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Common Eligibility Test (CET) by NRA (National Recruitment Agency)

What is National Recruitment Agency (NRA)?

NRA is a multi-agency body which will encompass the first-level test by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and the Institute of Banking Service Personnel (IBPS). The CET will screen/shortlist candidates for the Group B and C (non-technical) posts. NRA shall conduct a separate CET each for the three levels of graduate, higher secondary (12th pass) and the matriculate (10th pass) candidates for those non-technical posts to which recruitment is presently carried out by SSC, RRBs and by IBPS.

Who will be the members of NRA?

NRA will comprise representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Railways, SSC, RRB & IBPS.

From when NRA CETs will be held?

NRA will come into force from next year and will be headquartered in Delhi. The govt announced that over 1000 centres, one in each district will be set up, where candidates can take the test.

How many CETs will be conducted in a year?

The National Recruitment Agency will conduct two tests per year and the CET scores of the candidates will remain valid for three years from the date of declaration of the result. The best of the valid scores shall be deemed to be the current score of the candidate.

Where will be the CET Exam Centres located?

To conduct the NRA CET, exam centres will be developed in every district of the country, be it rural or urban areas. Government will give special focus on developing centres in 117 Aspirational Districts. Exam Centres will be developed in rural areas. This will help candidates residing in far-away rural areas to sit for CET for Central Government jobs.

What will be the language medium of CET?

NRA will conduct the CET exam in multiple languages to enable candidates of every state and region to sit for exam.

What is Syllabus & Exam Pattern of CET?

The CET curriculum such as Exam Pattern and Syllabus will be common and standard for all recruitment agencies. This will do away with the burden on candidates to prepare for each exam separately as per different syllabus.

Will there be any attempt limit for NRA CET?

No, 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.

What happens after NRA CET result is declared?

Based on 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.

How will NRA CET benefit candidates?

As of now, candidates have to appear for separate exams of multiple recruiting agencies to seek government jobs. For banking jobs in public sector banks, candidates have to appear for IBPS PO/Clerk/RRB/SO exams; for Railways, candidates appear for RRBs and for graduate level or others, candidates appear for SSC exams. There are many candidates who it for all these exams every year to seek central government job. For this, they are required to pay separate fees, travel long distances every time and prepare every year, month and day to crack exams.

Setting up of the NRA will do away with these multiple recruitment exams and introduce single Common Eligibility Test (CET). Upon qualifying CET, candidates become eligible to appear for further selection rounds for any recruitment processes of IBPS/SSC/RRB. 

This single exam will reduce financial burden on poor candidates who were not able to incur additional expenses of travel, boarding, paying exam fees and others.

What happens after qualifying CET?

CET is a screening phase for candidates to get shortlisted for Phase 2 or 3 OR Tier II or III exams. These further phases of the recruitment process will be conducted by IBPS, RRB, SSC and others.

Will you give study material for this CET exam by NRA?

Yes, we will. Soon after detailed syllabus is declared by NRA, we will provide preparatory course in 100% online mode at lowest possible cost. For more detailes, please stay tuned.

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