After the deceleration of results, all the selected candidates are asked to appear for medical examination. The medical is conducted by railway board for all the departments. The centres are allocated based on your preference in interview form. I am going to write my experience of medical examination.
My medical was scheduled on 24th April 2014 at Gorakhpur. My friend Goutam Rahul Roy who had got 42 rank had his medical on 23rd April 2014 at the same centre. So we decided to plan our journey together. We booked tickets for Gorakhpur and boarded the train on 21 April 2014.
Our journey started on a very fine note. It is typical in railway journeys that we talk to our fellow passengers to pass the time. A person in our compartment started asking about us . We told them about ourselves that we have been selected for Railways through IES. They were extremely happy to hear this and enquired more about us. One of our fellow passenger was section engineer in railways (group B post). He helped us a lot in guiding for our future journey. He called an official at Gorakhpur railway station to book a room for two of us in railway lodge. We were pleasantly surprised , in fact we were hoping to book a hotel there. He even drew a map for us and bid us goodbye.
After reaching railway guest house , we told them our reference and they happily admitted us there. All the group D staff were very happy to receive us . They said ” Saheb ayee hai”. We were not expecting this kind of treatment . All the people were very curious to meet us They told us everything about that place and helped us in all our requirements. First day went quite well…In evening we went out to take look around that place.
On they day of medical examination, I set off early to the designated hospital which was nearby where we were staying without eating anything. We first filled out some forms and then got segregated in two groups. First test was x-ray test which was over very quickly. Second test was eyes test which included colour blindness test and eyesight test. Third test was urine test.Fourth test was quite interesting, it included physical fitness test. It include height ,weight ,chest expansion , blood pressure test. In the end there was gender test , so u have to get completely naked in front of doctor, sometimes there may be more than one doctor. This was most embarrassing part of test , however you have to go through it. Already it was evening time at the end of these test . An assistant came and called out names of the person who can leave . This was an indication that everything was OK for them whose names have been called. So my name was there, hence I left immediately.
I would like to tell few things about behaviour of lower staff there. They always called as ‘Saheb’ which is reminiscent of British Raj when railway and administration officials where placed at the top of hierarchy. The hangover is still there,it is not going to fade away easily. Some officers like to be called as such…. Once I was passing by a caretaker ,he was sitting on bench while I stood there and enquired about few things. This was noticed was his senior that he was sitting while I was standing. He didn’t do it intentionality but he got reprimanded for that. This left me speechless. I got a glimpse of life that was to come in railways. It will ultimately depend on me about how I am going to get respect from my juniors. He told he that when you will come here as an officer you too will become like most of them. I replied in negative and assured him that i will be always kind and respectful to my juniors. We should stop this practice of insulting our juniors. We will have to shed this ‘ Saheb’ tag through good behavior.(That person called me when i reached Delhi and asked me when I was coming there as an officer.)
We met one more candidate…Aditya Tripathi who had got 46 AIR. We spent good times together,all three of us. We went to Gorakhnath temple and sought blessing for our medical results. He was a lively person but he worried too much about medical results.Our evenings used to be quire lively. He left a day early for his destination. Next day we boarded the train for Delhi. As usual our fellow passengers showed respect and praised us. They too took our phone numbers and were very happy to meet borth of us. By the time we reached Delhi,we were quite satisfied with our journey.
In retrospect I can say that I got a glimpse of life that was to come. I know that IES officers are shown lots of respect in society but challenges are also immense. Trailer was good, full movie is yet to be released.