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Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination on Jan 20

Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, for selection of candidates for appointment as Special Class Apprentices in Mechanical Department of Indian Railways will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on  20thJanuary, 2013 at Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareily, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwar, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Panaji (Goa), Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam.

The approximate number of vacancies, tobe filled on the results of the examination is 42.One vacancy is reserved for physicallychallenged candidates belonging to Orthopaedically Handicapped having functional classifications OA. Seats will be reserved for SC/ST/OBC/PD categories as per Government rules. Applicant must generally be a citizen of India. Clarifications on this are available in the detailed Notification published at

Applicant must have attained the ageof 17 years and must not have attained theage of 21 years on 1st January, 2013 (Must have been born not earlier than2ndJanuary, 1992 and not later than 1stJanuary, 1996).The upper age limit is relaxable upto a maximum of five years for SC/ST applicants,upto a maximum of three years in thecase of candidates belonging to OtherBackward Classes who are eligible toavail of reservation applicable to suchcandidates. More details on relaxation in age and the categories eligible for it can be had from the Notification.

Applicant must have passed in the first or second division, the Higher Secondary (12 years) Examination under 10 + 2 pattern of School Education with Mathematics and at least one of Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination or in the first or second division, the Intermediate or an equivalent Examination of a University or Board approved by the Government of India with Mathematics and at least one of Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination. Graduates with Mathematics and at least one of Physics and Chemistry as their degree subjects may also apply.

Those who have passed the first year Examination under the three year Degree course of a University can also apply. Candidates who have passed the first/second year examination under the three-year Degree course in the first or second division with Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry as subjects of the Examination may also apply; provided the first/ second year examination is conducted by a University. Candidates who have passed some other examination can also apply. The details are available in the Notification.

Applicant must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Special Class Railway Apprentices, Examination, 2013 as per Regulations given in Appendix-II of the rules for the Special Class Railway Apprentices, Examination, 2013 published in Gazette of India dated 13th October, 2012.

Fee: There is no application fee for Female/SC/ST/PH applicants. Others are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card. Details are available at

How to Apply : Application can be submitted only Online at up to 11.59 pm on 12th November, 2012 after which, the link will be disabled.Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available here. Only one application should be submitted by an applicant. However, if an applicant submits another/multiple applications, due to any unavoidable reasons, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher Registration ID (RID) is complete in all respects like applicant’s details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. In respect of applicants who submit multiple applications, only the applications with higher RID will be entertained by the Commission. The fee paid against one RID will not be adjusted against any other RID.

Applications of those applicants in whose case, payment details are not received from the bank,will be treated as fictitious payment cases. Such applications will be rejected in the first instance. A list of all such applicants will be made available on the Commission website within two weeks after the lastday of submission of online application.The applicants should submitproof of payment of fee within 10days from the date of such communication either by hand or by Speed Post to theCommission. On receipt of documentaryproof, genuine fee payment cases will beconsidered and their applications will berevived, if they are otherwise eligible.

Admit Card: The eligible candidates will be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admission Certificate will be made available at downloading by candidates. No admission Certificate will be sent by post. For downloading the e-Admission certificate the candidate will have to provide some details related to the candidate.

If a candidate does not receive his/her e-Admission Certificate/e-admit card or any other communication regarding his/her candidature for the examination 3 weeks before the commencement of the Examination, he/she should at once contact the Commission.

Examination: The Examination will have two parts. Part I will be a Written Examination having 3 papers carrying a maximum of 600 marks. Paper-I will be General Ability Test with questions from English, General Knowledge and a Psychological Test, Paper-II will be Physical Sciences with questions from Physics and Chemistry and Paper-III will be Mathematics. Each paper will be of two hours duration and each will carry 200 marks. The papers in all the subjects will consist of Objective, multiple choice answer type questions only.

The Question Papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only. Question Papers will be approximately of the Intermediate standard. Detailed syllabus is available at Wrong answers will lead to loss of marks. For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet [Answer Sheet], candidates must use black ball pen only. The Commission will fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination. Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets).

Part II will be Personality Test carrying a maximum of 200 marks in respect of only those candidates who are declared qualified on the results of Written Examination.

Candidates are requested to keep ready the attested copies of documents listed below, for submission to the Commission soon after the declaration of the result of the written part of the Examination in the month of March/April, 2013. (i) Certificate of Age (ii) Certificate of Educational Qualification indicating the subjects and division secured (iii) Certificate in support of claim to belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes where applicable (iv) Certificate in support of claim for age/fee concession, where applicable (v) Certificate in support of being physically handicapped (where applicable)

Conditions of selection: A candidate selected as a Special Class Railway Apprentice, will have to execute an agreement to refund, any money paid to him/her and any other money expended by Government on him/her, in the event of his/her failing to complete training as a Special Class Railway Apprentices or to accept the service as an officer on probation in the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, if offered to him/her. The continuance of apprenticeship from year to year will depend on satisfactory reports being received from the authorities under whom the apprentices may be working.

