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Address: Kila Raipur, Punjab, India

Station Code: QRP)KILA RAIPU


Zone: NR/Northern

Total Unique Trains: 19

Train Frequency Weekly: 82

Station Traffic: Medium

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16687NAVYUG EXP05:3905:401M2A,3A,SL,GN
16787TEN JAMMU EXP05:3905:401M,F2A,SL,GN
16317HIMSAGAR EXP05:3905:401F3A,SL,GN
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RRB recruitments and Employability of Apprentices in Railways - Clarification

RRB recruitments and Employability of Apprentices in Railways - Clarification

In recent times, there have been protests by Railway apprentices in front of Ponmalai workshop seeking permanent jobs in Railways.  It was also alleged that there is discrimination against Tamil Nadu candidates from being recruited for job vacancies existing in Southern Railway.   In light of the issue, the following clarification is issued with a request to print and Electronic media to publish the same in order to clear the misconception in the minds of public.

Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) function under the Ministry of Railways. There are 21 Railway recruitment Boards situated in different parts of India, Viz., Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Jammu & Kashmir, Kolkota, Malda, Mumbai, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Ranchi, Secunderabad, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram. The primary responsibility of RRB is to recruit the technical and non-technicalworking and supervisory staff (Group ‘C’) required for their allotted jurisdictional divisions of the given Railway zone. Applications will be called for by RRBs from the eligible candidates through centralized employment notifications published in the RRB websites and in Employment News.

All the RRBs call for applications for various posts through a common centralized employment notification taking into account all the vacancies that are existing in various zonal Railways and Production units. At the time of applying for any post a candidate has the option to choose any of the 21 Railway Recruitment Boards listed above. A candidate is allotted to particular zonal Railway based o­n the RRB to which he has opted. For example, where a candidate opts for RRB/Chennai at the time of application he is allotted to Railway Divisions of Chennai, Trichy and Salem and Southern Railway Headquarters and ICF to which RRB/Chennai caters to. o­nce a particular RRB is selected he will not to be able to opt for any other RRB.

On 3-2-2018, Notification CEN No.01/2018 was published by Railway Recruitment Board for the post of Asst Loco Pilot (ALP) and Technicians. This was a common notification that was published by all 21 RRBs for filling the vacancies across various Zonal Railways and Production units. For the post of Asst.Loco Pilot, candidates with minimum ITI or Diploma or Engineering Degree are eligible and three stages of Computer based tests were conducted. For the post of Technicians, o­nly ITI certificate holders in the relevant field are eligible and two stages of computer based tests were conducted. Candidates with Engineering or diploma degree are not eligible for the post of Technicians.

With respect to Notification CEN No.01/2018 stated above and through which the vacancies of Southern Railway and ICF including GOC workshop is filled up, RRB Chennai has confirmed that of the total candidates applied 51% are from Tamil Nadu. A total of 3218 candidates were selected for the post of ALP and technicians. Of the total selection 17% are from Tamil Nadu. This is largely due to the fact that most of the candidates are not eligible for the post of technicians as majority of them are diploma holders or Engineer graduates. Whereas the o­nly qualification required for technicians is ITI. But for the post of ALP, 53% of the candidates selected are from Tamil Nadu

Of the total selected candidates, 541 candidates for Technicians posts were allotted to Ponmalai workshop at Trichy after due process done at Personnel department of Southern Railway Headquarters.

Document Verification:

At Ponmalai Workshop the allotted Candidates were called for Certificate verification from 4.8.2020 o­nwards. Scrutiny of documents was carried out duly adhering to laid down Safety protocols of social distancing. This procedure of Certificate Verification was scheduled o­nly after the Ministry of Home Affairs issued guidelines o­n Unlock-3 effective upto 31.08.2020, according to which there shall be no relaxation for inter-state movement of persons.

The notified candidates arrived at Trichy by flight well ahead of the date scheduled for scrutiny of documents and underwent 14 days mandatory quarantine.  SWAB tests were also taken as per the State’s Safety protocols.  The results of the tests were verified by Railway authorities from Trichy District’s portal  The candidates who appeared for Certificate Verification were permitted o­nly if they produced relevant documents in connection with Quarantine, SWAB test results and adherence to all Protocols laid down by Ministry of Home Affairs. Sample of e pass of two candidates have been submitted to the Collector of Trichy for perusal.

The above points are highlighted to dispel various doubts raised from some sources that Railway administration and candidates who have appeared for document verification have flouted the lockdown norms.

Claims made by Apprentices:

At Ponmalai workshop, while process of document verification was in progress protest were made by Ex- ActApprentices who had undertaken apprenticeship training at Railway workshop demanding employment in Railways. It may be noted that Railways engageapprentices in workshops and Production units and impart them technical training with the objective of developing skilled manpower.   Employment in Railways is not guaranteed o­n completion of Apprenticeship.  However, in 2016 it was decided by Railway Board that 20% of the vacancies in case of direct recruitment to posts in Level-1 shall be filled by giving preference to Course completed Act Apprentices. In pursuant to this new rule, 597 vacancies were earmarked for Apprentices and notified through employmentnotification no: CEN No: 02/2018. A total of 3627 applications were received from apprentices and 2839 appeared for the Exam. Of the candidates appeared, 272 were shortlisted for Physical Efficiency Test (PET). At the end of PET o­nly 54 candidates who had met the minimum qualifying marks were selected against the notified vacancies of 597.

