Railway Recruitment Board Exam - Syllabus -Vacancies & Model Questions

India's largest employer, Indian Railway has announced a large recruitment for various non technical posts. This is a golden opportunity for every qualified candidates in India to join a central government organization. There are a few things we should mind before sending application and preparing for exam. One of them is the clear instruction to apply for only one RRB. This time RRB (Railway Recruitment Board) has stated clearly that candidates should not apply to more than one RRB. If any candidate apply for more than one RRB, for exam apply for both Thiruvananthapuram and Allahabad, his application may be rejected. This post explains how to apply and prepare for RRB exams.

NOTICE CEN.No.03/2015 Non Technical Vacancies 2016

RRB has announced notice CEN.No.03/2015 for openings in non technical posts for group C services in Indian Railway on 26.12.2015 and you can apply through any one of the RRBs by following the registration link. You can apply for the posts till 25.01.2016 mid night by following the New Registration link. The application fee is 100RS but certain categories are exempted from the fee including minorities. You have the option to pay either online or offline. Different RRBs have different number of vacancies and there is no restriction to choose the desired RRB.


The following posts have opening.
  1. Commercial Apprentice (CA)

  2. Traffic Apprentice (TA)

  3. Assistant Station Master (ASM)

  4. Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk (ECRC)

  5. Goods Guard

  6. Junior Accounts Assistant-cum-Typist (JAA)

  7. Senior Clerk-cum-Typist

  8. Traffic Assistant

  9. Senior Time Keeper

Though these posts have vacancies, you must know that not every posts have vacancy in every RRBs. The pay scale of each posts may have difference. For example Commercial Apprentice and Assistant Station Master have different pay scales.

How To Apply For Railway Non Technical Posts

You must go to the website of the concerned Railway Recruitment Board and click on New Registration link. You can search on Google for the home page of concerned RRB. Links to some of the popular RRBs are given below but it is not a complete list.

  • http://www.rrbchennai.gov.in/
  • http://rrbald.gov.in/
  • http://www.rrbthiruvananthapuram.gov.in/
  • http://www.rrbajmer.org/index.html
  • http://rrbsecunderabad.nic.in/
  • http://www.rrbmumbai.gov.in/home.php
  • http://rrbkolkata.gov.in/
  • http://www.rrbguwahati.gov.in/

RRB 2016 Exam Syllabus and Mark Distribution

This section is for serious candidates who are looking for the syllabus and mark distribution from each modules. The entire syllabus is divided in to four categories. They are

  1. General Knowledge
  2. Arithmetic Ability
  3. General Intelligence
  4. General Science

There will be 100 questions in the exam having 90 minutes duration. You can expect 20 questions from General Knowledge and 25 questions form Arithmetic Ability. General Intelligence will have 25 questions and remaining 30 marks from General Science. It is important to note that every wrong answer will costs 1/3 rd mark. 

Last Date of Apply

The last date of registering for RRB CEN 03/2015 has been concluded 25th January, 2016. If you didn't download the admit card, you need to wait for another chance provided by Railway Recruitment Board because that link is removed already.

Anticipated Exam Date

According to Railway notification, you may expect the RRB CEN 03/2015 exam by March/April but other sources say, it may be extended to May. Anyway you have only limited weeks to complete the syllabus.

Best Study Strategy For RRB Exams

If you are seriously preparing for Railway exams, you must focus strictly on the syllabus provided by Indian Railway Recruitment board. You must understand the mark distribution and make a time table to cover the topics according to the mark weightage. To see the mark distribution and important topics in RRB exams for non technical posts like Assistant Station Master or Commercial Apprentice, read the table below.

Topic Mark Weightage
General Knowledge 20 Marks
Arithmetic Ability 25 Marks
General Intelligence 25 Marks
General Science 30 Marks

If you are looking for top ranks in RRB written exam, you must focus on General Science first because it covers 30 marks by studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology and environmental Studies. For those without having Science back ground usually tempted to avoid General Science and it is a big no. As you can see from the table, Arithmetic Ability and General Intelligence holds 50 marks and if you practice it everyday, you can score a good mark in it. Remember, time is the only hindrance here. You must start solving more problems every days and it will give you good speed in solving both arithmetic and General Intelligence questions in RRB exams.