The practical and theoretical training will be given in a Railway Workshop for four years of their apprenticeship. They must pass the Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (Ranchi) within this period. The apprentices will be granted a stipend of Rs. 9100/- per month during the 1stand 2ndyears, Rs 9400/- per month during the 3rdyear and first six months of 4thyear and Rs 9700 for last six months of 4thyear. There will be in all Eight Semester Examinations passing each of which is compulsory.   After the completion of 4thyear of training, theapprentices will be listed in order of merit on the results of the examination held andthe reports of the apprentices received during the period of apprenticeship. Successfulapprentices will be appointed on probation for 18 months in the Indian Railway Serviceof Mechanical Engineers.More details are available in the detailed notification at

BJD activists gherao OJM office

A day before the Odisha Jana Morcha’s (OJM) public rally, high drama took place on Saturday here with the ruling BJD leaders and activists burning the effigy of OJM chairman Pyarimohan Mohapatra alleging that “the proposed gathering is act of revolt” against the chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

The BJD women wing gheroaed the OJM office at Sahid Nagar and screamed slogans against Mr Mohapatra. A few other BJD activists allegedly attempted to ransack the vehicles parked in the premises of the OJM chief’s residence. In Sambalpur, Keonjhar and Cuttack BJD activists also held protest rallies to condemn what they described the OJM’s move to destabilise the BJD. Unperturbed, the OJM chief said the ransacking of his party office and vehicles at his residence were done at the behest of the BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik. “All the vandalism that took place today was done at the direction of chief minister Naveen Patnaik. Before leaving for New Delhi today, he (Naveen) has instructed his party people to ensure that the Sunday’s rally was not attended by a large crowd,” alleged the OJM chairman.

He added that despite the obstacles put up by the ruling party over seventy thousand people will gather in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Orissa politics is at present meandering at an interesting mode with the formation of OJM early this month. Led by suspended BJD leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra, OJM has emerged an immediate political rival of the ruling party. The rebel leader, who refuses to admit the OJM as a political entity, said the new forum was formed to establish internal democracy in the BJD and cleanse the party of “unwarranted” and “unwanted” elements. Meanwhile, the BJD vice president Damodar Rout said the OJM’s proposed rally would make no dent in the “unquestionable” and “transparent” image of the chief minister.

Abhaya Hota is awarded by PM for his work

An Odia man was honoured by the Centre for devising an Aadhaar-based system for payments under different welfare schemes. The system is unique as it would do away with repetition of payments because fingerprint authentication of the beneficiary is mandatory.

Abhaya Hota of Sambalpur received the award from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a function in Rajasthan recently. Hota after a career in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) became the managing director and chief executive officer of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). RBI had set up the NPCI, an umbrella institution, to clear and settle all inter-bank transactions in ATM transactions, mobile payments and card payments.

Under Hota’s leadership, NPCI devised the Aadhar-based system. “During the last two years Hota and his colleagues have been closely working with Nandan Nilekani and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in use of Aadhar number for making payments under various government schemes like MGNREGA, old-age pension and scholarships.

He received the award on the eve of second anniversary of UIDAI,” his brother Giridhari Hota said.

The award was instituted by UIDAI to encourage persons responsible for making Aadhaar useful in public service delivery. Besides Hota, five other persons from across the country were also honoured.

“I am proud of bringing laurels to Odisha,” Abhaya said. “My company is acting as a gateway to all types of Aadhaar-based payments…” he added.

Kalibari provides taste of Bengali Durga Puja

The Bengalis in Sambalpur have stayed rooted to their tradition and rituals for almost a century. And the assault of 21st century has not deviated them from their way of celebrating Durga Puja that was started by their forefather with the building of the ‘Kalibari’ here in 1918.

The 94-year-old ‘Kalibari’ has become the epicentre for the Bengalis in the town and every member of the community gathers at the place to worship Maa Durga during the almost week-long festivities. “We are thankful to our forefather who purchased the land and established ‘Kalibari’ in 1918. Though we conform to our own tradition and culture in performing the puja, we welcome people of other communities to join in our celebrations every year,” the secretary of the Kalibari trust committee, Bimal Chandra Kar, said.

“We do not remember when Durga Puja began to be celebrated by Bengalis in Sambalpur, but the puja is being celebrated uninterruptedly since the building of ‘Kalibari’ in 1918,” Kar added.

Durga Puja has been quite a popular festival all over the town and people here celebrate the occasion in their own way. There are as many as 100 Durga Pujas being performed this year. A few of the puja committees have, in fact, built permanent structures to conduct puja throughout the year. Organizers in Golebazar, Badbazar and Pirbaba Chowk have constructed Durga temples for the purpose.

Committees in Govindtola, Dhanupali, Fatak, Ainthapali, Dukupara, Dhuturapara, Laxmi Talkies and Zilla School chowks, in their bid to attract more visitors this time, have hosted pujas with huge budgets this year.

‘Kalibari’, however, has a special attraction among the pandal-hoppers, as it provides a taste of Bengali tradition and rituals in the performing of the puja. People from other communities, including the Odia localites, come to take part in the Durga Puja at ‘Kalibari’.

“Even a few Bengali families from Kolkata come every year and join in our puja as they feel that we have been able to keep alive our age-old tradition in performing puja,” a senior member of the organizing committee, Shibasis Sarkar, said.

Bhai Juntia celebrated in Sambalpur

‘Bhai Juntia’, the celebration of the bond between brothers and sisters, was observed here on Tuesday. Women of all ages wished for their brothers’ long life and prosperity by touching their forehead with a bunch of ‘duba’ grass and a morsel of rice. The festival also presented married women with a happy opportunity to visit their father’s place.

The festival is observed every year on Durgastami. Women keep a fast through out the day. They offer special puja before Goddess Durga and prepare a bunch of grass (108 strands) and a morsel of rice on Monday. They break their fast only after the ritual.

“Brothers and sisters also exchange new clothes on the occasion. She also puts a Jiuntia (thread) on her hand, hence the name Bhai (brother) Jiuntia,” said Dilip Padhi, a local man.

“By preparing a bunch of 108 strands of duba grass, they pray for a 108-year-long life for their brothers,” said Sadananda Panda, a scholar from Sambalpur.