CET Exam likely to start from next year for select government recruitment: Jitendra Singh

CET Exam likely to start from next year for select government recruitment: Jitendra Singh

Union Minister Jitendra Singh said “A Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted online across the country from next year to screen and shortlist candidates for recruitment to select central government jobs.

He also said, “The National Recruitment Agency (NRA), a multi-agency body, has been constituted with the approval of the Union Cabinet for conducting Common Eligibility Test”.

♦When will the NRA CET exams start?

  • According to the Union Minister, the first Common Eligibility Test to be conducted by the NRA is likely to be scheduled around the second half of 2021.

♦Which exams will come under NRA as a part of CET?

  • NRA will be responsible for shortlisting candidates for certain categories, mainly the recruitment of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and State Selection Boards (RRBs).
  • The Common Eligibility Test (CET) will conduct by the NRA to screen and select candidates for Group-B and C (non-technical) posts.

Here is the list of all exams covered under NRA CET.

NRA CET Exams List of CET Exam 
  • RRB Group D Exam
NRA CET Banking 
  • IBPS PO & Clerk
  • IBPS RRB PO & Clerk
  • SBI Clerk & PO
  • RBI Assistant and Grade B
  • Other banking exams
  •  LIC Assistant
  •  FCI Assistant
  • FCI Manager
  •  NABARD Assistant
  • NABARD Grade B
Central warehousing
  • Clerk
  • Officer


♦What are the important features of NRA CET?

  • The most significant feature of NRA CET exam is that every district in the country will have at least one examination centre which would significantly increase access to the candidates living in small areas or villages.
  • One of the significant purposes of this NRA CET is to provide a level-playing field to every aspirant so that none of the job aspirants is at disadvantage and has an equal opportunity regardless of his or her background or socio-economic status.

♦The mains examination will not be conducted by NRA:

  • The current central recruiting agencies like IBPS, SSC, and RRBs would continue to conduct specific recruitments as per their requirements and the Common Eligibility Test will only be the test for preliminary screening of candidates for the jobs.

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