Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)

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About RRB

The Indian railways are broadly divided and subdivided into zones, divisions and departments, each controlling a particular function. Every division has a certain number of technical and non-technical departments, which form the base structure on which the railways function. Technical departments include civil, technical and mechanical engineering, signalling and telecom, and several others dealing with similar disciplines, while the non-technical departments include general services such as accounts, personnel management, Railway protection Force (RPF) or security and traffic services, among others. Each department has staff at various levels. The highest are the Group A officers, while the lowest in rank are the Group D staff members.

Railway has acquired a special place in the development of our country. It can be termed as the lifeline to our Nation that offers a wide coverage of lucrative career choices to the future generation of our country. Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) is indulged in scrutinizing the candidates on the basis of their technical and professional qualification tested on grounds of competitive exams conducted by the concerned railway department. The exams will test the skills and talent of the aspirants at different level and pick the right candidate for the suitable post.

Group A

UPSC – Group A officers are recruited by UPSC.

Civil Service Examination – Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) and the Indian Railways Accounts Service (IRAS).

Combined Engineering Service – 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

Group B officers are directly promoted from Group C.

Group C

Group C officers are recruited through the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). The 19 Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have been functioning as prime recruiting agencies for all Zonal Railways, Production Units and other extra Zonal units of the Indian Railways. Each Railway Recruitment Board is catering to the recruitment needs of the specified jurisdiction on the Railways. However, there is no regional or linguistic distinction for recruitment to any post as far as eligibility of the candidates is concerned. Any citizen of India fulfilling the recruitment criteria can compete for any post without any regional or linguistic limitations. The Group C posts include assistant station masters, drivers, motormen, guards, signal and mechanical inspectors. Here again, staff are divided into technical and non-technical staff.

Recruitment to the non-technical categories in Class III services, i.e., Clerks, Assistant Station Masters, Ticket Collectors, Train Clerks, Traffic Apprentice, Goods Guards etc., is done through direct recruitment to these categories by a competitive examination conducted by the Railway Recruitment Boards. These Boards are located at Allahabad, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Chandigarh, Jammu, Gorakhpur, Patna, Guwahati, Calcutta, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Secunderabad, Mumbai, Bhopal, Malda, Ranchi, etc. The Boards advertise the vacancies through a combined advertisement in Newspapers/ Employment News and conduct written examination.The employment notification is also published on the web sites of the railway boards as well as leading newspapers of different areas.

There shall be a single stage common CBT (Computer Based Test) for all the 8 notified categories followed by

Aptitude Test/Typing Skill Test wherever necessary as per the posts.

  • Aptitude Test is required for ASM and Traffic Assistant only.

  • Typing test is required for Senior Time Keeper, Senior Clerk-cum-Typist, Junior Accounts-Assistant cum Typist only.

  • Typing Speed 25 WPM in Hindi and 30 WPM in English.

A comprehensive view of the kind of posts, their educational qualifications required, pattern of examination, etc. is mentioned below.

COMMERCIAL APPRENTICE

Minimum Educational Qualification: Degree from recognized University or its equivalent.
Age Limit : 18 -32 years.
Exam Pattern : Single Stage Computer Based Test followed by document verification.

TRAFFIC APPRENTICE

Minimum Educational Qualification:Degree from recognized University or its equivalent.
Age Limit : 18 -32 years.
Exam Pattern : Single Stage Computer Based Test followed by document verification.

ENQUIRY cum RESERVATION CLERK

Minimum Educational Qualification:Degree from recognized University or its equivalent.
Age Limit : 18 -32 years.
Exam Pattern : Single Stage Computer Based Test followed by document verification.

GOODS GUARD

Minimum Educational Qualification:Degree from recognized University or its equivalent.
Age Limit : 18 -32 years.
Exam Pattern : Single Stage Computer Based Test followed by document verification.

JUNIOR ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT cum TYPIST

Minimum Educational Qualification:Degree from recognized University or its equivalent.
Typing proficiency in English/Hindi on Computer is essential.Typing proficiency @ 30 wpm in English or @ 25 wpm in Hindi.
Age Limit : 18 -32 years.
Exam Pattern : Single Stage Computer Based Test, Typing skill test, followed by document verification.

SENIOR CLERK cum TYPIST

Minimum Educational Qualification:Degree from recognized University or its equivalent.
Typing proficiency in English/Hindi on Computer is essential.Typing proficiency @ 30 wpm in English or @ 25 wpm in Hindi.
Age Limit : 18 -32 years.
Exam Pattern : Single Stage Computer Based Test, Typing skill test, followed by document verification.

ASSISTANT STATION MASTER

Minimum Educational Qualification:Degree from recognized University or its equivalent.
Desirable Qualification: Diploma in Rail Transport & Management, Transport Economics, Multimodal Transport.
Age Limit : 18 -32 years.
Exam Pattern : Single Stage Computer Based Test, Aptitude test, followed by document verification.

TRAFFIC ASSISTANT

Minimum Educational Qualification:Degree from recognized University or its equivalent.
Desirable Qualification: Diploma in Rail Transport & Management, Transport Economics, Multimodal Transport.
Age Limit : 18 -32 years.
Exam Pattern : Single Stage Computer Based Test, Aptitude test, followed by document verification.

SR. TIME KEEPER

Minimum Educational Qualification:Degree from recognized University or its equivalent.
Typing proficiency in English/Hindi on Computer is essential.
Age Limit : 18 -30 years.
Exam Pattern : Single Stage Computer Based Test, Typing skill test, followed by document verification.