By Line: Vinayak Heliwal
The Union Cabinet approved setting up the multi-agency body called the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) on Wednesday to streamline the recruitment process for non-gazetted posts in central government and public sector banks. The National Recruitment Agency will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to screen candidates for Central Government jobs.
The multi-agency body National Recruitment Agency was first proposed and introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2020. The Union Budget mentioned that the new agency will be an “independent, professional, specialist organization and will conduct an exam, which would be known as the Common Eligibility Test, for selection to government jobs “.The National Recruitment Agency will work as a preliminary single -agency to shortlist candidates from the bulk of applicants and move the list ahead to SSC, IBPS, etc to conduct The Mains examination.
The Centre has approved Rs. 1517.57 crore to set up the National Recruitment Agency. Expenditure will be done over three years. Besides setting up the NRA, the central government will also spend on setting up proper examination infrastructure in the 117 aspirational districts. NRA aims to conduct separate exams for 10th pass, 12th pass, and graduate students The scores received in these exams will be valid for 3 years and can be used to apply for the main examination (Tier2 recruitment).
There will be no restrictions for candidates in attempts but there will be an upper age limit for candidates. The best valid score will be considered as the current score. The candidates will have an option to appear for the exams in 12 languages initially and gradually the number will increase in the future. The move will help a large number of rural aspirants who try for Central Government jobs every year. The CET will help aspirants from different parts of the country to take the examination and get equal chances of being selected.
The curriculum for the preliminary test would be common and standard. Candidates will be provided the facility of registering on a common portal and give a choice of centers.
The NRA will set up examination centers in every district of the country to help youths, women especially from rural areas as they won’t be required to travel to another place for giving the recruitment tests.
Commenting on National Recruitment Agency Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Union Cabinet Government’sdecision on Twitter. He said ““The National Recruitment Agency will prove to be a boon for crores of youngsters. 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,”in a tweet