Common Eligibility Test (CET) to be conducted for Recruitment in Railways, IBPS and SSC from September 2021

The Central Government has set up a National Recruitment Agency to streamline the recruitment process for select categories of government jobs in India. The Agency would be conducting Common Eligibility Test (CET) in online mode from September 2021 to select the candidates for non-gazetted posts in the central government and public sector banks. There will be a common entrance test for Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) and Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). The agency will conduct separate CETs for the Graduate, the Higher Secondary (12th pass) and the Matriculate (10th pass) candidates.

The aim to conduct the common entrance test is to eliminate multiple tests and save precious time as well as resources. As per the reports, the National Recruitment Agency will set up examination centres in every district of the country

Union Minister Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha that, “NRA will conduct only preliminary screening of candidates. The final recruitment will be done through domain specific examinations/tests to be conducted by respective agencies viz. SSC, RRBs and IBPS. Based on the score obtained in CET conducted by NRA, candidates may appear in domain specific exam/tests to be conducted by respective recruitment agencies. 

He also added that the NRA would identify language experts to translate the question bank/paper in all regional languages included in the 8th schedule of the Constitution, as per requirement and subject to adequate number of candidates opting to take tests in the regional language.

As per the statement, the score obtained by the candidate in the CET 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.

There shall be no restriction on the number of attempts to be taken by a candidate to appear in the CET subject to the upper age limit, the statement said.

The curriculum for this test would be common as would be the standard. This would greatly ease the burden of candidates who are at present required to prepare for each of the examinations separately as per different curriculum,” the central government said in a statement.