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Have you checked your Medical Examination before looking for a job in Indian Railways?

By on August 27, 2014

Do you know the consequences of Radial Keratotomy/Lasik surgery making you unfit for many job opportunities in Railways/PSU sector?

Before deciding to appear for UPSC and RRB examination, the candidate shall make himself clear about the medical standards applicable for different category of posts.  The medical examination is the last examination a candidate has to undergo before being made fit for the job. Failure in the medical examination when you have successfully cleared all other tests at the last stage is the most painful feeling one has to undergo. It is, therefore, even if you have a slight doubt about your fitness, better to get yourself medically examined to avoid such pain at the last stage. I am not an expert on the medical examination requirement and my post is basically to make you all aware of this requirement before making any application. 

The medical fitness details are given in the Medical manual followed by medical circulars issued from time to time. The medical manual is available at net http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/codesmanual/MMVol-I/Chapter5.pdf. Some of the details are as follows:

  1. The medical examination is listed separately for the gazetted and non-gazetted category of appointments. Section A details the standards for Gazetted group
  2. Section B details the standards for the non-gazetted group. All candidates selected through RRB has to undergo a medical test at nominated Railway Hospital.
  3. The candidate is given medical fitness in a particular medical category by Railway hospital. The medical categories are A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, C1 and C2. The medical fitness category required for a post is given in the advertisement. It is A1 for Assistant Loco Pilot and A2 for Guard and ASM.
  4. Wearing spectacles is very common, and therefore, the candidates shall read Visual Acuity Standard test very carefully to make sure of his medical fitness for the post he intends to apply for.
  5. A person with blind with one eye but the vision of 6/6 with second eye, he qualifies in C2 only.
  6. One shall notethatLasik/radial keratotomy or any other surgical treatment for vision correction will make him unfit for medical category A-1, A-2, A-3, and B-1. The Medical Manual para 512(9) states  “Candidates: having undergoneRadialKeratotomymay not be considered for recruitment to A-1, A-2, A-3 and B-1 categories. However, candidates with such operation may be considered for recruitment in B-2 categories and below, if otherwise medically fit.” This has been amended vide Railway Board letter to make it unfit for all class of A and B. http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/health/pdf/compandium-2013/Revision_11_11_13.pdf
    Radial Keratotomy/Lasik makes you unfit for many a jobs in Govt./PSU

    Radial Keratotomy/Lasik makes you unfit for many a jobs in Govt./PSU


  7. Non-acceptance of vision correction surgery is specifically mentioned in the employment notice like that of DMRC as stated “Note: – The above medical standards (criteria) are indicative and not exhaustive, and apply to candidates in general. For detailed information, refer to Indian Railway Medical Manual (IRMM). Candidates may note that for vision correction, Lasik surgery or any form of radial keratotomy is not permitted at all.”
  8. Colour Sensitivity: There are two tests for the test of colour sensitivity namely the Farnsworth Lantern Test and Ishihara Test. For Medical category A1,2 and 3 one has to pass both the test. In case, the candidate passes the lantern Test but fails in Ishihara Test, then he fails in A1,2 and 3 but passes in B1. The candidate who fails in both the test than falls in category B2, C1&2.
  9. Such instructions are not clearly mentioned in RRB employment notice and making the candidates ignorant of the clause.
  10. There are many instances where the candidates find himself in a lurch on being declared medically unfit and had to run pillar to post (Railway Board-CAT-Medical board). The two CAT hearing on the subject will tell the entire story and the pain of the candidate.
    Vishnu S.P., Nila, Avanavancheri … vs Indian Railways
    Sh. B. Surya Prakash vs Union Of India Through on 9 …
  11. I don’t know the outcome of the case but it is clear that Railway is very tough about the medical examination and one should not risk his career expecting a miracle.

Vision correction by use of spectacles is very common, but just check how important it is for you to choose the category of RRB competition before it is too late.

It is important to check your medical category before you fill your form for any competitive examination for a job in Indian Railways. Vision standards followed and the category of fitness is given below:


For better understanding of the above term you may visit http://www.myopia.org/ebook/09chapter4.htm which explains in detail vision like 6/6, 6/12 etc. and power in diopters like -0.25 or -1.5 etc,

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  1. Ranjan says:

    My better eye is 6/6 but worse eye is 6/36.
    Am I eligible for C1 and B1 medical standard??
    Plz reply

    • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

      One shall note that Lasik/RadialKeratotomy or any other surgical treatment for vision correction will make him unfit for medical category A-1, A-2, A-3, and B-1. The Medical Manual para 512(9) states “Candidates: having undergone Radial Keratotomy may not be considered for recruitment to A-1, A-2, A-3 and B-1 categories. However candidates with suchoperationmay be considered for recruitment in B-2 categories and below, if other wise medically fit.” This has been amended vide Railway Board letter to make it unfit for all class of A and B. http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/health/pdf/compandium-2013/Revision_11_11_13.pdf
      You may consult eye specialist for a better understanding.

