Frequently asked questions


Q) When is the Notice/Advertisement of SSC Examination issued?

Ans. Tentative dates of issue of Notices of different Examinations are published in the Annual Calendar of SSC Examinations. It is therefore advised to regularly visit the official website of the Staff Selection Commission for latest updates.

Q) When does the Annual Calendar of SSC Examinations Released?

Ans. The Annual Calendar of the SSC Examinations of the Commission for the next year is generally released in the month of September/October of the current year on the SSC official website

Q) Is there any facility to change exam date due to clash with other organization's exam?

Ans. The Staff Selection Commission does not entertain any request for change of its examination datesin the event of the dates clashing with examination dates of any other organization.The Commission also does not entertain any request for change of Examination Centre and Examination Shift, etcon account of any other reason also.

Q) Is Registration mandatory for applying to the examinations of the Staff Selection Commission?

Ans. Yes, One-Time Registration with the Staff Selection Commission is a mandatory prerequisite. On completion of One-Time Registration, candidates can apply online for any examination of the Staff Selection Commission.

Q) Should I register each time before applying for anexamination?

Ans. No, If the candidate has registered once after 20-07-2018, she/he has to use the same ‘Registration Number’ and ‘SSC Registration Password’ for applying to various examinations conducted by the Staff Selection Commission.

I have registered in 2017. Can I apply for examinations of the Staff Selection Commission in 2019?

Ans. No. After the launch of Staff Selection Commission’s new website on 20-07-2018, Registration Number and Password allotted prior to that date cannot be used.The candidate would require to register afresh.

Q) What is the procedure for SSC one-time Registration?

Ans. For one time registration, Candidate needs to click on ‘Register Now’ link provided in login section on SSC official website and Meticulously follow the instructions given in the Registration webpage.

Q) I am unable to upload my photo and signature while applying for one time Registration?

Ans. Check size and format of photograph and signature files. Scanned colour passport size photograph should be in JPEG format and file size of the photograph should be in the range of 20 KB to 50 KB. Image dimension of the photograph should be about 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height). Similarly, scanned signature file should be in JPEG format having file size ranging from 10 KB to 20 KB. Image dimension of the signature should be about 4.0cm (width) x 3.0 cm (height).The image of the signature should occupy at least 75% of the frame.

Q) How to get Registration number and Password, if a candidate forgets it?

Ans. Go to ‘Forgot Password’ link in the Login section on the official website of Staff Selectiion Commission and enter required details.On verification through email or mobile OTP, the Registered email-id and Registration Number would bedisplayed on the screen. You will be prompted to change password. Set your new password and keep it safely for future use.

Q) when I am trying to login with my credentials, the System is giving message that “Please check your Username/ Password”.“Forgot Passwork” link is also not working.

Ans. If you do not complete the One-time Registration Process within 14 days, your data is automatically deleted from the Database. Therefore, you have to make One-time Registration afresh.

Q) What are the contact details of a particular Regional / Sub Regional Offices of the Commission?

Ans. Contact Details of the all 9 Regional/ Sub Regional Offices of the Staff Selection Commission areavailable on the website of the Staff Selection Commission and concerned Regional website(s) of the Commission.

Q) How to apply for any examination of the Commission?

Ans. After publication of the Notice of the Examination users can login using your ‘Registration Number’ and ‘SSC Registration Password’ in the login section of the official website of SSC. Click on the Examination Link you wish to apply for in the ‘Latest Notifications’ Section of your Dashboard. Read the Notice of Examination before you apply for any examination.

Q) What is the application fee for SSC?

Ans. The fee to be paid with the SSC application is Rupees one hundred (Rs. 100/-) for each Examination.

Q) Who are eligible for exemption from paying fee for SSC?

Ans. All female candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Schedule Tribe, Persons with benchmark Disabilities (Divyangjans) and Ex-Servicemen candidates eligible for reservation are exempted from payment of fee for SSC.

Q) How to make fee payment for SSC?

Ans. After filling online application of SSC, fee can be paid online through BHIM UPI, Net Banking, by using Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, RuPay Credit or Debit cards or in SBI Branches by generating SBI Challan.

Q) I have made payment more than once for SSC. How to get refund?

Ans. Fee once paid will not be refunded. Staff Selection Co will not take any responsibility of it. Candidates are advised to be careful while make payment for SSC application.

Q) Can I pay fee offline for SSC application?

Ans. Yes. You can pay fee through SBI Challan also. Choose this option after filling the SSC Application Form and print the Bank Challan. Use it for paying fee in cash at any SBI Branch

Q) I have submitted fee through offline bank Challan for SSC. Now should I enter my transaction ID and date of deposit in the application form?

Ans. No. You don't need to submit any Transaction ID, Wait for 2-3 working days. Your bank payment details will be updated automatically.

Q) How to reprint my SSC offline bank challan?

Ans. Login using your ‘Registration Number’ and ‘SSC Registration Password’ in the login section of the SSC Portal. Click on the ‘Download Offline Challan’ link of the concerned examination in the ‘Latest Notifications’ Section in your Dashboard.

Q) My SSC application status is showing incomplete after making online payment?

