The authorities yesterday announced a date for retaking the recruitment tests of eight state-run banks in the capital following demonstration of candidates of two exam centres over seat shortage and mismanagement.
According to the authorities, more than 5,000 candidates could not take part in the recruitment test scheduled to begin at 3:30pm yesterday at the two centres -- Government Bangla College in Mirpur-1 and Hazrat Shah Ali Mohila College in the same area. They were among the 61 designated exam centres.
A number of candidates complained that they found all the seats already taken when they entered the centres, especially at Hazrat Shah Ali Mohila College.
They alleged that there were no seat plans at the centre and in many cases four to five candidates sat on a single bench built to accommodate only two.
Finding no empty benches, they said, many candidates left the centre to take the 100-mark MCQ test.
"It seemed the authorities were making fun of thousands of candidates. There was no seat plan at the centre. Examinees of one room sat in another room while five candidates sat on a bench," said Tawsif, a candidate in Hazrat Shah Ali Mohila College exam centre.
He alleged that the question paper did not arrive at the centre till 4:00pm.
Sajjad, another candidate, said some of the exam halls in the centre were crammed with candidates.
"Many examinees took cell phones inside the halls. It was total chaos," he said.
"The authorities must resign if they cannot take the responsibility of conducting a fair exam. Such incidents must be strongly protested,” he added.
Many candidates left the Shah Ali Mohila College centre finding no place to sit and held demonstrations outside the centre.
Contacted, Anwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Shah Ali Police Station, said a number of candidates, failing to find a place to take the test, staged demonstrations outside the centre.
They, however, left the place after getting assurance from the authorities.
Following the demonstration, Bankers' Selection Committee held an emergency meeting on the issue.
Md Mosharraf Hossain Khan, member secretary of the committee, said, "The exam will be held on January 20 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at the same centres."
The decision was taken in an urgent meeting of the committee with the approval of Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Fazle Kabir, said Mosharraf, also general manager of BB.
The recruitment test for the posts of senior officer, officer and cash officer was held to fill over 7,000 vacancies at the banks.