National Recruitment Agency for all government exams to be set up

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The Union Cabinet on August 19, 2020, approved the creation of a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) for conducting a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for various government exams. The Cabinet had taken the “historic” decision at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to benefit crores of young people who apply for jobs every year, said by Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. A total of Rs. 1,517.57 crore is sanctioned for the establishment of NRA for a period of three years. The agency is believed to save the time and money of candidates who apply separately with various agencies.

Important Points about the National Recruitment Agency

  • The agency will conduct Common Eligibility Test for Tier-I level exam for recruitment to various government jobs. Based on the screening done at the CET score level, final selection for recruitment shall be made through separate specialized Tiers (II, III, etc.) of examinations, which shall be conducted by the respective government agencies.

  • The CET would be held separately for three levels – graduate, 12th pass, and 10th pass – for the non-technical posts initially of the three agencies i.e. Railway Recruitment Board, Staff Selection, Commission and Institute of Banking Personnel and Selection. Gradually over 20 central government recruitment agencies would be brought under the NRA, Secretary of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) C. Chandramouli said.

  • For unreserved category candidates, 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. Candidates from the SC/ST/OBC would be given a relaxation in the age of limit as per the government’s policy.

  • The exam would be initially conducted in 12 languages and the attempt would be to expand it further to all languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution as said by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension Jitendra Singh. The exam will be conducted twice a year based on a common curriculum.

  • Scores will be valid for a three-year period. Students can write the test multiple times as there is no limit on the number of attempts and their best score will be taken into account.

There are 1.25 lakh vacancies every year in Group B and Group C

According to the DoPT Secretary, there are 1.25 lakh vacancies every year in Group B and C for non-gazetted officers and about 2.5 crore people apply every year for examinations to fill these vacancies.

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