Vastavam web: There was no hike in the examination fee for the railways, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said today.Addressing the concerns of the candidates who are set to apply for the 90,000 posts, for which the national transporter had advertised in January and February, the minister said the exam fee was fixed at Rs 250 for the exempted categories and Rs 500 for the general category to ensure that only serious candidates applied.He added that all the candidates would be allowed to sign in a language of their choice in the application form and not only in hindi or english.
On February 18, after protests in Bihar and Kerala, the railways had to relax the upper-age limit for employing people in various categories. It had also clarified that the option of taking the recruitment exam in regional languages, including bengali and malayalam, would be made available.
In a statement, the railways had said that for the exam for the posts of assistant loco pilots and loco pilots, the revised upper-age limit for the unreserved category was fixed at 30 years, while earlier, it was 28. For OBCs, it has been revised to 33 years from the earlier 31 years and for the SC and ST category, the revised upper-age limit has been fixed at 35 years from 33 years.Online applications were earlier invited for nearly 90,000 Group C Level I (previously Group D) posts (track maintainers, pointsmen, helpers, gatemen, porters etc.) and Group C Level II posts (assistant loco pilots, technicians — fitters, crane drivers, blacksmiths, carpenters etc.) through the Railway Recruitment Board’s website.
The recruitment drive is open for candidates who have passed Class 10 and ITI for Group C Level I posts and Class 10 and ITI or diploma in engineering or a graduation in engineering for the Group C Level II posts.