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Sources: The Indian Express, TheMint

The proposed NRA will conduct common preliminary examination for various recruitments in the central government.

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,Right now aspirants have to take different exams held by central government agencies. Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, C Chandramouli, claims that on an average 2.5 crore to 3 crore aspirants appear for about 1.25 lakh vacancies in various central government offices every year.The NRA, which is yet to be set up, will conduct a common eligibility test (CET) and based on these CET scores a candidate can apply for a vacancy with the respective central government agency.

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Initially, NRA will organise a CET to shortlist candidates for non -technical posts, which are now being conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railways Recruitment Board (SSC) and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). But in due time more exams may be brought under NRA ambit.The agency will have representatives from SSC, IBPS and RRB. The NRA tests will be conducted at three levels: graduate, higher secondary and the matriculate. Based on CET scores, a final selection for recruitment shall be made through separate specialised tiers. The curriculum for CET will be common.

Will the NRA be authorised to conduct A test for all government vacancies?

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Examination centres will be set up in every district of the country. A special focus will be on creating examination infrastructure in the 117 ‘Aspirational Districts’. The government says that the move will benefit the poor candidates, as under the present system students have to appear in multiple examinations conducted by multiple agencies. They have to incur expenditure on examination fees, travel, boarding, lodging and other things.

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The CET score of a candidate shall be valid for a period of three years from the date of declaration of the result. The best of the valid scores shall be deemed to be the current score of the candidate. While there will be no restriction on the number of attempts to be taken by a candidate to appear in the CET, it will be subject to the upper age limit. However, the relaxation in the upper age limit shall be given to candidates of SC/ST/OBC and other categories as per the extant policy of the Government.

How long will the C.E.T score be valid?

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The CET will be conducted in multiple languages. According to Minister of DoPT Jitendra Singh, the exam will be conducted in 12 languages that are in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

What will be the medium of CET?

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Initially, the Union Cabinet has approved an amount of Rs 1517.57 crore for the NRA, for a period of 3 years. The money will be used for setting up of NRA, and examination centres in ‘aspirational districts’.

How much money will be spent on the NRA?

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