"Know how Dhoni got a job in Indian Railway and which sports are included for recruitment under sports quota in Indian Railway. "
MS Dhoni, when he was merely 18 years old, was spotted by Deval Sahay to play for Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team in the year 1998. Around the same time, he was spotted by the then DRM of SER Mr Animesh Ganguly to play for SER Team and was selected as TTE through Sports Quota. Later on, he was also honoured with the post of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Army in 2011.
The above-summarized biography of MS Dhoni’s journey from being a local sportsman to gaining employment in leading govt departments and associated organisations is an inspirational and informational one. The story of the charismatic former captain of Indian Cricket Team MS Dhoni and how he was placed as a TTE in Kharagpur railway division of South Eastern Railways is an ideal advert for sportsmen vying for govt jobs.
Indian Railway provides equal opportunity to all meritorious and upcoming sportsmen for recruitment through Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB). Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) provides necessary coordination and liaison with concerned National Sports Federations and 30 Railway Sports Associations for recruitment through sports quota in Indian Railway.
Govt job aspirants applying through sports quota should know that 60% of the total quota, including the share of Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), is filled through Talent Scouting and balance 40% is done by Open Advertisement.
Indian Railway provides direct recruitment to meritorious players too. This not only provides the players job security and resources but also intensifies their desire to achieve glory through sports for the country.
The Indian Railway offers job opportunities in order to encourage the players, there are about 30 sports which are patronized by the Indian Railways. Jobs are offered on the basis of merit to male/ female players in following areas -
4) Ball Badminton
7) Body Building
12) Cross Country
26) Table Tennis
Minimum educational qualification for getting a job under Railway Sports Quota –
There are separate criteria for different jobs according to the grade pay. Candidates should possess minimum required educational qualification and should satisfy other conditions laid by the organisation too. Apart from the education qualification candidates should have represented country/state either in the junior or main event in the Olympic games/World Championship/Asian games, SAF sports or other recognized sports or related sports.
For grade pay 2,400/2,800 -
Bachelor's degree in any stream from any a University recognised by the Government of India and should possess minimum stipulated sports-related achievements as prescribed for the grade Viz. represented the country in Olympics/represented the country in World Cup/or achieved at least third place in the Commonwealth Games/Asian games/World championship.
For grade pay 1,900/2,000 -
The candidate must be 10+2 passed or equivalent from any University recognised by the Government of India with minimum 50% marks. Along with this – He/she should have Represented the Country in any of the Category-B Championships/events and should have achieved minimum 3rd Position in any of the Category-C Championships /events/ 3rd Position in Senior/Youth/Junior National Championships/National Games organized under aegis of Indian Olympic Association/All India Inter University Championship organized under the aegis of Association of Indian Universities or 1st Position in Federation Cup Championships (Senior Category).
For pay grade 1800-
Represented the Country in any of the Category-C Championships/events Or scored 3rd Position in Federation Cup Championships (Senior Category) OR
Represented a State or equivalent Unit, except in Marathon and Cross Country, in Senior/Youth/Junior National Championships OR At least 3rd Position in Senior State Championships for all Units and Districts of the State.
Selection process for jobs in Railway Sports Quota -
The candidates are selected on the basis of Sports Trial, Medical Test, Sports Performance Trial, Physical Fitness, Interview, General Intelligence/Personality Test etc.
Examination Fees -
The examination fee usually for general category candidates is set as Rs. 500/- and for reserved category candidates is Rs. 250/- this may vary from time to time.
Age Limit - 18 to 25 years.