The Union Cabinet, in its landmark decision, has approved the proposal of setting up a National Recruitment Agency. The Agency will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment for personnel for all non-gazetted posts in the central government and public sector banks. The proposal for the creation of the National Recruitment Agency was first introduced in the Union Budget 2020 by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Read all about the details and facts related to NRA & CET below.
NRA CET Latest Updates
Common Eligibility Test for railways, IBPS, and SSC: Online exams to start from September
- ‘It is expected that NRA would start conducting CET from September, 2021 onwards, Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha
- The National Recruitment Agency will set up examination centres in every district of the country
The National Recruitment Agency would commence conducting online test for select category of government jobs from September, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. The central government has set up National Recruitment Agency to streamline the recruitment process in India. The new agency will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to select candidates for non-gazetted posts in the central government and public sector banks. There will be a common entrance test for Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) and Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). The aim of a common entrance test is to eliminate multiple tests and save precious time as well as resources.
“It is expected that NRA would start conducting CET from September,2021 onwards,” Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today that NRA is expected to conduct common Eligibility Test (CET) from “September 2021 onwards”.
What is the National Recruitment Agency?
As of 19th August, the Union Cabinet in its transformational reform approves the creation of the National Recruitment Agency in order to streamline the recruitment process for central government jobs.
NRA or National Recruitment Agency, as per reports, is a Multi-Agency Body to encompass the first level test by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs), and the Institute of Banking Service Personnel (IBPS). The body will have representatives of the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, the SSC, RRB & IBPS. This specialist body will bring state-of-the-art technology and best practices in the field of Central Government recruitment.
The first level test, mentioned above will be a computer-based exam – CET (Common Eligibility Test). It will be a single entrance examination for all non-gazetted posts — Group B and C (non-technical).
At present, aspirants of government jobs appear for different examinations conducted by various recruitment agencies for multiple posts, for there are almost similar eligibility criteria. Aspirants pay a fee at multiple portals and sit for multiple examinations making it a very rigorous process for them to attain their desired job. Many of them travel long distances to reach the examination centres too. The NRA seeks to reduce this burden on the aspirants as well as the recruitment bodies. The Common Eligibility Test will require aspirants to appear once and apply to any or all of these recruitment agencies for the higher level of examination.
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What is the Common Eligibility Test or CET?
CET is a computer-based, online Common Eligibility Test (CET), for the Graduate, the Higher Secondary (12thpass), and the Matriculate (10th Pass) candidates.
It comes forward as a path-breaking reform to the already existing recruitment process for various post levels. It will be the first stage screening test for eligible candidates.
Key Highlights of (Eligibility Test) CET
1. It will be a single entrance examination for all non-gazetted posts — Group B and C (non-tech) posts.
2. Candidates who qualify this Common Entrance Test (CET) can apply to any recruitment agencies for a higher level of examination.
3. The score will be valid for three years during which the candidate can apply for jobs in different sectors depending upon his aptitude and preferences.
4. Each candidate will have two additional chances to improve his score and his best score will be considered.
5. 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.
6. CET merit list may be available to the states by NRA on a cost-sharing basis, for undertaking recruitment to state government jobs.
7. 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 the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
8. A Mock Test for rural youth will also be conducted.
9. NRA to have mock tests, 24×7 helpline, and grievance redressal portal.
10. CET in Every District: Ease of Access to Rural youth, women, and disadvantaged candidates.
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At present, the exams conducted by three agencies: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), and the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will be unified.
There are more than 20 recruitment agencies currently under the Central government. “Although we are taking exams of only three common agencies as of now, in course of time we will be able to have one Common Eligibility Test for all recruitment agencies in the country,” Secretary C Chandramouli said.
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