The first stage of computer-based tests or CBT by the Indian Railways, to fill about 1.4 lakh vacancies, will begin with effect from December 15, 2020. About 35,208 posts are vacant in non-technical popular categories (NTPC). This includes, office clerks, commercial clerks, guards, and so on. About 1,663 posts for isolated and ministerial categories are open for stenos and teachers. About 1,03,769 people will be hired for level-one posts, including that of track maintainers and pointsmen. The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) has received over 2.4 crore applications for the above 1,40,640 vacancies.
The Ministry of Railways was encouraged by the successful organisation of the NEET and JEE exams amidst the pandemic, and decided to resume the recruitment process, which had to be stalled due to the coronavirus outbreak even though the applications had been scrutinised.
Standard operating procedures are being drawn up to hold the examinations, while ensuring the safety and well-being of the examinees. The Railway Ministry has assured that social-distancing norms and other guidelines issued by the Centre as well as the state governments will be adhered to.
Last month, the Central Railway had released an official notification that invited applications for 18 vacancies of contract medical practitioners (CMP), including four physicians, four anaesthetists and 10 GDMO. November 30, 2020 is the last date for those interested to mail their application forms. An MBBS degree is a must for applicants along with three years’ experience in clinical work after postgraduation in the concerned speciality.