts Aptitude test is conducted before proceeding with document verification. A detailed overview of the Exam Pattern for each post is given in the table below.

Post Name

Exam Pattern

Commercial Apprentice

Two-stage computer-based test followed by document verification

Traffic Apprentice

Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk

Goods Guard

Junior Accounts Assistant-cum-Typist

Two-stage Computer Based Test, Typing skill test, followed by document verification

Senior Clerk-cum-Typist

Sr. Time Keeper

Assistant Station Master

Two-stage Computer Based Test, Aptitude Test, followed by document verification

Traffic Assistant

Railway Exam - Group C - NTPC - Current Recruitment

Indian Railways has released a large number of vacancies for the Group C NTPC cadre and the recruitment process is on the go. The vacancies were given based on zone/region and the exam was also conducted for different posts under the respective regions specified/opted by the candidate. The 1st Stage Exam (CBT) was conducted from March to May 2016. The 2nd Stage CBT was conducted in the month of January 2017. Following which Typing Skill Test and Aptitude Test were conducted on June 29, 2017, and June 30, 2017, respectively. Based on the results published, the document verification for the shortlisted candidates has started from August 28, 2017.

Railway Exam - Assistant Loco Pilot

Apart from NTPC in Group C, the Assistant Loco Pilot posts also come under Group C and the recruitment for this post is done separately. The post of Assistant Loco Pilot has a huge responsibility of transporting millions of passengers and tons of freight every day. Thus, recruitment for this post will have tests to check the required skill set and to recruit highly efficient candidates. Few required skill set are given below
  • Good mechanical knowledge
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • The ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Physical stamina
  • Good memory
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent awareness of health and safety regulations and emergency procedures
  • Responsible attitude and Reliability
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills
For detailed Exam Pattern and Exam Syllabus for Assistant Loco Pilot, check RRB Exam Pattern and RRB Syllabus, respectively.

Railway Exam Group C - Technical Post

The skill set required for Technical Post will be different from other Group C posts. Also, the recruitment process will also be different to acquire the suitable skill set required. Check below for the details on Technical post.
Educational Qualification

Basic qualification would be on engineering standards on Civil, Technical, and Mechanical engineering and also other similar disciplines with respect to the post.

Age limit

Age group between 18 years and 27 years

Exam Syllabus and Pattern
The Exam syllabus for Technical cadre will be in line with educational standards and the post applied for. The Written Exam will be done based on following divisions.

  • General English
  • General Arithmetic
  • Analytical and Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Knowledge
  • Questions based on educational/technical qualification related to the post.
Based on the number of candidates applied for the Exam, the exam will be conducted in single or double stage. The Exam will be of 90 minutes duration with 100 questions to be answered. Following the Written Exam, based on the requirement of posts, verbal/skill test and psychological tests are conducted. Document verification is done for candidates clearing the above stage of the test process and candidates shortlisted in document verification have to undergo medical test before being allotted for the respective posts.

Railway Exam Group C - RPF Sub-Inspector/Constables

The posts in RPF Sub-Inspector/Constables of Group C will basically have two divisions i.e. Executive Branch and Fire Service Branch. The Exam Pattern and selection procedure will be different for Sub-inspector and Constables.
Educational Qualification
Executive Branch: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from recognized University.
Fire Service Branch: Should have passed Intermediate/Higher Secondary (10+2) with Science and Sub. Officers Course or equivalent Diploma in Science or Fire Fighting
Sub-Inspectors: Between 20 to 25 years
Constables: Between 18 to 25 years

Exam Syllabus and Pattern

Sub-Inspectors in Executive and Fire Service: The selection for these posts will be a three-stage process where physical fitness as the main key. The three stages are
  • Physical Fitness
  • Preliminary Efficiency Test
  • Written Test
Only candidates with specified physical fitness i.e. height, weight, etc will be selected to take up the Preliminary efficiency test. Candidates qualifying the 2nd stage will take up the written test. The syllabus for written test is given below.
  • General Knowledge: 100 marks (1 hour); Objective type questions on past/current affairs, History, Geography, Hindi, Mathematics, and Science
  • General English: 50 marks (1 hour); Questions on Grammar, Precise Writing, Correction of Sentences, Annotation of selected Paragraphs/Poems and more.
  • Essay Writing: 50 marks (1 hour); Essay on English/Hindi in 300 words.
Constables: The selection for constables will also follow a three-stage process and also physical fitness as the main key. The three-stage process is
  • Physical Efficiency Test
  • Written Test
  • Viva Voice/Interview

Candidates clearing the physical fitness will be called in for Written test and candidates clearing Written test will be called in for Interview. Final selection is made upon candidate being medically fit after the medical examination is done.

Railway Exam - Group D

The recruitment of Group D posts in Railways is done for around seven posts i.e. 

  • Trackman
  • Porter
  • Helper-II (Mech)
  • Helper-II (S&T)
  • Gr.D Engg.
  • Helper-II (Elect)
  • Gr. D (Store)
The basic eligibility will be 10th pass along with National Apprenticeship Certificate/ITI. For detailed Exam Pattern and Syllabus, check RRB Exam Pattern and RRB Syllabus, respectively.

Railway Exam - Zones

Indian Railways is one of the largest railway systems and employs around 1.4 lakh employees. The maintenance of a large number of employees and the recruitment for Indian Railways which amounts to large numbers can’t be managed with single unit. Thus Railway Recruitment Board functions as 21 Railways Recruitment Boards controlled by Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRCB). It is single body functioning under 21 zones based on regions. The 21 RRBs are listed below.

  • Ahmedabad
  • Ajmer
  • Allahabad
  • Bangalore
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Bilaspur
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Gorakhpur
  • Guwahati
  • Jammu
  • Kolkata
  • Malda
  • Mumbai
  • Muzaffarpur
  • Patna
  • Ranchi
  • Secunderabad
  • Siliguri
  • Trivandrum
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