National Recruitment Agency, NRA will be conducting the Common Eligibility Test, CET in the country from early 2022. In a recent announcement on NRA CET, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that this exam will be held for recruitment to Central governmnet jobs.  

This unique initiative of the Common Eligibility Test CET undertaken with the personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to screen and shortlist candidates for recruitment to central government jobs was scheduled to take off with the first such test before the end of this year, but is likely to get delayed on account of the Covid pandemic, he said.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that this initiative was scheduled to begin from early this year. However, the pandemic caused an undue delay in NRA CET announcement. He also told that this initiative has been undertaken by the personal intervention of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.  

Singh said that 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 which would greatly enhance access to the candidates living in far-flung areas,” he added.

Singh said that the historic reform will provide a level playing field to all the candidates, regardless of his or her background or socio-economic status. “There will also be a huge benefit to women and Divyang candidates and for those who find it financially unaffordable to appear for multiple tests by travelling to multiple Centres,” the Union minister added.

In order to apply for NRA CET exam, candidates will have to register at the single registration point which will be the NRA portal. The official site of NRA is According to Singh, DoPT (Department of Personnel & Training) in the last seven years by the Modi government has resulted in a number of innovations and reforms for the common public good. And now this CET by NRA is another feather in the cap.  

With the start of NRA CET, people will have an ease as the practice of getting documents attested by a gazetted officer and replacing it with self-attestation and mandatory three-month stint for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers as assistant secretaries with the Central government in the beginning of their career, and such conditions will be removed.