The Common Eligibility Test is an upcoming exam planned by the Government of India for recruiting candidates for various posts. The posts are mainly non-gazetted posts in the Indian Railways, public sector banks, and the central government.
A National Recruitment Agency will be set up to carry out the process of conducting exams and recruiting candidates for various posts. The Union Cabinet finalized the decision to conduct CET on the 19th of August 2020. A separate exam will be conducted for three different levels, which include graduates, higher secondary, and matriculate.
The CET is supposed to replace multiple examinations conducted for recruitment by various organizations like SSC, Railways, IBPS, etc. As a result, job seekers will be saved from the trouble of appearing for multiple examinations, and it will also save time and money on both sides.
Salient Features of Common Eligibility Test (CET):
The Common Eligibility Test (CET) will be conducted by the National Recruitment Agency (NRA). The agency will also be responsible for job selection. This decision was taken in a Union Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by the Prime Minister of India. Given below are some of the salient features of the CET:
Mode of Examination:
The CET will be conducted twice a year as an online examination. Students also need to apply for the exam through online mode. The students are required to answer multiple-choice questions in the examination.
Medium of Examination:
The Center plans to conduct the Common Eligibility Test in 10 other Indian languages along with Hindi and English. It will provide an equal opportunity to all the youth who seek jobs in the Railways, Banking, and Staff Selection Commission.
The 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution has 22 languages. The Center plans to begin by including 12 languages in the CET at the initial stages, and then, they will slowly include all the other languages. As a result, CET will be gradually expanded to all the 22 languages of the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution, according to the officials of the Ministry of Personnel.
CET Examination Center:
According to the Union Minister Jitendra Singh, a 1000 examination centers will be set up in different districts all over the country. India has 700 districts, and the Center plans to arrange 1000 exam centers in all of those districts. As a result, each district will have one or more examination centers depending on the area and population of the particular district.
The decision is very beneficial for women as families avoid sending women to far areas for examination. It will also reduce the cost and time consumed due to traveling to different districts to appear for an examination.
Number of attempts:
The Center has decided not to limit the number of attempts to take the exam. Therefore, a candidate can appear for the exam multiple times. However, there is an upper age limit for the candidates who want to appear for the CET examination.
The age limit is different for each level of the CET exam. However, it will remain the same as the previous age limits of different types of examinations of different levels. The Union Cabinet has decided to give some relaxations on the upper age limit for the candidates who belong to SC, ST, and OBC.
The scores of CET are valid for three years. In case, the candidate appears for the exam multiple times within these three years, then the best CET score among all the scores will be considered during the recruitment process.
The syllabus of CET is different for different levels of the exam. Since graduates, higher secondary, and secondary level students have the knowledge of different levels, the syllabus for each level of CET has been decided to be different.
CET Exam Pattern:
There is no specific exam pattern for CET released by the government as of yet. However, the NRA is supposedly responsible for deciding the exam pattern of CET. The NRA will plan and release the exam pattern for each level in the upcoming days. The pattern will be different for each level of the CET test. The final pattern decided by the NRA will be released on the official website.
The Ministry of Personnel confirmed that they are planning to share the CET score with the recruitment agencies, UT administrations, Public Sector Undertakings, and private sectors.
According to the Citing Union Minister Jitendra Singh, CET could prove to be convenient and cost-effective for young job aspirants and would also help the recruiting agencies and UT administration to save time and money spent on the recruitment process.
The recruitment agencies and other organizations can use the CET score after placing an arrangement in the form of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). As a result, CET would prove to be beneficial for both the employers and the employees.
Many state governments and UTs have agreed to use the CET score according to Minister Jitendra Singh and the Department of Personnel and Training. Many chief ministers are also in favor of adopting the changes.
Advantages of CET:
The new reform is considered to be a revolutionary by the Central government as it will reduce the struggles of job aspirants and increase their ease of living. The Union Cabinet has employed the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to carry out the recruitment process efficiently. The agency is responsible for selecting candidates for various non-gazetted positions in the public sector banks and central government.
Given below are some of the advantages of CET:
- It will act as a single prelims exam for IBPS, SSC, and RRB posts
- The validity of the CET test score is 3 years
- A candidate can appear for the exam multiple times
- The exam will be held in 12 languages, and it will be eventually expanded to 22 languages
- Each district will have at least one examination center
- Relaxations in the upper age limit will be given to the candidates of SC, ST, and OBC
- The exam will contain separate levels based on the qualifications of the candidate
The government has also sanctioned Rs. 1517 crore for the formation of the National Recruitment Agency. The NRA will be responsible for conducting a common entrance test for SSC, IBPS, and RRB. It will help the government to save time and resources by eliminating multiple tests.
The Common Eligibility Test will definitely be beneficial for all the job seekers in India. It will also reduce the burden on job seekers to prepare for different types of examinations for landing a job.