Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar:  The Ministry of Railways on Tuesday came up with a clarification over media reports raising questions and doubts about the shortlist of candidates for for the second stage Computer Based Test (CBT) for the post of Junior Engineer (JE), Junior Engineer (Information Technology), Depot Material Superintendent and Chemical Metallurgical Assistant whose results were declared on August 16.

The Railways today clarified that the entire procedure has been done in a fair and transparent manner and strictly as per the terms of instructions detailed in the Central Employment Notification (CEN).

Moreover, the first stage CBT had questions from the syllabus and candidates have been shortlisted for the 2nd stage CBT as per the methodology prescribed in the CEN. Hence,  all the information about qualifying paper, cut off marks, technical or non-technical subjects raised in media reports is wrong and unfounded.

Official sources said the Railway Recruitment Boards had notified the Centralised Employment Notification (CEN) 03/2018 for 13,487 posts which was later enhanced to 13,538 posts of JE, Junior Engineer (JE IT), Depot Material Superintendent and Chemical Metallurgical Assistant on December 20, 2018.

32,05,098 applications were registered and out of these 24,74,394 candidates were scheduled for the first stage computer based test (CBT) which was conducted from May 22, 2019 to June 2, 2019 and from June 26 to June 28 (rescheduled candidates due to Cyclone Fani).

The syllabus of both the stages of CBTs have already been mentioned  under para 13.1 and 13.2 of the CEN 03/2018.

The first stage CBT syllabus  comprised of questions from Mathematics (30 marks), General Awareness (15 marks) and General Science (30 marks). ‘It is not correct to say that the pattern of CBT was non-technical,’ the clarification statement read.

It was duly informed in para 13.1 of the CEN that the first stage CBT is of screening nature and the standard of questions for the CBT will be generally in conformity with the educational standards and/or minimum technical qualifications prescribed for the posts. The normalized score of the first stage exam shall be used only for short listing of candidates for second stage as per their merit.

Based on para 11 under the head ‘Important Instructions' and para 13.2 of CEN, total number of candidates to be shortlisted for 2nd stage shall be 15 times the community wise total vacancy of posts notified against the RRB as per their merit in 1st stage CBT.

“It is further clarified that the candidates , who have qualified the 1st stage CBT ie UR-40 %, OBC-30 %, SC- 30%, ST-25% can only be considered for being shortlisted within 15 times the community wise total vacancy of posts notified as per merit,” the statement read.

2,02,616 candidates  have been shortlisted which is 15 times the number of vacancies as per merit and RRBs are following the CEN as notified on December 20,2018.