What will be the RRB NTPC exam date? And When will the RRB NTPC admit card be released? These two questions are still hot. But as the Railway Recruitment Boards are providing any info on either topic, both candidates as well as media are moving their discussion on related issues. The latest being, the fee collected by railways through RRB CEN 01/2019 Non Technical Popular Categories recruitment application forms.
RRB NTPC Exam Date And Fee Collected – Topic Of Discussion
Before starting on the matter, it should be clarified that there is no direct connection between declaration of exam date of RRB NTPC 2019-2020 CBT 1, and the fee amounts. However speculations are ripe on the massive fee amount.
First, the data.
The application fee for RRB NTPC CEN 01/2019 was Rs 500 for unreserved candidates. And it was Rs 250 for PWBD, female, transgender, ex-servicemen, SC, ST, minority, EBC.
And the number of candidates who have applied for NTPC recruitment is exactly 1,26,30,885 (one crore, twenty six lakh, thirty thousand, eight hundred and eighty five).
Now coming to the total fee received by Railways
Total fee = Number of UR applicants x Fee for UR + Number of Reserved Category applicants x Fee for Reserved Category
But there is no exact data on the number of UR applicants, and number of reserved category applicants.
However, this matrix given below will tell you that depending on the percentage of UR candidates, the fee collected is between 315 crores to 631 crores.
|%age of UR candidates||UR Fee||Reserved fee||Total Fee|
As you can see from this calculation, if only reserved category candidates had applied, then the fee collected was 315 crore rupees. And if only unreserved category candidates had applied, then the fee was 631 crore rupees.
Nevertheless it is not possible that only UR or only reserved had applied. The division should be between 40%-60% to 60%-40%.
So a more feasible estimate is that the fee collected was between 442 crore rupees and 505 crore rupees.
This is a one time fee taken by RRBs. No fee will be charged for CBT 2, or further rounds of the exam. All candidates had to pay their fee in order to submit the application form. The fee will not be refunded in case of rejection of forms.
Railways will refund the fee of unreserved category candidates
The RRB Centralized Employment Notice 01/2019 states on page 10, “This fee of Rs 250 shall be refunded duly deducting bank charges as applicable on appearing in 1st Stage CBT.”
Thus, candidates who PWBD, female, transgender, ex-servicemen, SC, ST, minority, EBC categories will get back a part of the fee they had paid, if they appear in the exam.
Why is there discussion on the fee now?
There is no clear cut reason as to why the discussion on fee amount has arisen now, so many days after the forms closed. However on social media candidates have raised one common point.
According to candidates, the massive amount of fee collected should be used to organize the exam at the earliest. Even though individual fee amount may seem small, overall the fee amount is huge and such a large amount should be utilised for the welfare of the government job seekers rather than staying deposited in the bank, they say.
On one hand, the discussion by tired and waiting job aspirants stands. On the other hand, it has to be noted that Indian Railways will organize exam for 1.26 crore candidates
Exactly 1,26,30,885 have applied for the exam. And thus tests will be held for all of them (except the rejected candidates) on the RRB NTPC exam date that will be decided.
In fact, the fee plus amount allocated to the boards for conduct of exams, will have to be utilized for the following
- RRB NTPC CBT 1 for which 1.26 crore will appear
- RRB NTPC CBT 2 for 7 lakh candidates
- Skill tests for 2.8 lakh candidates
However various aspects of Railway Recruitment will keep coming in the spotlight until RRB NTPC exam date, and RRB NTPC admit card are announced and released. Candidates are advised to focus on their preparation at this point, as only 7 lakh out of 1.26 crore will be qualified and thus competition is tough.
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