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25 million candidates applied for Indian railway recruitment drive of 90k vacancies

Indian Railways is in news for providing largest recruitment drive in its history.  in this article, you will find details about the Indian Railway Recruitment 2018 drive.

25 million candidates applied for Indian railway recruitment drive of 90k vacancies

Wednesday August 01, 2018,

4 min Read

Managing the fourth largest railway network in the world, Indian Railways is in news for providing largest recruitment drive in its history. Indian Railways carries out its recruitment process through the Railway Recruitment Board(RRB), which is an autonomous body, associated with the recruitment of Indian Railways and other recruitment required by various departments of Government of India.


There are 16 divisions of RRB which are established across different cities in India affiliated under Government of India that manages the appointment into various posts/ vacancies in Indian Railways. Following job posts are offered by Indian Railways for which RRB carries out the recruitment process:

Accounts Officer

Assistant Station Master (ASM)

Commercial Apprentice

Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk

Gang Man

Gate Man

Goods Guard

Junior Engineer

Line Man

Loco Pilot

MTS Executive



RPF Constable



Senior Time Keeper

Senior Section Engineer

Staff Nurse

Station Master


Traffic Apprentice

Traffic Assistant

Railway Recruitment Board had recently announced in its Centralized Employment Notification (CEN 01/2018) about the vacancies in Indian Railways for various Group C and Group D posts. This recruitment drive organized by RRB has become the record-breaking employment drive which will be providing approximately 1 lakh jobs to the successful applicants.

The most surprising fact about the recruitment drive was that about 2.25 crore candidates applied for the jobs out of which approximately 75 lakhs candidates were rejected due to various reasons. There were about 47.55 lakh candidates have applied for Group C 26,500 positions and about 1.89 crore candidates have applied for Group D 62,907 positions. The factual details have raised a storm throughout the country as well as in the world.

As compared by “The Quint” The number of applicants, approximately 25 million is about the population of the Australian continent. A similar recruitment project that can be compared with this recruitment drive was last conducted in 2014, about 9.2 million candidates had applied for 18,252 job openings which were advertised by the RRB itself. The recruitment department is itself calling this recruitment drive as a “logistical challenge”.

The vacancies are from the Group C and Group D job posts. These posts are in-total divided among various regions in the Indian subcontinent. Various major cities in India have these post vacancies and applicants applying for these posts are from around the country as well. The Candidates have applied for the jobs regardless of the seriousness toward examination and that is considered to be one of the main reason why so many candidates are rejected too.

The main reasons for the rejection of so many application are non-seriousness among the candidates during the application process, ineligible candidature, non-payment of application fee. According to Mr. Amitabh Khare who is the executive director of the Railway Recruitment Board, “Many people apply without any intention of taking the qualifying examination.”

According to Business Standards (News), TCS and Indian Railways joined hands to collaborate for the employment of these applicants. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will be the technology partner of Indian Railways. TCS will be providing 100,000 posts through online examinations which will be starting from August 9. 

The examination will be conducted in online mode only. This is the first ever that the RRB recruitment examinations are conducted in Computer Based Test mode. TCS will be helping Indian Railways for conducting the examination on online based. Basing the information from Economic times, TCS’ Ion Cloud Platform will be the management tool that is incorporated into the secured question paper creation and distribution.

“We have implemented utmost transparency. We need to change the whole system. There is corruption at various levels. But we are committed to doing everything to weed out corruption,” said Suresh Prabhu, current Railway Minister of India in Rajya Sabha, addressing the issues in Railways Department.

Recently, the exam dates for the recruitment has been announced by RRB. The Recruitment for Group C application process was carried out from 3rd February 2018 to 31st March 2018. The rrb admit card for the same will be available in 4-5 days prior to the exam date. 

The exam for Railways Group C recruitment will be conducted on 9th August 2018 and the RRB Recruitment for Group D application process was carried out from 10th February 2018 to 31st March 2018. The admit cards for the same will be announced in the month of August 2018. The exam is supposed to be conducted in September 2018. 

The final dates are yet to be announced by the Railway Recruitment Board. The Exam Pattern for RRB Recruitment examination has been prescribed by RRB in its official notification published over its official website.