Railway Exam Eligibility Criteria

Railway Exam Eligibility Criteria 2017: Entrants who are willing to apply for Railway Technical Cadre / Non Technical Cadre Exam must have knowledge about Railway Exam Eligibility Criteria. Aspirants here in the below section we are providing you complete details about Eligibility criteria for RRB/RRC Exam; you must have a look below. Railways Technical Cadre / Non Technical Cadre Exam Eligibility Criteria includes nationality, age limit and minimum education Qualification Required.

This Page Includes:

  • Eligibility Criteria for RRB
  • Railways Technical Cadre Exam Eligibility Criteria
  • Railways Non-Technical Cadre Exam Eligibility Criteria
  • Eligibility Criteria for RRC

Candidates who fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria for Railway Exam can apply through proper channel. The Indian railways are generally divided and sub-divided into zones, divisions and departments, each controlling a particular task. Every division has a certain number of technical and non-technical departments, which form the base structure on which railways operates. For more information about Eligibility Criteria for Railway Exam, check below section of this page of privatejobshub.in

Railway Exam Eligibility Criteria

RRB Eligibility Criteria

Railways Technical Cadre Exam Eligibility Criteria:

Educational Qualification: Candidates must hold Bachelor Degree in relevant discipline with good academic records from well recognized University/ Institute. Hindi Type writing on Computer and Typing Skill in English language is desirable.

Age Limitation:

Categories Age Limit
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 18-30 yrs
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) 18-33 yrs
Train Examiners, Health Inspector 18-30 yrs
Apprentice Assistant Chargeman (Electronics/Mechanical)/Apprentice Senior Draftsman (Electronics/Mechanical) 18-32 yrs
Assistant Programmer/Diesel Foreman (Mechanical/ (Electrical)/Law Assistant /Pharmacist/Trainee Chargeman ‘B’ (Electrical/Electronics) 20-32 yrs
Staff Nurse 20-40 yrs
Teachers Grade I-IV Below 45 yrs

Age Relaxation:

There is 5 years age relaxation for SC/ST candidates, 3 years relaxation for OBC candidates and 10 years relaxation for PWD candidates.

Railways Non-Technical Cadre Exam Eligibility Criteria:

Qualification Needed and Age Limit:

Category Qualification Age
Traffic Apprentice/Commercial Apprentice Graduation 18-30 yrs
Assistant Station Master/Trainee Guard/Goods Guard Graduation 18-30 yrs
Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk Graduation (preference to those knowing typing with 30 wpm speed) 18-30 yrs
Office Clerk/Accounts Clerk Matriculation with minimum 50% marks. Typewriting proficiency of 30 wpm in English or 25 wpm in Hindi 18-30 yrs
Junior Accounts Assistant Graduation. Typewriting proficiency of 30 wpm in English 18-30 yrs
Clerk-cum-Typist Graduation. Minimum Typing speed of 40 wpm in English 18-30 yrs
Stenographer(English/Hindi) Matriculation or Equivalent (with certificate of 80 wpm in English/Hindi Stenography and 40 wpm in English/20 wpm in Hindi Typewriting speed) 18-33 yrs
Typist (English/Hindi) Matriculation (with Typewriting peed of 40 wpm in English/25 wpm in Hindi) 18-30 yrs
Train Clerk/Statistical Clerk/Goods Clerk/Coaching Clerk/Ticket Collector/Commercial Clerk Matriculation (with 50% marks) 18-30 yrs

Age Relaxation:

There is 5 years age relaxation for SC/ST candidates, 3 years relaxation for OBC candidates and 10 years relaxation for PWD candidates.

Selection Process of Non Technical and Technical Posts

The Ministry of Railways and Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) conducts written exam to fill various Non Technical and Technical posts. The tests are designed according to the educational standards required for the post. For some categories, written test may be followed by interview and for others a skill test or psychological test may also be conducted as required by the posts Job profile. All questions are multiple-choice objective type.

More than one written test may be conducted (Preliminary and mains exam) if the number of applicants is large. Written test includes questions on Arithmetical Aptitude, General responsiveness, and General English. Questions on logical and analytical reasoning will also be included in the examination. English will be the only mode of instruction for the Technical Cadre exam.

