RRB JE Recruitment 2019: Detailed Analysis

Since RRB JE recruitment 2019 notification has been released by the railway recruitment board, the aspirants have been apprehensive as well as curious regarding a number of aspects of the RRB exam for engineers. The Indian Railway recruitment board has released 13,487 vacancies for recruitment of Junior Engineer (JE), Junior Engineer (Information Technology), Depot Material Superintendent (DMS) and Chemical &Metallurgical Assistant (CMA). The notification has been released by the Indian Railway recruitment board on 29 December 2018 and the gateways to apply online for RRB JE recruitment 2019 opened from 2 January up to 31 January. Now that the online applications have been closed, aspirants are looking forward to the first stage of the examination, that is CBT-1, tentatively scheduled in April or May in 2019. The first thing to ensure before applying for the RRB exam for engineers, is the eligibility required and whether you meet all of them or not.

Eligibility for RRB JE recruitment 2019:

The Indian Railway recruitment board lays some guidelines for all the aspirants to abide by, before applying for the RRB Junior Engineer recruitment 2019. Though the applications have already been closed, we have explicitly listed some of them below for the aspirants to go through before they plan to take the exam:

  1. Educational qualification: Only those candidates who have completed their qualifying degree, as on 31 January 2019 shall apply. Even those candidates who have appeared for the qualifying exam, but the results are awaited are not eligible to apply for the various posts by Indian Railway recruitment board.
  1. Medical eligibility: The RRB Je recruitment 2019 notification specifies the standards for medical fitness of aspiring candidates, using various standards. Following is a table mentioning, clearly, the medical standard and the general fitness and vision standards required for the pertaining standard:

 

S. No. Medical Standard General Fitness Vision standards
1. A-3 Physically fit in all respects

Distance Vision: 6/9, 6/9 with or without glasses (power of lenses not to exceed 2D),

Near Vision: Sn: 0.6,0.6 with or without glasses and

Must pass test for Color Vision, Binocular Vision, Night Vision and Mesopic vision

2. B-1 Physically fit in all respects

Distance Vision: 6/9, 6/12 with or without glasses (power of lenses not to exceed 4D),

Near Vision: Sn: 0.6, 0.6 with or without glasses when reading or close work is required

and Must pass test for Color Vision, Binocular Vision, Night Vision and Mesopic vision.

3. B-2 Physically fit in all respects

Distance Vision: 6/9, 6/12 with or without glasses (power of lenses not to exceed 4D).

Near Vision: Sn: 0.6, 0.6 with or without glasses when reading or close work is required

and Must pass test for Binocular Vision.

4. C-1 Physically fit in all respects

Distance Vision: 6/12, 6/18 with or without glasses.

Near Vision: Sn: 0.6, 0.6 with or without glasses when reading or close work is required.

Note: Candidates who have undergone Lasik surgery or any other surgery procedure to correct refractory error are not eligible for the post having Medical Standards A3, B1 and B2.

  1. Age eligibility: Permissible age to apply for RRB JE recruitment 2019 is 18 to 33 years, as on 1 January, 2019. However, age relaxation has been provided to candidates of various categories, as mentioned in Para No. 5 of the complete official notification.

 

RECRUITMENT PROCESS for RRB JE 2019:

Only single online application {common to all the notified posts in opted RRB – Junior Engineer (JE), Junior Engineer (Information Technology) [JE(IT)], Depot Material Superintendent (DMS) and Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant (CMA)} has to be submitted by the candidate through the link provided on the official website of RRBs.

The entire recruitment process shall involve, 1st stage Computer Based Test (CBT), 2nd stage CBT, and Document Verification/ Medical Examination as applicable. Selection will be made strictly as per merit, on the basis of CBTs. The date, time and venue for all the activities viz CBTs and DV or any other additional activity as applicable shall be fixed by the RRB and shall be intimated to the eligible candidates in due course.

The selection of RRB once exercised shall be final. Application to more than one RRB, will lead to rejection of all the applications.

CBT-1 is a screening test, that is the exam is qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in CBT-1 will not be added while forming the final merit list for selection in RRB exam for engineers.

RRB-wise shortlisting of candidates for 2nd Stage CBT shall be done at the rate of 15 times (may increase or decrease as per the requirement of Railway Administration). The shortlisting of 2nd Stage CBT will be based on the merit of the candidates in 1st Stage CBT. The RRB-wise shortlisted candidates for 2nd Stage CBT shall be advised through the official websites of RRBs and e-mail to download their e-call letter for appearing in the 2nd Stage CBT.

*There shall be negative marking for incorrect answers in CBTs. 1/3rd of the marks allotted for each question shall be deducted for each wrong answer.

Candidates equal to the number of vacancies will be called for DV based on their merit in 2nd Stage CBT and options. In addition, extra candidates will also be called over and above the number of vacancies to maintain standby list up to 50% of the vacancies notified. They will, however, be considered for empanelment only if there is a shortfall in empanelment from the merit list or/and as replacement against the shortfall on account of non-joining of recommended candidates in the working post or/and any other special requirements, if required by the indenting Railways.

