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RRB NTPC: The Most Awaited Examination, Clearly Showing the Unreadiness of RRB

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) have announced that they are going to organize the CBT-1 for RRB NTPC exam under Centralised Employment Notice no. CEN 01/2019 soon. This exam is conducted for Non-Technical Popular Categories' (NTPC) graduates and undergraduates posts in various zonal Railways and Production units of Indian Railways.

The official notification for RRB NTPC 2019 Recruitment was released on 28th February 2019. The online application process was conducted from 1st March 2019 till 31st March 2019, and the exam was scheduled to be held between June and September of 2019. But due to some unknown problems faced by RRB recruitment board this exam was postponed for uncertain times. After that the Railway Recruitment Board declared to schedule the exam sometimes in between November, 2019 to February, 2020. But again they failed to meet the timeline, which is not expected from a prestigious organization like RRB. Now the applicants are wondering why this exam is getting delayed for so long time? Then there are number of reasons from our analysis to feed all your curiosity.

One of the major reasons for this unprecedented delay is the number of applications. One will be astonished to know that a total of 1.26 crore people filed form for RRB NTPC CEN 01/2019 exam from all over India. This huge number of submitted applications was beyond RRB’s expectation. The recruitment process through this exam consists of 3 stages of examination 1st stage CBT, 2nd stage CBT and Typing Skill Test or CBAT (as applicable).Whereas only 35 thousand people will end up getting a job through this exam, the ratio of job getters to applicants is 1:360, which is not a very uncommon one for educated Indian jobseekers in various examinations in recent years. Now to generate this massive number of admit cards, and distribute those, will take much longer time for the board. Another problem is the lack of examination centres in India. Now as we know that in our country lots of exams are conducted every month for recruitment in various posts in both government and private sectors, so huge number of centres are booked already. Thus, now RRB is facing difficulties to accommodate those required number of examination centres to conduct this exam, with this massive number of candidates. Next in the list of major reasons is the lack of experienced organization that will smoothly conduct this massive examination for that long period. The RRB had released a tender in the late 2019, asking organizations that are interested in conducting the exam to participate. But as per latest news, the conducting organization or agency hasn’t been finalized yet.

But according to officials, the Railway Requirement Board is trying their best to conduct the exam as soon as possible. But now due this nationwide lockdown to stop spreading the deadly COVID-19 virus, the NTPC exam may get delayed furthermore.

As per the latest rumours coming out of the RRB, it is being said that the exam dates will be announced within JULY 2020, if the lockdown doesn’t get extended further. The admit cards are also expected to be released within July itself, and the exam is expected to get started within August to September of this year. The RRB has also suggested the candidates to keep preparing highly for the exam, because as in other exams of the board, this time also admit cards will be given to the candidates only 4 dates prior to the examination, so much time won’t be there after getting it. The board will also bear the travel expenses of SC/ST candidates. It has also suggested all applicants to regularly check their respective RRB websites for getting important updates of this exam on notice board of CEN 01/2019.

Thus with all the applicants, we also hope that all these rumours become reality and this time finally RRB meets it’s timeline in conducting this most awaited examination, though it’s already late by one year with respect to the timeline announced primarily. And people start getting jobs before the already poor employment rate of India gets worst or even more.


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