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Common Eligibility Test for all Non-Gazetted Government Jobs

Common Eligibility Test for all Non-Gazetted Government Jobs


We have already informed our visitors that Government is planning to have One Fee, One Portal, One Test through a dedicated Portal for all recruitment of its Non-Gazetted Sarkari Government Jobs hiring through an online Common Recruitment Examination.

Around 2.5 crore aspirants, who take separate, multiple examinations conducted by different recruiting agencies for selection to around 1.25 lakh government jobs every year, will soon need to appear for a single online common eligibility test (CET), with the test scores remaining valid for three years for recruitment to any non-gazetted post.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman while delivering Union Budget 2020-21 in Loksabha on 1st February 2020, said a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) was proposed to conduct a computer-based CET for recruitment to non-gazetted posts. A test centre would be set up in every district, particularly in ‘aspirational districts’.


Finance Minister Budget 2020-21
Finance Minister presents Budget 2020-21

Separate CETs shall be conducted for graduate, Class XIIth pass and matriculate-level candidates for non-technical posts, for which recruitment is currently done through Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).

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This is expected to cut costs and time for the government, recruiting agencies and candidates in the recruitment process for non-gazetted posts in government and public sector banks. And, of course, make it more convenient for aspirants.

As of now, aspirants need to appear for multiple examinations conducted by various agencies at different points of time, for similar posts demanding similar eligibility criteria. “This places an enormous burden on time, effort and cost of young people,” the minister Ms Sitaraman pointed out.

Proposed CET


The proposed CET found mention in the PM’s post-Budget remarks as well. “At present, youths need to appear for separate examinations for recruitment to government jobs. We are revising this arrangement by starting an online common examination for such appointments,” Modi said.



"As of now the youth in the country have to take different exams for different government jobs. Bringing about a systemic change in this, the National Recruitment Agency will now hold one online common exam for recruitment to various jobs either for banks, railways or any other government job”, Prime Minister said.

CET Score Validity


The CET score will be valid for three years from the date of declaration of the result and will be made available to the candidate and individual recruitment agencies. Each candidate will have two additional chances to improve their score, and the best of all scores will be considered.

The CET merit list may be made available to states by NRA on a cost-sharing basis, to undertake recruitment to state government jobs. “The CET score can also be utilised by the private sector to consider eligible candidates, other than those selected by government recruitment agencies, through an arrangement with NRA,” said a government functionary.



We have already informed our visitors that the Government has decided that Government Job Seekers can view scores and ranking in recruitment examinations online.

Starting by Second Half of December


The Budget estimates that more than 2.62 lakh jobs are likely to be created between March 2019 and March 2021 in various government organisations. The strength of government establishments was 32,62,908 as on March 1, 2019.

The CET proposal was placed in the public domain in December, inviting comments from central government departments, state governments and public. “We will incorporate the suggestions and move a cabinet note soon. Hopefully, CET can be rolled out in the second half of this year (2020),” said a government functionary.

In our view, this is a significant shift in the way, government jobs recruitment examinations are being conducted in India currently, this will reduce cost, time and efforts of the job seekers and they will focus more on the examination rather than filling separate examination forms here and there.

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