 Short listing of Candidates for the DV shall be based on the normalized marks obtained by them in 2nd Stage CBT. The normalization scheme to be adopted for short listing the candidates from 1st Stage CBT to 2nd Stage CBT and for DV on the basis of performance in 2nd Stage CBT is the almost same as that in GATE.

*In case of two or more candidates securing same marks in CBT, their merit position shall be determined by age criteria i.e., older person shall be placed at higher merit and in case age being same, then alphabetical order (a to z) of the name shall be taken into account to break the tie.

1st Stage CBT (Common for all notified posts of this CEN):

Duration of CBT-1 would be 90 minutes, (120 Minutes for eligible PwBD candidates accompanied with Scribe). The 1st stage CBT is of screening nature and the standard of questions for the CBT will be generally in conformity with the educational standards and/or minimum technical qualifications prescribed for the posts. The normalized score of 1st stage exam shall be used only for short listing of candidates for 2nd stage exam as per their merit.

The Questions will be of objective type with multiple choices and are likely to include questions pertaining to:

  1. Mathematics: Number systems, BODMAS, Decimals, Fractions, LCM and HCF, Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and Distance, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Elementary Statistics, Square Root, Age Calculations, Calendar & Clock, Pipes & Cistern.
  2. General Intelligence and Reasoning: Analogies, Alphabetical and Number Series, Coding and Decoding, Mathematical operations, Relationships, Syllogism, Jumbling, Venn Diagram, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency, Conclusions and Decision Making, Similarities and Differences, Analytical reasoning, Classification, Directions, Statement – Arguments and Assumptions etc.
  3. General Awareness: Knowledge of Current affairs, Indian geography, culture and history of India including freedom struggle, Indian Polity and constitution, Indian Economy, Environmental issues concerning India and the World, Sports, General scientific and technological developments etc.
  4. General Science: Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences (up to 10th Standard CBSE syllabus).

The section wise Number of questions and marks are as below:

Subjects Stage-1
Number of questions Marks for each section
Mathematics 30 30
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 25
General Awareness 15 15
General Science 30 30
Total 100 100
Time (in minutes) 90

*The section wise distribution given in the above table is only indicative and there may be some variations in the actual question papers.

*Minimum percentage of marks for eligibility in various categories, that is RRB JE cut off for qualifying CBT-1 is: UR -40%, OBC-30%, SC-30%, ST -25%. These percentage of marks for eligibility may be relaxed by 2% for PwBD candidates, in case of shortage of PwBD candidates against vacancies reserved for them.

2nd Stage CBT:

Short listing of Candidates after RB JE results for CBT-1 has been declared, for the 2nd Stage CBT exam shall be based on the normalized marks obtained by them in the 1st Stage CBT Exam. Total number of candidates to be shortlisted for 2nd Stage shall be 15 times the community wise total vacancies for RRB JE recruitment 2019.

The duration of the exam would be 120 minutes (160 Minutes for eligible PwBD candidates accompanied with Scribe). The Questions will be of objective type with multiple choices and are likely to include questions pertaining to General Awareness, Physics and Chemistry, Basics of Computers and Applications, Basics of Environment and Pollution Control and Technical abilities for the post.

The syllabus for General Awareness, Physics and Chemistry, Basics of Computers and Applications, Basics of Environment and Pollution Control is common for all notified posts under this CEN as detailed below:

  1. General Awareness: Knowledge of Current affairs, Indian geography, culture and history of India including freedom struggle, Indian Polity and constitution, Indian Economy, Environmental issues concerning India and the World, Sports, General scientific and technological developments etc.
  2. Physics and Chemistry: Up to 10th standard CBSE syllabus.
  3. Basics of Computers and Applications: Architecture of Computers; input and Output devices; Storage devices, Networking, Operating System like Windows, Unix, Linux; MS Office; Various data representation; Internet and Email; Websites & Web Browsers; Computer Virus.
  4. Basics of Environment and Pollution Control: Basics of Environment; Adverse effect of environmental pollution and control strategies; Air, water and Noise pollution, their effect and control; Waste Management, Global warming; Acid rain; Ozone depletion.
  5. Technical Abilities: This section, aimed at testing the technical abilities for the applied post, will have questions from the relevant educational qualifications, mentioned against each post. The complete syllabus can be seen from the Annexure 7 of the complete official notification.

 The section wise Number of questions and marks for RRB JE CBT-2, are as below:

 

Subjects Stage-2
Number of questions Marks for each section
General Awareness 15 15
Physics and Chemistry 15 15
Basics of computer and applications 10 10
Basics of Environment and Pollution Control 10 10
Technical Abilities 100 100
Total 150 150
Time (in minutes) 120

RRB JE cut off for various categories for CBT-2 are: UR -40%, OBC-30%, SC-30%, ST -25%.

*Virtual calculator will be made available on the Computer Monitor during 2nd Stage CBT.