Ans. It means that fee is not yet received by the Commission from the Bank. Status of fee payment can be verified at the ‘Payment Status’ or ‘Double Verification of Payment’ links provided in the candidate’s login screen. You may wait for 2-3 days and re-check. In case, payment status is still incomplete, you may check your bank account for refund of fee amount. Contact your bank or you may make fee payment again. Alternatively you may also generate an offline challan so that payment could be made in cash at SBI.

Q) What is meant by the application status of SSC showing “Provisionally Completed”or “Provisionally Accepted”?

Ans. The online application has been submitted successfully. It has been accepted provisionally by the Commission because the details filled by you have not been verified by the Staff Selection Commission.

Q) I have completed the application process of SSC but I cannot find any link to download my application form in PDF.

Ans. Login to SSC portal using your ‘Registration Number’ and ‘SSC Registration Password’ in the login section of the website. Click on the ‘Print’ link of the concerned examination in the ‘Latest Notifications’ Section in your Dashboard.

Q) How to correct my name/ father’s name/ mother’s name/ Gender/ mobile No. etc in SSC application form?

Ans. Login SSC portal using your ‘Registration Number’ and ‘SSC Registration Password’ in the login section of the SSC official website. Click on ‘Modify Registration’ and make necessary changes. Be cautious while editing as entries in the ‘Basic Details’ tab are allowed modification only once.

Q) Can I change my address details photo, signature etc. before applying for any SSC exam?

Ans. Yes, you can change it before applying to an examination. Login to your SSC account using your login credentials, then Click on ‘Modify Registration’and make necessary changes.

Q) Can I change my personal details after applying for any SSC exam?

Ans. No, once an online applicationform is submitted,modification is not allowed.

Q) I want to change my typing medium in respect of Skill Test/ Type test

Ans. After submission of the online Application, change of typing medium is not allowed.

Q) For which advertised post of SSC, a PwD candidate is eligible to apply?

Ans. The candidature of PwD candidates are finally considered only for those posts which are identified as suitablefor them. Therefore candidatesmay see the Notice of the concerned examination.

Q) Is normalization adopted in the Examinations conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC)?

Ans. The information regarding normalization for an Examinationis given in the Noticeof that Examination. Normalization is adopted only in multi shift examinations.

Army Officer Recruitment

Q) I'm not able to submit my application online, what to do?

Ans. Try to submit your application from a different computer or Upgrade your browser. We recomend to use a Higher version of Chrome or Firefox to use Indian Army's website smoothly.

Q) I have entered my wrong Board/University marks mistakenly in the application, How do I correct it?

Ans. All changes can be made only till the time of submission of application. After lasst submission date no changes can be made. Only possible if the submission date is extended by the Official.

Q) How do I convert my CGPA into equivalent percentage?

Ans. Conversion is as per your Board/University norms.

Q) Where do I fill my application to join National Defence Academy (NDA)?

Ans. To join NDA you can fill up your application form in the UPSC official website.

Q) How do I see information/ contents of the website ?

Ans. GUIDELINES FOR CANDIDATES TO SEE THIS WEBSITE Follow these steps:- Click OFFICER’s Menu. Go to type of entry. Click the submenu under type of entry to see location of interview centre(Allahabad/Bhopal/Bangalore). After seeing the interview centre i.e (Allahabad/Bhopal/Bangalore) you can further click sub menu for specific dates of SSB interview. To see merit position/ issue of Joining Instructions(JI) follow step 3 & click sub menu to see merit/issue of JI. OTA submenu covers the following type of entries:- SSC(NT) MEN SSC(NT) WOMEN SSC(TECH) MEN SSC(TECH) WOMEN NCC SPL ENTRY MEN NCC SPL ENTRY WOMEN JAG ENTRY (MEN & WOMEN) 7. SERVICE Entry covers following type of entries:- ACC PC(SL) SCO

Q) Where do I have to report for interview once I qualify for the SSB interview?

Ans. The interviews for Army candidates are conducted at one of the following centres -

  • Selection Centre East Allahabad.
  • Selection Centre Central BhopalSelection Centre South Bangalore

Q) Can I submit more than one application form for the same entry?

Ans. No, only one application is required to be submitted.

Q) Will I get any compensation if I get injured during SSB interview?

Ans. No compensation will be paid in respect to any injury sustained as a result of test conducted at SSB.

Q) What are the facilities available for guidance/information/clarification regarding the application form?

Ans. Candidates can contact Additional Directorate General of Recruiting at their Reception Room at West Block-III, RK Puram, New Delhi or over telephone No 011-26173215/011-26175473 on all working days between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM.

Q) From where can I obtain the form for Non UPSC entries?

Ans. Application forms are published alongwith the advertisement published for different entries. Common application form applicable for all Non UPSC entries can be downloaded from official website of Indian Army

Q) If I receive my SSB interview date once, it is possible to fix the same at any other time?

Ans. Yes, If you are unable to attend the SSB interview due to unavoidable circumstance, you can appel to the concerned Selection Centre from where you have got the call. They will give you another date for SSB interview.

Q) Do you give any preference to the wards of Armed Forces for SSB interview?

Ans. No, such preference is given to the wards of Armed Forces for SSB interview.

Q) What are the maximum chances I can avail for SSB interview?

Ans. There is no limit laid down. You can appear for SSB interviews upto the permissible age.

Q) Is there minimum percentage laid down for NDA and CDS examination?

