In its biggest recruitment drive, Indian Railways has enrolled over 10,500 personnel in the Railway Protection Force(RPF), reserving almost 50% vacancies of constables for women.
The recruitment process of 10,537 jawans, including 1,120 sub-inspectors,8,619 constables and 798 ancillary staffers, began on May 2018 and currently is on verge of completion.
The current strength of women in the RPF is mere 2.5% so the railway ministry gave priority to hire women to ensure their empowerment and representation in the force.
The ministry has received 82 Lakh applications, including 14.25 lakh applications for the post of sub-inspectors against 1,120 vacancies and 59 lakh for the posts of constables against 8,619 vacancies and 9 Lakh vacancies for post of ancillaries against vacancy of mere 798.
The physical tests have been done of all the candidates and currently under the police verification. The written exams for these posts were held at 400 centres across the country.
For the first time, computer-based tests were introduced in the recruitment procedure of Central armed paramilitary forces. The entire process was computerized without any manual interference in order to ensure transparency.
The RPF is set up for better protection and security of railway property and holds the power to arrest, investigate and prosecute criminals.