As on 1 June 2019, over 2.98 lakh vacancies existed in the Indian Railways. The hiring process is presently going on for more than 2.94 vacancies. It is reported that in the last ten years, the Railways has offered jobs to over 4.61 lakh people.
While exams have already been held to shortlist candidates for 1,51,843 posts, there will be more exams held for 1,42,577 posts in 2019-20. Notifications for the same have already been issued.
According to the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCs), which are responsible for conducting the exams, 2,98,574 vacancies existed in categoeis A, B, C and D in the beginning of June.
It is therefore, not surprising that the Indian Railways is amongst the largest employers in the world. In 2017, it was the seventh largest employer in the world.
In January, it was reported that there had been a drop in the number of lower-level employees, that is, category D. The positions in this category include that of helper, gangman, trackman, welder, fitter and porter among others.
Group C employees at the Indian Railways comprise senior section engineers, locomotive pilots, ticket booking clerks, train ticket examiners, station masters, and so on.
The Ministry of Railways created maximum number of jobs in the central government in the last two years. It hired approx. 98,999 people. The workforce strength of the Railways was about 12.7 lakh in March 2017 but went up to 13.69 lakh by March, 2019.