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RRC Group D Eligibility

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RRC Group D Eligibility

shape Introduction

Prospective candidates of RRC Group D 2019, should qualify as per the RRC Group D Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualifications, Age Limit and Nationality to apply for the Level-1 positions of RRC. The eligibility criterion are described in the below sections.

Academic Qualifications
Nationality Age Limit
10th pass (OR) ITI
from institutions
recognised by
equivalent (OR)
National Apprenticeship
Certificate (NAC)
granted by NCVT
A candidate must be either:

  • A Citizen of India,
  • A Subject of Nepal,
  • A Subject of Bhutan,
  • A Tibetan Refugee,
  • A Person of Indian Origin (PIO)
    Migrated from specific countries
    – Check Nationality section below.

✦ Non-Indian Citizens mentioned above
should have an intention of permanently
settling in India
✦ A certificate of eligibility has to be
issued by the Government of
India for non-citizens

Age Limit
(as on 01.07.2019)
Minimum Age – 18 years
Maximum Age – 33 years

For upper age limit check
Age Limit section below.

shape Eligibility

The RRC Group D eligibility criterion are described in detail in the below sections:

(i) A candidate must be either –

    (a) A citizen of India or

    (b) A subject of Nepal or

    (c) A subject of Bhutan or

    (d) A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or

    (e) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

    (f) Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

(ii) A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

  • Candidates should have requisite minimum educational qualifications indicated for posts in Annexure-A [Click Here] of this CEN from recognized Board/NCVT/SCVT as on the closing date for ONLINE Registration.

  • Those awaiting results of the final examination of the prescribed minimum educational qualification SHOULD NOT apply.

Age Limit:

Date of birth of candidates should be between the dates given below (Both dates inclusive):

Upper limit of Date of Birth
(Not earlier than)
Lower limit of
Date of Birth
(Not later than)
Creamy Layer
SC/ST For all
/ categories
1 18 to 33 02.07.1986 02.07.1983 02.07.1981 01.07.2001

Candidates belonging to communities/categories in the table below shall be eligible for age relaxation as applicable.

Age Relaxation:

  • The lower and upper age limit indicated for a particular post(s) in the vacancy table will be reckoned as on 01.07.2019.

  • The relaxation in upper age limit / maximum upper age for the following categories/communities in the table below is applicable subject to submission of requisite certificates.

Community/Categories Age Relaxtion
1 OBC-Non Creamy Layer(NCL) 3 Years
2 SC/ST 5 Years
3 Ex-Servicemen candidates who
have put in more than 6
months service after
UR 33 Years of age plus Number of years of
service rendered in Defence plus 3 years
OBC-NCL 36 Years of age plus Number of years of
service rendered in Defence plus 3 years
SC/ST 38 Years of age plus Number of years of
service rendered in Defence plus 3 years
4 PwBD UR 10 Years
OBC-NCL 13 Years
SC/ST 15 Years
5 Candidates ordinarily been
domiciled in the State of
Jammu & Kashmir during the
period from 01.01.1980 to
UR 38 Years of age
OBC-NCL 41 Years of age
SC/ST 43 Years of age
6 Candidates who are serving
Group ‘C’ and erstwhile Group
‘D’ Railway Staff, Casual Labour
and Substitutes and put in
minimum 3 years of service
(continuous or in broken
UR 40 Years of age
OBC-NCL 43 Years of age
SC/ST 45 Years of age
7 Candidates who are working in
Quasi-Administrative offices of
the Railway organization such
as Railway Canteens, Cooperative Societies and
UR 33 Years of age plus length of service
rendered or 5 years, whichever is lower.
OBC-NCL 36 Years of age plus length of service
rendered or 5 years, whichever is lower
SC/ST 38 Years of age plus length of service
rendered or 5 years, whichever is lower.
8 Women candidates, who are
widowed, divorced or judicially
separated from husband but
not remarried.
UR 35 Years of age
OBC-NCL 38 Years of age
SC/ST 40 Years of age
9 Course Completed Act
Apprentices applying for the
posts for which minimum
qualification is ITI/Course
Completed Act Apprenticeship
UR 33 years of age plus extent of Apprentice
Training undergone by them under the
Apprentice Act 1961 subject to maximum
three years.
OBC-NCL 36 years of age plus extent of Apprentice
Training undergone by them under the
Apprentice Act 1961 subject to maximum
three years.
SC/ST 38 years of age plus extent of Apprentice
Training undergone by them under the
Apprentice Act 1961 subject to maximum
three years.
10 Candidates who have
commenced Act
Apprenticeship under the
Apprenticeship Act before
attaining the age of 25 years
UR 35 Years of age
OBC-NCL 38 Years of age
SC/ST 40 Years of age

