Dear Readers, 

The Indian Railways has announced vacancies for 18,252 positions with excellent pay (up to Rs. 34,800 + GP) and perks. These positions are to be filled through an aptitude test (along similar lines as IBPS PO and SSC CGL tests). Thus, this is an excellent opportunity for all students who are already preparing for IBPS and/or SSC examinations. 

Details of posts: 

The Railway Recruitment Board, through its official notification no. CEN 03/2015, has released a list of 18,252 vacancies for non-technical positions such as Assistant Station Master (ASM), Traffic Assistant, Senior Time Keeper, Commercial Apprentice (CA), Traffic Apprentice (TA), Enquiry-Cum-Reservation Clerk (ECRC), Senior Clerk-Cum-Typist, Junior Accounts Assistant-Cum-Typist (JAA) and Goods Guard.


Posts like Commercial Apprentice & Traffic Apprentice have a pay scale of Rs 9,300 – 34,800 + GP 4,200/-

All other posts have a decent pay scale of Rs 5,200 – 20,200 + GP 2,800/-. 

States of examination: 

a) There will be a common Computer Based Test (CBT) for all the posts mentioned above.

b) For posts like Junior Accounts Assistant-Cum-Typist (JAA), Sr. Clerk & Sr. Time Keeper, there will be typing skill test of qualifying nature. 

c) There will be a separate aptitude test for posts like Assistant Station Master (ASM) & Traffic Assistant.

d) So, let us quickly go through the pattern of the computer based objective type exam.

Pattern of the exam: 

This exam will be of multiple choice type. It will have 100 questions worth 100 marks – these questions are to be attempted within 90 minutes. This exam will have four sections which are as follows:


Arithmetic Ability                    

General Awareness                

General Intelligence              


All questions would carry one mark each for the correct answer, with a negative mark of 0.33 for every wrong answer.


The topic wise syllabus for each of the above sections is as follows:


Data Interpretation

Profit & Loss

Simple & Compound Interest



Time, Distance & Work




Number system

Decimal Fractions

General Intelligence & Reasoning:

Mental Ability questions

Arithmetic reasoning

Age calculation

Coding decoding

Direction based questions

Blood relations

Alphabet series

Decision making

Verbal reasoning

General Awareness:

Current Affairs

Book Authors

Science & Inventions

Awards & Honours

International & National Organisations

National Budget

So, as you can see, the syllabus for this exam is quite similar to that of IBPS and SSC exams. Hence, with proper preparation and daily practice, you can easily grab a decent post in Railway department.

Prepathon App: 

In order to prepare for this exam, start using Prepathon regularly. All of the topics necessary for your exam have been included in Prepathon.  Each of the topics in Prepathon has been covered and explained in detail so that you can master the concepts quickly. After this, solve the questions at the end of each topic. These questions have been especially handpicked to ensure that you master the topic fully. Start using Prepathon and if you have any difficulties in your preparation, our coach will be there to help you. 

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Best Of Luck!!!

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