To cheer job seekers, Indian Railways on Thursday increased the vacancies for certain posts from 26,000 to 60,000. The hike came for positions of assistant loco pilots and technicians after over 48 lakh candidates appeared for the first set of computer-based tests. Railway minister Piyush Goyal informed of the decision, providing relief to the job seekers.
“Government has more than doubled the vacancies for assistant loco pilot and technician posts from 26,502 to 60,000, ensuring more jobs in Railways,” Goyal took to Twitter to inform.
Railways in a statement said the ministry had announced the recruitment for Assistant Loco Pilots and technicians for 26,502 posts in February 2018. But officials said the national transporter has now identified more such vacancies across its zones.
Under fire from some quarters for allotting examination centers in faraway places, railways clarified that much care has been taken in allocating the centers.
“In conventional recruitment pattern, exams were conducted in a decentralized manner by different RRBs and candidates traveled to the respective RRB zones to which they had applied. Centralised Computer Based examination provides the opportunity to reduce the travel requirements. That is how, about 40 lakh candidates have been allotted centers in their own/nearby cities and almost all women and Divyang (persons with disabilities) candidates have been allotted centers within the short distance of 200 km,” it said.
However, due to the constraint of the availability of suitable exam centers, despite best efforts, everyone could not be accommodated in their own or nearby cities.
Candidates are, therefore, requested to make necessary arrangements to appear in the test, the statement urged.
Railways activated a mock link for the first stage of the computer-based test on July 26 and E-call letters can be downloaded from the recruitment board website four days before the exam.
Candidates can log in with their credentials on the above-mentioned dates through a link to be provided on the official websites of the RRBs and find out about their exam centre, date, and session, and download Travel Authority (for SC/ST candidates only) and E-call letter, a notice from the Railways had said last week.
The exam will last for an hour for general candidates and 80 minutes for candidates who are differently-abled. It will consist of 75 multiple choice questions and there will be a negative marking (1/3rd) for every incorrect answer.
Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Indian Railways will soon launch over 200 new lines across the country. Presently, the lines are in different stage of execution. The information about the number of railway lines in each state was given by Minister of State of Railways, Rajen Gohain, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Thursday.
It has been revealed that the completion of Railway projects needs clearances from certain departments of State Government and Central Ministries like the acquisition of land, statutory clearances like forestry and wildlife, shifting of utilities etc. The decision of introducing new lines has announced the budget on February 1, earlier this year.