RPF Exam 2021

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Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a special security force in India that serves the nation by protecting the railway passengers, passenger areas along the precious property of the Indian Railways. RPF is under the authority of the Ministry of Railways in India and it also comes into action at the time of natural disaster along with the special forces trained to handle calamities. RPF is generally placed under the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) which has been entitled to the powers to arrest, investigate and prosecute the criminals. To expand their force and provide the civilians with the privilege to serve their country, RPF has announced their recruitment details for the year 2021. Through this blog let us have a look at the procedure of recruitment in the force.

Dates & Deadlines For RPF Exam 2021

Events  RPF Constable Exam RPF SI
Notification Releases To be updated soon To be updated soon
Online Registration Begins To be updated soon To be updated soon
Last Date of Registration To be updated soon To be updated soon
Last of Fee Payment To be updated soon To be updated soon
Date of CBT To be updated soon To be updated soon
Result of CBT To be updated soon To be updated soon
Final Result  To be updated soon To be updated soon

Eligibility Criteria 

The official authorities have put down some mandatory entry requisites which the students have to fulfil to enter the RPF. Failing which they will be not be granted recruitment under the CAPF.  Below mentioned are the compulsory requisites for the various tests:

  • The candidates wanting to apply for the Sub Inspector (Executive) should have graduation degree from a recognized institution. 
  • The maximum age to apply is 25 whereas the minimum is 20
  • Age relaxations for reserved categories are as follows: 
ST and SC 5 years 
OBC  3 years
Ex-servicemen candidates who have not been in service for less than 6 months from the time of attestation To the expanse of service provided in Armed forces andUR- 3 yearsOBC (Non-Creamy layer)- 6 yearsSC/ST- 8 years
Domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir during the time period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989 (Unreserved) UR Category- 5 yearsSC/ST- 10 yearsOBC- 8 years
Unreserved central government employees other than ex-servicemen who have served for less than 3 years of regular service UR Category- 5 yearsSC/ST- 10 yearsOBC- 8 years
Divorced women, widows, women judicially separated from husband (but remarried) UR Category- 2 yearsSC/ST- 7 yearsOBC- 5 years

Further, to register for the RPF exam, no age relaxation is permitted to SC/ST or OBC (Non-creamy layer) aspirants applying for any unreserved vacancies. The age limit criteria (inclusive of both dates) for the age group of 18-25 years under different categories is as follows:

Upper limit of the Date of Birth (Must not be earlier than) UR- 02.07.1993SC/ST- 02.07.88OBC (non-creamy layer)- 02.07.90
Lower Limit of the Date of Birth (Must not be later than) 01.07.2000 (For all kinds of categories)

Note: If an applicant has qualified for age relaxation on more than one factor, the highest (not cumulative) of the age relaxations will be accorded to them for which they are deemed eligible.

Physical Measurements

  • Male candidates belonging to the UR/OBC height should be 165 cms, expanded chest should be 85 cm whereas normal should be 80 cms.
  • For UR/OBC female candidates, the height should be 160 cms.
  • For SC/ST female candidates, the height should be 152 cms and for the males belonging to the same category, height must be 160 cms as well as the expanded chest for males (only) 81.2 cms and unexpanded should be 76.2 cms.
  • For Gorkhas, Marathas, Garhwalis, Kumaonese ad other categories specified by the Govt. the height for the female candidates should be 155 cms and for male 163 cms; expanded chest for males should be 85 cms and normal should be 80 cms are the basic measurement requirements for RPF exam 2021.

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Exam Pattern

The RPF exam strives to shortlist the best potential candidates from the country who can whole-heartedly serve the country. For the RPF aspirants, it is necessary to qualify the exam with a good score to get recruited in the esteemed profile. The selection process to shortlist applicants is divided into 3 stages such as:

  • Phase 1: Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Phase 2: Physical Efficiency Test (PET) & Physical Measurement Test (PMT)
  • Phase 3:  Document Verification

Below we have elucidated the phases in the following sections to help you get a better hold of the format of the examination:

RPF Phase 1

For this stage of the RPF exam, the candidates have to undergo the Computer Based Test. The level of the exam would be as per the basic disciplines taught in class 10th. The applicants will be given the flexibility to choose any one of the languages like English, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Malayalam, Konkani, Kannada, Gujrati, Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Odia, Punjabi and  Manipuri. It is compulsory to answer all the questions and for every correct answer, there will be 1 mark with a deduction of 1/3 marks for every incorrect answer. Neither the marks will be given nor deducted if the candidates fail to attempt the question.  

