RPF SI/Constable Exam

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) Central Selection Board recruits unmarried Indian male eligible candidates for the posts of Sub-Inspectors and Constables Sub- Inspector in the Executive Branch and Fire Service Branch every year.

Important Dates for RPF Sub-Inspectors / Constables Examination
UPSC conducts the Railway Protection Force Exam generally in the month of July.

Notification of the Examination commences in the month of February/March


The eligibility conditions of the candidates who are interested to appear in the RPF Sub Inspectors (in the Executive Branch and Fire Service Branch) along with Constables Examination conduced by the Central Selection Board is explained here.

Educational Qualification For RPF Sub Inspectors / Constables Examination
For Executive Branch – Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from a recognized University
For Fire Service Branch – must have passed Intermediate/Higher Secondary (10 + 2) with Science and Sub. Officers Course or its equivalent Diploma in Science or Fire Fighting
Constables – High School or equivalent

Age Limit For RPF Sub Inspectors / Constables Examination
Between 20 and 25 years for Sub-Inspectors. 18 to 25 years for Constables. Relaxation of upper age limit is as per rules.

Physical Requirements For RPF Sub Inspectors / Constables Examination
a) Height Minimum: 165 cms (160 cms for SC/150cms for ST/165 for Ex-S) Height Minimum for Females: 157 cms for General/SC/ST/OBC
b) Chest Minimum: 80 cms (76.2 cms for SC/ST) with expansion of 5 Cms
c) Weight Minimum: 50 kg for SC and 48 kg for ST.
Note: Height of Gorkhas, Garhwalis, Kumaonese, etc., shall not be less than 160 cms (155 cms for females).

Medical For RPF Sub Inspectors / Constables Examination
Candidates must possess normal vision without glasses. Candidates having flat feet knock knee, squint eye or any other bodily defect shall not be eligible for appointment.

Exam Pattern

RPF Sub Inspectors Constables Examination pattern is discussed in this page.

1. Sub-Inspectors in Executive Branch and Fire Service Branch
For Sub-Inspectors in Executive Branch and Fire Service Branch, the exam pattern comprises of three sages of selection process:

Stage I – Physical Fitness
Stage II – Preliminary Efficiency Test
Stage III – Written Test

Candidates who fulfill the prescribed standards of height and chest are eligible to appear in the Preliminary test. Those who qualify the Preliminary Efficiency test will have to appear in the written test.

The Preliminary Efficiency Test (PET) and Written Tests will be held at the Examination Centres of the Zonal Railways.

2. For Constables
Stage I – Physical Efficiency Test
Stage II – Written Test
Stage III – Viva voce/Interview

Those candidates who qualify the Physical Efficiency Test have to undertake the written test comprising of General Knowledge and Current Affairs, IQ and Essay. Candidates who qualify will be called for Viva voce or interview.

Application procedure

For appearing in the RPF Sub Inspectors Constables Examination conducted by the Central Selection Board, Candidates can apply through the application forms published in the daily Newspapers or Employment News.

Respective RRB (Railway Recruitment Board) advertises vacancies in Employment News (a Government of India publication), and also on the website of Indian Railways.

Application in the prescribed format along with other enclosures must be sent to the Chief Security Commissioner/RPF of the specified Zonal Railways.

The applications received go through a primary screening. Eligible candidates are called for a written exam. The call letters are sent out a month in advance of the date of the examination.

For More details, click on the website: www.railwayrecruitment.org