National Recruitment Agency (NRA) – Key features and Benefits

National Recruitment Agency (NRA) – Key features and Benefits

The central government of India is all set to make revolutionary reforms in the recruitment process of government jobs. Under these reforms, the government has given the permission for the creation of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA). Under the new scheme, NRA will conduct a single Common Eligibility Test (CET) for all the non-technical posts of Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’.

Those candidates who will clear the Common Eligibility Test will then be allowed to take the main recruitment exams to be conducted by various departments. The validity of this CET examination will be 3 years. The decision for the creation of NRA is taken on 19th August 2020 by the union cabinet headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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What will the structural Changes?

Under this reform there will be many structural changes in the recruitment process as given below

  • NRA will conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) which will act as the screening or preliminary examination for various non-gazetted government jobs like SSC Jobs (CHSL, CGL, etc.), RRB, IBPS, etc.
  • Only those candidates who will clear the NRA CET exam will be allowed to take part in the further recruitment process of non-gazetted government jobs of Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’.
  • The Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted at three different levels i.e. graduate level, higher secondary level, and matriculate level.
  • The newly formed agency i.e. NRA will have representatives from various recruitment agencies like the Ministry of Railways, Department of Financial Services, the SSC, RRB and IBPS.

Key Features of NRA and CET

Here are some details shared by the government regarding the NRA and common Eligibility test (CET) to be conducted.

  • NRA will be an independent agency whose headquarter will be in New Delhi.
  • The NRA will conduct the CET examination twice in a calendar year.
  • Everything regarding the Common Eligibility Test (CET) from registration to examination and release of the merit list will take place in online mode only.
  • The CET will be conducted in 12 different languages.
  • Only objective type multiple choice questions will be asked according to the syllabus in the Common Entrance Test (CET).
  • A very high security standard will be followed by the NRA to conduct a fair examination.
  • The result of CET will be available just after the examination.
  • A candidate will be allowed to appear for the CET exam as many numbers of times as he/she wants unless he/she reaches the maximum age.
  • There will an exam centre in every district. More than one thousand exam centre will be opened all over the country.
  • In the first stage, RRB, IBPS, and SSC are linked up with the NRA and CET.
  • The government has allotted Rs. 1518 crore for the NRA to be spent in the time span of three years.
  • The government also has plans to include the state recruitment board and private sector in this scheme.
  • Candidates from reserved categories will continue to get the reservation of benefits.
  • The eligibility of CET will be 3 years.

Benefits of Common Entrance Test (CET) and NRA

The introduction of NRA and CET will be beneficial for both students and exam conducting agencies as explained below.

Advantages for candidates

  • With the introduction of CET, the hassle of apply for multiple examinations will be removed for the candidates.
  • The financial burden will be less as the application fee need to be paid for one examination only.
  • The NRA will conduct the examination in every district. So, it will reduce the cost of travelling and lodging costs that students have to bear now.
  • Examination in their own district will also encourage more candidates to apply for the government job.
  • Candidates never have to worry about the clashing of dates of various examinations.
  • Aspirants just need to register through a single registration portal in order to apply for multiple government jobs.
  • The recruitment process will take less time.

Advantages of recruitment agencies

  • The hassle of conducting screening and preliminary examination will be removed.
  • The introduction of CET will reduce the recruitment cycle up to a great extent.
  • This process will also bring standardization in the examination pattern.
  • Due to the common eligibility test (CET) the cost of recruitment for various agencies will decrease drastically. It is expected that with the introduction of this scheme, agencies will save around Rs. 600 crores.

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