Asia’s second-largest rail transporter is going to commence computer-based tests for notified vacancies from December 15.
The Indian Railways had notified three types of vacancies. These included 35,208 for non-technical popular categories (NTPC) like guards, office clerks, commercial clerks, etc., 1,663 for isolated and ministerial categories (stenographers, teaches, etc.) and 103,769 for Level-1 vacancies (track maintainers, pointsman, etc.).
Overall, the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) had notified a total of 140,000 such vacancies for NTPC categories, Level-1 posts and isolated and miscellaneous categories. Against the above vacancies, RRBs had received more than 24 million applications. The computer-based test (CBT) for the vacancies had to be deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown imposed throughout the country.
RRBs had since been actively assessing the ground situation imposed due to the pandemic. Now that experience of conduct examination for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is there, it was felt that the Railways too could start the process, which had to be suspended due to the nationwide lockdown.
The standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the conduct of examination of this magnitude are being framed. Norms of social distancing and other protocols prescribed by the various central and state authorities need to be followed to ensure the safety of candidates.