Railway Recruitment Board started conducting its test for Junior engineer and Senior Section engineer from 24th August. The examination will be continued until 4th September 2015.
The notable fact is that for the first time in its recruitment test history, RRB is organising its exam completely online. This time, the examination mode is only computer based and no offline test will be conducted. Apparently, this step by the board is remarkable more considering the fact that more than 18 lakh aspiring candidates have sent their applications and will be appearing for the test at thousands of test centres in 242 cities across the country. The drive has witnessed significant growth in the number of applicants this year for which the board’s initiative to take recruitment process online is to be credited.
The notification for the recruitment drive against 3273 vacancies of JE and SSE posts was released earlier this year by the board and the application submission process took place completely by online method. The admit cards for the test were also availed online and not sent over by postal means to candidate’s address.
The test is being organised zone wise based on the applications received by the zonal websites. RRB consists of 21 zonal division such as RRB Muzaffarnagar, Secunderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, Patna, Ranchi, Chennai, Gorakhpur, Bilaspur, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal and others for recruitment process. The coordinating zone remains RRB Allahabad.
The board also revised its syllabus and exam pattern with slight changes adapting its mode for online test which the board says, is to keep the online test user-friendly and convenient.
The question paper consists of a total of 150 objective type questions having four answers and containing questions from subjects as of Technical Ability and General Science (section 1), General awareness, Arithmetic, general intelligence and reasoning 9section 2). Section 1 comprises of 90 questions and section 2 comprises of 60 questions.
The board kept its provision active of negative marking, means 1/3 marks is deducted of the marks dedicated to each question if the answer turns out to be false.
The computer based examinations are poised to be completed by 4th September and since, the test is online, there will be no answer keys issued by the board for candidates taking exam.
The result for the test will be displayed by the board next month. So far, Railway Recruitment Board has not notified about the dates of result declaration for any zonal exam, but we can expect the merit of qualifying candidates to be placed at official website in October 2015. The expected cut off marks required to qualify the test will be discussed in the next space by me. Until then, stay active on examswatch.com here.