‘National Recruitment Agency, a boon for aspirants seeking Central Government jobs’

‘National Recruitment Agency, a boon for aspirants seeking Central Government jobs’

Chennai, The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s Regional Outreach Bureau and Press Information Bureau, Chennai conducted a webinar on National Recruitment Agency (NRA), today.

Elaborating on the topic, Mr. B. Kasiviswanathan, Chairman Railway Recruitment Board, Bangalore said “The process of combining preliminary examination for various recruitments like Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is indeed a welcome step, which will help the organisations and candidates phenomenally.”

The candidates can utilise the score of the Common Eligibility Test (CET), conducted by NRA while applying for any Central Government job, he added. “While currently, the RRB, SSC and IBPS are individually conducting the recruitment process, the NRA’s CET will tremendously reduce the stress of these organisations. In addition, candidates can save their time, money and energy Applying for these exams separately will cost the candidates extra time, money and energy and the single examination will make them concentrate on the preparation as the syllabus of the CET is common for all the boards”, he stated.

Speaking about the various advantages of the NRA and CET, Mr. G. Srinivasa Reddy, Chairman Railway Recruitment Board, Chennai, said, “The computer based online CET will have exam centres at each and every district, thus easing the discomfort of women and disabled candidates, especially those living in the rural areas, who otherwise have to travel over 300 kilometres. It also improves the authenticity and credibility of the exam system and ensures that merit and hardworking candidates get more scope.”

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NRA shall conduct a separate CET each for the three levels of graduate, higher secondary (12th pass) and the matriculate (10th pass) candidates for those non-technical posts to which recruitment is presently carried out by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). Based on the screening done at the CET score level, final selection for recruitment shall be made through separate specialised Tiers (II, III etc) of examination which shall be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies. The curriculum for this test would be common as would be the standard. This would greatly ease the burden of candidates who are at present required to prepare for each of the examinations separately as per different curriculum, he said.

The CET will be conducted twice a year for the Group B and C (non-technical) posts and the score obtained by the candidate will be valid for three years. However, the candidate can improve the score or update the level, without any limitation, Srinivasa Reddy added. He also said that the preliminary examination will be conducted in multiple languages with the questions in multiple choice format.

Mr. Bala Guru, Expert in Training- Competitive Exams, said that the CET would completely reduce the stress level of the candidates as they can concentrate on only one syllabus throughout the year. It also reduces the burden of applying multiple times, he added.

Delivering the Presidential address, Mr. S. Venkateswar, Director General (South Zone), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, said that the NRA is a revolutionary step by the Government of India which will benefit the talented, especially women and rural people from travelling long distance, which involves time and money. Opting for examination in the languages of their choice is an added advantage for the candidates, he said.

In his introductory address, Mr. V. Palanichamy, Director, All India Radio, Chennai, said that the CET is an opportunity and boon and requested the youth who are preparing for the Central Government jobs to make use of it. The creation of question bank along with the type of questions that will be asked in the examination is an additional benefit for the candidate, he said.

Earlier, Mr. Gurubabu Balaraman, Director, Press Information Bureau, Chennai delivered the welcome address, while Mr. J. Kamaraj, Joint Director, Regional Outreach Bureau, Chennai, rendered the vote of thanks.

Shri G. Srinivasa Reddy, Chairman Railway Recruitment Board, Chennai addressing in the Webinar on National Recruitment Agency.

Mr. B. Kasiviswanathan, Chairman Railway Recruitment Board, Bangalore addressing in the webinar on National Recruitment Agency.