Railway Recruitment Board& RRB Exams

The Railway Recruitment Control Board was set up in 1998 in the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), New Delhi and itis a government organisation in India.

  • History
  • Renaming of Railway Service Commission as Railway Recruitment Board
  • 21 Railway Recruitment Boards
  • Organizational Structure
  • Objectives of Railway Recruitment Board
  • RRB Exams
    • RRB Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) graduate level exam
    • RRB Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) exam
    • RRB Junior Engineer/ Senior Section Engineer exam
    • RRB RPF Sub-inspectors/Constables Exam


  • In July 1942, a service commission comprising a chairman and 2 members was constitutedfor the first time to recruit subordinate staff in the then Northwest Railway.
  • In 1945, the Service Commissions at Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, and Lucknow were set up under Railway Boardto guide General Managers to deal with requests from subordinate staff on disciplinary matters and recruit class III staffs.
  • In 1948, the Indian Railway Enquiry Committee recommended their permanency and to withdraw work related to appeals so that commission can focus on recruitments after reviewing the work of the commissions. The Chairman of Bombay Service Commission was given the administrative role to manage Commissions at Calcutta, Lucknow, and Madras.
  • In 1949, recruitments on Indian Railways was banned due to constraints in finance and the number of commissions was reduced to one retaining the Bombay as Centre.
  • In 1953-54, four Service Commissions were setup that include Allahabad, Bombay, Calcutta, and Madras.
  • In 1956, the method of recruitment by the Constitution of the Railway Service Commissions was approved by the Estimates Committee.
  • In 1973, the Northern Eastern Railway an additional commission was set up at Muzaffarpur to cater the needs and recruit candidates from the under-developed areas of the region. Also, a branch office of Calcutta Service Commission was opened at Ranchi.
  • In 1978, at Secunderabad an additional service commission was set up to assist the then formed South Central Railway. The recruitment of staff for the NF Railway was trusted to the Service Commission with Head Quarters at Guwahati.
  • In 1980, another commission was opened at Bangalore.
  • In 1981, full0fledged service commission at Danapur was started.
  • In 1983, 7 commissions were set up at Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Lucknow were set up under Railway Board with meeting point atLeh and Trivandrum.
  • In 1984, at Malda and Gorakhpur two service commissions were set up and a complete commission at Ranchi was set up to cater for exclusive needs of Scheduled tribes of the area.

Renaming of Railway Service Commission as Railway Recruitment Board

  • The Railway Service Commissionswas renamed as Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) in January 1985.
  • In 1998, all RRBs came under the control of the Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRCB), which was set up in the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) to coordinate and streamline the working of RRBs.

Railway Recruitment Boards

At present there are 21 Railway Recruitment Boards functioningpan India.

  1. Ahemadabad
  2. Ajmer
  3. Allahabad
  4. Bangalore
  5. Bhopal
  6. Bhubaneswar
  7. Bilaspur
  8. Chandigarh
  9. Chennai
  10. Gorakhpur
  11. Guwahati
  12. Jammu and Kashmir
  13. Kolkata
  14. Malda
  15. Mumbai
  16. Muzaffarpur
  17. Patna
  18. Ranchi
  19. Secunderabad
  20. Siliguri
  21. Thiruvanthapuram

Organizational Structure

  • The Indian Railway is divided into seventeen (17) zones based on the areas it caters.
  • Each zone is headed by a General Manager who reports to the Ministry of Railways or the Railway Board.
  • Each zone (there is a dual control of operations at the zonal level) is further divided into divisions which is headed by the Divisional Railway Managers or the DRMs.
  • The officers of different sections in the division for the departments of Accounts, Commercial, Electrical, Electrical, Mechanical, Operating, Personnel, Safety, and Signal and Telecommunication report to the DRMs.
  • The Divisional officers are in charge of operations of their individual departments and the management of the assets.
  • Then the Station Masters in the individual station level who manage and control the train movements in their track region come in the lower level of the hierarchy.

With such a system of management, the Railway board delivers the operations and policy guidance.

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Objectives of Railway Recruitment Board

The recruitment boards were constituted based on the policies developed over a period of time to accomplish the following objectives:

  • To streamline the work load on existing RRBs.
  • To expedite selection process.
  • To make the recruitment agencies accessible to the candidates in the rural areas.
  • To conduct recruitment on all India basis.

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Exams

The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) conducts various exams to fill thousands of vacancies in Group ‘A’, Group ‘B’, Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ services for Indian Railways across the country.

The main objective of the RRB is to make available of manpower whenever required in different units of various departments of the Railways through the recruitment.
Every year the RRB conducts various exam and the notification for the same is released in Employment News and also made available on their official website.

Here are a few RRB Graduate level exams among other exams conducted by the RRB to recruit candidates for various posts in the Indian Railways.

  • RRBAssistant Loco Pilot (Alp) Exam
  • RRB Junior Engineer/ Senior Section Engineer Exam
  • RRB RPF Sub-inspectors/Constables Exam in the Executive Branch and Fire Branch

If you are you looking to make your career in Indian Railways and become a part of this prestigious organization by taking any of the above mentioned exams, then here are the things you should know about these RRB Exams before starting your preparation straightaway.

Know the Dates of notification for the RRB Exams; RRB eligibility criteria like Nationality; Age Limit; Educational Qualification; and Medical Standards; how to apply online and then how to prepare to face these exams.

Click the below links to know the complete details of these RRB Exams.