Ans. No, you have to pass your minimum education qualification and appear for the examination conducted by the UPSC.

Q) I have done NCC and obtained 'C' certificate what are the avenues available for me?

Ans. Certain vacancies for NCC 'C' certificate holders are reserved for IMA and OTA. For IMA you have to apply through UPSC ie Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE) and for OTA through NCC Spl entry Scheme for which advertisement is published in Jun/Jul and Nov/Dec every year. NCC Spl Entry scheme is a Non UPSC Entry.

Q) What are the avenues available to me to join army as a technical graduate?

Ans. Technical Graduate course and UES course for Permanent commission and Short Service Commission are available. For details visit official website of Indian Army

Q) What are the avenues available to me to join army at Graduate level?

Ans. Following entries are available

  • IMA
  • OTA
  • NCC Spl Entry Scheme
  • TGC
  • UES
For complete details visit official website of Indian army

Q) What are the avenues available to me to become officer at intermediate level?

Ans. NDA and 10+2 TES entries are available. Visit our website for complete details.

Q) Do you give food and accommodation free of cost or recover at later stage?

Ans. Boarding and lodging is free of cost. No such recovery is done at a later stage.

Q) Can I check my son's merit list as guardian?

Ans. Merit list of all entries is being made available at our website You can also contact on tele Nos given in the respective advertisements. Merit list is also displayed at candidates Reception Room at the office of ADG Rtg at West Block-III, RK Puram New Delhi.

Q) Is there any possibility to give the interview in the nearest Selection Centre?

Ans. No, interviews are conducted only at the centres fixed by ADG Rtg

Q) I got only three copies of photographs, will you accept it?

Ans. All the cadidates are advised to carry sufficiant numbers of Photograph and avoid the chance of Delay/Rejection.

Q) Can you tell me the reporting date of mine at your Centre (The caller doesn't tell anything about himself)?

Ans. You can visit official website of Indian Army for date of reporting. Normally all call letters do have the reporting date.

Q) My train is late. I can not reach for reporting on time. Can you arrange my reception accordingly?

Ans. If a candidate reaches late and is unable to report at the given date and time then he is required to report to Selection Centre directly. In unavoidable circum stances we can consider the case of candidates.

Q) I am coming by bus. Please tell me where I have to get down?

Ans. There are a few possibilities -

  • Go to the railway station and meet our representative who will accompany you till Selection Centre.
  • You can directly report to the Selection Centre.

Q) I am a lady candidate. And for the first time I am coming alone from my home. Do any person accompany me from station to your centre and vice-versa?

Ans. As per the details given in the call up letter you report at the appointed date and time. Our representative will receive all candidates at Railway Station and you will be provided transport from Railway Station to Selection Centre. Your boarding and lodging is free of cost alongwith other lady candidates.

Q) I have my local relatives in the station. Can I be permitted to stay there and attend the interview from there?

Ans. No, you have to stay within the premises of the Selection Centre. However, you are permitted to go outside the Selection Centre during your stay.

Q) My luggage was stolen my somebody. I do not have anything to come with?

Ans. You can report to the Selection Centre with your ID proof. Your boarding and lodging is free of cost. Meanwhile, you can contact parents/relatives for help if required.

Q) My son is a vegetarian. Is there separate table for the vegetarians?

Ans. Yes Indian Army cater for all.

Q) What will be boarding and lodging charges during my stay at your centre?

Ans. Candidate's boarding and lodging is free of cost during your stay at Selection Centre.

Q) I am coming from Mumbai by IAC flight. I want the full charges to be reimbursed. What are the procedures?

Ans. Candidate can only get the Traveling Allowance of entitled class of Railways.

Q) I am coming by AC class. What can I be reimbursed with in the form of Travelling Allowance?

Ans. Candidate can only get the Traveling Allowance of entitled class of Railways.

Q) I met with an accident. Can I get a second chance?

Ans. Send your request alongwith proof to the Selection Centre from where you got your call. We will give you second chance for interview.

Q) I am having problem in my eye sight. Am I eligible for the SSB interview?

Ans. The medical standards for joining Armed forces are laid down. They are different for different categories. For details please visit official website of Indian Army .

Q) Can I bring mobile while coming there?

Ans. No, Mobile and Cameras are strictly prohibited in the Selection Centre premises. However , you can utilize the STD facility on payment at the Centre.

Q) Can I arrive to the reporting campus a day earlier from reporting date?

Ans. No, you are advised to report on the appointed day. In case you come early due to unavoidable circumstances then you have to stay under own arrangement in the city.

Q) My train is getting late beyond its scheduled arrival time at Allahabad. What can I do?

Ans. If you reach the station late, due to late arrival of train then you are advised to report to the Selection Centre directly under your own arrangement.

Q) My parents or relatives or friend or brother or guardian accompanying me. What are the arrangements for their stay?

Ans. There is no accommodation catered for parents/relatives/friends as they are not permitted to enter the Selection Centre premises.

Q) I am unable to attend the interview on the date given. What should I do?

Ans. Send an e mail to Army Recryitment Board on suggesting period suitable to you. We will try and accommodate you as per your availability.

Q) My parents/friends/roommate got the call up letter, I have not received it. What can I do?

Ans. You can check your interview dates on this website and report for interview accordingly. A sample call letter can be downloaded.

Q) I am doing 10+2. How can I apply to be an Army Officer?

