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Railway Exam Frequently Asked Questions

This section, helps you to get answers to various questions about Railways, registration, exams, scores and many more.

1. How to minimize the chances of rejections, & the facility to apply through online for candidates ?

Chances of rejection of the application can be due to several reasons like a large number of manual applications, are rejected due to errors made by the candidate. It may include application not in the prescribed format, applications without photographs, signature or signed in CAPITAL letters, not enclosing copies of requisite certificates, belated applications due to postal delay. Candidates should not apply through both the methods (manual and online). If more than one application is received from the same candidates the applications will be rejected.

2. Can I send more than one application for a post?

One form for one post for the same Railway Recruitment Board is permitted. Your candidature can be rejected if you send more than one form in the same post to same Railway Recruitment Board.

3. I have applied for a post in Railway Recruitment Board Chennai. Will I be considered for the same post under Railway RB Patna for the same post in the same Notification?

You will be considered for the vacancies of the post of the particular RRB you have applied.

4. I am awaiting my results for my Degree/Diploma. Can I apply for an RRB post?

No. Candidates, whose academic qualifications are complete, should apply for RRB post.

5. Can I type the particulars in the application form?

No, candidates are not allowed to type the details in the application and should fill the application form in the handwriting.

6. Can ladies allowed for applying to Railway jobs?

Yes, ladies are encouraged to apply for railways. But some job profiles are strenuous and can’t be suitable for ladies.

7. I am from Gujarat and I want to apply for RRB Chennai ? Would regional language be a problem in my final selection?

No. Regional language will never be a problem for any candidates.

8. What is a Physical Efficiency Test (PET) ?

Candidates must pass the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) which is mandatory for some jobs in Railways. Eligible candidates who are selected based on the performance in the Written Examination will be called for Physical Efficiency Test (PET). A separate letter mentioning the date, time and venue will be communicated to the eligible candidates. Based on the gender, separate tests will be organised. Male Candidates should be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 4 minutes and 15 seconds in one chance. Female Candidates should be able to run for a distance of 400 metres in 3 minutes and 10 seconds in one chance.

9. I have completed my Preliminary Registration and have received my Registration Number. But I want to change some details or want to apply to another RRB. Is it possible to make such corrections?,

Once the application is submitted, Primary Registration and the Registration Number are generated. These details cannot be modified immediately. So, one has to complete the full registration and finally choose the "Modify Application" option from the main page of the website and make changes in any of the details (except for email-id) or apply to another RRB altogether. However, if you have not activated the email link and the Registration Number has ‘NOT BEEN GENERATED’, you can enter your Primary Registration again with the correct details.

10. How will the exam centre be allocated?

During the second stage of the Online Registration, candidates can choose up to five cities for the exam. RRB management will make efforts to allot your exam centre in one of these five options. However, in case of any exigency, RRB reserves the right to allot the exam centre in any other city also.

11. Are graduation in Correspondence/Distance Mode eligible to apply?

Yes. Candidates with 12 years of schooling through an examination conducted by a Board/University or students passed an entrance test conducted by the university. Besides, candidates who are under 18 years of age as on 1st July of the year of admission to the course are not eligible.

12. What are psychometric tests?

The main purpose of psychometric tests are assessments conducted to evaluate the overall candidate performance which includes personality traits, knowledge, skills, attitudes, abilities, and potential for the job being applied to.

13. What are the different kinds of psychometric tests?

Aptitude Tests, Behavioral Tests and Assessment Centre Exercises are the most important Psychometric tests Aptitude tests help in measuring cognitive abilities such as numeracy, literacy skills, spatial awareness. Behavioral Tests measures suitability for particular job roles carried out by using tests for leadership, situational judgment tests, personality questionnaires and motivation tests. Assessment centre exercises in measuring job specific skills using simulation through various exercises in the professional environment.

