With the expert committee set up by the Modi government for recommending modalities to conduct 'one nation, one exam' through the National Recruitment Agency is in the final stages of submitting its report, nearly 2.5 crore job aspirants can sit for the first Common Entrance Test (CET) from April 2022 onwards.
As per the latest update, the Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) is in the final stages of framing the syllabus, scheme of the examination, fee structure and technologies to be adopted for conducting the tests. The report is likely to be submitted in Jan-Feb next year. And the first Common Entrance Test (CET) will begin in April.
Candidates Number Poised To Grow
Though at present, every year, approximately 2.5 crore candidates appear in multiple recruitment examinations for approximately 1.25 lakh Central government, including Public Sector Banks, vacancies, as the CET will for the first time be conducted in 12 Indian languages, including Odia, the candidate count is poised for a big jump.
Nearly 1 lakh candidates from Odisha sit for the competitive exams for the Central Government departments every year when the question paper has been in Hindi and English only.
What Is NRA?
The Modi Government has set up the National Recruitment Agency (NRA), vide order dated 28.08.2020. The recruitment agency will only conduct the first level screening of candidates through a Common Eligibility Test (CET) at the Graduate, the Higher Secondary and the Matriculate levels for the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
Based on the screening of candidates done at the CET, final selection shall be made through specialized tests/examinations to be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies.
- The CET score is valid for three years
- There is no limit in appearing for the CET conducted by NRA
- Every district in the country will have at least one test centre.
A Hint For States
As per Union government notification, the score obtained by candidates in the CET may also be used by the State Governments, the public sector and the private sector in their recruitments, based on a Memorandum of Understanding entered into with NRA.
Since the NRA is yet to resume its operation, as of today, no states have so far signed an MoU with the NRA.
Exams NRA To Conduct From Apr 2022
The following competitive exams conducted by Staff Selection Commission will be conducted by the NRA next year
- Combined Graduate Level (CGL)
- Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL)
- Common exam for General Duty Posts (GD)
- Competitive Exam for Central Police Organisation (CPO)
- Stenographer Exam
- Junior Hindi Translator Exam
- SSC Multi-Tasking Staff Exam (MTS)
- Exam for Selection Posts
The RRB Exams NRA to take over are:
- Non -Technical Popular Categories (NTPC)
- Exam for Group-D posts
Following Bank exams to be conducted by NRA Are:
- Bank Probationary Officer Exam
- Bank Clerical/Assistant Exam