RRB exams to go as per schedule despite Vajpayee's death; postponed in Kerala (Representational Image)
The Railways Recruitment Board examinations scheduled for Friday for the positions of technicians and assistant loco pilots will go ahead as per the schedule, the railways said on Thursday adding that examinations in Kerala have been postponed due to the worsening flood situation. The announcement came after half-day holiday declared for all central government departments on Friday following former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death as the nation mourns the passing away of the Bharat Ratna awardee.
"We are announcing that tomorrow's RRB exam will be conducted in all the three shifts as per schedule. This is being done through the RRB websites. Individual SMS-es are also being sent to about 4.36 lakh candidates," Rajesh Bajpai, Director, Information and Publicity, Indian Railways, said.
Kerala has been severely affected by one of the worst floods ever witnessed by the state since 1924 and for the first time in its history the state has opened 35 of its 39 dams.
"So, the exam at the Kerala centres is being postponed," Bajpai said.
Around 27,00 candidates were scheduled to appear in the RRB examinations in Kerala on Friday.