Indian Railway recruitment: ‘Environment-friendly and digital’ benefiting millions of job aspirants
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS – INDIA·THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016
Adding to its green initiatives, Indian Railway recruitment have become environment-friendly and digital’. The Indian Railways, one of the largest job providers in the country, is presently attracting more than 1 crore applications and save 4 lakh trees. Recruitment for various critical and important Group ‘C’ categories like Assistant Loco Pilots, Assistant Station Masters, Goods Guards, Senior Section Engineers/Junior Engineers, Technicians etc are conducted by 21 Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) spread across the country. Recruitment for erstwhile Group ‘D’ category posts is conducted by 16 Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCs). During the last 2 years, RRBs and RRCs have, on an average recruited about 52,000 candidates per year—the biggest job creation effort by a government organization.
IMPACT of improvements made in railway recruitment system:
1. Increase in transparency, fairness and ease of candidates
2. Number of students applying for and appearing in RRB examinations has risen sharply in the ratio of candidates per vacancy, both at the time of applying and at the time of actual attendance
3. Increased ratio means a wider zone of selection, resulting in the final selection of more meritorious candidates. This also demonstrates that these changes have been widely welcomed by millions of job aspirants.
SALIENT HIGHLIGHTS of improvements and achievements:
1. Conducts the world’s largest computer based recruitment examination for a staggering number of about 92 lakh candidates spread over 71 shift in 25 days, in more than 1100 centres in 351 cities across India.
2. Landmark Green Initiative: In a series of pilot projects, paper applications and OMR based examinations are being changed online applications and computer based examinations. This move has alone saved 310 crore A4 size sheets, which means a saving of about 4 lakh trees from cutting, in the last three examinations.
3. Since 2015, more than 1.11 crore candidates have applied against 22,732 vacancies, taking per vacancy candidates ratio to 490. This is an evidence of increasing interest and credibility in RRB examinations among job seeking youth.
4. Online Application system has saved the candidates from worries and uncertainties about delays in dark or non-delivery of their applications. They are sure of submission of their applications and get SMS and email alerts various stages of recruitment. This facility gives the candidates the flexibility of toggling between the language of questions and revisiting and revising their answers. Provisions of mock tests is also provided.
Other CANDIDATE FRIENDLY INITIATIVES:
1. In a six-fold increase in the number of exam cities, The Indian Railways have been successful in reaching out to candidates in remote areas like North East, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kashmir Valley and Smaller towns by way of setting up more than 1100 centres in 351 cities.
2. To avoid inconvenience, candidates can now select 5 towns of their choice for their examination centres.
3. For early intimation, candidates are now given a proposed date of the examination in the Vacancy Notification itself.
4. Candidates are now being trusted with their ‘self-declaration’ regarding their eligibility and is accepted at face value and are not required to attach/upload multiple documents for it. Fee payment has also been simplified via net banking and other online means.
5. All 21 RRBs have been put on Government of India’s Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) portal, facilitating the candidates to lodge their grievances online. Out of 4887 grievances received during 5months period from March 2016, 4726 i.e 97 percent have been disposed off.
6. The lead time for conducting examinations has been reduced drastically wherein examinations are held within 6 months. Few examinations have even been held within as less as 2month lead time.
7. Examinations for various posts having similar educational qualifications have been clubbed together.
8. The stage of interview was eliminated from recruitment for all the categories, except six posts long ago.
9. Provision of allowing candidates to take away the Question booklets introduced in conventional printed paper examinations
10. Introduced the system of uploading Answer keys.
11. In Computer Based Tests (CBTs) candidates are shown their question paper, answer booklets along with correct answer keys. They are also given an opportunity to raise objections regarding correctness of question, if any.