National Recruitment Agency - What is NRA CET, Jobs & Exams

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Oct 26, 2023, 15:34

NRA or National Recruitment Agency is an organization established by the government of India which is going to conduct the upcoming Common Eligibility Test (NRA CET) for the recruitment of various non Gazetted posts under Group B and C central government jobs. The purpose of establishing NTA is to conduct a common paper which can be a preliminary/screening test for various posts whose screening test is done on the basis of General Aptitude (English, Reasoning, and Mathematics).

Check here: NRA CET Full Form

When was the NRA established?

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister had approved the creation of the National Recruitment Agency in the month of August 2020. The motive or vision behind setting up the National Recruitment Agency was to transform the recruitment process in order to attract more and more candidates to apply for central government jobs. The NRA has representatives from various government departments like the Ministry of Railways, the Ministry of Finance, SSC, and RRB.

Why is the National Recruitment Agency Needed?

The main reason behind the NRA and conducting the Common Eligibility Test is the current situation of government jobs recruitment in which any candidate who wishes to apply for government jobs has to fill out numerous application forms for different posts. With the Common Eligibility Test (NRA CET), candidates now have to apply for only one exam, after which the candidates can apply for any particular job based on their performance in the CET.

Another reason why there is a need for NRA is that now for any particular job listed by any department, only suitable candidates will be able to apply for that based on their eligibility and NRA CET Scores.

National Recruitment Agency (NRA) under which ministry?

NRA will cater the prelims exam of all the exams conducted by the different ministries. The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is the umbrella ministry that is going to administer all the CET exams through the NRA. This is one of the most talked-about moves by the current government.

National Recruitment Agency (NRA) Headquater/Office

The central headquarter for the National Recruitment Agency will be set up in New Delhi as per the reports and central government guidelines. Ambiguity persists on the district-wise headquarter of National Recruitment Agency. As per the press release, there will be an exam center in each district but no statement is issued regarding district or state headquarters.

National Recruitment Agency (NRA) Chairman

In a historic decision, the IOFS Hament Kumar Patil has been appointed as the Director of the National Recruitment Agency by DoPT (Department of Personnel & Training). Patil is appointed for the period of five years from the date of taking over charge date.

National Recruitment Agency (NRA) Registration

The registration process for the various level NRA CET exam will begin with the release of notification for each level. The agency has not notified the NRA CET Registration process. It is very evident that like other exams candidates need to register for each level of exam separately. The process will involve one-time registration, entering your basic details, uploading the latest photograph & sign, uploading handwritten declaration (if applicable), and fee payment (if applicable).

National Recruitment Agency (NRA) Website

To help a vast number of government job aspirants who are waiting for the National Recruitment Agency's CET exams Byju's Exam Prep would like to inform you that there is no official website for NRA. All the websites that are claiming to be NRA websites are fake. If there is some registration button, don't register yourself and also don't pay any kind of money it is a scam. PIB has also tweeted regarding the same.


National Recruitment Agency (NRA) Exams & Jobs List

1. NRA CET 2022

The NRA CET (Common Eligibility Test) is the upcoming common screening test for various non-technical and non-Gazetted posts. The main purpose of conducting CET is to reduce the various stages in the selection process for various posts like Tier-1, Tier-2, skill tests, and other tests. Also, as the paper will be conducted in nearly every corner of the country in every district, it will be very easy especially for the rural candidates to apply for various government jobs. Important highlights related to Common Eligibility Test (NRA CET) are given below:

Exam Name

Common Eligibility Test

Conducting Body

National Recruitment Agency

Purpose of the examination

Common screening test for various non gazetted posts under Group B and C

Exam Frequency

2 times a year

Exam Types

CET is conducted at 3 levels

  • For Graduate
  • For 12th Pass
  • For 10th Pass

Various Government Jobs for which NRA CET will be Conducted. Currently, the NRA CET will be conducted for various Group B and C posts whose recruitment is being done by the following organizations:

  • Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
  • Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)
  • Institute of Personal Banking and Selection (IBPS)

Important Link

NRA CET RegistrationNRA CET Eligibility
NRA CET Exam PatternNRA CET Syllabus
NRA CET SalaryNRA CET Question Papers
NRA CET Preparation TipsNRA CET Result
NRA CET Online Coaching for SSCNRA CET Online Coaching for Bank

2. NRA CET for 10th Pass

Candidates who have passed matriculate (10th class) and wish to try for Government Jobs need to appear for NRA CET for 10th Pass. Various posts for which candidates can apply are SSC MTS, SSC GD Constable and various clothes exams conducted by RRB and IBPS for any matriculate or 10th pass candidates.

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3. NRA CET for 12th Pass

The second level of NRA exam is NRA CET for 12th Pass exam for the candidates whose qualification is Secondary High School (12th pass). Candidates who wish to appear for this exam can apply for SSC CHSL, SSC Constable, SSC Stenographer. RRB Group D and RRB NTPC. 

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4. NRA CET for Graduates

Any Graduate candidates can appear for this exam in which they apply for all the posts under SSC, IBPS and RRB now have to appear for single prelims NRA CET for Graduates. Various important government posts for which the majority of candidates apply are IBPS PO, SSC CGL, RRB NTPC, IBPS Clerk, SSC CPO, and all other posts. 

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National Recruitment Agency - What is NRA CET, Jobs & Exams FAQs

  • The NRA or National Recruitment Agency is a recruitment agency created by the government of India to conduct a common screening test for various Non-Gazetted Posts under Group B and C in the central government of India.

  • As of now, there is no information regarding the NRA official website. Any information provided by the ministry or conducting bodies will be provided here.

  • The National Recruitment Agency HQ will be in Delhi under the Department of Personnel and Training in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

  • The NRA conducts the Common Eligibility Test (CET) as a common screening test for the recruitment of various non gazetted posts.

  • The role of the NRA is to conduct the CET for three levels; 10th Pass, 12th Pass & Graduates for banking, SSC & Railways exams in a Standardized Testing form.