NRA CET (Common Eligibility Test) 2022: Exam Date, Updates

NRA CET (Common Eligibility Test) 2022: Exam Date, Updates

ByNeha Dhyani  |  Updated on: May 23, 2022
NRA CET (Common Eligibility Test) 2022 notification is going to be out soon any time. Check official notification details and eligibility requirement to apply for NRA CET exam for SSC, Bank and Railway.
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NRA CET 2022 - The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) is completely set to conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for various non-gazetted posts under the Banking, SSC, and Railways department approved by Union Cabinet. This means a single Prelims phase as NRA CET 2022 exam will be held for Group B and C posts of IBPS, SSC, and RRB. This single common entrance examination for all non-gazetted posts will completely change the Government job recruitment process.

The score of the NRA CET 2022 exam will be used by various agencies, PSU's, state bodies, departments to select candidates for the next round. Candidates can give the Common Eligibility Test twice a year and improve their scores. Furthermore, the final listing of the candidates will be based on separate specialized examinations to be conducted by respective recruitment agencies.

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The NRA CET score will remain valid for three years (however, you can take CET every year in order to improve your CET score), and based on your score you can apply for your desired Banking, SSC & Railways recruitment for a higher level of exam. The government will soon do away with the Prelims phase of all the central exam conducting bodies (SSC, IBPS, and RRBs).

National Recruitment Agency will make at least one exam center in each district of the country to reduce traveling hassle. With a single exam, NRA CET reduces the burden of applying, attempting, and waiting for results of various Prelims exams.

As per the government statements, NRA is going to conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) exam in early 2022. There will be 2 centers in the Ladakh district also.

NRA CET Exam 2022 Notification

NRA CET notification 2022 is expected to be released at the official site in early January or February 2022. The NRA Common Eligibility Test will act as a Tier 1 exam while the separate exam conducting bodies will further conduct the Tier 2 & Tier 3 exam based on the exam category. National Recruitment Agency will release the NRA CET exam date 2022 and other important dates along with the official notification.

The NRA CET exam will be conducted in 12 languages. You can check the exam date, syllabus, age limit, exam pattern, and other official details for newly launched NRA CET Banking, SSC & Railways. NRA CET Notification 2022 PDF link will be available as soon as it's officially gets released.

NRA CET Notification 2022 PDF (Available Soon)

NRA CET 2022 Press Release

NRA CET Exam Previous Years Official PDFs

The NRA CET PDF are given below for your reference. You can refer them to understand more about upcoming NRA CET 2022 exam. You can download these CET PDFs from the direct link given below. We request you to keep an eye on this page to get the latest PDFs on NRA CET 2022. 

NRA CET 2022 Latest News

The major highlights of NRA CET 2022 (Common Eligibility Test) are as follows:

  • Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted across the country from early 2022 and Ladakh will have two centers at Leh and Kargil
  • Central Government has announced that the NRA Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted across the country from early 2022 
  • Union Minister stated that the initiative from the Centre will be undertaken with the personal intervention of Prime Minister 
  • NRA is likely to conduct CET from 2022, Union Minister, in reply to questions, stated
  • PM Narendra Modi has announced that NRA CET 2022 will start from the year 2022 in a 'School Education in the 21st Century’ conclave


What is NRA CET (Common Eligibility Test)?

The full form of NRA CET is National Recruitment Agency (NRA) Common Eligibility Test (CET). The NRA will be an autonomous society under the Societies Act. The plan for screening the candidates was proposed by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. According to the NRA CET approved by Union Cabinet, there will be a single entrance exam to conduct Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) exam for non-gazetted posts (Group B and C) such as IBPS RRB Office Assistant. Through Common Eligibility Test, a candidate will have to just prepare for one single entrance exam (Tier 1 or Prelims) for various Government Exams such as Bank, SSC & Railways, thus reducing their time, effort and stress.

NRA CET 2022 Recruitment

NRA CET 2022 Recruitment Overview

Here we have provided all the information available about NRA CET 2022 in the public domain. Check the important information below.

