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Railway Group D Recruitment 2018: Apply now; ITI certificate no longer required
For its Group D recruitment, which includes helpers, trackmen etc, for a total of 62,907 vacancies, the Indian Railways has decided to relax the minimum qualification.

Contrary to what was was decided last year, a certificate from an Industrial Training Institute or equivalent won't be required now. The requirement of ITI or equivalent had been added to the pre-existing minimum qualification of class X pass in June-July, last year.

Railway Minister Piyush Goel said that he had been receiving a lot of complaints from aspirants ever since the notification for recruitments had appeared, since the Railways did not publicise the change in the criteria for Group D enough.

While talking to mediapersons on Thursday, Goel said, "We realised that we have not given candidates enough time to know that the criteria have changed, so we relaxed the qualifications needed to Class 10. We have a robust training programme which we plan to strengthen further. So there should be no problems."

Goel further said, "The last date for the applications would be extended by a minimum of 15 days and notified soon."

The Railways Ministry had earlier relaxed the age criteria by two years for applicants across all categories.

Furthermore, it has also been clarified that the general candidates who are required to pay Rs 500 as examination fee would be refunded Rs 400 back if they appear for the exam. The examination fee had been hiked to entertain only serious candidates. However, candidates from special categories who have to pay Rs 250 as fee will be refunded back the entire amount. For receiving a refund, candidates are required to submit their bank details online.

Goyal informed that the question papers shall be available in 15 languages and the candidates were free to sign in any language of their choice and not necessarily in Hindi or English.

The Indian Railways, the largest employer in the country, has announced one of the world's largest recruitments for 89,409 posts in Level 1 & Level 2 categories. Goyal said that since the recruitment process was resuming after a gap of four years, a lot of changes had been suggested in norms during the intervening years.

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