On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet sanctioned the formation of a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to pursue a common eligibility test for various union jobs.
The Union Cabinet ruled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a decision to set up a NRA. The proposed NRA will conduct a common preliminary test for various jobs under central ministry.
I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said at a meeting chaired by PM Modi that the Cabinet had taken the “historic” decision; this is to benefit the crores of young people who applied for jobs each year.
Who Needs NRA?
As of now, aspirants have to take multiple exams for central union jobs that carried out by diverse agencies. According to C Chandramouli, Secretary, Personnel and Training Department, every year an average of 2.5 crore to 3 crore aspirants appear in the central government for around 1.25 lakh vacancies.
In fact, the NRA will schedule and conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET). After that, an aspirant may apply for a vacancy with the respective agency based on the CET score.
Can the NRA run a test for all jobs in government?
This would initially organize a CET to screen / shortlist applicants for Group B and C (non-technical) posts. Now dealt with by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the RRB and the IBPS. Further exams can put under it later.
The department is to have SSC, IBPS, and RRB experts. It will carry the test out on three levels: graduate, HSC (12th pass) and candidates for the matriculate (10th pass). However, the existing trade agencies (IBPS, RRB, and SCC) will remain in place. Also, the syllabus for CET exams would be common.
In fact, it would set exam centres up in every district of the country, to make it easier for candidates. A special focus will be on setting up exam centers in the 117 ‘Aspirational Districts’. Aspirants have to take part in multiple exams run by multiple firms as in the present system. It has hoped to incur expense on exam fees, shipment, boarding, lodging and other aspects. In conclusion, they expect it that the single exam will reduce the fiscal burden on such candidates.
A candidate’s CET score must be valid for a term of three years from the date it declares the result. Thus, it will be no limit on the number of attempts an applicant has to appear in the CET. In fact, it will be subject to the upper age limit.
The Government says the training period would “slightly reduced” to a single eligibility test. In fact, even some branches have showed their intention to stop any 2nd level test and start recruitment based on CET ratings, physical testing, and medical examination, sources said.
Mediums of CET?
They conduct the CET in several languages. According to DoPT Minister Jitendra Singh, NRA will conduct the exams in 12 languages are in the Indian Constitution’s Eighth Schedule.
Approved amount for the NRA?
The Union Cabinet has approved an amount of Rs 1517.57 crore for the NRA for a 3-year period. However, the money will set up NRA and ‘Aspirational districts’ examination centers.
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