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National Recruitment Agency

Date: 20 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous


The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of National Recruitment Agency, an independent body to conduct examination for government jobs.



The setting up of such an agency to conduct a common eligibility test (CET) was announced in the Union Budget by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in February.



  • The central government agencies — Railway Recruitment Board, Staff Selection Commission and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection — will be brought under National Recruitment Agency.

  • The agency will have representatives from SSC, IBPS, and RRB. The test will be conducted for three levels: graduate, higher secondary (12th pass) and the matriculate (10th pass) candidates.

  • The National Recruitment Agency will conduct the Tier-1 examination for these three agencies online. Examination centres will be set up in each district, with the Centre committing to invest in the necessary infrastructure for 117 aspirational districts.

  • The examinations will be conducted in 12 languages. The examination will be conducted based on a common curriculum. There will be a common registration, single fee, and the candidate need not travel outside the district to appear for the examination.

  • A standardised question bank with multiple questions of similar difficulty levels will be created in a central server.

  • An algorithm will be used to jumble and dole out different questions, so that each candidate receives a different question paper, reducing the chances of cheating and paper leakage.

  • Scores will be generated quickly, delivered online, and be valid for a three-year period. Students can write the test multiple times as long as they are within the eligible age limit, with their best score being taken into account.

  • The government says that a single eligibility test would “significantly reduce” the recruitment cycle. Even some of the departments have indicated their intention to do away with any second-level test and go ahead with recruitment on the basis of CET scores, Physical Tests and Medical examination.

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