NRA CET Full Form

National Recruitment Agency,  Common Eligibility Test

Frequency of NRA CET

Twice a year

Exam Language

12 Major Indian Languages

Purpose of NRA CET 2021-2022

To select candidates for Group B and C non-technical posts

NRA CET Exam Date 2022

Early 2022

Score Validity of CET

3 years

Number Of Attempts

No bar on attempts subject upper age limit

Exam Centres

Every district to have at least one exam center

Mode of Exam

Computer-Based Online

Exams Covered

  • Staff Service Commission (SSC)
  • Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)
  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

Step By Step Guide for NRA CET Recruitment Process 

  • CET Application Form: The application form will be released on the official site of NRA for various CET levels (namely 10th, 12th & Graduates) 
  • Download CET Admit Card or Hall Ticket: NRA will release the admit card for the CET exam which can be downloaded online from its official website 
  • Appear for NRA CET Exam: The Prelims will be conducted by NRA 
  • Result Declaration: NRA will then release the CET result with cut off (sectional- yet to be announced)
  • Appear for the Next Round of your Desired Exam: Based on the cut-off you can appear for the next stages of your desired recruitment- Bank, SSC, Railways, or State Level Exams. 

Advantages of Instructing NRA

  • The NRA will replace 20 recruitment agencies and set up three main entities to conduct exams in three levels; 10th pass, 12th pass, and graduates
  • Now candidates don’t need to spend money to pay the application fee for each exam separately. This is a big relief for candidates from weaker economic backgrounds 
  • There will be a total of 12 languages in which the candidates can take up the exam, which also includes regional languages 
  • There is no bar to attempt the CET, however, the score will remain valid till three years from the date of participation
  • This single CET exam will help students reduce their stress and time while letting them focus on their aptitude and other skills.
  • The candidates from rural areas will be able to take these exams as each district will have a minimum of one exam centre
  • The CET will be held twice every year, giving students more opportunities to perform and succeed. 
  • Now you don’t need to worry about the exam-dates clashes, as you will appear for the single exam for all- Bank, SSC & Railways Recruitment. 
  • By standardizing the examination process, the government is expecting to save up to ₹ 600 Crores.



NRA CET 2022 Important Highlights

The following implications can be drawn about the new NRA CET system:

  • The number of aspirants may reach crores which are already around 40 lakhs now.
  • The NRA CET exam will be conducted for Group B, Group C, and Group D posts
  • The whole recruitment process will align with National Career Services.
  • High chances of change in syllabus.
  • General awareness probably will get more weightage.
  • It will be a humongous exam that will be conducted in multiple shifts that spreads over a month.
  • The significance of taking test series will increase manifolds as the role of coaching centers will be minimized.
  • NRA CET will be a bilingual exam
  • Money wasted in multiple applications will be saved.
  • Malpractices will be easier to track down.
  • There are three different levels of NRA CET so there will be 3 exams in a year and not just one. 
  • Speculations are that once you get the job through this examination, your details will be uploaded on the portal and you will not be able to appear for any other exam.

NRA CET (Common Eligibility Test) Exam Date 2022

NRA CET (Common Eligibility Test) exam date 2022 is not announced yet however, it's expected to be conducted from early 2022 as per the announcement made by Union Minister Jitendra Singh in the Lok Sabha. The exact date of receiving online applications for NRA CET will be notified shortly.



NRA CET 2022 Notification Release Date

To be announced

NRA CET 2022 Registration Start Date

To be announced

NRA CET 2022 Online Application Last Date

To be announced

NRA CET Admit Card Release

To be announced

NRA CET Exam Date 2022

Early 2022

Important Key Points for NRA CET 2022

Important points to be noted for NRA CET 2022 exam.

  • The official exam pattern and syllabus for NRA CET 2022 are yet to be released.
  • Three levels of exam will be conducted namely at graduation level, 12th level, and 10th level.
  • Age relaxation is applicable as per govt. Norms.
  • NRA CET is the preliminary exam after which further processes will be carried out by the respective agencies.
  • NRA CET scores can be shared with PSUs, private sector, central government, state government, Union Territories.
  • NRA CET will be conducted in over 1000 exam centers with at least one exam center in each district.
  • NRA CET scores are to be valid for a period of three years from the date of publication of the result.
  • The exam will be conducted in 12 different languages.

