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What is NRA CET & What are the Benefits of NRA Exam?

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What is NRA CET & What are the Benefits of NRA Exam

What is NRA CET

NRA CET is a screening/preliminary exam that will be conducted to shortlist the eligible candidates for tier-II/tier-III exams conducted by the respective recruitment authority (SSC/IBPS/RRB).  The NRA is an autonomous society working as an independent, professional, and specialist organization. The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will conduct the NRA Common Eligibility Test (NRA CET) for the recruitment of various Group-B and C non-technical & non-gazetted posts.

CET is expected to be held twice a year. The scorecard is going to be valid for a total of three years. All the candidates who will fulfill NRA CET eligibility must note that the online entrance exam will be conducted in three separate levels for Graduates, Class 12 and Class 10.

NRA CET 2022

As per the sources, the first edition of the Common Eligibility Test is likely to be held in the third quarter (October-December) of 2022-2023. The Union Minister Jitendra Singh has notified that the first online NRA CET exam for filling up non-gazetted posts will be held across the country by this year-end. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of CET for aspirants.

Which Exams will be Conducted Under NRA CET 2022?

The National Recruitment Agency is expected to conduct screening/tie-1 of the NRA CET 2022  exam from the following three government recruitment agencies mentioned below:

Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

  • SSC GD
  • SSC Stenographer

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

  • IBPS Clerk
  • RRB Clerk
  • RRB PO

Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)

  • RRB Group-D

What are the Benefits of the NRA CET Exam?

Some of the major benefits of CET exam are shared below for the reference of the candidates:

The Application Process is Simplified Now!

Presently, candidates who desire to participate in multiple recruitment exams need to fill out separate application forms for each post and pay application fees for separate exams/posts. This is hectic, expensive, and time-consuming as well. With the introduction of NRA CET, candidates are required to fill out one single application form and pay the fees once. After submitting the applications, they will be eligible to participate in multiple recruitment exams.

Medium of CET exam

The NRA CET exam will be held in 12 languages including Hindi & English. Along with this, the candidates can schedule their exam and select the exam center as per their choice & convenience.

One Stop Solution

Every year, lakhs of candidates participate in various government exams conducted by recruitment agencies like SSC, RRB, and IBPS. The candidates were supposed to appear in multiple entry-level exams which made the process fanatic and often led to securing fewer marks. The NRA CET exam is a one-stop solution for all these issues and candidates need to attempt a single exam to get shortlisted for further rounds of the concerned recruitment process.

NRA CET eligibility and the number of Attempts

There is no bar on the number of attempts to be taken by the aspirants to participate in the CET exam. They can appear in the exam as long as they are fulfilling the NRA CET eligibility criteria and other relevant factors.

Less Time Consuming

NRA CET helps the candidates by saving a lot of time and effort in preparing for multiple exams. Another merit of this system is that candidates do not have to visit different exam centers for appearing in exams separately. With NRA CET, they have to appear in only one exam based on which they will be selected for the next round.


The validity of the NRA CET score is three years. The highest score obtained in the exam of three years shall be considered for shortlisting. The test scores will be shared with all the participating recruitment agencies. Based on CET scores, the candidates will be shortlisted for tier-II/tier-III exams to be conducted by the concerned recruitment bodies (SSC/IBPS/RRB).

Ease the Preparation 

As the NRA CET exam is a common preliminary exam for Group B & C posts. Hence, the candidates are saved from unnecessary confusion that arises from differences in the syllabus of multiple preliminary exams. For example, Banking and SSC have different syllabus and subjects which creates chaos for the candidates preparing simultaneously for both exams. With the introduction of the NRA CET exam, this issue will be resolved as the candidates need to attempt only one single exam for preliminary screening

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