The railway board chairman said the exams could not be conducted till now due to the
“We invited applications for recruitment in various categories for 1, 40,640 posts. These were notified in the pre-COVID period. Scrutiny of these applications was completed, but due to COVID-19 pandemic a computer-based examination could not be completed,” Yadav added.
Types and number of vacancies
- 35208 for NTPC (non-technical popular categories like guards, office clerks, commercial clerks, etc)
- 1663 for Isolated & Ministerial categories (Steno & Teaches, etc)
- 103769 for Level 1 vacancies (track maintainers, pointsman, etc)
Railways said that SOPs for the conduct of examination of this magnitude is being framed. Norms of social distancing and other protocols prescribed by the various Central and State authorities need to be followed which are essential in the interest of the safety of candidates.
The RRB decided to conduct the examinations after the NTA refused to postpone the JEE, NEET examinations.
“Now that experience of conducting an examination or the JEE for IITs and NEET is there, it was felt that Railways too can start the process which had to be stopped due to COVID-19 pandemic”, it added.
A detailed schedule will be announced very soon, said the Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav.