Procedure of Group D Recruitment by Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC)

  • Railway Recruitment Cells (RRC) have been set up in all Zonal Headquarters for recruitment to Group D posts consequent to the announcement made in the Railway Budget 2005-06.
  • Each RRC would be headed by Chairman/RRC in JA grade or Selection grade.
  • The recruitment to all Group D posts of a particular Zonal Railway is now handled by RRC concerned.
  • Requirement of all Divisions/Workshops/Production Units and other organizations falling within the territorial jurisdiction of the Zonal Railway will be clubbed together for the purpose of recruitment.

Process of Recruitment

  • Vacancies shall be counted as those existing on 1st January or 1st July of the year of recruitment plus those anticipated over the next year.
  • A detailed Employment Notice will be published in leading local newspapers and an Indicative Notice be published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar and national newspapers giving reference of the advertisement given in the local newspapers.
  • A detailed vacancy notification shall also be sent to the nearby Employment Exchanges and recognized associations of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  • Candidates can give option (maximum three) in order of preference for the Divisions/Workshops/Production Units/Other Organizations etc. within the territorial jurisdiction of the Zone.
  • If a combined examination is being held for more than one category of Group ‘D’ post then the candidate should can his preference for the posts also. No change of options shall be permitted at any stage subsequently.
  • Only one application should be submitted even if the candidate wishes to be considered for more than one category of posts

Minimum Educational qualification

  • Minimum educational qualification for recruitment of Group D posts will be 10th Pass or ITI or equivalent (Ref 6)

Selection procedure

  • Selection procedure will consist of written test followed by PET (Physical Efficiency Test) of candidates found successful in written test followed by Medical examination and Document Verification. (Ref 7) 

Written Test

  • Question paper for the Written Test shall be based on Class 10th standard consisting of 100 multiple choice objective type questions (with four choice of answers each) aimed to assess general knowledge/awareness, mathematics and reasoning etc. (Ref 12)
  • No question shall be asked for checking proficiency in language.
  • Question paper should be entirely objective and shall be printed in Hindi, English and regional language(s).
  • The duration of the Written Test shall be 90minutes. (Ref 12)
  • Written examination will be held on the same day simultaneously by all the railways. (Ref 6)
  • Question Paper will be set by Chairman/RRC and sent to Private Agencies (Specialized in confidential printing) for printing.
  • Duplicate type OMR sheets shall be procured from the printer (specialized in such printing) in which answers to questions are to be given by the candidates.
  • Question paper shall be printed with questions jumbled in four to five series.
  • Call letters for written test, physical efficiency test shall be dispatched under “Business Post (Ordinary)”, at least one month in advance. (Ref 13,14 ) Dispatch of letters to candidates in cases of document verification, medical/re-medical examination, Show-cause notice and intimation regarding submission of requisite documents will be sent by Registered Post/Speed Post.
  • Answer scripts shall be readable on Optical Mark Reader (OMR) and evaluation of answer scripts shall be on computers.
  • Result of Written Examination will be declared based on the Evaluation Agency’s Report and scrutiny of the records.  Minimum pass marks will be 40% for General candidates, 30% for SC/ST and OBC candidates. 
  • One mark shall be deducted for three wrong answers.
  • Result of written examination will be tabulated in the order of merit of candidates.

Physical Efficiency Test (PET)

  • Out of those who have obtained the prescribed minimum pass marks in the written test will be called for PET in order of merit separately for each group of General, SC, ST & OBC as follows:
  • If the number of vacancies is less than or equal to 1500  number of persons to be called for PET should be 4 times and if the number of vacancies is greater than 1500 the number of persons to be called for PET should be 3 times. (Ref 2)
  • Call letters will be issued to eligible candidates to appear in PET.
  • Physical Efficiency Test [PET] will be qualifying in nature and criterion for the same will be as under:

Male Candidates

 Female Candidates

Should be able to run for a distance of 1500 metres in 6 minute in one chance.

Should be able to run for a distance of 400 metres in 3 minutes in one chance.

  • The entire proceeding of PET will be videographed so as to ensure transparency and the identification of bonafide candidates taking part in  PET.
  • Physical Efficiency Test will be held in the Divisions of the concerned Railway.
  • PET will be supervised by Selection Committee of three Assistant Scale Officers nominated by DRM.