  2. Ajay Kumar says:

    Sir I have vision in both eye 6/9 but in color vision I learn Ishihara but fail in lantern test can I pass medical for the post of ticket collector medical category B2.please reply sir

  3. D Nagu says:

    I have eye sight 0.5*85.
    Which category I belongs to.

    • Sahil says:

      Sir I am suffering from hemophilia A( disease) Can i get job in Indian railway .will they select me or reject me

      • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

        It is difficult for me to comment. You should consult a doctor along with the medical criteria. Is it non-curable?

  4. shubham says:

    is there any hearing test also???

  5. Rajeev Singh says:

    Sir, Piles is a disqualifying nature in medical

  6. venkateswrlu says:

    Hai sir i don’t have one fingure to my right hand is am i eligible to the goods guard and asm

  7. Sameer rane says:

    Sir, I have glasses . Should I eligible for A1 category vision test?

  8. Sameer rane says:

    My application is for assistance loco pilot

  9. Musab Ahmed says:

    Hello sir I had operation of Fistula 7 years back plz tell me is am eligible in medical fitness or not.

  10. Anand prakash arya says:

    Sir , my brother is a patient of Hepatitis B+ … Will RRB select him or not .. Please reply

  11. Arvind says:

    Sir my one eye is 6/6 And other 6/24 Can i applicable for A2 Catgari

    • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

      I am doubtful but better consult a Doctor

      • arvind kumar says:

        sir docter said this depens on railway.

        • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

          Why the Dr. advise that it depends on Railways when it is clearly mentioned 6/9 and 6/9 in both eyes without glasses. Let me clarify that I am not a Doctor but the manual clearly stipulates the requirement. I have written this blog that some people thinks that by doing lasik, they may get qualify in the medical test which is wrong understanding.

  12. Pradeep Kumar says:

    Hello Sir, I am short listed for ASM, But I have 6/9 for one eye and 6/18 for other eye. Required Vision for ASM is A2.
    I would like to know may I qualify in Medical Test. In case If I fail, If I do Laser surgery How RRB will find me that I am undergone to Laser surgery. please clear my doubt.

    • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

      A2 requires 6/9 in both eyes and I am doubtful u will qualify. RRB does not conduct medical test. You will be referred to Railway Hospital, where the medical test will be done. The eye specialist will find out immediately if laser surgery is done or not and if so, you will be given fitness only in lower category means unfit.

  13. Sagar says:

    Sir i have glasses with -1(cyl) number. What i m eligible for Locopilot post?

  14. Logesh says:

    Sir now i am wearing speks for long distance can i eligible to apply for goods guard railways exam ??

  15. Jatin says:

    sir, i have passed asm post in rrb ntpc which requires a2 category,my eye vision near and colour blind is normal but my left eye is. 0.75 and right eye is 1.0 number when i try scalene chart in a4 paper it is problem to read from 6 m (20 feet) without glass

    can i pass medical exam?

  16. Akansha says:

    Sir, I have Removable rod in my left hand post a fracture operation…I am shortlisted for document verification for ASM role…please confirm whether I am medically suitable or not…thankyou

  17. Ritesh says:

    sir mera goods guard me A-2 level ka medical hone wala h esse pehle mene navy sscr me ek bar medical diya tha to unhone muje fistula ( bhagandar) ki problem batayi thi kya me railway medical test m pass ho sakta hu
    aur ha railway m thoda bahut money ya jugad chal jata h ki nhi
    muje dar h ki fistula , fissure , piles walon ko railway mecial me fail kar dete honge
    but muje ye disease se aaj tak koi jyada parasani nhi hue h yani ki ye h bhi ya nhi agar h bhi to suruati stage m hogi
    please reply Sir G

  18. Ravikiran b says:

    I need knw if there is a -0.5 sight it is eligible for A1 post or not

  19. Abhi says:

    I have Asthma problem , Can I fit for this job ?

  20. Ravi Kumar says:

    I am color blind. In which category I am?

  21. Shashikant pandit says:

    Dear sir/madam my spectacle number is-6.5 with 6/6 vision .So can I apply any post of indian railways.

    • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

      The requirement of medical examination is stated in the advertisement. You have to check. There are few posts where the medical examination of C1 is also acceptable.