  • If a candidate is eligible for relaxation of age on more than one ground, he/she would be accorded the highest of the age relaxations (not cumulative) for which he/she is eligible.

  • No age relaxation is allowed to SC/ST/OBC-NCL (Non Creamy Layer) candidates applying against unreserved vacancies.

  • PwBD candidates applying against UR vacancies will be allowed age relaxation applicable for UR PwBD only.

  • Candidates should note that the date of birth filled in the application should be same as recorded in the Matriculation /SSLC or an equivalent certificate. No subsequent request for its change will be considered.

  • This CEN provides for Vertical Reservation for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC)Non Creamy Layer (NCL) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), wherever applicable and admissible, and as communicated by the Indenting Railways/Production Units under extant rules, as mentioned in the Vacancy Table.

  • All candidates, irrespective of community may be considered against UR vacancies, subject to fulfillment of parameters for UR candidates. However, against the vacancies earmarked for specific communities (SC/ST/OBC-NCL/EWS), only candidates belonging to that community will be considered.

  • For availing reservation, SC/ST/OBC-NCL candidates should furnish Caste Certificate from competent authorities as per the format given at Annexure I (for SC/ST candidates) [Click Here] and at Annexure II (for OBCNCL candidates) [Click Here] at the time of document verification.

  • Further, in case of OBC-NCL candidates, the certificates should specifically indicate that they do not belong to the Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) mentioned in Column 3 of the Schedule of the Government of India, Department of Personnel and Training O.M.No.36012/22/93-Estt. (SCT) dated 08.09.93 & its subsequent revision through O.M.No.36033/3/2004-Estt. (Res) dated 09.03.2004, 27.05.2013, 13.09.2017 and further revision, if any, received till the closing date for ONLINE Registration of applications for this CEN.

  • The candidates should ensure that they belong to the OBC- Non Creamy Layer (NCL) category while applying for the posts against this CEN. Such candidates should produce a valid OBC certificate in the prescribed format during document verification.

  • Further, in addition to the community certificate (OBC), a declaration in the prescribed format as per Annexure II A [Click Here] has to be furnished by the candidates during document verification, that he/she does not belong to the creamy layer.

  • The certificate produced shall not be older than one year at the time of document verification. In case of not complying to these stipulations, their claim for reserved status (OBC-NCL) will not be entertained and the candidature / application of such candidates, if fulfilling all the eligibility conditions for General (Unreserved) category, will be considered under General(UR) vacancies only.

  • This CEN provides for horizontal reservation for Ex-Servicemen (ExSM), Course Completed Act Apprentices (CCAA) trained in Railway Establishments and Person with Disabilities (PwBD) irrespective of their community.

  • Vacancies for ExSM, CCAA trained in Railway Establishments and PwBD wherever given in the vacancy table are not separate but are included in the total number of vacancies.

  • Wherever vacancies for PwBD are shown separately without any community wise allotment, those vacancies are separate and not part of regular vacancies.

  • ExSM candidates may also apply against regular vacancies of any post(s) without separate earmarked ExSM vacancies. Even for these posts, they are eligible for age relaxation and fee exemption as applicable for ExSM.

