Pradeep Singh

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Monday informed that a Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted online across the country from next year to screen and shortlist candidates for recruitment to select central government jobs.

The first CET is likely to be conducted around the second half of 2021. "The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) for conducting CET has been constituted with the approval of the Union Cabinet," said Singh.

The NRA will be a multi-agency body that will conduct the exam to screen and shortlist candidates for Group-B and C (non-technical) posts, the Minister of State for Personnel said.

"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," PTI quoted Singh as saying.

He further said that it will provide a level-playing field for every candidate and give equal opportunity to candidates regardless of their background or socio-economic status.

Meanwhile, the existing central recruiting agencies like SSC, RRBs and IBPS will continue to conduct specific recruitments as per their requirements and the CET will only be the test for preliminary screening of candidates for the jobs, Singh added.