NLC Careers: Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited

NLC India Limited (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited) (NLC) is a ‘Navratna’ government of India company in the fossil fuel mining sector in India and thermal power generation. It annually produces about 30 million tonne lignite from opencast mines at Neyveli in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India and at Barsingsar in Bikaner district of Rajasthan state.

The lignite is used at pithead thermal power stations of 3240 MW installed capacity to produce electricity. Its joint venture has a 1000 MW thermal power station using coal. Lately, it has diversified into renewable energy production and installed 141 MW solar power plant to produce electricity from photovoltaic (PV) cells and 51 MW electricity from windmills.

It was incorporated in 1956 and was wholly owned by the government of India. A small portion of its stock was sold to the public to list its shares on stock exchanges where its shares are traded. It is under the administrative control of Ministry of Coal.

Not just Mining and Power Generation, NLC has contributed significantly to the Socio-Economic development for more than half a century.

The Business portfolio of the company is as under:

  • Lignite Mining
  • Thermal Power Generation
  • Solar Energy Generation
  • Wind Power Generation
  • Coal Mining
  • Power Projects

NLC India has five pithead Thermal Power Stations with an aggregate capacity of 4240 MW. Further, NLC India has so far installed 51 Wind Turbine Generators of capacity 1.50 MW each and also commissioned 140 MW Solar Photo Voltaic Power plant in Neyveli, resulting in an overall power generating capacity of 4431 MW (excluding Joint Ventures).


S. No. Power Plants Capacity
1. Thermal Power Station -I 600 MW
2. Thermal Power Station -II 1470 MW
3. Thermal Power Station -I expansion 420 MW
4. Barsingsar Thermal Power Station 250 MW
5. Thermal Power Station -II expansion 500 MW
6. Wind Power Plant 51 MW
7. Solar Power Plant 140 MW
8. NTPL 1000MW
9. Total 4431 MW


Mining Projects

NLC has four opencast lignite mines, namely, Mine I, Mine II, Mine IA and Barsingsar Mine. The lignite mined out is used as fuel to the linked pithead power stations. Also raw lignite is being sold to small scale industries to use it as fuel in their production activities.

S. No. Mines Capacity
1. Mines I 10.5 MTPA
2. Mine IA 3.0 MTPA
3. Mine II 15.0 MTPA
4. Barsingsar Mine 2.1 MTPA

Joint Venture Projects




  1. Deputy Chief Engineer (Mechanical) Grade E-5

Educational Qualifications: Degree in Mechanical Engineering/ Electrical / Electrical & Electronics / Electronics & Communication Engineering/ Instrumentation / Electronics & Instrumentation / Instrumentation & Control Engineering or AMIE in relevant field.

Nationality: Indian

Age limit: The upper age limit is 44 years for general category and ST category students of Mechanical Engineering and special relaxation to other category students like :

Age relaxation of 3 years for OBC students.

Age relaxation of 5 years for SC students.

For all the other branches the upper age limit is 44 years for all the category candidates.

Selection Procedure: NLC India Limited is going to recruit the new candidates through the selection rounds as follows. Based on the performance and skills shown in the rounds the selection will be done.



Pay scale: Rs.80000 – 220000/-

  1. Graduate Executive Trainee (GET)
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Age limit: The maximum age limit for the General category candidates is 30 years.

Relaxation to different category candidates as per Govt guidelines

For the SC/ST students an upper age relaxation of 5 years is provided to the students.

For the OBC (NCL) students an upper age relaxation of 3 years is provided to the students.

For the PwD students an upper age relaxation of 10 years is provided to the students. B

  • Disciplines: Mechanical, Instrumentation, Electrical, Computer, Civil and Mining Engineering
  • Qualifications: Candidates must have passed a full time 4 years’ bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or an equivalent as specified below
S. No. Branch Qualifications
1. Mechanical Degree in Mechanical Engineering (or) AMIE in Mechanical Engineering
2. Electrical Degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering (or) AMIE in Electronics & Communication Engineering
3. Electrical Engineering Degree in Electrical / Electrical & Electronics Engineering (or) AMIE in Electrical / Electrical & Electronics Engineering
4. Instrumentation Engineering Degree in Instrumentation / Electronics &

Instrumentation / Instrumentation & Control Engineering (or) AMIE in Instrumentation / Electronics & Instrumentation / Instrumentation & Control Engineering

5. Mining Degree in Mining Engineering (or) AMIE in Mining Engineering
6. Civil Degree in Civil Engineering / Civil & Structural Engineering (or) AMIE in Civil / Civil & Structural Engineering
7. Computer Degree in Computer Science & Engineering / Computer Engineering / Information Technology (or) AMIE in Computer Science & Engineering / Computer Engineering / Information Technology (or) PG Degree in Computer Applications,


  • Final year students: Must complete their graduation at the time of shortlisting and interview.
  • Pass percentage: General and OBC (NCL) category candidates should have secured at least 60% aggregate marks (average of all semesters in all years)

SC/ST and PwD category candidates should have secured at least 50% aggregate marks in the qualifying test.

