Eastern Railway Apprentice Recruitment 2023 Notification For 3,115 Posts RRC ER Apprentice Online Form

Online Applications are invited from eligible candidates who are Indian Nationals for training in Workshops and Divisions of Eastern Railway as Act Apprentices under the Apprentices Act, 1961 and Apprenticeship Rules, 1992, as amended from time to time. Applications must be submitted online and no other mode of submission of applications would be entertained.

The online link will be live on the official website of RRC-ER from 27/09/2023 onwards and would remain live upto 26/10/2023. The candidates should click on the live link and fill up their application forms as per instructions of this notification. 

Important Dates:

Date of publication of notification on website 12/09/2023

Opening date of online application 27/09/2023

Closing date of online application 26/10/2023 

Total Posts:3115


i. All candidates, irrespective of community may be considered against UR training slots, subject to fulfilment of parameters for UR candidates. No age relaxation is allowed to candidates applying against unreserved training slots whether UR, SC, ST, OBC.

ii. However, against the training slots earmarked for specific communities i.e., SC, ST and OBC, only candidates belonging to that community will be considered.

iii. Reservation quotas applicable for SC/ST/OBC/ESM/EWS/PwBD candidates shall be applicable in accordance with the relevant rules issued by the Railway Board.

iv. The quota training slots in the ESM and PwBD categories are included in the overall training slots and hence are not to be filled up outside the notified training slots.

v. The candidates selected against ESM and PwBD will be placed in the appropriate categories viz. UR/SC/ST/OBC to which they belong to. Unfilled ESM training slots would be filled up from other candidates.

vi. Reservations to Ex-servicemen, their children and children of Armed Force personnel will be engaged for Apprenticeship as per rules details mentioned below:

a) Children of deceased/disabled Ex-servicemen including those killed/disabled during peace time.

b) Children of Ex-servicemen.

c) Children of Serving Jawans.

d) Children of Serving Officer.

e) Ex-Servicemen.



i. The candidates should have completed 15 years of age and should not have completed 24 years of age (as on cut-off date for receiving application). The age as recorded in the Matriculation certificate issued from a government recognized Board / Authority or the birth certificate issued from a government recognized  authority shall only be reckoned for the purpose. No other document like horoscope, affidavits, birth extract from Municipal Corporation, service records and like will be accepted.

ii. Upper age limit is relaxable by 05 years in case of SC/ST candidates, 3 years in case of OBC-NCL candidates and 10 years for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) candidates.

iii. Candidates availing the benefits of the relaxed criteria would be required to produce the relevant documents at the time of documents verification for verifying their eligibility for the above – mentioned criteria. Falling to do so will lead to rejection of candidature under relaxed standards.

iv. Upper age limit is relaxable by additional 10 years for Ex-SM (ex-serviceman) up to the extent of service rendere in Defence Forces plus 03 years provided they have put in a minimum of 06 months service at a stretch, except Ex-servicemen who have already joined the Govt. Service on Civil side after availing of the Ex-servicemen status for the purpose of their engagement.

v. The candidates, who want to avail the benefit of reservation of Ex-servicemen and Armed Forces Personnel, must produce Discharge Certificate and Pension Papers. Similarly, the children of Ex- servicemen and children of Armed Forces Personnel must produce Discharge Certificate and Pension Papers OR Serving Certificate of his/her parents respectively (as the case may be) at the time of document verification.


