First major recruitment in Railways with 10% reservations for EWS

In line with the mega recruitment process for recruitment of 1,51,548 employees initiated 14 months ago, Indian Railways will initiate fresh recruitment of 2,30,000 more employees under various cadres over the next two years in two phases.
Phase-I (starting February-March, 2019 and completed by April-May, 2020) will comprise 1,31,428 posts. Phase II (starting May-June 2020 and completed by July-August, 2021) will comprise 99,000 posts, an official press release said here today.
About 34,000, 17,000 and 62,000 posts will be reserved for SC, ST and OBC candidates, respectively, it said. 
Further, as per the 103rd Constitutional Amendment, 10% of these vacancies, that is, around 23,000, will be reserved for candidates from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), the release said.
According to it, the recruitment drive will fix long-standing issues of overtime work, delay in project implementation, low efficiency, and constraints on upgradation. At present, Indian Railways has a sanctioned strength of 15,06,598 employees. Out of these, 12,23,622 personnel are on the rolls.
The remaining 2,82,976 are vacant posts. Recruitment for 1,51,548 posts is going on, leaving 1,31,428 posts still vacant. Approximately 53,000 and 46,000 railway employees will 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 approximately 2,30,000 employees, in the railways over the next two years, the release said.
The recruitment will be for various cadres and minimum eligibility criteria will vary from certification from Industrial Training Institutes or Diploma/above in Engineering or Graduation in any discipline, depending on the post for which the candidate is applying.
"These recruitment cycles will result in massive direct and indirect employment generation. Recruitment of 1,31,328 persons in the first phase followed by recruitment of 99,000 persons shall create around 2,30,000 direct jobs. 
"The resulting increase in efficiency and investment will boost the regional economies, while the boost in connectivity through the Railways will integrate the economic potential of regions and give further rise to job opportunities for the youth of the nation," the release added.

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