Eligibility criteria row: Railway Group D minimum qualification relaxed

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Following a series of protest in Bhubaneswar and other parts of the country, Indian Railways on Thursday relaxed the minimum qualification for its 62,907 vacancies under Group D category by dropping the requirement of an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) or equivalent certificate.

A lot of complaints were received from the railway job aspirants, following which the government has decided to relax the eligibility criteria in relation to the educational qualification, said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Goyal admitted that the candidates did not get enough time to know the change in the criteria. So, the minimum qualification for Group D recruitment has been relaxed, he added.

Besides, the last date for the submission of applications would be extended by a minimum of 15 days. A notification in this regard would be released soon, the minister said.

So, candidates with class 10 certificate or ITI or equivalent are now eligible to apply.

Earlier on February 16, Railway job aspirants had staged dharna in front of Rail Sadan in Bhubaneswar protesting changes in the eligibility criteria for several Group D posts.

The concerned officials at the Rail Sadan in the capital city had assured the protesting students to bring the matter to the notice of the concerned officials of Government of India and RRB.

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