Procedure adopted by RRB:

RRB conducts all their exams in a fair and transparent manner without any bias. There is no manual intervention at any stage starting from o­nline application stage to conducting computer based test and evaluation. It is totally a computer based test and centralized employment notifications are issued o­n pan India basis and candidates from across the country have the right to choose any specific RRB, amongst the 21 locations, of his choice. RRB carries out the whole process and selects candidates purely based o­n the merit of the candidates and their eligibility criteria. The computer based tests are conducted in 15 languages which includes Tamil also.

It may be also be pointed out that there are no reservations in any RRB based o­n the origin of state or state of residence. The candidates belonging to Tamilnadu have not o­nly opted for RRB/Chennai but also to various RRBs. For example, in the notifications issued during the last few years about 2.2 lakh candidates from Tamilnadu opted for and applied for RRB/Bengaluru which caters to South Western Railway.

Chief Public Relations Officer

Mumbai Division of Central Railway gears up with Monsoon Preparations

Central Railway

Press Release


Mumbai Division of Central Railway gears up with Monsoon Preparations


The advent of Covid-19 pandemic in India and subsequent lockdown to arrest the spread of the coronavirus resulted in cancellation of all passenger train services. This has made possible to carry out monsoon precautionary measures in Mumbai, especially o­n suburban network smoothly and thoroughly. To ensure smooth and disruption frees services during ensuing monsoon Mumbai Division of Central Railway has geared up with following measures. 


Desilting of Drains and Culverts

More than 16 JCB’s / Poclains deployed for cleaning and desilting drain and culverts with maintaining social distancing over Mumbai suburban. Till now, 90 kms drain cleaning and first round of culverts cleaning has been completed. Muck/debris are being disposed off by 3 BRN muck specials and 2 EMU muck specials with adequate block during this lockdown period.  


Widening /Augmentation of Culverts

To ensure free flow of the storm water and to avoid water logging several culvert augmentations works completed at Kurla car-shed, Wadala & Tilak Nagar which are identified as flood prone areas.

Provision of Pumps

Central Railway also planned to provide heavy-duty diesel and electric pumps for fast drainage as to ensure free flow of the storm water so that the water is drained out quickly from the tracks and train operations are not disrupted during the monsoon period.


Traction Distribution Wing

The TRD wing of Mumbai Division, Central Railway also ensuring the maintenance of Crossovers, Turnouts, Masts, Cantilevers etc for smooth operations of trains by operating power blocks. The Live Line Checking by Tower Wagon and Foot Patrolling of sections is being carried out to ensure healthiness of OHE gears for smooth running of trains.


The work being carried out are badly rusty portal booms removal, 47 nos. Tunnel OHE overhauling in Ghat sections, Checking and maintaining critical clearance under ROB/ FOB in entire BB division, Insulators cleaning by in-house technology of high-pressure jet. In Asangaon -Kasara section 17 nos badly rusty portal booms and 34 nos Upright masts cut and removed. In this section together line block margin is very less, Traction Distribution Department utilised lockdown period for removal of these masts. While executing the work proper physical distancing has been maintained and all staff at site used masks and sanitizers.


Electrical General

22KV, 3MVA Transformer cleaning and tightening of outgoing connections at TMS substation CSMT, Power Panel & lighting panel at Parcel building, CSMT cleaned and tightening of outgoing connections, All the rectifiers at CSMT platforms cleaned and tightening the loose connections and measure the temperature of outgoing connections, Overhauling and Breakdown attention of Pumps at various locations o­n Mumbai Division.


Ghat Sections

Running of boulder material train to scan + drop boulders

Operation of Hill gangs (expert, skilled gang) to identify loose boulders

Scanning/Sounding of Tunnels

Erection of steel structures approaching tunnels to protect boulder fallen o­n tracks, etc


Signal & Telecom

Completed meggering of cables in entire Mumbai division (which was o­nly possible in such short time due to less/no traffic), 96 nos. of point motors sealed as part of monsoon preparedness. Panel Testing done at 2 stations, Point Machines & Signal unit replacement was also carried out.


Monsoon Precautions Booklet

Monsoon booklet for railway staff is also under preparation. The booklet will contain details related to monsoon (the dates of high tides during the monsoon, staff/officer duties etc)


Coordination meetings

Further coordination meetings are being done with MCGM authorities. Several new initiatives have been put in place by the Central Railway as part of the preparedness for monsoon this year.

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Date: May 16, 2020


This press release is issued by Public Relations Department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai

(Shivaji Sutar)
Chief Public Relations Officer


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