Soon after the Indian Railways announced an increase of 20,000 in number of job openings, the department was flooded with applications from aspirants. According to an official of the Indian Railways, more than 2 crore candidates have applied for the vacancies.
"The Railway Recruitment Board advertised for the positions last month. Since then over 2.12 crore aspirants have filed online applications from across the country," an official told news agency IANS.
The last date for applying for the jobs is March 31, 2018, Saturday. Recently, the Indian Railways released an infographic to announce an increase of 20,000 in the number of vacancies, taking the existing 90,000 vacancies to 1,10,000.
The Indian Railways had also notified that over 9,000 jobs will be created in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF). Advertisements for the same is slated to be released by the department in May 2018. Furthermore, 10,000 additional jobs will be created in L-1 and L-2 categories, the department said.
The railways currently employ over 13.5 lakh people and is one of the biggest government employers.
The Ministry had invited online applications for one lakh posts in Group C Level 1 (erstwhile Group D) like track maintainer, points man, helper, gateman and porter and Group C Level 2 categories like assistant loco pilots and technicians through Railway Recruitment Boards websites.
On February 19, the Ministry relaxed the upper age limit by two years for all categories.
"The railways will invite applications for over 9,100 posts in Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) between May 19 and 25 this year," the official said.
These jobs in the RPF would be mainly for the women. "Currently there are about 2,400 women RPF personnel. After the recruitment, the strength of women personnel would go up to 6,900," the official added.
(With IANS inputs)