Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday announced that states & Union Territories can use the scores of candidates in the Common Eligibility Test that will be conducted by the National Recruitment Agency (NRA), to shortlist candidates for government jobs. The move will help the recruiting agencies including the state and UT governments to save the cost and time spent on recruitment, while at the same time also be convenient and cost-effective for the young job aspirants.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the CET score can be shared with the recruiting agencies in the state and Union Territory governments as well as public sector undertakings (PSUs). Later on, scores will also be shared with the private sector, according to an official statement. The decision was passed at the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
NRA CET 2020
The NRA CET exam 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 move is expected to highly benefit the job-seeking youth of the country bringing a major reform in the recruitment process. Candidates who are appearing for the exam, relaxation in the upper age limit shall be given to candidates of SC/ST/OBC as other categories castes as per the government policy.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and he himself are constantly in touch with several state and Union Territory governments that have expressed their inclination to be a part of the sharing arrangement of CET score. Common Eligibility Test will not have any correlation or incompatibility with the rules of recruitment like domicile etc., followed by certain states or Union Territories.
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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.