Indian Railways has given an update on RRB NTPC Exam on Thursday and it said that it will listen to all the demands of students. The students have been protesting against the irregularities that are present in RRB Level 1 and NTPC Examinations. The announcement came after victory of BJP was announced in four out of five polling states.
Earlier for recruitment of Group D employees railways used to conduct two computer based tests which now has been brought down to just one single test. Recruitment drive was going on for Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) over 35,281 posts in several categories like train assistant, junior clerk, time-keeper, guard and station master. The irregularities in the exam were the main highlight of the protests that students were doing in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
The RRB NTPC job aspirants said that over seven lakh applications were shortlisted after first computer based test but the actual number of candidates that were shortlisted was just 3.84 lakh. Same person was shortlisted for more than one post through the examination. Indian Railways said that the number of unique shortlisted candidates will be 20 times higher than number of posts for conducting second computer based test.
The national transporter also said that the name of qualified candidates will remain unchanged and a fresh list will be launched with additional candidates that will get the opportunity to appear in second computer based test of NTPC exam. The list will be released by first week of April and the second exam will be conducted in May in a phased manner.
Indian Railways gave a statement which said, “It has been decided to follow revised methodology with special conditions for conduct of CBT for Level-1 due to elimination of 2nd stage CBT etc. This will involve mobilizing of additional infrastructure and logistics to conduct CBT for Level-1 with significant increase in per shift requirement. Efforts will be made to have the exam conducting agency (ECA) on board to conduct the CBT for Level-1 as early as possible. Hence, CBT for Level-1 is planned to be held tentatively from July 2022 onwards.”