The RRB Group D exam is one of the most anticipated recruitment exams in our country. On the behalf of the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), the Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC) conducts this RRB Group D recruitment exam.

Eligibility Criteria

As per the Railway Group D notification, the candidates have to satisfy a set of eligibility norms. Only then they can participate in this selection process. The list of RRB Group D eligibility criteria are,

  • Nationality
  • Age Limit
  • Educational Qualification


Here the list of people belonging to various nations who can apply for RRB Group D recruitment are given. In this list, other than Indian Citizens, all others should provide the eligibility certificate.

  • Citizens of India or Bhutan or Nepal
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • Persons of Indian origin migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma,  East African Countries of Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zaire,   Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Age Limit

The RRB Group D age limit details are,

  • Minimum Age  – 18 years
  • Maximum Age – 33 years

Also, the age relaxation is available for the candidates as per the category.

CategoryAge Relaxation
ST / SC candidates5 years
OBC (Non-creamy layer) candidates3 years
Ex-Servicemen candidates with a minimum of 6 months of continuous service after the attestationUp to extent of service

in Defence + 3 years

PWD candidatesUR10 years
OBC (Non-creamy layer)13 years
SC / ST15 years
Candidates have ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.19895 years
Candidates serving Group ‘D’ and Erstwhile Group ‘C’ Railway Staff, Substitutes

and Casual Labour in Railways with 3 years of minimum service (Either in continuous or broken spells)

UR40 years
OBC (Non-creamy layer)43 years
SC / ST45 years
Candidates working in Quasi Administrative offices of the

Railway organization such as Co-operative Societies, Railway Canteens, and Institutes

Up to the period of service rendered

(or) 5 Years, whichever is lower.

Women candidates, who are widowed, divorced or judicially separated from husband but not remarriedUR35 years
OBC (Non-creamy layer)38 years
SC / ST40 years
Course Completed Act Apprentices who are applying for posts with minimum qualification of ITI / Course Completed Act Apprenticeship.will be relaxed up to the extent of Apprentice Training undergone by them under the Apprentice Act 1961.
Candidates those who have started Act Apprentice under the Apprenticeship Act before the age of 25 yearsUR35 years
OBC (Non-creamy layer)38 years
SC / ST40 years

Educational Qualification

The Railway Group D educational qualification details are,

  • ITI / 10th Pass from NCVT / SCVT recognized institutions or its equivalent Or National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) provided by NCVT.


  • 10th Pass + National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) provided by institutions recognized by NCVT / SCVT.


  • Candidates awaiting for final exam results of the prescribed qualification SHOULD NOT apply.
  • Diploma / Engineering Degree will not be accepted in place of completed Act Apprenticeship / ITI.
  • Graduate Act Apprentice is not accepted in place of Completed Act Apprenticeship.

RRB Group D Salary & Allowances

If you are preparing for this exam, you must know the RRB Group D salary and allowances. The entry-level Grade Pay for each post in Railway Group D is fixed.

The RRB Group D Pay Scale i.e. the basic salary of candidates selected in RRB Group D recruitment as set by RRB is rupees 18000/- per month. Check the details below

RRB Group D Salary – Railway Group D Salary Structure (Level 1 as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix)
RRB Group D Pay ScalePay BandGrade PayRRB Group D Grade Pay – Entry Level

Apart from the above pay-scale, RRB Group D employees are entitled to various allowances as well. These are mentioned below:

  1. Dearness Allowance (DA)
  2. House Rent Allowance (HRA)
  3. Transport Allowance (TA)
  4. Allowance for Night Duty
  5. Overtime Allowance (OTA)
  6. Daily Allowance, Mileage Allowance beyond 8 km
  7. Compensation in case of Holidays
  8. Fixed Conveyance Allowance
  9. Conveyance Allowance to Doctors
  • Special Compensatory Allowances for candidates from (Tribal/Scheduled Area)
  • Special Allowance to Railway School Teachers
  • Special Allowance for child care such as educational Allowance and allowance for women with disabilities

The RRB Group D house rent allowance for different posts varies as per the city posted. The table given below explains the percentage of HRA allowed depending on the job location of the candidate.

HRA in RRB Group D Salary 
Category of CitiesHRA (after 7th Pay Commission)
X Tier I24%
Y Tier II16%
Z Tier III8%


RRB Group D Job Profile & Promotions

The recruitment of RRB Group D includes various technical and non-technical posts. The job profile of various RRB Group D employees differs as per the hierarchy level of different railway departments. Candidates who join RRB Group D based on their performances are promoted to higher posts. Also, candidates become eligible for departmental examinations after 3 years of service.

