The Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have issued a notification for recruitment to various positions within the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF). A total of 4660 vacancies have been announced across the ranks of Sub-Inspector (SI) and Constable.

Application Process Opens Today

The application window for both RPF SI and Constable positions opens on April 15, 2024, and will remain open until May 14, 2024. Candidates can access the application forms through the official websites of their respective RRBs. Those interested in applying are advised to carefully review the eligibility criteria and other important details before submitting their applications. A window for application form correction will also be available from May 15 to May 24, 2024.

Vacancy Breakdown and Age Limits

  • Sub-Inspector (SI): A total of 452 vacancies have been announced for Sub-Inspector positions. To be eligible, candidates must be between the ages of 20 and 28 years as of July 1, 2024. The notification acknowledges the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and offers a one-time relaxation of 3 years in the upper age limit. This relaxation applies to all candidates. Additionally, candidates belonging to reserved categories will be entitled to further relaxation in the upper age limit as per government regulations.
  • Constable (Executive): A total of 4208 vacancies are available for Constable positions. The age limit for constable applicants is between 18 and 28 years as of July 1, 2024. Similar to the SI positions, the notification offers a one-time COVID-19 relaxation of 3 years in the upper age limit for all candidates. Reserved category candidates will also be eligible for further age relaxation as per government regulations.

Educational Qualifications

  • Sub-Inspector (SI): Candidates applying for SI positions must possess a graduation degree from a recognized university.
  • Constable (Executive): The minimum educational qualification for Constable positions is Class 10 pass certificate from a recognized board.

It is important to note that candidates whose qualifying examination results are awaited are not eligible to apply at this time.

Application Fees

The application fee for both SI and Constable positions is ₹500 for all candidates except those belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Ex-Servicemen, Women, Minority communities, or Economically Backward Classes (EBC). Candidates from these reserved categories will be required to pay a reduced application fee of ₹125. The notification clarifies that a portion of the application fee will be refunded to candidates who appear for the computer-based test (CBT) as part of the selection process.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit their online applications through the websites of their respective RRBs. The official notification provides a list of RRB websites for ease of reference.

Looking Ahead: Selection Process and Important Dates

While the application window has opened, the official notification does not provide details regarding the specific dates for the computer-based test (CBT) or other stages of the selection process. Candidates are advised to keep a close watch on the official websites of the RRBs for further updates and announcements.

This recruitment drive presents a significant opportunity for individuals seeking careers within the Indian Railways, specifically in roles focused on ensuring the safety and security of railway passengers and property. With a total of 4660 vacancies announced, this is a substantial recruitment exercise, and competition is likely to be high. Those who meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in a career in the RPF or RPSF are encouraged to submit their applications online during the designated application window.

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