Ans. See the advertisement published by UPSC for NDA in Apr/Sep every year and for 10+2 TES Entry in leading news papers in Nov/Dec and May/June every year.

Q) I had qualified in CDSE. When is my date of interview?

Ans. After the declaration of result by UPSC, the interviews are normally conducted after 45 to 60 days. you can see your SSB interview details on this website.

Q) When can I update my aadhar number?

Ans. You can update at the time of registration or at any time when you receive it from Unique Identification Authority of India. However, you must try to update it before appearing for the SSB/other tests.

Q) Will my Biometric data be stored on servers?

Ans. No, when you give your biometric impression at the test site, the image is not stored by It is only forwarded to Unique Identification Authority of India site for authentication.

Q) If I do not provide my aadhar number will I be rejected?

Ans. No, but you have to update your aadhar number to facilitate the recruiting organisation for your identification.

Army JCO/RO Enrollment

Q) When can I download my admit card?

Ans. Admit card can be downloaded three days after closure of application on Indian Army's Official Website

Q) How can I change my trade from that submitted earlier?

Ans. You can change it till the time application is not submitted. Once submitted the trade opted for is final .

Q) What are the documents required during recruitment rally?

Ans. Mark sheet, Board certificate, Caste certificate, Domicile certificate and Character certificate from Sarpanch in original and photocopy in duplicate duly attested by Gazetted Officer/Self attested.

Q) Can I take part in rallies out of my state?

Ans. No! Candidate can only be recruited in army rallies conducted inside in Candidate's own State. Only wards of serving army personnel can seek outsider sanction in the State where their father is posted. If anybody is promising you enrollment in army beyond your State area he is definitely trying to cheat you, hence beware.

Q) How do I come to know the schedule of rally in my area ?

Ans. You have to visit the nearest Army Recruiting Office in your district or Army Recruiting Office under which your district falls or Headquarter Recruiting Zone of state whose telephone Number / IVRS is given on this Indian Army's Official website. OR You can keep eye on this page we will update the rally instruction when announced for your state or district. OR You can visit the official website of Indian Army

Q) What is validity period of medical examination?

Ans. The validity period of medical examination for all cases will be 180 days. The validity period will counted from the the date of initial medical examination conducted by Recruiting Medical Officer/medical Officer.

Q) Can girls participate in the rally?

Ans. No, only boys can participate.

Q) Can a boy apply for Military Nursing Service?

Ans. No, only girls can apply for Military Nursing Service.

Q) I am holding NCC 'B' certificate, what is the benefit in case I produce it in the rally ?

Ans. In case you have applied for Soldier General Duty and Soldier Tradesman Category, you will get 10 bonus marks in the Common Entrance Exam provided you pass the Common Entrance Exam.

Q) In what time frame do I need to report to military hospital for review of medical?

Ans. If you are declared PUF (Permanent Unit), you have to report to the Military Hospital for review within 21 days of medical examination and for TUF (Temporary Unfit) 42 days.

Q) How much time does it take for documents to be received in Army recruiting Office from Military Hospital after being declared fit in medical?

Ans. It takes 10 to 15 days from the day the result is declared in Military Hospital.

Q) After being declared medically fit by the Military Hospital, what is the action to be taken?

Ans. A candidate should report to his Army Recruiting Office for schedule of next Common Entrance Exam and other details.

Q) Where do I get the Admit Card for Common Entrance Exam ?

Ans. Admit Card are issued by Army Recruiting Office generally a day prior to actual date of Common Entrance Exam at Common Entrance Exam site.

Q) Is there any negative marking in written exam and in which category ?

Ans. Yes, 0.5 negative marks are given for a wrong answer for all categories.

Q) IVRS informing me as pass but I am not listed in the Result ?

Ans. It shows Because you are not making in the merit list.

Q) Can I enroll in my father's Regiment?

Ans. Yes, provided vacancy exists; you should give your choice of arm at your respective Army Recruiting Office.

Q) What are the charges for getting enrolled in the Army?

Ans. Enrollment in the Army is ABSOLUTELY FREE.

Q) I am presently in 10+2. Can I apply for Soldier Clerk category?

Ans. No, you can only apply for Soldier Clerk/SKT category after declaration of results of 10+2 and having scored 60% marks in aggregate, 50% in each subject. English, Maths/Accountancy/Book Keeping, should be your compulsory subjects in Class 10th or 12th.

Q) Whose signatures are required on the character certificate and caste certificate? What is the validity period of the character certificate?

Ans. Character certificate with official stamp duly signed by the Village Sarpanch/ Ward Parshad / Headmaster / Principal of a recognized School / College (where the candidate is presently studying) will be acceptable. This certificate is valid for six months from the date of issue. For Caste certificate a self attested stamp paper is required.

Q) Which certificate is required as a proof of date of birth?

Ans. Education certificate of 10th class/Admit card from a central / state education board recognized for the purpose of employment under central government in addition to higher education certificate whenever required.

Q) Can I deposite Self-attasted documents in the Rally or It shoud be attested by Gazetted officer?

Ans. A candidate can submit self-attested documents to participate in the Rally.

IAF Airman Recruitment

Q) What is the permissible age limit for enrolment in IAF as an Airman?

