Multiple cut off for Aptitude Tests and Written test in RRB exams

Railway Board Letter No
E(RRB)2003/25/7 dated 21.3.2005
Circular Subject
Review of qualifying nature of Psychological Tests re-named as Aptitude Test on Indian Railways for direct recruitment of ASM, Diesel/Electric Assistant and Motorman.
Board’s letter of even number dated 4.6.2003 (RBE No.90/2003)


An Advisory Committee constituted by the Railway Board has reviewed “the relationship between the Written Examination and the Aptitude Test in respect of Assistant Station Masters and Assistant Drivers (Ref.RDSO’s Study Report No.PT-23 of Mary’2004)”.


Board has considered the recommendations of the Committee and has decided that the railways may switch back to the earlier system of multiple cut off and qualifying status for the Aptitude Test.  Low performers on the Aptitude Test should not be empanelled even if they score high in the written examination.  In other words, if a candidate scores less than the cut off marks in any sub test of Aptitude Test, he should be eliminated from the selection process.  System of adding marks of Aptitude Test to the marks obtained in the written examination will, however, continue for the purpose of preparing the merit list.


Revised instructions shall come into force with immediate effect and shall also cover the Aptitude Tests for the post of ASM, Diesel/Electric Assistant and Motorman where employment notice(s) have already been issued/written examination already conducted but the Aptitude Test is yet to be done.