The recruitment division of the Indian railways known by the name Railway Recruitment board was established in the year 1942. With more than 20 branches all over the country, almost one for each state the Railway Recruitment boards handle the recruitment process of potential candidates from the written test to the final interview process of their particular state. RRB Allahabad is situated in Uttar Pradesh and is responsible for the selection of new candidates in the state.
History of RRB Allahabad
In the year 1942, when the Indian railways was already a huge company, a committee of the organizations decided to set up a different department of the company for handling the recruitment process as an experiment. If the experiment was successful, then a separate section would be officially set up. Initially, this new department consisted of only a handful of employees and they not only managed all the recruitments but also overlooked the general functioning of the organization Vis a Vis its personnel. So basically, it was equivalent to the modern day Human Resources department of a company. The initial commissions were set up in Bombay, Madras, Calcutta and Lucknow.
Within a decade several other commissions were also set up in different states each responsible for managing the recruitment process of the state it belonged to. But in the year 1949, several financial issues ensued owing to the problems of a newly independent country. At that point, every other department was cancelled and only the one at Bombay remained functional. After four to five years, when Indian railways managed to stand back on its feet, the four commissions were again set up but this time instead of Lucknow, they chose Allahabad. And that’s how the railway recruitment board of Allahabad, RRB Allahabad came into existence.
Selection Procedure at Railway Recruitment Board Allahabad
The selection procedure at RRB Allahabad is the same as everywhere in the country but the process of different posts is naturally different and it depends on what post a candidate is applying to. For non-technical posts the process is a little more laid back and relaxed whereas for the technical and executive posts the selection procedure is aptly challenging.
First and foremost, the news of new posts is advertised in the government publication, Employment news. Nowadays, of course, that is not the only source of information. Many websites dedicated to providing their users, news about new positions in various government sectors also provide this information. Plus the official website Allahabad RRB also advertises the vacancies.
The next step involves the candidates applying for these posts depending on their eligibility. It can be done either through the online registration process or directly at the Railway recruitment board Allahabad office. The written exam is usually held in the city of Allahabad but if the number of candidates applying for the job is very high, then the exam is also conducted in Lucknow etc.
For most non-technical jobs, there is no interview process. Everyone who qualifies in the preliminary written exam is selected for the posts. But even in this scenario, if the number of candidates submitting their applications is very high, then recruitment process is extended and an interview is added to the whole process after which successful candidates are informed of their results.
The Recruitment Process
RRB Allahabad has specified guidelines on how the recruitment process is to be handled. There are different phases in the process which are listed below:
- Preliminary exam: The preliminary exam is a written test consisting of mostly multiple choice questions. The syllabus of the examination depends on the job post but generally it consists of 4 to 5 subjects ranging from arithmetic to general awareness to science and reasoning. For non-technical posts, the exam is a bit easier and mostly requires an eligibility of 12th STD certification. For technical posts, however, the exam is challenging and also has negative marking.
- Main exam: This is not applicable to all the posts but some posts that are executive in nature require a main exam where the questions are not necessarily multiple choice ones. The test may also contain descriptive or essay type questions. The pattern for every test is intimated to the students in advance through official mediums of communication.
- Skill test: For clerical jobs, a skill test is also conducted which is mainly focused upon typing. A typing speed is set in advance and the candidate is expected to measure up to the set wpm or words per minute.
- Interview process: The interview process, where applicable, is again divided into various segments. For some posts only one interview is required whereas for other executive posts a technical interview as well as an HR interview is conducted. The result of this interview is published on Employment news and also on the internet. It is also sent to via registered post to the successful candidates.
- Medical test: A medical test is one of the most important aspects of a Railways interview. Even if a candidate has completely qualified in all other exams but has not proved to be medically fit for the job, he is rejected. So the medical test is very important and must be taken care of.
Cut off For the Written Test
For the preliminary examination, a cut off is said based on the overall performance of all the candidates and all those who have scored higher than the cut off are selected for the next step in the interview process.
The cut off is mostly decided after the examination and is of two kinds: general cut off and sectional cut off. When the number of applicants is very high a sectional cut off is used in order to choose the best candidates. The cut off is announced before the results are announced.
It mainly depends on the negative marking of the test which is what needs to be focused on by the candidates. Guess work in the exam is not very beneficial to the test takers because a wrong answer can actually reduce the final score. So it is advisable to anyone preparing to take the exam to answer a question only if they are sure of it. Otherwise they will not be able to surpass the required cut off marks.
Preparation RRB Allahabad Exam
The syllabus for every exam is announced in advance giving the candidates enough time to prepare for the exam. A few changes have been made to the pattern of the exam which is effective from the current year, which is 2016. These changes can be known by going to the official website of RRB. The number of marks allotted to the various sections of the exam has been changed. For instance, earlier quantitative aptitude used to be of 25 marks but this time it is of 30 marks so more attention requires to be paid to this sub section. In any government job, a lot of importance is laid upon general awareness. So a basic knowledge of the current events of the past year will be very helpful.
Similarly, there is a huge place for general awareness also exists in the exam. A know how of overall historic events and global leaders is very helpful in the successful clearing of the exam. Apart from these, the next important subject is non-verbal reasoning which is the fundamental block of the general intelligence section. This may seem to be a little difficult in the beginning but with enough practice, it is possible to master this subject. There are many websites on the internet which offer free tutorial videos for reasoning and logic so there is no dearth of information at all.
The next subject in the line of importance is English. It is important to know proper grammar and synonyms, antonyms of important words. One difficult part of the English subject is comprehension which requires a good reading speed. That also can only come with practice. So candidates are advised to keep reading and increasing their reading speed with each article or book that they have read.
Results of RRB Allahabad
The results of the written exams as well as the interview are announced by the RRB Allahabad within or around a month of the date of the exam. These results are announced through the official website of RRB. They are also published in the journal of Employment news. The candidates who have been successful in getting the job are intimated through a registered post.
Indian Railways is one of the most esteemed organizations to work for in the country and it is clear through the lakhs and lakhs of candidates who apply for jobs in the railways. RRB Allahabad has been doing a spectacular job of handling the recruitment process and all the facilities are provided to the people who intend to take the exams ranging from exam pattern to previous year question papers. The entire process had been made even easier by the advent of internet and information can now reach scores of people instantly. A job in the Indian railways provides lifelong job security and safety.