Strength of Employees and Vacancies in Indian Railways as on April 2019

Revision of conservancy Cess Charges of Indian Railways w.e.f. 01.07.2021

Strength of Employees and Vacancy Position in Indian Railways as on April 2019 – Lok Sabha QA

For 1,03,769 for Pay Matrix Level -1 vacancies notified in 2019, around 1.15 Crores applications have been received.

The Manpower position on Railways (as on 1.04.2019) is as under:

Group Sanctioned Strength No. of employees Vacancy SC/ST/OBC (On Roll)
Gazetted 17,938 15,317 2,621 1,767 2,608 1,196
Non Gazetted 15,06,189 12,02,583 3,03,606 2,61,661 2,04707 95,836
Total 15,24,127 12,17,900 3,06,227 2,63,428 2,07,315 97,032


Action for filling vacancies:

Seven (7) Employment Notifications for 2,83,674 vacancies to be filled from open market were issued in 2018 and 2019 out of which three were in 2018 (Group-C: 77,909 & Level 1: 63,202) and four in 2019 (Group-C: 38,794 & Level 1: 1,03,769).

Examination process on the three Centralized Employment notifications of 2018, has been completed. Panels for 74,507 posts have been declared so far, out of which 21,222 are Group ‘C’ and 53,285 for Level 1 vacancies. Balance panels will be declared by January 2020. Examination process of one Centralized Employment Notification issued in 2019 for certain Group ‘C’ posts has been completed and panel given for 1519 posts.

Further, for remaining 36,871 vacancies in Group ‘C’, recruitment is under process and Panels for these are likely to be supplied by the year 2020. For 1,03,769 for Level -1 vacancies notified in 2019, around 1.15 Crores applications have been received.

Railway does not appoint or recruit employees through outsourcing mode. Employees are recruited by Railway Recruitment Boards etc. In view of exigencies of services requiring specialized work, there are certain activities where Railways directly engage persons on contract basis, such as, Contract Medical Practitioners, Teachers, paramedical staff etc. To meet the shortage of doctors on Indian Railways, Contract Medical Practitioners (CMPs) are engaged against clear vacancies as a stop-gap arrangement till regularly selected candidates join through UPSC.

The above information is given as a written reply in Parliament on 4th December 2019 to a question by the Minister of Railways and Commerce and Industry Shri Piyush Goyal.

Source: Lok Sabha