CEN 01/ 2018 Recruitment: Railways Increase Upper Age Limit For ALP, Technician Posts

Indian Railways has decided to increase the upper age limit

Bringing an end to the CEN 01/ 2018 recruitment issue, Indian Railways has decided to increase the upper age limit for Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP), Technician posts to 30 years (unreserved category), 33 years (OBC non creamy layer)and 35 years (SC and ST category). This is surely going to benefit thousands of candidates who had been protesting relentlessly against the slash in the upper age limit in comparison to 2014 recruitment criteria; earlier it was 28 years for unreserved category. Age will be considered as on 1 July 2018.

Ministry of Railways released an official update in this regard now. Upper age limit for level 1 posts have also been increased to 31 years. Upper age limit for candidates belonging to SC/ ST category for being eligible for level 1 posts in Indian railways is 38 years now. The CEN 02/ 2018 notification for recruitment to level 1 posts has been released with the new age limit criteria.

On 9 February, Railways clarified on the age limit issue stating that the upper age limit for ALP and technician recruitment is 27 years but as a temporary measure Ministry of Railways had allowed a relaxation of 3 years, till 3 February 2015.

Soon after RRB CEN 01/ 2018 notification surfaced online, job aspirants who had been waiting since 2014 were dismayed because as per the upper age limit criteria they were not eligible for even applying for the exam. It is after 3 years, the Board came up with the recruitment process, but with a reduced age limit thus depriving thousands of aspirants from applying. Candidates, who have been preparing for the exam for 3 years, have been affected the most.

CEN 01/ 2018 Details

Indian Railways has announced recruitment for 27019 vacant posts of Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician posts. The job notification, CEN 01/2018 is available online in the official website of all Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs). Candidates can also find the details in Employment News (3-9 February 2018). Online registration for the same has begun and will continue 5 March 2018. ‘One application ONLY is required to be submitted for all the notified posts in this CEN. Any attempt by a candidate to submit more than one application against this CEN shall result in disqualification and debarment,’ clarifies the recruiting body about the application process.

A total of 27019 vacancies are open for recruitment in 21 RRBs. Candidates should note that, ‘RRBs will publish Updated Vacancy Table again on their websites indicating the RRB wise revised vacancies against various Railways/Production Units and posts after the completion of First Stage CBT.’

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in computer based test (two stages), computer based aptitude test and document verification. ‘The date, time and venue for all the activities viz First stage CBT, Second stage CBT, Computer Based AT and DV or any other additional activity as applicable shall be fixed by the RRBs and shall be intimated to the eligible candidates in due course.’

Even after submission of the application, candidates can edit the details (other than State, email and mobile number) by paying Rs. 250 as the modification fee.

Eligibility

This is one of the biggest examinations conducted by the Indian Railways; bigger than RRB NTPC recruitment 2015. In 2015, Indian Railways had announced recruitment for 18252 vacancies. While more than 90 lakh candidates had registered for the examination, more than 55 lakh actually appeared for it. 2.73 lakh qualified the preliminary exam and were called for written test. Describing it as the “largest online examination in the world”, the official said that in order to ensure complete transparency, the railways has introduced the system of showing answer papers online to examinees one week after the examination. Earlier, recruitment examinations in Railway Board used to be conducted manually, but the Indian Railways had to abandon the manual system and opt for online mode after a few alleged incidents of question paper leak.

CEN 02/ 2018 notification details

Indian Railways has come up with another major recruitment drive; for 62907 vacancies for Group D posts. Candidates in the age group of 18-31 years who have cleared class 10th and/ or ITI or NAC in the relevant trade are eligible to apply. Notification is now available at the official websites of the RRBs and in this week edition of Employment News. Online registration for the same has begun and the last date for submission of applications is 12 March 2018. Candidates shall have to apply at the official websites of the respective RRBs.

Vacancy Details

  • Helper (Electrical, Bridge, Civil, P Way, Track Machine, Works, Mechanical, S and T, Signal, Telecommunication, Medical)
  • Track Maintainer Grade IV
  • Hospital Attendant
  • Assistant Pointsman
  • Gateman
  • Porter/ Hamal/ Sweeper cum Porter

Selection Process
Candidates will be selected on the basis of computer based test (CBT), physical efficiency test and document verification. CBT will be of 90 minutes and will carry 100 questions from mathematics, general intelligence and reasoning, general science and general awareness on current affairs. ‘There shall be negative marking for incorrect answers in the CBT. 1/3 of the marks allotted for each question shall be deducted for wrong answer.’

As per the updates, Railways have advertised for the recruitment through notification number CEN 02/ 2018. On 3 February 2018, RRBs had released official notification CEN 01/ 2018 for more than 27000 Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician posts.

Online registration for the same has begun and will continue 5 March 2018. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in computer based test (two stages), computer based aptitude test and document verification. ‘The date, time and venue for all the activities viz First stage CBT, Second stage CBT, Computer Based AT and DV or any other additional activity as applicable shall be fixed by the RRBs and shall be intimated to the eligible candidates in due course.’

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