RRC Eligibility Criteria

Qualification Needed:

Candidates who wish to apply for Group D Posts they must have completed 10thStandard or ITI or equivalent qualification in concerned discipline with good academic records from well recognized Board / Institute.

Age Restriction:

Age of candidates should not be less than 18 years and not more than 33 years.

Age Relaxation:

Category Relaxation (in years)
Domiciled in J & K 5
PWD (Unreserved) 10
PWD (OBC) 13
PWD (SC/ST) 15
Serving Railway Staff (UR) Up to 40
Serving Railway Staff (OBC) Up to 43
Serving Railway Staff (SC/ST) Up to 45
Employees of Quasi-Administrative offices of the Railways Length of service  rendered to max 5 yrs
Widows, Divorced Women (UR) Up to 35
Widows, Divorced Women (OBC) Up to 38
Widows, Divorced Women (SC/ST) Up to 40
Act Apprentices Up to extent of training

Final selection on desire post is based on the total marks obtained in 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.Candidates applying for Railway Technical Cadre / Non Technical Cadre Exam and Group D posts must ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions.

Railway Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2016

Questions covered in Railway Recruitment Exam. 100 Questions.
Railway Recruitment Exam is divided in. 04 sections with a changeable number of questions.
Time allow for exam. 90 minutes

These sections are provided here:

  1. Arithmetic Ability.
  2. Reasoning & General Intelligence.
  3. General Awareness.
  4. General Science.

Go through the table mentioned below to know the number of questions asked in every section along with corresponding marks:

Name of the Subjects No. of Questions Marks allotted
Mathematics Ability (Arithmetic). 20. 20.
Reasoning & General Intelligence. 25. 25.
General Awareness. 30. 30.
General Science. 25. 25.

Marking Scheme: 

All interested applicants must know these “Two” important terms in concerned of upcoming RRB/RRC Examination 2016 are as follows:

Marks awarded for every correct answer 01 marks.
Marks deduct for every incorrect answer 0.25 mark from the total score.

Check the complete syllabus details as per subjects wise:

Railway Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2016 (Arithmetic Ability) 

  1. This section covers the questions related to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation.
  2. Appearing applicants must have both speed and accuracy to solve questions in particular time.

Syllabus for Arithmetic Ability:

Data Interpretation (Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Line Graphs, tables etc.).

Time & Work.

Time & Distance (Boats & Streams, Trains etc.).

Pipe & Cistern.

Profit & Loss.

Margins & Discounts.


Speed Calculation.


Problems on Age.

Linear/ Quadratic Equations.

Simple/ Compound Interest.

Area & Volume.

Railway Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2016 (Reasoning & General Intelligence)

  1. This section covers the vast syllabus.
  2. Applicants must know the best way to prepare for this exam.
  3. Try to solve more and more previous years papers so that you can have the close idea regarding type of questions asked in RRB / RRC Exam

Syllabus for Reasoning & General Intelligence:



Classification of Odd pair.


Alphanumeric Series.

Decision Making.

Blood Relation.

Direction Sense.

Visual Reasoning (Pattern Detection, Hidden Images, Embedded Images, MirrorImages, Figure Matrix etc.).

Statement Argument.

Statement Conclusion.

Statement Interference.

Problem Solving.

Eligibility Test.

Verbal & Visual Analysis.

Arithmetical Reasoning.

Sitting /Circular Arrangements.

Puzzles/Complex Arrangement.

Railway Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2016 (General Awareness)

  1. General Awareness portion covers the mixed questions related to General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
  2. This one is the most important mark gaining portion.
  3. Check below to know the main focus topics in General Awareness.

Syllabus for General Awareness:

  • Indian Economy.
  • Indian History.
  • Indian Geography.
  • Indian Railways (Facts & Figures, History).
  • Indian Polity.
  • Indian Culture & Heritage.


  1. We are advising to all the applicants who are interested in making their career in Railway sector. They should go through the national and international news. They may read other related topics from source materials minimum 03 months before from the day of examination.

Railway Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2016 (General Science)

  1. This portion covers the general knowledge questions of science subject up to 8th standard.

Syllabus for General Science:




Environmental Studies