The RRB Group D Job profile along with various RRB Group D Posts and Promotion hierarchy are mentioned below:

RRB Group D Job Profile & Promotion
RRB Group D Posts & DepartmentRRB Group D Job ProfileRRB Group D Promotion
Assistant Workshop – Mechanical·         Preventive and breakdown maintenance of coaches and wagons take place in the workshop department.

·         Employees are posted in a carriage and wagon workshop

·         Ensures the security and maintenance of coaches.

·         A section (eg: a Bogie shop, Wheel shop or Furnish shop, etc.) is allotted to the Assistant workshop.

Assistant C&W (Carriage and Wagon)


·         Trip schedule Maintenance

·         Addressing the issues of BPC (Brake Power Certificate)

·         Pit line Maintenance

·         Intermediate Overhaul Maintenance

·         ART (Accident Relief Train) Maintenance

Assistant Bridge – Engineering·         To assist the seniors in the construction of new bridges under railway authority.

·         Ensure the availability of materials required in proper quantity and quality and act as a helping hand in designing the overall construction.

Section Engineer
Assistant Loco Shed (Diesel) – Mechanical·         Taking care of the overhauling of diesel locomotives.Section Engineer
Assistant Depot (Stores)·         Procurement and supply of components to major mechanical, electrical, signal, and telecom workshops for maintenance of coaches, wagons.

·         Assistant (Depot) also supplies spare parts to major diesel and electric locomotive sheds.

Depot Material Superintendent Grade I
Assistant Loco Shed – Electrical·         The electrical SSE in electrical is responsible for working on the TRS sheds engaged in overhauling and assembly level maintenance of 25KV AC electric Locos in electrical loco sheds.Section Engineer
Assistant Pointsman – Traffic·         To handle switches or railroad points

·         To control the lever to direct the train to the required tracks

Assistant Operations – Electrical·         Ensures electrical supply and assists the operation manager.

·         Under the supervision of a senior engineer, he does the maintenance of electrical appliances of the train and station.

Section Engineer
Assistant Signal & Telecom – S&T ·         Works under the supervision of the senior officer.

·         To provide signals to the trains as per the situations.

·         Part of the panel interlocking system. 4. Also hands over the token to the driver after granting line clearance to enter the block section.

Section Engineer
Assistant TL & AC (Train Lights & AC) – Electrical·         To look over the TL & AC (Train Lights and AC).

·         To look over the proper functioning of the train’s electrical appliances and connections eg: proper functioning of signal LEDs, AC controllers, power Supplies, stabilizations, etc.

Section Engineer
Assistant Track Machine – Engineering·         Repairs the machines under the supervision of seniors.

·         Also ensures the availability of tools/ gadgets required for the effective working of the track machine.

Section Engineer
Assistant TL & AC (Workshop) – Electrical ·         To ensure the availability of tools and gadgets required by assistant TL & AC Engineers.

·         To look over the maintenance of lights, bulbs, fans, AC ducts, temperature control of ACs, stabilizations & all other electrical appliances.

Section Engineer
Assistant Works – Engineering·         Enrolled in the manufacturing department of all kinds of rail assets like manufacturing of coaches, every appliance of trains, platforms sheds, etc.

·         They have to create new designs for the betterment of Indian Railways.

Section Engineer
Assistant TRD (Traction Distribution) – Electrical·         Responsible for the maintenance of electrical assets like electrical locomotives, Electrical Multiple Units (EMUs), and Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMUs).

·         Responsible for all technical and organizational matters connected with the efficient maintenance and operation of the power supply installations, OHE, and RC equipment.

Section Engineer
Assistant Works (Workshop) – Engineering·         To assist the seniors in manufacturing

·         To ensure the availability of materials (tools and gadgets) required.

·         Handles all the fitting and welding work in manufacturing under the supervision of their seniors.

Section Engineer
Track Maintainer Grade IV·         Maintaining tracks

·         Will have to walk along the track checking the condition of the track, attend to minor works like tightening/providing clamps, joints, etc.

·         Keep an eye over the breakdown of tracks

·         Provides proper, safe and smooth track to the trains

·         Look over every repair and maintenance of the track line.

Section Engineer
Hospital Assistant – Medical ·         Providing proper care to the ailing passenger during treatment

·         Taking care of medical aids & their requirements in the stations

·         Cleaning Medical Equipment.


Selection Process

The RRB Group D selection process includes,

  • Computer-Based Test (CBT)
  • Physical Efficiency Test (PET)
  • Document Verification

RRB Group D Exam Pattern

The RRB Group D exam pattern for the computer-based test is given below.

