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Devbrat Patnaik

Job Aspirants, get ready for another bumper railway recruitment as the Indian Railways is going to recruit around 1,31,428 candidates in the first phase starting February-March 2019. The Railway Recruitment Board is likely to release a notification in this regard on its official website on February 23, 2019, sources said.

The bumper recruitment shall be conducted in two-phases duly observing the laid down criteria of reservation in Government of India:

Phase-I (starting February-March, 2019 and completed by April-May, 2020) will comprise of 1,31,428 posts

Phase-II (starting May-June 2020 and completed by July-August, 2021) will comprise of 99,000 posts

Recruitment of 1,31,428 persons in first phase followed by recruitment of 99,000 persons shall create around 2,30,000 direct jobs.

About 34,000, 17,000 and 62,000 posts reserved for SC, ST and OBC candidates respectively. Further, as per 103rd Constitutional Amendment, 10% of these vacancies, i.e. around 23,000 shall be reserved for candidates from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).

Presently, Indian Railways has a sanctioned strength of 15,06,598 employees. Out of these, 12,23,622 personnel are on roll. The remaining 2,82,976 are vacant posts. Recruitment for 1,51,548 posts is going on, leaving 1,31,428 posts still vacant. Further, it may also be noted that approximately 53,000 and 46,000 railway employees shall retire in 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively, causing an additional vacancy of approximately 99,000 employees. Thus, after accounting for the current recruitments in progress, there will be total net vacancies of 1,31,428 and approximately 99,000 i.e. approximately 2,30,000 employees in the railways over next two years.

These are proposed to be recruited over the next two years in two phases. The first phase of fresh recruitment of 1,31,328 posts shall be initiated in the month of February-March, 2019. As per reservation policy of the Government, around 19,715, 9,857 and 35,485 number of vacancies shall be reserved for SC, ST and OBC candidates respectively. Further, as per 103rd Constitutional Amendment recently passed by the Parliament, 10% of these vacancies i.e. around 13,100 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 1,31,428 personnel is completed, the second phase of recruitment of approximately 99,000 personnel against the vacancies arising out of retirements shall be initiated. As per the reservation policy of the Government, approximately 15,000, 7,500, 27,000 and 10,000 posts shall be reserved for SC, ST, OBC and EWS candidates respectively.

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