The Railway Protection Force Sub-Inspector (RPF SI) Exam is conducted by the Ministry of Railways to select eligible male and female candidates as sub-inspectors of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) in the various zones of the Indian Railways. The selection for the post of Sub-Inspector will commence with a Computer Based Test and Fitness test. Candidates must satisfy all the criteria to appear for the RPF SI exam.
- What is the RPF SI Exam?
- RPF SI 2021 Notification
- RPF SI 2021 Exam Date
- RPF SI 2021 Eligibility Criteria
- RPF SI 2021 Application Process
- RPF SI 2021 Exam Pattern
- RPF SI 2021 Syllabus
- RPF SI 2021 Admit Card
- RPF SI 2021 Result
- RPF SI 2021 Cut off
- RPF SI 2021 Merit List
- RPF SI 2021 Salary
- RPF SI 2021 Vacancy
- Contact Details
What is the RPF SI Exam?
The RPF SI Exam is conducted as part of the RPF SI Recruitment process to select sub-inspectors for the Indian Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Special Protection Force (RPSF) in various zones of the Indian Railways. It comprises 3 stages: A Computer Based Test (CBT), Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Measurement Test (PMT), and finally, Document Verification
RPF SI Exam Highlights
The exam highlights of RPF SI 2021 exam is given below.
|Exam Name||Railway Protection Force Sub-Inspector|
|Conducting Body||Ministry of Railways|
|Duration of Exam||90 Minutes|
|Groups||Group A, B, C, D, E & F|
|Exam Medium||Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Assamese, Manipuri and Punjabi|
|Purpose||To recruit candidates for the post of SI in RPF & RPSF|
Candidates can apply for the RPF SI Exam according to the various railway zones that are grouped. Given below are the railway zonal groups for the RPF SI Exam
|Group A||Southern Railway (SR), South Western Railway (SWR), South Central Railway (SCR)|
|Group B||Central Railway (CR), Western Railway (WR), West Central Railway (WCR), South East Central Railway (SECR)|
|Group C||Eastern Railway (ER), East Central Railway (ECR), South Eastern Railway (SER), East Coast Railway (ECoR)|
|Group D||Northern Railway (NR), North Eastern Railway (NER), North Western Railway (NWR), North Central Railway (NCR)|
|Group E||North East Frontier Railway (NFR)|
|Group F||Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF)|
RPF SI 2021 Notification
The official notification regarding RPF SI 2021 exam is yet to be released by the Ministry of Railways. Information related to the recruitment of RPF SI will be available on the official website of the Indian Railways - www.indianrailways.gov.in.
RPF SI 2021 Exam Dates
The RPF SI 2021 exam dates are yet to be released by the Ministry of Railways. Given below are tentative dates for important events for the RPF SI 2021 exam. It will be updated once the official notification is released. Interested candidates are advised to fill the application form when it releases and completes it before the deadline.
|Event Details||Event Dates|
|Online Registration and Application||To be announced|
|Last Date for fee payment||To be announced|
|Last Date for registration||To be announced|
|RPF SI Exam||To be announced|
RPF SI 2021 Eligibility Criteria
Candidates aspiring for the RPF SI exam must check the eligibility criteria before registering for the exam. These include educational qualification, age limit, physical fitness and many more. These are some eligibility criteria mentioned below which are set by the exam officials for the candidates who are willing to apply for the RPF SI exam.
A candidate must be an Indian citizen to be eligible for the RPF SI exam.
Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or its equivalent.
The minimum age and maximum age for the RPF SI Exam is between 20 and 25 years respectively. Relaxations between 2 to 10 years are given for reserved categories.
Relaxations in Age limit
Candidates belonging to the reserved categories are given relaxation in their upper age limit. Candidates can check the table given below for the details
|Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe||5 years|
|OBC (Non-Creamy Layer candidates)||3 years|
OBC (Non-creamy Layer)-6 years
|Widows, divorced women, and judicially separated women||
OBC (Non-creamy layer) - 5 years.
Given below are the physical parameters for both male and female candidates in the RPF SI 2021 Exam:
|Category||Height (in cms)||Chest (in cms) (Applicable to Males only)|
|Garhwalis, Gorkhas, Marathas, and other Govt. Specified categories||163||155||80||85|
Note: For availing the reservation in RPF SI selection process, the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe/ Other Backward Caste-NCL candidates must provide the relevant documents and caste certificate from the concerned Government authorities, which supports their reservation claim.
RPF SI 2021 Application Process
Before filling out the RPF SI application form, candidates must ensure that they meet all the eligibility criteria given below. For registration, candidates can visit the official website and complete the application form process. Candidates must complete the application process for RPF SI 2021 Exam in online mode only. No offline applications will be accepted.
Visiting the website
- Candidates need to visit the official website of the Indian Railways to complete the registration process. On the homepage of the website, click on "New Registration" link.
- Read all the information and instructions given and click the checkbox. Candidates should also select the Zonal group to which they are applying for.
