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Single Online Exam For Non-Gazetted Govt Posts; Scored To Be Valid For 3 Years

Around 3.5 crore aspirants, who takes separate, multiple examinations conducted by different recruiting agencies for selection to government jobs, will soon need to appear for a single online Common Eligibility Test (CET) with the test scores remaining valid for three years for recruitment to any non-gazetted post.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday while presenting the Union Budget 2020-2021 said a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) was proposed for conduct of a computer-based CET for recruitment to non-gazetted posts.

She added that a test centre will be put up in each district, especially aspirational districts.
The move will help aspirants to aim for one test to apply for government jobs, the minister said.

As of now, aspirants need to appear for multiple examinations conducted by different agencies at different points of time, for similar posts demanding similar eligibility criteria. “This places an enormous burden on time, effort and cost of young people,” Sitharaman said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his post-budget remark said that, “At present, youths need to appear for separate examinations for recruitment to government jobs. We are revising this arrangement by starting an online common examination for such appointments.”