RRB NTPC Protests: Students Raise Concerns, Grievance Committee Formed

New Delhi, 28 January 2022: The Railway Recruitment Board Non-Technical Popular Categories (RRB NTPC) result has been declared for computer based test (CBT-1) on 14 January 2022. Following the declaration of the result, many students protested against the same by raising concerns over discrepancy in the examination. As per them, the same candidates have been shortlisted for various levels. Violent protests have taken place in many parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh against the discrepancy in RRB NTPC CBT-1 examinations. The candidates have blocked trains and have taken to stone pelting at different stations. 

As a matter of fact, now, the candidates are in the process of opposing the railways’ decision to hold CBT-2 as it would prove to be unfair to those who appeared and cleared CBT-1. However, on 15 January 2022, the Ministry of Railways issued a clarification in which it said that the second stage exam was clearly mentioned in the notification.

RRB NTPC Protest: Students’ Concerns 

Several candidates claim that the screening process has been designed to favour those candidates who have higher qualifications for the jobs that require lesser qualifications. They have stated that during CBT-1, candidates with higher qualification have also sat for exams meant for lower qualification Level- 2 jobs.


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  • For a Level-2 job, the starting salary is around Rs 19,000. To get into a Level- 2 job, one requires to be a Class 12-passed candidate.
  • For a Level- 6 job like station master, the starting salary is around Rs 35,000 and for this level, being a graduate is mandatory.

RRB NTPC Protests: Railways’ Response

  1. The railways cannot stop an aspirant with a higher qualification from sitting for an exam with lower qualification requirements.
  2. The railways stated that no candidate can be recruited for multiple posts.
  3. It has stated that short-listing of candidates has been done separately for each level based on educational qualifications and options exercised by the candidates.
  4. RRB stated that for the second stage computer-based test (CBT) of each level, the number of candidates called was 20 times the community-wise vacancies notified against each RRB post.

To read the official notice, click here.

RRB NTPC Protests: Present Investigation

  1. On 25 January 2022, the Ministry of Railways issued a statement warning candidates of being ‘Debarred for Life’ from obtaining a Railway job if they are found indulging in unlawful activities.
  2. The Ministry of Railways also stated that it will examine the protest videos with the help of specialised agencies. 
  3. Those who are found indulging in any vandalism will be punished upon proper examination.

RRB NTPC Protests - Present Investigation

RRB NTPC: Committee to Look Into Concerns of Candidates

Indian Railways has constituted the High Power Committee to look into the concerns of candidates over RRB NTPC CBT-1 Result 2021 & RRB Group D Exam. Candidates may submit their grievances to the committee till 16 February 2022. 

The committee will go into the following issues raised by candidates and give recommendations:

  • Results of CBT-1 and methodology used for shortlisting candidates for CBT-2 without affecting existing shortlisted candidates
  • Introduction of CBT- 2.

RRB NTPC - Committee to Look Into Concerns of Candidates


  • The candidates can lodge their concerns and suggestions to the committee at the following email Id: rrbcommittee@railnet.gov.in.
  • All chairpersons of RRBs have been directed to receive the grievances of candidates and send the same to the committee.
  • Candidates have been given three weeks time upto 16 February 2022 to submit their concerns.
  • The committee will submit its recommendations by 4 March 2022 after examining the concerns.

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