  • Total mark for the exam is 100.
  • The total exam time duration is 90 minutes.
  • The negative mark for each wrong answer is 1/3rd of the mark assigned to each question.
  • From the CBT, candidates will be shortlisted for the Physical Efficiency Test (PET).
Railway Group D CBT Exam Pattern
SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal Time Duration
Mathematics2590 minutes
General Intelligence & Reasoning30
General Science25
General Awareness on Current Affairs20
Total Marks100
Physical Efficiency Test
·         Should lift and carry 35 Kg of
weight for 100 meters within 2
minutes in single chance without putting weight down; and

·         Should run for 1000 meters within 4 minutes and 15 seconds in a single chance.

·         Should lift and carry the weight of 20 Kg for 100 meters within 2
minutes in a single chance without putting the weight down; and

·         Should run for a 1000 meters distance within 5 minutes and 40 seconds in a single chance.

RRB Group D Syllabus

Name of SubjectTopics
MathematicsNumber system, LCM, HCF, BODMAS, Age Calculations, Ratio and Proportion, Decimals, Fractions,  Time and Distance, Percentages, Mensuration, Time and Work,  Simple and Compound Interest, Algebra, Profit and Loss, Elementary Statistics,  Geometry and Trigonometry,  Square root,  Calendar & Clock, Pipes & Cistern, etc.
General Intelligence and ReasoningSyllogism, Analogies, Coding and Decoding, Alphabetical and Number Series,  Mathematical operations, Relationships,  Jumbling, Interpretation and Sufficiency, Venn Diagram, Data  Conclusions, and Decision making, Analytical Reasoning, Similarities and Differences,  Classification, Directions, Statement – Arguments and Assumptions, etc.
General ScienceThe 10th standard level syllabus covering Physics, Chemistry, and Life Sciences.
General Awareness on Current AffairsSports, Culture, Science & Technology,  Personalities, Economics, Politics, and any other subjects of importance.

RRB Group D Apply Online

For Railway Group D apply online process, follow steps given here as per the notification. With the official notification, you can refer to the apply online dates.

  • Log in to the official website of RRB.
  • You can see the apply online link in the careers section. Click the apply online link and start your registration process.
  • In the registration process provide details of your personal information.
  • After completing registration, get the login credentials. Use it and open your RRB Group D online application form.
  • Complete your application form without leaving any of the mandatory fields empty.
  • Upload the scanned documents at necessary places.
  • Submit your application and pay the application fee through online or offline mode.


  • Photograph of size 35mm X 45mm (JPG/JPEG format) with name and date printed on it.
  • It should be scanned with 100 DPI.
  • The permissible size of the photograph must range between 20-50 KB.
  • The SC / ST should upload the scanned copy of their SC / ST certificates (JPG / JPEG format, 50kb – 100kb). It is to avail the free travel facility (Second Class Railway Pass).

Application Fee

In the table the RRB Group D application fee details are available. You can pay the application fee through internet banking or debit/credit cards or SBI Bank Challan Payment mode or Post Office Challan Payment mode.

Category of CandidateApplication Fee
Candidates other than the fee concession categoryRs.500 (Rs.400 will be refunded duly on appearing in CBT)
SC / ST / PWD / Female / Ex-Serviceman / Minorities / Transgender /

/ Economically backward class

Rs.250 (This fee of 250 will be refunded duly deducting bank charges, on appearing in CBT).


Q: What is the total mark for the RRB Group D online Computer-based exam?

A: The total mark for the computer-based test (CBT) is 100.

Q: Is there any sectional time for the RRB Railway Group D Computer-Based Test?

A: For this test, there is no sectional time limits. In the given 90 minutes you can swap between the sections.

Q: What is the negative mark for the RRB Group D Computer-Based Test?

A: 1/3rd of marks assigned to the question will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Q: In RRB Group D Computer-Based Test, how many sections are available?

A: The test includes 4 sections – Mathematics, General Science, General awareness on current affairs, and General Intelligence & Reasoning.

Q: What is the permissible age limit for RRB Group D recruitment?

A: 18 to 33 years.

Q: I belong to Bhutan. Can I apply for the Railway Group D recruitment exams?

A: Yes you can apply. You should have the eligibility certificate provided by the government.

Q: What is the Railway Group D application fee?

A: The RRB Group D application fee is,

  • SC / ST / PWD / Female / Ex-Serviceman / Minorities / Transgender / Economically backward class – Rs. 250.
  • Other candidates – Rs.500.

Q: What is the age relaxation for SC / ST candidates in RRB Group D recruitment?

A: For SC / ST candidates, 5 years of age relaxation is available.

Q: What is the RRB Group D basic pay scale?

A: The selected candidates will get basic pay of Rs. 18000/- per month.