- Candidates need to enter all the personal details such as name, date of birth, father’s name, mother’s name, education board, Aadhaar number, State/UT, category, 10th standard roll number, year of passing 10th standard, phone number and valid email ID. Ensure all the information provided is correct and then submit it for registration.
Verification of mobile number and email ID
- An OTP will be sent to the candidate's registered email ID and mobile number. Enter both the OTPs and verify. Candidates will be provided with a unique registration number. Click on the Candidate Login using the registration number and proceed to fill the application form.
Filling the application form
- Fill in the basic details in the form including detailed educational qualification, reservation details, mother tongue, address for communication, etc.
- Candidates should also choose the exam language from the drop-down section.
- Candidates should fill in their bank details for the refund of application amount post the CBT exam.
- Once the candidates have filled out the application form, they can proceed with the payment of RPF SI application form fee.
- Candidates can make the payment through any of these online modes- Net banking/Credit Card/Debit Card
- Apart from the online mode, candidates can also pay the application fee through the offline SBI Challan.
- Upload a photograph in JPG format with the dimensions 35mm X 45mm, and the size of the document must be between 15 kb-40 kb. Date of the photograph and name of the candidate should be printed on it.
- Candidates of SC/ST categories need to upload a JPG or JPEG file of their certificates to avail the free travel pass from the Indian Railways
- Confirm the declaration to complete the application process. Download the completed application form and take a printout for future reference.
Modification of RPF SI 2021 Application Form
In case the candidates need to make any changes after submitting the application form, they can do it by paying INR 250. Correction of data/details other than the state and mobile number/email can be edited/modified. Candidates must note that the editing of details can be done only twice. The process to modify the RPF SI application form is given below.
- Candidates need to go to the "Online application" link and click on Modify application link
- Log in using your RPF SI registration number and password
- Pay the modification fee of INR 250
- After making the payment, candidates can rectify the mistakes in the form by editing/modifying it. Once the form is modified, submit the application.
NOTE: Candidates must pay INR 250 if any changes need to be made in the application after initial submission.
RPF SI 2021 Application Fee
Candidates can pay the RPF SI 2021 exam application fee online through Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card or offline through the SBI Challan.
|Category||Payable Amount||Refundable Amount post-CBT|
|General/Unreserved Categories||INR 500||INR 400|
|SC/ST/Ex-Servicemen/Females /Economically Weaker Section||INR 250||INR 250|
RPF SI 2021 Exam Pattern
Candidates appearing for the RPF SI 2021 exam must have a clear idea about the exam pattern of the paper in terms of types of question, marking scheme, exam duration, qualifying marks etc. The RPF SI 2021 exam will be conducted in 3 stages- A Computer Based Test (CBT), Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Measurement Test (PMT), and finally, Document Verification.
The RPF SI Exam Pattern for the Computer-Based Test (CBT) is given below:
|RPF SI 2021 Exam Pattern CBT|
|Mode of Examination||Online|
|Languages||English, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani. Malayalam, Punjabi, Manipuri, Assamese, Marathi, Odia, Gujarati, Bengali|
|Total no. of Questions||120|
|Marking Scheme||A correct answer fetches 1 mark; ⅓ of marks will be deducted for every wrong answer; Marks are not affected if the question is left unattempted|
|Qualifying marks||35% for unreserved categories; 30% for SC/ST|
|Sections||General Awareness (50 Marks), Arithmetic (35 Marks), General Intelligence and Reasoning (35 Marks)|
|Languages||Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Assamese, Manipuri and Punjabi|
Candidates who clear the CBT will be called for the Physical Eligibility Test and Physical Measurement Test. Given below are the details of the PET and PMT rounds-
Physical Eligibility Test
The details about the Physical Eligibility Test (PET) comprising long jump and running for both male and female candidates are given below.
|Category||1600 meters run||800 meters run||Long Jump||High Jump|
|RPF SI Male||6 min 30 sec||-||12 ft||3 ft 9 inch|
|RPF SI Female||-||4 min||9 ft||3 feet|
Physical Measurement Test
The physical measurement test in terms of height and chest measurement is given below.
|Category||Height (in cms)||Chest (in cms) (Applicable to Males only)|
|Garhwalis, Gorkhas, Marathas, and other Govt. Specified categories||163||155||80||85|
Candidates clearing the above 3 rounds are called for document verification. The document verification is followed by a Medical Fitness Test which is mandatory for the final appointment.
RPF SI 2021 Syllabus
For the CBT Exam section of the RPF SI 2021 Exam, the difficulty scale of the exam will be of graduation level. Given below is the syllabus of the CBT Exam:
1. General Awareness
- Indian History
- Art and Culture
- General Polity
- Indian Constitution
- General Science
- Number Systems
- Decimal and fractions
- Ratio and Proportion
- Time and Distance
- Profit, Loss, and Discount
- Fundamental Arithmetic Operations
- Tables and Graphs
3. General Intelligence and Reasoning
- Spatial Visualization
- Problem Solving Analysis
- Similarities and differences
- Spatial Orientation
- Visual Memory
- Relationship concepts
- Verbal and Figure classification
- Number Series
- Non-verbal series
- Coding and Decoding
- Syllogistic Reasoning
RPF SI 2021 Admit Card
The RPF SI 2021 Admit Card will be made available online, a few days prior to the scheduled exam date. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website. It must be carried to the exam centre without fail, or else the candidate will not be permitted to enter the exam centre. For each exam, i.e. Computer Based Test, Physical Eligibility Test, Physical Measurement Test and Document verification, a separate admit card will be issued.
