RRB NTPC 2016: How to Fill Post Preferences

RRB NTPC 2016: We have reached the final countdown towards the application process of RRB Non-Technical Examination for this year. According to RRB CEN 03/ 2015, the last day for applying under Railways Non-Technical Popular Categories is 25 January 2016. Hence, candidates should know about RRB NTPC 2016 Post Preference Filling Procedure.

RRB NTPC 2016: Post Preference Filling Procedure

Before we talk about post preferences, let us job through the basic RRB NTPC facts for 2016 Recruitment.
The Railways Recruitment Board declared that there are 18252 job vacancies under RRB NTPC Exam 2016. Also, the exam will be held online through the months of March to May this year. To assist candidates in selecting and filling post preference in the right manner, we have created this article. Please proceed step-by-step to know how to complete the application process for RRB NTPC 2016.
There are 4 most essential factors you have to keep in mind while filling post preferences for RRB NTPC 2016 Exam.
1. Number of vacancies for a particular post
2. Desired Location
3. Gender of the Candidate
4. Visibility of the Candidate  
We will talk in detail about each of the contributing factor which plays a very crucial role while filling post preferences for RRB NTPC 2016 Examination.

RRB Post Preference #1: Non-Technical Post Vacancies

RRB NTPC 2016 has currently

Name of the Post   Total Number of Job Vacancies 
 Commercial Apprentice (CA)  703
 Traffic Apprentice (TA)  1645
 Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk (ECRC)  127
 Goods Guard  7591
 Junior Accounts Assistant-cum-Typist (JAA)  1205
 Senior Clerk-cum-Typist  869
 Assistant Station Master (ASM)  5942
 Traffic Assistant  166
 Senior Time Keeper  4

Since, there will be no interview for these posts, there are a few important points which you need to keep in mind before you apply. They are as follows:

  • The Qualifying Marks required for a particular post.
  • The Medical Certificate and Requirements.
  • Pay Scale of Each Post.
  • The RRB Zone you are applying to.
  • The preferred line of work you want to select as a career.

The salary and pay scale for RRB Non-Technical 2016 posts will be as follows.

 Name of the Posts   Pay Scale  Grade Pay 
 Commercial Apprentice/ Traffic Apprentice  Rs. 9300 – 34800/-  Rs. 4200/-
 ECRC/ Goods Guard/ Senior Clerk-cum-Typist/ ASM/ Senior Time Keeper  Rs. 5200 – 20200/-  Rs. 2800/-
 Traffic Assistant  Rs. 5200 – 20200/-  Rs. 2000/-

Hence, try to measure your options and fill post preferences for RRB NTPC 2016 accordingly.


RRB Post Preference #2: Desired Location

Applying to a specific RRB can be crucial at times.

 Name of the Zonal RRB  Total Job Vacancies  RRB NTPC 2016 Application Link
 RRB Allahabad  2864  Click Here
 RRB Ahmedabad  1183  Click Here
 RRB Bangalore  695  Click Here
 RRB Bhopal  1151 Click Here
 RRB Bhubaneshwar  770 Click Here
 RRB Bilaspur  302 Click Here
 RRB Chandigarh  341 Click Here
 RRB Chennai  976 Click Here
 RRB Gorakhpur  317 Click Here
 RRB Guwahati  409 Click Here
 RRB Jammu  171 Click Here
 RRB Kolkata  1408 Click Here
 RRB Malda  278 Click Here
 RRB Mumbai  2296 Click Here
 RRB Muzaffarnagar  514 Click Here
 RRB Patna  714 Click Here
 RRB Ranchi  562 Click Here
 RRB Secunderabad  1618 Click Here
 RRB Trivandrum  488 Click Here

Depending on the post and location, a career in RRB Non-Technical can be extremely different. For example.

  • An Assistant Station Master can be relocated to a rural area very easily.
  • A Traffic Assistant or Commercial Apprentice can get a lot of leeway in this case.

Hence, choose the RRB wisely.


RRB Post Preference #3: Gender 

The Railway Recruitment Board decided on the exact number of Male and Female employees they want for a particular non-technical post.

There are again multiple factors that judge the overall capabilities, like physical strength, job profile, working hours, pay scale etc.

Our Post Preference on the basis of Gender is as follows.

