NRA to start conducting online test for govt jobs from Sep: Jitendra Singh
New Delhi: The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) would start conducting online test for select category of government jobs from September, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday.
The NRA will conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) to screen/shortlist candidates for jobs in government sector for which recruitment is currently carried out through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), he said.
“NRA will conduct only preliminary screening of candidates. The final recruitment will be done through domain specific examinations/tests to be conducted by respective agencies viz. SSC, RRBs and IBPS. Based on the score obtained in CET conducted by NRA, candidates may appear in domain specific exam/tests to be conducted by respective recruitment agencies,” Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
The NRA would identify language experts to translate the question bank/paper in all regional languages included in the 8th schedule of the Constitution, as per requirement and subject to adequate number of candidates opting to take test in the regional language, he said.
“It is expected that NRA would start conducting CET from September, 2021 onwards,” the minister said.
The government has set up the NRA, vide order dated August 28, 2020, as an independent, professional, specialist organisation for conduct of computer based online Common Eligibility Test (CET) to shortlist candidates for vacancies of Group ‘B’ Non-Gazetted posts, Group ‘B’ Gazetted posts, which are exempted from consultation with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC); Group ‘C’ posts in the government and equivalent posts (where no such classifications exist) in instrumentalities of the government, for which similar eligibility conditions have been prescribed, he said.
“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 equity and inclusiveness in recruitment,” Singh said.
‘CET score can be used by state govts for recruitment’
New Delhi: The state governments can use the score obtained by candidates in the online Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday.
The mandate of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) is to conduct first-level screening of candidates through the CET at the graduate, higher secondary and matriculate levels for the Staff Selection Commission, Railway Recruitment Boards and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, he said.
Based on the screening done at the CET, final selection shall be made through specialised tests/examinations to be conducted by respective recruitment agencies, Singh said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
“The score obtained by candidates in CET may also be used by the state governments in their recruitment, on the basis of a memorandum of understanding entered into with NRA,” he said.
“Subject to adequate number of candidates opting to take test in any of the regional languages included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution,” the minister said in response to a question “whether tests would be conducted in regional languages?”
The government has set up the NRA, vide order dated August 28, 2020, as an independent, professional, specialist organisation for conducting CET.