The Indian Railways, through its 21 Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs), will be conducting a mega recruitment in three phases for filling up about 1.4 lakh vacancies.
The recruitment, which is slated to be held from Tuesday, is expected to witness the participation of more than 2.44 crore candidates in different cities across the country.
“Preparations for conduct of exams are in full swing,” the Ministry of Railways said in a release.
The Indian Railways said that the first phase of the exam will commence from December 15 till December 18, 2020, for isolated and ministerial categories.
“This will be followed by CEN 01/2019 (NTPC categories) from December 28, 2020 to tentatively till March 2021 and the third recruitment for CEN No. RRC- 01/2019 (Level-1) from tentatively April 2021 onwards till the end of June 2021,” it added.
RRBs have made extensive preparations for conducting examinations of this large scale in COVID-19 pandemic times following SOPs as laid down by Government ensuring social distancing, compulsory use of masks, sanitizers, curtailing shifts for conducting Exams to only two shifts per day.
“Efforts are being made by RRBs to ensure that as far as possible the candidates are accommodated in their own State so that they can reach their Exam centres by undertaking overnight journey.Female and PWD candidates are accommodated within their home states,” the Indian Railways said.
“However, considering skewed distribution of candidates area wise, there will be unavoidable inter state movements. Railways will be running special exam trains to cater to travel requirements of the candidates, wherever required and feasible. Chief Secretaries of concerned State Governments have also been requested to extend support of local administration to RRBs for conducting CBTs in secure and safe manner ensuring social distancing,” it added.
The candidates who will be appearing for the recruitment drive will be checked for temperature at entry using thermo guns.
“Candidates having temperature more than prescribed limits will not be allowed inside the exam venue. Intimation in this regard will also be sent to their registered email and mobile number regarding rescheduling of such candidates. Exact date of re-scheduled exam of such candidates will be intimated subsequently,” the Indian Railways said.
In addition to using a face mask, a candidate will have to produce COVID-19 self declaration in prescribed format at the entry and in absence of the same he/she will not be allowed into the exam venue.
In order to safeguard the health of the candidates and other Personnel involved in the conduct of CBT during COVID -19 scenario, all relevant protocols / guidelines will be strictly complied and followed, the Indian Railways stated.
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