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The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) is expected to conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for Group B, Group C, and  Group D posts in the Government of India, from early 2022. NRA was formed through the provisions of the Budget in the year 2018. The stated aim of NRA is to free students from unnecessary hassle around multiple examinations for similar posts. Currently, the exams for Group B, Group C, and D posts are conducted by agencies like IBPS, SSC, RRB, and other Departments conducting one-day exams. At present, the NRA’s objective is to do away with multiple examinations at least for the screening process or prelims.
The prima facie rules and conditions related to NRA CET appear to be friendly to students, with provisions like- Validity of scores for three years, no limitations on the number of attempts, and the best of three scores will be considered valid. NRA is a step towards revolutionizing the examination process in India and bring it in line with the best practices followed worldwide.


NRA CET 2021

As per the official data on average 2.5 crore to 3 crore aspirants appear for about 1.25 lakh vacancies in the central government every year. Years-long process and recruitment cycles are not new to aspirants of government jobs. NRA is mandated to reduce time, cost, and resources utilized in recruitment. As per the initial information, the NRA’s Common Eligibility Test will replace the prelims for exams like IBPS, SSC, and RRB. Candidates who pass NRA CET will appear for the next stage under the respective agency. A number of other departments have time and again expressed willingness to conduct a single examination followed by Physical and other tests.





National Recruitment Agency


Common Eligibility Test

Level of exam


Frequency of exam

Twice a year

Exam Language

12 Major Indian Languages

Validity of Score

For 3 years

Number Of Attempts

No information as of now

Exam Centers

NRA will notify as pet requirement, across the nation

Mode of Exam

Computer-Based-Online Exam

Posts Covered

  • Group B (Non-Gazetted)
  • Group C
  • Group D


NRA CTET Expected Examinations

Based on details and number of examinations under various agencies like IBPS, RRB, and SSC. We expect CET to be conducted based on two different education criteria- NRA CET for Class 12 pass and NRA CET for Graduates. The expected examination to be under NRA are covered below, the actual examination may differ as this is only speculation based on available information.


Examination expected to be merged with NRA

Staff Selection Commission

  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGL)
  • SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam (SSC CHSL)
  • Junior Engineer
  • Junior Hindi Translator
  • SSC GD Constable
  • SSC Multitasking Staff
  • Selection Post
  • SI (Central Police Organization)
  • Stenographer C & D



  • IBPS Clerk



  • RRB Group-D


Other Graduate & Undergraduate Level Jobs

As the Government may assign.


NRA CTET Expected Examination Dates

NRA CET is as of now in the inception stage there is no definite idea about the examination process or dates. As per media reports the Ministry Of Education informed parliament of possible examination in January 2022 or early 2022.



Starting For Online Registrations

Will be updated soon

Deadline For Online Registrations

Will be updated soon

Admit Card Release

Will be updated soon

Examination Date

Early 2022


NRA CET Eligibility 2021

The information here is only as per the eligibility for various examinations conducted now. Since NRA and CET are yet to see the daylight, we are only speculating the possible eligibility condition. basic NRA CET eligibility criteria can be as given below:

Educational qualification

As per the post candidate should have passed – Class 10, Class 12, or graduation

Age limit

There should be an upper age limit for the exam. which can be in the range of 25 to 32 years. The relaxations in age limit are expected to continue as now.

Number of attempts

There is no bar on the number of attempts one can take for the exam, subject to the upper age limit prescribed 


Advantages of NRA CET Exam

  1. NRA CET Exam will have some major advantages which can be summed up below:
  2. Streamline competitive examination and will bring uniformity in syllabus and exam pattern for similar posts.
  3. Will expedite the examination process.
  4. The need of appearing for multiple examinations will no longer exist.
  5. The candidates will be less burdened financially as the multiple fees will not be paid.
  6. The resources will be used optimally.
  7. NRA CET scores may be further used by State Governments.
  8. This can reduce the bottlenecks and corrupt practices if any.

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To know more about NRA CET read here.


NRA CET Eligibility Criteria

NRA CET For 12th Pass Salary And Job Profile

 NRA CET For Graduates Salary And Job Profile 



Q1 When will CET exam be conducted?

A1 The CET Exam can possibly be held in early 2022.

Q2 What does NRA stand for?

A2 NRA is short form of National Recruitment Agency.

Q3 What is need for NRA CET exam?

A3 NRS CET exam is needed to reduce cost and time involved in competitive examinations.

Q4 What are the papers under NRA CET?

A4 Possibly the exams like IBPS, SSC,RRB as of now being under NRA CET.

Q5 What is the eligibility for NRA CET exam?

A5 The eligibility criteria for NRA CET is not released yet.


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