41,000 engineers, post-graduates apply for jobs of helpers, welders in Indian Railways

The Hush Post | 17:24 | Two-minute read 

The unemployment rate among qualified youth with graduate and post-graduate degrees in India has increased at 13.2%, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). This might be a reason that over 82 lakh engineers and post-graduates have applied for the lowest Level-1 category jobs in the Indian Railways.

According to  a news report, the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) had notified 62,907 jobs in Level-1 category which is the lowest level of the employment ladder in the Indian Railways. The posts include gangman, cabinman, helpers, keyman, trackman and welders among others.

While around 2 crore applications have been received, 4.91 lakh undergraduate engineers, 41,000 post-gradutates engineers and 86,000 management UG and PG candidates had applied to become Group-D employees.

However, the minimum qualification required for these vacancies is Class 10 pass, a certificate from the National Council on Vocational Training or Industrial Training Institutes, or a National Apprenticeship Certificate.

There are 16,952,957 candidates who are just Class 10 pass-outs.

The process of filling up these vacancies had started in mid-2018 and currently the RRB is in the process of document verification and medical test for 75,485 selected candidates, among which many are engineers or graduates and post graduates from various disciplines.

Since the number of applications has been huge, it took time for the railways to scrutinise them all and finally, the RRB is in a position to start the final call for filling up over 60,000 vacancies in the next two-to-three months. Successful candidates are expected to receive appointment letters for Group D jobs by May-end this year.

These numbers are the latest indication of the lack of quality jobs in India, an issue that has become more pressing in the run-up to the general election.


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