RRB NTPC CBT 1 Exam Date 2019: As the Indian Railways looks for a new agency to conduct its recruitment exams, the Railway Recruitment Board is unlikely to release the examination date and admit cards for the NTPC (Non-Technical Popular Categories) in the coming weeks. The RRB NTPC exam, as per the information brochure released early this year, was scheduled to be held from September. However, with this new development, the Railways is not releasing the schedule in October. As per a senior railway official, the board has set up a committee that will invite applications from public and private stakeholders to operate as its Examination Conducting Agency (ECA).
“This week, a committee will decide the basic eligibility criteria and other terms and conditions to float a tender. After receiving applications, we will shortlist the agency. This may take over a month,” informed a senior Railways official. Since every job notification witnesses a mammoth increase in applications, necessary precautions are being taken before finalising the agency responsible to conduct the exam on their behalf, he told indianexpress.com.
The ECA should possess the capacity to host over one lakh candidates in one shift across the country, the board noted. The ECA would undertake meticulous planning and largescale mobilisation of resources, besides efficient capturing, handling and processing of data. It should use a certified and thoroughly tested software to conduct the exam.
The move comes after the question paper for the junior engineer computer-based test stage 2 had gone viral online in an alleged leak in August. Till now, two people have been arrested from Mumbai.
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However, the Railways has denied any leak and is calling hiring of the new agency as “standard procedure” since the term of older ones had ended.
This means the schedule for RRB NTPC will be released only once the board finalises the new recruitment agency. As many as 1,26,30,885 applications were received by the Railway Recruitment Board for the NTPC (Non-Technical Popular Categories) to fill 35,208 vacancies. The Railways had this year invited applications from graduate degree-holders under the non-technical category.
The RRB NTPC recruitment examinations will be conducted in three phases — computer-based tests (CBT 1, CBT 2) followed by an interview. The normalised score of the first stage CBT will be used for shortlisting candidates for second stage CBT, based on their merit.
The recruitment process for the RRB Group C post is almost over, while the hiring process for the RRB Group D, Junior Engineer (JE), paramedical are ongoing.