RRB JE Cutoff trends:

CBT-2 has been introduced recently by RRB and the exam will be conducted on this pattern for the first time. Since only one a single stage of examination was conducted till now, it would be tough to predict the cutoffs for RRB JE recruitment 2019, but to give an idea of RRB JE cutoff trends that have been observed till now, we have tabulated the cutoff for RRB exam for engineers for various zones across past few years:

RRB JE Cut-off marks 2012

 

Posts UR OBC SC ST
JE/ P Way 49.88 44.91 41.72 44.25
JE/ Works 47.16 42.86 43.03 32.59
JE/ Bridge 41.01 NA NA NA
JE/ Drawing Civil 45.80 NA 35.44 30.16
JE/ Mech WS 55.88 47.05 39.86 44.03
JE/ C&W 54.82 47.07 43.68 35.14
JE/ DSL ELEC MECH 50.00 39.8 40.31 NA
JE/ Mech DRG 57.43 NA NA 40.05
JE/ ELEC G/ TRD 55.88 49.38 45.05 NA
JE/ELEC WS 51.71 NA 34.68 NA
JE/ ELEC DRG NA 46.82 NA NA
JE SIGNAL 58.45 NA 49.32 NA
JE TELECOM 57.28 52.48 37.39 NA
JE S&T DRG 42.64 NA NA NA
JE TRACK MACHINE 57.66 54.04 43.68 36.38
DMS 46.47 NA 42.90 36.68

RRB JE cut-off marks 2015- RRB Bangalore

Post UR SC ST OBC
JE/ Permanent Way 40.12 31.68 33.90 38.16
JE/ BRIDGE NA 35.41 NA 43.53
JE/ ENGG (DRG, DES, & ESTI) NA NA NA 42.77
JE/ MECHANICAL WS 54.67 45.35 40.32 53.71
JE/ CARRIAGE & WAGON 60.70 52.99 41.64 57.64
JE/ DIESEL MECHANICAL WING NA 47.81 43.62 NA
JE/ DIESEL ELECTRICAL WING 77.17 48.82 NA NA
JE/ MECH (DRG, DES & ESTI) NA 49.29 NA 68.94
JE/ SIGNAL 61.38 48.30 47.18 59.74
JE/ TELECOM 62.90 51.63 NA 58.91

 

RRB JE Cut-off marks 2015- RRB Bilaspur

Posts UR SC ST OBC
JE/ P- Way 58.00 44.67 45.33 54.22
JE/ Works 75.27 NA NA NA
JE/ Bridge 66.49 49.09 NA 58.28
JE (C&W/ Open Line) 65.90 62.00 54.62 69.55
JE (Telecommunication) 80.84 NA NA NA

 

RRB JE Cut Off 2016- RRB Bilaspur

Post UR SC ST OBC
JE DSL ELECT NA 56.00 48.99 NA
JE ELECTRICAL/ ELECTRICAL GENERAL 60.40 51.92 NA 59.93
JE ELECTRICAL (TRD) NA NA NA 62.83

 

Candidates aspiring for RRB JE recruitment 2019 can have an idea of the RRB JE cutoff that have been followed through the last few years to plan their aim for this year and prepare accordingly. RRB JE results and RRB JE cutoffs for different recruitment boards can be checked from their respective websites upon declaration of RRB JE results. The RRB exams for engineers provides for a good opportunity to all aspiring engineers with a good pay along with all other facilities and perks of a government job.

Scale of pay of RRB exam for engineers:

The pay scale for Junior Engineer (JE), Junior Engineer (Information Technology) [JE(IT)], Depot Material Superintendent (DMS) and Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant (CMA) is initial pay of Rs. 35400/-, plus other allowances admissible at that time.

The RRB Je recruitment 2019 was a much awaited one by all graduates since from a long time, they have been waiting for this RRB exam for engineers. Having listed, all the important aspects of RRB Junior Engineer recruitment notification, following are the miscellaneous important information that the aspiring candidates may be looking for:

  • The RRB exam for engineers provides for a horizontal as well as vertical reservation.
  • The candidates serving (including those undergoing induction training/probation) in any Central/State Government Department including Railways or Public Sector Undertakings may apply directly to the RRBs duly informing their Employer. Shortlisted candidates should produce NOC from the employer at the time of DV failing which their candidature will be cancelled.
  • After final submission of ONLINE application, in case the candidates wish to make minor changes to correct inadvertent errors in the application, the correction of data other than RRB, email and mobile number can be done by paying the modification fee of Rs.100/- (Non-Refundable). The modification fee shall be applicable to all candidates including fee concession categories and this fee is not refundable for any category.
  • In the case of a candidate modifying his community from SC/ST to UR or OBC, he will have to pay the difference in examination fee i.e., Rs.250/- in addition to the modification fee. In case of failure to do so, his modified application will not be accepted.

The RRB JE recruitment 2019 has opened up a number of avenues for aspiring diploma holders as well as graduates. The job opportunity is very fascinating and the aspirants must put in their best efforts to avail it. A number of coaching like Made Easy, have come up with test series, regular batches, etc. to help aspirants get through the RRB exam for engineers and make space for their names in RRB JE exam result.

MADE EASY wishes all the aspirants all the very best for the RRB online exam.

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