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.
Earlier, those in the exempted category appeared in the exam for free, while the general category candidates had to pay Rs 100.
“I want to make it clear that the hike in the fees is because we realised that many people fill the form and then do not turn up for the exams. The government spends a lot of money on the exams. So, those who appear will get their fee refunded. Those who have paid Rs 250 will be refunded the entire amount and those who have paid Rs 500 will be refunded Rs 400. So, in effect, there is no hike. We want only the serious candidates to appear in the exams,” Goyal said.
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.
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