Railway Recruitment 2018 Updates:

Press Information Bureau, Government Of India has released updated notice regarding educational qualification, age limit and some other changes for the post of Group-D (Level 1) and ALP/Technician in Railway Recruitment Board. This move will facilitate more people to be a part of building New Railways for a New India.

Since this recruitment process is taking place after a gap of 4 years, many changes proposed in the intervening years had been included this time. However, some of these changes had restricted many candidates from applying this year without any adequate information in advance. Railways is also the lifeline of travel in India, and to provide the best service, its own staff should reflect the diversity and inclusiveness of the country.

Accordingly, Ministry of Railways has made changes with respect to certain criteria so that more aspiring candidates from all sections of society get opportunity to serve the nation by working for Indian Railways.

Total Posts: 89,409

Age Limit:

CEN 01/2018 – Asst. Loco Pilot (ALP) & Technician(age in years)


CEN 02/2018 – Level-1 (erstwhile Group D)(Age in years)

Examination Fees

For General Candidates:
Fee: Rs. 500/-
It is now decided that Rs. 400/- will be refunded to those candidates who appear for the exam.
For SC / ST / Divyang / Ex-servicemen / Women / Minorities / Economically Backward Classes 
Fee: Rs. 250/-
The whole of this amount will be refunded to those candidates from these categories who appear for the exam. These fees will ensure only serious candidates appear.
Note: To enable refund of this amount, candidates will be required to submit details of their bank accounts online. This facility will be executed shortly. 

Educational Qualifications:

Minimum educational qualifications for all Level I posts were class 10th or ITI or equivalent till July, 2017.  In July, 2017 for many of these Level I posts, criteria was changed to class 10th and ITI or equivalent. This was not known the people in advance and was unfair to candidates who had been preparing over the past years for this recruitment. Candidates would have got a chance to acquire the required certifications and qualifications had they been given adequate advance notice. Therefore, it has now been decided that for this exam, criteria will be class 10th or ITI or equivalent, again.  This will enable more candidates to apply for the posts and ensure wider participation. In addition, Railways has planned further training programmes to ensure better skills for staff.

10th pass
ITI from institutions recognised by NCVT/SCVT (or) equivalent
National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) granted by NCVT


Question papers to candidates will be provided in 15 languages – Hindi, English, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. This will ensure opportunities for candidates across India.

Name of RRBLocal Language Choice (in addition to Hindi, English
& Urdu)
Ahmedabad(WRGujarati, Marathi
Ajmer (NWR)Gujarati, Punjabi
Allahabad (NCR)
Bangalore (SWR)Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Konkani
Bhopal (WCR)Gujarati
Bhubhaneswar (ECOR)Odia, Telugu
Bilaspur (SECR)Marathi, Odia
Chandigarh (NR)Punjabi
Chennai (SR)Tamil, Telugu
Gorakhpur (NER)
Guwahati (NFR)Assamese, Bengali, Manipuri
Kolkata (ER)Bengali
Mumbai (CR)Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada
Patna (ECR)
Ranchi (SER)Odia, Bengali
Secunderabad (SCR)Telugu, Marathi, Kannada & Odia


Candidates can now make signature in any language instead of only in Hindi or English. This will adequately reflect the diversity and plurality of India.

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