HAL, BEL test on same day, candidates in a quandary

Special Correspondent

Job-seekers want one of the two tests to be rescheduled

Distance between the two venues is about 10 km and it is imposible to make it to both tests

One test starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11.30 a.m. and the other begins 10 a.m., ends at 12.30 pm.

BANGALORE: Hundreds of engineering graduates in Electronics and Communication, Computer Science and other streams have been asked to appear for an online test and a written test by two central public sector undertakings (HAL and BEL) on November 23 around the same time.

The candidates had applied for the posts of design trainee in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and probationary engineer in Bharat Electronics Limited and were asked to appear for the online test and written test respectively.

They were to appear at Jyoti Nivas Degree College, Koramangala and Dayananda Sagar Institutions located at Kumaraswamy Layout.

Hopes dashed

A large number of graduates, including those who had excelled in academics and belong to the general category and those under the reserved category had been informed by the two CPSUs to appear for the tests on the said date.

But strangely they would have to forego one test given the timings for the examinations.

Added to this the distance between the two test centres is 8 to 10 km requiring an hour to cover the distance. While the test at Jyothi Nivas College is fixed at 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., the test at Dayananda Sagar Institutions is from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Two candidates, one living near K.R. Puram Railway station and the other at Whitefield, who had received information to appear for the test by the two organisations, said that the dates of the test were not announced in the advertisements.

When they e-mailed the authorities in both the PSUs to ascertain the dates and timings of the test, so that they could adjust their programmes, neither bothered to reply.

They said that they were shocked to see the same date in both the ‘admit cards’ and are worried that they would have to chose between the two.

One more test

The HAL, it is said, had sent ‘admit cards’ to some students to appear for the test on November 22 as well.

The candidates requested that HAL and the BEL should discuss the problem and arrive at a decision to change the dates.

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