No relief for candidates seeking change in RBI recruitment policy

Mumbai,Mustafa Plumber: The Bombay High Court has refused to grant any interim relief to candidates who had opposed the revised Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recruitment and sought direction to the RBI to allow them to appear for the exams based on the earlier policy.

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The group B officers’ exam — deemed the second-most prestigious exam after the UPSC — is slated for November-end; it has been delayed by three months. Some aspirants claimed they had left jobs to prepare for this exam.

As per the notifications for the exam issued on August 19 and October 5, aspirants learnt that not only has the exam pattern been revised, but also a fresh clause of compulsory requirement of first class (scores) throughout has been added, along with a revised age cut-off for eligibility. The revised selection criteria demands 60% throughout Stds X and XII and graduation, and weightage given to postgraduate/MBA/CA/CS has been completely omitted.

“Till 2014, the eligibility criteria was first class bachelor’s degree or 55% marks in PG or MBA/CA/CS with bachelor’s degree. This has pushed almost 50% of the aspirants out of the race,” alleged petitioner Alok Ranjan.

Advocate Suresh Kumar, appearing for the RBI, argued, “It was a policy decision and everyone was duly notified; thus, there was no question of last-minute delay.” The court accepted his argument and
refused to interfere in the policy decision. The RBI has advertised for 134 posts and, till now, received 78,000 job applications.

The petitioner said: “In a diverse country like India, there is no parity in education system and mark/grade awarding practices of different boards/universities are different. As per statistics of the ministry of HRD, getting 60% marks at SSC & HSC level in CBSE and ICSE is easier than getting it in state board institutions. For example, 88% candidates passed with 60% and more marks in the SSC exam in ICSE in 2010; at the same time, only 8.5% candidates passed the same with 60% and more marks in Assam board.”

The petitioners also contended that grading and marking system of universities in India also differed from one another.