Document Verification

  • 20% candidates over & above the number of vacancies will be called for verification of the original educational/caste certificate(s) and other relevant documents of the candidates. (Ref 5)

Final Panel

  • Panels will be based strictly on merit position obtained in written examination(subject to qualifying PET and Medical Examination).
  • Currency of panel shall be for a period of two years from the date of publication.  General  Manager may, however, extend the life of the panel by one year in case of administrative exigencies. (Ref4 )
  • Panel finalized by RRC  [Railway Recruitment Cell] shall be equal to number of vacancies only.
  • In case certain number of candidates have not turned up within the specified period, another panel equal to the number of candidates finally not turned up will be supplied by RRC after following the procedure for cancellation of the offer of appointment to the originally empanelled candidates.  Under no circumstances, the number of candidates covered in the original as well as replacement panels shall exceed the number of the vacancies indented by the railway.
  • Replacement panels  shall include only such number of reserved /un-reserved candidates as have not the turned up as per original panel. (Ref 5)

Allotment of Division/Unit

  • Chairman/RRC shall allot each successful candidate the Division/Unit after taking into account his merit position and preference of Division/Unit etc.

Schedule of Recruitment for Group D

S. No.




Issue of Notification



Last date of receipt of application

30th Sept.


Scrutiny of application



Issue of call letter for Written Test



Written Test



Physical Efficiency Test  (PET)



Medical Test/Document Verification



Declaration of Final panel


(Ref 10)
1. Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)II/96/RR-1/62 dated 18.7.05 (RBE No.121/2005)
2. Railway Board's letter No.E(NG)II/96/RR-1/62 dt.29.09.05  (RBE No.166/05)
3. Railway Board's letter No. E[NG]II/96/RR-1/62/Vol.II dated 01-11-2006  (RBE No. 164/06)
4. Railway Board's letter No.E[NG]II/96/RR-1/62/Vol.II dated 12-03-2007 (RBE No. 37/2007)
5. Railway Board's letter No.E[NG]-II/96/RR-1/62/Vol.II dated 17.06.2008
6. Railway Board's letter No.E(NG)-II/2009/RR-1/10/Pt. dated 09.12.2010
7. Railway Board Letter No: E(NG)-II/96/RR-1/62/VOL.II. dated 02.02.2011 (RBE No: 16/2011)
8. Railway Board's letter No. E (NG)-II/96/RR-1/62/Vol.II dated 21.03.2011 ( RBE No: 37/2011)
9. Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/2009/RR-1/10/Pt. dated 27.04.2011
10. Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)-II/2007/RR-1/58 dated 08/12/2011 (RBE No. 164/2011)
11. Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)-II/2011/RR-1/11 dated 09/12/2011 (RBE No. 166/2011)

12. Railway Board Letter No:    E(NG)II/2009/RR-1/10/Pt.                                   , Dated             02.07.2013

13. Railway Board Letter No:   E(NG)-II/2008/RR-1/33 Dated 29.05.2013(RBE No. 53/2013)

14. Railway Board Letter No:  E(NG)-II/2008/RR-1/33 New Delhi, Dated 19.08.2013 ( 85/2013)


mrityunjoy choudhury

Mon, 29/10/2012 - 20:10

dear sir, i am applying for the group d posts under nrf rrb, but the job profiles are not mentioned in the notice. So can you please tell me what are job profiles likely to be given and also whether a group d employee can get promotion through departmental exam or not? Kindly help me out.

Job profile of Group D depends on the Railway department allotted. It can be cleaning, gatekeeper, coupling/uncoupling of wagons, track maintenance etc. If you have qualification you can write departmental exams for higher posts.

mrityunjoy choudhury

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 17:21

Dear sir,
If I got selected for group d & and then if i want to continue my HS & BA qualification through correspondence, it is possible or not? Will the department allow me to take further studies? Actually I want to complete my Graduation after getting employement so that i can give the deparmental exam for getting promoted. Is it possible???Please help me out.

Dear Tapan Sir, I am working as a Group D employee in Amritsar (Joined in 2013), but i want to join ECR Zone Patna as a group D employee. i have spend 3 months in Amritsar. What is the procedure to join same payband and geradepay. is any penalty ??