  • PwBD candidates of a particular disability may also apply against regular vacancies of any post(s) which are not having separate earmarked PwBD vacancies subject to condition that the post should have been identified suitable for that disability. Even for these posts they are eligible for age relaxation and fee exemption as applicable for PwBD.

  • If regular PwBD vacancies cannot be filled due to non-availability of suitable candidates under the type of disability for which vacancy is reserved or for any other sufficient reason, these shall not be filled and shall be carried forward as backlog vacancy to the next recruitment cycle.

  • However, for the backlog PwBD vacancies if any, indicated in the CEN, if candidates of specified disability for which vacancies reserved are not available, these can be filled by candidates of other disabilities for which the post is suitable. In case of non-availability of any PwBD candidate of the disabilities for which the post is identified as suitable, the vacancies will be filled by regular (those who are not PwBD) candidates in order of merit.

  • CCAA candidates trained in Railway Establishments may also apply against vacancies of any post(s) without separate earmarked CCAA vacancies. Even for these posts, they are eligible for age relaxation.

Reservations for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD):
The suitability or otherwise of a post for PwBD has been indicated against each post, under the column “Suitability for Persons with Benchmark Disability” with details of sub disability in Post Parameters Table [Click Here].

Benchmark Disabilities: As per The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016 (effective from 19th April, 2017),the

Benchmark Disabilities are as under:-

(a) Blindness and low vision;

(b) Deaf and hard of hearing;

(c) Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy;

(d) Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;

(e) Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness in the posts identified for each disabilities.

Definition of Specified Disabilities as provided in the Schedule of RPwD Act, 2016 is as mentioned below:

Definition of Specified Disabilities:

1. Physical disability:-

A) Locomotor disability (a person’s inability to execute distinctive activities associated with movement of self and objects resulting from affliction of musculoskeletal or nervous system or both), including—

(a) “Leprosy cured person” means a person who has been cured of leprosy but is suffering from—

    (i) loss of sensation in hands or feet as well as loss of sensation and paresis in the eye and eye-lid but with no manifest deformity;

    (ii) manifest deformity and paresis but having sufficient mobility in their hands and feet to enable them to engage in normal economic activity;

    (iii) extreme physical deformity as well as advanced age which prevents him/ her from undertaking any gainful occupation, and the expression “leprosy cured” shall construed accordingly;

(b) “cerebral palsy” means a Group of non-progressive neurological condition affecting body movements and muscle coordination, caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring before, during or shortly after birth;

(c) “dwarfism” means a medical or genetic condition resulting in an adult height of 4 feet 10 inches (147 centimeters) or less;

(d) “muscular dystrophy” means a group of hereditary genetic muscle disease that weakens the muscles that move the human body and persons with multiple dystrophy have incorrect and missing information in their genes, which prevents them from making the proteins they need for healthy muscles. It is characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue;

(e) “acid attack victims” means a person disfigured due to violent assaults by throwing of acid or similar corrosive substance.

B) Visual impairment

(a) “blindness” means a condition where a person has any of the following conditions, after best correction—

    (i) total absence of sight; or
    (ii) visual acuity less than 3/60 or less than 10/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with best possible correction; or
    (iii) limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of less than 10 degree.

(b) “low-vision” means a condition where a person has any of the following conditions, namely:—

    (i) visual acuity not exceeding 6/18 or less than 20/60 upto 3/60 or upto 10/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with best possible corrections; or
    (ii) limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of less than 40 degree up to 10 degree.

C) Hearing impairment

(a) “deaf’ means persons having 70 DB healing loss in speech frequencies in both ears;

(b) “hard of hearing” means person having 60 DB to 70 DB hearing loss in speech frequencies in both ears


(1) “speech and language disability” means a permanent disability arising out of conditions such as laryngectomy or aphasia affecting one or more components of speech and language due to organic or neurological causes.

