Updated: Aug 24, 2020
On Wednesday, the Cabinet approved the proposal to set up a “National Recruitment Agency (NRA)” to conduct a common examination for jobs in government and state-owned banks. Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that this “historic decision” was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This Common Eligibility Test (CET) will help "youngsters of the country find jobs easily”, said Javadekar. This common examination will remove the hassle of multiple tests for various government jobs and make the process smoother and easier Candidates have to appear in multiple examinations for jobs in government and state owned banks and have to pay repetitive fee for different examinations. The NRA will remove these pain points with a common test for multiple government jobs. The NRA will save the resources and precious time of candidates spent on multiple examinations.
The NRA will hold online exams for non-gazetted government posts and each district will have at least one exam centre. The score would be valid for three years in these tests and the applicant would have the opportunity to take the exam again to boost the score. In the selection process the best of the three scores will be used. The Common Eligibility Test (CET) would be available in a number of languages. This would greatly facilitate people from different parts of the country to take the exam and have an equal opportunity of being selected.
Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh called this a "Historic, Visionary & Revolutionary Reform” in the field of recruitment for central government jobs.