First common eligibility test postponed till 2022

Starting 2022, vacancies in groups B and C of the Central government will be filled through the CET to be conducted by the National Recruitment Agency


The newly formed National Recruitment Agency or NRA, will conduct the first common eligibility test or CET for recruitment to non-technical group B and C government positions in 2022.

This year, the CET, which was to be held for the first time, was delayed due to the pandemic and is now expected to be held only in 2022. This common eligibility test will help shortlist candidates for group B and C jobs, for which earlier the candidates were selected through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exam or the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exam or the test conducted by the Insitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).

The objective of CET is to make recruitment easy and serve as a big relief for those appearing for such exams from remote areas. This common test would save them the trouble of travelling to far flung centres frequently to appear for different tests. To make things even more convenient, each district will have at least one examination centre.

As part of the reforms, self-attestation will replace the cumbersome practice of getting documents attested by a gazetted officer.

The ‘Mission Karamyogi’ initiative has also been launched to streamline training and competency building of civil servants through an HR council with select union ministers, chief ministers, international leaders and civil servants as members, entrusted with the task of selecting the most suitable person for various posts.

This will make the training of civil servants an ongoing and continuous process, with close monitoring and auditing. A report will be submitted yearly to gauge the level of success of the programme.

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