Thursday, January 17, 2019

Bank recruitment exams end in chaos; 6,000 to take test again on Jan 20

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2018-01-12 23:44:47 BdST


The professional recruitment tests for eight state-owned banks have ended in disarray in two centres after a large number of candidates could not find a place to sit in those centres in Mirpur.

The candidates agitated on the street outside the exam halls and damaged the centre to vent their anger.

The authorities have set Jan 20 exam date for those 5,600 candidates who failed to enter the crammed centres in Mirpur Bangla College Centre and Shah Ali Mohila College on Friday.

The Dhaka University’s management department had been given the responsibilities to conduct the combined entry tests in which over a million job-seekers vied for 7,372 vacant posts in eight banks.

They are being selected through 100-mark multiple choice questions to be answered in an hour.

Member Secretary of Bankers' Selection Committee Md Mosharraf Hossain Khan, who is also a general manager of Bangladesh Bank, told those who missed the examinations due to mismanagement can sit them on Jan 20 at 3pm at the same exam centres.

"I will be there to personally supervise the situation," he added.

However, no one from the management department of DU was available for comment.

The recruitment tests had become uncertain following a court appeal, but a Supreme Court judge ruled that the exam could go ahead, prompting the authorities to hold the tests on Friday. There were 61 exam centres across the city.

In addition to the inadequate number of seats in two centres, some centres received the question papers late, while there was complaint of 'incongruities' in the papers. The exam in Mirpur College centre was held from 4pm to 5pm, said one candidate.

After the tests, some candidates reported a 'total mismanagement' in arranging the tests.

"Eight to 10 people were asked to sit on one bench. Some of them got agitated (at the seating arrangement) and left without returning their OMR answer sheets," said Asaduzzaman, who came to Mirpur Shah Ali College with his sister who was a candidate.

The test was later cancelled at the centre.

Liton Majumder, who came from Rajshahi to take the test, told they got the question papers no less than 20 behind than schedule.

"Some 200 candidates were asked to sit in a room which can accommodate only 80 for the exams," he added.

Shah Ali Police Station OC Md Anwar Hossain told that they heard about the commotion at those centres with the candidates failing to sit the test.