Limited Departmental Competitive Examination(LDCE)

  • To fill up 30% of vacancies in Group ‘B’ vacancies in Civil Engineering, Mecahanical Engineering, Elecrical Engineering, Signal & Telecommunications, Transportation and Commercial Department, Stores and Accounts.
  • Reservation of SC/ST as per extant orders.
  • The panel will be valid for the same length of time as the panel of selection.
  • Employees empanelled through 70% selection will rank above those through LDCE.


  • Group C employees in Pay Band PB2(9300-34800) with GP 4200 and above with 5 years in the grade including services in the corresponding pre-revised grades).
  • Appointment will be given only after character verification.

Scheme of examination

  • A written exam of a substantially higher standard than associated with normal selection and a viva-voce.
  • Minimum pass marks are 60%. Names will be in order of merit on the basis of total marks.
  • In selection/LDCE the total marks secured by all the candidates who had appeared for viva-voce after qualifying in the written examination and the marks secured in written test in the case of remaining candidates may be notified after finalisation of Group B Panel.



Ravindra Prasad

Sun, 27/01/2013 - 10:53

Respected sir 

Kindly send last five year solved question paper for LIMITED DEPARTMENTAL COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION 30% ADEN(civil Engineering) of Northern Western railway 

sir ky alag alag raiway ka alag alag PRAN card banta hai ky.............................mein nagercoil mein as a helper kam karta tha from 2/5/12,ab me usko chodkar vskp DLS as a helper mein kam karta huan,lekin mera PRAN CARD nagercoil mein bangaya tha.mein ab tak nagercoil mein resign nahi diya hai, lekin jald hi resign de dunga ,esise mera koi problem to nahi goga ,plz reply 

sir i was working as Helper at nagercoil junction under Tvc division of southern railway ,at that time my PRAN card also made,my home is orissa,                                                                                                                                     In month of october 2012 i got select as a Helper through RRC Bhubaneswar and posted in viskhapatnam which is near to my home.So i leave from nagercoil without resignation  and joined visakhapatnam any problem to me .but i want to resign to nagercoil junction................plz reply..........................


Fri, 26/07/2013 - 23:37

Sir If a railway employee, suppose a SSE mechanical qualify UPSC Engineering service examination, so can he get any advantages to take Indian railway as group A officer.


Thu, 29/08/2013 - 13:52

i was appointed as jr bc on cg after competing ldce i m now CA so u i m bit lucky than up to what hiearchy rise through group b


Thu, 29/08/2013 - 14:42


I have done my graduation from IGNOU scored 55% & my age is 34 born in August 1979. I have 7 yrs of BPO exp. I would like to apply for a railways job, please assist me


Chintu Singh

Dear sir/madam,
        I am doing as TICKET EXAMINER in southern railway zone joined in september 2013. I am recruited through RRB under physically handicapped(Hearing) quota but i completed my B.TECH in INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY stream.I want to do degree level job....what are posts are there for I.T. stream in railways and from when i am eligible to write departmental exams.

kattupalli george

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 20:23

dear sir,
I completed betech in information technology and I got a job through rrc as helper 2 in electrical deparment els/trs .how will be future if i continue in the same department?and what type of opportunities can i get in railway in department quota and direct recruitment?.

presently I have been working as JE/TRS.I want to get prepared for departmental examination.
So, kindly provide me all the details of LDCE examinations.





sandeep dogra

Sat, 19/07/2014 - 08:56

Hii admin,

I am working in grade pay of 4600 in the payband 9300 - 34800, since jan 2012. So, what is the minimum period of service required to be elegible to take LDCE (30% departmental exam). I have heard that in case of Sr. Section Engineers (that is GP 4600) the minimum period of service is 3 years instead of 5 years.. Please furnish any information in this regard, If anyone have it.


Sir i am a Sr.SO(A) working in Chennai. I worked in Grade pay 2800 - 9yrs, Grade pay 4200 - 4 months and Grade pay 4800 - 2yrs, 8 months. Am i eligible for 30% LDCE exam to be conducted this Year ?

Niladri Sinha

Fri, 20/03/2015 - 19:10

Presently, I have been working as Helper - ll /C&W/SRC. I want to get prepared for departmental examination. So kindly provide me all details of 25% QSQ examination.

Hi Sir,

I am working as SM in Bangalore division of South Western Railway.My DOA is 18/10/2018 when can i start giving LDCE exams for higher post.

Current GP is 4200.

What are posts available for which I can give exams.