Technical Cadre Examination
Railway Recruitment Board located at Allahabad, Ahmedabad,
Ajmer, Chandigarh, Jammu, Gorakhpur, Patna, Guwahati, Calcutta, Bhubaneswar,
Chennai, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Secunderabad, Mumbai, Bhopal, Malda, Ranchi,
etc. conducts recruitment of the technical categories in class III through a
Civil Services examination. The Boards advertises its vacancies generally in
Employment News / Rojgar Samachar and conduct both written examinations and
All the positions are filled on the basis of written tests and interviews.
Sometimes, more than one round of tests / interviews could be held to make the
final selections. Aptitude and/or translation tests are held to determine the
rankings in the merit list. All questions are multiple-choice objective type.
The tests are designed according to the educational standards prescribed for the
post. If the number of applicants is large, qualifying tests are held in two
stages: preliminary and the main. For a very few specific categories, the
written exam is followed by a viva, and for certain other categories a skills
test. For categories related to operational safety, a psychological test is
conducted as well. After this, the application details furnished by him/her are
verified. The successful applicants are called for counselling and scrutiny of
original documents .A panel of names is then recommended to zonal railway /
production unit, depending on the number of vacancies. The candidates will be
required to pass a medical examination before appointment.
List of some of the technical
categories along with their age limits are as under:
Assistant Driver (Electrical / Diesel)/Data Entry Operators/ Skilled
Fitters/ Apprentice Fireman 'A'/ Apprentice Wireless or Telecom
Maintainer/Health Inspector Grade IV/Axle Unit Operators/Wheel Unit
Operators/Electrical Signal Maintainer
Apprentice Mechanic (Mechanical/Electrical Diesel)/ Apprentice Signal
Inspector/Apprentice Permanent Way Inspector/Depot Store Keeper/Raj
Bhasha Sahayak / Apprentice Inspector of Works/Trainee Junior Draftsman
(Electrical)/Apprentice Permanent Way Mistry/ Appr. Train Examiner Grade
IlI/Appr. Jr. Engineer (Telecommunication/Works)
Train Examiners, Health Inspector
Apprentice Assistant Chargeman (Electronics/Mechanical)/Apprentice
Senior Draftsman (Electronics/Mechanical)
Assistant Programmer/Diesel Foreman (Mechanical/ (Electrical)/Law
Assistant /Pharmacist/Trainee Chargeman 'B' (Electrical/Electronics)
Teachers Grade I-IV
Below 45 yrs
Examination Pattern :
The selection is made strictly as per merit, on the basis of
written examination. In addition, Aptitude/skill test/interview can also be
conducted wherever applicable. The Railway Recruitment Board at its discretion
may hold additional written test(s)/skill test(s) and/or interview if considered
necessary. The syllabus for the written examination is generally in conformity
with the educational standards and/or technical qualifications prescribed for
the posts. The questions are of objective/subjective nature on General
Knowledge, General English, General Arithmetic, analytical and quantitative
skills and knowledge in the subjects covered as part of minimum
educational/technical qualification for the posts, subject to minor variations.
The written examination consists of one sitting of about 90 minutes duration.
The questions for the Aptitude Test are mainly to test perception, analytical
and reasoning power of the candidates relevant to the safety categories. Final
selection is based on the total marks obtained in the written examination and
interview, wherever provided, plus clearing Aptitude/ skill test/ vision test
etc. as required. The appointment of selected candidate is subject to his
passing requisite Medical Fitness Test conducted by the Railway Administration.
Application Procedure :
Candidates can apply through the application forms published
in the daily Newspapers or Employment News.
RRB advertises vacancies in Employment News (a
Government of India publication), and also on the website of Indian
Railways. The applications received go through a primary screening. Eligible
candidates are called for a written exam. The call letters are sent out a month
in advance of the date of the examination.