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Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Examination

The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) the recruitment authority for Indian Railways, the recruitment boards have been set up based on the policies evolved over a period of time to achieve the following objectives:

  • To rationalize the workload on existing RRBs.
  • To Expedite selection process
  • To bring the recruitment agencies nearer to the candidates in the far flung areas and interior sides.
  • To conduct recruitment on all India basis.

RRB calls for ONLINE applications from the eligible applicants through “Employment News” (A publication of the Government of India) for various Technical and non-technical categories as well as Para medical posts in Group ‘C’ cadre, as per indent(s) submitted by Chief Personnel Officer of South Western Central and Rail Wheel Factory. The employment notification is also being published on the Internet website (http://www.rrbbnc.gov.in/). Indicative notification is also given through prominent National & Local dailies for wide circulation. The applications, as received in response to such notification, are scrutinized for eligibility and the eligible candidates are called for Computer Based Test with call letters being hosted on this website well in advance of the date of the test.

If numbers of candidates are large, the candidates who qualify in the preliminary exam are called for the next stage test, and the merit list is prepared based entirely upon the result of the main test. In most categories of jobs, there is no interview after the written examination. For a very few specific categories there is a viva after the written exam, while for certain other categories there is a skill test like typing test or stenography test. For categories related to operational safety like Assistant Station Master, Assistant Loco Pilot there will be an aptitude test.

Finally the successful candidates are called for Document Verification for scrutiny of original documents. A panel of names is then recommended to Zonal Railways to the extent of vacancies. The candidates will be required to pass the prescribed medical examination conducted by the Railways before appointment.

Railway Recruitment Exam Pattern

For the Post of Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP)

  • First Stage of CBT
  • Second Stage of CBT
  • Computer Based Aptitude Test
  • Document Verification and Empanelling of Candidates

For the post of Technician

  • First Stage of CBT
  • Second Stage of CBT
  • Document Verification and Empanelling of Candidates

Let’s have a look at both these stages of CBT in detail.

First stage of CBT

  • Minimum percentage of marks for eligibility in various categories : UR -40%, OBC-30%, SC-30%, ST -25%.
  • Comprises of multiple-choice objective type questions: bilingual (Hindi/English)
  • Negative Marking will be applicable. For every wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted. Total number of candidates to be shortlisted for second stage shall be 15 times the community wise total vacancy of ALP and Technician Posts notified against the RRB as per their merit in First Stage CBT.

Subjects: Mathematics: 20 Questions, General Intelligence & Reasoning:  25 Questions,  General Science:  20 Questions, General Awareness on Current Affairs: 10 Questions, (60 minutes each)

Second Stage of CBT

PART-A

  • Minimum percentage of marks for eligibility in various categories : UR -40%, OBC-30%, SC-30%, ST -25%.
  • Will consist of multiple-choice objective type questions: bilingual (Hindi/English)
  • There will be negative Marking as for every wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted.

Subjects: Mathematics, General Intelligence & Reasoning,  General Science & General Awareness on Current Affairs (100 Questions in total, Duration: 90 minutes)

PART-B

  • Qualifying Marks: 35 % (Applicable to all candidates and no relaxation)
  • This paper is qualifying in nature and will have questions from the trade syllabus as prescribed by Director General of Employment & Training (DGET)

Subject: Relevant Trade, 75 Questions, Duration:  60 minutes

Computer Based Aptitude Test (for Candidates who have opted for ALP)

  • Candidates require a minimum score of 42 marks in each of the test batteries to qualify. This is applicable to all candidates and no relaxation is permissible.
  • There will be no negative marking in Computer Based AT.
  • The ALP merit list will be made only from amongst the candidates qualifying in the Aptitude Test, with 70% weightage for the marks obtained in the Part A of Second Stage CBT and 30% weightage for the marks obtained in Computer Based AT

Document Verification

TECHNICIAN POST

Based on the performance of candidates in Part Of the Second Stage CBT subject to their qualifying the Part B of Second Stage CBT

ALP POST

Based on the performance of candidates in both Part A of the Second Stage CBT and Computer Based AT subject to their qualifying the Part B of Second Stage CBT.

Note: Candidates attempting to submit application more than once will be disqualified or debarred from the examination.

The recruitment process for each post differs based on the requirement of skill set for that particular post. 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. A brief recruitment detail for each Group is given below.

  • Group A – Through UPSC Exams
  • Group B – By promotion from Group C or by RRB (for certain posts)
  • Group C – By 21 RRBs across nation
  • Group D – By Railway Recruitment Cells across nation