Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) will announce the exam dates and release the admit cards for RRB Group D (RRC CEN 01/2019) and RRB NTPC (CEN 01/2019) in December, suggest reports.
In the second last week of September, RRBs published a notification inviting exam conducting agencies to organize the computer based tests for railway recruitment. As per that notice, Indian Railways is looking for ECAs to hold the RRB exams, names of the exams for which the ECA will be appointed were not mentioned. Besides the requirements to be met by the new agency, it was told that the meetings with the interested agencies was to be on September 25.
Though not directly mentioned, but logically RRBs can only finalize the exam date, after they finalize the new exam conducting agency. So the exam date and admit card release date depends on when this process gets over.
Two leading news channels have reported that the process of finalizing ECA will end in November. Due to this reason, RRB NTPC and Group D admit card 2019 and exam dates are expected in December.
Shortly after the notification, the online version of a leading media house that is popular as a TV news channel, reported a railway official as saying that this process will take 1-2 months. Which meant that the exam date finalization for the remaining RRB exams, that is that of Group D and NTPC, should be in December 2019 or January 2020.
Now once again a leading newspaper has reported that a railways official (not named) has said that the ECA appointment will take at least a month more. As we are already ten days in October, so this statement is expected to mean that no exam date or admit card announcement will come even by mid of November.
Therefore now, as per these two reports, RRB NTPC admit card 2019 and exam date, as well as RRB Group D admit card 2019 and exam date are expected to be available in December only.
The RRB NTPC exam was supposed to be held in June-September. Whereas the Railway RRB RRC Group D exam was supposed to be held in September-October. So there has been a considerable delay already in the two, with more delay to have happened in NTPC recruitment.
However the one difference between the initial schedule and the new upcoming schedule will be that instead of 4 months, the NTPC exam could be held in 1 or 2 months only. This is because of the calculations between total candidates, target candidates per session.
It is officially reported that a total of 1,26,30,885 have applied for NTPC. Reports suggest that RRBs are looking for an ECA that can hold exams for at least 1 lakh candidates in a day. So if that happens and there are three shifts in a day, then the exam will be over in 43 days.
And in the previous exams, the max candidates in a shift were 1,64,026 in RRB CEN 02/2018 (the previous Group D exam). So the exam can actually end in less than 43 days. In this way, the delay that happens in starting the exam may be compensated by reducing the total number of exam days.
The final word on when will the exam be held, when will the admit cards be released, shall be on the Railway Recruitment Boards. If you have any information on the matter, please submit in comments below.
RRB RRC Group D 2019 is for the recruitment to level 1 posts, for 1,03,769 vacancies. And RRB NTPC 2019 is for non technical popular categories recruitment for 35,208 vacancies. A total of 2.4 crore candidates have applied for these two recruitment. For the Group D exam, the final application status is at least released. However for the NTPC exam, even application status has not been released.