SAIL Recruitment 2020 (Steel Authority of India)


The Steel Authority of India or SAIL is India's largest steel producer. It produces high-quality steel and supplies it to various government and private companies across India. It has five major steel plants at Bhilai, Durgapur, Rourkela, different other locations, and three subsidiary plants at Salem, Bhadravati, and Durgapur.

It has separate branches specializing in Engineering, production, research and development, managerial training, Recruitment, etc., and other technical and administrative departments recruit candidates for these various fields. This article will find all details regarding SAIL recruitment 2020, such as application procedure, how to apply, required documents, and the rest.

SAIL recruits candidates through the GATE test that is conducted each year. Candidates seeking achievement in SAIL should have appeared for the GATE test in any six engineering fields. Candidates are shortlisted primarily based upon their GATE scores followed by a Personal Interview and a Group Discussion.

Following is the complete information about the application procedure:

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates should have completed a regular B.Tech degree from a recognized university.
  • Final year students are not eligible to take the examination.
  • Candidates must have obtained a minimum percentage and must fulfill the criteria based on their caste category. This is as follows:
    • General and OBC (NCL) category - a minimum of 65% aggregate marks.
    • SC/ ST and PwD category - a minimum of 55% aggregate marks.

Age Limit

The maximum age limit for the General category candidates is 28 years, i.e., the age should not exceed 28 years as of January 1, 2020. The date of birth should not be earlier than June 14, 1992.

Age relaxation and to different category candidates as follows:

  • SC & ST - 5 years
  • OBC-NC - 3 years
  • PWD (UR) - 10 years
  • PWD (OBC-NC) - 13 years
  • PWD (SC/ST) candidates - 15 years
  • Candidates belonging to Jammu and Kashmir, from January 1, 1981, to December 31, 1990, can gain relaxation up to 5 years
  • Departmental candidates should not be more than 45 years of age.

Physical/Medical Standards

  • Candidates must be of good physique and must have optimum physical health.
  • Candidates must be free from any bodily defect or disability.
  • Minimum requirements of Weight 45 kg (males) and 35kg (females)
  • Minimum requirements of height 155 cm (males) and 145cm (females)
  • Myopia and Hypermetropia, if any is present, must not exceed ± 4.00 in each eye
  • Candidate should not have squint or color blindness, partial or full.
  • In the case of persons with disabilities and differently-abled persons, only orthopedically disabled candidates with OA or OL disability with a minimum 40% disability are eligible for application.
  •  Scores from any other entrance exam apart from GATE will not be considered for Recruitment.

Application Fees

  • General and OBC candidates: INR 700
  • SC/ ST/ PWD/ Departmental candidates: INR 100

Application Procedure

Candidates can apply for one discipline as well as GATE scores will be considered for the SAIL recruitment. Candidates will have to register themselves on the website, fill the details required related to academics and other personal information, and enter their GATE registration number. They will be required to upload their recent photo, a signature of the candidate, left thumb impression, and a scanned copy of the GATE admit card. Following this procedure, the candidate will receive a link on their registered email ID to verify their candidature and application.

Now the process of online payment will begin. For this, the candidate must click on the 'make payment' link, choose a category, and enter their SAIL registration number present in the email. After the confirmation is successful, candidates can view and download their Provisional Registration Slip. Only those candidates who can download the slip will advance to the next level in the recruitment process.

Selection Process

A shortlisting of candidates will be done based on GATE scores/ranks on merit.

After this, there will be the next round of personal interview where the candidate will have to sit before a panel of recruiters and answer questions.

For the PI round, candidates need to carry certain documents such as class 10th, 12th mark-sheets, and excellence certificates. All papers should be original. When a candidate clears the PI round, he will be evaluated based on the requirements laid down by SAIL, after which a final selection list will be prepared. The weightage for different games is listed below:

  • Weightage of GATE exam marks (merit-based): 70%
  • Group Discussion (GD): 10%
  • Personal Interview (PI): 15%
  • Final selection- based on medical fitness criteria laid down by SAIL


The candidates who are shortlisted will have to undertake training for a year. After that, on completion of successful practice, they will be designated depending upon their fields' choice in the application form.

Pay Scale

Salary varies between INR 20,000-50,000 depending on the field of Recruitment and the post. The average pay is around Rs. 25,000 p.m. On successful completion of training. Candidates can be placed anywhere between INR 25,000 to 50,000. 

Application Process for Sail Recruitment 2020

1. Visit the official website of Steel Authority of India.

2. Candidate needs to click on the 'Recruitment of candidates through GATE' tab. 

3. Next, click on 'View All Vacancies' under the 'Jobs' tab.

4. Here, the candidate must choose his/her discipline and field of work that he/she is interested in.

5. Click the 'Apply Now' button, which will open the application form. The candidate must fill all the details asked for.

6. Then proceed to pay for the application form using UPI, net banking, and other online modes.

7. The application will now be available for download.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How does the Group Discussion round look like? What happens in GD?

The GD round is mainly aimed at testing your in-depth knowledge about a particular topic. The topic is usually a general awareness or current affair topic on which various views can be presented. The assessor generally looks at your way of presentation, language, content, and body language.

Q. What is to be carried in the PI round? 

You must have your Xerox copies of your mark sheets (10th, 12th, and graduation) with your hall ticket. Don't forget to carry 2 OR 3 passport size photographs and two copies of your CV. It would be better to hold certificates of significant achievements, etc., all in a neat binder.

Q. How to prepare for the various stages? 

The GATE exam is a somewhat tricky exam, with a significant focus on quantitative ability, English, and reading. Hence, work on these subjects, significantly higher and advanced math.

For the GD and PI rounds, the focus must be on staying up-to-date on current, national, and international events. Have a well-prepared self-introduction for the interview, based on which further questions will be asked.