Railways Ministry begins world’s largest recruitment exercise

RSTV Bureau
Representational Image, source: PTI

Representational Image, source: PTI

The Ministry of Railways is conducting the world’s largest recruitment exercise for filling up critical safety and operational posts.

On the first day of exam Chairman, Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani paid a surprise visit to one of the centres in the national capital to take stock of the arrangements made for the exam and candidates. He also visited a command centre, from where the status of all 439 exam centres in 166 cities is being monitored for “every step of the process i.e. pre exam, during exam and post exam”.

“Today, 4.83 lakh candidates – approximately 1.60 lakh per shift (exams were conducted in three shifts) – were scheduled. Out of this, around 3.59 candidates appeared for the exam. This attendance is a record for all RRB examinations conducted so far,” the statement read.

Presently two recruitment notifications- one for Assistant Loco Pilots (ALPs) and the other for Level-I (erstwhile group D) posts, for filling up about 1.2 lakh vacancies are under process.

Total Posts of Assistant Loco Pilots (ALPs) and Technicians are around 60,000. About 47.55 lakhs candidates have applied for these Posts. Vacancies for Level-I posts (erstwhile group D) are 63,000 and around 1.9 crore candidates have applied for these posts. Total of approx. 2.4 Crores applicants applied, making it the largest recruitment exercise.

Computer Based Test (CBT) for the posts of ALP & Technician recruitment has begun successfully on Friday. This examination is being conducted in 166 cities at 439 exam centers across India. The cities are spread from Srinagar in J&K to all North Eastern States and many other towns in the country including Port Blair.

The examinations will be conducted in 3 shifts per day for 10 days, spread up to 31st August, 2018. Question papers are being provided to the candidates in 15 languages. This is a big step in the interest of candidates belonging to different vernacular backgrounds.

Around 83 per cent of the candidates have been allotted centres within 500 kilometers. Special care has been taken to ensure that almost all women candidates and persons with disability are provided centres within 200 kilometers.

Even for those candidates who could not be accommodated within 500 kilometers, the Railways has made extra efforts and arranged exam special trains from places like Deoria, Chhapra, Patna, Darbhanga, Muzaffurpur, Ara to destinations such as Secunderabad, Bhopal, Indore, NCR etc. So far, 10 pairs of such special trains have been mobilized and more trains will be planned in the future.

(With agency inputs)