NRA CET for CTET 2020 -21 Exams: All Questions Answers Related to Common Eligibility Test

By Ashish Kumar|Updated : August 26th, 2020

With the declaration of NRA and CET as the main examination conducting body for SSC, railways and banking examinations, there's a dilemma among the teaching aspirants. Whether CET will affect the CTET, state TETs, KVS, NVS, DSSSB, REET and other states TET and teacher recruitment examinations? This article will be based on the facts and full details of the new exam conducting body,  and how CET will affect the CTET & state TETs? Will NRA be responsible for teacher recruitment examinations like KVS, NVS, DSSSB, etc? We will be discussing the features of CET and the NRA. We will also discuss the frequently asked questions (FAQ) related to government teaching exams or jobs.

NRA (National Recruitment Agency)

NRA full form is National Recruitment Agency, Cabinet approves the creation of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA), paving the way for a transformation reform in the recruitment process for central government jobs. The Government has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 1517.57 crore for the National Recruitment Agency (NRA).The expenditure will be undertaken for three years. It is envisioned that the NRA CET would be a specialist body bringing state-of-the-art technology and best practices to the field of Central Government recruitment. NRA will be a Multi-Agency Body to encompass the first level test by:

  1. Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
  2. Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and
  3. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

Features of the NRA

Serial No.NRA Benefits
1.NRA will be a Society registered under the Societies Registration Act.
2.NRA will be headed by a Chairman of the rank of the Secretary to the Government of India.
3.NRA will have representatives of the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, the SSC, RRB & IBPS.
4.NRA to have mock tests, 24x7 helpline, and grievance redressal portal
5.NRA to conduct Mock Test for rural youth

CET (Common Eligibility Test)

CET full form is Common Eligibility Test, A computer-based online Common Eligibility Test (CET) for the Graduate, the Higher Secondary (12th pass), and the Matriculate (10th Pass) candidates as a path-breaking reform. CET will cover recruitment made by three agencies: viz. Staff Selection Commission, Railway Recruitment Board, and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. This will be expanded in a phased manner. CET will be a first level test to shortlist candidates and the score will be valid for three years.

Features of CET

Serial No.CET Benefits
1.The Common Eligibility Test will be held twice a year.
2.CETs for graduate level,  12th Pass level and 10th pass level will be different to facilitate recruitment to vacancies at various levels.
3.The CET will be conducted in 12 major Indian languages. This is a major change, as hitherto examinations for recruitment to Central Government jobs were held only in English and Hindi.
4.CET exam will be held in 1,000 centres across India to bid to remove the currently prevalent urban bias. There will be an examination centre in every district of the country. There will be a special thrust on creating examination infrastructure in the 117 aspiration districts.
5.There shall be no restriction on the number of attempts to be taken by a candidate to appear in the CET subject to the upper age limit. Age relaxation for SC/ST and OBC candidates as per existing rules will apply.
6.The Government also plans to provide outreach and awareness facility to assist candidates in rural and far-flung areas to familiarize them with the online examination system.
7.24x7 helpline will be set up for answering queries and complaints.

Based on the screening done at the CET score level, final selection for recruitment shall be made through separate specialized Tiers (II, III, etc) of examination which shall be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies. 

FAQs on CET & NRA 

Question 1: Who approved the proposal to set up the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) and When?

Answer 1: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19th August 2020 approved the proposal to set up the National Recruitment Agency (NRA), marking a paradigm shift in government recruitment.

Question 3: For which post NRA will conduct the Common Eligibility Test?

Answer 3:The NRA will conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment to non-gazetted posts in government and public sector banks. A multi-agency body called the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to screen/shortlist candidates for the Group B and C (non-technical) posts.

Question 4: What are the aims of the NRA? 

Answer 4: The NRA through CET aims to replace multiple examinations conducted by different recruiting agencies for selection to government jobs advertised each year, with a single online test.

Question 5: How CET will affect the teacher eligibility examinations like CTET, state TETs? 

Answer 5: There is no news of the involvement of CET and NRA in the CTET and other states TET examinations. Teaching eligibility tests and teacher recruitment examinations will be untouched by this new examination conducting body. So you should keep preparing for the upcoming CTET 2020 and other exams. Read more about NRA CET Eligibility here.

Question 5: Will CET be conducting the CTET & other TETs from now onwards?

Answer 5: No, CET will not be conducting the CTET, it will continue to be coordinated by CBSE. The state education departments will continue to conduct the state TET Exams as before. CET will be responsible to carry recruitment exams for Government jobs and not for the eligibility tests.

Question 6: Will NRA be responsible for teacher recruitment examinations like KVS, NVS, DSSSB, etc?

Answer 6: No, these examinations will be conducted by the persisting agencies. The NRA will only be conducting the SSC, railways and banking examinations. The teacher recruitment examinations will be conducted the same as before.

Question 7: Will CET and NRA affect the exam conducting format for CTET and other teacher eligibility tests?

Answer: There is no such reference to change the way of conducting examinations for TETs. All the changes will be reflected in SSC, banking and railway examination. All the TETs will have the usual exam conducting format.

Questions 8: Can we expect any changes regarding change of format with the announcement of CTET new exam dates?

Answer 8: No, the new exam dates release cannot be expected to come along with the change in format or the way the exam will be conducted. The notification was already out and we cannot expect any change in the CTET format now. Everything related to CTET will be coordinated by CBSE.


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Rashmi Sharma
Thanks you sir for this information

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