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RRCB - Railway Recruitment Control Board

The Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRCB) was established under the purview of Ministry of Railways, Government of India in 1998. It’s headquarter is based in national capital New Delhi. The RRCB is regarded as top recruiting agency of government to find the right mix of talent for appointment of human resources with the Indian Railways. For the purpose, this recruiting agency has various Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs).
The Indian Railways is termed as lifeline of India. It’s top source of commute for travelers, transportation of goods and makes significant portion of the India's GDP. By size, its fourth-largest railway network in the world with 121,407 kilometers (75,439 mi) of total track over a 67,368-kilometre (41,861 mi) route. The Indian Railways regarded as world’s largest employer.
When chosing a career, railways makes dream jobs for many Indian youths mainly on two counts;
  • One: It offers a secure job, good pay package including facilities for the self and dependents.
  • Two: A job with the railways gives opportunities to travel India throughout life.
The RRCB has been entrusted with various responsibilities that are crucial to the functioning of the Indian Railways in their optimum state. For effective functioning its divided over 21 Railway Zones i.e. Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs).
Broadly speaking, jobs in Railways can be divided over two categories:
  1. Non-Technical Railway Jobs
  2. Technical Railway Jobs
The RRCB issues recruitment notifications, collects application forms of applicants, design question papers, conducts examinations (written tests and interviews), declare merit list and suggest names of selected candidates to government. Moreover, some recruitment in the railways are also done through examinations conducted by Public Service Commission of India and/or based on promotions.
The Indian Railways is a separate system of very large size catering to the nation building. Job categories are many. The responsibilities of RRCB vary a lot with each category. The department strives to find and recruitment best of the talent to cater 24x7 for the broad railway network.

History of RRCB

The Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRCB) has a very long past associated to it. To understand where it is now, we have to look at where it began and how it got here.The RRCB had its foundations laid in 1942, when a Service Commission was established. It comprised of a Chairman and two members who had the responsibilities of recruiting Subordinate Staff on the then prevalent North West Railway. This committee was known as Railway Service Commission. Since then it had been in presence but in different forms and under different names, until what it came to become in its present state.
In 1945, the Railway Service Commission had four more zones that were set-up under the Railway Board. The four Service Commissions were located at Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Lucknow.
In the January of 1985, Railway Service Commission were renamed to Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). At present, there are 21 Railway Recruitment Boards. All the RRBs were brought under the control of Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRCB), in the year 1998.

Objectives of RRCB

  • To conduct the recruitment drive for the Indian railways on an all India basis through different RRB exams.
  • To expedite and oversee the railway selection process;
  • To rationalize the work load on the existing RRBs, which leads to more proficiency.
  • To help candidates residing in the far flung areas and towards the interior sides for more accessible to the recruitment agencies.

RRCB Recruitment Process

The Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRCB) publishes detailed notifications on official websites of different RRBs, Employment news and other best selling newspapers. This information is also published by web publishers, for example this website.
Generally, the recruitment process consists of four steps:
  • The Written Test – It comprises of subjects such as General Knowledge, English language, Mathematics test, technical test, etc.
  • Medical Examination – This is to maintain a certain degree of standards of health. Candidates are examined on medical parameters set by railway board. Passing this stage is compulsory for everyone applying for a railway job.
  • Personal Interview – This is the stage where the aim is to understand the candidate’s potential and his / her character, confidence and abilities. A face to face communication enables the interviewer to get a better perspective of the candidate’s caliber.
  • Merit List – Once all the selection processes are done with, a merit list of candidates is prepared. It displays the names of the candidates who have been selected for the job.
An appointment letter is sent to all successful candidates. Next, they need to go for training with Indian Railways. For more information about RRCB log on to

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