SSC, Bank & Railways Exams Covered Under NRA CET 2022

The first round of the selection process is Tier 1 or Prelims will be held under NRA CET for various recruitment of SSC, RRB & IBPS. The following exams are to be replaced through CET (Common Eligibility Test) at 10th, 12th, and Graduation levels. At present, the exams that are conducted at the central level are to be replaced by NRA CET 2022. We have listed below the following exams that will be replaced through CET (Common Eligibility Test) at various levels.

Exam Conducting Bodies

Matriculation Level

Higher Secondary/ Intermediate Level

Graduate Level and above

Staff Selection Commission, SSC

  • SSC Selection Post
  • SSC Constable Delhi Police

Railways Recruitment Board, RRB

RRB Group D


Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, IBPS



NRA CET for Banking Exams 

The CET will conduct a single exam for Bank (Group B & C) Non-Gazetted mainly for IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, IBPS SO. Now the screening of the first level will be done by NRA CET for three levels of categories; 10th, 12th & Graduates. This is going to be the biggest relief to Bank aspirants, as they can further focus on Tier 2 & Interview process which they mainly failed to earlier. 

Read also: CET NRA for Banking Exams

NRA CET for SSC Exams

The CET exam for SSC will be a boon for candidates who want to appear for multiple SSC exams, but due to exam-date clashes, they had to make tough decisions of choosing one. Now they can appear for multiple SSC exams by giving a single CET test. Based on their CET scores, candidates can further apply for their dream SSC exam. The SSC exams that will now be conducted by NRA CET are SSC CGL, SSC CPO, SSC CHSL, SSC SSC Steno Group C, D, JHT, etc. 

Read also: CET NRA for SSC & Railways Exams

NRA CET for Railways Exams

The candidates preparing for Railways Group B & C exams need not be worried about the exam dates as CET is going to take over the RRB Group B & C exams. Based on the CET score candidates can appear for a higher level of the selection process; which is Mains or Tier 2 & 3. The exam covered under CET Railway is RRB NTPC, etc

NRA CET Application Form 2022

The NRA CET application form will be released with the notification. The link to apply online for CET will be made available when it is released officially by the National Recruitment Agency. 

NRA CET Eligibility Criteria 2022

The eligibility to apply for will be announced with the release of the official notification for CET important dates. It is expected that there will be no or minor changes in the eligibility criteria to apply for the Prelims/ Tier 1 CET test for Bank, SSC & RRB exams. Additionally, the age relaxation to various categories will remain the same, although the final notification is yet to be released on this. Read more about NRA CET Eligibility 2022 here with all the detailed information.

CET Age limit

As mentioned earlier, there will be no major changes in the age limit. The NRA CET will be conducted in three levels: 10th pass, 12th pass, and graduates. The age limit and eligibility will be based on these three levels. Stay tuned to get the latest updates on CET Age Limit.

NRA CET Exam Pattern 2022

The NRA CET Exam Pattern will be disclosed shortly. However, the Common Eligibility Test (CET) Exam Pattern will be based on the following three types as per the eligibility criteria. The level of difficulty of the questions is likely to vary as per the following levels.

  • Matriculation Level (10th class)
  • Higher Secondary Level (12th pass)
  • Graduation Level 

The expected exam pattern for CET is as follows:


Total Questions



General Intelligence and Reasoning






120 Minutes

General Awareness and General Knowledge



Quantitative Aptitude



English Language and Comprehension






The CET Exam Pattern will be different for Tier 1 and further stages of the exam to be conducted by the SSC, IBPS, and RRB. Thus, the recruitment process will be in two phases i.e. NRA CET (Common Eligibility Test) and further stages to be conducted by the respective organizations.

NRA CET Syllabus 2022

The CET syllabus 2022 will be mostly dependent on the current exams for Bank, SSC & Railways. The final syllabus for the NRA CET will be released on the official website of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA). There will be one common CET Syllabus that is in line with the existing preliminary examinations for Bank, SSC & Railways.

