One Common Eligibility Test for job seekers in country soon

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet today approved setting up of a ‘National Recruitment Agency’ to conduct the Common Eligibility Test. The merit list of the Common Entrance Test will remain valid for three years during which a candidate can apply for jobs in different sectors depending upon his/her aptitude and preferences.

An official said the decision will benefit job seeking youths of the country. Also, it will bring in ease of recruitment, selection, job placement and ease of living.

The CET will be conducted twice in a year in multiple Indian languages. Every district will have at least one exam centre.

The National Recruitment Agency will be an autonomous society registered under the Societies Act. It will conduct Tier-1 exam online and scores will be available immediately to a candidate.

The NRA will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to screen/shortlist candidates for the Group B and Group C (non-technical) posts.

The NRA will have representatives from the Ministry of Railways, the Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).

It is envisioned that the NRA would be a specialist body bringing the state-of-the-art technology and best practices in the field of Central government recruitment, an official statement said.

For now, the scores of the common test will be used by three major recruitment agencies, but other agencies would be included over a period of time.

Currently, there are more than 20 recruitment agencies in the Central government.

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