RPF/RPSF SI - SPLessons

Railway Protection Force (RPF)

Chapter 1

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Railway Protection Force (RPF)

shape Introduction

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

The first railway on Indian sub-continent ran over a stretch of 21 miles from Bombay to Thane. The idea of a railway to connect Bombay with Thane, Kalyan and with the Thal and Bhore Ghats inclines first occurred to Mr. George Clark, the Chief Engineer of the Bombay Government, during a visit to Bhandup in 1843.


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.


shape Recruitment

Indian Railways is one of the largest employer in the world with its count of employees and the area covered by it. With openings in various categories, Indian Railways recruits lakhs of people to fill the vacancies in each categories. The Ministry of Railways, Government of India owns and operates the entire network of Railways in India.

  • RRB Recruitment for Engineers (JE/SE)

  • Railway Loco Pilot Recruitment

  • RRB Group D Recruitment

  • RPF Recruitment for Constable & Sub-Inspectors

  • Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL)

  • Diesel Loco Modernisation Work Recruitment

  • RRB Assistant Station Master Recruitment

  • RRB Railway Assistant Loco Pilot Recruitment

  • Special Class Railway Apprentices Recruitment (SCRA)

  • RRB Traffic Assistant Recruitment (TA)


shape Zones

Railway Zones:

Indian Railways divides its operations into zones, which are further sub-divided into divisions, each having a divisional headquarters. There are a total of 73 divisions. Each of the divisions is headed by a Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), who reports to the General Manager (GM) of the zone. There are 18 Railway zones in India.

S.No. Name of the Railway Zone
1 Central Railway Zone
2 Eastern Railway Zone
3 East Central Railway Zone
4 East Coast Railway Zone
5 Northern Railway Zone
6 North Central Railway Zone
7 North Eastern Railway Zone
8 North Frontier Railway Zone
9 North Western Railway Zone
10 Southern Railway Zone
11 Central Railway Zone
12 South Eastern Railway Zone
13 South East Central Railway Zone
14 South Western Railway Zone
15 Western Railway Zone
16 West Central Railway Zone
17 Metro Railway
18 Konkan Railway