Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) all over the country have engaged a highly reputed company to conduct the Computer Based Test (CBT) for CEN RRC 01/2019 - Level 1 (Erstwhile Group D) recruitment in which more than 1.1 crore candidates are appearing. Three phases of CBT have already been completed involving 12 Zonal Railways. The fourth phase has started on 19.09.2022.
Various safeguards and protections are built into the system to prevent and eliminate any kind of irregularity. The allocation of the centre to the candidates is randomized through computer logic. Also, once candidates report at the exam centre and register themselves, the allocation of lab and seats are also randomized.
The question paper is in highly 256-bit encrypted form, and no one other than the candidate can access the question paper, and that too once the candidate does second & final login into the computer after the start of exam and hence final decryption of question paper takes place at this stage.
The sequence of questions in the question paper that is made available to candidates has also been randomized along with the randomization of all four options available for the question. Each candidate in the exam centre thus has a unique question paper. Thus, each sequence for every individual candidate is completely different from questions sequence in master question paper. Therefore, no answer key can be prepared for a given candidate as no individual has access to know the seat that will get allotted to the candidate, as well as the sequence of questions and options which are actually unique for a given candidate. This is a system generated through computer logic without any manual intervention. Therefore, if anyone claims that he/she can provide the answer key to a candidate it is totally false, baseless and misleading.
The exams are conducted in strict surveillance of CCTV cameras with full recording of each and every candidate. Besides this, the Railways also deploy their own staff at each centre to monitor activities of candidates as well as staff of Exam Conducting Agency (ECA) to ensure smooth conduction of exams. The Railways deploy two persons including one RPF personnel in Server Room to keep watch on any suspicious activities.
Aadhaar authentications of candidates have been introduced for the first time in Level-1 exam. Aadhaar authentication is being used by RRBs as an additional measure to prevent impersonation in addition to measures already in place, like capturing and verifying biometrics at each stage of the recruitment process right to the appointment stage.
Strict vigilance is being done by Railway Staff as well as ECAs in pre/during/post exams. As a result, a number of candidates involving in some kinds of malpractice/unfair means are being regularly caught. ECA invigilators are also being regularly shuffled as a preventive measure to avoid development of any nexus with candidates.
The candidates are requested to beware of touts who try to misguide candidates with fake promises of appointment for jobs on illegal consideration and not to pay attention to fake news being circulated in Electronic & Print Media. Recruitment in railway jobs is done purely on merit basis and the process itself is very transparent.