Common Eligibility Test for GOVT and PSBs Jobs


  • The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) was firstly proposed by the NDA government in the Union Budget 2020.
  • Union Cabinet approved setting up a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) which will conduct Common Eligibility Test (CET).

On Wednesday Union Cabinet approved a proposal to set up National Recruitment Agency (NRA) that will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for the selection of non-gazetted posts in the central government and public sector banks (PSBs).

The National Recruitment Agency will prove to be a boon for crores of youngsters,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet. “This decision will benefit job seeking youth of the country,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

In this new system, all the candidates have to appear for a single entrance examination for all non-gazetted and PSBs jobs. The candidates who will qualify this Common Entrance Test (CET) can apply to any recruitment agencies for a mains level of examination. The candidates CET score will be valid for three years during which a candidate can apply for jobs in different sectors depending upon his/her aptitude and preferences.

“Through the Common Eligibility Test, it will eliminate multiple tests and save precious time as well as resources. This will also be a big boost to transparency,” Narendra Modi added.

“Cabinet Decision to set up National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct Common Eligibility Test (CET) for preliminary selection to various Government vacancies is a revolutionary reform. This will bring ease of recruitment, ease of selection and thereby ease of living for aspirant candidates,” Union Minister Jitendra Singh said.

National Recruitment Agency will conduct a common eligibility test for Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and the Institute of Banking Service Personnel (IBPS). “There are almost more than 20 recruitment agencies in central government. Although we are making exams of only three agencies common as of now, in course of time we will be able to have Common Eligibility Test for all recruitment agencies, C Chandramouli, secretary to the government said in the Cabinet meeting.

“Further, it would be open for other agencies in the public as well as the private domain to adopt it if they so choose. Thus, in the long run, the CET score could be shared with other recruiting agencies in the Central Government, State Governments/Union Territories, Public Sector Undertaking and Private Sector. This would help such organizations in saving costs and time spent on recruitment,” the Union cabinet said in a statement.

The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) was first proposed by the government in the Union Budget 2020. The agency will be an “independent, professional, specialist organisation and will conduct an exam, which would be known as the Common Eligibility Test, for selection to government jobs,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned in the Union Budget.

It will provide level playing field, a great boon particularly for economically deprived who cannot afford travelling to multiple centres, youth in far-flung areas with difficulty to reach different centres and women candidates who are unable to travel to different cities because of constraints of travel and stay,” Singh added.

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