 RRB NTPC Post Name  Male   Female
 Commercial Apprentice (CA)  1  1
 Traffic Apprentice (TA)  2  5
 Enquiry-Cum-Reservation Clerk (ECRC)  5  2
 Goods Guard  4  9
 Junior Accounts Assistant/ Typist (JAA)  7  4
 Senior Clerk cum Typist  6  3
 Assistant Station Master (ASM)  3  6
 Traffic Assistant  8  7
 Senior Time Keeper  9  8

For all those who didn’t understand the above table, here it is.

  • The numbers from 1 to 9 signify the post preference order of both male and female under the Non-Technical RRB Jobs.
  • Hence, the Post ranked as 1 will be most preferred, which we can see from the above table, is Commercial Apprentice.
  • There are a few factors like untimely job shifts, 24-hour support, which renders a lot of manual labour. Hence such jobs are ranked on the lower side.

We hope candidates refer to this data while filling post preferences for RRB Non-Technical Exam 2016.


RRB Post Preference #4: Eye Vision

It might come as a big shock to a lot of candidates. The Railway Recruitment Board lays a lot of emphasis on optimal eye vision. There are a particular set of predefined standards which have to maintained for various job posts in the Non-Technical Cadre.   

 RRB NTPC 2016 Posts  Eye Vision Standards
Assistant Station Master (ASM), Goods Guard (GG), Traffic Assistant and Traffic Apprentice (TA)  Distant vision: 6/9, 6/9 without  glasses

Near Vision: 0.6, 0.6 without glasses  and must  pass test for Colour,  Binocular, Night Vision &  Field of Vision

Enquiry-Cum-Reservation Clerk (ECRC), Junior Accounts Assistant/ Typist (JAA), Senior Clerk cum Typist and Senior Time Keeper  Distant Vision: 6/12, 6/18  with OR  without glasses

 Near Vision: 0.6, 0.6 without glasses  and must pass test for Colour,  Binocular, Night Vision & Field of Vision


A number of candidates might be getting confused about all this. The best option is to get yourself checked by a specialist and know if there is any vision related issue. An official prescription will help a lot.

Fill preference after considering each of these options carefully. But the most important factor should always be in mind, selecting the field of interest.

All the Best!

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  1. What are the syllabus for non technical rrb .ta ca goods guards asm etc.plz tell me sir…there are no explain about syllabus

    • A detailed article will be published on our blog this week.
      It will provide all the necessary details regarding RRB NTPC Syllabus 2016.

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  2. किसी उम्मीदवार ने सहायक स्टेशन मास्टर का विकल्प चुना और वह ” दृष्टि परीक्षा” मे फेल हो जाता है जबकि उसकी दृष्टि JAA या clerk के लिए सही है। तो क्या उसे यह मौका मिलता है या सिर्फ प्रथम विकल्प (जो उसने क्वालीफाई किया है) के लिए ही दृष्टि परीक्षा पास या फेल करनी होती है? कृपया authentic उत्तर ही दें। धन्यवाद!

    • सभी पदों के लिए एक कंप्यूटर आधारित टेस्ट (CBT) लिया जाएगा। उम्मीदवारों को पद की वरीयता क्रम का चयन अपनी पसंद और योग्यता का ध्यान रखते हुए करना चाहिए। ऐसा इसलिए क्योंकि अगर आप CBT में पास भी हो गए, तो भी मेडिकल टेस्ट या किसी भी अन्य टेस्ट में फेल होने से आपको असफल ही माना जाएगा। यहां तक कि किसी अन्य वैकल्पिक नियुक्ति के लिए भी आपके नाम का विचार नहीं किया जाएगा।

    • We cannot provide an approximate number but what our sources tell, an overwhelming number of 98 lakh+ candidates have applied for 18252 Non-technical posts this year.

  3. Job preference jo mangi gayi he, isme mujhe ye confusion he ki agar CBT me ho gaya to job preference k anusar baki test liya jayega ya fir 1st preference me nahi tika to dusra preference ka option hi nh milega??

    • Candidates should give their order of preference of post(s) or the Railways/Production Units while applying. RRB will fill the post and the Railway/Production Unit to the selected candidates as per the preference of the candidates subject to merit and vacancy position. However, in case of administrative exigencies/requirements, RRBs reserve the right to fill any post/Railway, subject to suitability of the candidate.

      • CA > TA > ASM > GG> ECRC > JAA > SCT> SC >STK
        Lets say cut-off for CA is fixed 80 and for TA it is 75
        And My score is 78 ?
        Could I be considered for TA , here as I am not satisfying cut-off for my first preference.

  4. sir. i filled wrongly at sight column. i have sight and i came to know from my friends that i am not eligible for ASM, TA but i placed them as my preferences

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