Last Date

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

No.GPB (A)-128-Act-Engg-28
Central workshop,
Personnel Branch,
Ponmalai, Trichy-620004

Online applications are invited from eligible candidates 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 Fresher’s 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 Central Workshop, Golden Rock or Carriage Works, Perambur or Signal & Telecommunication
Workshop / Podanur. The engagement of trainees will be made on the basis of the following designated trades only:


1.Name of the post- Act Apprentices
No of post- 853

Eligibility of Person with Disability candidates

3% of Apprentices to be trained are reserved for persons with disability 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.

Definition of Disabilities

  • Blindness: “Blindness” refers to a condition where a person suffers from any of the following conditions, namely(i)total absence of sight; or
  • Visual acuity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200(snellen) in the better eye with correcting lenses;
  • Limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of 20 degree or worse;
  • Low vision:”Person with low vision” means a person with impairment of visual functioning even after treatment or standard refractive corrective but who uses or is potentially capable of using vision for the planning or execution of a task with appropriate assistive device.
  • Hearing Impairment:- “Hearing Impairment” means loss of sixty decibels or more in the better ear in the conversational range of frequencies. Hearing Impairment would also include persons who are deaf & dumb.
  • Loco motor disability:- “Loco motor disability” means disability of the bones, joints or muscles leading to substantial restriction of the movement of the limbs or anyi form of cerebral palsy.


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.

Disability Certificate:

  • A physically handicapped person who wants to avail the benefit of reservation would have to submit disability certificate issued by the Central or State Government.
  • Minimum Academic /Technical Qualification asper the Apprentices Act 1961 Must have passed 10th class examination under 10 +2 systems or its equivalent with minimum 50% marks in aggregate.
  • Must have passed ITI Course in relevant trades from a recognized institution
  • Must have passed +2 with Physics, Chemistry & Biology [for MLT only]

Note: Minimum 50% marks in SSLC not applicable for SC/ST/PWD candidates. Candidates with higher qualifications viz. Diploma/Degree and Course completed Act
Apprentices are not eligible to apply.

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 Fresher’s /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.

Criteria for preparing merit list in the selection

The following criteria are prescribed for preparation of merit in the selection: Taking the average of the percentage of marks obtained by the candidates in both
Matriculation [with minimum 50% aggregate marks] and ITI examination giving equal weightage to both.

Medical examination

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 Authorized Doctor (Gaz.), not below the rank of Asst.Surgeon of Central / State Government 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 GUARANTEE OF EMPLOYMENT and their contract of apprenticeship will be terminated on 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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