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RRB NTPC 2019: Indian Railways issues FAQs amid violence over recruitment exams

The Indian Railways issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), to resolve issues raised by protesting job aspirants; candidates can lodge their concerns and suggestion at rrbcommittee@railnet.gov.in.

By: PTI | New Delhi I |
Updated: January 29, 2022 10:43:19 am
RRB NTPC Exam Suspended, RRB NTPC CBT 1 Exam DateThe committee was scheduled to finalise its report on March 4. (PTI Photo)

The Indian Railways issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), to resolve issues raised by job aspirants who have resorted to violence and protests over alleged irregularities in the screening process of its exams. These FAQs have been released to explain the recruitment procedure.  

 Violence erupted in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over irregularities in the Railways’ Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) and Level-1 exams that has forced the national transporter to suspend its recruitment process and form a committee to address the issue.

In a set of FAQs issued on Thursday, the national transporter sought to allay any doubts over its process to choose candidates for its notified vacancies.

It said that since 2018, the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have notified 2.85 lakh vacancies and have given appointments to more than 1.32 lakh candidates. 

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“Recruitment of remaining vacancies is under process. RRBs have conducted computer-based tests (CBTs) for about four crore candidates in the last three-and-half years despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” the railway stated.

Addressing questions over the two stages of the CBT, the national transporter said it was done to make the process fair. “In case the number of candidates who have applied against the notification are large and are more than one crore, then it is advisable to conduct CBT in two stages with first being used to screen candidates and the second conducted with limited candidates so that extensive normalisation is not involved and the final merit is more just and fair.”

The Railways has also clarified that nowhere was it mentioned that seven lakh distinct candidates will get shortlisted for second stage CBT. “Since the second stage consists of CBT of five different levels and a candidate can be shortlisted for more than one level as per eligibility, merit and option, the lists of seven lakh roll numbers will have some names appearing in more than one list,” it said.

It also said the short-listing has been done level or post-wise at the rate of twenty times notified vacancies. The lists contain close to 7.05 lakh roll numbers which are 20 times of the 35,281 notified vacancies, the railways clarified. “Finally, 35,281 distinct candidates will be selected and one candidate will be appointed against only one post depending upon merit and preference. Hence no post will remain vacant,” the FAQ stated.

Responding to claims that graduate candidates are getting the undue benefit of becoming eligible for both graduate and 10+2 level posts, the Railways said the integration of recruitments for Graduate and 10+2 level posts have been done to save time, energy and effort which has been proved useful during COVID-19 pandemic.

It said, “Standards of CBT 1 have been kept at 10+2 level so as not to put disadvantage to 10+2 level students and it is only in CBT 2 that standards will be different across levels,”.

The Railways has postponed the second stage CBT of NTPC and the first stage computer-based test of Level 1 to address the issues raised by candidates

“A high-power committee comprising senior officials has been formed to look into the concerns and doubts raised by candidates regarding the results of first stage CBT of NTPC exam without affecting existing shortlisted candidates and introduction of second stage CBT in CEN RRC 01/2019,” it said

Candidates can lodge their concerns and suggestions addressing the committee at rrbcommittee@railnet.gov.in. Chairpersons of all RRBs have been directed to receive the grievances of candidates. Outreach camps are being organised at various zonal and divisional headquarters to facilitate lodging.

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