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National Recruitment Agency

Date: 20 August 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

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

 

Background

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.

 

Details

  • 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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