Ans. The minimum age limit for enrolment in IAF as an Airman is 17 years on the date of enrolment and the maximum age limits are as follows -

  • For Gp X (Tech) & Gp Y (Non Tech) trades - Up to 21 years as on date of enrolment.
  • For Gp X (Education Instructor) trade - Up to 25 years for Graduate candidates & up to 28 years for Post Graduate as on date of enrolment.
  • For Gp Y (Musicians) trade - Up to 25 years as on date of enrolment.

Q) What is the difference between STAR and Rally?

Ans. Selection Tests for enrolment as an Airman are conducted in two ways i.e., STAR and Rally. 1. STAR (Scheduled Test for Airmen Recruitment) – Candidates from all over India can apply for the Selection Test by registering their names as and when the advertisement is published in the Employment News and on IAF website STAR is conducted into two Phases - Phase-I - This is a computer based ONLINE examination conducted by CDAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing). Phase-II - Shortlisted candidates as per their merit are called for Phase-II Selection Tests to be conducted at Airmen Selection Centres. 2. RALLY – Rallies are “On the spot selection test” conducted for candidates hailing from remote areas or under-represented areas to maintain demographic balance in IAF. The advertisement for the same is published in newspaper and also uploaded on the IAF website

Q) Am I eligible for airmen recruitment if I have done my intermediate/XII as a private candidate or from an open university?

Ans. Yes you are eligible, provided the Board/University is mentioned in the COBSE (Council of Board of School Education) list. The same can be checked in website

Q) I have 49.9% in XII and 49.8% in English. Am I eligible to appear in airmen recruitment test?

Ans. No, only candidates having 50% & above in aggregate and atleast 50% in English, are eligible to appear in airmen recruitment test of IAF.

Q) Is there a waiver of written examination for candidates possessing NCC ‘C’ certificate?

Ans. No, there is no such waiver, each candidate has to appear and qualify all the stages of Selection Test.

Q) Is there any additional marks for NCC ‘C’ certificate in the written test?

Ans. No, there is no additional marks for NCC ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ certificates in the Written Test. However, 3/4/5 marks are awarded for NCC A/B/C certificates respectively to the candidates who qualify all the stages of Selection Tests.

Q) Is there any age relaxation for Graduates/Post Graduates?

Ans. No, there is no age relaxation for airmen recruitment in IAF for Graduate/Post Graduate candidates or for any other courses.

Q) Is there any reservation for International/National level sportsmen in airmen recruitment in IAF?

Ans. No, there is no reservation for anyone in the Selection Test for airmen recruitment in IAF. However, special recruitment drive for outstanding sportsmen as airmen in IAF is done as on required basis for which separate advertisement is published.

Q) I have appeared in the STAR Phase-I Online Selection Test. What is next?

Ans. Result of the Online Selection Test will be provided on the login ID of the candidates and a list of candidates shortlisted for Phase-II Selection test will be published on IAF website for the information of the candidates. Shortlisted candidates will be issued with Admit Card for Phase -II Selection Test which could be downloaded from their login ID.

Q) What is shortlisting of candidates for Phase-II?

Ans. Shortlisting of candidate for Phase-II is done by applying cut-off to call a sizeable number of candidates for Phase-II testing at various Airmen Selection Centres. Candidate’s name appearing as having been shortlisted solely depends upon the performance of the candidates in the online Written Test. This list only depicts names of candidates who have qualified to appear in Phase-II testing i.e, the second phase of testing. The number of candidates figuring in this list is drawn considering the likely vacancies and wastage during subsequent stages of testing.

Q) I have cleared the Selection Test. What is next?

Ans. Candidates who have cleared the Selection Tests comprising of Written Test, PFT-I, PFT-II, Adaptability Test-I and Adaptability Test-II, and have undergone Medical Test (whether declared Fit or Unfit), have to secure place in Provisional Select List (PSL) published pertaining to the exam cycle in which one has cleared the Selection Test.

Q) What is Provisional Select List (PSL) and how it is prepared?

Ans. Provisional Select List (PSL) is a List of candidates prepared Group/Trade wise as per the merit of candidates who have cleared the Selection Test irrespective of whether he has been declared Fit, Unfit or Absent in Medical examination conducted for the enrolment of candidates in IAF. PSL is prepared based upon the tentative vacancy plus the standby to cater for shortfall which may arise on the date of enrolment. The dates of publishing of PSL for Selection Tests are mentioned in the respective advertisements. The display lists are also made available at concerned ASCs on the date of publishing of PSL. The dates for publishing of PSL are as follows -

  • Jan – Jun Testing Cycle - 31 Oct (Same year)
  • Jul – Dec Testing Cycle - 30 Apr (Next year)
The Provisional Select List is displayed as per the merit position of the candidates and PSL includes more number of candidates than the actual vacancy to cater for deficiencies that may arise on the day of enrolment due to absenteeism, medical unfitness, unwillingness etc. PSL in respect of each Group/Trade are prepared separately for Schedule Test and Rallies. PSLs have a validity period of six months from its date of publication and the same is mentioned in Display List of each PSLs. On expiry of the validity of PSL, candidature of all the candidates who are not enrolled, will get cancelled automatically and they will not be considered for future enrolments in IAF against that Roll Number.

Q) What is ‘Not in PSL’?

Ans. It is a list of candidates (published as per their Roll Number) who could not make it in PSL as they are low in merit.