Eagerly awaited for your reply

Naveen Bobby

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 16:59

Hello Sir
I have just qualified PET in scr on sep 18 2012 after written test for scr. no 01/2010 for Group D Recruitment. now i want to know what will b the further process.
Shall it be now medical test or what? I little confused so plz guide me. and How much time this process will take approx and how i will b informed. So plz provide me related information.
i will be highly waited for ur reply
thank you

I successfully completed my Written test & PET for the Group D post (EN 05/2010 ) – RRC Chennai. After that I didn’t get any details about certificate verification & medical test date. When I put my roll number and DOB I am getting the reply as "Not Called". A number of other people got the date and all.

The process of Document verification will be finished on 4 - 2 - 2013. Till now I didn't get any information regarding this.

I dialled the RRC Chennai Office using the given number in the website. But no one pick the phone.

Now what will I do? Is there any chance for me to call for further process?

Plz help me sir.

Hi prakash ks, 

                            Dont beleieve rrb rrc and write exams if means we will really get disappointed RRB&RRC are totally waste and not true to candidates............Dont write these exams in future.......My kind advice..........These type of people talk like this only.........................I too affected in rrbexams..........All the best for ur future frnd.....Try other best exams like SSC They are really transparent&TRUE in all procedures if we work hard acheive in SSC................

Hi Reena,


I successfully completed my Written test & PET for the Group D post (EN 05/2010 ) – RRC Chennai. After that I didn’t get any details about certificate verification & medical test date. When I put my roll number and DOB I am getting the reply as "Not Called".

Some candidates got the appointment, and some perosns whi have already completed Document verification and M.E, didnt recieved any intimations from RRC. and they are total of 200 persons. and RTI says that RRC will invite them for appointment in last dec'13, but still they didnt got any intimations.. So better we may try for next RRC and other exams..



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sir i am selected for group d  in SCR ZONE but i am in waiting list(20% extra candidates)
when will they post all panel results.
is there any chance to getting the job
i am waiting from september of last year so please help me
thank you sir.


Sir i am selected in ser group d.i am in second panel of this recruitment en no -02/2010. But i did not get appointment letter till medical done on march 2013.when i get appointment. Pls reply.

I have been provisionally selected in the final selection list available in RRB Kolkata (Zone: SER)  posted on 06 may 2013 (CEN 01/2011) didn't get any call letter for medical test so far. Plz post if any information regarding the call letter and how much time still it takes for getting the call letter of Assistant Loco Pilot.




I am pretty much new to this forums... but roughly going through this forums I am happy to learn that railway employees maintain such a good forum and patiently address the issues of even non-railway staffs...

1 I just need to enquire when will the next notification for recruitment for group D posts start in SWR or SR?

2 I am SSLC(Matric/10th) with only 40.96% and 24 years of age....will I atleast receive a call for written test if I apply? I know it's low percentage** because I didn't study properly back then but I am confident that I can perform well in the written tests & PET. I have real interest in joining the Indian railways.

Please clarify whether all candidates who apply are allowed to take up the written test or only those candidates with good percentages in their educational certificates are called up for written test.

3 Are there any railway specific courses for people with Matric. If so what are the chances of getting a Job with such a certificate?

4 I am currently pursuing B.Com in open university(Final year) are these degrees valid for any railway jobs? **The university is DEC & UGC recognized.  Note: I haven't done 10+2...

I contacted the local RRB in cantonment, Bangalore in person but they didn't entertain any enquires so I hope some one can help me here




Sat, 02/11/2013 - 11:41


  am vishnu. am heaing handicaped candidate . am written exam 27/10/2013 southern railway. how cuttoffmark for hearing handicapped?written exam qualfying mark for hearing handicapped??? pls reply to me

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. I have selected in group d replacement panel
and i got Nagpur division
but still i did not gt appointment letter its already 2month past
so what shall i do please suggest me.

I heard bad news about RRC .my friend he is working in railway group D. he said that After PET many candidates out of the list. then next stage some recommented candidates and railway employees enterd final list .railway employees porter to trackman promotion .He said only top few Rank holders got job and other qualifies candidates out for recomentation and other is true pls reply only mail [email protected]