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Railway Recruitment: Recruitment for Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D

Perfect Detailing And Responsibility Distribution – The Key Of Railway Recruitment

Indian Railway organizational structure is highly varied and mammoth so as to be able to manage the large system of Indian Railway, which extends from Kanyakumari in the south to the Kashmir and Himalayas in the north and from North East valley in the east to the plains of Gujarat in the west. Expansive as it is, the Indian Railway is also largest in terms of employees. The organizational structure, in which the Indian Railways has its functioning, is mostly in the format of the old era of the British rule, as was before independence. Human Resource Management of the vast expanse of Indian Railways is but done in an intricately divided format of Railway recruitment boards and union public service commission.

Organizational Structure:

Much of the recruitment profile in the Indian Railways is dependent on how the organization is divided. Indian Railway has been divided into 17 zones depending on the areas it caters to and each zone is headed by a General Manager, who is directly reporting to the Ministry of Railways or the Railway Board.

  • Each zone is further divided into divisions, which is headed by the Divisional Railway Managers or the DRMs.
  • Reporting to the DRMs are the officers for different sections in the divisions for the departments of Engineering, Electrical, Mechanical, Signal and Telecommunication, Personnel, Accounts, Commercial, Operating, and Safety. Each of these divisional officers is in charge of the operations of their individual departments and the management of the assets.
  • Lower down the hierarchy are the Station Masters in the individual station level, who manage and control the train movements in their track territory.

By such a system of management, there is a dual control of operations at the zonal level and the Railway Board provides the functional and policy guidance.

Railway Recruitment:

Recruitment in Indian Railways is undertaken in four group levels namely the Group A and B, who are in the gazetted ranks and the Group C and D who are included in the non-gazetted ranks. Each of these groups has officer cadre employees which can again have technical and non technical groups.

  1. 1.    Recruitment for Group A:

The highest ranking officers are in the Group A category whose recruitment is directly done by the UPSC by a written exam followed by the interview or group discussion. This recruitment is done by the Combined Engineering Services Examination and Civil Services Examination. Through the civil services exam, the services includes are:

  • Indian Railway Traffic Service
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service
  • Railway Protection Force

The Combined Engineering Services Exam leads to the recruitment of officers into the followed services.

  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  • Railway service of Signal Engineers

Through the UPSC Special Class Railway Apprentice Examination also, the personnel in Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers can be recruited.

All the officers of Group A are trained in the appropriate section among the six centralized training institutes in the country.

  1. 2.    Recruitment for Group B:

The Group B officers are promoted from the Group C recruits.

  1. 3.    Recruitment for Group C:

Recruitment of Group C officers is done through the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) in the country, which are 19 in number and under the overall control of Railway Recruitment Control Board of the Ministry of Railways. These RRBs undertake the recruitment process of the personnel in the zones and the production houses and other Railway departments in the zonal levels. They are responsible for inviting applications in the technical and non technical cadre in the Group C.

  • Non Technical: The various Non Technical categories include Clerks, Assistant Station Masters, Ticket Collectors, Trains Clerks, Commercial Apprentice, Traffic Apprentice, etc. These vacancies are advertised in the national newspapers and in the weekly Employment News papers. Most of the posts require the candidates to pass the written tests which are followed by interview. After the selection in these candidates, they are required to pass through a medical test. The age criteria for majority of these posts is within the limits of 18 to 27 years while the educational qualifications varies from post to post, which can range from matriculation pass to Graduation from a recognized University.
  • Technical: The Technical posts in the Group C category are usually in the fields such as Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Signal and Telecommunication, etc. The vacancies for these posts are also advertised in the National Dailies and Rojgar Samachar. The written rounds are designed according to the educational qualifications for the respective posts and usually there are no interview rounds. Some of the posts might require viva or psychological tests or skill tests, depending on the job profiles. After the selection of the candidates, they are referred to the respective zones and the successful candidates are required to pass the medical tests before being appointed. The age limit of these posts in Group C is between 18 to 27 years and they need to have degrees in respective branches in engineering from any recognised university in the country. The official advertisements have the other necessary qualifications and eligibility criteria.

At regular intervals, the different individual RRBs come out with the vacancies for such posts as and when required.

  1. Recruitment for Group D:

The Group D recruitment is done at the divisional level. This can also be carried out by the Headquarters of the Zonal Railway.

Zonal Recruitment Norms:

As per the organizational structure of the Indian Railway, the segregation into zones and divisions has distributed the overall burden of recruitment, although the regulatory guidelines and supervision is done by the Railway Board at the centre or the Ministry of Railways. Through such a process also, there is a clear cut demarcation of the duties of individual RRBs and the divisions, both in their operational functions and recruitment.

One more advantage that is very much imminent is that the vacancies in the particular zone or division are filled up at the same level, which is best known by the zone or the division. There is no need to pass through bureaucratic decisions and compliance but such an autonomous system, as far as the recruitment in the Group C and D categories are concerned.

