NRA CET for SSC, Bank, Railway exams

CET for SSC Exams 2020-2021; CET for Bank exams 2020-2021; NRA CET for Railway 2020-2021


CET for SSC, Bank, Railway exams: CET for SSC Exams 2020-2021; CET for Bank exams 2020-2021; NRA CET for Railway 2020-2021


NRA (National Recruitment Agency) CET (Common Eligibility TEST)  has been approved by the union cabinet to streamline the recruitment process for Bank, Railway and SSC exam categories for all non gazetted posts. Now the new agency National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will conduct all the competitive exams.

Every year more than 2 crores of aspirants sit for various examinations for government jobs.

After the decision has come into force, now NRA will work as a preliminary window for all preliminary or tier-1 examinations to shortlist eligible and qualifying candidates from the bulk and then forward the list to the Bank, SSC, Railway departments to hold the mains examination process.

What is NRA CET (Common Eligibility Test)?

What will be the syllabus of CET for SSC and Railway exams and how to prepare for it?

NRA CET syllabus for SSC, Railway and Exam Pattern can be checked by clicking on the link given below.

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It will conduct CET (Common Eligibility Test)  for Government Jobs to screen/shortlist candidates for Group B and C (non-technical) posts.
It will be a specialist body that will bring state-of-the-art technology and best practices to the field of Central Government recruitment.

How SSC and Railway will recruit through CET Exam?

In this process, Only one exam for all categories like Bank, SSC, and Railways will be conducted. This will work as a single-window screening test where students will not have to appear for multiple exams. Exams will be conducted for only non-gazetted posts. This will reduce the burden of multiple exams on candidates.

Once the screening process is over, a list of the qualifying candidates with their scorecard will be forwarded to the respective recruiting body (IBPS, SSC, RRB). After which second round of selection will be done which will be more specialized now.

Some Important Points:

1. The hiring of all clerical post and non gazetted posts will be done through CET only. No separate exam will be conducted.

2. The exam will be conducted for all three levels of graduate, higher secondary, and matriculate candidates.

3. Final selection will be done through mains exam and interview or tier-2/3/4 or as applicable by the respective recruiting agencies.

4. CET would enable aspirants to apply for any of the said examinations.

5. The curriculum or examination pattern would be the same for each category. This would reduce the burden of preparing differently for different exam category.

6. Candidates would be able to log in on a common portal and would be given centres of their choice based on the availability.

7. This test would be available in a Number of languages this will be helpful for aspirants from different parts of India.

8. NRA will set up an examination centre in each district of the country to help the youth and females from far-flung areas.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to NRA CET exam:

What is NRA (National Recruitment Agency) ?

NRA is a testing agency which would be responsible for conducting the preliminary ‘eligibility’ examination for non-gazetted posts. This includes the banking jobs in government sector banks, railway jobs (RRB) and SSC jobs. The agency, to be set up under the Societies Registration Act would have representatives of the Ministry of Railways, Department of Financial Services, the SSC, RRB and IBPS.

What is CET?

CET stands for Common Eligibility Test. NRA would conduct an online CET which would serve as a screening or a preliminary examination for various non-gazetted government jobs including the RRBs, IBPS (banking jobs) and the SSC jobs (CGL, CHSL, etc.). It would only be the first level of examination which can be taken by the candidates.

How Many Levels CET would be conducted for?

Separate CET’s to be conducted for three levels of eligibility –

Higher secondary (12th)
Matriculate (10th pass)
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In how many languages the NRA CET exam will be conducted?

The NRA CET will be conducted in multiple languages. According to Minister of DoPT Jitendra Singh, the exam will be conducted in 12 languages that are in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

Which All Exam NRA CET will cover?

Initially NRA CET would cover recruitment exams for Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS Clerk/ PO) and Staff Selection Commission (SSC CHSL, CGL, Steno Group C, D, JHT, etc.). These would then be expanded to other non-gazetted posts.

Who will make the Final Selection List?

Based on the CET score, the final selection to be made through separate specialized Tier 2/ Tier 3 examinations conducted by the respective recruitment agency.

Do I have to appear for different CET’s for RRBs, IBPS, SSC Jobs?

No. Separate CETs would be not be conducted as per different agencies/departments like RRB, IBPS, SSC etc.
Separate CETs would only be conducted for jobs that require different education qualifications like – minimum high school certificate (Class 10), minimum higher secondary or Class 12 certificate and Graduation.
If the jobs applied for requiring the same level, the candidate need not appear for separate CETs.

Would I have to appear for other exams after clearing CET?

Yes. If you qualify the CET, then you would need to appear for the second and third rounds of the recruitment. The NRA would only screen for basic aptitude and the actual selection would be based on the recruitment criteria specified for the jobs by the respective recruitment agencies – RRB, SSC and IBPS.

What would be the validity of CET?

NRA CET score would be valid for three years. It means that once a candidate qualifies CET, he/she need not appear for the examination for three years and would be eligible to appear for the various recruitment examinations conducted in the three years – depending on the age limit set by the recruiting agency. Also, candidates can appear for another CET examination for score improvement.

What is the Syllabus for NRA CET?

Syllabus for NRA CET will be announced once the NRA becomes functional. It is expected syllabus would be in line with the current syllabus for the preliminary examinations for various levels of examinations.

What will be the frequency of exam conduction?

Initially the exam would be conducted twice every year in online mode.

Will our CET Score will be shared with other companies?

Ans: CET scores will be shared with the central government, state government, UTs, PSUs, Private sector to facilitate more employment generation.

How many numbers of attempts are there for NRA CET?

No restriction on a number of attempts by the candidate, subject to upper age limit prescribed.

Will CET conduct a screening test this year?

This process will come into force from next year(2021). The syllabus and sections(name of the subjects) are yet to be informed. Over 1000 centres will be set up to conduct the CET examination.

How many such screening exams will be conducted in a year?

Two exams will be conducted in a year and scores will be valid for three years. The best of the valid score shall be deemed to be the current valid score of the aspirants.

What is the process after CET result is declared?

After the declaration of common eligibility test, the list of qualifying candidates under each category like SSC, Bank and Railway will be forwarded to the respective agencies to conduct the next level of the examination.


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