NRA CET 2020
The Union Cabinet under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi has given its approval for the creation of a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to streamline the hiring process by conducting a common eligibility test (CET). The NRA CET 2021 will replace the 1st level tests conducted by the three agencies namely Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for the recruitment to Group B and C non-gazetted posts.
The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) is likely to start conducting common eligibility test (CET) from September 2021. Union Minister Jitendra Singh stated that the agency will only conduct preliminary screening of candidates and the final recruitment will be done through domain specific examinations or tests by the respective recruiting bodies. Initially NRA will conduct exams for Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
NRA CET 2020-21
Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that NRA has been set up to provide the same platform to all candidates at the nearest district headquarter and with a view to set a new standard of equity and inclusiveness in recruitment. NRA will only conduct the preliminary screening of candidates. The final recruitment will be done through domain-specific examinations or tests, which will be conducted by the respective agencies such as SSC, RRBs, and IBPS. Based on the score obtained in CET conducted by NRA, candidates may appear in domain-specific exam or tests to be conducted by respective recruitment agencies. NRA CET test scores will be valid for a period of three years and there will be no bar in the number of attempts by a candidate. The exam is expected to be conducted twice a year. Around 2.5 crore aspirants appear for separate recruitment examinations every year for selection to around 1.25 lakh government jobs. In order to ease the recruitment process, the step has been taken by the government to introduce NRA Exam.
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NRA CET structure
A multi-agency body called National Recruitment Agency will be formed that would conduct a single computer-based examination for the recruitment in non-gazetted government posts from 2021. The agency will be responsible for conducting the Common Eligibility Test for selection to government jobs. Currently, multiple exams are being conducted for over 2.5 crore candidates each year. The recruitment process takes approx 18 months and more to complete one cycle. The implementation of NRA CET will provide a level playing field for all candidates and will be treated as a preliminary examination for specialized posts.
WHY NRA CET?
A single examination will also reduce the financial burden on candidates to a large extent. Candidates will not appear for multiple first stage examinations and common exam i.e CET BY NRA will be held for the preliminary stage. It would significantly reduce the recruitment cycle and will make sure the recruitment process is completed within time. NRA would be a specialist body bringing the state-of-the-art technology and best practices to the field of Central Government recruitment.
List of Exams conducted by NRA
The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will initially aim at replacing the preliminary exams of 3 agencies namely Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). This means that aspirants will have to prepare for a single preliminary examination for all the exams conducted by these three agencies namely SSC CGL, CHSL, IBPS Clerk, RRB NTPC etc. The exact details regarding the posts to be notified under NRA CET Exam is yet to be declared.
Functions of NRA
The functions of the NRA or National recruitment agency will include:
- Common Eligibility Test (CET) by NRA to screen or shortlisted candidates at the first level for SSC, RRBs and IBPS
- Ease of Access to Rural youth, women and disadvantaged candidates
- Remove the Multiplicity of Exams by conducting a common CET 2021 for all exams
- It will focus on access to Test Centres in the Aspirational Districts and motivate the rural candidates living in the far-flung areas to take the examination.
- Candidates would have the facility of registering on a common portal and give the desired choice of Centres.
- A single common eligibility test would reduce the recruitment cycle process.
How to Apply for NRA CET?
Under the new system, candidates would be required to apply through a common portal and prepare from a common curriculum. The official website for NRA will be formed where candidates will be required to apply for CET. A standardised question paper with multiple questions of similar difficulty levels will be set in a central server. The Scores of the candidates will be generated quickly in this process, delivered online and will be valid for a 3-year period. The exam will be held twice a year.
CET Exam pattern & guidelines
Some of the points regarding NRA CET guidelines highlighted by the Department of Personnel & training includes:
- A Standard curriculum will be followed for the CET along with a standard degree of difficulty level.
- The exam will be conducted in multiple Indian languages.
- NRA is expected to conduct a separate CET each for the three levels of graduate, higher secondary (12th pass) and the matriculate (10th pass).
- CET score will act as a preliminary score and the final selection will be made through separate Tier 2/Tier 3 examinations to be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies.
- CET score will be valid for 3 years and the best score during the 3 years will be taken into consideration.
- No restriction on the number of attempts by the candidate.
- Candidates can schedule tests and choose the exam center of their choice
- NRA CET scores can be shared with the Central Govt, State govt, UTs, PSUs, and private sector
- CET 2021 will be conducted at over 1000 centers and every district will have at least one exam center.
How will NRA CET benefit millions of aspirants?
NRA CET 2020 – 2021 will benefit millions of government job aspirants and will act as a boon for the people. It will make sure that candidates don’t have to go through multiple examinations and will share less burden. The CET will reduce the recruitment process and hence, aspirants will get an early appointment to jobs as compared to now. The CET score could also be shared with other recruiting agencies in the Central Government apart from the mentioned including State Governments/Union Territories, Public Sector Undertaking and Private Sector. This would help these organizations in saving costs and time spent on recruitment.
Major Relief to poor Candidates
Presently, the candidates will have to appear in multiple examinations to be conducted by multiple agencies. It results in spending thousands of rupees on different forms. A single examination will reduce the financial burden on poor candidates to a large extent. Women candidates are also expected to benefit greatly.
Women candidates, especially from rural areas, face constraints in 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.
Introduction of NRA CET in Budget
Union Budget 2020 was presented by the Union Minister of Finance, Nirmala Sitharaman on 1st Feb 2020 where the allocation to different sectors was provided based on the expenditure and income of the government. The education sector was allotted Rs 99,300 crore for FY 2020-21 and Rs 3,000 crore for skill development. The Finance Minister in her speech proposed the idea of some of the major reforms in the recruitment of non-gazetted government posts. This step is being taken to mitigate the hardships faced by the students in appearing for multiple exams. 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.
NRA CET FAQs
Q. What is the full form of NRA?
The full form of NRA is the National Recruitment Agency.
Q. What is NRA CET?
National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will conduct the Common eligibility test (CET) for the recruitment of Group B and C government posts in SSC, Banking and railways.
Q. What is the educational qualification required for NRA CET?
The NRA CET exam will be conducted separately for Graduates (Degree), 12th Class (Higher Secondary) Pass and 10th Pass candidates.
Q. What are the exams covered by NRA CET?
The exams covered by NRA CET will include Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS RRB, Clerk, PO & SO), Railway Recruitment Board (NTPC, Group D), and Staff Selection Commission (SSC CHSL, CGL, Stenographer, JHT, etc.
Q. In how many languages will the NRA CET exam be conducted?
The NRA CET will be conducted in 12 languages as of now.