Railway Zones: -

Railway Zone: Central Railway

Central Railway (Abbreviation): CR

Date of Establishment: November 05, 1951

Route KMs: 3905

Central Railway Zone Headquarters: Mumbai

Central Railway Zone Divisions: Mumbai, Bhusawal, Pune, Solapur, Nagpur


Railway Zone: East Central Railway

East Central Railway Zone (Abbreviation): ECR

Date of Establishment: October 01, 2002

Route KMs: 3628

East Central Railway Zone Headquarters: Hajipur

East Central Railway Divisions: Danapur, Dhanbad, Mughalsarai, Samastipur, Sonpur


Railway Zone: East Coast Railway

East Coast Railway Zone (Abbreviation): ECoR

Date of Establishment: April 01, 2003

Route KMs: 2572

East Coast Railway Zone Headquarters: Bhubaneswar

East Coast Railway Divisions: Khurda Road, Sambalpur, Visakhapatnam


Railway Zone: Eastern Railway

Eastern Railway Zone (Abbreviation): ER

Date of Establishment: April, 1952

Route KMs: 2414

Eastern Railway Zone Headquarters: Kolkata

Eastern Railway Divisions: Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol, Malda


Railway Zone: North Central Railway

North Central Railway Zone (Abbreviation): NCR

Date of Establishment: April 01, 2003

Route KMs: 3151

North Central Railway Zone Headquarters: Allahabad

North Central Railway Divisions: Allahabad, Agra, Jhansi


Railway Zone: North Eastern Railway

North Eastern Railway Zone (Abbreviation): NER

Date of Establishment: 1952

Route KMs: 3667

North Eastern Railway Zone Headquarters: Gorakhpur

North Eastern Railway Divisions: Izzatnagar, Lucknow, Varanasi


Railway Zone: North Western Railway

North Western Railway Zone (Abbreviation): NWR

Date of Establishment: October 01, 2002

Route KMs: 5459

North Western Railway Zone Headquarters: Jaipur

North Western Railway Divisions: Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur


Railway Zone: Northeast Frontier Railway

Northeast Frontier Railway Zone (Abbreviation): NFR

Date of Establishment: January 15, 1958

Route KMs: 3907

Northeast Frontier Railway Zone Headquarters: Guwahati

Northeast Frontier Railway Divisions: Alipurduar, Katihar, Rangia, Lumding, Tinsukia


Railway Zone: Northern Railway

Northern Railway Zone (Abbreviation): NR

Date of Establishment: April 14, 1952

Route KMs: 6968

Northern Railway Zone Headquarters: Delhi

Northern Railway Divisions: Delhi, Ambala, Firozpur, Lucknow, Moradabad


Railway Zone: South Central Railway

South Central Railway Zone (Abbreviation): SCR

Date of Establishment: October 02, 1966

Route KMs: 5803

South Central Railway Zone Headquarters: Secunderabad

South Central Railway Divisions: Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Guntakal, Guntur,Nanded, Vijayawada


Railway Zone: South East Central Railway

South East Central Railway Zone (Abbreviation): SECR

Date of Establishment April 01, 2003

Route KMs: 2447

South East Central Railway Zone Headquarters: Bilaspur

South East Central Railway Divisions: Bilaspur, Raipur, Nagpur


Railway Zone: South Eastern Railway

South Eastern Railway Zone (Abbreviation): SER

Date of Establishment: 1955

Route KMs: 2631

South Eastern Railway Zone Headquarters: Kolkata

South Eastern Railway Divisions: Adra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur, Ranchi


Railway Zone: South Western Railway

South Western Railway Zone (Abbreviation): SWR

Date of Establishment: April 01, 2003

Route KMs: 3177

South Western Railway Headquarters: Hubli

South Western Railway Divisions: Hubli, Bangalore, Mysore


Railway Zone: Southern Railway

Southern Railway Zone (Abbreviation): SR

Date of Establishment: April 14, 1951

Route KMs: 5098

Southern Railway Zone Headquarters: Chennai

Southern Railway Division: Chennai, Trichy, Madurai, Palakkad, Salem,Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)


Railway Zone: West Central Railway

West Central Railway Zone (Abbreviation): WCR

Date of Establishment: April 01, 2003

Route KMs: 2965

West Central Railway Zone Headquarters: Jabalpur

West Central Railway Divisions: Jabalpur, Bhopal, Kota


Railway Zone: Western Railway

Western Railway Zone (Abbreviation): WR

Date of Establishment: November 05, 1951

Route KMs: 6182

Western Railway Zone Headquarters: Mumbai

Western Railway Divisions: Mumbai Central, Ratlam, Ahmedabad, Rajkot,Bhavnagar, Vadodara

Railway Recruitment Board: -

RRB Ahmedabad

Website: http://www.rrbahmedabad.gov.in

Railway Recruitment Board Ahmedabad

1st Floor, Meter Guage Building, Railway Station, Kalupur, Ahmedabad – 380 002, Gujarat