Q) My name is in PSL. When will I get my joining Letter?

Ans. Candidates whose names have figured in PSL, will be considered for enrolment subject to availability of vacancies, their merit position in PSL and their medical fitness. It is not necessary that all the candidates whose names figured in PSLs will be issued with Call Letters (Joining Letter). Candidates whose name though published in the PSL but are low in merit may not be called for enrolment either as Main or Stand by. Further, candidature of candidates who are not enrolled, will get automatically cancelled on expiry of the validity of PSL and thereafter they will not be considered for future enrolments in IAF against that Roll Number. Candidates as per their merit position in PSL and availability of vacancies are issued with Call Letters. Enrolment List is also published in public domain twice a year on 10th June and 10th December for June/July and December/January enrolments respectively, for information of candidates. Candidate may check their status in above mentioned website.

Q) I have cleared the Selection Tests but my name does not appear in the PSL. Why?

Ans. Merely clearing the Selection Tests does not guarantee appearing of names in the PSL. Names not appearing in the PSL denotes that you are low in merit. You can also check for the PSL Cut off marks printed on PSL to compare your individual scored marks in selection test.

Q) I was awarded CSV status; I have received the corrected certificates from the concerned Board. Where should I report for clearing the CSV Status and what are documents I have to carry?

Ans. To clear the CSV status, you have to report to Commanding Officer of any one of 14 Airmen Selection Centres (ASCs) which is located close to your place/convenient to you. You have to produce the following documents for clearance of CSV status - CSV Undertaking Certificate handed over to you at the time of Selection Test. All Original Documents that you have produced in support of your qualification at the time of Selection Test. Three sets of self-attested photocopies of these documents. ASC will verify these documents. The photocopies will be retained by the ASC and the original documents after verification, will be handed over to you.

Q) My name is in PSL, but there is a code against my name as CSV. What is this?

Ans. CSV stands for “Certificate Subject to Verification”. This is because, there is an anomaly in your documents/certificates. This was intimated to you at the time of Selection Test and an undertaking was given by you to clear the anomaly and produce corrected certificate(s) within the given timeframe. The indication of ‘CSV’ against your name in PSL denotes that you have to clear the CSV status within the stipulated time. The candidature of the candidates who failed to get the CSV cleared within the stipulated timeframe, gets automatically cancelled on the day of enrolment. However, keeping in view the procedural delay in Educational Boards, your candidature is not cancelled and your CSV status is maintained. You are advised to get the anomaly cleared by the date as mentioned on the first page of PSL, to avoid cancellation of candidature. If the CSV is not cleared, your candidature will get automatically cancelled on the day of enrolment.

Q) I have no internet facility in and around my village as it is located at a remote area. How would I come to know about my Selection in IAF?

Ans. A copy of the PSL Display List will be available at the Airmen Selection Centre (ASC) UNDER WHICH YOU HAVE APPEARED IN THE SELECTION TEST. In case you have appeared in Recruitment Rally conducted by IAF, a copy of PSL Display List will also be available in District Collector’s /District Magistrate’s Office under whose jurisdiction the Rally has been conducted.

Q) My name is in the Enrolment List published on Air Force website, but did not receive my Call Letter till date. Why?

Ans. Call Letters are dispatched to candidates well in advance by Registered post in the self-addressed envelope as submitted by the candidates at the time of Selection Tests. Hence, you are advised to liaise with your post office for prompt delivery of Call letter. In case, you do not receive Call Letter before the reporting date, you can take print out of the page of enrolment list in which your name appears, from website and report to the concerned ASC at the time and date mentioned therein. You are also advised to download the ‘Consent form’ (applicable only for the candidates below 18 years of age on the date of enrolment) and also follow the instructions given in the ‘Joining Instructions’ and ‘Instructions for candidates’ available on the website.

Q) My name is in PSL. How much time should I wait for my joining in IAF?

Ans. The PSL is published for a particular enrolment Intake with a validity period of 06 months from the date of its publication i.e. 30 Apr & 31 Oct. The candidates will get enrolled on the enrolment date of that particular Intake as per their merit position viz-a-viz availability of vacancy of that Intake. The leftover candidates will not be considered for future enrolments hence, they must apply afresh if they meet the eligibility criteria.


Q) How do I apply for Railways Job through Railway Recruitment Board?

Ans. A Candidate has to go through the Centralized Employment Notices (CENs) published from time to time in various National/Regional Newspapers and Employment News/Rozgar Samachar published by Publication Division, Govt. of India & Website of various Railway Recruitment Boards. One has to apply within the validity of the said Employment Notice to the concerned Railway Recruitment Board only or as specified in the Advertisement.

Q) How do I know about the details of the post for which recruitment is notified?

Ans. The Centralized Employment Notification (CEN) indicating the name of the posts, qualification and other details are published in Employment /Rozgar Samachar from time to time. Indicative Notification retaliating to a CEN is also published in various national, regional and local newspapers indicating in brief the post(s) notified in the CEN inviting attention of prospective candidates to the particular issue of Employment News. This may also be seen on the website of various RRBs. For more details candidate can visit the official websites of RRB of respective Branch / Division.

Q) Where to get application form of RRB? / How to apply for RRB?

