The Ministry of Railways has issued a clarification after some candidates raised concerns about the process of screening candidates for the second stage of the ongoing recruitment exam under the Railways Recruitment Boards (RRB) for popular non-technical (NTPC) categories – graduate and undergraduate.
“Railway’s attention has been drawn to concerns raised by some candidates regarding the process of screening candidates for the second stage of the ongoing recruitment examination under the Centralized Employment Notice (CEN ) No. 01/2019 (for Non-Technical People’s Agents) Categories – Graduate and Undergraduate) – the results of which were announced on January 1, 2022,” the Ministry of Railways said in a statement released on Saturday.
In this regard, it is recalled that the procedure for pre-selection of candidates for the second stage computer-based test (CBT) had already been detailed in paragraph 13 of the original notification issued on February 28, 2019, the ministry said.
In this job notification, thirteen categories were announced which were open to graduates and six of them for undergraduates, the ministry said, adding that these thirteen categories were separated into five groups based on levels. of the 7th CPC salary scale (i.e., Levels 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) and the step-by-step recruitment procedure for each category have already been clearly indicated in paragraph 13.6 of the CEN. Each candidate was free to opt for all or part of these thirteen categories subject to eligibility conditions, specifies the ministry.
“While Stage 1 CBT was a common exam for all candidates, paragraph 13.2 of the notification makes it clear that in Stage 2 CBT there would be a separate exam for each group (i.e. Levels 2, 3, 4 , 5 and 6) with different levels of graduated difficulty. Accordingly, all positions under the same level must have a common 2nd stage CBT. Therefore, if a candidate is eligible and has opted for more than one level (according to the degree), he/she will have to appear in the corresponding 2nd stage CBT for each level, as indicated in paragraph 13.6, because the standard (level of difficulty) for each group of positions will be different (i.e. level university or undergraduate),” the ministry said.
It is also brought to the attention of candidates that, in accordance with the provisions, the number of candidates to be called for the NTPC second-stage examination is only 10 times the number of approved vacancies, the ministry said.
According to the Ministry, this number of calls 10 times higher than the number of vacancies has been increased to 20 times the number of vacancies in CEN 1/2019 in order to protect the interest of candidates when the pre-selection is carried out at all levels and to ensure that deserving candidates are not denied an opportunity.
Thus, to cover a reasonable number of candidates for the 2nd stage CBT, the number of candidates to be shortlisted has been maintained at twenty times the number of community vacancies notified based on their merit in the 1st stage CBT cum preference of posts, he added.
Additionally, while an eligible candidate will be required to apply for each corresponding 2nd stage CBT based on his/her eligibility and option, he/she will be selected and the final nomination will be against a single position. Therefore, the question of depriving any deserving candidate of the selection does not arise, said the ministry.
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