NRA CET 2022 Exam: The Union Cabinet has decided to conduct the 1st Edition of the NRA CET Exam by the end of the year, to streamline the hiring process by conducting a CET as announced by Union Minister through a press release issued on PIB. The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will be the nodal agency to conduct CET every year. The CET will replace the prelims level tests conducted by the different agencies for the recruitment of non-gazetted posts. The test scores will be valid for a period of three years and NRA CET 2022. This is going to help all the government aspirants, as there will be no need to fill out different applications for the different exams and they have to prepare for a single exam now. 

A press release has been released by the Ministry of Personnel on 22nd May 2022 on the official website of PIB @, Public Grievances & Pensions declaring that the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) under DoPT is gearing up to conduct a computer-based online Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitment to Non-Gazetted posts by the end of the year. 

NRA CET 2022 Latest News

A fake notice has been circulated on social media which announces that the NRA CET 2022 will be held in the third quarter of FY 2022-23. PIB Fact Check through a tweet on its account @PIBFactCheck has declared that the Notice is Fake.  

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NRA CET Exam 2022

The government is going to take a common prelims exam for the non-gazetted posts in the central government. The government has decided to conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) replacing the prelims exams for all the major government departments. The score of the exam will be used to shortlist the candidates for the higher level of examination by the different organizations for various posts. 

The important guidelines about NRA CET 2022 as declared are as follows-

1. The 1st Edition of the Common Eligibility Test is to be conducted by the National Recruitment Agency.

2. NRA CET will be a single tier exam to be conducted to shortlist candidates for the Mains/Tier-2 Exam of the concerned recruitment organisation. 

3. The exam will be conducted in 12 different languages and there will be at least one centre in every district.

4. Mode of NRA CET will be decided on the basis of the number of applicants filling the form. 

5. Till now only 3 recruitment agencies will be covered i.e. SSC, Railways, and Banking

6. NRA CET will be conducted for non-gazetted posts only. 

7. The test for gazetted posts & PO in public sector bank will be separately conducted by individual recruitment body.

Note- The above-mentioned details are not final and may be subject to change as per the decisions of the committee. 

NRA CET Exam 2022 Summary

The first NRA CET CBT is likely to be conducted by the end of 2022. Have a look at the glimpse of NRA CET 2022 in the below table. 

Exam NameNRA CET 2022
Conducting BodyNRA (National Recruitment Agency)
Exam LevelNational
Exam DateEnd of 2022
Exam ModeOnline only
Score Validity3 years
Type of ExamSingle-tier exam
Exam PurposeSelection of candidates for various Group-B and -C non-technical posts
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NRA CET Exam Date 2022

As per the latest statement of Union Minister of State (independent charge) Dr Jitendra Singh, NRA is expected to conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) in the end of 2022 across the country. The exact NRA CET Exam Date will be announced officially by NRA. At least 2.5 crore job aspirants across the country are likely to benefit from a common entrance test (CET) exam to be organised by the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) for various government departments to fill up vacant posts.

NRA CET Full Form

Many of the aspirants are seeking the full form of NRA CET as this is a new term for them.  NRA stands for “National Recruitment Agency” and CET stands for “Common Eligibility Test” which will be conducted to replace Prelims/Tier-1 exam for Banks, Railways, and SSC selection process. 

National Recruitment Agency (NRA)

A National Recruitment Agency is a proposed agency by the Narendra Modi government. The government has decided to take a single computer-based preliminary examination for all the non-gazetted government posts. The agency is going to monitor all the activities of the Common Eligibility Test. Currently, candidates have to appear for a complex process of examination for all the exams. It is very time consuming and a long process. The government is trying to simplify the exam process for over 2.5 crore candidates. The government is taking one single exam for all the Group  B and C posts. This will reduce the time and also candidates don't have to prepare for each preliminary exam again and again.

Exams To Be Subsumed Under CET

All the prelims exams of Group B and C posts will be subsumed into a single common eligibility test (CET). The National Recruitment Agency will initially aim at replacing the preliminary exams of Group B and C posts conducted by three government agencies namely:

S.NoExams to be replaced by CETEducational Level
1SSC MTS Paper-1 Matriculate
2SSC GD Constable Paper-1Matriculate
3SSC Constable (Executive)Delhi PoliceHigher Secondary
4SSC CHSL Tier-1Higher Secondary
5SSC Stenographer Grade CHigher Secondary
6SSC CGL Tier-1Graduate
7SSC CPO Sub-Inspector Paper-1Graduate
8SSC Selection PostMatriculate/Higher Secondary/Graduate (as per the post requirement)
9RRB NTPC Tier-1Matriculate/Higher Secondary/Graduate (as per the post requirement)
10RRB Grade-D Tier-1Matriculate
12IBPS Clerk PrelimsGraduate
13IBPS RRB Clerk PrelimsGraduate
14Other banking examsGraduate

Aspirants have to give only a single preliminary examination for the exams conducted by these agencies.

