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Railway Suspends NTPC, Level 1 Exams After Protests By Aspirants

The issue arose after the result of RRB NTPC CBT 1, cutoff marks and scorecard was declared online on official websites.

Patna: Police use tear gas to disperse agitating aspirants during a protest over alleged erroneous results of Railway Recruitment Board’s Non-Technical Popular Categories (RRB NTPC) exam 2021, in Patna, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.

New Delhi: The Ministry of Railways has stayed the examinations of Non-Technical Popular Categories and Level 1 of Railway Recruitment Board in wake of students’ protest, during which aspirants had blocked a Delhi-Kolkata railway line for several hours at Patna and Arrah railway stations against the ‘inaccurate’ exam results on Jan 25.

The announcement came early Wednesday morning and the Railway spokesperson was quoted by PTI saying, “A committee has been formed to listen to the candidates who cleared or failed. It will give a report to the Ministry of Railways.”

The suspension of NTPC and Level examination comes after the Railway ministry had issued a strong-worded statement against protesting aspirants and threatened a lifetime ban on employment with the railways.

The railways had conducted the first phase of CBT 1 exam between Dec 28, 2020 to Jan 13, 2022 for around 23 lakh students, while the second phase of CBT 1 exam was held between Jan 16- 30, 2021 for 27 lakh candidates. The Railway ministry in a similar way conducted third and fourth phase of RRB NTPC exam was conducted for around 28 lakh and 15 lakh candidates from Jan 31- March 3, 2021.

The issue arose after the result of RRB NTPC CBT 1, cutoff marks and scorecard was declared online on official websites. Another grievance was over a two-stage exam for Level 1 recruitment drive, which was earlier not mentioned in the original notification. Protests began over the ‘incorrect’ result and two-stage exams, and the Railways decided to suspend the second round of the Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC) recruitment drive, scheduled from February 15, 2022.

About 3.84 lakh candidates have been shortlisted in the current recruitment drive through the NTPC exam across five levels. The protestors are the candidates who did not qualify for the same. Many aspirants are vying for jobs in Railways for which the minimum qualification is class 12 (10+2).