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RRB NTPC Eligibility Criteria - the Nationality, Age limit, Educational Qualification & Physical fitness

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Jun 15, 2021

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Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) invited online applications from eligible candidates for around 35,208 vacancies in various zonal Railways and Production Units of Indian Railways for the posts under Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC). The posts announced under RRB NTPC recruitment are Junior Clerk cum Typist, Accounts Clerk cum Typist, Junior Time Keeper, Trains, Clerk, Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Traffic Assistant, Goods Guard, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Senior Clerk cum Typist, Junior Account Assistant cum Typist, Senior Time Keeper, Commercial Apprentice, and Station Master, etc. Also, check RRB Upcoming Exam Dates 2021

Before applying for the upcoming RRB NTPC, read about the eligibility norms including age, upper age limit, educational qualification(s), and medical standards. as discussed in this article. 

The RRB NTPC Eligibility Criteria, which is set by the Railways Recruitment Board, is as follows:

  1. Nationality
  2. Age limit,
  3. Educational Qualification
  4. Physical fitness
NTPC Nationality

Nationality of RRB NTPC Eligibility Criteria

According to the RRB NTPC official notification, a candidate writing the exam must belong to the following nationalities:

  1. An Indian citizen
  2. A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 to permanently settle in India
  4. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with to permanently settle in India.
NTPC Age Limit

RRB NTPC Eligibility: Age Limit and Relaxation

In the official notice of RRB NTPC, there is an upper and lower age limit set by the RRB for candidates who wish to appear for the RRB NTPC Exam. For the Under Graduate Level Posts, the date of birth of an applying candidate must be between the years given below:


Age Group
Upper Limit Date of Birth (Not earlier than) Lower Limit of Date of Birth (Not later than) for Under-Graduate Posts
UR OBC-NCL SC/ST For all communities/ 
18 - 30 July 02, 1989 July 02, 1986 July 02, 1984 July 01, 2001

Upper Age Limit for RRB NTPC Under-Graduate Posts

Category/Community Relaxation in upper age limit or maximum upper age for Under-Graduate posts
OBC-NC ( Non-Creamy Layer of Other Backward Classes ) 3 years
Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST) 5 years
Ex-Servicemen candidates who have put in more than 6 months service after attestation (General) General 30 Years + Number of years of service rendered in Defence + 3 years
OBC 33 Years + Number of years of service rendered in Defence + 3 years
SC/ST 35 Years + Number of years of service rendered in Defence + 3 years
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) General 10 years (40)
OBC 13 years (43)
SC/ST 15 years (45)
Candidates have ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 General 5 years (35)
OBC 8 years (38)
SC/ST 10 years (40)
Candidates who are serving Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ Railway Staff, Casual Labour and Substitutes and put in a minimum of 3 years service (continuous or in broken spells) General 10 years (40)
OBC 13 years (43)
SC/ST 15 years (45)
Candidates who are working in Quasi-Administrative offices of the Railway organization such as Railway Canteens, Co-operative Societies and Institutes General 30 Years + length of service rendered or 5 years, whichever is lower
OBC 33 Years + length of service rendered or 5 years, whichever is lower
SC/ST 35 Years + length of service rendered or 5 years, whichever is lower
Women candidates, who are widowed, divorced or judicially separated from husband but not remarried General 5 years (35)
OBC 8 years (38)
SC/ST 10 years (40)

Age Limit for RRB NTPC Graduate-Level Posts

  • For 7th CPC Level 4, 5 and 6 (Graduate level Posts), the Date of Birth of candidates should be between the dates given below (both dates inclusive):
Category Lower and Upper Age Limit as on 1st July 2019
General 18 to 33
OBC 18 to 36
SC/ST 18 to 38

Age Relaxations for RRB NTPC Graduate-Level Posts 

Category/ Communities Age Limit Relaxation(Upper Age-as on 1st July 2019)
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 3 years (36)
Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe 5 years (38)



Ex-Servicemen candidates who have put in more than 6 months service after attestation (General)
General 33 Years + Number of years of service rendered in Defence + 3 years
OBC 36 Years + Number of years of service rendered in Defence + 3 years
SC/ST 38 Years + Number of years of service rendered in Defence + 3 years

Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD)
General 10 years (43)
OBC 13 years (46)
SC/ST 15 years (48)
Candidates have ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 General 5 years (38)
OBC 8 years (41)
SC/ST 10 years (43)
Candidates who are serving Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ Railway Staff, Casual Labour and Substitutes and put in a minimum of 3 years service (continuous or in broken spells) General 7 years (40)
OBC 10 years (43)
SC/ST 12 years (45)



Candidates who are working in Quasi-Administrative offices of the Railway organization such as Railway Canteens, Co-operative Societies, and Institutes
General 33 Years + length of service rendered or 5 years, whichever is lower
OBC 36 Years + length of service rendered or 5 years, whichever is lower
SC/ST 38 Years + length of service rendered or 5 years, whichever is lower

Women candidates, who are widowed, divorced or judicially separated from husband but not remarried
General 2 years (35)
OBC 5 years (38)
SC/ST 7 years (40)
NTPC Qualification

