Selection procedure for jobs in different categories:
Group A: Under this group, the candidates are recruited through UPSC exams like Civil Services Exam, Engineering Services Exam, and Combined Medical Services Exam. The written exams are followed by another round of selection procedure based on assessing the skill set and vary according to the posts. The jobs provided in this group are loco, signal and transportation inspectors, station masters, rail car drivers, navigating staff, running staff, shunting staff, point lockers, signal controllers and yard supervisor staff.
Group B: The jobs under this category fall under indirect recruitment procedure. The people from Group C are promoted to this job group according to the deputation among different sections in railway. The job posts are station and non-yard supervisory, shed staff etc.
Group C: The job posting in group C is in non-technical and technical fields Like Clerks, Commercial Apprentice, Engineering Posts (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Signal and Telecommunications), Ticket Collector, Traffic Apprentice.
Group D: This group involves jobs posts like Assistant Points Man, Gunman, Helper, Peon and Safaiwala/ Safaiwali.
|A and B||Graduation / Post Graduation|
|C||10th pass or ITI|
|D||10th pass or ITI|
|Assistant station master||Aptitude test|
|Assistant Loco Pilot||Aptitude test|
|Stenography||Typing/ Stenography test|
There are some jobs that are reserved for quota based recruitment in railways. The candidates appointed through quota are subjective to qualifications applicable for Group C category, a written test of 50 marks, and practical test according to the quota plus marks awarded on the basis of rewards achieved.
The quotas applicable in railways are:
- Cultural quota
- Scouts & Guide quota
- Sports quota
The candidates recruited through RRB (Railway recruitment Board) have to undergo a medical fitness test which is mandatory for various posts. A general as well as ophthalmology test is conducted to ensure the soundness of candidate’s body.
The vacancies in railways are advertised in major newspaper publications and on official websites of railways. Interested people can apply as per the job postings.
Syllabus for Railway Exams [Group C and D]
The exams for group C and group D are based on testing the aptitude and awareness among candidates; the exams are to be conducted online in 242 cities this year. The paper for the aforementioned exam comprises of 150 questions in which 90 questions are from technical ability and general sciences and 60 questions from arithmetic, reasoning and general awarenesss. These are,
- Arithmetic Aptitude
- General Awareness
- General Intelligence and Reasoning
- General Science and Technical Ability
Each section consists of 40 marks and the paper is if objective type. The paper also have negative marking scheme, for every wrong answer, 1/3rd of the assigned marks will be deducted from the score. The topics which are commonly asked in group C and D cadre examinations are listed below.
|Averages of numbers|
|HCF and LCM|
|Profit and Loss|
|Ratio and Proportions|
|Simple and Compound Interest|
|Time and Distance|
|Time and Work|
|Awards and honors|
|Books and Authors|
|Budget and five year plans|
|Financial and Economic news|
|International and National Organizations|
|Science: Major inventions and discoveries|
|Who is who|
|General Intelligence and Reasoning|
|Coding and decoding|
|Direction based questions|
|Problem on ages|
This paper differs for different types of posts. It depends on the type of post applied and minimum educational qualifications. This paper is common in grade A exams also where for engineering section, questions in technical paper are decided on the basis of field chosen. If a candidate has opted for civil engineering jobs then the technical ability paper is based on civil engineering.
|Group C [XII std]||Basic concepts of science, Computers, Civil, Drawing and Graphics, Electrical, Electronics, Environment and Pollution Control, Instrumentation and Measurement, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.|
|Group D[X std]||Basic concepts of science, Computers, Civil, Drawing and Graphics, Electrical, Electronics, Environment and Pollution Control, Instrumentation and Measurement, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.|
|Junior Engineer[IT]||C, C++, JAVA, Computer Fundamentals and organization, DBMS, Data and Network Communication, Environment and Pollution Control, Information systems, Operating systems, SAD, Software Engineering, System programming, UNIX, Web Technology and Programming.|
|Chemical Metallurgical Assistant||Basic concepts of fuel, Applied Chemistry, Computers, Instrumentation and measurement, Environment and Pollution control, Material Science, Polymers, Thermodynamics.|
This is how the paper is categorized for RRB exams; a candidate can look into previous papers for checking the level of examination and commonly asked questions. The best way to guarantee the job prospectus is by regularly practicing the aptitude, reasoning, going through newspapers and news, keeping an eye on trending topics and refreshing the technical knowledge as well.