The Ministry of Railways is undertaking what can be called as world’s largest recruitment exercise, for filling up critical safety and operational posts. On the first day of exam, Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board visited one of the test centres of Delhi/NCR, to personally see the arrangements made for smooth conduct of exam and for candidates.
He also visited a command centre from where the position of all 439 exam centres in 166 cities across the country is being monitored for every step of the process i.e. pre exam, during exam and post exam. Presently two recruitment notifications- one for Assistant Loco Pilots (ALPs) and the other for Level-I(erstwhile group D) posts, for filling up about 1.2 lakh vacancies are under process.
Total Posts of Assistant Loco Pilots (ALPs) and Technicians are around 60,000. About 47.55 lakhs candidates have applied for these Posts. Vacancies for Level-I posts (erstwhile group D) are 63,000 and around 1.9 crore candidates have applied for these posts. Total of approx. 2.4 Crores applicants applied, making it the largest recruitment exercise.
Computer Based Test (CBT) for the posts of ALP & Technician recruitment has begun successfully on Thursday. This examination was being conducted in 166 cities at 439 exam centers across India. The examinations will be conducted in 3 shifts per day for 10 days, spread up to 31st August, 2018. Question papers are being provided to the candidates in 15 languages
On the first day, a total of 4.83 lakh candidates i.e. approx. 1.60 lakh per shift were scheduled. There has been a tremendous response and an unprecedented number of more than 74% candidates have attended the examination.
Around 83% candidates have been provided centres within 500 kilometers. Special care has been taken to ensure that almost all women candidates and Persons with Disability are provided centres within 200 kilometers. Railways has taken extra efforts and arranged exam special trains from places like Deoria, Chhapra, Patna, Darbhanga, Muzaffurpur, Ara to destinations such as Secunderabad, Bhopal, Indore, NCR etc. So far 10 pairs of such special trains have been mobilized and more trains will be planned in future.