Allahabad City (ALY): Aspirants appearing in Group D examination conducted by Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) here on Sunday were in for a surprise as the pattern of question paper on current affairs appeared to be guided by the recent developments in the socio-political front which had become a point of debate for the intelligentsia and ruling class.
Questions like identifying the city rocked by communal riots took claimed lives of 40 persons refreshed candidate’s memory about the unfortunate event that made national headlines for days together.
The contentious issue raked up by the recruitment body in question number 67 of a test booklet which was subsequently shared by an examinee had four choice of places against the above question. They included Allahabad, Bareilly, Varanasi and lastly Muzaffarnagar.
Stating that such questions unnecessarily revive pangs of unhappy moment, an examinee said, “If the recruitent body is seriously interested in testing the current affairs knowledge of candidates then there are other issues which equally made headlines without raising a fraction of controversy.
His contention holds true in the light of the fact that the following question in the test booklet brought forth the grim reminder of bombings undertaken by Indian Mujahideen(IM). The question read “Yasin Bhatkal belongs to which terror outfit with terror groups like Al-Qaida, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Al Jhanvi and Indian Mujahideen sharing space in the choice box.
Needless to mention here is that NaMo factor also made a mention among the set of questions in the examination as examinees were asked to choose the candidate nominated by Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) for the post of prime minister.
The choice ranged from Narendra Modi to party patriarch Lal Krishna Advani, present president Rajnath Singh and last but not the least the most popular leader of the saffron outfit Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was the prime minister from 1998 to 2004.
When asked as to what prompted the Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC) to give space to these questions in the examination, chairman, RRC, Sanjeev Kumar told “Our emphasis is on testing the awareness of candidates about events that take place in our surroundings. The youngsters should have a strong grasp over current affairs issues. Moreover it is not us who raise such issues. Instead its the media that keeps on focusing on such developments affecting the nation as a whole”.