Minister of State for Personnel Singh said, “The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) has been formed with the approval of the Union Cabinet to conduct the Common Eligibility Test”.
He said that the NRA would be a multi-agency body, which would conduct screening and shortlist examination of candidates for Group-B and C (non-technical) posts.
Singh said, “The biggest feature of this reform is that every district in the country will have at least one examination center, which will increase the reach of candidates living in remote areas.”
He said that an important objective of this historical reform is to provide a level playing field to every candidate, so that no working person is at a disadvantage and has equal opportunity regardless of his background or socio-economic status.
“It will be of great benefit to women and differently abled candidates as well as those who find it financially unspectacular to appear for multiple tests by traveling to several centers,” the minister said.
Singh said that the first general eligibility test to be conducted by the NRA would be scheduled around the second half of 2021.
He also said that the NRA will be an independent autonomous organization responsible for selecting candidates for certain categories, for which the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the State Selection Board (RRB) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) through Is done from
He said, “However, the existing central recruitment agencies like SSC, RRB and IBPS will continue to make specific recruitments as per their requirements and the Common Eligibility Test will be an examination only for preliminary screening of candidates for jobs.”
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