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Everything you should know about Railways group D Exam before applying for it

The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) conducts recruitment for a number of different posts under the Railways Group D category every year. Some of the various posts include Hospital Attendant, Assistant Pointsman, Gateman, Porter, Track Maintainer Grade IV and Helper in different branches. It is an all India Government test usually held in the early parts of the second half of the year (August/September). However, the application process starts from the beginning of the year itself (February).

There is a lot of competitiveness in this examination so one should be well informed and prepared for the Railways Group D examination. Below are some of the major things to know before applying for the exams. For elaborate information, get all the details of Railways Group D exam in OnlineTyari website.

Dates and Notifications

The application of the examination starts from the year beginning around February. The RRB publishes the dates and notifications well before time. The dates or deadlines for the application, fee payment and the exams should be noted by the aspirant and followed accordingly.

Application Process

The application dates and the deadline should be kept in mind. The application is made online through the website. Application should be made keeping time in hand.


The vacancies for the posts to be filled in by the Railways Group D examination are available online and should be checked by the applicant. This is in the interest to have a clear view of the positions available and chances of recruitment into the desired post.

Selection Procedure

The application is to be submitted by the applicant to the RRB of their choice through their official website, by this he/she will be notified of all the important posts.  The whole selection process will include a Computer Based Test (CBT), Physical Efficiency Tests (PET) and Document Verification (DV). The dates and venue of the various activities are decided and notified by the respective RRB. No request for a change in the time or schedule is entertained by the board.

The CBT is conducted online as per the e-call letter to be downloaded by the candidate from the website. It is a test of 100 computer based questions and the total time given is 90minutes. For every correct attempt it is 1 mark and every incorrect answer it is -0.33.

The PET is after the qualification of the CBT and candidate may be called for two times according to the number of posts. Passing of the PET is mandatory, and the same will be qualifying in nature. This includes a male to lift and carry a weight of 35kg for a distance of 100meters in 2minutes without putting it down. For a female the weight is 20kgs. The other includes running 1000meters in 4minutes and 15 seconds for male and 5minutes and 40seconds for a female in one chance. For people with disabilities, they have to pass a medical examination designed for the purpose.

According to the performance in the CBT and PET, the candidates may be called for verification. If two or more candidates have similar results, the age factor is considered, according to which an older person is given preference due to seniority. Thereafter a medical test is conducted which the candidate is to pass, and the final verification of educational and community documents are done, and the verification of the antecedents/character of the candidate is done.


The syllabus includes mathematics and general science of 10th standard level, current affairs and general reasoning including syllogism, analogies, coding/ decoding, Venn diagram, data interpretation and sufficiency and analytical reasoning.

Job Profiles

The various job profiles through the exams usually include helper (electrical, mechanical, S and T), hospital attendant, pointsman, gateman, and porter/hamal/sweeper. The initial pay for level 1 of 7th CPC is about INR 18000 plus other allowances. The cutoff varies yearly, and for so the candidate must score at least 75% plus to be on the safe side.



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