The candidate must have passed 10th class examination or its equivalent (under 10+2 examination system) with minimum 50% marks, in aggregate, from recognized Board and should also possess the National Trade Certificate in the notified trade issued by NCVT/SCVT.


i. A person shall be eligible for being trained under the Apprentices Act, 1961 and the Apprenticeship Rules,1992, as amended from time to time, if he or she satisfies the minimum standards of physical fitness as prescribed in the aforesaid act and rules.

ii. In accordance with Railway Board letter No. E(MPP)/2009/6/14, candidates have to bring a medical certificate at the time of document verification in a prescribed format as per Apprentice Act, 1961 and para 4 of Apprenticeship rules, 1992 (as amended from time to time).

iii. The medical certificate should be signed by Government authorized doctor (Gaz.), not below the rank of Asst. Surgeon of Central/State Hospital. The format of such certificate will be as uploaded on the notice board of official website of Railway Recruitment Cell, Eastern Railway, Kolkata.


i. Selection of a candidate for training slot of a unit of Eastern railway will be on the basis of merit prepared in respect of all eligible candidates who apply against the notification. Merit list will be prepared on the basis of data/details filled up by candidates in the online application form. The formula given below in Para 5 iii will be followed for determining the merit. If any candidate fills up wrong details, then his/her candidature will be cancelled as soon as the discrepancy comes in the notice of Railway Administration.

ii. The Select list for Document Verification (DV) will be on the basis of average of marks in the Matriculation and ITI. The formula given below in para 5 iii will be followed for determining the merit. Merit list will be prepared trade/unit/community wise. Candidate must note that no centralized merit list will be formed.

iii. Merit list will be drawn for eligible candidates taking the average of percentage marks obtained by the candidates  In both matriculation (with minimum 50% (aggregate) marks) and ITI examination giving equal weightage to both.  For example – A candidate secured 80.58% marks in Matriculation examination and 91.68% marks in ITI,  then marks considered for selection will be ½ [80.58 + 91.68] = 86.13.

NOTE: - In case of two candidates having the same marks, the candidate having older age shall be preferred. In case the dates of birth are also same, the candidate who passed the matriculation examination earlier shall be considered first.

iv. Candidates to the extent of 1.5 times the notified training slots in the respective communities, as per merit prepared in view of above formula, will be called for Document Verification (DV) of unit, to cater to absenteeism and rejection etc.

v. However, the opportunity for training will be given to candidates who are selected as per merit order of their respective community, in the ratio of 1:1 of notified training slots, subject adhering to other prescribed criteria as per railway rules, for example – medical fitness in required category and rules for verification of a candidate etc.

vi. A candidate will get selected for training in ONLY one unit of Eastern railway as per procedures mentioned above, based on the comparative community wise merit position of candidate and as per available training slots in his/her trade.

vii. In case of any dispute, the decision taken by Railway Administration will be final.


i. Application fees (non-refundable) is Rs.100/- (Rupees One hundred) only. No fee, however, is to be paid by the SC/ST/PwBD/Women candidates).

ii. The payment of fees will have to be made online through ‘Payment Gateway’ available with online Application Form while filling up the online Application Form. The payment can be made by using Debit Card / Credit Card /

Internet Banking etc. Transaction charges for online payment, if any, will be borne by the candidate. At times, there may be server issues because of huge rush, which may affect the online payment system. In such scenario, the candidate needs to login fresh and attempt again.

iii. During submission of online application, a registration number will be issued to each applicant; candidates are advised to reserve/note their Registration Number.


i. Before applying, the candidates should ensure that he/she fulfils all the eligibility criteria. If at any later stage, the particulars furnished by the candidate are revealed to be not conforming with the eligibility criteria, his engagement will be terminated forthwith. All annexures in the given formats for claiming fees exemption, reservation, age relaxation, etc. must be submitted at the time of verification of documents.

ii. The candidates are required to apply ONLINE by visiting the link provided on the Notice Board of official website of RRC/ER Kolkata. They must go through the detailed instructions before filling up the online applications.

iii. All relevant fields/boxes must be carefully filled up by the candidate. The particulars (including spellings) must match with the details available in the Matriculation certificate like name, father’s name, date of birth etc.

iv. The candidates should fill the relevant columns regarding their community as per the government issued certificates for SC/ST/OBC/EWS and physical disability.

v. Candidates can apply for any unit of Eastern Railway for training as Act Apprentice Trainee as per notified training slots of units of Eastern Railway through this notification. However, they would have to exercise options for giving preference to units for training.

vi. However, a candidate will get selected for training in ONLY one unit of Eastern Railway as per proceduresmentioned in Para 5 of this notification, based on the comparative community wise merit position of candidate and as per available training slots in his/her trade.

vii. The candidates are advised to indicate their mobile numbers and valid e-mail IDs which need to be kept active over the entire process of selection, since communication for further selection process will be made through these media. No letter will be sent by post from RRC/ER.

