Technical and Non Technical Cadre Examinations

Basic Information regarding Exam
The management cadre of the Indian Railways consists of Class I and Class II Gazetted Officers. Direct recruitment to the Class I Railway services is made through the Union Public Service Commission on the basis of annual competitive examinations. Recruitment to the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) and the Indian Railways Accounts Service (IRAS) is done on the result of the Civil Services Examination and that to the Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE), Indian Railway Services of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) and Indian Railway Store Service (IRSS) is made on the basis of the combined Engineering Service of Mechanical Engineers, there is a dual method. Approximately 50 per cent of the candidates are recruited through the Combined Engineering Services Examination. The remaining 50 per cent are recruited as special class Apprentices for which the UPSC conducts a separate competitive examination every year.

So far as the recruitment to Class II services is concemed, the entire Class II service is manned by personnel promoted from subordmate ranks from Class III by a process, of selection on the basis of merit. Class III service is composed of literate class of employees, both technical and non-technical. These cover a large number of categories such as Clerks, Station Masters, Ticket Collectors, Guards, Drivers,Workshop Chargemen, Foremen, etc. Initial requirement to technical Class III services in the Engineering Signalling and Telecommunication Engineering and electrical departments are of two types, namely, one to the class of skilled tradesmen and the other to the class of initial supervisors, Chargemen, Assistant Inspectors of Ways and Works, Assistant Signalling and Telecommunication Inspectors, etc. The formers are drawn from trade apprentices and the later recruited from candidates having diploma qualification in the upper branch of Engineering speciality.

Recruitment of the non-technical categories in Class III services, i.e., Clerks, Assistant Station Masters, Ticket Collectors, Train Clerks, etc., is done through direct recruitment to these categories by a competitive examination conducted by the Railway Recruitment Boards. These Boards are located at Allahabad, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Chandigarh, Jammu, Gorakhpur, Patna, Guwahati, Calcutta, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Secunderabad, Mumbai, Bhopal, Malda, Ranchi, etc. The Boards advertise the vacancies through Newspapers/ Employment News and conduct both written examinations and interviews.

List of some of the non-technical categories along with their minimum qualifications and age limits are as under:


1. Traffic Apprentice/Commercial Apprentice
Qualification : Graduation
Age Limit : 18-30 yrs

2. Assistant Station Master/Trainee Guard/Goods Guard
Qualification : Graduation
Age Limit : 18-30 yrs

3. Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk
Qualification : Graduation
(preference to those knowing typing with 30 wpm speed)
Age Limit : 18-30 yrs

4. Office Clerk/Accounts Clerk
Qualification : Matriculation with minimum 50% marks. Typewriting proficiency of 30 wpm in English or 25 wpm in Hindi
Age Limit : 18-30 yrs

5. Junior Accounts Assistant
Qualification : Graduation. Typewriting proficiency of 30 wpm in English
Age Limit : 18-30 yrs

6. Clerk-cum-Typist
Qualification : Graduation. Minimum Typing speed of 40 wpm in English
Age Limit : 18-30 yrs

7. Stenographer(English/Hindi)
Qualification : Matriculation or Equivalent (with certificate of 80 wpm in English/Hindi Stenography and 40 wpm in English/20 wpm in Hindi Typewriting speed)
Age Limit : 18-33 yrs

8. Typist (English/Hindi)
Qualification : Matriculation (with Typewriting peed of 40 wpm in English/25 wpm in Hindi)
Age Limit : 18-30 yrs

9. Train Clerk/Statistical Clerk/Goods Clerk/Coaching Clerk/Ticket Collector/Commercial Clerk
Qualification : Matriculation(with 50% marks)
Age Limit : 18-30 yrs

List of some of the technical categories along with their age limits are as under


1. Assistant Driver (ElectricalDiesel)/Data Entry Operators/ Skilled Fitters/ Apprentice Fireman ‘A’/ Apprentice Wireless or Telecom Maintainer/Health Inspector Grade IV/Axle Unit Operators/Wheel Unit Operators/Electrial Signal Maintainer
Age Limit : 18-30 yrs

2. Apprentice Mechanic (Mechanical/ElectricalDiesel)/ 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)
Age Limit : 18-33 yrs

3. Train Examiners, Health Inspector
Age Limit : 18-30 yrs

4. Apprentice Assistant Chargeman (Electronics/Mechanical)/Apprentice Senior Draftsman (Electronics/Mechanical)
Age Limit : 18-32 yrs

5. Assistant Programmer/Diesel Foreman (Mechanical/(Electrical)/Law Assistant /Pharmacist/Trainee Chargeman ‘B’ (Electrical/Electronics)
Age Limit : 20-32 yrs

6. Staff Nurse
Age Limit : 20-40 yrs

7. Teachers Grade I-IV
Age Limit : Below 45 yrs

Details Regarding Selection Procedure

How to Apply :
Candidates can apply through the application forms published the daily Newspapers or Employment News. Application forms can also be obtain from the private agencies as long as their format is same as issued by the Recruiting Board.

Other Information
Method of Selection: The Written Test may be generally in conformity with educational standard prescribed for the post including English, Arithmetic, General Knowledge and General Intelligence. The test may be subjective-cum-objective/ multiple choice type. Candidate should possess knowledge of current events and matters of general interests particularly related to India including Indian Railways.Depending upon the number of vacancies the candidates upto the required number who satisfy the eligibility criteria, may be called for interview as applicable in order of merit.

Final selection may be based on the total marks obtained in the Written Test and Interview.

The candidate selected may be absorbed depending on vacancies available af successful completion of prescribed training as per the rules.

The final appointment of the candidates will be subject to their being found medically fit in appropriate Medical Classification of Railways. They may be considered in due course for promotion to higher grades including supervisory levels according to rules/orders in force from time to time.

For technical categories the Written Test will comprise of the technical subject to the Diploma/Degree level according to qualifications prescribed.

Note: For Educational Qualifications and age limit please refer to the advertisement issued by the concerned Railway Recruitment Board as they vary. Examination Fee: The fee for various/categories of posts varies from Rs 20/-to Rs 30/-.

Home > Railway Examination > Technical and Non Technical Cadre Examinations
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.