Railway Exam Format

Selection procedure for jobs in different categories:

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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.

Eligibility Criteria:

Group Minimum qualification
A and B Graduation / Post Graduation
C 10th pass or ITI
D 10th pass or ITI


Posts Skill Test
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.

Arithmetic Aptitude
Averages of numbers
Data Interpretation
Decimal Fractions
Number System
Profit and Loss
Ratio and Proportions
Simple and Compound Interest
Time and Distance
Time and Work
Unitary Method


General Awareness
Awards and honors
Books and Authors
Budget and five year plans
Financial and Economic news
Important days
International and National Organizations
Science: Major inventions and discoveries
Who is who


General Intelligence and Reasoning
Alphabetical series
Arithmetical reasoning
Blood relations
Coding and decoding
Decision making
Direction based questions
Number ranking
Number series
Problem on ages


Technical Ability:

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.

Technical Ability
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.

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