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The full form of CET is Common Eligibility Test. CET will be conducted by National Resource Agency (NRA). CET will be an online Tier-1 examination and aims to eliminate the need for multiple examinations for recruitment in government and public sector jobs.

| Updated On August 26th, 2020 at 03:22 pm

Common Eligibility Test: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the National Recruitment Agency (NRA). National Recruitment Agency aims to do away with multiple entrance examinations with a single online ‘Common Eligibility Test’ or CET. After the implementation, the CET exams will be the largest recruitment examination regarding government jobs in the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted that the NRA “will prove to be a boon for crores of youngsters”. “Through the Common Eligibility Test, it will eliminate multiple tests and save precious time as well as resources.

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What is Common Eligibility Test?

The full form of CET is Common Eligibility Test. CET will be conducted by National Resource Agency (NRA). CET will be an online Tier-1 examination and aims to eliminate the need for multiple examinations for recruitment in government and public sector jobs. The CET will screen and shortlist candidates for non-gazetted or non-technical posts under Group B and C categories. CET Exam will screen and shortlist candidates for non-gazetted or non-technical posts under Group B and C categories. CET will replace the first-level entrance tests conducted by the Staff Selection Commission, Railway Recruitment Boards and the Institute of Banking Service Personnel. The CET exam will be conducted twice a year, for different educational levels and in multiple Indian languages. Union announced that every district across states will have atleast one CET exam centre to help disadvantageous sections, rural candidates and women. CET scores will be valid up to three years from the date of result declaration. Also,  candidates will be able to apply for jobs in different sectors depending upon his aptitude and preferences based on the CET score. 

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Currently, candidates have to appear for multiple government examinations conducted by multiple agencies at different points of time for similar posts. This places an enormous burden of time and cost on young people. On an average, 2.5 crore to 3 crore candidates appear in each of these examinations. 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. This would indeed be a boon to all the candidates. Many leading govt. leaders also tweeted and appreciated this move.

Home Minister Amit Shah Tweeted and applauded the transformational reform of creating National Recruitment Agency

CET 2020: Women & Rural Candidates will benefit Greatly

Women & candidates from rural areas face constraints appearing in multiple examinations as they have to arrange for transportation and places to stay in places that are far away. They sometimes have to find suitable persons to accompany them to these Centres that are located far away. The location of test centres in every District would greatly benefit candidates from rural areas in general and women candidates in particular. Under the National Recruitment Agency, the candidates by appearing in one examination will get an opportunity to compete for many posts.

CET 2020: Standardised Testing

Separate CET will be conducted each for the three levels of graduate, higher secondary (12th pass) and the matriculate (10th pass) candidates for non-technical posts to which currently recruitment is carried out by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). Based on the CET score level, final selection of candidates for recruitment shall be made through separate specialised Tiers (II, III etc) of examination which shall be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies.

CET 2020: Process

  • Round 1

Common Eligibility Test will act as a single screening test. Candidates don’t have to appear for multiple preliminary exams and pay the fee for different recruitment exams. This will substitute the multiple screening tests and candidates will only have to give one screening test. Common Eligibility Test will help students by reducing the burden on them.

  • Round 2

Once the screening process will be successfully done then the selected candidates will have to appear for the second round of the process. The second round/ Mains examination will be conducted by the respective agencies namely SSC, Railway, IBPS Second round of the exam will be more specialised and will be used for the final selection round.

  • Interview

As the CET will be just a screening test it has nothing to do with the Interview process. Therefore, the interview round will be done by the respective agencies. The interview round will depend on the respective agency.

CET 2020: CET Syllabus and Exam pattern

There is no defined exam pattern and NRA CET Syllabus as such. The exam pattern and CET syllabus will be updated as soon as it is released. However, NRA CET Syllabus for SSC, IBPS and Railway RRB exam will be the same. Syllabus and Exam Pattern will vary according to level of Nation Recruitment Agency examination. It is expected that there will be different CET exam pattern and CET syllabus for the graduate, senior secondary, and secondary level exams. Questions will be asked from General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English. All the aspirants are advised to keep visiting here for all the updates regarding the CET exam pattern and NRA CET Syllabus.

CET 2020: Important Points

Multiple languages The CET will be available in a multiple of languages. This would greatly facilitate people from different parts of the country.
Scores access to multiple recruitment agencies

Initially, the scores would be used by the three major recruitment agencies. However, over a period of time it is expected that other recruitment agencies in the Central Government would adopt the same. It will also be open for other agencies in the public as well as the private sector to adopt it if they so choose. This would help such organizations in saving costs and time spent on recruitment.

Shortening of the recruitment cycle

A single eligibility test would significantly reduce the recruitment cycle. Som Departments have indicated their intention to remove any second-level test and go ahead with the recruitment on the basis of CET scores, Physical Tests and Medical examination. This would greatly reduce the cycle and benefit a large section of youth.

Financial Outlay

The Government has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 1517.57 crore for the NRA. The expenditure will be undertaken over a period of three years. Money will be also used for setting up examination infrastructure in the 117 Aspirational Districts.

CET 2020: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the full form of CET?
Ans. The CET stands for Common Eligibility Test.

Q. For how many years is the CET test score is valid?
Ans. The test score of CET will be valid for 3 years.

Q. What are the posts for which CET exam will be conducted?
Ans. The National Recruitment Agency will conduct the CET exam for non-gazetted posts.

Q. NRA CET exam will be conducted in how many languages?
Ans. The NRA CET will be conducted in multiple languages. The exam will be conducted in 12 languages that are in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

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