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          Introduction of Centralized Computer Based Objective type examination (CBT) in all departments having Organised Services Letter no No. E(GP)2022/2/4 dt  28.06.2022  
LDCE or Limited Departmental Competitive Examination is a promotional examination for Group ‘C’ employees to join as officers in Group ‘B’ in Railways. As per the recent guidelines from Railway Board 100% Objective type Multiple Choice Questions in the written examinations will be held, as part of Selections and pre-qualifying examination. The pre-qualifying examination will be followed by one descriptive type paper on professional subject comprising of 100 marks. Those candidates who pass the descriptive paper and qualify in the medical examination of prescribed standard will be called for viva voce.

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•    Indian Railway Manuals and Codes

•    Master Circulars

•    Updated recent Circulars

•    Reference books from Zonal Training Institutes

•    Previous years Question Papers

•    Question Bank

•    Sample Multiple Choice Questions

•    Assessment

•    Quiz

•    GK 

Also find Syllabus for 30% LDCE Assistant Commercial Manager (ACM) examination. Procedure and Policy on Group ‘B’ Selection.

Examination pattern

Selection against 30% quota

Pre-qualifvinq Examination

There shall be a Pre-qualifying single paper examination of 100 marks which shall have 100% Objective type Multipte Choice questions only.

The distribution of marks will be as under:

a) Technical subject                              40 Marks
b) General Knowledge including
    optional questions on Official

    language Policy                                30 Marks  
c) Establishment & Financial Rules       30 Marks

Qualifying Marks:

The candidates scoring 75% marks and above in the Pre-qualifying examination shall be eligible for appearing in the main examination and for this,  number of candidates should be restricted to 5 times the number of respective vacancies in order of merit.

Main examination:

The pre-qualifying examination-will be followed by one descriptive type paper on professional subject comprising of 100 marks and the qualifying marks in the written examination will be 60% and above.

The relaxation in marks for reserved category candidates :

The relaxation in marks for reserved category candidates in the pre-qualifying examination as weil as in the main examination in non-safety category posts will continue to be 3/5th of the qualifying marks.

Selection against 70% quota

In Organised Services and 100% selections in Miscellaneous Cadres

The written examination shall comprise of one Paper which shall have 100% objective type Multiple choice Questions only. The paper will be of 100 marks and the distribution will be as under:

a) Technical Subject including

Officlal language policy                         70 Marks

b) Establishment and Financial Rules     30 Marks

c) Qualifying marks                                 60 Marks

Best amongst failure schem for candidates belonging to reserved categories (SC/ST) in non-safety category posts will continue as per existing instructions.


Syllabus for professional paper of LDCEs:

The syllabus prescribed by the Board for written examinations held as part of 30% LDCEs in organised services constitute topics on Paper-1 & Paper-ll’ In view of the aforementioned changes in pattern of the LDCEs, the topics on professional subjects divided in two segments as Paper-t and paper-il shail be amalgamated and topics may be picked up for the Pre-qualifying and main examinations . The syllabus should be circulated along with the notification for the examination.

Pre amalgamated Paper-I 

  • Booking of Goods Traffic, Forwarding Notes, Registration of Indents, allotment, Rating and Routing of Traffic, Misdeclaration, RR, Weighment Including Punitive Charges for Overloading, Empty Tare Weighment, Classification of goods, Loading and Unloading including Transhipment, free time for loading and unloading, Booking of animals, Dangerous and offensive goods, Military traffic, RMC etc.

  • Different charges like Demurrage, Wharfage, Stacking, Stabling etc.

  • Freight incentive schemes, Terminal Management System, Good shed working, Trainload benefit, Quick transit service, Container service, loadability of Wagons, Higher Capacity routes, Investment schemes like WIS, TIELS, Dynamic Pricing Policy.

  • Out Agencies, City Booking Offices, and Other Ancillary services.

  • Commercial Inspections.