E-Mail: as-rrbadi@nic.in

RRB Ajmer

Website: http://www.rrbajmer.org

Railway Recruitment Board Ajmer

Nehru Marg, Near Ambedkar Circle, Ajmer – 305001, Rajasthan

E-Mail: asecy@rrbadi.org

RRB Allahabad

Railway Recruitment Board Allahabad

Website: http://www.rrbald.nic.in

Opposite to G.M./NCR Building, Near Subedarganj Railway Hospital, Subedarganj, Allahabad – 211 033, Uttar Pradesh

E-Mail: chrrbald@yahoo.co.in

RRB Bangalore

Railway Recruitment Board Bangalore

Website: http://www.rrbbnc.gov.in

18, Millers Road, Bangalore – 560046, Karnataka

E-Mail: rrbbnc@gmail.com

RRB Bilaspur

Railway Recruitment Board Bilaspur

Website: http://www.rrbbilaspur.gov.in

General Manager/SECR’s Office Complex Bilaspur (C.G) Pin: 495 004, Chhattigarh

E-Mail: rrbbsp@gail.com

RRB Bhopal

Railway Recruitment Board Bhopal

Website: http://www.rrbbpl.nic.in

East Railway Colony, [Near Bhopal Railway Station], Bhopal – 462010, Madhya Pradesh

E-mail- rrbbpl-mp@nic.in

RRB Bhubaneswar

Railway Recruitment Board Bhubaneswar

Website: http://www.rrbbbs.gov.in

D-79/80, Rail Vihar , B.D.A. Rental Colony, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar -751023, Orissa

E-Mail: support@rrbbbs.gov.in

RRB Chandigarh

Railway Recruitment Board Chandigarh

Website: http://www.rrbcdg.org

SCO 34, IInd Floor, Madhya Marg, Sector – 7-C, Chandigarh, Punjab

E-Mail: rrb_cdg@yahoo.co.in

RRB Chennai

Railway Recruitment Board Chennai

Website: http://www.rrbchennai.net

Address: 5, Dr. P.V. Cherian Crescent Road, Egmore, Chennai – 600 008, Tamil Nadu

E-Mail: rrbmas@sr.railnet.gov.in

RRB Gorakhpur

Railway Recruitment Board Gorakhpur

Website: http://www.rrbgkp.gov.in

Address: Railway Station Road, Gorakhpur – 273012, Uttar Pradesh

E-Mail: rrbgkp@yahoo.co.in

RRB Guwahati

Railway Recruitment Board Guwahati

Website: http://rrbguwahati.gov.in

Station Road, Guwahati, Assam

E-Mail: crrb-as@nic.in

RRB Jammu & Srinagar

Railway Recruitment Board Jammu & Srinagar

Website: http://www.rrbjammu.nic.in

Address: Railway Colony (West), Jammu-180012

E-Mail: rrbjammu@yahoo.co.in

RRB Kolkata

Railway Recruitment Board Kolkata

Website: http://www.rrbkolkata.org

Metro Railway A.V.Complex, Chitpur, Opp. To R. G. Kar Medical College & Hospital, R. G. Kar Road, Kolkata-700 037, West Bengal

E-Mail: rrbcal@vsnl.net

RRB Malda

Railway Recruitment Board Malda

Website: http://www.rrbmalda.gov.in

Kalibari Railway Colony, P.O Jhaljhalia, Malda – 732102, West Bengal

E-Mail: mdarrb@dataone.in

RRB Mumbai

Railway Recruitment Board Mumbai

Website: http://www.rrbmumbai.gov.in

Railway Divisional office compound, Mumbai Central, (E), Mumbai – 400 202, Maharashtra

E-Mail: nks5955@yahoo.co.in

RRB Patna

Railway Recruitment Board Patna

Website: http://www.rrbpatna.org

Mahendrughat, Patna – 800 004, Bihar

E-Mail: rrbpatna-bih@nic.in

RRB Ranchi

Railway Recruitment Board Ranchi

Website: http://www.rrbranchi.org

Railway Offices Complex, Chutia, Ranchi-834027, Jharkhand

E-Mail: secretary@rrbranchi.org

RRB Secunderabad

Railway Recruitment Board Secunderabad

Website: http://www.rrbsec.org

South Lallaguda, Secunderabad– 500017, Andhra Pradesh

E-Mail: msrrbsc@hotmail.com

RRB Thiruvananthapuram

Railway Recruitment Board Thiruvananthapuram

Website: http://www.rrbthiruvananthapuram.net

Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 001, Kerala

E-Mail: contact@rrbthiruvananthapuram.net

RRB Muzaffarpur

Railway Recruitment Board, Muzaffarpur

Website: http://www.rrbmuzaffarpur.bih.nic.in

Lichi Bagan, Maripur, Muzaffarpur-842001, Bihar

E-Mail: rrbmfp-bih@nic.in

RRB Siliguri

Railway Recruitment Board Siliguri

Website: http://www.rrbsiliguri.org

Subhashpally, Siliguri, District-Darjeeling-734001, West Bengal

E-Mail: info@rrbsiliguri.org

End Note:

With the recruitment process being done in such a manner, Railway recruitment is obviously being preferred these days by many students who are also able to prepare for the exams and interviews in a systematic manner for various levels of operation in this mammoth infrastructure.

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