  22. silpy says:

    Sir I am deaf of one ear. Am I eligible for goods guard post

  23. silpyps says:

    Sir I am deaf of one ear. Am I eligible for goods guard post.?

  24. Gouse says:

    Sir, I have glasses with power of -2 & – 1.5 with 6/9 vision and passed all the other tests. Am I eligible for A3?

  25. vivek says:

    If candidate has only one kidney then how much possibility to get selected in Dmrc A1 medical..

  26. Shyamji says:

    Sir sir maine inter & polytechnic electronic se final me hu sir mai railway me job krna chahta hu but ek halki voice clear nhi h plz tell me sir mai kis post k lia apply kr skua hu

  27. Nagendra says:

    In railway medical my vision is 6/9 and 6/12 for goods guard in A2 category. But I check in many private hospital and government hospitals they report to me both eyes have 6/6 vision. How to appeal it.

  28. Biren Hansda says:

    My eye power is – 5.50 without glasses, am I eligible for technician post ?

  29. vinoth says:

    sir i have under gone lasik 3 years back for me which catagery whould i come B2 or C1

  30. G monoj kumar says:

    Dear sir, is there testis checking for rrb alp medical test or not. Pls rply sir. I hv a prblm in 1 testis. I want to know abt it.

  31. Bablu Raj says:

    Sir I am colour blind can I able to apply in ticket collector

  32. Jitesh says:

    Sir i have only one testis.. And there is no other problem in private part..am i eligible to railway ??
    please advice me.

  33. Uttam Pawar says:

    Sir can y tell me how many weight required for indian railway TC post

  34. Shanker says:

    My. Sight 6/6 eligibul or not

  35. rashpreet says:

    Is teeth disorder a serious problem in railway group d. …or teeth considered only for sound? ?

    • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

      I don’t think teeth disorder may be a big issue but better to have a consultation with a doctor.

  36. Prem says:

    Sir my lens power in both eyes is 1•5 and i have no problem of colour blindness.am i eligible for any job in railway after10+2. Please tell me

  37. sneha p suresh says:

    Sir i have short sight..but never done lasik surgery..but i am using spectacles..am i eligible?

  38. Manish says:

    Dear Sir
    Hamare body per white spot hai kya rpf medical me koi problem tu nahi hogi. please answer me.
    Thank You!

  39. Sandip Das says:

    Sir I hve tattoo under neck and below elbow…am i eligible for the medical test for 2018

  40. Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

    Does government jobs are available without any examination? Don’t use this website for fake/false advertisement.

  41. Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

    please consult the doctor

  42. SAIKIRAN says:

    Sir am SAIKIRAN my right hand is broken before 5years back may I eligible or not

  43. seema says:

    Hello sir, my eye power is -7 and -8 for left and right eye respectively , am I eligible according to A3 standards?… I have applied for executive post in dffccil … I fullfill all other requirements…. should I appear for exam?… is medical standards considered after passing exam?.. please reply

  44. Sainath says:

    Sir,am I eligible for RRB JE if my vision 6/9 with not exceed +2.5D

  45. M.P.Akhtar says:

    After joining SM post in Rly
    A2 medical category 04 yrs service, 2nd medical with amputation of rt. thumb, is any problem

  46. Maheshwara sahu says:

    Dear Sir ,
    I had kideny transplanted last 5 year back now i am taking regural medicine . Now my condition is stable .Can i eligible for the assistance lock poilot (ALP) can i apply this job

  47. Navneet Kumar says:

    Sir actually my index finger is half cut.Can I eligible for rrb alp or technician medical test ?

  48. prakash thakur says:

    Respected sir i had an accident after which i had to undergo femur surgery in which a rod is being inserted and iam able to walk with the support of an elbow crutch……what can be the consequences of this surgey…will i be medically unfit or what else do i need to do…….please guide me sir??

  49. shivu says:

    Sir can you explain about teeth test in Alp

  50. Mukul Thada says:

    In railway group d medical in B1& C1 category – mention he ki 6/9,6/12 with or without glasses.
    So without glasses 6/9,6/12 hona chaiye kya? Please suggest me.

    • Gomathiram says:

      Am also having the same doubt sir.. Pls reply

      • Mahesh Kumar Jain says:

        Actually, I am not a medical expert and my post is to make all applicants before applying to avoid failure at the last time which has happened many a time with many of the aspirants.

    • Ashish says:

      Mera bhi same question!!!
      mera eye sight….
      Without glasses 6/18, 6/18
      With glasses 6/6, 6/6 hai power 2D se Kam hai…
      Can I set in B1 standard?