August 19, 2020
NRA will reduce the recruitment cycle, standardise the examination pattern, and cut costs for recruiting agencies by Rs.6 billion
Approximately 125,000 government jobs are advertised every year for which 25 million aspirants appear in various examinations
Examination in their local district would encourage more women candidates to apply for government jobs - a critical target
The CET to be conducted in 12 languages. In the past, recruitment exams to Central Government jobs were held only in English, Hindi
The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on August 19 approved the proposal to set up the National Recruitment Agency (NRA), marking a paradigm shift in government recruitment. At present, candidates seeking government jobs have to appear for separate examinations conducted by multiple recruiting agencies for various posts. Candidates have to pay fees to multiple recruiting agencies and also have to travel long distances for appearing in various exams. The NRA promises to streamline the recruitment process, benefitting government operations.
Approximately 125,000 government jobs are advertised every year for which 25 million aspirants appear in various examinations. A common eligibility Test would enable these candidates to appear once and apply to any or all of these recruitment agencies for the higher level of examination. The NRA will now conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment to non-gazetted posts in the Government and public sector banks. This test aims to replace multiple examinations conducted by different recruiting agencies for selection to government jobs with a single online test.
Features of the NRA:
Advantages for Applicants:
Advantages for Institutions:
The NRA, with a budget of Rs.15.2 billion for three years, will be a Society registered under the Societies Registration Act. It will be headed by a Chairman at the rank of a Secretary to the Government. It will have representatives of the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance, the Department of Financial Services, the SSC, RRB, and IBPS. The Government also plans to provide outreach and awareness facility to assist candidates from rural and remote areas to familiarize them with the online examination system. Additionally, a 24×7 helpline will be set up for resolving queries and complaints.
The NRA is built on the line of the Government’s commitment to digitise a wide range of services and operations, making them more efficient and accessible. The platform will not just improve recruitment of the best talent to the Government, it will also help deliver increased parity in access to opportunities. This will contribute to enhancing the country’s socio-economic development.