The Union Cabinet has given its approval to set up a National Recruitment Agency to conduct Common Eligibility Test, said Union Minister of State Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh on Wednesday.
Talking to media persons in New Delhi, he said the decision marked a paradigm shift in the government recruitment process. The National Recruitment Agency will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to screen and shortlist candidates for the Group B and C (non-technical) posts and provide a level playing field to all candidates. About 1000 centres, one in each district, will be set up, where candidates can take the test. It will help candidates from interior and hilly areas, and particularly girl candidates. The NRA will come into force from next year and will be headquartered in Delhi.
He hoped that in the near future the private sector too would join the NRA.
There will be two tests per year under NRA and the scores of the candidates will remain valid for three years. Besides Hindi and English, tests will be conducted in 12 languages in due course and efforts will be made to include all languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. A CET would enable about three crore candidates who appeared for different recruitment examinations to appear once and apply to any or all of these recruitment agencies for the higher level of examination, he added.