How to download the RPF SI 2021 Admit Card?
The steps to download the RPF SI 2021 admit card are:
- Visit the official website of the conducting authority
- On the homepage of the website, check for the admit card notification. Click on it and login to your account using the details obtained at the time of application form registration.
- Click on the ‘Download Admit Card’ button.
- Preview the details before downloading the RPF SI admit card.
- Take a printout of the same.
Note: Candidates must note that the hardcopy of the RPF SI 2021 admit card will not be sent to the candidate's address via post/courier.
RPF SI 2021 Results
The RPF SI 2021 Results will be declared online in the form of a PDF of a merit list which is separated zone-wise i.e. Groups A, B, C, D, E, and F.
How to check results for RPF SI 2021?
The steps to download the RPF SI 2021 Results are:
- Visit the official website as results will be declared on the official website
- Login to your account using credentials.
- Click on the ‘results’ button to check scores and ranking and if the candidate has qualified for merit.
RPF SI Cut off
Candidates scoring more or greater than cut off for each round qualify for the next round. The final cut off is determined by normalisation of marks. Given below are the previous year's (RPF SI 2019) final cut off group-wise for reference.
The cutoff for Group A for all categories, including male and female is given below. The group A includes Southern Railway (SR), South Western Railway (SWR) and South Central Railway (SCR)
|Unreserved Categories (UR)||103.41||83.6|
The cutoff for Group B for all categories, including male and female is given below. The group B includes Central Railway (CR), Western Railway (WR), West Central Railway (WCR) and South East Central Railway (SECR)
|Unreserved Categories (UR)||106.4||90.5|
The cutoff for Group C for all categories including male and female is given below. The group C includes Eastern Railway (ER), East Central Railway (ECR), South Eastern Railway (SER) and East Coast Railway (ECoR)
|Unreserved Categories (UR)||98.63||82.3|
The cutoff for Group D for all categories including male and female is given below. The group D includes Northern Railway (NR), North Eastern Railway (NER), North Western Railway (NWR) and North Central Railway (NCR)
|Unreserved Categories (UR)||119.68||94.85|
The cutoff for Group E for all categories including male and female is given below. The group E is for the North East Frontier Railway (NFR) zone.
|Unreserved Categories (UR)||74.63||43.17|
The cutoff for Group F for all categories including male and female is given below. The group D is for Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF).
|Unreserved Categories (UR)||76.99||-|
RPF SI 2021 Merit List
The Ministry of Railways will publish the RPF SI Merit List online group-wise. The merit list will be available in the form of s PDF on the official website. After the merit list is declared, candidates who qualify will be called for a medical fitness and document verification test after which they will be appointed as RPF SIs in any of the railway zones.
RPF SI 2021 Salary
Selected candidates are eligible for Level 6 of the 7th Central Pay Commission. Starting salary amounts to INR 35,400. Additionally, Travel Allowance (TA), Dearness Allowance (DA), etc are also provided.
RPF SI 2021 Vacancy
The RPF SI 2021 Vacancies are yet to be specified. Zone-wise placement is done based on individual merit and stated preference. Below is a description of RPF SI 2019 Vacancies according to the various railway zones:
The number of candidates called for the PET and PMT rounds are typically 10 times the number of vacancies available, making it highly competitive.
In case of any queries related to the RPF SI exam, candidates can contact at the details given below.
Head Office Address: Room No 239, Rail Bhawan Raisina Rd CP New Delhi-110001 India.
Official Website: www.indianrailways.gov.in
Contact Number: (011)- 23381213/ 23386645
What is the exam fee for RPF SI Exam?
For unreserved categories, the RPF SI Application fee is INR 500 of which INR 400 is refunded after the CBT Exam and for the reserved categories such as OBC/SC/ST etc., the RPF SI Application Fee is INR 250 which will be fully refunded on clearance of the CBT Exam.
What is the syllabus for the RPF SI Exam?
The CBT Exam contains General Awareness, Arithmetic, General Intelligence and Reasoning sections. Each carry 50, 35 and 35 marks respectively. The difficulty level is of graduation level.
What is the marking scheme of the RPF SI CBT Exam?
The paper is for 120 marks in total. For every correct answer, 1 mark is awarded and ⅓ mark is deducted for every wrong answer. Marks remain unaffected if the question is left unattempted.
Where is the RPF SI Official Website?
There is no specific RPF SI Official website. Information regarding the RPF SI Recruitment is available on the official website of the Indian Railways which is www.indianrailways.gov.in.
What happens after RPF SI selection?
Selected candidates undergo training at railway prescribed institutions. Trainee cadets and recruits are given a stipend and additional allowances during the training period.