NRA CET Exam Preparation Books 2022

Byjusexamprep experts have provided the best books for NRA CET Exam for best preparation.

NRA CET Important Books
NRA CET Books for Quantitative Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Topic-wise Solved Papers by Kiran Prakashan
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal
  • Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha
NRA CET Books for General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Reasoning Book for Competitive Examinations by Nishant K Sinha
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey
NRA CET Books for English
  • High School English Grammar and Comprehension by Wren Martin
  • Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
NRA CET Books for General Awareness
  • General Knowledge Manual by Edgar Thorpe & Showick Thorpe
  • Manorama

NRA CET Test Center 2022

The exam center list will be out soon before the exam date of the CET exam. The NRA already informed that every district will have at least one exam center. Based on your choice of centers and availability you will be allotted the exam center. We will update the list of the exam center of NRA CET 2022 as soon as it is out. 

NRA CET 2022 Score, Validity and Uses

Please note that your NRA CET score will remain valid until three years from the date of participation. You can take the CET exam again in the following years to improve your CET Score.

  • Your CET score will define your aptitude ability and will be counted as Tier 1 or Prelims exam score 
  • For Tier 2, & Tier 3 you can select your desired exams, and based on the NRA CET Score you can further take the Tier 2 & Tier 3
  • NRA CET is only the screening test for all the government exams
  • Your score will be eligible for State & UTs level Government exams 
  • Further, in the long run, the public sector undertakings (PSUs) and also the private sector can consider CET Score 

What are the pros and cons of NRA CET?

As we know that there are two sides to the same coin, similarly everything has two sides. Speaking of which, the Common Eligibility Test (CET) also has its pros and cons.



The number of examinations will be reduced as no individual prelim exam will be taken 

Candidates preparing for the Public Service Commission Exam will face difficulty as they prepare in regional language whereas CET is in Hindi and English only.

Money spent on individual exam application forms will be saved

Applicants are estimated to reach around 5 crores in CET, which thereby increases competition manifolds.

Candidates can select one out of three levels that suit them the best to give their maximum output.

The number of aspirants clearing the written rounds will increase. This will increase the candidates for the interview rounds making the interview process more grilling and of a higher perspective. 

The validity of the CET score is for 2 years. The candidates can directly give tier 2 which is conducted by the individual authorities for two years as the score for tier 1 (CET) remains valid for 2 years

NRA CET Admit Card 2022

The Agency will release the hall ticket for the common eligibility test a few days before the exam. CET Call letter is a very important document to carry to the exam center. A separate CET admit card will be released for each attempt.

NRA CET 2022 Admit Card (To be notified)

NRA CET Result 2022

One of the big worries of candidates regarding NRA CET is when NRA will release the result of the CET exam. The NRA will release the scorecard of candidates a few days after the exam. There will be a minimum delay in the preparation of the result. The whole process will be online and fast.

NRA CET 2022 Result (To be Notified)

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  • NRA CET notification 2022 PDF will be released in the Month of January 2022.

  • NRA CET is a Common Eligibility Test approved by Union Cabinet  which is being conduted as a Prelims or Tier 1 phase for SSC, RRB and Banking exams by Government of India.

  • The NRA CET exam date 2022 for the Common Eligibility Test will be announced with the official notification. 

  • NRA CET exam will be conducted twice in a year.

  • NRA CET 2021 will replace the exams that are conducted by the following organizations:

    • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, IBPS
    • Railways Recruitment Board, RRB
    • Staff Service Commission, SSC
  • The NRA CET Exam Pattern is not yet released officially. However, you can expect the following sections in CET:

    • General Intelligence and Reasoning
    • General Awareness and General Knowledge
    • Quantitative Aptitude
    • English Language and Comprehension
  • NRA CET scores will be valid for a period of three years from the date of publication of the result.

  • No, the syllabus will be different for all the following levels of examination:

    • Matriculation Level (10th class)
    • Higher Secondary Level (12th pass)
    • Graduation Level 
  • No, NRA CET 2022 will not be bilingual but it will be conducted in 12 different languages throughout the country.


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