National Recruitment Agency (NRA) approved by Central Government

Daily Current Affairs - 04 October 2020
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The Union Government has approved the creation of a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct an online Common Eligibility Test for selecting candidates for majority of Central Government jobs on August 19 2020.

About National Recruitment Agency (NRA)

The proposed National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will be a machinery to conduct a common preliminary examination for various recruitment in the central government and public sector banks.

It is a part of a move to streamline the recruitment process for non-gazetted posts which will work as a single-window agency to shortlist qualifying candidates from a huge number of applicants and then forward the list to SSC, IBPS, etc to hold the mains.

Need of National Recruitment Agency (NRA)

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Every year around 25 million aspirants apply for multiple government jobs. They have to apply for each jobs separately and to separate agencies. The applicants have to pay fees to all the recruitment agencies and have to travel long distances to appear in various examinations.

These examinations become burden for the candidates as well as the agencies. The candidates loses wealth and time while appearing in each examination and the agencies face problems in meeting repetitive expenditures, law and order arrangements, selection of venues etc.

So setting up of a common platform to solve the problems of multiple examinations is expected to turn into a revolutionary solution. A candidate will be able to apply for a vacancy with the respective agency based The Common Eligibility Test (CET) score.

Benefits of National Recruitment Agency (NRA)

  1. Job aspirants do not need to apply for every recruitment examinations. They will have to apply only once and take the Common Eligibility Test(CET) for recruitment into various departments.
  2. The lengthy recruitment cycle will be reduced as some departments have decided to skip their tier-2 or second level test and go ahead with the recruitment based on CET score.
  3. The recruitment agencies will save time and expenses as no separate examinations are required to be conducted for separate jobs.
  4. There will be common syllabus for each CET levels – graduate, higher secondary and matric. This will enable the candidates to focus on the syllabus of their level and prepare for the exam instead of preparing for each of the examinations separately as per different curriculum.
  5. The move will lead to ease of selection, ease of job placement and ease of living.

Points to Know

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  • The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) was first proposed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2020.
  • The NRA will organise CET for the Group B and C(non-technical) at the initial stage. More examinations may be brought under it later on.
  • The Examination body will conduct a separate CET for three levels – graduate, higher secondary and matric.
  • Final selection of a candidate shall be through separate specialised tiers(II, III etc) of examinations which shall be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies.
  • The validity of the CET score will be for three years . A candidate can make as many attempts as he/she wants to clear CET subject to the upper age limit.
  • National Recruitment Agency will have representives from ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance, SSC, IBPS and RRB .
  • The central government sanctioned Rs 1,517.57 crore for setting up examination infrastructure in 117 aspirational districts.

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