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Selection Procedure, Exam Pattern, Syllabus of RPF Recruitment

RPF Recruitment Selection Process, Exam Pattern & Syllabus
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RPF Recruitment Selection Process, Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Railway Protection Force (RPF) Indian Railways which comes under the Government of India (Ministry of Railways) announced a recruitment notification for Constable & Sub-Inspector vacancies in Railway Protection Force and Railway Protection Special Force recently.

Selection Procedure, Exam Pattern and Syllabus  details of this RPF Recruitment has been explained in this post.

Selection Process - RPF Constable & SI Recruitment

Selection of RPF recruitment consists of 3 phases as mentioned below.

Phase I  Computer Based Test (In the month of September/October 2018)

Phase II – Physical Efficiency Test (PET) & Physical Measurement Test (PMT)

Phase III – Document Verification

RPF Recruitment - Phase I Computer Based Test (CBT) Pattern

The standard of the examination will be graduation level for the RPF recruitment of SUB INSPECTOR and will be in Matriculation Level for the RPF recruitment of CONSTABLE.

Total Duration of the Test: 90 min.

Noof Questions: 120 Question

Candidates shall have following language options for Computer Based Test (CBT) out of which they shall have to opt for any of the options mentioned below.

(1) Hindi, (2) English, (3) Urdu, (4) Tamil, (5) Telugu, (6) Konkani, (7) Malayalam, (8) Kannada (9) Marathi, (10) Gujarati, (11) Bengali, (12) Odia, (13) Assamese, (14) Manipuri, (15) Punjabi

RPF Recruitment - Phase 1 Exam Syllabus

General Awareness (50 Marks):

Questions will be aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society; to test knowledge of current events and such matters of everyday observations and experiences as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to Indian History, Art & Culture, Geography, Economics, General Polity, Indian Constitution, Sports, General Science etc.

Arithmetic (35 marks)

Questions on Number systems, whole numbers, decimal and fractions and relationships between numbers, fundamental arithmetical operations, percentages, ratio and proportion, averages, interest, profit and loss, discount, use of table and graphs, mensuration, time and distance, ratio and proportion etc.

General Intelligence & Reasoning (35 marks):

Questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discriminating observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.

RPF Recruitment - Phase II - PET & PMT Pattern


Based on the merit of the candidates in the CBT, candidates will be called for PET and PMT to the extent of 10 times the category wise total vacancy in Group of Zonal Railways /RPSF notified. However, this limit may be increased/decreased as required ensuring availability of adequate candidates for all the notified posts. Passing Physical Efficiency Test (PET) is mandatory and the same will be qualifying in nature. No marks are to be awarded.

The criteria for PET is as under:

1600 meters run for Male: 6 min 30 secs

800 meters run for Female: 4 mins

Long Jump: For Male: 12 ft & For Female: 9 ft

High Jump: For Male: 3 ft 9 inch & For Female: 3 ft

RPF Recruitment - Phase III: Document Verification

(i) Based on the performance of candidates in the CBT and subject to their qualifying in PET & PMT, candidates will be called for Document Verification.

(ii) In cases of two or more candidates securing same marks, their merit position shall be determined by an age criteria i.e. older person shall be given higher seniority.

(iii) Appointment of selected candidates is subject to their passing requisite Medical Fitness Test to be conducted by the Railway Administration, final verification of educational and category certificates, verification of character and antecedents of the candidates from the local Administration and successful completion of initial training.

(iv) Candidates may please note that CRC only recommends names of the impaneled candidates and appointment is offered ONLY by the respective Railway Administration.

(v) Candidates who do not appear for Document Verification will not be considered in the final selection, irrespective of their performance in written examination and PET/PMT.

RPF Recruitment - Medical Examination

The candidates who appear in Document Verification will be sent for a medical examination at the Railway Hospitals. They will have to qualify in medical category ‘B-1’ as prescribed in the Indian Railway Medical Manual.

Those wearing glasses or having a flat foot, knock knee, squint eyes, color blindness, and other bodily defects are not eligible for appointment. Sending for Medical Examination will not guarantee employment and does not reflect that the candidate has been included in the select list.

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