Railways is expected to announce around 20,000 more jobs which will be in addition to 90,000 already advertised by the transporter, taking the total to around 1.10 lakh jobs. The new vacancies include 11,000 posts for assistant loco pilots and technicians and 9,000 for sub-inspectors and constables in Railway Protection force (RPF) out of which around 50% will be reserved for women.
The advertisements for new vacancies is likely to come in May.
The state-run transporter has received over two crore applications for about 90,000 vacancies, with four days still remaining for the online registration to end.
The online exam will be held for about 90,000 posts in group C and group D and for 9,500 openings in the RPF.
For assistant loco pilots and technicians alone, over 50 lakh online applications have been received, an official said.
There are 26,502 loco pilot and technicians posts and 62,907 Group D posts, including gangmen, switchmen, trackmen, cabinmen, welder, helpers and porters, open for recruitment.
As the job market in private sector is shrinking and opposition is targeting Modi government over job-less growth, the decision to leverage railways’ role as an employment generator will provide the ruling dispensation a cushion before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.