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Common Entrance Test (CET) to Replace CGL and other Banking Exams

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Apr 1, 2019

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The Central Government is planning to conduct a Common Entrance Test (CET) for SSC and Banking aspirants across India. The sole aim for this decision is to make the competitive examinations highly transparent. It’s been in news that in the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has proposed to replace SSC and other banking exams with a Common Entrance Test (CET) from 2019. The Hon’ble Finance Ministry, Mr. Arun Jaitley has also proposed the Government to conduct CET for recruitment to Group ‘B’ and lower level posts in the Govt. departments across India. With the introduction of this Common Entrance Test, the recruitment process will become fair. 

In case, CET comes into play, students have to register themselves on the official website of the National Carrier Services (NCS), Ministry of Labour and Employment. On successful registration, students will be allotted a unique id.


What is the purpose of Common Entrance Test (CET)?

The main purpose of CET is to:

  • Bring transparency in all the recruitment examinations in the Govt. departments and also to conduct the exams systematically and in fair manner.
  • Overcome the irregularities and misconduct in the exam.

Reason for conducting CET by the Govt.

It has been observed from previous year’s data that most of the Govt. examinations failed for some reason. SSC has totally failed to conduct examinations due to poor management and in conducting exam in a free and fair manner. So, to overcome this issue, the Central Government is planning to conduct Common Entrance Test (CET) instead of so many Govt. recruitment examinations. As, it is easy to control one examination than numerous exams. As per reports published by the Staff Selection Commission, it cancelled around nine examinations partially or completely in last five years.

Check SSC CGL Application Forms


What will be the impact of CET on SSC 2019, RRB 2019 and Banking 2019 aspirants?

If CET comes into picture, it will replace the preliminary or Stage 1 examination which are conducted by all the recruitment agencies of the Govt. of India.

  • The score obtained in CET 2019 will determine whether you are eligible to appear for Tier-II in respective examinations or not.
  • CET Score remains valid or acceptable for two years.
  • The recruiting agencies will independently conduct the Tier-II examination.
  • CET is likely to be conducted mainly in three levels namely Matriculation level, Higher Secondary (10+2) level and Graduation level.

Merits of Common Entrance Test (CET)

CET is going to be the successful step of Govt. of India as it will decrease the number of entrance tests conducted by various Govt. departments and this in turn will save a lot of money of the Govt. You will get jobs in departments of State Govt., Central Govt. and public sector enterprises.

Demerits of Common Entrance Test

CET will be conducted in English and Hindi language only. It will not be available in other regional languages. This could be a major problem for candidates who come from a particular region and are preparing for Govt. jobs in regional language.


CET 2019 Rajya Sabha Official Report

As per the report, it has been decided by the Government of India that from 2019, only one level of CETs will be conducted i.e. at the Graduation level. This means that SSC CGL 2019 Tier I and RRB NTPC 2019 and Banking Preliminary exams will be conducted in February 2019. Later on from 2020, all the three levels of CET will be conducted.

CET is really very good as you can directly apply to various recruitment drives conducted by the State Govt./ PSUs/ Private Sector just with CET score.

So, it’s a good step by the Govt. of India as it is really very beneficial for each and everyone and CET ensures transparency in Govt. examinations.


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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