On Wednesday, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said that the NRA (National Recruitment Agency) will start conducting online tests for a select category of government jobs from September.
He said that the Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted by the NRA to shortlist or screen candidates for jobs in the government sector for which recruitment is currently carried out through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPs), and Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs).
In a reply written to the Lok Sabha, Singh said that the NRA will conduct only a preliminary screening of candidates. Through domain-specific examination or tests, the final recruitment will be done by respective agencies viz. RRBs, SSC, and IBPS. Candidates may appear in domain-specific exams/tests to be conducted by respective recruitment agencies based on the score obtained in CET conducted by NRA.
He also said that as per requirement and subject to an adequate number of candidates opting to take tests in the regional language, the NRA would identify language experts to translate the question bank/paper in all regional languages including the 8th schedule of the constitution.
The minister said that it was expected that NRA would start conducting CET from September, 20021 onwards.
He said that the government had set up the NRA, vide order dated August 28, 2020, as a professional, independent, specialist organization for the conduct of the CET exam to shortlist candidates for vacancies of Group ‘B’ Gazetted posts, Group ‘B’ non-Gazetted posts; the Group ‘C’ posts in the government.
Singh said that the NRA has been set up to provide the same platform to all candidates at the nearest District HQ and with a view to set a new standard of inclusiveness and equity in recruitment.