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Wednesday, August 19, 2020




  • Now exempt from various examination for government jobs, NRA will conduct Common Eligibility Entrance Test
  • At present there are more than 20 central recruitment agencies but only 3 examinations are becoming common
  • The government said the common test would benefit job-seeking youth

The cabinet meeting was held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The details of the decisions taken at the cabinet meeting were given by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in a press conference. The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) has been given the power to conduct CET (Common Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for the subordinate posts.

The merit list of Common Entrance Test will be valid for 3 years

Commenting on the decision of the cabinet, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that today young people have to pass many exams for jobs.  Instead, the National Recruitment Agency will now take the Common Eligibility Test.  In this regard, Minister Jitendra Singh said that the merit list of this Common Entrance Test will be valid for 3 years.  It will benefit the youth.  Prakash Javadekar said there are about 20 recruitment agencies in the country.  The government has taken an important decision to end all this.  Prakash Javadekar said that this demand of the youth was there for years.  However, no decision has been taken so far.  The decision will also alleviate the suffering of the youth and save them money.  Youngsters will now have the opportunity to go beyond a single exam.

Cabinet today approved setting up of National Recruitment Agency to conduct Common Eligibility Test.

Briefing media this afternoon, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar termed it as historic decision which will benefit job seeking youth of the country.

He said, this fulfils long standing demand of the youth of the country. The National Recruitment Agency will conduct a Common Eligibility Test to screen and shortlist candidates for the Group B and C (non-technical) posts. NRA will have representatives of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance, SSC, RRB and IBPS.

Special focus on creating examination infrastructure in the 117 Aspirational Districts would go a long way in affording access to candidates at a place nearer to where they reside.

The CET score of the candidate shall be valid for a period of 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.

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.

Relaxation in the upper age limit shall be given to candidates of SC/ST/OBC and other categories as per the extant policy of the Government.

Candidates would have the facility of registering on a common portal and give a choice of Centres.

Government has sanctioned a sum of 1517.57 crore rupees for the National Recruitment Agency.

The expenditure will be undertaken over a period of three years. National Recruitment Agency will ensure transparency and ease in recruitment process, both for the candidate and the recruiting organisation.

CET scores can be shared with Central and State Governments, PSUs, private sector thus reducing recruitment costs of these organisations. Initially the NRA will conduct CET twice a year.

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