After continued protest and backlash from candidates about distant exam centres for the fist stage Computer-Based Test for ALP and Technician recruitment, Indian Railways has issued a clarification about the exam centres. Many candidates have been allocated an exam centre which is outside their respective states of residence.
Addressing the issue, Railway clarified that since the first stage exam is a computer based test, only such exam centres could be allotted which are equipped with security features like CCTV.
As per the data revealed by RRB, more than 47 lakh candidates have applied for the exam. Among those who have applied for the exam, 99% of the women candidates and Persons with Disabilities have been allocated a centre within 200 km of their residence. In total 34 lakh candidates have been allotted a centre within 200 km radius.
40 lakh candidates from among those who have successfully registered have been allotted an exam centre which is within 500 km radius of their residence.
After RRB had released the exam centre, there had been an uproar about the distant exam centres allotted to the candidates. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had also written to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to allot centres to poor candidates from Bihar near their home towns. The first stage CBT for the recruitment of ALP and Technicians will begin on August 9, 2018.
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