Common Eligibility Test (CET) for RRB Railways & SSC Exams 2020: Cabinet approves setting up of National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct Govt Exams for Non-Technical Posts

Common Eligibility Test for RRB Railways & SSC Exams 2020 by National Recruitment Agency (NRA): As per the recent Press Release, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for creation of National Recruitment Agency (NRA), to bring a transformation reform in the recruitment process for central government jobs. PM shared the news through his twitter handle stating that “The #NationalRecruitmentAgency will prove to be a boon for crores of youngsters. Through the Common Eligibility Test, it will eliminate multiple tests and save precious time as well as resources. This will also be a big boost to transparency.”
Common Eligibility Test (CET) conducted by National Recruitment Agency (NRA) - Recruitment Reform

Till now various government bodies like Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) or Cell (RRC), Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the major government exams at Pan India level. National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will perform the same role of conducting government exams for Central Govt Jobs across the different states, cities and districts of India. A multi-agency body called the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to screen/shortlist candidates for the Group B and C (non-technical) posts. NRA will have representatives of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, the SSC, RRB & IBPS. It is envisioned that the NRA would be a specialist body bringing the state-of-the-art technology and best practices to the field of Central Government recruitment.
CET by NRA is a recruitment Reform - a major boon for the Youth & Economically Weak Candidates

At present, candidates have to appear for multiple government examinations conducted by multiple agencies at different points of time for similar posts. This places an enormous burden of time and cost on young people. Candidates have to pay fee to multiple recruiting agencies and also have to travel long distances for appearing in various exams. These multiple recruitment examinations are a burden on the candidates, as also on the respective recruitment agencies, involving avoidable/repetitive expenditure, law and order/security related issues and venue related problems. On an average, 2.5 crore to 3 crore candidates appear in each of these examinations. A common eligibility Test would enable these candidates to appear once and apply to any or all of these recruitment agencies for the higher level of examination. This would indeed be a boon to all the candidates.

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