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What is National Recruitment Agency? Common Eligibility Test (CET) for govt jobs

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday announced that the government will be setting up a National Recruitment Agency to conduct a common eligibility test.

Union cabinet approves introduction of Common Eligibility Test for recruitment to non-gazetted posts in govt jobs
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved setting up of 'National Recruitment Agency' to conduct Common Eligibility Test for recruitment to non-gazetted posts in govt jobs, public sector banks .
Hailing the decision, Union minister Jitendra Singh called the creation of National Recruitment Agency as an historic decision and said it was possible due to the direct intervention of the Prime Minister.

Explaining the role of National Recruitment Agency, DoPT Secretary C. Chandramouli said Railways, Banks and SSC examinations will be brought under the newly formed agency.

"Some of the problems faced by candidates are the multiplicity of exams, fees, dates and expenses.

"There are more than 20 recruitment agencies in the Central government. Right now, we are bringing 3 agencies under the National Recruitment Agency and will eventually bring all of them under it"

"There are 1.25 lakh vacancies every year in Group B and C for Railways, banks and SSC for which 2.5 crore-3 crore people apply."

"The National Recruitment Agency will conduct the tier-1 examination for these three agencies online."

The agency will conduct exams in 12 languages, and it will be expanded to include more regional languages. The score will be valid for three years and candidates will have a chance to improve their score by taking the exam again.

Common registration, single fee, and common curriculum are among the benefits for candidates, he added.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the proposal in her Union budget speech on February 1 this year.

The proposal aims to replace multiple examinations conducted by different recruiting agencies for selection to government jobs advertised each year, with single online common eligibility test (CET).

National Recruitment Agency will conduct the CET examination while the test scores to be valid for three years.

CET merit list may be made available to the states by NRA on cost-sharing basis, for undertaking recruitment to state government jobs.

For now, aspirants have to appear for different examinations conducted by various agencies to apply for government jobs demanding similar eligibility criteria which cost the government a lot of time, expenditure.

Key points:

NRA will be an autonomous society under Societies Act

NRA will conduct Tier-1 examination- Common Eligibility Test, CET

CET will be online examination

Every district will have atleast one exam centre

  

"This decision will benefit job seeking youth of the country," Union Minister Prakash Javdekar said.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the proposal in her Union budget speech on February 1 this year.

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