RPF Recruitment 2018

Railway Protection Force (RPF) was introduced in the year 1957. Ministry of Railways takes charge of RRB. The main role of RPF is to ensure protection and to maintain law and order in the railway’s department. The ranking structure in RPF is similar to that of Indian Police Service (IPS). The candidates who wish to be a part of the police department and also in railways can apply for the same. The initial pay for constable will be Rs 21,700 + allowances whereas for Sub Inspector it is Rs 35,400 + allowances. They do have various benefits like medical allowance, travel benefits and so on. Both men and women can apply for RPF exam.

Apart from RPF, there is another special division called RPSF (Railway Protection Special Force) where only male candidates can apply. It is a part of RPF. Candidates selected under RPSF will have to undergo vigorous training for nearly 6 to 10 weeks at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Their main role is to ensure protection in an emergency situation. So they often move from place to place. RPSF came into existence in the year of 1962 during the invasion by China.

There are 16 major zonal divisions in railways. For the ease of conducting the exams, all 16 divisions are categorized under five major groups and the sixth group is for RPSF.  Exams are conducted for all the six groups simultaneously. Exams are conducted in 3 Phases.

RPF Recruitment 2018 Exam Date

Before preparing for any competitive exams it is mandatory to take note of important dates. It is also a part and process of the preparation. So one should be cautious about it for a stress-free preparation.

Central Recruitment Committee (CRC) is the governing body for conducting exams. They have rights to conduct additional CBT/PET & PMT/DV in any part of the country. They can also cancel the exam at any phase without giving any reason. CRC may even change the date of the exams. So it’s better to check the exam date frequently on their official website. CRC have rights to change the exam center based on the emergency situation.

Course of events Dates to be noted
The release of official notification 31.05.2018
Opening of Online application and payment of fees 1.06.2018
Closing of online application 30.6.2018
Closing of online fee payment 2.07.2018
Closing of offline fee payment 5.07.2018
Last date for final submission and to upload a photo 13.07.2018 to 16.07.2018
Commencement of CBT exam For Constable 20.12.2018 to 19.2.2019
For Sub Inspector 19.12.2018 to 13.1.2019
Due date to Download call letter for CBT exam 10 days before the exam date
Result announcement Yet to be declared
PET & PMT Yet to be declared
Document Verification Yet to be declared

The first Phase is computer based test (CBT) and the test is scheduled as follows,

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RPF 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria must be satisfied for the application process. Orelse the application is considered to be invalid. The first and foremost is the nationality. For both the posts, the main requirement is Indian citizenship. Other criteria like educational qualification, age limit, and physical measurement are listed below in the table.

  1. Age limit & Educational Qualification
Posting Educational qualification      Age Limit
Lower Upper
Constable SSLC/Matric from a government recognized board. 18 25
Sub Inspector Graduate degree from a recognized board. 20 25

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RPF Recruitment 2018 Online Application

Application for both the posts can be done only in online mode. At a time a candidate can apply only once for the post through the portal. Steps to apply online is as follows,

  • In the online registration portal, click on the NEW REGISTRATION link.
  • Read the instructions carefully and check on the check box.
  • Confirm the zonal group in which you are appearing and when once selected it can’t be modified.
  • Give your personal details like Name, DoB, gender, etc and click submit button.
  • Ensure that the email ID and phone number provided in the registration process is correct and it can’t be changed. It will be checked during the course of time.
  • After registering the details, enter the received OTP by clicking on VERIFY THROUGH OTP link.
  • Kindly note the registration number for future usage.
  • Candidates can complete the online application form by using registration number in that CANDIDATE LOGIN.

Fill on the fields like class, educational details, gender, etc in part II and part III of the application process.

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RPF 2018 Exam Pattern

Central Recruitment Committee conducts the exam in three stages viz,

  1. Computer Based Test (CBT),
  2. Physical Efficiency Test(PET) & Physical Measurement Test(PMT),
  3. Document Verification (DV).

  1. Computer Based Test
  • Among 15 languages, the candidate has to select any one.
  • The exam is based on MCQ type.
  • Each question carries 1 mark and for wrong answers, 1/3 marks will be reduced. For the unanswered question, there is no mark.
  • There will be 120 questions split up under three sections and the duration is 90 minutes.
Section Mark
General awareness 50
Arithmetic 35
General intelligence & reasoning 35

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RPF Syllabus 2018

For the posting of constable the question will be from SSLC portions whereas, for Sub Inspector, it will be from graduate portions. But syllabus is same for both the postings.



General Awareness Questions based on environment, current affairs, certain life experience that an educated can answer. Question relating to History of India, Indian constitution, Arts and culture, Geography, Economics, Language, Politics, Sports, general science, etc.
Arithmetic Number system, decimals and fractions, whole numbers, the relationship between number, ratios & proportion, arithmetic operations, profit and loss, interest, averages, mensuration, tables and graph, time and distance, etc
General Intelligence and Reasoning Analogies, syllogistic reasoning, similarities and difference, statement and conclusion, spatial visualization, coding and decoding, spatial orientation, arithmetic numerical series and non-verbal series, analysis of problem-solving, classification of verbal and figure, judgment, decision making, concepts on family relationships, memory visualisation, differentiating observations, etc.

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RPF Admit Card 2018

The candidates must ensure the status of his/her application form frequently. Since there are chances of getting rejected. If so the candidates will be intimated through SMS and through email along with the reason for rejection. E-call letter will be notified by means of Proper SMS or sent through email to the eligible candidates. Candidates must not change their mobile number and mail ID until the end. There is no mailing of call letter. They can download it from the official website 10 days before the examination date.

Steps to download the call letter:

  • Go to the railways official website.
  • Click on Admit card tab
  • Choose RPF constable / Sub Inspector hall ticket.
  • Login using registration number, password, and
  • Press submit.
  • Download the e-call letter.

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RPF Result 2018

The important stage in the course of getting into the job is knowing about the result. The candidate must check the official website to get to know the announcement of result. Before that CRC will officially release the answer key quite a few days after the exam. There will be four sets of the question. The answer key for all the four sets will be released.  Thus aspirants can calculate their mark before the announcement of result. The result can be viewed on the official website.

How to view the result

  • Enter into the official website
  • Enter the hall ticket number and Date of Birth.
  • Results will be displayed which can be printed for future use.

Based on the marks merit list will be prepared. Depending on the merit list the candidates will be shortlisted for the next stage.

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RPF Cutoff 2018

Cut Off as the name implies it is the minimum qualifying mark for any exam. There are two types of cut off overall cut off and sectional cut off. CBT exam pattern has three sections and a candidate has to score minimum mark in each and every section. This is sectional cut off. The total mark is 120 and a candidate must score a minimum of total mark called overall cut off to get qualified to the next level.

Cut off mark varies every year and depends mainly on the difficulty level of the questions, candidate count and vacancy. Cut off mark is different for different reservation and also varies among male and female candidates. This is mainly to help the underprivileged people. The cutoff mark will be usually high for UR category than others. The vacancy for the posting will also vary among the reservation. Nearly ten times the number of candidates than the vacancy will be called for the next level. So one should be aware that cut off alone will not be enough. It is just the minimum score which may be considered as the eligibility criteria for entering into the subsequent levels and based on the cut off mark merit list is prepared. Knowing the cut off marks of the previous year may help to analyze oneself while taking the mock tests. RPF has released the cut off mark for the year of 2015.

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