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The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) Will Conduct the Common Eligibility Test( CET) For the non-gazetted post in India.

The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) is set up by the Union Government in India to conduct the Common Eligibility Test( CET) a common examination for government jobs. It is independent body announced in the Union Budget by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in February.

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A specialist body bringing the state-of-the-art technology and best practices to the field of Central Government recruitment. It will screen the candidates of Staf Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The National Recruitment Agency will conduct the Tier-1 examination for these three agencies online. Examination centres will be set up in each district, with the Centre committing to invest in the necessary infrastructure for 117 aspirational districts.The examinations will be conducted in 12 languages. The examination will be conducted based on a common curriculum. There will be a common registration, single fee and the candidate need not travel outside the district to appear for the examination.

According to DoPT Secretary C. Chandramouli, there are 1.25 lakh vacancies every year in Group B and C for Railways, banks and SSC, known as non-gazetted officers. About 2.5 crore people applying every year for examinations to fill these vacancies, also appear for 50 other recruitment tests for positions at public sector banks, railways, police, paramilitary forces and other State and Central government bodies.

It is Headed by a Chairman of the rank of the Secretary to the GoI. Will conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment to non-gazetted posts in government and public sector banks.

Common Eligibility Test (CET)

A single online test – replaces multiple examinations conducted by different recruiting agencies.

Salient features

  • CET will be held twice a year.
  • Different CETs for graduate level, 12th Pass level and 10th pass level.
  • Now, CET will cover recruitments made by three agencies – Staff Selection Commission, Railway Recruitment Board and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.
  • First level test to shortlist candidates
  • Scores – will be valid for three years.
  • No restriction on the number of attempts (subject to upper age limits).

Advantage for students

  • Removes the hassle of appearing in multiple examinations.
  • Single examination fee – would reduce financial burden.
  • Encourage more women candidates to apply for government jobs.

Advantages for Institutions

  • CET removes the hassle of conducting preliminary/screening test of candidates.
  • Drastically reduce the recruitment cycle and bring standardization in the examination pattern.

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