23 Jul 2020, 05:46 pm By Rohit Sindhu
Railway Group D Exam 2020 Update: Know all about CBT 1 for 1.15 crore applicants

Indian Railways is yet to come to the conclusion of holding Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC), CEN 1/2019 Group D computer-based examination. According to RRB Chairman, Indian Railways will not cancel the recruitment and likely after reviewing the non-safety vacancies would resume all pending recruitments of last two years. Indian Railways to organize Computer Based Test as stage 1 examination for about 1.15 crore applicants, applied under CEN 1/2019 Group D posts. 

Based on reports, on 1,03,769 posts of Railway Group D examination schedule is yet to take a final shape. However, RRB Chennai has resumed its activities for holding examination on 35,208 NTPC (Graduate & Under Graduate) posts & it is being presumed that likely by year end Indian Railways would finalize the Group D first stage examination schedule.

For more than 1.15 Crore applicants holding Computer Based Examination a huge infrastructure will be required & maintaining social-distancing norms in examination halls, would be tough challenge, Railway Board Chairman has said. Despite of the huge requirement Board has signaled to resume ongoing recruitments including of RRB NTPC & Railway Group D of 2019. Last year in March-April, Indian Railways invited applications under RRC CEN 1/2019 Group D vacancies including Assistant Pointsman, Assistant Bridge & Track Maintainer Grade IV. Organizing board also set the CBT 1 exam date in Sept-October 2019 but later postponed. Further detay in the recruitment process occurred due to Covid lockdown situation, when Railway Recruitment Boards & Cells were asked to review the ongoing recruitments. All Indian Railways Boards asked to surrender 50% post. However, in a clarification Railway said neither employement of anyone, nor ongoing recruitments would be cancelled.

In relation to RRC Group D cbt 1 examination here are the key points an applicant should know about 1,03,769 posts Group D recruitment & its selection criteria- 

Railway Group D Admit Card: 

After finalizing the examination schedule, Indian Railways through RRB/ RRCs websites would notify on release of admit cards. Candidates will have to download the City and Date Intimations, e- Call Letters and Travel Authority (wherever applicable) from the links provided on the official websites of RRBs/RRCs. 

Normalization of Marks:

Marks will be normalized for CBT involving multiple sessions. Marks will be normalized as per the formulae given in Para 15.0 & 15.1 of this Notice. Though Railway Administration reserves the right to modify the formula/adopt different formula based on technical considerations. 

Should Read- Update on Railway RRB NTPC Exam City & Dates

Railway Group D CBT 1 Examination:

RRC Group D Stage 1 exam duration would be 90 Minutes (1.3 Hours) and number of questions (each of 1 mark) would be 100 in MCQs type. The examination will inherit following parts-

  • General Science- 25 questions 
  • Mathematics- 25 questions 
  • General Intelligence and Reasoning- 30 questions
  • General Awareness and Current Affairs- 20 questions

Negative Marking:

Railways has set negative marking in Stage 1 CBT exam. As per guidelines, there shall be negative marking for incorrect answers in the CBT. 1/3rd of the marks allotted for each question shall be deducted for each wrong answer.

Railway Group D PET structure:

Railway/RRC wise short listing of candidates for PET shall be done at the rate of three times of the vacancies (may increase or decrease as per the requirement of Railway Administration). The short listing for PET will be based on the merit of the candidates in the CBT.

PET for Male candidates- Should be able to lift and carry 35 Kg of weight for a distance of 100 metres in 2 minutes in one chance without putting the weight down ; and Should be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 4 minutes and 15 seconds in one chance.

For female candidates- Should be able to lift and carry 20 Kg of weight for a distance of 100 metres in 2 minutes in one chance without putting the weight down; and Should be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 5 minutes and 40 seconds in one chance.

Note- Indian Railways has intimated students to keep updating from official RRB / RRC websites for examination City/ centre & other updates. Students logging to rrbchennai.gov.in can check latest updates on RRB Group D / NTPC examinations.