Ordnance Factories Board (OFB)
Indian Ordnance Factories are a group of factories functioning under Ordnance Factories Board (OFB). Ordnance Factory Board (OFBHQ) is headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal. Two more corporate headquarters are located at:
- Ordnance Factory Board, New Delhi Office
- Ordnance Factory Board, Mumbai
There are two more branch headquarters as well at Avadi, Chennai and Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
The giant industrial set up works under the administrative control of Department of Defence Production under Ministry of Defence, Government of India. Ordnance Factories group comprises of forty one factories (10 in Maharashtra, 8 in Uttar Pradesh, 6 in Madhya Pradesh, 6 in Tamil Nadu, 4 in West Bengal, 2 in Uttaranchal, 1 in Andhra Pradesh, 1 in Chandigarh, and 1 in Orissa), nine training institutes, three Regional Marketing Centers and four Regional Controllers of Safety. The factories are involved in production of defence equipment and hardware for the Armed Forces of the nation. Factories are categorized into 5 operating groups/ divisions depending upon the production/ technologies employed. These are:
- Arms and Ammunitions
- Weapons, Vehicles and Equipments
- Materials and Components
- Armored Vehicles
- Ordnance Equipment Group of Factories
Indian Ordnance Factories Organization is the largest and oldest organization run by the Indian Government.
Eighteen factories were set up before Independence. Twenty three factories were established after independence.
- Vehicle Factory Jabalpur
- Small Arms Factory
- Rifle Factory Ishapore
- Ordnance Parachute Factory
- Ordnance Factory Varangaon
- Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli
- Ordnance Factory Project Nalanda
- Ordnance Factory Project Medak
- Ordnance Factory Project Korwa
- Ordnance Factory Muradnagar
- Ordnance Factory Khamaria
- Ordnance Factory Katni
- Ordnance Factory Kanpur
- Ordnance Factory Itarsi
- Ordnance Factory Dumdum
- Ordnance Factory Dehu Road
- Ordnance Factory Dehradun
- Ordnance Factory Chandrapur
- Ordnance Factory Bolangir
- Ordnance Factory Bhusawal
- Ordnance Factory Bhandara
- Ordnance Factory Ambernath
- Ordnance Factory Ambajhari
- Ordnance Equipment Factory Kanpur
- Ordnance Equipment Factory Hazratpur
- Ordnance Clothing Factory Shahjahanpur
- Ordnance Clothing Factory Avadi
- Ordnance Cable Factory Chandigarh
- Opto Electronics Factory
- Metal and Steel Factory
- Machine Tool Prototype Factory
- High Explosive Factory
- Heavy Vehicles Factory
- Heavy Alloy Penetrator Project
- Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur
- Gun and Shell Factory
- Grey Iron Foundry
- Field Gun Factory Kanpur
- Engine Factory Avadi
- Cordite Factory Aruvankadu
- Ammunition Factory Khadki
The factories are primarily engaged in producing Arms, ammunitions, Explosives, Military Vehicles, Clothing items, etc for the Armed Forces. Ordnance Factories are also called “Fourth Arm of Defence” and “Force behind the Armed Forces” of India. OFB has played a vital role in redefining the duties and function of the organization. It has worked as a lighthouse towards development of new technologies and modernizations of the factories to keep pace with the changing times.
Ordnance Factories Recruitment Board (OFRB)
Main role of Ordnance Factories Recruitment Board (OFRB) is to fill up vacancies manpower commissioned by Ordnance Factories Board (OFB).
The Board is headquartered in Ambajhari, Nagpur. With the formation of the board, recruitment system has become centralized and there is uniformity in selection methods of the factories. Besides to bring about uniformity in selection criteria like syllabus, educational qualification, service and experience OFRB is set up. It will have a separate website with an Online Application module for Online Registration, Exam Centre Selection and unit allocation as per the exams results. The website will be in Hindi/ English and facilitate online registration, payment gateway, admit card generation, results, etc.
OFB has commissioned 12,500 recruitments this year. The Ordnance Factories are facing extreme shortage of workers in the workshops. Out of 12500 only 5000 recruits will be joining. OFRB carries out advertisements for the posts of ITI and Non ITI Apprentice positions and also for Joints Work Manager & Charge Man. All the Direct Recruitment sanctioned by the OFB will be carried out through OFRB. Advertisement regarding the same will be carried out in all national dailies (Rozgar Samachar/ Employment News, etc) and official site www.ofbindia.gov.in.
The employees of the Ordnance Factories are classified as:
(i) “Officers” of Senior Supervisory level (Gazetted Officers)
(ii) “Non Gazetted Officers (NGO)” or Non Industrial Employees (NIEs) working at Junior Supervisory Level and clerical establishment and
(iii) Industrial Employees (IEs) who are involved in the production and maintenance operations.
Gazetted officers of Indian Ordnance Factories Services Group A include: Engineers (Mechanical/ Civil/ Electrical/ Electronics), Chemical Engineers, Metallurgical Engineers, Leather Technologists, Clothing Technologists and Administrative Officers. Recruitment to the above cadre is made either by competitive examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) or by promotion or deputation/ absorption from other service.
Each factory is headed by a General Manager. Other officers of the Group A rank are Additional General Manager, Joint General Manager, Works Manger and Assistant Works Manager. Below them is Group B Officers and Group C staff. Workers directly engaged in production activities in the workshops are called Direct Workers. Employees engaged in support activities like maintenance of building, boiler, plant & machineries, quality assurance, etc are called Indirect Workers.
Ordnance Factories are considered Fourth Arm of the Defence Forces of the country, hence there is need to replenish workers as soon as vacancies arise so that the production does not suffer. OFRB releases advertisements and notifications for the vacancies in different factories/ units and sets cut off dates to recruit personnel.
One may refer to Indian Ordnance Factory official Website to get early information on upcoming recruitment/ Jobs/ Vacancies and much more. We shall be updating you guys on upcoming recruitment/ Jobs/ Vacancies 2013. One may also refer to the dedicated section that we have created for Indian Ordnance Factory upcoming recruitment/ Jobs/ Vacancies 2013.
Best of Luck for upcoming recruitment/ Jobs/ Vacancies 2013…
Post Author: Priyanka Singh