National Recruitment Agency to conduct first common eligibility test in early 2022
13 July 2021
The government will be conducting a Common Eligibility Test (CET) across the country from early 2022 to screen and shortlist candidates for recruitment to central government jobs, union minister for development of north-eastern region (DoNER), MoS PMO, personnel, public grievances, pensions, atomic energy and space Dr Jitendra Singh said on last week.
This will be the first Common Eligibility Test being conducted by the newly set up National Recruitment Agency (NRA), which will conduct CET and screen/shortlist candidates for jobs in government sector for which recruitment is currently being carried out through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
This unique initiative 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 pandemic, he said.
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 and Training (DoPT) to bring about “Ease of Recruitment” for young job aspirants and it will prove to be a major boon for youth, especially those living in far-flung and remote areas. This landmark reform is also a reflection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deep and sensitive concern for the youth and his keenness to provide level playing field and equal opportunity to youth across the country, he added.
The minister further informed that the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) for conducting Common Eligibility Test has been constituted with the approval of the union cabinet. 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 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.
He said the push given to DoPT in the last seven years by the Narendra Modi government has resulted in a number of innovations and reforms for the common public good. Referring to a series of out-of-box decisions since May 2014, he said that the decision to do away with the time old practice of getting documents attested by a gazetted officer and replacing the same with self-attestation, three-month central government stint as Assistant Secretaries for IAS officers in the beginning of their career are far reaching in nature.
Speaking about the e-Book IAS Civil List 2021, the minister said the dynamic list will help in selecting the right officer for the right assignment based on available profile and is a vital source of information on the officers manning various posts for the general public. He said, the e-book IAS Civil list is an effort by the department to contribute towards Digital India initiative of the Government of India. This effort will also ensure economic utilisation of resources by reducing the burden on government exchequer, he added.
This is the 66th edition of the Civil List and the first edition of e-book in pdf with unique search facilities and hyperlinking of contents for ease of access of information at the click of a button. By introducing publication of e-Book IAS Civil list 2021, DoPT has done away with the printing of voluminous IAS Civil list. The IAS Civil List contains vital information in respect of officers’ batch, cadre, present posting, pay scale, qualification and date of superannuation along with their overall cadre-wise strength, number of IAS officers retiring in next five years, including number of IAS officers appointed on the basis of Civil Services Examination from 1969 onwards. The list also contains photographs of IAS officers.The e-book IAS Civil List, 2021 is also available on the website of the Department at https://dopt.gov.in.