For the first time ever, Indian railways is conducting online recruitment examinations. The all-India online examinations for vacancies of Senior Section Engineers and Junior Engineers began on August 26 and will continue till September 4.
Indian Railways, the country’s largest employer, has gone one step ahead to ensure that it is a lot easier for aspiring candidates to apply and appear for the recruitment exams.
This is the first time that the Indian Railways Recruitment Boards are conducting online all-India examinations for the 3,273 vacancies of Senior Section Engineers and Junior Engineers.
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The ongoing examinations began on August 26 and will continue till September 4. They are being conducted in 242 cities across the country, including places in North-East and Jammu and Kashmir.
The online format has been introduced by the Indian Railways with the view of increasing transparency and credibility of the examinations. The computer based exams are easy to take. Smooth navigation between questions is possible, and the option of taking the exam in chosen regional languages is also available. The application process was also conducted online, with around 18 lakh candidates applying for the posts.
“Sharp increase in vacancy to candidate ratio indicates wide popularity and acceptance of On-line mode,” said an official Railways statement.
Railway jobs are high in demand among many aspirants. In the 2014-15 railway recruitment drive, examinations were conducted for 48,822 vacancies in 284 categories. The online examinations, if extended to more categories, will surely be of huge help for many.