Filling up of vacancies in Group C and D in Railways is a continuous process done through Railway Recruitment Boards and Railway Recruitment Cells. Candidates from amongst the SCs/STs and backward communities (OBCs) are selected against the reserved quota as provided in the Constitution. The prescribed limits of reservation i.e. 15 % for SCs, 7.5% for STs and 27% for OBCs are adhered to while filling up the vacancies. Process of filling up of backlog vacancies for reserved categories identified as on 01.11.2008 is underway through a Special Recruitment Drive.
As far as sportspersons are concerned, their recruitment against sports quota in India Railways is done purely on the basis of specified sports achievements of candidates. To cater the needs of talented sportspersons of all regions of the country, setting up of Sports Academies at major cities i.e. Delhi, Secunderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai have been announced in Railway Budget 2010-11.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.