Ministry of Railways is undertaking what can be called as world’s largest recruitment
exercise, for filling up critical safety and operational posts says an official
first day of exam, Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board visited one of
the test centres of Delhi/NCR on 9 August 2018 to supervise arrangements and
also visited a command centre from where the position of all 439 exam centres
in 166 cities across the country is being monitored for every step of the
process i.e. pre exam, during exam and post exam.
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.
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.
Based Test (CBT) for the posts of ALP & Technician recruitment has begun
successfully on 9thAugust 2018. 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
On 9th August, a total of 4.83
lakh candidates i.e. approx. 1.60 lakh per shift were scheduled. There has been
a tremendous response and an unprecedented number of more than 74% candidates
have attended the examination today. Total 3, 59,605 candidates have
participated in 9 August 2018 examination. This attendance is a record for all
RRB- examinations conducted so far.
Recruitment process every effort has been made to provide nearby centres to the
candidates, while keeping in view the constraint of availability of suitable
centres, equipped with necessary infrastructure and security provisions.
candidates have been provided 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.
those candidates who could not be accommodated within 500 kilometer, Indian
Railways has taken 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 future.
the practice of direct and instantaneous communication with candidates through
regular updates on web-sites and individual SMSs and emails. 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
concludes the release.
Chairman of the Railway Board has expressed confidence that the entire
recruitment exercise ‘will be completed by this year’ as a local media reports.