Last Date

Last Date to apply to Southern Railway: 13th January 2019

No.SGW/P.98/Vol.XX/Act Apprentices
Tamil Nadu, India

Online applications are invited from the eligible candidates to “Workshop Personnel Officer, S&T Workshop, Southern Railway, Podanur-641 023” for engagement as Trade/Act Apprentices under Apprentice Act 1961 for the year 2018-19 in various units of Southern Railway in the stream of Freshers and Ex. ITI in the designated trades subject to their fulfilling the conditions specified herein. Candidates can submit their application ON LINE only on Website www.rrcmas.in.

The Candidates can apply for only one Nodal Unit of Southern Railway. i.e. Signal & Telecommunication Workshop/Podanur or Central Workshop, Golden Rock or Carriage Works, Perambur.


1.Name of the post- Act Apprentices
No of post- 2652

Eligibility of Person with Disability Candidates

3% of Act Apprentices to be trained are reserved for Person with Disability persons under the following physical standards as per the provisions of Schedule-II of Apprenticeship manual and Railway Boards letter no.E(MPP)2003/6/14 dated:09/12/2003. Training in the Relevant Trade will subject to Permissible Disability.


The Southern Railway (abbreviated SR), headquartered at Chennai, is one of the 17 zones of Indian Railways. It is the earliest of the 17 zones of the Indian Railways created in independent India. It was created on 14 April 1951 by merging three state railways, namely, the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway, the South Indian Railway Company, and the Mysore State Railway. The South Indian Railway was originally created in the British colonial times as Great Southern India Railway Co founded in Britain in 1853 and registered in 1859. Its original headquarters was in Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) and was registered as a company in London only in 1890. In 1944, all Railway companies were taken over by the Government. And three years later, when India woke up to independence in 1947, the stage was set for the integration of different Railways into smaller zones. In 1948, immediately after independence, there were as many as 42 different railway systems - a multiplicity of railway administrations, varying in size and standards. The regrouping proposals put forward by the various committees were studied in great detail to ensure that a unification could be achieved with the least disturbance and dislocation. Important associations of railway-users, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the State Governments and acknowledged experts both in India and abroad were fully consulted. Shri N. Gopalaswami Ayyangar - the then Minister for Railways, was the principal architect of the regrouping of Indian Railways. In December 1950, the Central Advisory Committee for Railways approved the plan for Indian Railways into six Zonal systems, namely, the Northern, the North-Eastern, the Southern, the Central, the Eastern and the Western.

Standard of fitness for the Person with Disability Candidates

  • Loco motor or Cerebral palsy (OH) who suffers from not less than 40% of relevant disability.
  • Hearing Handicapped having 60 Decibels or more in the better ear in the conversational range eligible to apply.
  • Low Vision: Person with low vision means a person with impairment of visual functioning even after treatment or standard refractive corrections but who uses or is
    potentially capable of using vision for the planning or execution of a task with appropriate assistive device.

Age Limit (as on the date of notification)

  • The candidates should have completed 15 years of age and should NOT have completed 22 /24 years for Freshers/Ex-ITI, MLT Respectively.
  • The upper age is relaxable by 3 Years for OBC candidates, 5 Years for SC/ST candidates and 10 Years for Persons with disability (PWD).
  • Processing fee (Non-Refundable) Rs.100/-: Fee is to be paid through ONLINE MODE. No fee is required to be paid by SC/ST/PH/Women candidates.
  • The period of apprenticeship and stipend. Selected candidates will be engaged as apprentices and they will have to undergo apprenticeship training as prescribed under Apprenticeship Act & rules.

Criteria for preparing merit list in the selection

The following criteria is prescribed for preparation of merit in the selection:

Taking the average of the percentage marks obtained by the candidates in both Matriculation [with minimum 50% aggregate marks] and ITI examination giving equal
weightage to both.

Standard of Physical Fitness for Training

Selected Candidates shall have to bring Medical Certificate at the time of document verification in the prescribed format as per Apprentices Act, 1961 and Para 4 of
Apprenticeship rules, 1992 (as amended from time to time). The Medical Certificate should be signed by Government Authorised Doctor (Gaz.), not below the rank of Asst. Surgeon of Central/State Govt Hospital.

Engagement & Contract

The Selected candidates shall be engaged in the unit of their choice subject to the extent of vacancies and they may have to be engaged in other units coming under
the jurisdiction if so warranted by the administrative requirement. There is NO GUARENTEE OF EMPLOYMENT and their contract of apprenticeship will be terminated on of completion training. However 20% of the vacancies in case of Direct Recruitment through RRC’s will be filled giving preference to Course completed act apprentices.
They have to execute a contract of apprenticeship under the Apprentices Act -1961 and if such candidate is minor his Guardian can execute the prescribed contract.


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