The West Bengal Group D Recruitment Board (WBGDRB) administered the written exam today for filling group ‘D’ posts in the offices of West Bengal government. The candidates who had filed the applications were asked to take the written exam to prove their eligibility for the posts and as per the recruitment rules, the Board will finish the recruitment process by holding the interviews of shortlisted candidates from the written exam. As of now, the exam has concluded and the candidates will shortly be able to check the West Bengal group d exam answer key.
For some 6 thousand-odd posts, over 25 lakh candidates appeared in the written exam held today across thousands of test centers in the West Bengal State. Going by the reports, as much as 1.59 lakh candidates had applied from Paschim Medinipur district alone. WBGDRB had set up around 410 test centers in the district, while around 116 test centers were set up in Kolkata. Sensing the situation where this huge number of candidates were to take the written exam on a single day, State Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee held a meeting with several officials at State Secretariate to review the preparations for the Group D exam. In the meeting, the transport authorities (Road as well as Railways) were asked to ensure smooth transport facility today. Even the metro rail authority, private bus operators, taxi unions & autorickshaw associations were asked to deploy the maximum number of vehicles to ensure smooth passage of the candidates to and from the exam centers.
Of all the candidates, women comprised of 35 percent and hence the police department was instructed to deploy women police personnel in large numbers. The help desks were also set up to provide necessary assistant to the candidates. All the district magistrates were asked to set up proper security measures to ensure secrecy of the question paper.
Earlier in the morning today, the candidates were given entry into the exam centers from 1.30 pm, while the written exam commenced at 2.30 pm. The candidates were instructed by the Board to report to the respective test centers at around 12.30 pm.
Group D Exam Report: The exam was conducted in offline mode and the candidates were given OMR sheets to mark the answers. Group D written exam consisted of 85 multiple choice questions (of Class VIII standard), each having 1 mark. The questions were broadly distributed among three sections:
- General Studies (History, Geography, Physical Science, Bio-Science, Environmental Science) – 40 questions
- Language Paper (Bengali/ Nepali/ Hindi/ Urdu) – 10 questions
- Mathematics (Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry) – 35 questions
Each question carried 1 mark and as the negative marking will remain applicable, 1/2 mark will be deducted from the total score for each wrong answer. The exam concluded at 3.45 pm.
While the questions were said to be of Class 8 level, many candidates said that the questions were way too difficult. Going by the candidates’ response, it may be assumed that the cut-off will remain low. The answer key of WBGDRB Group D exam is expected to be available in a day or two. The readers who have taken today’s exam can comment below to share their experience.
Earlier, the exam date was fixed as May 14 and the admit cards were also issued to the candidates for the same. Later, the Board revised the exam date, however, the admit cards were not issued afresh. The candidates were given the entry in the exam hall today with the old admit cards. Based on the written exam, a selected number of candidates will be asked to appear for the interview to be conducted centrally by the WBGDRB. The interview will carry the weightage of 15 marks and the final selection will be made on the basis of the marks obtained by the candidates in the written exam and interview taken together.
The West Bengal Group D Recruitment Board was set up in the year 2015 to fill around 60,000 Group D posts, however, this is the first time that the group d staff would be recruited through the board. Considering a large number of vacancies (6,000), over 25 lakh candidates applied for the recruitment, taking the competition to around 417 candidates for one post. Around 5.5 lakh candidates are from outside the State. The Board had already clarified that the selected candidates will be liable to be posted in any district/ office of the West Bengal government.