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Chapter 1

Railway Recruitment Board

RRB Group D - SPLessons

Railway Recruitment Board

shape Introduction

Railway Recruitment Board is a government organisation in India. It was set up in 1998 in the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), New Delhi.

Railway Recruitment Board Objectives:

  • Formulation of policy in regard to recruitment procedures.
  • To monitor the activities of all Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) including expenditure incurred for recruitment.
  • To evaluate the performance of RRB’s and advise them on priorities as required.
  • To organise a management information system for monitoring work done by RRB’s.


shape RRB's

Railway Recruitment Boards are organisations under the Government of India that manage the appointment of new employees to work in Indian railways. There are 21 boards situated in different parts of India:

Railway Recruitment Boards
Ahemadabad Chandigarh Mumbai
Ajmer Chennai Muzaffarpur
Allahabad Gorakhpur Patna
Banglore Guwahati Ranchi
Bhopal Jammu and Kashmir Secunderabad
Bhubaneswar Kolkata Siliguri
Bilaspur Malda Thiruvananthapuram


shape History

In 1942, a Service Commission with a Chairman and two members was established for recruitment of Subordinate Staff on the then North West Railway was known as Railway Service Commission.

  • In 1945, the Services Commissions were set up at Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Lucknow.

  • In 1948, the Indian Railway Enquiry Committee reviewed working on commissions.

  • In 1949, due to financial constraints, a ban was imposed on recruitments on Indian Railways thus numbers of commissions was reduced to one centrally located at Bombay.

  • In 1953-54 when Economic conditions of Indian Railway improved, four service commission were again set up at Bombay, Madras, Allahabad and Calcutta.

  • In 1956, the Estimates committee generally approved the method of recruitment by the constitution of the Railway Service Commissions.

  • In 1983, to cater to the needs of areas which were being neglected due to locations of the existing commissions, seven more commissions were set up viz, at Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhuvneshwar, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar with sitting at Leh and Trivandrum.

  • In 1984 two more service commissions were set up at Malda and Gorakhpur.

  • In January, 1985 Railway Service Commissions have been renamed as Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). At present 19 Railway Recruitment Boards are functioning.