There are 169813 vacancies in Railways as on 1st April 2009. A total number of 10395 posts of SCs and 12491 posts of STs were identified as lying vacant as on 1-11-2008 including in Group ‘A’. There are 1166 SC and 615 ST employees in Group ‘A’ as on 31-3-2009.
Streamlining of the working of Railway Recruitment Boards has been undertaken. Under the new methodology, examination for a particular post will be held on the same date simultaneously by all the Railway Recruitment Boards and in addition to Hindi, Urdu and English, question papers shall be set in local languages.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.