Eligibility Criteria & Exam Pattern for NRA CET

By Sheetal Goyal|Updated : August 24th, 2020

Eligibility criteria and exam pattern of NRA CET: After the Union Cabinet has set a National Recruitment Agency, we have got a lot many queries regarding the eligibility criteria and exam pattern of NRA CET which will be responsible to conduct single exam for Bank, SSC, and Railways categories. To give an idea about how CET is going to work in the recruitment process. Today we are sharing Expected eligibility terms and exam pattern for CET.

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Please note that as of now there is no official announcement for the exam pattern, we are sharing an expected exam pattern based on our research. Bookmark this article to get a timely update.

NRA CET Eligibility Criteria

We all know, CET will cover preliminary examination for Bank/SSC/Railway category. The eligibility condition of these examinations by the respective board has been different since the recruitment process is carried out. Now, when the screening test is going to merge into one single window exam for the mentioned categories, students are curious to know about its eligibility conditions.
As per the sources, CET will be divided into three exams- 
  1. Graduation level based
  2. Higher secondary level based (12th Based)
  3. Matriculate (10th Based)

How candidates will apply for a different post?


From the above image, it is clear that all the graduated candidates may be allowed to fill the application form for all the three categories mentioned above. Candidates falling into the category of higher secondary might be allowed to fill the form for the post coming under the educational conditions of Higher secondary and Matriculate whereas candidates clearing 10th would be allowed to apply for the post for falling under this category only.

Age Criteria for CET

There will be upper age limit restriction for the candidates although relaxation to categories like SC, ST, OBC will be given. But as the minimum educational qualification for CET is matriculate we can expect the minimum age to be 18 years and maximum to be 30 years based on the age limit criteria mentioned by each board till date.

Exam Pattern of NRA CET

Although there is no official announcement regarding the same, we can expect four subjects for the screening process. These are:

  1. Mathematics (To check aptitude skills)
  2. Reasoning Test
  3. English Language Test
  4. General awareness/General Science

Marks and the time limit of the exam is yet to be announced officially by the government. We know there are exams under Bank, SSC and railway where either quant or English is excluded from the preliminary exam. But if the Government is going to combine the screening test for all the categories, we can expect these subjects in the CET test. Further details will be clarified only after the announcement of the exam pattern from the government.

The current common preliminary examination pattern for the Bank PO/Clerk exams is as follows:

Name of testNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
English Language303020 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude/
Numerical Ability
353520 Minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 Minutes
Total10010060 Minutes
NOTE- Currently there is the provision of deduction of 0.25 marks (1/4 of total marks allotted for each question) for each wrong answer in the preliminary phase. 

Coming to the SSC & Railway Examination pattern

The current common preliminary examination pattern for the SSC CGL/SSC CHSL/SSC Stenographer/SSC MTS/Railway exams are as follows:

Name of the ExamNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksNegative MarkingDuration
SSC CGL100 Q 2000.25 marks60 mins
SSC CHSL100 Q 2000.25 marks
SSC CPO200 Q2000.50 marks120 mins
SSC Stenographer200 Q2000.50 marks
SSC GD Constable100 Q1000.25 marks90 mins
SSC MTS100 Q1000.25 marks
RRB NTPC100 Q1000.33 marks
The pattern for SSC and Railways exams vary greatly as there is either absence of one or more subjects like English or Quantitative Aptitude. Furthermore, the marking scheme and the number of questions also vary in the examinations held by SSC. There is no sectional timings or sectional cut off in the SSC & railways examination. Also, the raw marks obtained by the candidates are normalised further.
Name of the ExamSectionsNumber of Questions

English - 25 Q

General Intelligence & Reasoning- 25 Q

Quantitative Aptitude- 25 Q

General Awareness- 25 Q

100 Q

English - 50 Q

General Intelligence & Reasoning- 50 Q

Quantitative Aptitude- 50 Q

General Awareness-  50 Q

200 Q
SSC Stenographer

English - 100 Q

General Intelligence & Reasoning- 50 Q

General Awareness- 50 Q


English - 25 Q

General Intelligence & Reasoning- 25 Q

Quantitative Aptitude- 25 Q

General Awareness- 25 Q

100 Q
SSC GD Constable

English - 25 Q

General Intelligence & Reasoning- 25 Q

Quantitative Aptitude- 25 Q

General Awareness- 25 Q


General Intelligence & Reasoning- 30 Q

Quantitative Aptitude- 30 Q

General Awareness- 40 Q

 Now, what question may arise in your mind?
1. Will there be sectional timing?
2. How cut off for banking, SSC & railway exams will be decided?
3. Will there be sectional cut off in CET?
4. How many questions will be there in each subject
Well, there is no such announcement from the officials. These questions must be revolving in your mind. As competition would be fierce in CET, this is clear to have cut-throat competition as aspirants from different categories will be taking the common test. To avoid the same, we can expect a sectional cut off and timing in the screening test.
Score slab will be decided by the authority for example, Students obtaining 60 or above marks out of 100 would be eligible for Bank PO exam, SSC categories exams, etc. Now the scores of the candidates will be forwarded to the respective boards to conduct the mains exam. Candidates will be informed via, message, mail or any other mode of communication to convey about the mains level for the qualifying category. 

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