RRB NTPC Eligibility of Educational Qualification

  • Candidates applying for the RRB NTPC exam must note that the RRB has specified several educational criteria depending on the post for which a candidate is applying. Candidates must have at least minimum education qualifications as indicated in the table below from a recognized university board.
  • As per the RRB NTPC Eligibility criteria decided by the RRB, those who are awaiting the final results of the prescribed educational qualification cannot apply for any of the posts.
Posts Level in 7th CPC Educational Qualification
Commercial Apprentice 6 Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
Station Master 6 Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
Goods Guard 5 Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
Junior Accounts Assistant Cum Typist 5 Degree from a recognized university or equivalent +Typing proficiency in English / Hindi on the computer is essential.
Senior Clerk Cum Typist 5 Degree from recognized university or equivalent. Typing proficiency in English / Hindi on the computer is essential.
Senior Commercial Cum Ticket Clerk 5 Degree from recognized university or equivalent
Senior Time Keeper 5 Degree from recognized university or equivalent. Typing proficiency in English / Hindi on the computer is essential.
Traffic Assistant 4 Degree from recognized university or equivalent
Commercial Cum Ticket Clerk 3 12th (+2 Stage) or its equivalent with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks are not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST / Persons with Benchmark Disability / Ex-servicemen and candidates who possess qualification higher than 12th (+2 stage)
Accounts Clerk Cum Typist 2 12th (+2 Stage) or its equivalent with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks are not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST / Persons with Benchmark Disability / Ex-servicemen and candidates who possess qualifications higher than 12th (+2 stage). Typing proficiency in English / Hindi on the computer is essential.
Junior Clerk Cum Typist 2 12th (+2 Stage) or its equivalent with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks are not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST / Persons with Benchmark Disability / Ex-servicemen and candidates who possess qualifications higher than 12th (+2 stage). Typing proficiency in English / Hindi on the computer is essential.
Junior Time Keeper 2 12th (+2 Stage) or its equivalent with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks are not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST / Persons with Benchmark Disability / Ex-servicemen and candidates who possess qualifications higher than 12th (+2 stage). Typing proficiency in English / Hindi on the computer is essential.
Trains Clerk 2 12th (+2 Stage) or its equivalent with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks are not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST / Persons with Benchmark Disability / Ex-servicemen and candidates who possess qualifications higher than 12th (+2 stage). Typing proficiency in English / Hindi on the computer is essential.
Medical Standards

RRB NTPC Eligibility of Medical Standards

Candidates must ensure that they fulfil the prescribed Medic Standards for the post(s) for which they are applying. For this, they should refer to the medic standards for each post. Candidates found medically unsuitable for the applied post(s) shall not be given any alternative appointment.

Post Name Level in 7th CPC Medical Standards
Commercial Apprentice (CA) 6 B2
Station Master 6 A2
Goods Guard 5 A2
Junior Accounts Assistant Cum Typist 5 C2
Senior Clerk-Cum-typist 5 C2
Senior Commercial Cum Ticket Clerk 5 B2
Senior Time Keeper 5 C2
Traffic Assistant 4 A2
Commercial Cum Ticket Clerk 3 B2
Accounts Clerk Cum Typist 2 C2
Junior Clerk Cum Typist 2 C2
Junior Time Keeper 2 C2
Trains Clerk 2 A3

Candidates called for document verification will have to pass a requisite medical fitness test(s) conducted by the Railway Administration to ensure that the candidates are medically fit to carry out the duties connected with the post(s) opted by them. Visual Acuity Standard is one of the important criteria of medical fitness of railway staff. The medical standards are outlined below:

Medical Standards General Fitness Vision Standards
A-2 Physically fit in all respects Distance Vision: 6/9, 6/9 with or without glasses (No fogging test),
Near Vision: Sn: 0.6, 0.6 with or without glasses and Must pass the test for Colour Vision, Binocular Vision, Night Vision and Myopic vision
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 Colour Vision, Binocular Vision, Night Vision and Myopic vision
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 the test for Field of Vision (Binocular Vision), etc.
C-2 Physically fit in all respects Distance Vision: 6/12, 6/18 with or without glasses.
Near Vision: Sn: 0.6 with or without glasses when reading or close work is required.

Candidates must go through each eligibility criterion properly to understand whether they meet all the required standards set by the RRB and should also keep their relevant documents in hand during verification to avoid any last-minute hurdle. Candidates who satisfied the above-mentioned criteria can apply for the RRB NTPC Exam. 

RRB NTPC FAQs

RRB NTPC Eligibility: FAQs

Ques. What is RRB NTPC Exam?

Ans. The RRB NTPC is a competitive exam for the non-technical posts conducted by Railway Recruitment Board. The full form of NTPC is Non-Technical Popular Categories.

Ques. Can 10th pass students apply for RRB NTPC 2020?

Ans. No, the minimum educational qualification for certain posts is 12th Pass or Undergraduate.

Ques. I am eligible for multiple age relaxations to apply for RRB NTPC 2020. Which one will be applied for me?

