Railway Recruitment 2018 – Educational Qualification & Signature – Updates

Dear Aspirants,

The largest recruitment process will happen in the forthcoming days and Indian Railways has been making changes in the notification process. Recently, they have made changes in the notification and have increased then upper age limit for the recruitment of ALP & Technicians and also for the Group D posts.

Now , recently the Indian Railways have changed the educational qualification and some of the information mentioned in the official notification of the ALP & Technician & Group D Posts. So now the educational qualification for the Level I will be class 10th or ITI or Equivalent.

Following are the changes included in the notification of the recent Railway recruitment and they are as follows :

1. Restoration of Age Relaxation

2. Examination Fees

3. Educational Qualification

4. Language

5. Signature

These changes have been made in the recently announced  notification because this will enable more aspiring candidates from all sections of society to get an opportunity to serve the Largest sector and also to serve the nation by working in the prestigious Indian Railways.

  • Age relaxation restored for various categories of candidates by further extending relaxation by 2 more years.
  • For non-exempt candidates who have to pay Rs. 500/- as examination fees, Rs. 400/- will be refunded if they appear for the exam.
  • Educational Qualifications criteria for Level I will be class 10th or ITI or equivalent, again for this exam. 
  • Question papers to candidates will be provided in 15 languages.
  • Candidates can now make signature in any language instead of only in Hindi or English.

Age Relaxation for both the exams are displayed in the table which is provided below and you can clearly see that 2 years have been increased.

CEN 01/2018 – Asst. Loco Pilot (ALP) & Technician

(age in years)

Community Notified Revised
UR 28 30
OBC 31 33
SC 33 35
ST 33 35

CEN 02/2018 – Level-1 (erstwhile Group D)

(Age in years)

Community Notified Revised
UR 31 33
OBC 34 36
SC 36 38
ST 36 38

Minimum educational qualifications for all Level I posts were class 10th or ITI or equivalent till July, 2017.  In July, 2017 for many of these Level I posts, criteria was changed to class 10th and ITI or equivalent. This was not known the people in advance and was unfair to candidates who had been preparing over the past years for this recruitment. Candidates would have got a chance to acquire the required certifications and qualifications had they been given adequate advance notice. Therefore, it has now been decided that for this exam, criteria will be class 10th or ITI or equivalent, again.  This will enable more candidates to apply for the posts and ensure wider participation. In addition, Railways has planned further training programmes to ensure better skills for staff.

Examination fees were levied to discourage non-serious candidates who applying and do not appear for the exam. This would save the Railways substantial amount of resources spent on setting up infrastructure to enable candidates to appear for exams. Examination fees for recruitment were fixed at Rs. 500/- for non-exempted candidates.  It is now decided that Rs. 400/- will be refunded to those candidates who appear for the exam. To enable refund of this amount, candidates will be required to submit details of their bank accounts online. This facility will be executed shortly. Exempted categories like SC / ST / Divyang / Ex-servicemen / Women / Minorities / Economically Backward Classes will be charged Rs. 250/-. The whole of this amount will be refunded to those candidates from these categories who appear for the exam. These fees will ensure only serious candidates appear.

Questions papers will be provided in 15 Languages and candidates can now sign in any language instead of only Hindi and English.

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Railways Increases Upper Age Limit For ALP & Technicians Post 2018