RRB – Traffic Apprentice in Indian Railways

Traffic Apprentice in Indian Railways

Traffic Apprentice is one who mans the Control Department in a Railway station which is just like a support function in an MNC. In case of any failure of engine or any emergency the driver, guard or assistant loco pilot reports the same to the Control department by telephone or other standard medium of communication and Traffic Apprentice will receive that call to take further action. He immediately on receiving the call will inform and alert the higher level officer apart from arranging rescue/recovery or any other necessary help and ensures that normal traffic is maintained on railway line under the station’s purview without any problem.

Railway Recruitment Boards of various regions will be conducting examinations to recruit Traffic Apprentice. Necessary notifications and advertisements will be published in Employment News/Rojgar Samachar and other prominent leading newspapers.

Educational Qualifications:

The aspirant should possess first or second Division in Intermediate with Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry or Degree in Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry from a recognized University/Institution or equivalent.


An Aspirant while applying for the post must have reached the minimum age of 20 years and the upper age must not have crossed the maximum age of 30 years on the date of issue of his notification.

The upper age limit relaxation is prescribed for certain categories:

Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, it is up to a maximum of five years.

Other Backward Classes who under the Government policy are eligible to avail of reservation, it is up to a maximum of three years.

An Aspirant had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the crucial period starting from the 1st January, 1980 to the end of 31st day of December, 1989; it is up to a maximum of five years.

In the special case of Defense Services Personnel due to certain situation became disabled in operations in a disturbed area or during hostilities with any neighboring or foreign country or and released mainly due to consequence thereof, it is up to a maximum of three years.

In the special case of ex-servicemen mainly including the Commissioned Officers and SSOs/

ECOs who have successfully rendered at least a minimum of five years Military Service otherwise than due o certain situation faced with dismissal or discharge on account of serious misconduct of inefficiency, or on account of any type of physical disability attributable common to Military Service, or on invalidment, it is up to a maximum of five years.

In the case of SSCOs/ ECOs who have successfully completed an initial active period of duty of five years of Military Service and whose duty has been again continued beyond approximately five years. The aspirant’s special condition the Ministry of Defense has issues a certificate stating that they are eligible and can apply for any civil employment and that up on getting selected, they will be released within three months notice of receipt of offer of appointment, it is up to a maximum of five years.

In the case of deaf-mute, orthopaedically, blind and handicapped persons, it is up to a maximum of 10 years.

Please do check the latest notification for any change or modification in the Age limit criteria updated by the Railway recruitment board from time to time through the Government gazette.

How to apply

The Railway Recruitment Board notification usually appears in all leading newspaper and employment news. This application form can be used for applying. Moreover the same format can be typed in an A4 size paper and used for applying. Do attach the entire relevant document along with the application form. All the Xerox copies should be attested by a gazette officer and should carry your signature too. Do fix the passport size photograph at the appropriate place with signature. The duly filled in application form with attachment has to reach the concerned Railway Recruitment Board on or before the due date. Do ensure that you send the letter by ordinary post only. The Railway Recruitment Board will not be responsible any mistakes in the application form or delay in postal delivery.

Scheme of Examination:

The Examination for recruitment of Traffic Apprentice will be conducted as per the following guidelines:

I. Written Examination: This carries a maximum of 600 marks in the following subjects.

A.        General Ability Test (English, General Knowledge and Psychological Test) which would be of 2 hrs duration and for 200 marks.

B.         Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry) which would be of 2 hrs duration and for 200 marks.

C.         Mathematics which would be of 2 hours duration and for 200 marks.

All the questions in written examination will be of objective type and will be of Intermediate standard. Special emphasis will be on questions involving metric system of weights and measures.

II. Personality Test: This is followed after getting qualified in the above mentioned written examination. This Personality Test will carry a maximum of 200 marks. In this the candidate will be interviewed by the Board and questions will be of general interest. Character, Integrity, Leadership, Initiative, Mental/Physical ability and tactfulness etc will be assessed during this Personality Test.

Apprenticeship Agreement:

The candidates who are successful have to execute the Apprenticeship agreement with a surety for four years where they will be imparted both practical and theoretical training. The apprentices have to successfully pass in 6 semester examinations during these four years with an aggregate of 50%. The successful candidates/apprentices will be appointed on probation for 3 years in Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers. Unsuccessful candidates will be discharged from duties as per the norms of the Board.

Stipend Details:

The apprentice will be paid stipend as follows:

Rs.1300 per month for 1st and 2nd years

Rs.1400 per month for 3rd and 4th years

This Traffic Apprentice is a wonderful opportunity for many youngsters who want to pursue a successful career with Indian Railways. There are many people who have risen to higher positions from a Traffic Apprentice. There will be ample opportunity to learn work and get trained in various disciplines so that they can be absorbed as Engineers on successful completion of Apprenticeship. Needless to add, Indian Railways provide all the required benefits like insurance, free travel along with bonus after absorption. Definitely a career in Indian Railways is a stepping stone for a wonderful and secured career.


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