At least 2.5 crore job aspirants across the country are likely to benefit from a common entrance test (CET) to be held by the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) for various government agencies to fill up vacant posts.
The Union Cabinet on August 19 approved creation of the NRA to conduct an online CET for selecting candidates for majority of central government jobs. The move will allow job- seekers to take one common test and save costs and time spent on writing multiple exams.
NRA will conduct CET to screen/shortlist candidates for jobs in Government sector for which recruitment is presently carried out through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).NRA will conduct only preliminary screening of candidates. The final recruitment will be done through domain specific examinations/tests to be conducted by respective agencies viz. SSC, RRBs and IBPS. Based on the score obtained in CET conducted by NRA, candidates may appear in domain specific exam/tests to be conducted by respective recruitment agencies
Government has set up National Recruitment Agency (NRA) on August 28, 2020 as an independent, professional, specialist organization for conduct of computer based online common eligibility test (CET) to shortlist candidates for vacancies of Group ‘B’ Non-Gazetted posts, Group ‘B’ Gazetted posts, which are exempted from consultation with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC); Group ‘C’ posts in the Government and equivalent posts (where no such classifications exist) in instrumentalities of the Government, for which similar eligibility conditions have been prescribed. NRA has been set up to provide the same platform to all candidates at the nearest District HQ and with a view to set a new standard of equity and inclusiveness in recruitment.
NRA would identify language experts to translate the question bank/paper in all regional languages included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, as per requirement and subject to adequate number of candidates opting to take test in the regional language.