  • Sidings- Assisted and Private siding rules, Charges, Liberalised Siding Policy.

  • Dedicated Freight Corridor.

  • Other recent Policy charges regarding Freight.

  • Sealing and labeling of wagons, Delay in transit, Diversion of wagons load traffic, disposal of seal defective wagons, Transport of small traffic, Repacking sheds and transhipment points.

  • Delivery of consignments, Undercharges, Overcharges, Refund of overcharges, Delivery of consignments short of destination, disposal of consignments over carried, Disposal of unclaimed and unconnected consignments.

  • Station outstanding- Realisation and its clearance.

Pre amalgamated Paper-II 

  • Marketing and Sales activities at the level of Divisions and Headquarters, Claims Prevention and Claims Statistics, Public relations on Railways, Public complaints and their disposal, Liability of Railways in case of accident to a passenger train.

  • Coordination of functions of various consultative committees at national, zonal and Divisional levels.

  • Liability of Railways as Carriers of Goods and Animals.

  • Catering and Vending services, Book Stalls etc.

  • Indian Railways Conference Association-its functions.

  • Commercial Statistics- their usefulness.

  • Indian Railways Act-chapters relating to Traffic facilities, working of Railways, responsibility of Railways as Carriers and penalties and offences.

  • Various Ticketing Schemes- Tatkal rules, concept of e-tickets, i-tickets, Scheme of Frequent Travel (SOFT), Tickets through ATMs, Reservation and Refund rules.

  • Railway Claims Tribunal Act and functioning of Railway Claims Tribunal (RCT) and Railway Rates Tribunal (RRT).

  • Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS), Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM), Jansadharan Ticket Booking Scheme (JTBS), Railway Travel Service Agents (RTSA) etc.

  • Various measures including Intensive Check Posts (ICPs) to combat ticketing frauds and ticketless travel.

  • Categorization of Railway stations depending upon passenger earnings.

  • Halt Policy.

  • Passenger Amenities, Model stations, Minimum essential amenities, Recommended and desirable passenger amenities depending upon classification of stations, Works Program.

  • Integrated on-board services, Bedroll distribution in AC coaches, cleanliness of coaches, On board supply of Newspapers, magazines, toiletries etc.

  • Public-private partnership (PPP) schemes, Pay and Use toilets (Deluxe as well as normal), Retiring rooms, Waiting halls, beautification of stations.

  • Train Enquiry System, National Train Enquiry System (NTES), Integrated Train Enquiry System (ITES), Call Centres.

  • Customer Care Training A more customer friendly attitude among the frontline staff, on job training.

  • Commercial publicity, policies and implementation on Zonal Railways.

  • Classification of earnings.

  • Strategies to enhance Sundry earnings, Parking contracts, STD/PCOs, Cyber Cafes, ATMS, Various kiosks.

  • Leasing Policy for Parcels.

  • Rules regarding Parcel booking, overloading and computerization of Parcels.

Setting up of Questions papers and Evaluation 

(i) The Question Papers of written examinations including Pre-qualifying
examination of LDCEs will be set up by the PHOD of the concerned Department and evaluation of the answer sheets will be carried out by an SAG officer of the concerned Department, nominated by the General Manager.

(ii) To ensure the authenticity of the answers to Multiple Choice questions, no corrections of any type (viz. cutting, overwriting, scoring off a ticked answer & ticking another answer, erasing, modifying the answer in any way) will be permitted. Zero marks will be awarded in such cases of corrections.

(iii) There shall be negative marking for incorrect answers. One-third of the marks allotted for each question will be deducted for every wrong answer.

(iv) All Objective type questions should carry equal marks. 

(Y) ln the English as well as Hindi versions of Question papers, every question should have four options numbered as A, B, C, D (only Capital letters) and answers to such questions by the candidates should invariably be given in Capital Letters.

(vi) Questions on Official Language policy in the Selections/LDCEs may be included in terms of provision contained in para 204.3 of IREM Vol.l.