Friday, August 28, 2020


Union ministry has given its consent for creation of National Recruitment Agency(NRA) to conduct preliminary hiring process as Common eligibility test for the candidates under the vision "Ek desh,Ek pariksha". CET will replace I stage exam of various agencies such as SSC(Staff Selection Commission), RRB(Railway Recruitment Board), IBPS(Institute of banking personnel selection) for the recruitment of non gazetted posts(Group B & C).
Approximately 2.5 crore aspirants appear in  single/multiple examinations conducted by different recruiting agencies to fulfill 1.2 lakh recruitments advertised every year. Now all the candidates will be appearing for a single test Common Eligibility Test. Currently there are over 20 recruiting agencies currently under the central government.

A multi-agency body called the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will  be set up to conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for screening/shortlisting candidates of the Group B and C (non-technical) posts. NRA will have representatives of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, the SSC, RRB & IBPS.
Exams to be conducted by NRA
The main aim of NRA is to conduct preliminary exams of SSC, RRB , IBPS.
This implies that candidate will have to appear for single preliminary exam for SSC CGL, CHSL, CPO, IBPS CLERK ,RRB NTPC etc.

CET Exam pattern & details
• A standard curriculum will be followed.  This means that it will relieve the burden on students for multiple curriculum of multiple exams.
•Exams will be conducted in multiple languages.
•CET score will be basis for screening of candidates . And selection will be based on tier 2/tier 3 exam of various recruitment agencies.
•CET score will be valid for 3 years. 
•It will conducted twice an year. And best score will be taken into consideration for selection.
•There will be common portal to apply for various exams.
•Candidates can schedule tests and choose the exam centre of their choice
• CET will he conducted in every district so that atleast one test centre to be there in a district.
• No restriction on number of attempts.
The Government has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 1517.57 crore for the National Recruitment Agency (NRA). The expenditure will be undertaken over a period of three years. Apart from setting up the NRA, costs will be incurred for setting up examination infrastructure in the 117 Aspirational Districts.

As per the ministry, the CET will save time and efforts of the students planning to be appointed in Group B and Group C posts. It will also save the money spent by candidates in filling up 'n' number of posts.

There might be ambiguity among the students regarding pattern of exam but overall it might save time and money of the agencies that conduct preliminary exams.