December 29, 2020: On Monday, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that from next year onwards, a Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted online across the country to screen and shortlist candidates for recruitment to select central government jobs. According to him, the test will be a major boon for youths seeking government employment.
Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel said, “The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) for conducting Common Eligibility Test has been constituted with the approval of the Union Cabinet.”
The NRA will work as a multi-agency body which will be responsible for conducting the common test to screen and shortlist candidates for Group-B and C (non-technical) posts, he said. According to Singh, “The most significant feature of this reform is that every district in the country will have at least one examination centre which would greatly enhance access to the candidates living in far-flung areas.”
This historic reform is taking place keeping many important objectives in hindsight, one of them being a level-playing field is provided to every candidate so that none of the job aspirants is at disadvantage and has an equal opportunity regardless of his or her background or socio-economic status.
The minister further claimed, “This will also be a huge benefit to women and divyang candidates as well as those who find it financially unaffordable to appear for multiple tests by travelling to multiple centres.” Singh also informed that the first Common Eligibility Test to be conducted by the NRA is likely to be scheduled around the second half of 2021.
The NRA will be an independent autonomous organisation responsible for shortlisting candidates for certain categories the recruitment for which is carried through Staff Selection Commission (SSC), State Selection Boards (RRBs) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), as Singh pointed out. He further added, “However, the existing central recruiting agencies like SSC, RRBs and IBPS would continue to conduct specific recruitments as per their requirements and the Common Eligibility Test will only be the test for preliminary screening of candidates for the jobs.”
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