The Union Cabinet has decided to set up a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) which will conduct a common preliminary examination for various recruitments in the central government.
Q. What is the need for NRA?
A. As of now, aspirants have to take different exams that are conducted by various agencies for central government jobs. According to Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, on an average 2.5 crore to 3 crore aspirants appear for about 1.25 lakh vacancies in the central government every year.
As and when it will be set up, the NRA will conduct a common eligibility test (CET) and based on the CET score a candidate can apply for a vacancy with the respective agency. So, that is the need for NRA.
Q. Will the NRA conduct a test for all government vacancies?
A. Initially, it will organise a CET to screen/shortlist candidates for the Group B and C (non -technical) posts, which are now being conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railways Recruitment Board (SSC) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). Later on, more exams may be brought under it.
Q. What is its procedure, representation and benefits?
Q. How long will the CET score be valid?
A. The CET score of a 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. While there will be no restriction on the number of attempts to be taken by a candidate to appear in the CET, it will be subject to the upper age limit. However, the 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.
Q. What will be the medium of CET?
A. The CET will be conducted in multiple languages. According to DoPT, the exam will be conducted in 12 languages that are in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.
Q. Will it lead to speedy recruitment?
A. The government says that a single eligibility test would “significantly reduce” the recruitment cycle. Even some of the departments have indicated their intention to do away with any second-level test and go ahead with recruitment on the basis of CET scores, Physical Tests and Medical examination, say sources.