In the ever-evolving landscape of employment opportunities, the Indian Railways, in association with the Railway Protection Force (RPF), is set to release a groundbreaking recruitment notification for the year 2023. The RPF is all geared up to fill a staggering 9,500+ vacancies for the positions of constables and sub-inspectors, making this one of the most significant recruitment drives in recent times. This pivotal notification will be available for download at the official website, rpf.indianrailways.gov.in. If you’re an aspiring candidate preparing for a career in the railways, here’s everything you need to know about this golden opportunity.
RPF Recruitment Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the RPF constable post, aspiring candidates should fall within the age bracket of 18 to 25 years. It’s imperative to note that these age criteria are calculated in accordance with the details provided in the official notification. However, there are relaxations provided for specific categories:
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- Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes: A relaxation of 5 years.
- Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer): A relaxation of 3 years.
- Ex-Armymen: Tenure of their service (3 years for general category, 3 years for OBC+Non-Creamy Layer, and 8 years for SC+ST).
- Residents of Jammu and Kashmir between January 1, 1980 – December 31, 1989: Unreserved (5 years), OBC NCL (8 years), SC, ST (10 years).
- Central Government Employees with at least 3 years of permanent service: UR (5 years), OBC NCL (8 years), SC, ST (10 years).
- Widowed, Divorced Ladies: UR (2 years), OBC NCL (5 years), SC, ST (7 years).
Height and Chest Requirements: Physical Fitness is Key
The second stage of the selection process in RPF recruitment is the Physical Measurement Test (PMT), which is uniform for both constable and sub-inspector posts. To qualify for this stage, candidates must first clear the initial stage – an online-based objective-type examination. Here are the height and chest requirements based on different categories:
- UR/OBC: 165 cm (Male), 157 cm (Female)
- SC/ST: 160 cm (Male), 152 cm (Female)
- For Garhwali, Gorkha, Maratha, Dogra, Kumaoni, and other categories: Height – 163 cm (Male), 155 cm (Female)
- UR/OBC: 80 cm (Male) without expanded, 85 cm (Female) expanded
- SC/ST: 76.2 cm (Male) without expanded, 81.2 cm (Female) expanded
Education is the Foundation: Class 10 as the Prerequisite
Educational qualifications play a significant role in determining eligibility. Candidates can apply for these coveted positions only if they have successfully passed Class 10. It’s crucial to note that individuals without a Class 10 certificate will not be considered eligible for these posts, underlining the importance of basic education in today’s competitive job market.
When will the official notification for RPF Recruitment 2023 be released?
The exact release date for the RPF Recruitment 2023 notification has not been announced yet. Candidates are advised to regularly check the official website, rpf.indianrailways.gov.in, for updates.
Is there any age relaxation for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes category?
Yes, candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes category are eligible for a relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit for RPF constable post.