National Recruitment Agency to conduct common online exam for non-gazetted government & PSBs posts

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Anangsha Patra
Deputy Manager – Editorial
New Delhi, Updated on Feb 1, 2020 20:20 IST

Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman said that National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will be set up for recruitment to non-gazetted government and public sector banks posts. 

Nirmala Sitharaman

With an aim of creating more employment, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Budget 2020 speech said that the government will set up a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) for all Computer-Based Examinations for recruitment to non-gazetted government and public sector banks posts.

Explaining this, the Finance Minister said, “At present candidates have to appear for multiple examinations conducted by multiple agencies at different points of time for similar posts. This places an enormous burden on time, effort and cost of young people. Thus to mitigate their hardship faced, it is proposed to set up an NRA as an independent, professional, specialist organisation for the conduct of a computer-based online Common Eligibility Test for recruitment to non-gazetted posts.”

Sitharaman further said that a test centre in every district will be set up to conduct this online exam.

On proposed NRA, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Today for a government job, the youth have to take many different exams. Changing this arrangement, appointments will now be made through an online Common Examination taken by the National Recruitment Agency.”

What is the NRA?

NRA would work as an independent agency that would be set up to conduct computer-based Common Eligibility Test for recruitment to non-gazetted posts. The agency is expected to work in a manner similar to the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Roles & Responsibilities

NRA will play an important role in handling the government jobs, provide better access and direct employment opportunities to lakhs of the youth of the country.

Which are the Non-Gazetted posts?

Non-gazetted jobs are the government jobs or posts which do not give the person the authority to issue an official stamp on the behalf of the government. In terms of types of jobs, this includes Group B, Group C, and Group D government jobs.

Why there is a need for the NRA?

Currently, the selection and recruitment of government job aspirants are done through multiple different examinations which lead to duplication of work, porous screening system, and multiple screening and evaluation standards for recruitment of Government Employees. NRA will streamline the recruitment and selection process.

Which jobs NRA will cater to?

Few jobs that may fall under the ambit of proposed NRA are listed below:

  • RRB Group D Recruitment
  • RRB NTPC Recruitment Examination
  • SSC CGL Examination
  • SSC CHSL Examination
  • SSC MTS Examination
  • SSC JHT Examination

The details regarding the NRA is awaited. It may also include banking examinations. It is important to note that UPSC examinations under Group A will not be included under the NRA.

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Anangsha Patra
Deputy Manager – Editorial

A mass communication and journalism post-graduate, Anangsha has worked as a reporter and sub-editor and enjoys working in the education domain.



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