Benefits of NRA CET for Candidates | Know here

The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of setting up a National Recruitment Agency that will conduct a common eligibility test for selection to all non-gazetted (Group B and C) posts in the central government and public sector banks. In this blog, we will apprise you of the benefits of NRA CET for the candidates.

As per the latest update by the Union Minister of India Jitendra Singh, the Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted across the country from early 2022.

To get direct updates to your mailbox, register here.

NRA CET Latest Update

  • Central Government has announced that the NRA Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted across the country from early 2022.
  • Haryana Chief Minister on 12th January 2021 announced that a Common Eligibility Test to be conducted by Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) for filling up different posts under Group C and D category.

CET Important Dates 

It has been confirmed that NRA CET will take place from 2022 by PM Narendra Modi.

Event Dates 
CET Online Registration Starts N/A
Last Date to Apply Online for CET N/A
CET Admit Card N/A
CET Tier 1 Exam (Bank, SSC & RRB) Early 2022
CET Tier 1 Result N/A

What is NRA and CET:-

NRA (National Recruitment Agency) is an independent, professional, specialist organization that will conduct a computer-based online Common Eligibility Test (CET) for the Graduate, the Higher Secondary (12thpass) and the Matriculate (10th Pass) candidates to screen candidates at the first level for SSC, RRBs and IBPS.

Click here for the Free CET Mock test  

What are the benefits of NRA CET for Candidates:-

1. A reform in the process of recruitment:-

At present, candidates seeking government jobs have to appear for separate examinations conducted by multiple recruiting agencies for various posts. On an average, 2.5 crores -3 crores candidates appear in these examinations on a cumulative count. A common eligibility Test would enable these candidates to appear once and apply to any or all of these recruitment agencies for the higher level of examination.

2. Regular Fee payment would be abolished:-

Candidates have to pay a fee to multiple recruiting agencies for appearing in different exams. Now with the introduction of CET, the candidates will pay the fee once rather than paying to multiple agencies for multiple exams.

3. Cost reduction:-

The benefits of NRA CET also includes cost reduction apart from less fee payment. It reduces the additional expenses of travel, boarding, lodging, etc. This comes as a big relief to the poor candidates. Also, it reduces the cost incurred by the exam conducting authorities involving avoidable/repetitive expenditure, law and order/security related issues and venue related problems.




Image source: Press Information Bureau twitter handle

4. Ease of access to examination centres:-

In the new proposal, there is a special focus on creating examination infrastructure in the 117 Aspirational Districts. This would greatly enhance the ease for the candidates applying for the examinations as this not only comes as the motivation for students in rural and far-flung areas to apply for the exams but also gives relaxation in terms of cost, effort, safety.

Attempt a Mock test on the latest CET pattern

5. CET in multiple languages:-

The common eligibility test would be carried out in multiple languages, which will facilitate the candidates from different parts of the country to take the exam.

6. Relief to candidates from the rural and economically weaker sections:-

Taking into consideration the financial and other constraints involved, the candidates from economically weaker backgrounds have to make a choice sometimes as to which exam they want to appear for. So, under the benefits of NRA CET, the candidates by appearing in one examination will get an opportunity to compete for many posts.

7. Standardised Testing:-

NRA shall conduct a separate CET each for the three levels of graduate, higher secondary (12th pass) and the matriculate (10th pass) candidates for those non-technical posts to which recruitment is presently carried out by SSC, RRBs and (IBPS).  Based on the screening done at the CET score level, final selection for recruitment shall be made through separate specialized Tiers (II, III etc) of examination which shall be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies. The curriculum for the test at this level would be common. This would make it easy for the candidates preparing for different exams on a different curriculum altogether.

8. 3 years validity of score and no bar on attempts:-

The CET score of the candidate shall be valid for a period of three years from the date of declaration of the result. There shall be no restriction on the number of attempts to be taken by a candidate to appear in the CET, subject to the upper age limit. This would definitely save the time, amount and efforts put in by the candidates each year.

9. Scheduling Tests and choosing Centres:-

The NRA aims for a stage wherein candidates can schedule their own tests at Centres of their choice. Candidates would have the facility of registering on a common portal and give a choice of Centres and based on the availability, they would be allotted Centres.

Source:- Press Information Bureau

Attempt A Free Mock Test Here & Get All India Standing


NRA CET Major Highlights

For FAQs on NRA-CET, visit here.


This is all from us in this blog on the benefits of NRA CET for candidates. Hope the information provided above is helpful. Stay tuned with Oliveboard for more such latest updates.



When will be NRA CET be conducted?

The NRA CET for recruitment for Central government jobs will be held in the country from early 2022.

On How Many Levels, CET would be conducted?

Separate CET’s to be conducted for three levels of eligibility –
Higher secondary (12th)
Matriculate (10th pass)

What all exams CET will cover?

The CET will cover Bank, SSC & Railways exams for Group B & C posts.

In how many languages will the CET exam take place?

Initially, there will be 12 languages (including Hindi & English), however, new languages will be further added.

Do I have to appear for the exam after CET?

Yes, based on your CET score, you can choose your desired exam and give tier 2 & further levels of exams to complete the recruitment process. 

What will be the mode of the CET Exam?

The mode of the CET exam will be Online.

What is the validity of the NRA CET score?

The validity of the CET Score is Three (3) years.

What is the Syllabus for NRA CET?

The syllabus for NRA CET will be announced once the NRA becomes functional. It is expected the syllabus would be in line with the current syllabus for the preliminary examinations for various levels of examinations.

Will our CET Score will be shared with other companies?

CET scores will be shared with the central government, state government, UTs, PSUs, Private sector to facilitate more employment generation.


Leave a comment

Download 500+ Free Ebooks (Limited Offer)👉👉