In the recent announcement made by the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, it has given the approval to National Recruitment Agency for conducting the CET. The Union Cabinet approved the plan to set up a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) on Wednesday. NRA will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for all non-gazetted posts, including Group B and C (non-technical) jobs. National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will be constructed by the government of India to conduct Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment to various Group B & C posts.
The National Recruitment Agency will conduct separate CET graduate, higher secondary and the matriculate candidates for non-technical posts to which recruitment is presently carried out by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). Here is how NRA will benefit govt Job Aspirants
Access to Examination Centres
Government has approved a sum of Rs 1517.57 crore for the NRA. The expenditure will be undertaken over a period of three years. The majority of the money will be used for setting up exam infrastructure in 117 districts with large numbers of aspirants. The proposal is expected to ease the access to aspirants residing in rural areas.
Benefit for Women candidates
The availability of exam centres in every district would benefit the female candidates as well. Girls generally depend on a guardian (father/brother/ husband) to accompany them in reaching their exam centres if it is far away from their home town. The location of test centres in every district would benefit the candidates, especially women.
Benefit for Candidates from Rural Areas
The candidates who comes from weak rural background have to make a difficult choice as to which examination they want to appear in as many government exams form cost more than Rs. 500/-. Under the NRA, the candidates by appearing in one examination will get an opportunity to compete for many posts.
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CET Score Valid For 3 Years
CET score will be valid for 3 years and the best score during the 3 years will be taken into consideration. There shall be no restriction on the number of attempts to be taken by a candidate to appear in the CET subject to the upper age limit. This would go a long way in mitigating the hardship of candidates who spend a considerable amount of time, money and effort preparing and giving these examinations every year.
Depending upon the screening done at the CET score level, final selection for recruitment shall be made through separate specialised Tiers (II, III etc) of examination which shall be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies. The curriculum for this test would be common as would be the standard. This would greatly ease the burden of candidates who are at present required to prepare for each of the examinations separately as per the different curriculum.
Access of scores to multiple recruitment agencies
Initially, the scores would be used by the three major recruitment agencies – RRB, SSC & IBPS. However, over a period of time, it is expected that other recruitment agencies in the Central Government would adopt the same. This will open for other agencies in the public as well as a private domain to adopt it if they so choose. 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.
CET in 12 languages
The Common Eligibility test will be conducted twice a year. It can be taken in 12 different languages to begin with. The exam centres will be established in 117 districts.
Shortening of the recruitment cycle
A single eligibility test would significantly reduce the recruitment cycle. Some Departments have indicated their intention to do away with 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..