New Delhi: After a long wait of about more than 1.5 years, Indian Railways has finally announced the exam dates for its notified vacancies on Saturday. According to a press release issued from the Ministry of Railways, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) going to start the computer-based test for the notified vacancies from December 15 this year.
In February 2019, Indian Railways had notified three types of vacancies. These were 35,208 for NTPC (Non-Technical popular categories like guards, office clerks, commercial clerks etc), 1,663 for Isolated & Ministerial categories (Steno & Teaches etc) and 1,03,769 for Level-1 vacancies (track maintainers, points-men etc). In all RRBs had notified a total of 1.40 lakh such vacancies for NTPC categories, Level-1 Posts and isolated and miscellaneous categories. Against the above vacancies, RRBs had received more than 2.40 crore applications.
Railways said that time for computer-based-test (CBT) for notified vacancies had to be deferred due to Covid-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown which was imposed throughout the country. However, the examinations for NEET (UG) and JEE (Mains) 2020 are being held amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Scrutiny of the applications had been completed but the process of further examination had got delayed due to COVID-19 related restrictions.
“RRBs of Railways are committed to holding the CBT for all the notified vacancies and have been actively assessing the ground situation imposed due to pandemic. Now that experience of conduct examination for the JEE for IITs and NEET is there, it was felt that Railways too can start the process which had to be stopped due to Covid-19 pandemic,” it added.
Further, SOPs for the conduct of examination of this magnitude is being framed. Norms of social distancing and other protocols prescribed by the various Central and State authorities need to be followed which are essential in the interest of the safety of candidates.
Railway now proposes to commence 1st stage online computer-based tests from 15 December 2020 and necessary action has been initiated in this regard.
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