Ans. Candidates can apply through ONLINE Mode on RRB official websites ONLY. One application ONLY is required to be submitted to the selected RRB for all its notified posts against a particular CEN.

Q) Is there any laid down format for caste certificate?

Ans. The proforma of other certificates like vision test, caste certificate, EBC certificates etc. are also published along with the CEN. These can also be downloaded from the website of all the RRBs and on this website.

Q) What care I should take while filling-up the application form?

Ans. At first Read the CEN carefully to know the rules and regulations, eligibility criteria etc. before filling-up the application form. Ensure that proper fee as indicated in the CEN is submitted online along with the application. Make sure to upload a recent passport size colour photograph on the application form.Before final submission of the application, candidate should carefully review and confirm that all the details filled by them are correct including their clear legible photo and sign.Eligibility of the candidates will be considered only on the strength of the information furnished in the ONLINE Application. If at any stage of recruitment or thereafter, it is found that any information furnished by the candidate in his/her application is false/incorrect or the candidate has suppressed any relevant information or the candidate does not satisfy the eligibility criteria for the post(s), his/her candidature will be rejected forthwith.Candidates should ensure that they have requisite qualifications from recognized Board/University/Institute as on the date of Closure for submission of the application for this CEN.

Q) Can I apply for more than one RRB?

Ans. Candidates can apply to only one RRB. Any attempt to submit more than one application by a candidate against this CEN shall result in disqualification and debarment.

Q) What is the procedure for registering online application of RRB?

Ans. Candidate has to visit official website of RRBs or the regional websites of RRB where a candidate wants to apply and follow the procedure mentioned therein.Prior to the above, one has to go through the Employment Notifications published in Employment News / Rozgar Samachar and the Indicative Employment Notifications published in National/Local Newspapers from time to time. One can also follow the guidelines in the Employment Notifications uploaded on the websites of Railway Recruitment Boards.Candidates are advised to go through the caption “STEPS TO SUBMIT ONLINE APPLICATION:” in the CEN.

Q) What is the application fee for the various categories of RRB?

Ans. All the women, SC, ST, Ex-Servicemen, Persons with Benchmark Disabilities, Economically Backward Classes and Minorities have to pay Rs.250/- and the same will be refunded to the candidates who have appeared in the CBT duly deducting the Bank service charges as applicable for the refund.Minorities include Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Zoroastrians (Parsis) subject to revision/deletion/inclusion if any received till the closing date of this CEN. Minority candidates claiming waiver of examination fee will be required to furnish, at the time of Document Verification (DV), 'minority community declaration' affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper that they belong to any of the above minority communities, failing which their candidature will be rejected.Economically Backward Class (EBC) candidates are those whose annual family income is less than Rs.50,000/-. Such candidates should have valid income certificate in the prescribed format or on the letterhead of the issuing authority to this effect and submit the same at the time of DV. Candidature of candidates who have availed fee relaxation and then fail to submit EBC certificate is liable to be rejected.For all other candidates, the application fee is Rs.500/-. Out of which Rs.400/- will be refunded to the candidates who have appeared in the CBT, duly deducting the Bank service charges as applicable for the refund.

Q) What is the mode of payment of application fee of RRB?


  • ONLINE fee payment through internet banking or debit/credit cards.
  • OFFLINE fee payment through
    i. SBI Bank Challan Payment mode.
    ii. Post Office Challan Payment mode through any branch of computerized Post Office.
    All applicable service charges shall be borne by the candidate. If the fee is paid through offline mode i.e (b) i & ii above, the receipt should be preserved. The same should be produced on demand at the time of Document Verification (DV).

Q) How should I send my application to RRB?

Ans. Candidates need NOT send printouts of application or Certificates or copies to RRBs by post. The application form along with the fees are to be submitted only through online on the official website of RRBs.

Q) Who are eligible for free travel concession for various stages of selection of RRB?

Ans. Free Sleeper Class Railway Pass admissible to SC/ST candidates will be part of e-call letter when they are called for various stages of selection viz. CBT/Physical Efficiency Test(PET)/Skill Test/Aptitude Test/DV (as applicable) as per the details of valid caste certificate furnished in ONLINE application. SC/ST candidates have to fill up relevant column in the online application whether they want to avail Free Railway Travel Facility. Those ticked “Yes” in the respective column have to upload their valid and legible caste certificate along with online application. At the time of obtaining reservation and travelling, the Reservation Clerk and/or Ticket Checking Staff will ask for the original SC/ST community certificate for verification of genuineness of the candidate. Any attempt to misuse this travelling authority shall lead to rejection of candidature at any stage of the selection process including debarment for future examinations.

Q) How do I know the schedule of the examination of RRB?

Ans. When an examination is scheduled to be held, the date and time of examination is notified in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar as well as in various National, Regional and Local Newspapers. Further, the exam schedule may also be seen on this website of all RRBs. An e-mail and SMS alert are sent to the candidates on their registered e-mail and mobile number.

Q) How do I know the cause of rejection of my RRB application?

Ans. This is displayed on the website of respective RRBs.

Q) What is the minimum qualifying marks for RRB?

Ans. The minimum qualifying marks are as follows:

  • UR: 40%
  • SC/OBC: 30%
  • ST: 25%

Q) Is there any Negative Marking in RRB Exam?

