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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on RRB Recruitment Process

Railway Recruitment Board has released a short notice on the official website for the Frequently Asked Questions on the RRB recruitment process. RRB is releasing the notices regarding the various issues raised by the candidates who have applied for the RRB NTPC and RRB Group D. There is an ongoing dispute between the candidates and the commission regarding the various issues raised by the candidates after the result reelase of RRB NTPC CBT 1 on 15th January 2022. RRB has published a public notice with 14 FAQs related to RRB.

RRB has released the notification for the recruitment for 35281 various vacancies and the total number of candidates who appeared for the examination is approximately 1,26,30,885 across the country in 7 different phases. After the declaration of the result, some candidates have raised concerns over the selection process of RRB and shortlisting candidates for the second stage of the ongoing recruitment examination under RRBs Centralized Employment Notice (CEN) No. 01/2019 (for Non-Technical Popular Categories – Graduate and Undergraduate) – results.

In this notice RRB has answered 14 Frequently Asked Questions out of which some important has been covered by us below and for further details candidates can download the notice link provided below.

Q. Why recruitment is conducted with two stages Computer Based Test (CBT)?

Ans: In case the number of candidates applied against the notification is large in number and are more than one crore, then, it is advisable to conduct CBT in two stages with 1st Stage being used to screen the candidates for 2nd Stage and 2nd Stage CBT conducted with limited candidates so that extensive normalization is not involved and the final merit is more just and fair.

Q. What is the basis of shortlisting candidates for 2nd Stage CBT?

Ans: According to the RRB manual 2015, the candidates 10 times the notified vacancies are to be called for 2nd Stage CBT for Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC). This is to ensure that the number is limited to the
extent that the same can be managed in one or limited shifts to avoid extensive normalization as well as to ensure that adequate candidates are available for deciding the merit after initial screening is done through 1st Stage CBT.

Q. How many candidates are shortlisted for 2nd Stage CBT for NTPC Exam? 

Ans: For CEN 01/2019, the 1st stage CBT has been made common for Graduates, and 10+2 pass candidates, it has been prescribed in the CEN that candidates 20 times the notified vacancies will be called for 2nd Stage CBT so that adequate candidates are given the opportunity to appear in 2nd Stage CBT after screening through 1st Stage CBT.

Q. Shortlisting should be done for 7 lakh candidates not 7 lakh roll numbers?

Ans: RRB never mentioned that 7 lakh distinct candidates will get shortlisted for 2nd stage CBT. Since a 2nd Stage consists of CBT of five different levels and a candidate can be shortlisted for more than one level as per eligibility, merit, and option, the lists of 7 lakh roll numbers will have some names appearing in more than one list.

Q.What has Railways done for protesting candidates against NTPC Results?

Ans: RRBs have postponed the NTPC CBT Stage 2 and 1st Stage CBT of Level one. A high power committee comprising senior officials have been formed to look into the concerns and doubts raised by candidates in regard to the results of the 1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT) of the NTPC exam without affecting existing shortlisted candidates and Introduction of 2nd Stage CBT in CEN RRC 01/2019.

Q. How can Students lodge their grievances to the committee?

Ans: All the concerns regarding the result or selection process, candidates can submit their issues using the link available on RRBs Websites. The candidates can also lodge their concerns and suggestions to the committee at the following email id:

Q. What is the last date for registering a grievance to the committee? 

Ans: The last date for registering a grievance is three weeks time up to 16.02.2022 to submit their concerns.

Q. What is the timeline for the committee to address the grievances? 

Ans: The committee after examining these concerns will submit their recommendations by 4th March 2022.

Q. Why has there been a delay in the recruitment process? 

Ans: The recruitment process has got delayed due to COVID 19 pandemic since March 2020 and various restrictions imposed on that account by various states. The capacity that can be utilized for CBT has also got impacted because of social distancing norms leading to an increase in the number of shifts. 1st Stage CBT of CEN 01/2019 involved 133 shifts.

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