Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today said that a Common Eligibility Test, CET for job aspirants will be conducted across the country from early 2022. This unique initiative is being undertaken with the personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to screen and shortlist candidates for recruitment to Central Government jobs.
The Minister said, this initiative was scheduled to take off with the first such test before the end of this year, but is likely to get delayed due to COVID pandemic. Speaking after the launch of e-Book Civil List-2021 of IAS officers, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Common Entrance Test is a path-breaking reform carried out by Department of Personnel & Training to bring about “Ease of Recruitment” for young job aspirants.
He said, it will prove to be a major boon for youth, especially those living in far-flung and remote areas. He added that this landmark reform is also a reflection of Prime Minister’s deep and sensitive concern for the youths and his keenness to provide level playing field and equal opportunity to youth across the country.
The Minister further informed that the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) for conducting CET has been constituted with the approval of the Union Cabinet. NRA will conduct CET to screen and shortlist candidates for jobs in Government sector for which recruitment is presently carried out through the Staff Selection Commission, Railway Recruitment Boards and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.
The NRA will be a multi-agency body which will conduct the common test to screen and shortlist candidates for Group-‘B’ and ‘C’ (non-technical) posts. The most significant feature of this reform is that every district in the country will have at least one Examination Centre.