On Thursday morning,  Ashwani Lohani, the chairman of Railway Board visited a 3600-seater exam centre in Noida. The exam center is conducting the world’s largest recruitment exercise to hire over 1 lakh people in Indian Railways. As per the sources, the centre is said to be operated by iON, a Tata Consultancy Services subsidiary meant for exams and is one of the largest amongst others. Similar to the previous year recruitment drive, TCS managed to get the IT contract this year as well for conducting the world’s largest recruitment exercise, sources said.

Our news sources have reported that, for the recruitment drive which was regarding posts for  ALP and technicians in Indian Railways not less than 3,59,605 candidates appeared in 160 cities ranging from Srinagar and Samba in Jammu and Kashmir, Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, to Neharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh on the first day. A total of 47.55 lakh people have applied for this exam, sources said.

On Thursday the exam conducted was regarding the 60,000 vacancies for the post of Assistant Loco Pilots and Technicians. However, the next phase of the exam will begin in September and will include posts of trackmen and alike posts. Around 2.4 crore candidates have applied for all the vacancies combined.

In order to keep an eye over the exam centers, a command centre has been activated in Pragati Maidan in Delhi in order to set up a coordination will all the exam centres to make them live through IT-enabled solutions. To make the activity possible all the exam centres have been equipped with CCTV cameras as well as metal detectors for frisking. The randomized computer-based tests are such that no two question bank patterns are alike.

“We are confident that the entire recruitment exercises to hire over one lakh people will be completed by this year. It is an achievement for Indian Railways that such a large recruitment exercise is being successfully organized,” Lohani told the media.