Srinagar: Although the J&K Bank has said it concluded the online examination for the posts of Probationary officer (PO) and Banking Associate (BA) “smoothly and successfully”, several candidates have missed the exams saying their examination centres had been set up at far away and “out of the way” locations.
The bank had scheduled the examination of scores of candidates-many of them hailing from far flung areas-either in the morning or late in the evening, with the aggrieved candidates saying it “was practically impossible” to make it to the centres.
Many candidates from Ganderbal district who had applied for the PO posts told Kashmir Reader that they could not make it to their examination centre, which had been set up in Amargarh, Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Despite leaving early in the morning, the candidates said that they could not reach the centres in time due to the huge distance and also the reporting time for the exam had been fixed at 7:45 am in the morning.
Afshan, a BA aspirant from Srinagar’s Lal Bazar area said that despite leaving her home early in the morning, she could not reach the centre set up in Sanat Nagar in uptown Srinagar as she got stuck in the traffic due to the convoy movement on the highway.
“I somehow managed to reach the examination centre some 10 minutes before the examination was supposed to start, but the bank officials did not let me go in,” she alleged.
Afshan said that the officials cited the reporting time, which was an hour before the start of the examination.
In-charge recruitment JK Bank, Raja Asif said that the candidates could not be allowed to appear at the last minute as the online examination was conducted by another agency.
However, he said, the bank had kept a special provision for the candidates from Anantnag district who had missed the exam due to the encounter there.
Asif said that in view of the far away examination centres, the candidates needed to leave early from home.
Pertinently, the JK Bank said in a statement on Friday that out of the 1,44,000 applicants for the online-examination for the posts of PO and BA, only around 1,17,000 candidates appeared at 52 centres set up in the state and outside.
In five-shifts every day, out of 37,512 applicants, 30,198 candidates appeared in the online tests for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) on 22nd April while as out of 107198 aspirants, 86,683 candidates appeared for the post of Banking Associate (BA) on 24th, 25th, and 26th of April, it added.