New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has given its approval for the creation of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA). This paves the way for a transformational reform in the recruitment process for central government jobs.
National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to shortlist candidates for the Group B and C (non-technical) posts. NRA will have representatives of the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, the SSC, and RRB & IBPS.
At present, candidates seeking government jobs have to appear for separate examinations conducted by multiple recruiting agencies for various posts, for which similar eligibility conditions have been prescribed. Candidates have to pay a fee to multiple recruiting agencies and also have to travel long distances for appearing in various exams. A common eligibility Test would enable these candidates to appear once and apply to any or all of these recruitment agencies for the higher level of examination. A single examination would reduce the financial burden on candidates to a large extent.
The CET score of the candidate shall be valid for a period of three years from the date of declaration of the result. There will also be no other restrictions on the number of attempts to be taken by a candidate to appear in the CET subject to the upper age limit.
NRA shall conduct a separate CET each for the three levels of graduate, higher secondary (12th pass) and the matriculate (10th pass) candidates for those non-technical posts to which recruitment is presently carried out by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).