Railways agree to all demands of students: Railway Recruitment Board on Thursday accepted all the demands of railway job aspirants protesting against irregularities in Railway Recruitment Board Level-1 and NTPC examinations.
The decision was taken after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) electoral victory in four of the five states after a high-level committee submitted its report to the Railway Board.
In a major reversal of its policy of conducting Level-1 examination for recruitment of Group-D employees through two computer-based tests (CBT), the Indian Railways has now agreed to conduct only one examination.
The recruitment drive for Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) for 35,281 vacancies in various categories from the junior clerk, train assistant, guard, time-keeper to station master was at the center of widespread protests in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh. and Jharkhand earlier this month.
The candidates alleged that while more than seven lakh applications were shortlisted, the actual number of candidates was around 3.84 lakh, as the same person would have been shortlisted for more than one post.
Railways said the number of unique candidates selected on the basis of pay level will be 20 times more than the vacancies for the second stage computer-based test (CBT) for NTPC.
It also said that the candidates already declared qualified will continue to be eligible and the list of additional candidates to be shortlisted will be notified at each pay level.
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Revised results for all pay levels will be declared by the first week of April, second stage CBT for pay level 6 will be conducted in May, and second stage CBT for other pay levels after a reasonable interval. ., it said.
“Due to the abolition of Phase II CBT, it has been decided to follow the revised methodology with special conditions for the conduct of CBT for Level-1.”
“This will involve mobilisation of additional infrastructure and logistics for conducting CBT for Level-1 with a significant increase in the requirement per shift. The examination conducting agency (ECA) is on board to conduct CBT for Level-1. Efforts will be made. Therefore, the CBT for Level-1 is planned to be conducted tentatively from July 2022, the Railways said in a statement.
(With inputs from agencies)