Ans. In such a case, candidates should apply under the category of the highest of the age relaxations.

Ques. Can a final year candidate apply for the Graduate Posts?

Ans. Students awaiting results for the final exam are not eligible to apply.

Ques. How to determine my age eligibility for RRB NTPC?

Ans. The date to calculate the age limit will be July 01, 2019.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

Comments


15 Comments
C
chetan kr
I finished my technical high school( SSLC ) with AC and Refrigeration trade and I'm doing my diploma in chemical engineering final years am I eligible for any posts...?
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diya suresh

Eligibility criteria including that of age and educational qualification varies with the specific vacancy, but for most of them, degree is required. There are few posts available for those having 12th qualification as well. To know more details of the post wise eligibility criterias visit RRB NTPC 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

S
sadim ansari
I am an ex-Servicemen candidates belonging to general category and have put in more than 6 months service after attestation, can I apply and will I get any age relaxation?
J
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates belonging to General category must be 30 Years. Age relaxation they get equals to total number of years of service rendered in Defence plus three years. More details related to Upper Age Limit for RRB NTPC Under-Graduate Posts is mentioned here.

R
riyaz
I am 21 years old planning to apply for the RRB NTPC exam, can you tell me on what basis the eligibility is decided?
J
jaya garg

Hi. The RRB NTPC Eligibility Criteria, which is set by the Railways Recruitment Board, is decided based on different parameters including Nationality, Age limit, Educational Qualification, and Physical fitness.

P
puja sao
Are any online applications announced by the RRB NTPC?
J
jaya garg

Hi. Yes, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) has invited online applications from eligible candidates for more than 35,000 vacancies in various zonal Railways and Production Units of Indian Railways for the posts under Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC). More details related to RRB NTPC are here.

A
ananya pandey
I want to apply for the Commercial Cum Ticket Clerk, what is the minimum eligibility criteria?
J
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates must have passed 12th (+2 Stage) or its equivalent with minimum 50% marks in the aggregate. 50% marks are not to be insisted upon in case of SC/ST / Persons with Benchmark Disability / Ex-servicemen and candidates who possess qualification higher than 12th (+2 stage).

B
bhagyashri kene
I am from Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan but now living in India, can I apply?
J
jaya garg

Hi. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, among other countries can apply.

A
ananya pandey
How many vacancies were announced in various zonal Railway post?
J
jaya garg

Hi. Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) invited online applications from the selected candidates for around 35,208 vacancies in various zonal Railways and Production Units of Indian Railways for the posts under Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC). More details related to RRB NTPC recruitment are mentioned here.

S
sadim ansari
What is salary of RRB NTPC?
J
jaya garg

Hi Sadim. Candidates applying for the undergraduate post are offered a starting salary anywhere between INR 19,000 to INR 21,700 while the graduate post employees are offered a salary varying in between INR 25,500 to INR 35,400. Further details are mentioned here.
 

S
sourajit mukherjee
What is the exam date of RRB NTPC 2021?
J
jaya garg

Hi Sourajit. Starting date to apply online for this exam is not mentioned yet, you can refer to the official website to stay updated about the latest notifications. Candidates planning to apply for these posts, can chcek further details here.
 

N
neha
Does a candidate possessing 12th Certificate fulfils RRB NTPC eligibility?
J
jaya garg

Hi Neha. Yes, candidates who have 12th certificate are eligible to apply for undergraduate posts vacancies in RRB NTPC exam. The undergraduate posts are for accounts clerk, typist, and junior clerk positions.

R
rashmi
What is the age limit for undergraduate level posts in RRB NTPC 2020?
J
jaya garg

Hi Rasmi. The age limit for undergraduate posts varies from 18 to 30 years while the age limit for graduate posts is 18 to 33 years. For undergraduate posts, candidates must have cleared class 12. Further details related to the same are mentioned here.
 

R
rashmi
Is a candidate eligible to apply for more than one post in RRB?
J
jaya garg

Hi Rashmi. Before applying for the post(s), candidates must ensure that they meet the minimum eligibility norms including age, educational qualification, etc.

K
koyena biswas
Can Class 12 candidates apply for RRB NTPC?
J
jaya garg

Hi Koyena. Degree from recognized university or equivalent is required for some post. However, 12th pass candidates can apply for post like Accounts Clerk Cum Typist, Commercial Cum Ticket Clerk, etc. in case they meet other minimum eligibility criteria. Get more details related to the same here.
 

V
vipasha
What are the EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS required for different RRB NTPC Posts?
J
jaya garg

Hi Vipasha. Candidates applying for the RRB NTPC exam must meet the minimum eligibility criteria depending on the post for which a candidate is applying. But for most of the pots, candidates must have a graduation degree. You can check other details here.
 

M
mizna harmain
What is the AGE LIMIT for RRB NTPC 2020 Recruitment as per the Official Notification?
J
jaya garg

Hi Mizna. The age limit for undergraduate posts varies from 18 to 30 years. However, relaxation is provided to the candidates belonging to reserved category. Further details related to the same are presented here.