New Delhi, Feb 26: The Indian Railways has started the process to recruit 89,500 employees for various posts in different railway departments. The process, being touted as the world’s biggest recruitment drive, is said to be a part of government’s initiatives to crush opposition’s claim that enough jobs were not being created under the Modi government. Also Read - Another Record! Indian Railways Runs Its Longest Ever 2.8 km Long 'SheshNaag', Twitter is Impressed

The vacant posts in Railways include assistant loco pilots, technicians, gangmen, switchmen, trackmen, cabinmen, welders, helpers and porters. A notification has also been issued to hire 63,000 employees in group D category that includes gangmen, trackmen. The Railways recently issued a notification to fill 26,502 posts of loco pilot and assistant loco pilot. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Private Train Services Likely by April 2023, All Coaches to be Procured Under ‘Make in India’ Policy

One of the main objectives of the Indian Railways’ mega recruitment drive is to strengthen safety in train operations which was dented by a series of derailments. Around 1.2 lakh positions related to safety are reportedly lying vacant. The additional hiring of ground-level workers, which may cost Rs 4,000 crore a year, aims to strengthen safety infrastructure. Also Read - Indian Railways Invites Bid For Pvt Players in Passenger Train Operation | Objective to Introduce Modern Technology, Reduce Travel Time

The government also relaxed norms related to the minimum qualification for its 62,907 vacancies of trackmen, helpers etc by dropping the requirement of an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) or equivalent certificate. Anyone with a minimum Class X certificate can apply, announced Railway Minister Piyush Goyal after drawing flak. It had also relaxed the age criteria by extending it by two years across all categories.

Vacancies for class 10th pass in Indian Railways:

No of vacancies: 62907

Online registration and submission of applications have started from February 10, 2018. The last date for registration and submission of applications is March 12, 2018, till 11:59 pm.

Last Date and Time for Payment of Application Fee: Online Payment (Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card) – 12 March 2018 till 10:00 pm

SBI Bank Challan – 12 March 2018 till 01.00 pm

Post Office Challan – 10 March 2018 till 01.00 pm

The age of the job-seeker should be between 18 to 31 years. Age relaxation will be given as per the government rules. (OBC- 3 years, SC / ST applicants- 5 years).

Vacancies of Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) and Technician posts:

No of posts: 26,502

Interested and fit candidates can apply and register at the official website – The deadline is March 5.

Pay scale: Rs 19,900/- plus other allowances as admissible.

First stage Computer Based Test (CBT): Tentatively scheduled for April and May 2018