Modi's "one nation-one recruitment exam" comes,NRA to conduct single CET for Central Govt, Bank jobs

The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 approved a proposal to set up National Recruitment Agency (NRA) that will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment to non-gazetted posts in the central government and public sector banks. The move is aimed to achieve Modi's aim of introducing "one nation-one recruitment exam"

"The National Recruitment Agency will prove to be a boon for crores of youngsters," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet. "This decision will benefit job seeking youth of the country," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

There will be single entrance examination for all non-gazetted posts — Group B and C posts. Candidates who qualify this Common Entrance Test (CET) can apply to any recruitment agencies for higher level of examination. The score will be valid for three years during which candidate can apply for jobs in different sectors depending upon his/her aptitude and preferences.

"Through the Common Eligibility Test, it will eliminate multiple tests and save precious time as well as resources. This will also be a big boost to transparency," Narendra Modi added.

"Cabinet Decision to set up National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct Common Eligibility Test (CET) for preliminary selection to various Government vacancies is a revolutionary reform. This will bring ease of recruitment, ease of selection and thereby ease of living for aspirant candidates," Union Minister Jitendra Singh said.

National Recruitment Agency will conduct a common eligibility test for Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and the Institute of Banking Service Personnel (IBPS). "There are almost more than 20 recruitment agencies in central govt. Although we are making exams of only three agencies common as of now, in course of time we will be able to have Common Eligibility Test for all recruitment agencies, C Chandramouli, secretary to the government said in the Cabinet meeting.

“Further, it would be open for other agencies in the public as well as private domain to adopt it if they so choose. Thus, in the long run, the CET score could be shared with other recruiting agencies in the Central Government, State Governments/Union Territories, Public Sector Undertaking and Private Sector. This would help such organizations in saving costs and time spent on recruitment," the Union cabinet said in a statement.

The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) was first proposed by the government in the Union Budget 2020. The agency will be an "independent, professional, specialist organisation and will conduct an exam, which would be known as the Common Eligibility Test, for selection to government jobs," Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned in the Union Budget. "It will provide level playing field, a great boon particularly for economically deprived who cannot afford travelling to multiple centres, youth in far flung areas with difficulty to reach different centres and women candidates who are unable to travel to different cities because of constraints of travel and stay," Singh added.