IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam 2015 for the recruitment of clerk posts in public sector banks is scheduled to start from December 5 onwards at various centres across India. But candidates from the city of Chennai & surrounding areas are still unsure about exams due to the recent rains that was followed by heavy floods.IBPS has still not published any official notification on the exam status in Chennai, while RBI has postponed its grade B exam.
Chennai, Kanchipuram, Cuddalore, Puducherry are some of the prominent places in coastal tamilnadu that are receiving continuous rainfall for the past 10 days.The city has not seen such rains in the past 100 years.
Although Indian national media was late to report on Chennai floods, they did cover it extensively after a day.
The Indian PM Shri.Narendra Modi also visited the capital city of Tamilnadu & assured all help for the state to recover from the disaster.
No Update from IBPS!!
The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), responsible for conducting the clerk prelim exams on December 5, 6 has not given any status of the tests that are to be held in these flood affected areas.
Chennai is completely flooded with most areas still submerged in 6-10 ft of water.There has been no power, food or water for the past 4-5 days & it could take few more days for normalcy to return.
People are still being rescued to safer places by TN government, local authorities, NGO`s & NDRF teams.
In a metro city like Chennai, lakhs of candidates would have registered to take up their exams.
Even people from nearby towns may have chosen Chennai as their test centre.Now, all their fate hangs in balance with no communication of any sort from IBPS.
Latest Update: No announcement from IBPS on exam status in flooded cities. Candidates in Chennai & surrounding areas reach test centres struggling in water & rains on Dec 5 & 6.They are told about exam cancellation by officials at the venue.
Update #2: One of our reader Satish had messaged IBPS grievance cell enquiring about the exams.He received the following reply on Dec 5th.
“In view of unprecedented situations at Chennai, the IBPS online Exam for CWE Clerk –V scheduled to be held on 05.12.2015 & 06.12.2015 in the following venues of Chennai only stands rescheduled. Further communication will follow.
G.K.M COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, CHENNAI 600063
DHANALAKSHMI COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, CHENNAI 601301
SAVEETHA ENGINEERING COLLEGE, THANDALAM CHENNAI 602105
AGNI COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, OMR, THALAMBUR CHENNAI 600130
TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES-ILP CENTER, KARAPAKKAM, CHENNAI 600097
AALIM MUHAMMED SALEGH COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, AVADI, CHENNAI 600055
ZEALOUS SERVICES, ,KODAMBAKKAM HIGH ROAD CHENNAI-600034
ZEALOUS SERVICES, 3RD FLOOR NELSON MANICKAM ROAD, CHENNAI 600029
S.A. ENGINEERING COLLEGE, POONNAMALLE AVADI ROAD, CHENNAI 600077
PERI INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,TAMBARAM, CHENNAI 600048
CMC ACADEMY LIMITED, NUNGAMBAKKAM, CHENNAI 600034
CHENNAI INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, KUNDRATHUR, CHENNAI 600069
SKR ENGINEERING COLLEGE, POONAMALLEE, CHENNAI 600123
KARPAGA VINAYAGA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & TECH, CHENNAI 603308
RAJALAKSHMI ENGINEERING COLLEGE, CHENNAI 602105”
Were the exams cancelled throughout the city OR only in these centres is still not known.
Anyhow, we are closely following the events related to the clerk exams in flood affected regions & will be updating this page regularly.
RBI Grade B Postponed, Why Not IBPS Clerk?
The RBI Grade B Tier II exam supposed to be held on December 5th has been postponed to December 14th, for Chennai centre only.This was notified by Reserve bank of India on their website (see here) today evening.
The biggest disappointment among candidates in Chennai & other flood affected areas is this – Why has IBPS not published any notification about the clerk exams in these regions, When RBI has done it?
Few candidates who called the test centres were told that the exams could be cancelled but even they were not able to confirm it.
Since there is no power in most parts of the city, people still do not have access to computers or mobile phones.This has made it even tough to know about the ibps clerk exam status.
Here are the reactions of individuals who managed to get onto internet & share these thoughts on discussion forums.While some were angry, most were helpless voices not knowing what to do.
Vijay says, “Starting from the Government & to the people, North didn't see the south, thinking that it is not a part of India. Even if the roads & transport are okay, aspirants are MENTALLY affected by this situation.”
MSD said these, “Everyone is saying (that exams could be postponed).But why IBPS cant announce it officially?”
“I am staying in Chennai.I have exam on Dec 5 at 8 am.My area is affected due to heavy rains.No power for the last 4 days & I could not print my hall ticket.I don't what to do tomorrow”, says Viki.
Ramya has said, “I lost my patience.So irresponsible.They even did not think about girls.Very disgusting moment.”
Mahesh`s comment will sum up the effect of this disaster.He says,
Poor access to basic facilities!
No train facilities to & fro!
Water covers the ground floor!
Water contaminated diseases increased!
One Litre milk costs Rs.150.
One water can costs Rs. 200.
One km travel costs Rs. 100.
Private buses charge Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000”
A Request to IBPS
To the officials at IBPS, you would have known about the floods in chennai & how the people in those areas are scrambling to get back to normalcy.
Everyone knows that it is impossible to reach the exam centre through these floods & the possibility of postponing the clerk exam is the only option your organization has.
But an official announcement on your website about the exam status will provide a huge relief to candidates who are already emotionally drained by these floods.
So on behalf of BankExamsIndia.com visitors and candidates in Chennai, Cuddalore & Puducherry - we kindly request you to release a statement on this matter.
Do you have anything to say? Record them as comments below!!
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