What are the National Recruitment Agency and Common Eligibility Test (CET)?

The cabinet approved the setting up of the National Recruitment Agency that will be responsible for conducting the Common Eligibility Test (CET).

Key highlights

  • The recruitment examination of Railways, Bank, and SSC will come under one examination named Common Eligibility Test.
  • The online mode of Tier-1 examination of the CET will be conducted by the National Recruitment Agency
  • Every district is going to have at least one exam center.

National Recruitment Agency

NRA will be a multi-agency, an autonomous body to conduct a Common eligibility test to fulfill the vacancies of non-gazetted officer post of Group B and C for Railways, banks, and SSC.


The NRA will conduct a common eligibility test (CET) for graduate level, higher secondary level and the matriculate level candidates. The score of CET will be valid for three years but one can reappear in the examinations to upgrade his position and scores.

CET will be the first tier of recruitment examinations. The other tiers will be conducted by the concerned recruitment agencies.




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