History of RRB:
First time in July 1942, as an experimental measure, a Service Commission with a Chairman and two members was established for recruitment of Subordinate Staff on the then North West Railway. The position was reviewed in 1945 and Services Commissions at Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Lucknow were set up under Railway Board. These Commissions were introduced with two fold functions of recruiting class III staff and also tender advice to General Managers for dealing with appeals from subordinate staff on disciplinary matters.
In 1948, the Indian Railway Enquiry Committee reviewed working of commissions. While recommending their permanency, suggested that the work related to appeals should be withdrawn so that commission can give undivided attention to recruitments. Chairman Bombay/Service Commission was given the supervisory role to Supervise Commissions at Calcutta, Lucknow and Madras.
In 1949, due to financial constraints a ban was imposed on recruitments on Indian Railways thus numbers of commissions was reduced to one centrally located at Bombay.
In 1953-54 when Economic conditions of Indian Railway improved, four service commission were again set up at Bombay, Madras, Allahabad and Calcutta. In 1956, the Estimates committee generally approved the method of recruitment by the constitution of the Railway Service Commissions.
In 1973 to cater the needs of the Northern Eastern Railway and to facilitate recruitment from the under developed areas of that region an additional commission was set up at Muzaffarpur.
In the same year a branch office of Calcutta Service Commission was opened at Ranchi.
In 1978 one more additional Service Commission was set up at Secunderabad to cater for the needs of newly formed South Central Railway.
Recruitment of staff for the needs of NF Railway was still being done through recruitment committee control by NF Railway . Thus in 1978 this job was entrusted to full fledged service commission with Head Quarters at Guwahati.
Yet another service commission was opened in 1980 at Bangalore to cater for the needs of candidates from remote backward areas of Karnataka.
In 1981 fullfledge service commission was opened at Danapur.
Seven more commissions were set up in 1983 at Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhuvneshwar, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar with sitting at Leh and Trivendrum.
In 1984 two more service commissions were set up at Malda and Gorakhpur and a fulfledge commission at Ranchi was set up to cater for exclusive needs of Scheduled tribes of the area.
Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Bilaspur was set up in September 2008. This is 20th RRB over Indian Railways.
The Railway Recruitment Board, Siliguri came into existence during Financial Year 2009-10 as 21st RRB of Indian Railways.
There are 21 Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) on the Indian Railways. The locations and the jurisdictions of these RRBs is given as under:
LIST OF RAILWAY RECRUITMENT BOARDS WITH THEIR JURISDICTION
||Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad divisions
|HQ Office of North Western Railway and Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur & Bikaner divisions
|HQ Office of North Central Railway and Allahabad, Jhansi & Agra divisions
Lucknow & Moradabad divisions
|HQ Office of South Western Railway and Hubli, Bangalore & Mysore divisions
|HQ Office of West Central Railway and Bhopal & Jabalpur divisions
||HQ Office of East Coast Railway and Khurda Road & Sambhalpur divisions
|HQ Office of SECR and Raipur, Bilaspur & Nagpur divisions of SECR and Nagpur Division of CR.
|HQ office of Eastern Railway and Howrah & Sealdah divisions
HQ office of South Eastern Railway and Kharagpur division
||HQ office of Northern Railway and Delhi & Ambala divisions
|HQ office of Southern Railway and Chennai, & Trichchirappalli divisions
|HQ Office of North Eastern Railway and Lucknow, Izatnagar & Varanasi divisions,
||HQ Office of Northeast Frontier Railway and Lumding, Tinsukia & Rangiya divisions
|Malda & Asansol divisions
|HQ Office of Western Railway and Mumbai Central division
HQrs. Office of Central Railway and Mumbai (CST), Bhusawal, Sholapur & Pune divisions
||Samastipur & Sonepur divisions
||HQ Office of East Central Railway and Mughalsarai & Danapur divisions
|Ranchi & Chakradharpur divisions
|HQ Office of South Central Railway and Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Guntakal, Vijayawada & Guntur divisions
||Katihar and Alipurduar Divisions
||Palghat, Thiruvananthapuram & Madurai divisions