“Will JK Bank pay me to travel and lodge?” – JK Bank RE aspirants cry foul

Jammu, September 02: J&K Bank is conducting an online entrance test for aspirants wishing to apply for the post of relationship executive (RE) in the organisation. It is the first time bank is conducting the exam online and the dates fixed are 05, 06, 12 and 13th of September 2015, which is this weekend and the next.

Apart from the exam stress, there is now an added problem for a number of aspirants all because of mismanagement by the examination conducting agency, TCS’. Many students have been allocated some rather obscure or far-flung exam centres in areas which do not even have a pin code. There are many applicants from Jammu who have complained that their exam centres have been allocated in Kishtwar, Doda, Baramulla and even in Srinagar while the same story applies to many candidates from other districts.

“I live in Trikuta Nagar and I have been allotted an exam centre in Doda. It takes more than eight hours to reach Doda from Jammu which is simply nonsense. I don’t understand the sense in allocating centres so far from the city for an online test of just one hour duration”, said Bikram, one of the applicants.

“It’s just few days left for the exam and now I don’t understand whether to prepare for the bank exam or travel.” mocks Bikram.

“Allotment of exam centres is a major problem this year. Will JK Bank pay me to travel and lodge? Many students have got centres which are at obscure places very far from their home,” said Nikhil Gupta, another aspirants from Jammu who got centre in Kishtwar.

He lamented that he has been preparing for last six month but now he might not be able to take the exam because of a centre so far off.

“The time when everyone else will be revising in their last moment preparation, I would be travelling. God knows if there are even hotels in Kishtwar to live in or if they would even be comfortable. Who is going to pay for all these expenses of travel and staying, The bank?” questioned Nikhil.

When U4UVoice spoke to PRO of J&K Bank, Mr. Anil Sharma, he said,” In the 1st notification, a huge number of students from Baramulla, Doda, Srinagar, Jammu etc had been allotted centers in different districts than in their own. The exam is going online for the first time and TCS in collaboration with IBPS is conducting the exam for us.

“We realised the error and did rectify the allotment process to a major degree and released a second notification but due to overwhelming number of students taking the exam compared to the shortage of infrastructure, a few students were finally left out and will have to take the exam in different districts”, added Mr. Sharma.

Sharma further clarified that this mix up is a result of clashing dates among IBPS Grameen Bank exam, a railway board exam and JK Bank RE Exam.

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