The Union Cabinet has approved of setting up the National Recruitment Agency which is a multi-agency body that will conduct Central Eligibility Test or CET. The test is designed to screen candidates for Group B and C exams. Earlier, the candidates had to visit different exam portals and appear in separate exams conducted for the specific posts. Similar eligibility is required for all these examinations. This led to multiple exams and resources being used for them and also made the entire process time consuming. The procedure is tiring and a burden for the candidates as well as the recruiting board due to the repetitive expenditure related to security, law and order and exam venues. Approximately 2.5 to 3 crore candidates appear for all these exams every year. With one exam which is the CET, the procedure will be simplified for the candidates and they can apply for all the agencies which are relevant to the exam. This will also make the process transperant and as per the new norms of NRA, the latest state of the art technologies will be used for conducting the exam. NRA gets green signal from Union Cabinet
The following are some of the important points and features to note about the National Recruitment Agency:
- The CET exam will be conducted twice a year by NRA.
- The entire application and registration procedure will be done online through the dedicated website.
- There will be option to appear for the CET exam in different languages which will facilitate people from different parts of the country to get equal opportunities for qualifying the exam.
- The exam will be conducted in CBT format and the score will be valid for three years.
- There will be an exam centre in every district of the country and so far there are 117 districts that has been marked. Approximately 1000 centres will be there for the exam. Candidates who are located in the remotest corner of the country will benefit from this step.
- Candidates from economically weaker segment will benefit immensely as there will be only one exam and hence one-time fees payment. The issue of paying different amount of fees for multiple exams will be eradicated. Apart from that, the trouble of lodging, fooding and other activities will also be removed when there is only one exam to attend.
- There will be no restrictions to number of attempts by the candidate though it is a subject to the upper age limit prescribed.
- Candidates can register through a common portal for the exam and also convey choice of exam centre. The aim is to make sure candidates have their choice of centre for sure.
- Women will benefit greatly as they can avoid trouble with arranging travel and lodging every time their exam centre is located far away. NRA will also ensure that candidates from underprivileged sectors and women in particular get better access.
- CET will be conducted for graduate, 12th pass and 10th pass separately.
- Based on the score that candidates have in the exam, the final selection will be done through separate Tiers of the examination which will be conducted by respective recruitment agencies.
- A sum of INR 1,517.57 crore has been approved for NRA. Cost has also been incurred for setting up exam centers in the 117 districts.
- Clashing of exam dates will also be avoided through this initiative.
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.