Indian railways is one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world, transporting seventeen million passengers and more than two million tones of freight daily. It is also the world's largest commercial or utility employer, with more than 1.6 million employees.
The railways traverse the length and breadth of the country; the routes covering a total length of more than 63,327 km. As of 2008, Indian railways owns about 225,000 wagons, 45,000 coaches and 8300 locomotives and runs more than 18,000 trains daily, including about 8,984 passenger trains and 9,387 goods trains.
Under Lalloo Prasad Yadav, the Union Minister for Railways, the previously loss making Indian railways which was under the verge of bankruptcy, made a remarkable turnaround by reporting a cash surplus of Rs 9000 crore in 2005, which jumped to Rs 14000 crore in 2006 then again rose to Rs 20,000 crore in 2007. In 2007-08, a cash surplus before dividend of Rs.25,000 crore was reported.
The operating ratio has also improved to 76% (stated in 2008 budget), which is the best in the world (second placed Canada has 78.7%). In the last four years, the plan size of the Railways has increased from Rs. 13000 crore to Rs. 30000 crore. Annual Plan of 2008-09 is the highest ever annual plan of the railways. It is proposed to invest Rs. 37,500 crore, which is 21 percent more than the previous year.
Does above facts and figures from Wiki impresses you enough to join Indian Railways?
Than look no further, let me try to help you in doing that through next few blog posts.
First how does the recruitment takes place in Indian Railways?
It is through Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs). There are 18 RRBs in Indian Railway throughout India, with an apex body at the top called Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRCB).
These Railway Recruitment Boards issues joint notification for employment in 17 divisions of Indian Railway. These divisions, along with their headquarter and divisions are as below:
Northern Railway (NR):
HQ -Delhi, Div. -Delhi, Ambala, Firozpur, Lucknow, Moradabad
North Eastern Railway (NER):
HQ -Gorakhpur, Div. -Izzatnagar, Lucknow, Varanasi
Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR):
HQ -Guwahati, Div. -Alipurduar, Katihar, Lumding, Rangia, Tinsukia
Eastern Railway (ER ):
HQ -Kolkata, Div. -Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol, Malda
South Eastern Railway (SER):
HQ -Kolkata, Div. -Adra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur, Ranchi
South Central Railway (SCR):
HQ -Secunderabad, Div. -Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Guntakal, Guntur, Nanded, Vijayawada
Southern Railway (SR):
HQ -Chennai, Div. -Chennai, Madurai, Palakkad, Salem(Coimbatore), Tiruchchirapalli, Thiruvanathapuram
Central Railway (CR):
HQ -Mumbai, Div. -Mumbai, Bhusawal, Pune, Solapur, Nagpur
Western Railway (WR):
HQ -Mumbai, Div. -Mumbai Central, Baroda, Ratlam, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar
South Western Railway (SWR):
HQ -Hubli, Div. -Hubli, Bangalore, Mysore
North Western Railway (NWR):
HQ -Jaipur, Div. -Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur
West Central Railway (WCR):
HQ -Jabalpur, Div. -Jabalpur, Bhopal, Kota
North Central Railway (NCR):
HQ -Allahabad, Div. -Allahabad, Agra, Jhansi
South East Central Railway (SECR):
HQ -Bilaspur CG, Div. -Bilaspur, Raipur, Nagpur
East Coast Railway (ECoR):
HQ -Bhubaneswar, Div. -Khurda Road, Sambalpur, Visakhapatnam
East Central Railway (ECR):
HQ -Hajipur, Div. -Danapur, Dhanbad, Mughalsarai, Samastipur, Sonpur
Konkan Railway (KR):
HQ -Navi Mumbai, Div. -Ratnagiri, karwar
Which are these 18 Railway Recruitment Boards of Indian Railway?
Second: Railway Recruitment Boards of Indian Railway:
The name and the official websites of the 18 RRBs which issues notification and conducts RRB exams all over India are as follows:
At most of the times, these RRBs issues employment notification jointly.
Pictorially, you can see the location of these RRBs in the map of India
Third: Where does the exam notification for RRB exams come out?
Well you need to check the “employment” or “notification” section of above websites.
Also beware of fake RRB websites. There are a plenty of them like the one below:
You should be cautious as these websites do not give you correct information and hence you may be misled.
After this introductory information on Railway Recruitment Boards, I would tell you more about what sort of jobs are available in Indian Railway through RRB and how to prepare for the RRB exams in my next post. Please join in me that blog post!
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