Indian Railways To Hold Last Phase Of Recruitment Exams From 23 July

Indian Railways To Hold Last Phase Of Recruitment Exams From 23 JulyIndian Railways. (Pic Via PTI)
  • The seventh phase will see 2.78 lakh candidates taking up the exam later this month.

The last phase of Railway Recruitment Examinations for various non-technical popular categories in graduate and undergraduate posts is slated to commence from 23 July this year.

With strict Covid-19 related protocols and precautions, six phases of first stage computer based test (CBT) for around 1.23 crore candidates for 35,281 vacancies, have been conducted from 28 December 2020 till 8 April 2021.

The seventh phase for the remaining 2.78 lakh candidates, which got impacted on account of the second wave of the pandemic, has now been scheduled for 23, 24, 26 and 31 July 2021 and with this first stage, CBT will get completed for all the candidates.

According to the railways, the CBT is being held in 76 cities in about 260 centres across the country under the Covid-19 protocol, permitting utilisation of 50 per cent capacity available at centres to ensure adequate social distancing.

Most of the candidates are allotted centres in their home state. Where it is not possible to allot within the state, the candidates have been accommodated in the neighbouring state having rail connectivity.

For the candidates scheduled in this phase, the link for viewing the exam city and date and downloading of Free Travelling Authority for SC/ST candidates will be made available on all Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) websites 10 days before the exam.

Downloading of e-call letters will start four days prior to the exam date mentioned in exam city and date intimation link. Necessary intimation is also being sent to all those candidates scheduled in the 7th phase to their email and mobile numbers given in their online application.

Candidates are advised to refer only to the official websites of RRBs for the latest updates on the recruitment process. Please do not be misled by unauthenticated sources.

A help desk has already been provided on all RRB official websites. Candidates are advised to use this help desk for seeking clarifications.

Candidates are advised to strictly follow Covid-related guidelines issued along with the call letter. Use of a face mask is mandatory. Candidates will be allowed entry only if wearing a face mask and the face mask shall be worn at all times.

Candidates are also advised to carefully read and comply with the instructions uploaded along with the e-call letter. Particularly on banned items: electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, pager, watches, Bluetooth enabled devices, calculators, metallic wears, bangles, belts, bracelets etc, are not allowed inside the test centre.

RRBs have made extensive preparations for conducting examinations of this large scale in Covid-19 pandemic times following SOPs as laid down by the government ensuring social distancing, compulsory use of masks, sanitisers, curtailing shifts for conducting examinations. RRBs are co-coordinating with respective state authorities to ensure smooth conduct of CBT.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at


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