Ans. There shall be negative marking for incorrect answers in first and second stage CBT. 1/3rd of the marks allotted for each question shall be deducted for each wrong answer.However, result is published as per merit and according to the number of vacancies available against different communities

Q) What is the duration provided for filling up of on-line application of RRB?

Ans. Generally, the duration of filling up of online application is 30 days. to Know more visit the official website of RRBs.

Q) What is the Age relaxation provided to the candidates for RRB?

Ans. Age relaxation is provided as per the extant instructions of the Government of India. These are specified in the CEN. No age relaxation is allowed to SC/ST/OBC-NCL (Non Creamy Layer) candidates applying against unreserved vacancies. PWD candidates applying against UR vacancies will be allowed age relaxation applicable for UR PWD only. If a candidate is eligible for relaxation of age on more than one ground, he/she would be accorded the highest of the age relaxations for which he/she is eligible.Candidates should note that the date of birth filled in this application should be same as recorded in the Matriculation /SSLC or an equivalent certificate. No subsequent request for its change will be considered.

Q) How do I know about the status of my selection of RRB?

Ans. After the written examination / aptitude test / skill test, as applicable, the list of short listed candidates is published on the main website of RRB and also all the regional websites of RRB. E-Call letters for various stages of CBT, PET and DV (as applicable) can be downloaded ONLY from websites of the RRBs concerned. The exam centre date and shift indicated in the call letter shall be final. Candidates whose roll numbers are not in the list are deemed to be out of zone of consideration.

Q) What are the medical standards for applying to RRB posts?

Ans. The medical standard and suitability for PwBD are indicated against each of the notified posts as Annexure-A of the CEN.Candidates called for DV will have to pass requisite medical fitness test(s) conducted by the Railway Administration to ensure that the candidates are medically fit to carry out the duties connected with the post(s) opted by them. Visual Acuity Standard is one of the important criteria of medical fitness of railway staff.The candidates are advised to read Chapter 5 of Indian Railway Medical Manual Vol.I which can be accessed at Candidates who have undergone Lasik surgery or any other surgery procedure to correct refractory error are not eligible for the post having Medical Standards A1, A2, B1 and B2.Different Medical standards shall apply to Ex-Servicemen as detailed in Para 534 of Indian Railway Medical Manual (IRMM) Volume I, which may be accessed at

Q) What is the meaning of normalization in RRB?

Ans. Normalization means ‘scaling’ or ‘equalization’ of marks of candidates who appeared in different test shifts (using different question papers) – but for the same stage of recruitment examination.

Q) When is normalization necessary?

Ans. Normalization is necessary when the number of candidates is so large that it is not possible to conduct their test in one common shift. In such cases, candidates are called to appear in different shifts (tests) using different question papers for each shift. Since the standard of difficulty of question paper is likely to differ in each shift, the original (raw) marks of the candidates have to be normalized (scaled or equalized) to prepare one common merit list.

Q) What do candidates gain from normalization?

Ans. Normalization helps to ensure that no candidate is at a disadvantage due to a more difficult question paper or gets an undue advantage due to easier question paper.

Q) What is the meaning of “raw score” in RRB?

Ans. Raw Score is the net marks scored by a candidate after deductions of wrong answers (@ 1/3rd marks for every wrong answer).

Q) Computer Based Aptitude Test is conducted for which category/posts of RRB?

Ans. Computer Based Aptitude Test is conducted for the posts of Assistant Station Masters (ASMs), Assistant Loco Pilots (ALPs) and Traffic Assistant.

Q) What are the minimum marks required for qualifying the Computer Based Aptitude Test?

Ans. A candidate needs to secure a minimum T-score of 42 marks in each of the test batteries to qualify. There shall be no negative marking in Computer Based Aptitude Test. This is applicable to all candidates and no relaxation is permissible.Candidates will have to qualify in each of the test battery of Computer Based Aptitude Test for considering them for the post of ASMs/ALPs/Traffic Assistants.

Q) Will a candidate be allowed to give the Computer Based Aptitude Test in any regional language?

Ans. The Computer Based Aptitude Test shall have questions and answer options only in English and Hindi.

Q) How is the final merit determined amongst the candidates who have appeared for Computer Based Aptitude Test?

Ans. The ALP merit list will be drawn only from amongst the candidates qualifying in the Aptitude Test, with 70% weightage for the marks obtained in the Part A of Second Stage CBT and 30% weightage for the marks obtained in Computer Based Aptitude Test.

Q) Where to get sample question paper for the Computer Based Aptitude Test of RRB?

Ans. Candidates are advised to visit websites of RDSO ( -> Directorates -> Psycho Technical Directorate -> Candidates Corner) for sample question paper and other details of AT.


Q) What qualification is needed for WBCS?

Ans. Educational Qualification for WBCS - Candidate must possess a Graduation degree from a recognized University and have ability to read, write and speak Bengali (not required for those candidates whose mother tongue is Nepali).

Q) What is the age limit for WBCS?

Ans. WBCS Age Limit - The Candidate should fall in the prescribed age group for applying to the post. Upper Age limit for WBCS is 36 Years for Group A B C. For Group D, maximum age limit is 38 years. Candidates of reserved categories will get Age relaxation according to the rule of Govt of India.

Q) Is WBCS tough?

Ans. Yes, it's the toughest examination in West Bengal.

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