Govt proposes Common Eligibility Test for Group B, Group C Jobs
CET recommended by Modi Govt. for recruitment of Group B and C posts – As per the reports by various news media, Modi Government has proposed to conduct Single examination that is Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment of candidates for Group ‘B’ Non-Gazetted posts, certain Group ‘B’ Gazetted posts, Group ‘C’ posts in the Government bodies through online mode (Computer based) conducted exclusively by a specialized agency
The recruitment for Group B and C posts are currently carried through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). As per the proposal, the specialized agency may start with conducting separate CETs for the Graduate, the Higher Secondary (12th pass) and the Matriculate (10th pass) candidates for non-technical posts.
Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh while explaining the rationale behind introducing CET for such jobs said in a notice that, “At present, candidates seeking government jobs have to appear for multiple separate examinations conducted by various recruiting agencies for posts, for which similar eligibility criterion have been prescribed. These recruitment examinations comprise of multiple layers viz. Tier-I, Tier-Il, Tier-Ill, Skill Tests etc. Ordinarily, the Tier-I examination comprises of a computer-based online multiple choice objective type test.”
He added that, “Every year, approximately 2.5 crore candidates appear in multiple such recruitment examinations for approximately 1 .25 lakh vacancies.”
As the notice by Ministry has put the proposal in the public domain for comments from stakeholders, including Government job aspirants.
Key features of CET proposal
- Common registration of candidates through an on-line Portal.
- Separate CETs may be conducted for the Graduate, the Higher Secondary (12th pass) and the Matriculate (10th pass) candidates for non-technical posts for which recruitment is currently carried through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards(RRBs) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
- The score obtained by the candidate in the GET will be made available to him as well as to the individual recruitment agency.
- The score of a candidate will be valid for a period of three years from the date of declaration of result.
- Each candidate will have two additional chances to improve his score, and the best of all available scores shall be deemed to be the current score of the candidate.
- Final selection for recruitment shall be made through separate specialized examinations to be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies.
As per the notice CET scores can be used by the State Governments/UT Administrations for state government jobs, Central Government Ministries/Departments for any recruitment made other than through the SSC or by the private sector, for consideration of eligible candidates, other than those selected by Government recruitment agencies.
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