Documents to be uploaded:

a. Scanned Photograph – Candidates are required to upload their good quality and contrast colour photograph, not more than 3 months old, at the space provided in the online Application Form. The scanned photo should be in the JPG/JPEG format and within the specified file size as mentioned in the Application Form. The photograph should be clear, without cap or sunglasses and should have defined edges. The candidates should also keep 10 copies of the same photograph for future purposes.

b. Scanned signature – Candidates are required to upload their full signature at the space provided in the online Application Form, which has to be in JPG/JPEG format and within the specified file size as mentioned in the Application Form. The application submitted without signature will be summarily rejected.

c. Standard 10th mark sheet – pdf format with specified file size as mentioned in the application form.

d. ITI Certificate from NCVT/SCVT - pdf format with specified file size as mentioned in the application form.

e. Community certificate for SC/ST/OBC/EWS - pdf format with specified file size as mentioned in the application form.

f. PwBD Certificate in pdf as applicable with specified file size as mentioned in the application form.

 NOTE: The format of the Community certificates, EWS certificate and PwBD certificate shall be as per the document uploaded in the website.

i. All other relevant columns of the Application Form should be filled up by the candidate.

ii. After final submission of online application, no candidates will be allowed to do any type of correction/alteration online.

iii. The Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC) / Eastern Railway reserves the right to reject the incomplete applications.

iv. Candidates are advised to take a print out of the filled-up online Application Form after all details have been filled and the Form has been confirmed to have been submitted.

v. Help Desk – For any problems in submitting the applications online or printing of the application, candidates can seek help line provided during the application process and notified on website of RRC – ER.


 The applications having any one of the following deficiencies/discrepancies or irregularities will be summarily rejected:

a. Signature in Block/Capital Letter.

b. Left Thumb Impression/Signature not affixed on the application and at prescribed place.

c. Smudged/Blurred LTI.

d. Caste certificate and other certificates not uploaded and not obtained from appropriate authority.

e. Non-payment of prescribed fee (where applicable).

f. Not having requisite educational and/ technical qualification as notified.

g. More than one application by single candidate.

h. Applications send by any other mode than the online mode.

i. Any other irregularities which are considered invalid by RRC.

Note: This list is only illustrative and not exhaustive. The applications will be rejected if any other irregularity/deficiency is noticed by RRC at any stage.


i. The candidates finally engaged will be provided Stipends at the prescribed rate as per extant provisions.

ii. This notification is purely for apprenticeship training and not for employment. Training in Railway establishments under the Apprentices Act, 1961 does not; by itself confer any right, whatsoever, for appointment in railway services by default.

iii. However, 20% of the vacancies notified to be filled up in Level – 1 recruitment notification (erstwhile Gr. ‘D’  category posts (Grade Pay – Rs.1800/-) shall be filled up by giving preference to the Course Completed Act Apprentices trained in Railway establishments and possessing National Apprenticeship Certificates granted by NCVT, subject to such candidates found suitable in other aspects and they have scored the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination.

iv. In matters of determination of eligibility and admitting the candidature of applicants, the decision of RRC/ER shall be final.

v. The Eastern Railway administration does not take any responsibility for sending replies to the candidates not selected or not called for.

vi. The selection is purely merit based and the Railway does not appoint any facilitation centre/coaching centre for the said selection. The candidates are advised to be aware of/avoid unscrupulous elements promising selection. If they come across such occurrences, they are advised to bring it to the notice of the SDGM/ER and local police with copy to this office.

 Necessary Annexures and Format of Medial Fitness Certificate are attached. 

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