Common Eligibility Test- A common exam for all

Common Eligibility Test
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The government of India decided to conduct a common entrance exam to fill the vacant non-gazetted and non-technical posts in the public sector, banking sector, and railway department. For this, a separate exam will be conducted by the central government named Common Eligibility Test.

To conduct the Common Eligibility Test a separate board “National Recruitment Agency” will be formed.


The new agency “National Recruitment Agency” will be an independent and professional board that conducts the Common Eligibility Test, a common exam for all government jobs.

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What is Common Eligibility Test

Common Eligibility Test

According to the announcement made by the Union Ministry of India that there will be a common entrance exam for Staff selection commission, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, and Railway Recruitment Board.


CET will have three levels, respective of eligibility of candidates like for graduates, higher secondary and high school pass candidates.

Previously there were different exams with different eligibility criteria like in SSC CHSL minimum qualification is 10+2. Candidates do not need to register for various examinations, from now they have a facility to register once at a separate window.
It is expected that the CET will begin from the year 2021 and around 3-4 crore candidates will appear for it.

What is the National Recruitment Agency

A national recruitment agency is a common agency that will organize the Common Eligibility test. This will be a separate body made only for the CET test and will remain independent. In addition to this all the things related to exam-like setting up of papers, examinations centers, will be done NRA.

How Common Entrance Test will be conducted

A national recruitment agency will conduct CET twice a year and the best score shall be considered for selection. The scorecard of Common Eligibility Test will valid for three years. That can be used for the recruitment in SSC, IBPS, and RRB departments but only for tier 1 exam.
Will IBPS vanish?
SSC vanish?
Will RRB vanish?

No not at all, the scorecard of CET will be valid for only tier 1 or prelims mains exam. The tier 2 or mains exam will be conducted by the respected boards.
There will be no limit for the numbers of attempts but there must be upper and lower age limit. After that relaxations will given to SC/ST/OBC category candidates as per the rules.
As CET is organized by NRA twice a year, it means you have two chance to get a good score. Further the best from the two is gong to considered for the selection.

Languages in exam:-

It is not mentioned, about the languages in which the exam is going to be conducted, however, the exam will be conducted in multiple languages. According to the minister of DoPT, the exam will held in 12 different languages.

Exam centers:-

Exam centers will be a bit concerned for the government. Because the CET is a computer-based test and in small districts, it is not easy to organize a computer-based exam. But the government of India plans to organize CET in many districts as possible.
Candidates will have a choice to select exam centers according to his/her convenience.

Syllabus of Common Eligibility Test:-

There is a confusion among the students regarding the syllabus and pattern of Common Eligibility Test. Because nothing is specified yet. Not only the syllabus but exam pattern also declared for CET by NRA soon. Moreover, according to the sources, the syllabus and exam pattern will be different for the graduates, higher secondary and secondary level exam.

Role of state government in CET

According to the PIB scorecard of CET may also be utilized by the state government for the recruitment of state-level vacancies. Madhya Pradesh becomes the first state of India to go with CET. From now in MP, all the non-technical and non-gazetted post filled based on CET.

Benefits of Common Eligibility Test

  • Candidates don’t need to fill so many forms for different examinations.
  • A common exam will save the money of candidates.
  • It saves resources and money required to organize different exams.
  • Uniformity
  • The scorecard is valid for three years.
  • The CET score will shared with all central agencies.
  • Candidates need not worried about the clashing of exam dates.
  • Candidates from small towns do need to travel many times a year for their exams.
  • The candidate needs to pay the fee once.
  • It will also save time.
  • It will motivate students from rural areas as well as increase their chances to get the central government jobs.
  • There will be no restrictions on the number of attempts for candidates.
  • You have two chances in a year to boost your score and the best score will be used for the selection.

Some Disadvantages of CET

  • According to the sources, there will be around 3-4 crores candidates register for CET, which means competition will be high.
  • Some cons will there when the syllabus will specified by the NRA. Because how they manage common syllabus for various types of departments.
  • CET may cause a lack of confidence among the average candidates. Because they need to compete on the national level.
  • Moreover, before the CET you can prepare for that exam which has a syllabus of your choice. But from now things will be different.

In short Common Eligibility Test is a good step by the government for the benefit of candidates. But only when everything will planned and organised well.

Challenges for government

It is not easy to organize a common exam in which 4 crores (approx.) candidates will sit. In short arrangements of software, exam centers, good server, budget to organize the exam will be a major challenge for the government.

Some Common Questions

Q1. What is the age limit
Ans. There will be upper and lower age limit as per the level of exam like for graduates, higher secondary and secondary level candidates.
Q2. Full form of CET and NRA
Ans. Common Eligibility Test and National Recruitment Agency.
Q3. Who conduct CET?
Ans. NRA will conduct CET
Q4. Syllabus for CET?
Ans. Yet to defined.
Q5. Will the reservation be there in CET?
Ans. Yes, there will be no change in reservation criteria.

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