Railway Technical Cadre Exam Details

Name of Entrance Exam

Railway Technical Cadre Exam

Category of Exam

National Level Entrance Exam

About Exam

The Indian railways are broadly divided and sub-divided into zones, divisions and departments, each controlling a particular function. Every division has a certain number of technical and non-technical departments, which form the base structure on which the railways function. Technical departments include civil, technical and mechanical engineering, signalling and telecom, and several others dealing with similar disciplines, while the non-technical departments include general services such as accounts, personnel management, Railway protection Force (RPF) or security and traffic services, among others.

Group C officers in technical categories at divisional level are recruited by the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) through Indian Railway Technical Cadre Exam (RTCE). The 19 Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have been functioning as prime recruiting agencies for all Zonal Railways, Production Units and other extra Zonal units of the Indian Railways. Each Railway Recruitment Board is catering to the recruitment needs of the specified jurisdiction on the Railways. However, there is no regional or linguistic distinction for recruitment to any post as far as eligibility of the candidates is concerned. RRB carries out the test every year according to the vacancies coming forth in Railways. The related vacancies are advertised by Boards in Employment News / Rojgar Samachar and on their website. Those who clear the written test may have to appear an individual interview to get appointments in the technical cadres of Indian Railways.

The Railway Technical Cadre Exam (RTCE) is an objective type test that includes questions on Arithmetical Aptitude, General responsiveness, and General English. Questions on logical and analytical reasoning will also be included in the examination. English will be the only mode of instruction for the Technical Cadre exam. The test will last for time duration of 90 minutes.

Final selection is based on the total marks obtained in the written examination and interview, wherever provided, plus clearing Aptitude/ skill test/ vision test etc. as required. The appointment of selected candidate is subject to his passing requisite Medical Fitness Test conducted by the Railway Administration.


The pre-requisite criterion to apply for the Technical Cadre test is a pass in the graduation program in Civil or Mechanical Engineering. Graduates in Signaling and Telecom or similar disciplines are also qualified to apply for the test. Only Indian Nationals are eligible to apply for the RRB's Technical Cadre test. For more details of eligibility requirements go through respective official advertisements.

Exam pattern and syllabus

Indian Railways is one of the largest networks with around 1.4 lakh employees. The job vacancies in railways are filled through recruitment by Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)/21 RRBs/Railway Recruitment Cells across the nation. The recruitment process for each post differs based on the requirement of skill set for that particular post. The staffs of Indian Railways are recruited under two categories i.e. gazetted (Group A and B) and non-gazetted (Group C and D) employees. A brief recruitment detail for each Group is given below.

Group A - Through UPSC Exams

Group B - By promotion from Group C or by RRB (for certain posts)

Group C - By 21 RRBs across nation

Group D - By Railway Recruitment Cells across nation

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