NRA CET Exam 2021

About NRA CET Exam

Union Cabinet approved a proposal to set up National Recruitment Agency that will conduct the Common Eligibility Test (NRA CET) for selection to non-gazetted posts in the central government and public sector banks. National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will conduct the Common Eligibility Test (NRA CET) Exam to select candidates for non-gazetted Group B and C posts of the government. First-level entrance exams (Prelims) conducted by various government organizations will be replaced by the NRA CET. NRA CET will be conducted separately for graduate, 12th pass, and 10th pass students depending upon the educational qualifications and difficulty level. NRA CET will be as a preliminary screening test to select aspirants for the next stage (mains).

The NRA CET will make sure that the aspirants don’t have to appear for multiple preliminary exams for various posts. NRA CET will lessen the burden on the aspirants and will also save money. The NRA CET score will be valid for 3 years. Aspirants can apply for the next level exam (mains) of different posts based on their NRA CET score. NRA CET is planned to be conducted two times a year.

What is the NRA?

NRA stands for National Recruitment Agency. The government has set up a National Recruitment Agency to recruit candidates for non-gazetted posts of government departments. A single agency NRA has been set up to conduct a computer-based common test for different organizations like IBPS, RRBs, and SSC.

NRA would work as an independent agency. The agency is expected to work in a manner similar to the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Which are the Non-Gazetted posts?

Non-gazetted jobs are the government jobs or posts which do not give the person the authority to issue an official stamp on the behalf of the government. In terms of types of jobs, this includes Group B, Group C, and Group D government jobs.

What is the advantage of the NRA CET?

The advantages of NRA include –

The exams and the other recruitment processes for SSC and railways which takes a lot of time, will be faster like IBPS. At present, candidates have to appear in different exams like SSC, Railways, IBPS, etc. which costs a lot of time. After the setup of NRA, money and time both will be saved as a single computer-based online Common Eligibility Test will be conducted.

What is the Common Eligibility Test?

One Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted in place of various Preliminary exams (Tier-1 exam) which were previously conducted by IBPS, RRBs and SSC, and the CET score will be given to the candidate which will be valid for 3 years. Separate CETs will be conducted for graduate and matric level examinations. The list of Qualifying candidates of the CET will be forwarded to different agencies to conduct the mains exam separately. The CET score can also be used by private organizations. The NRA CET exam will be conducted in 12 languages. The NRA CET exam will be conducted two times in a year. The NRA will set up Test centers in every district. The NRA CET exam will come into effect from next year i.e.2021.

Which exams will be covered under NRA CET?

NRA CET exam will mainly replace the prelims exams of the three government agencies: Staff Selection Commission (SSC), RRB (Railway Recruitment Board), and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). Here is the list of all exams covered under NRA CET.

NRA CET Exams List of CET Exam
SSC Steno Group C, D
SSC Selection Post
RRB Group D Exam
NRA CET Banking IBPS PO & Clerk
SBI Clerk & PO
RBI Assistant and Grade B
Other banking exams
LIC LIC Assistant
FCI FCI Assistant
FCI Manager
Central warehousing Clerk

Why this NRA CET is introduced?

The reason for NRA CET is to lessen the burden on aspirants. Currently, there are about 1.25 lakh vacancies in the Central government, at the Group B and C level, often known as non-gazetted officers. About 2.5 crore young men and women apply every year for examinations to fill these vacancies, also appearing for 50 other recruitment tests for positions at public sector banks, railways, police, paramilitary forces and other State and Central government bodies. The recruitment cycle takes at least 18 months and is often spoiled by clashing dates, leaked papers and examination scams.

A Common portal for NRA CET

Under the new NRA CET system, candidates will apply through a common NRA CET registration portal, paying a single entrance fee. They will prepare for a common curriculum. Examination centres for NRA CET exam will be set up in each district, with the Centre committing to invest in the necessary infrastructure for 117 aspirational districts. A standardized question bank with multiple questions of similar difficulty levels will be created in a central server. An algorithm will be used to jumble and dole out different questions, so that each candidate receives a different question paper, reducing the chances of cheating and paper leakage.

NRA CET Scores will be generated quickly, delivered online and be valid for a three-year period. Students can write the NRA CET test multiple times as long as they are within the eligible age limit, with their best CET score being taken into account. Ultimately, the aim is to allow examination by appointment at the convenience of candidates. For now, however, the NRA CET examination will be held once a year.

Exam pattern, syllabus, age limit, eligibility criteria, dates etc. for NRA CET exam

As for now, there is no official announcement for the exam pattern, syllabus, age limit, eligibility criteria, dates, etc. related to the NRA CET exam.

Perhaps, NRA CET will be conducted next year once the recruitment agency is fully set up and ready to conduct the examination process.

Exam pattern for NRA CET:

The exam pattern for the NRA CET exam is not decided yet. We will update the exam pattern on our page once it will be released by the NRA.

Exam syllabus for NRA CET:

The syllabus for the NRA CET exam has not been announced.

The syllabus for each level will be different, i.e. graduate, 10th, and 12th level exams.

Age limit for NRA CET:

The CET exam’s age limit is likely to be the same as the prelims exams:

Maximum Age-40 Years

Minumum Age – 18 years

Eligibility criteria for NRA CET:

It is likely that there won’t be any changes in the eligibility criteria for the CET exam for Banking, SSC & RRB exams.

Ambitiousbaba will update all the exam details once notified by NRA on their official website.

What is this NRA CET score and what is its validity?

The score obtained in the NRA CET exam by the aspirants is called the CET score.

The NRA CET score will be valid for three years. But to improve the score, an aspirant could appear in the NRA CET exam every year.

Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is the full form of NRA?

Ans: The full form of NRA is the National Recruitment Agency.

Q. What is the full form of CET?

Ans: The full form of CET is the Common Eligibility Test.

Q. NRA CET will be conducted for which posts?

Ans: The NRA CET exam will be conducted for non-gazetted posts.

Q. What is the validity of the CET score?

Ans: The CET score is valid for 3 years.

Q. In how many languages the NRA CET exam will be conducted?

Ans: The NRA CET exam will be conducted in 12 languages that are in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Q. From which year NRA CET exam will be conducted?

Ans: The NRA CET exam will come into effect probably from next year i.e.2021.

Q. Which is the 1st state to use CET score?

Ans: Madhya Pradesh is the first state to use the CET score.


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