The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Modi today approved the creation of a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for central government jobs. The agency will conduct a CET to screen/shortlist candidates for the Group B and C (non-technical) posts.
Elaborating on the benefits C. Chandramouli, DoPT (Department of Personnel & Training) Secretary said- “There are more than 20 recruitment agencies in the Central government although we are making exams of just three agencies common as of now. In due course, we will be able to have a Common Eligibility Test for all the recruitment agencies.”
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Initially, the scores would be used by the three major recruitment agencies. However, over a period of time, it is expected that other recruitment agencies in the Central Government would adopt the same. Further, it would be open for other agencies in the public as well as a private domain to adopt it if they so choose.
The Government has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 1517.57 crore for the National Recruitment Agency (NRA). The expenditure will be undertaken over a period of three years. Apart from setting up the NRA, costs will be incurred for setting up examination infrastructure in the 117 Aspirational Districts.