NRA CET for 12th Class: Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Aug 23, 2021, 22:47

After completing your 12th, finding a job and building your career will be topmost on your list of priorities. When at crossroads, the prospect of a job in the government sector will appeal to you.

Speaking at the launch of the e-Book Civil List-​2021 of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, Union Minister Jitender Singh stated that the Common Eligibility Test (CET) is in the first quarter of 2022.

The initiative is to shortlist and recruit aspirants for jobs in varied government sectors. Continue reading to know more about NRA CET after the 12th.

NRA CET for 12th Pass - All You Need to Know

The Government of India has set up the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct CET. 

  • The NRA exam is for non-gazetted and non-technical government jobs under Group B, C, and D.
  • Before the year 2021, a series of preliminary exams were conducted for the 3 sectors. From 2021, there will be only one exam.
  • Those who have appeared and passed in the NRA CET for the 12th pass exam will be shortlisted and tested in the corresponding stages, conducted by the Banking, SSC, or Railways sectors.

Keep reading for detailed information concerning NRA CET 2021 Syllabus and Exam pattern.

NRA CET for 12th Pass - Important Points for Aspirants

  • There is no limit for the number of attempts to exam for candidates. The only criterion is to be eligible for the exam. 
  • The NRA conducts CET Exam for 12th pass students across India, and the question paper is in 12 different languages.
  • The scores of the exam, conducted twice a year, is valid for 3 consecutive years. 
  • Candidates may answer the exam in a center close to their home, as NRA also has exam centers in remote locations and districts.
  • Note that the exam has negative markings.

NRA CET - Exams Included

Check the figure to know the included exams in the NRA CET exams.

NRA CET ExamsList of CET Exam
  • SSC Steno Group C, D
  • RRB Group D Exam
NRA Cet Banking
  • IBPS PO & Clerk
  • IBPS RRB PO & Clerk
  • SBI Clerk & PO
  • Other Banking exams

NRA CET for 12th Pass Eligibility Criteria 2021

All aspirants must fulfill the eligibility criteria completely. Scroll down to known if you are eligible.


The candidate should be,

  • A citizen of India or Nepal/Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee settled in India before January 1st, 1962
  • A person of foreign origin, at present a permanent resident of India
Age LimitThe age limit varies for each exam. All categories are the same age criterion.
Educational Qualification12th pass from a recognized board
Reservation10% reservation for EWS and PWD (yet to be confirmed)

NRA Common Eligibility Test Syllabus 2021

The NRA has not intimated the syllabus for CET 2021. It is expected for the exam pattern to remain the same. Reference to the syllabus of SSC, IBPS, and RRB exams shows that the CET syllabus could have the following four subjects:

1. NRA Common Eligibility Test (CET) Syllabus - Vocabulary

The first section of CET tests the vocabulary and grammar skills of the aspirant. Take a look at the syllabus below:

NRA CET  syllabus - vocabulary

2. NRA CET Syllabus 2021 - Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus  

Under Quantitative Aptitude, the topics to be studied are:

  • Number systems 
  • Fundamental arithmetical operations 
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration

Scroll down for a detailed syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude.

NRA CET Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus 2021

3. NRA CET Syllabus 2021 - General Intelligence & Reasoning  

The subject topics are:

  • Analogy
  • Symbolic operations
  • Number analogy
  • Trends
  • Semantic series
  • Number series
  • Figural classification

Critical thinking, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, and world-building are also part of the syllabus. You can expect both verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions. 

NRA CET Syllabus 2021 - General Intelligence & Reasoning

4. NRA CET Syllabus 2021 General Awareness Syllabus 2021 

In preparation for the exam, candidates have a thorough outline knowledge of India and its neighboring countries concerning:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Culture
  • General policy
  • Scientific research. 

Here is the NRA CET syllabus for the general awareness section.NRA CET Syllabus 2021 General Awareness Syllabus 2021

NRA CET Exam Pattern 2021

The expectation is that the exam pattern for 2021 is the same as that of the SSC, IBPS, and RRB exams. 

NRA CET Exam Pattern 2021

NRA CET 2021 for 12th Pass Selection Process 

The selection process is as follows:

  • Aspirants must appear for the exams and pass the same. 
  • On passing the exams, the aspirant is shortlisted for and tested further by the respective boards.

NRA CET for 2021 12th Pass - Cut-Off Marks  

It is a three-level exam with varying cut-off marks for each. The cut-off mark is dependent on the following:

  • Number of candidates appearing for the exam
  • Number of vacancies to be filled
  • The level of difficulty

NRA CET 2021 Books for 12th Pass

Aspirants may refer to the following books to prepare for the exams.

Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative Aptitude For Competitive ExaminationsR.S. Aggarwal
EnglishObjective General EnglishS.P. Bakshi, Arihant
Quantitative AptitudeElementary and Advanced MathematicsKiran Prakashan
General AwarenessManorama YearbookManorama
General AwarenessLucent's General Knowledge (English and Hindi)Lucent's


The setting up of the National Recruiting Agency has benefited all citizens of India in general and those in rural areas in particular. The recruitment process was expensive and time-consuming. The single exam system in place of multiple exams has saved both time and money. 


Q.1. Will NRA CET be held in 2021?

No, there will not be NRA CET in 2021. The Union Cabinet Minister Jitender Singh has announced that the NRA CET will be in the first few months of 2022. 

Q.2. What are the exams conducted by NRA, and how many times a year?

NRA CET will be every year, twice. The first phase of exams is for Group B and C posts in the railway recruitment board, SSC, and banking.

The tier-1 CET will replace RRB NTPC, RRB Group D, RRB JE, IBPS RRB, IBPS Clerk, IBPS PO, IBPS SO, SSC CHSL, SSC CGL, SSC JE, SSC Stenographer, SSC JHT, etc.

Q.3. Will CET replace TET, UPSC, and CTET exams?

The CET will be for:

  • Group B non-gazetted and specified gazetted
  • Group C non-technical posts.

The respective boards will conduct TET, UPSC, and CTET exams.

Q.4. Are there any concessions or reservations for those in the OBC and other categories?

Reservations and concessions are expected for people in the mentioned category. However, there is no announcement as of yet.

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