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Cabinet approves National Recruitment Agency for filling Group B, C govt jobs

The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for setting up a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) for conducting the proposed Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment to all Group B and C posts in the Central government and public sector banks.

The agency will initially replace three recruiting agencies – Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and Banking recruitment agency. Around 2.5 crore aspirants take separate, multiple examinations conducted by the agencies for selection to around 1.25 lakh government jobs advertised each year. Now such candidates will need to appear for a single, online CET with the test scores remaining valid for three years.

A proposal to set up NRA for conducting CET was announced by the Union Finance Minister during her budget presentation in Parliament in February this year.

The CET proposal seeks to cut costs, inconvenience and time — for the government, recruiting agencies and candidates — taken in the recruitment process for non-gazetted posts in the government and public sector banks.

The CET score — valid for three years from date of declaration of the result — will be made available to the candidate as well as to the individual recruitment agency. Each candidate will have two additional chances to improve his score, and the best of all scores will be considered. CET merit list may be made available to the states by NRA on a cost-sharing basis, for undertaking recruitment to state government jobs.