(2) Intellectual disability, a condition characterized by significant limitation both in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behaviour which covers a range of every day, social and practical skills, including—

    (a) ”specific learning disabilities” means a heterogeneous group of conditions wherein there is a deficit in processing language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself as a difficulty to comprehend, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations and includes such conditions as perceptual disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and developmental aphasia;

    (b) “autism spectrum disorder” means a neuro-developmental condition typically appearing in the first three years of life that significantly affects a person’s ability to communicate, understand relationships and relate to others, and is frequently associated with unusual or stereotypical rituals or behaviours.

(3) Mental behaviour— “mental illness” means a substantial disorder of thinking, mood, perception, orientation or memory that grossly impairs judgment, behaviour, capacity to recognize reality or ability to meet the ordinary demands of life, but does not include retardation which is a condition of arrested or incomplete development of mind of a person, specially characterized by sub normality of intelligence.

(4) Disability caused due to-

(a) chronic neurological conditions, such as-

    (i) “multiple sclerosis” means an inflammatory, nervous system disease in which the myelin sheaths around the axons of nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord are damaged, leading to demyelination and affecting the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other;

    (ii) “Parkinson’s disease” means a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

(b) Blood disorder-

    (i) “Haemophilia” means an inheritable disease, usually affecting only male but transmitted by women to their male children, characterized by loss or impairment of the normal clotting ability of blood so that a minor would may result in fatal bleeding;

    (ii) “Thalassemia” means a group of inherited disorders characterized by reduced or absent amounts of hemoglobin.

    (iii) “Sickle cell disease” means a hemolytic disorder characterized by chronic anemia, painful events, and various complications due to associated tissue and organ damage; “hemolytic” refers to the destruction of the cell membrane of red blood cells resulting in the release of hemoglobin.

(5) Multiple Disabilities (more than one of the above specified disabilities) including deaf, blindness which means a condition in which a person may have combination of hearing and visual impairments causing severe communication, developmental, and educational problems.

(6) Any other category as may be notified by the Central Government.

Degree of Benchmark Disability for reservation and Competent Authority for Issue of Disability Certificate:

Only such persons would be eligible for relaxation in conditions/ reservation in posts who suffer from not less than 40 percent of relevant benchmark disability. Those Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) who have availed the relaxation and/ or reservation and shortlisted for Document Verification have to submit Certificate of Disability issued by the Competent Authority as per the form V, VI and VII of rule 18(1) under chapter 7 of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2017 dated 15.06.2017. Refer Annexure V (A) [Click Here], V (B) [Click Here] and V(C)[Click Here] for the revised formats. The existing certificates of disability issued under the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 (since repealed) shall continue to be valid for the period specified therein.

Assistance of Scribe:

Visually Impaired(VI)/ candidates whose writing speed is affected by Cerebral Palsy/ muscular dystrophy/ candidates with Locomotor disability (one arm)/ Intellectual disability (Autism, specific learning disability and mental illness) can avail the assistance of Scribe for writing answers on their behalf. For engaging the scribe, candidates will have to indicate the same while filling ONLINE application form. Engagement of Scribe will be subject to the following conditions:

    a. Candidates will have to arrange for the scribe on their own.

    b. The scribe so arranged should not himself/ herself be the candidate for this CEN for which the candidate is appearing. Also same scribe should not be engaged for more than one candidate. The scribe and the candidate shall give a declaration to this effect. Any violation, if detected at any stage will render both the candidate & the Scribe disqualified.

    c. Candidates opting for scribe will have to provide details of scribe as per Annexure-V(D) [Click Here] at the time of CBT and same shall be signed by both candidate and scribe. Scribe should produce original valid ID proof at CBT center, and paste pass port size photograph on Annexure-V(D).

    d. The candidate shall be responsible for any misconduct on the part of the scribe brought by him/ her during the examination.

    e. Candidates availing the assistance of a scribe shall be eligible for compensatory time of 20 minutes for every hour of examination.

All one eyed candidates and candidates whose visual degree of disability is less than 40% shall not be considered as Visually Impaired persons and the provision for engaging scribe shall not be applicable to them.