  • Selection procedure

Candidates will be short listed for the selection process based on the marks scored by them in GATE exam, out of hundred for the further processes including group discussions and personal interview.

The list of candidates shortlisted for selection process will be published on the NLC website ( and intimation will be sent to the shortlisted candidates through email.

It is important to note that candidates who have been called for personal interview must bring all their original certificates along with one set of self-attested photocopies of the same for document verification.

Final list of students selected is declared after this.

  • Job Profile

NLC looking to hire young, dynamic and result oriented individuals for the post of Graduate Executive Trainees in various disciplines are given a training for twelve months (that is extendable). On completion of the training period, candidates are posted in any unit under NLC or any of its subsidiary companies.

The trainees are acquainted with the company, its way of working, their duties and responsibilities and a comprehensive understanding of the post at different disciplines.

It is important to note that selected candidates for the post of the Graduate Executive Trainee will be required to sign a Service Agreement Bond for a value of 1,00,000 INR which entails that the selected candidate will be required to work for the organisation for a minimum period of three years post the completion of training.

  • Training & Probation: Selected candidates will be on training for a period of minimum one year (extendable). During the training period they will be paid a Basic Pay, Dearness Allowance (120.3 % of basic pay) and a Common Allowance (40% of basic pay) per month
  • Pay Scale and Perks: The salary for the post ranges from 20,600 INR-46,500 INR (E-2 grade) with an increment of three percent. The candidates are offered a handsome annual package 8.6 lakhs INR CTC per annum.

During the training period, the Graduate Executive Trainees are paid Basic Pay, Dearness Allowance (presently 107.9 % of basic pay) and Common Allowance (40% of basic pay) per month. In addition to the above, they are paid Performance Related Pay annually and entitled for superannuation benefit (30% of basic pay plus Dearness Allowance), free Medical treatment for self and dependents.

Employees when posted are also provided unfurnished residential accommodation at nominal rent at their place of posting.

  • Service Agreement Bond: All selected candidates will be required to execute a Service Agreement Bond for a value of Rs.1,00,000/- to serve NLC Ltd for a minimum period of three years after the completion of the training period.
  • Documents Required:

Proof of date of birth

Qualifying degree certificate and mark sheet

GATE score card

Caste/Category certificate (for SC/ST/OBC candidates)

Discharge certificate in case of Ex-Servicemen candidates

Disability Certificate, indicating the type of disability (in case of PWD)

Scanned photograph

Scanned signature

One set of self-attested photocopies of all the documents listed

Any other documents/details regarding the eligibility criteria.

Cut off

Candidates applying for NLC can check the minimum marks used in the previous year for shortlisting of candidates for the NLC Recruitment through GATE. The GATE cutoff for NLC recruitment is listed as per the category below in the table for the reference of candidates.

Cut off for 2018

SNo. Branch Minimum cut off marks of candidates        
1. Mechanical 77.62 71.55 61.23 54.03 50.66
2. Electrical 64.67 57.67 47.67 47.33 35.0
3. Electrical Engineering 51.67 45.67 37.33 NR NR
4. Instrumentation Engineering 66.0 53.0 42.67 25.0 NR
5. Mining 62.0 48.0 46.67 39.0 NR
6. Civil 73.92 67.70 59.92 61.46 36.22
7. Computer 61.67 56.67 46.33 NR 37.0


Cut off for 2017

SNo. Branch Minimum cut off marks of candidates        
1. Mechanical 81.78 74.89 72.46 61.92 46.30
2. Electrical 66.06 62.27 52.29 49.60 39.30
3. Electrical Engineering 68.54 66.67 55.11 NR 35.18
4. Instrumentation Engineering 79.68 70.35 59.36 NR NR
5. Mining 49.03 46.36 32.04 31.04 NR
6. Civil 83.81 72.60 70.09 71.17 44.67
7. Computer 78.67 62.23 53.86 43.90 33.65


With its amazing culture and open door policy NLC is one the best public sector organisation to work with.

The company offers good perks along with a balanced professional and personal life. In this article, we have tried to provide all the information necessary about the Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited. If you have any more queries or issues you can write to us and we will make sure to answer all your doubts.

We hope all the students the best of luck for your IES and GATE preparation. May you succeed in all your future endeavours and live a content life.

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