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Railway to Recruit 2.3 Lakh new vacancies

Railway to Recruit 2.3 Lakh New Govt. Jobs Vacancies


Aiming to win over unemployed youth on the eve of the General Election to take place later this year (2019), the Indian Railways today announced a mega-recruitment drive by throwing up 2.3 lakh jobs. The recruitment will be made over the next two years in two phases.

 It will be the first major move with the benefit of a 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker section (EWS).


Indian Railways will initiate fresh recruitment of  230000 more employees under various cadres of Indian Railways, which will be recruited over the next two years in two phases.

In line with the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, Indian Railways is consistently expanding its workforce to match the manpower requirements of new projects and increase the overall efficiency of the entire railway network.

These recruitment drives will fix long-standing issues of overtime work, delay in project implementation, low efficiency, and constraints on upgrade.

With the increase in investment in Railways being threefold since 2014, recruitment needs have also increased, which will lead to job-led growth and expansion of Indian Railways.

Presently, Indian Railways has a sanctioned strength of 1506598 employees. Out of these, 1223622 personnel are on the roll. The remaining  282976 are vacant posts. Recruitment for 151548 posts is going on, leaving 131428 posts still vacant.

Further, it may also be noted that approximately 53000 and 46000 railway employees shall retire in 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively, causing an additional vacancy of approximately 99000 employees.

Thus, after accounting for the current recruitment in progress, there will be total net vacancies of 131428 and approximately 99000 i.e. approximately 230000 employees in the railways over the next two years.
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These are proposed to be recruited over the next two years in two phases. The first phase of fresh recruitment of 131328 posts shall be initiated in the month of February-March, 2019. As per the reservation policy of the Government, around 19715, 9857 and 35485 vacancies shall be reserved for SC, ST and OBC candidates respectively.

Further, as per the 103rd Constitutional Amendment recently passed by the Parliament, 10% of these vacancies i.e. around 13100 shall be filled in from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). This cycle shall be completed by April-May, 2020.


After the first phase of fresh recruitment of 131328 personnel is completed, the second phase of recruitment of approximately 99000 personnel against the vacancies arising out of retirements shall be initiated. As per the reservation policy of the Government, approximately 15000, 7500, 27000 and 10000 posts shall be reserved for SC, ST, OBC and EWS candidates respectively.
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Recruitment shall be for various cadres and minimum eligibility criteria shall vary from certification from Industrial Training Institutes or Diploma/above in Engineering or Graduation in any discipline, depending on the post for which the candidate is applying.

These recruitment cycles will result in massive direct and indirect employment generation.

Recruitment of 131328 persons in the first phase followed by recruitment of 99000 persons shall create around 230000 direct jobs. The resulting increase in efficiency and investment will boost the regional economies, while a boost in connectivity through the Railways will integrate the economic potential of regions and give further rise to job opportunities for the youth of the nation.

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