“It is important to note that more than 47 lakh candidates have applied for the examination. Maximum care has been taken to allocate centres to the candidates in the same or nearby cities,” the ministry said in the statement.
RRB Exam 2018: Most Candidates Given Exam Centres Within 200 Km Of Their Cities, Says Indian Railways
NEW DELHI: “More than 71 per cent candidates i.e. about 34 lakh candidates, have been allocated centres within 200 kilometres,” Ministry of Railways said in an official statement today regarding the RRB Assistant Loco Pilot and Technician exams. “It is important to note that more than 47 lakh candidates have applied for the examination. Maximum care has been taken to allocate centres to the candidates in the same or nearby cities,” the ministry said in the statement.
This statement came from the Ministry came after Congress MP from Bihar’s Supaul raised the issue of distant examination centres during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha. “It is pertinent to point out that about 99 per cent persons with disabilities and women candidates have been provided centres within 200 km itself,” the ministry said in response.
On July 29, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor took to social media the issues raised by candidates of being allotted centres 1500 km away from their respective cities. Hitting directly on the Ministry, he tweeted, ‘they wonder if it is to enhance Railway profits from the hard-earned money of families of poor applicants?’
“Around nine lakh candidates from Bihar, 9.5 lakh from Uttar Pradesh and nearly 4.5 lakh from Rajasthan have applied for the exams. Interstate movement of some candidates is inevitable,” the ministry also said. For the RRB ALP, technician exams the number of applicants was much more than the available capacity of suitable exam centres equipped with critical security features such as CCTV, frisking, metal detectors.
“But here again it has been ensured that the candidates who had applied early have been accommodated in their own or nearby cities and states whereas those who had applied late, had to be moved out,” it said.
Out of the 26,502 vacancies, only 2,292 are for railway units in Bihar, the remaining 24,210 vacancies pertain to other regions.
RRBs will release the admit cards for the exams next week.