The Indian Railways, through its 21 Railways Recruitment Boards (RRB), is organizing a mega recruitment drive in three phases starting on December 15th, to fill approximately 1.4 lakh vacancies in which more than 2.44 Crore Candidates will appear in different cities across the country. Exam preparations are in full swing amid COVID-19.
According to the official statement from Indian Railways, the first phase of the exam will begin from December 15 to 18, 2020, for the isolated and ministerial categories. This will be followed by the NTPC categories from December 28 to tentatively through March 2021 and the third recruitment for Level 1 from tentatively from April 2020 onwards through the end of June 2021.
For the isolated and ministerial categories, candidates will be informed individually via email and SMS about the exam city, the date and the exam time through a link provided on the official RRB websites. The link to download the electronic call letter will be posted 4 days prior to the exam date on the official websites of all RRBs. Communication on the next recruitment phases will be published in due course.
The RRBs have made extensive preparations to conduct examinations of this large scale in times of the COVID-19 pandemic following standard operating procedures established by the government that ensure social distancing, mandatory use of masks, disinfectants, and reduced shifts. for exams just two shifts per day.
“The RRBs are making efforts to ensure that, to the extent possible, candidates are housed in their own State so that they can get to their exam centers by making the overnight trip. Female candidates and people with disabilities stay in their home states. However, considering the skewed distribution of candidates by area, there will be inevitable interstate movements. Railroads will run special exam trains to satisfy candidates’ travel requirements, whenever necessary and feasible. The chief secretaries of the concerned state governments have also been asked to extend local administration support to RRBs to conduct CBT safely and ensuring social distancing, ”said Indian Railways.
According to the Indian Railways, the entry temperature to the candidates will be controlled by heat guns.
“Candidates who have a temperature higher than the prescribed limits will not be allowed to enter the exam site. Information in this regard will also be sent to your registered email and mobile phone number regarding the rescheduling of such candidates. The exact date of the rescheduled exam for such candidates will be announced later. The candidate must wear their own mask. The candidate must submit the COVID-19 self-declaration in the prescribed format at the time of registration and in the absence of registration, they will not be allowed to enter the exam site. After each shift, the exam center will be disinfected before starting another shift, ”he said.
In order to safeguard the health of candidates and other personnel involved in conducting examinations amid COVID-19, the latest instructions, guidelines and orders issued by the central government and the respective state governments in relation to COVID 19, Indian Railways fixed.