Indore: Aspirants spill into train bogies, toilets to return home

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Nov 10, 2014 16:38 IST

Chaotic scenes were witnessed at Indore railway station on Sunday as thousands of candidates from different parts of state and neighbouring states thronged the city to appear in Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Group D exam.

In Indore alone, more than 25,000 aspirants appeared in the exam held at 57 centres. There was, however, no report of any untoward incident from any exam centre and the examination passed off peacefully, barring delay in distributing papers to examinees at some centres.

This is the second consecutive Sunday when Indore railway station witnessed identical situation and although the railways is running special trains to ease out traffic on various routes the arrangement appears inadequate to avoid the chaotic situation, especially on Sunday.

Meanwhile, taking cue from previous week incident when large number of aspirants from other parts of country stopped Indore - Patna premium train and even barged into the reserved compartments, including AC coaches, special arrangements had been made by Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) to avoid any untoward incident.

Four guards were deployed at the platforms to keep tab on every activity of aspirants as they started coming to Indore from Saturday evening. Many of them stay at railway station platform and move towards exam centre early in the morning.

When asked why number of aspirants appearing in the railway recruitment board (RRB) exam has increased, an aspirant Prashant Jaiswal from Katni said earlier Railway Recruitment Board exam pattern was different from state public service commission exams or bank probationary officer exam.

But now RRB exam pattern is similar to these exams and for those preparing for PSC or bank PO exam, RRB exam is an additional opportunity. This is the reason why aspirants' interest towards RRB exam is increasing, said Jaiswal.

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