Phase 1 would be an objective exam with weightage of 120 marks and would only be commenced online. In total, there will be 3 sections in the test which students have to solve in 90 minutes. Tabulated below are the section-wise details of the RPF exam pattern:

Name of the section  Total
Total Marks 
General Awareness: Analogies, Similarities and
differences, Spatial Visualization, Special orientation,
Problem Solving, Analysis, Judgment,
Decision Making, Memory etc.  
50 50
Arithmetic: Sports, History, Social, Politics, Science etc.   35  35
General Intelligence and Reasoning: Computation of
whole numbers, Relationships, Athematic.
35 35

RPF Phase 2

In the second phase, students will have to qualify the Physical Efficiency Test (PET)  along with the Physical Measurement (PMT). Those who clear the computer-based test will be informed over the phone for their schedule of PET and PMT as per the 10 times of the category wise total vacancies in Group of Zonal Railways/ RPSF. The limit to enrol candidates can vary and depends on the total number of candidates that have applied. For the RPF aspirants, here are some essential requirements which they have to meet to clear this stage:

  • For the Sub-Inspector (Executive), there will be 1600 meter running test which the candidates have to complete in 6 minutes and 30 seconds with a high jump 3 feet 9 inches and long jump 12 feet (Males).
  • For the Sub-Inspector (Executive), there will be an 800-meter running test which the candidates have to complete in 4 minutes with a high jump 3 feet and long jump 9 feet (Females).

Note: Both male and female candidates will be given two attempts for the high and long jump whereas for the 1600/800 metres race only one attempt is there.    

Also, the Ex-servicemen will be exempted from the PET but have to qualify the PMT. if the candidates qualify for the 1600/800 metre running, they will be measured as per the eligibility criteria of the two genders. Candidates must keep in mind that the applicant who does not have the specified minimum height will not be considered for chest measurements. On the other hand, those who lack the standard set size for the unexpanded chest will not be sent further for expanded chest measurements. Hence, such candidatures will be disqualified at the respective stages of the RPF exam recruitment.

RPF Phase 3

The talented young individuals who qualify both phase 1 & 2 will be given a call for document verification. If the situation arises, wherein 2 candidates possess the same marks, according to the merit basis, the applicant will be selected on the basis of age criteria, i.e., the individual older in age will be given preference. 

Afterwards, the Railway Administration conducts a medical examination for the shortlisted candidates in which the verification of educational documents, category certificates, character certificate as well the past history of the candidates from the local administrator will be made. If any discrepancy is found during the final and ultimate qualifying stage i.e., document verification, the candidates will be disqualified from the RPF recruitment regardless of the results of phase 1 & 2.

RPF Recruitment Salary 

Tabulated below are the insights related to the salary of the RPF recruitments-

RPF Constable Salary

  • Basic Salary of RPF Constable Salary is Rs 21,700
  • With Additional Perks, the gross salary comes in the range of Rs 26, 000 – Rs 32, 000/-

RPF SI Salary

  • The Basic Salary of RPF SI Salary is Rs 35,400
  • With Additional Perks, the gross salary comes in the range of Rs 43, 000 – Rs 52, 000
Post Old Pay-Scale & Grade Pay
(6th Pay Commission)
New Basic Pay(After 7th Pay Commission) Total Salary Per Month(Gross Salary)
Sub Inspector Rs 9300 – Rs 34, 800/- Grade Pay Rs 4200/- Rs 35, 400/- Rs 43, 000 – Rs 52, 000/-
Constable Rs 5200 – Rs 20, 200/- Grade Pay Rs 2000 Rs 21, 700/- Rs 26, 000 – Rs 32, 000/

Thus, we hope that this blog has provided you with the key essentials about the RPF exam 2021. If you are preparing for any such competitive exam or struggling with career choices, our Leverage Edu experts are here to help you at every step of your academic and professional quest and ensure that you make an informed decision towards your dream career!

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