One of the top twitter trends today is #RRBNTPC_1student_1result. The hashtag has garnered over 8.44 million tweets as we write this.
The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) had announced the results for the Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC) on Friday. However, candidates are dissatisfied with the results and have taken to protests. There has been an incessant display of outrage on social media sites like Twitter. Some candidates have also taken to blockading trains in certain regions, it has been reported. Why are candidates protesting? What is the RRB NTPC results issue about?
RRB NTPC Results – Candidates allege scam
After the declaration of results, candidates have alleged that there has been a major scam in the results. According to the candidates, RRB has shortlisted fewer candidates than the expected number of vacancies. Instead of shortlisting 75 lakh candidates, the board has only qualified 2.5 lakh candidates.
Furthermore, candidates have expressed dissatisfaction over the recruitment process conducted by the Railway Board. Some candidates explained that the delay in the recruitment process leads to unprecedented effects on their careers. Delay in exams further extends the joining date and by the time results are declared and the joining letter arrives, the candidates who are on their last attempts miss the age requirement criterion despite clearing the final merit list.
In addition, candidates have also expressed instances of alleged bribing the regional managers to buy the job. ‘This undermines the very essence of meritocracy‘, a candidate who failed to qualify for the RRB NTPC recruitment exclaimed. However, at this moment, these allegations are a part of social media discussion, and have not been taken to competent authorities with proofs per se.
Shortlisting criteria already defined – Ministry of Railways
In a response addressing the issue, Railways issued a clarification on NTPC CBT 1 results. In it, it says that RRB has stated that the entire procedure for shortlisting candidates for CBT-2 has been mentioned under para 13 of the official notification. The first stage or CBT-1 was common to all candidates. However, for appearing in CBT-2, there will be separate examinations for each group. In that case, if a candidate is eligible and has appeared for more than one level, then they will be allowed to take the test for the corresponding CBT-2 level.
Despite that, candidates have taken to Twitter and have started a hashtag campaign named ‘#RRBNTPC_1student_1result’. The users have claimed that ‘the government has unethically crushed the dreams of many aspirants by releasing controversial results’. As a result, their main demand is now that the government issue fresh and revised results. In the tweet attached below, the candidate has shown their mark sheet for RRB NTPC CBT-1. The aspirant scored more than 81 marks but despite that, they don’t stand qualified for the next round of the exam.
As seen on Twitter, the candidates, even after scoring more than 80, have stood unqualified in CBT-1. There has already been a delay in the result declaration process. Hence, these candidates are now putting constant pressure on the recruitment board to release the revised results as they are dissatisfied with the present ones.
The social media site has now become a platform for distressed candidates to vent out their frustrations regarding this so-called ‘injustice’. The user, in the tweet attached above, has highlighted that many years back, there was a provision for candidates and aspirants to apply for as many boards as they wanted. However, the user further claims that, in the present scenario, the situation has changed as candidates can now only apply for one board despite their wants and choices.
Even after RRB has released an official statement regarding the rising concerns, candidates are not willing to accept it. As per their opinion, the declaration is incorrect. Reports also say that the tweets posted by candidates and various users are now being deleted. Nonetheless, the online protests have been continuing even now.