Indian Railways is on an aggressive recruitment drive to hire 300,000


  • Indian Railways is aggressively conducting recruitment drives, as nearly 300,000 positions lie vacant.
  • Exams will be held for another 1,42,577 posts in 2019-20, the Railway Ministry informed.
  • The Railways hired over 460,000 employees in the last ten years.
Indian Railways is aggressively conducting recruitment drives, as nearly 300,000 positions lay vacant, the ministry revealed.

The new entrants will be hired by the Railways Recruitment Board(RRB) and Railways Recruitment Cell (RRC) of Railways.

It had hired over 460,000 employees over a period of ten years, Piyush Goyal, Railways Minister told ET. In 1991, the total strength of employees stood at 165 billion, which has decreased to 124 billion, as on June 2019, he said.

However, employee shortages haven’t impacted its quality of services. With automated systems implemented across industries largely, the quality of service has improved over time — which reduced the dependence on human workforce. "Therefore, it is not correct to correlate the quality of service with employee strength," Mint reported citing the Railway Minister.

The recruitment board is conducting examinations to fill these positions. According to the government data, examinations for 1,51,843 posts have taken place and will be held for another 1,42,577 posts in 2019-20 — which includes reserved categories and economically weaker sections.

The ministry recently announced that Railways will be the first to implement 10% EWS quota — providing 23,000 jobs for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) over the next two years, Hindustan Times reported.

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