Selected PwBD candidates will be subjected to medical examination by Railway Medical Authorities at the time of appointment and only those conforming to the medical standards as laid down in the Indian Railway Medical Manual and other extant provisions, as the case may be, will be eligible for appointment.

When vacancies are reserved for PwBDs and full panel for PwBDs cannot be made with the minimum qualifying percentage marks of each category, viz., UR, SC, ST, OBC-NCL, a relaxation of up to 2% marks in the minimum qualifying marks prescribed for the community will be allowed.

  • The term Ex-Servicemen means a person who has served in any rank (whether as a Combatant or non-Combatant) in the regular Army, Navy or Air Force of the Indian Union but does not include a person who has served in the Defence Security Corps., the General Reserve Engineering Force, the Lok Sahayak Sena and the Para Military Forces and

      a. Who either has been retired or relieved or discharged from such service whether at his own request or being relieved by the employer after earning his or her pension; (or)

      b. Who has been relieved from such service on medical grounds attributable to military service or circumstances beyond his control and awarded medical or other disability pension; (or)

      c. who has been released from such service as a result of reduction in establishment; (or)

      d. Who has been released from such service after completing the specific period of engagement, otherwise than on his own request, or by way of dismissal, or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency and has been given a gratuity; and includes personnel of the Territorial Army, namely, pension holders for continuous embodied service or broken spells of qualifying service; (or)

      e. Personnel of Army Postal Service who are part of Regular Army and retired from the Army Postal Service without reversion to their parent service with pension, or are released from the Army Postal Service on medical grounds attributable to or aggravated by military service or circumstances beyond their control and awarded medical or other disability pension; (or)

      f. Personnel who were on deputation in Army Postal Service for more than six months prior to 14th April 1987; (or)

      g. Gallantry award winners of the Armed forces including personnel of Territorial Army; or

      h. Ex-recruits boarded out or relieved on medical ground and granted medical disability pension w.e.f., 01.02.2006.

  • Persons serving in the Armed Forces of the Union, who on retirement from service would come under the category of Ex-Servicemen are eligible to apply for re-employment one year before the completion of the specific terms of engagement and avail themselves of all concessions available to Ex-Servicemen but such persons shall not be permitted to leave the uniform until they complete the specific terms of engagement in the Armed Forces of the Union.

    Accordingly, such serving Defence personnel to be released within one year from the closing date for the ONLINE Registration of applications for this CEN (on or before 31.01.2020), can also apply both for vacancies earmarked for Ex-Servicemen and for posts not reserved for them. However, they should possess the prescribed educational qualifications as on the closing date of registration (31.01.2019) of applications for this CEN.

  • Ex-Servicemen candidates who have already secured Civil employment under Central Government in Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ (including PSUs, autonomous bodies/ statutory bodies, nationalized banks etc.,) after availing of the benefits given to ExServicemen will be permitted only the benefit of age relaxation as prescribed for Ex-Servicemen for securing another Civil employment in a higher grade or cadre in Group ‘C/D’ under Central Government. Such candidates will not be considered against the vacancies reserved for Ex-Servicemen in the Central Government jobs.

  • If an Ex-Serviceman applies for various vacancies before joining any civil employment, he/ she can avail the benefit of reservation as Ex-Servicemen for any subsequent employment, subject to the condition that an Ex-Serviceman as soon as he/ she joins any civil employment, should give self-declaration/ undertaking to the concerned employer about the details of application against this CEN. The acknowledged copy of this declaration along with NOC from the civil employer should be produced during DV failing which they will not get benefit of reservation for Ex-Servicemen. Further, this benefit would be available only in respect of vacancies which are filled on direct recruitment and wherever reservation is applicable to the Ex-Servicemen.

  • The Medical standard of Ex-Servicemen will be according to Para 534 of Indian Railway Medical Manual (IRMM) Volume-I, which may be accessed at www.indianrailways.gov.in.

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