NRA CET 2022: Test Centers

There is a piece of good news for the students who belong to a remote location of the country. There will be at least one or more than one centre in a district depending on the students appearing for the exam. Candidates will not need to go too far places to attempt the exam. This will reduce the expenses of poor candidates in terms of examination fees, travelling charges, lodging, and other expenses.

NRA CET 2022: Scores Used By

The score of CET will hold a great value in getting Jobs whether it is government, PSU's jobs, or a private job. According to Jitendra Singh's statement in the press conference, the CET score will be used by not only the state and central government but also the public sector undertaking (PSUs) and private organizations to weeding out the non-serious candidates. The mains objective of the CET is to save time, cost and also fasten the recruitment process. Organizations other than SSC, IBPS, and RRB using the CET score are:

➤ State Recruiting Agencies,

➤ Various Union Territories Agencies,

➤ Public Sector Undertakings, and

➤ Private Companies (with some agreements)

CET 2022: Scores to be used by PSU's and Private Companies

The Union cabinet had approved the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will be conducting the common eligibility test (CET) from 2022. The score of CET will hold great value, as it is going to used by many organizations to decide the cut off marks/ eligibility for the candidates. PSUs and even private companies are new in the list, that can use the score of CET for their cut-off marks. CET will be designed in a way that will cover all aspects of life, which are necessary for humans/ student to know and answer.

NRA CET 2022: MP Became 1st To Use CET Score For State Jobs

The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri. Shivraj Singh Chauhan has announced that M.P state recruiting agencies are going to use the score of the CET 2022 to select candidates for the M.P government jobs. Madhya Pradesh becomes the first such country that announced to use the score of CET for the state recruitment process. The C.M also said that the decision of CET would not only save time and money but also help agencies to select the desired candidates from the same standard.

NRA CET 2022: Time Utilization

As we are aware there will be a single prelims exam for all Group B and C. The score is going to be valid for 3 years. Agencies will use the score of CET and take their second stage exam. Some organisations have said that they directly recruit candidates using the CET score, Physical and Medical examination, without any second-level test.

CET 2022: Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the CET 2022 will be the same as it is now for graduate, 12th passed and 10th standard students. There will be 3 levels of exam namely, undergraduate, 12th level exam, and 10th level exam. There is no change in the eligibility for the exam. Candidates need not panic as it is a single prelims exam only, otherwise, there will be no change in eligibility.

NRA CET 2022: Age Limit

The age limit for the CET 2022 depends on the exam they want to take under CET. The age limit for the exam depends on the exam they want to appear for. The Age-limit will be the same as it is now for each exam. There is no change in the age limit of the exam. The age relaxation for different categories will remain the same. There is no need to panic as it is a single prelims exam only, there will be no change in the age limit.

NRA CET 2022: Key Points

➤ A CET will be a single prelims exam that will be held for all IBPS, SSC, and RRB posts.

➤ NRA will be an autonomous body to conduct the CET exam.

➤ Candidates need to pay a one-time fee for all the CET exams.

➤ There will be one standard for the exam and a single exam will save money as well as time.

➤ NRA will conduct the CET examination- Common Eligibility Test.

➤ CET will be a single online prelims exam.

➤ The CET score will be valid for three years.

➤ The CET score will be shared with all the central government recruiting agencies.

➤ Each candidate will have two additional chances to improve his or her scores and the best scores will be taken into consideration.

➤ Every district will have at least one exam centre.

➤ There will be separate CET for graduate, higher secondary, and secondary level students.

➤ There will be a separate syllabus for CET based on the qualification.

➤ As per the PIB, the score of successful candidates of CET can be utilized by State Governments also.

NRA CET 2022: Syllabus and Exam pattern

There is no defined exam pattern and syllabus for the CET yet. The exam pattern and syllabus of CET will be updated as soon as it is released by NRA. As per the speculation, there will be different exam patterns and syllabus for the graduate, senior secondary, and secondary level exams. The expected Exam Pattern for NRA CET includes English language, Reasoning & Verbal Ability, General Science, and General Knowledge. The detailed NRA CET Syllabus & Pattern to be released shortly. 

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NRA CET 2022- FAQs

Ans. As announced by Union Minister, NRA CET Exam will be held by the end of the year 2022.

Ans. National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will CET exam for Graduates (Degree), 12th Class (Higher Secondary) Pass and 10th Pass candidates.

Ans. To begin with, NRA CET would cover recruitment examinations for Railway Recruitment Board (NTPC, Group D, JE etc), Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS RRB and IBPS Clerk) and Staff Selection Commission (SSC CHSL, CGL, JE, Steno Group C, D, JHT, etc.). These would then be expanded to the other non-gazetted posts.

Ans. The full form of CET is Common Eligibility Test.

Ans. The full form of NRA is National Recruitment Agancy.

Ans. The test score is valid for 3(three) years.

Ans. The National Recruitment Agency CET exam will be conducted for non-gazetted posts.

Ans. The NRA CET will be conducted in multiple languages. According to Minister of DoPT Jitendra Singh, the exam will be conducted in 12 languages that are in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

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