World’s largest recruitment drive by IR commences; Applicants appear for 1st phase exam all over the nation

Indian Railways have arranged more than 300 Special Examination Trains to cater to the huge rush to various origination and destination stations across the nation! Around 47 lakh applicants appearing in the first phase of the Railway Recruitment exam, which will is being held today across 440 centres in 116 cities!

NEW DELHI: Indian Railways’ largest recruitment drive will begin on Thursday amid uncertainty over the number of posts with more than 47 lakh applicants sitting for the computer-based examination in the 1st phase of exam now, that which will be held over 10 phases till 31 August. The next set of exams is on August 10, followed by exams on August 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 29, 30 and 31.

The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), the body responsible for recruitment of employees for the national carrier, had in February sought applications for 1 Lakh posts to be recruited on Indian Railways of which 26,502 posts are of Assistant Loco Pilots(ALPs) and Technicians. However, a new notification issued on 1 August, just 10 days before the examinations were to start, stated that “these 26,502 vacancies are likely to be increased to about 60,000 vacancies.”

A senior RRB official said on condition of anonymity, “There is still no clarity on the increase in number of vacancies. We haven’t got any communication in this regard.” The word ‘likely’ has been used in notification because the increase in number was still uncertain, he said. However the office of the Member-Rolling Stock and the Mechanical Engineering Cell confirmed that the posts are likely to be increased due to upcoming vacancies in various Zones/Divisions. “Since the Dedicated Western Corridor is also to be launched in a month, there is urgent need for recruitment of ALPs and Technicians on priority,’ he said.

Some comments are being politically aired by certain sections of the society on the increase in number of vacancies, however, railway officials fully deny it stating that the need is urgent and a top priority for Ministry to fill the vacancies.

Around 47 lakh applicants will appear in the first phase of the examination, which will be held on Thursday across 440 centres in 116 cities. Of the total 47 lakh applicants, 9.5 lakh are from Uttar Pradesh, while 9 lakh and 4.5 lakh are from Bihar and Rajasthan, respectively.

The computer-based exam will be of 60 minute duration and will have 75 multiple choice questions. Around 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. The exam will be conducted in specialised centers equipped with critical security features such as CCTV and metal detectors.

Indian Railways is one of the largest employers in the world with more than 1.4 million employees.