Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: “I am confident of clearing the prelim exam for recruitment of scale I officers in regional rural banks (RRBs), but in a state of confusion now as the prelim exam for UGC NET and the mains for the RRB are on same date,” said Subesh Barik, a disappointed student over the clash of dates.

“This is not the first time that such clash of dates has taken place; we often face such situation where our future and ambitions go for a toss. It will be difficult to decide whether to give a miss to the NET or the RRB main,” he added.

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is expected to declare the result of online preliminary examination for recruitment of scale I officers in RRBs in October 2017. And the main examination will be held on November 5, 2017.

Similarly, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) for post graduate students for lectureship on November 5.

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“We can’t miss a main exam but giving a miss to UGC NET is also difficult. However, we are left with no choice. We have spent Rs 1000 as fee to apply NET. Money is not all we are worried about but it’s certainly something for students who get around Rs 3000 to Rs 4000 per months from parents and also for all those who take tuitions and do part time jobs to fund their own study,” said another aspirant who has already cleared the main exam and interview for ASM in Indian Railways, Dhiraj Sahu.

All these dates are tentative. Hope the exam conducting authorities will consider problems of the students as both the exams are important,” said a faculty of a private coaching centre here.

“CBSE did not conduct the NET exam in July and pushed it for November 5. Earlier, students were at least able to attend the exam twice annually but this year they will get only one chance and, adding to the woes, if some of them can’t attend due to the date issue, it will be really unfortunate,” he added.

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