Indian Railways had successfully conducted one of the world’s largest recruitment processes. A total of 2.4 crores applicants applied for the various posts in which the vacancies were notified by the Ministry of Railways. The Railways also claimed it to be one of the largest recruitment drive .
A total of 47.45 lakhs candidates applied for the posts Assistant Loco Pilots (ALPs) and technicians for which had a combined vacancies of 64,371 posts according to an official press statement.
Railways also notified vacancies for Level-I posts (erstwhile group D) were 63,202 and around 1.9 crore candidates applied for these posts.
The national transporter has undertaken a Computer Based Test (CBT) for the posts of ALP & Technician recruitment was conducted in 33 shifts over 11 days from 9th of August to 4th of September, 2018 at 440 test centers in 166 cities across India and recorded the highest number of attendance of about 36.42 lakh candidates (approx.77%).
The 2nd Stage CBT for this recruitment was conducted from 21st January 2021 to 23rd January 2021 in 9 shifts. The Computer Based Aptitude Test was conducted on 10.05.2019 for ALPs only. The attendance was about 84%. This was followed by Document Verification and Medical Examination.
Panels for the posts of ALP & Technician (CEN 01/2018) of about 17,500 posts have been furnished to the Railways. The rest of the panels are under process due to medical appeal cases. The Zonal Railway will soon be advised about the rest of the panels.
The mega CBT for Level-1 posts (erstwhile Group D) commenced from 17th September 2018 and was successfully completed on 17th December 2018. The exam was conducted in 152 shifts over 51 days in 16 cities in 405 exam centres. Total number of eligible candidates were 1,89,82,719 (approx. 1.90 crores) out of which 1,17,14,754 appeared for the Computer Based Test which is about 61.71%. This was followed by Physical Efficiency Test (PET), Document Verification and Medical Examination, the railways said.
For the posts of Level-1 (CEN 02/2018), panels of about 53,000 posts have been furnished to the Railway. The rest of the panels are under process due to medical appeal cases. The Zonal Railway will soon be advised about the rest of the panels.
For the post of JE/DMS/ CMA, Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) conducted the 1st Stage Computer Based Test from 22.05.19 to 02.06.19 and 26.06.2019 to 28.06.2019 for 24.75 lakh candidates for the posts of JE/DMS/CMA. It was conducted in 35 shifts over 12 days at 356 test centers in 109 cities across India. The attendance was about 62.5%.
The 2nd Stage CBT for this recruitment was conducted from 28th August 2021 to 1st September 2021 in 10 shifts. The attendance was about 88%. The candidates will be intimated shortly for Document Verification and Medical Examination.
RRBs follow the practice of direct and instantaneous communication with candidates through regular updates on web-sites and individual SMSs and emails.
The railways also made an appeal to all the candidates are appealed to refer to these official communications only and not be misguided by false propaganda and rumors being circulated on social media, many of which are aimed at misleading the genuine candidates and adversely affecting their preparation for examination.