Candidates who have had trouble attending Indian Railways recruitment exams in distant locations will have good news. The Rail Recruitment Board (RRB) in India will use the power of Google Maps to ensure that prospective candidates receive the exam centers closest to them.
according to one report (opens in new tab) by The Hindu, an Indian Railways official confirmed that most applicants would be given a testing center within 300km of their PIN code. However, these would be specific to parts of the country and the number of test centers available in the region. The RRB-NTPC also stated that female applicants will receive centers within a 400 km radius of their PIN code.
RRB said the system will use Google Maps to match the applicant and testing center PIN code. In addition, it will take into account the distance to test centers when traveling by train or road.
Nearly 60,000 candidates are expected to attend the recruitment exam to be held in August at 90 testing centers across the country. The exam will aim to fill 7,026 vacancies at Indian Railways.
Technology is useful again
This is further proof that technology can improve and simplify many systems in all industries. Google Maps has also seen additional features released that will help users in India. For example, you will be able to see the toll value when on a specific route. In addition, you can also edit the toll information if you find any errors in it.
Using Google’s service, Indian Railways is helping to solve a problem that has been repeated by candidates in the past. Many took to social media to express their concern about traveling thousands of miles away to take the exams. And that’s a big improvement that we could expect to see going forward.
However, it would be great if the government also used more technologies like AI and ML in ticketing systems. Often times, it can be seen that many senior travelers are given seats in the top bunk. Using AI and ML, lower seats can be assigned to seniors with priority. Also, since the chart is not prepared until hours before the trip, it may be easier to realign seats between other passengers.