14. How long will it take for the Railway Recruitment Board to conduct the written examinations?

Examinations are organized in about four months' time from the closing date of the notification. Almost all the examinations are expected to the examinations can be expected to be completed in about 10-12 months. The priority for various categories is laid down depending upon the urgency of filling the posts, the priorities of the indenting Railways etc. The schedule of the written examination is notified in the leading newspapers about a month advance of the examination date apart from being displayed on the website.

15. When the examination results are declared?

The results of the written examinations for most of the categories are published in 30 to 60 days from the date of the examination.

16. How can a candidate know the status of his application?

About a month before the date of the written examination the status of the application of the candidate, i.e. whether it is accepted or rejected is displayed on the website. In case of rejection, the reasons are also indicated. If the application is accepted, then further information on the roll number, examination centre etc., are also displayed. A candidate can search the status of his application with reference to his date of birth, name, etc.

17. How to obtain a duplicate hall ticket if the candidate does not receive or lost ?

Hall tickets to all eligible candidates are dispatched at least four weeks in advance of the examination date through post offices under 'Certificate of Posting' to the address given in the application. If the candidate is not available at that address, he should make arrangements for collecting the hall ticket once the examination schedule is announced. In exceptional cases, if the candidate does not receive the hall ticket up to a week before the examination date, he should first check up his eligibility status on this website. If he is eligible he should note down his roll number and approach the office of the Railway Recruitment Board on any working day, three days prior to the examination date with a passport size photograph for obtaining a duplicate hall ticket. Issue of duplicate hall ticket is subject to satisfactory proof of candidate's identity, address etc.

18. If an application is rejected can the candidate rectify the mistake on which the application is rejected?

Once an application is rejected, no further correspondence is entertained. In the employment notification calling for applications, detailed instructions are given for filling in the application and the areas in which the candidate his to take care so that his application is not rejected. If the candidate doesn’t fill in the application properly then it is rejected. RRB never gives further opportunity.

19. What are the original certificates, which the candidate has to produce at the time of verification of documents after the publication of final examination results?

SSC/Matric certificate in proof of the candidate's date of birth, Provisional/Final degree, Diploma, ITI/Apprenticeship certificates, Certificates issued by Intermediate boards, state boards or CBSE. Community certificates in the format laid down in the case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC communities. Discharge certificate in case of ex-servicemen.

20. Should a candidate produce a fresh community certificate at the time of verification?

Not required. It is sufficient if the candidate produces the originals of the certificates, copies of which would have been enclosed with the application.

21. Is a candidate required to deposit or leave his original certificates with the Railway Recruitment Board ?

No. The Railway Recruitment Board retains only attested copies of the certificates. The candidates should never leave their original certificates (including community certificates) with the Railway Recruitment Board. In exceptional cases where malpractices or forgeries are suspected, the original certificates can be collected for verification purpose. In such cases, proper acknowledgements should be demanded and obtained.

22. When will be selected candidate receive the offer of appointment?

The role of the Railway Recruitment Board is to select suitable candidates and recommend their names for appointment to the vacancies in Railways. Offer letter is only awarded after Railways after completing the formalities like verification of character, medical examination and availability of vacancies.

23. Are there any prescribes books for the examinations by Indian Railways and whether any coaching institutions are recognized?

Railway Recruitment Boards have never prescribed any books or guides for the examinations being conducted. In the same way, no coaching institution is recognized for giving coaching to candidates. RRB always advises candidates not to be misled.

24. What is the application fee for the various categories?

No application fee is charged in SC, ST, Ex-Servicemen and Physically handicapped candidates. The fee is also exempt for Women, Economically Backward Classes and Minorities. For posts having below Grade Pay Rs.2800, Fee is Rs.40 and for the post having Grade Pay above Rs.2800, Fee is Rs.60.

25. What is the mode of payment of application fee?

The application fee can be submitted in the form of Indian Postal Order (IPO) or Demand Draft. The Indian Post Order (IPO) purchase date should not be prior to the date of notification. Cash/Money order or any other form of fee is not acceptable. The Demand Draft should be issued by any Nationalized Bank only.