Government Jobs: One Nation, One Exam

With the New Education Policy, we recently saw many positive changes being welcomed in the education system. This move was well-received by people from different spheres of life.

And now government has come with a new norm to ease government jobs recruitment process and help candidates get more job opportunities. The Union Cabinet gave its nod to set up a National Recruitment Agency – NRA. The decision was taken on August 19, 2020.

There is no denial to the fact that Indians find a great sense of security in government jobs. This is the reason, people across the country, give their best to get a government job. Also, following the coronavirus pandemic situation, there has been a surge in unemployment. To ensure that in the coming days, people find suitable jobs without much hassle, this scheme of recruitment has been proposed.

NRA will primarily carry out a national entrance exam for the non-gazetted vacancies in both the public sector banks and government departments. The National Recruitment Agency will henceforth be conducting one single entrance exams for the different positions that are made open by the government every year.

What is NRA?

NRA will act as a multi-agency body to cover the first level test which is at present conducted by different agencies like the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Institute of Banking Service Personnel (IBPS), and the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs).

In the near future, the recruitment agencies will adopt the Central Eligibility Test (CET), to be conducted by National Recruitment Agency.

With NRA, the recruitment process for all government jobs will get streamlined. This will also facilitate the students preparing for government job exams as now they’ll have to just appear for one exam, which is time savvy and a quick process.

NRA will have senates from the Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, the Ministry of Railways, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), and the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB).

Scores of the CET will be shared with these departments as of now. Later on, more departments will be added to ensure the recruitment process stands more efficient and holistic.

Prime Minister of the country, Shri Narendra Modi also shared his thoughts on how NRA will change the recruitment process in government jobs. He welcomed the change and shared, “The National Recruitment Agency will prove to be a boon for crores of youngsters. Through the Common Eligibility Test, it will eliminate multiple tests and save precious time as well as resources. This will also be a big boost to transparency”.

At the same time, the cabinet also made it clear that UPSC will continue to manage the top administrative exams, especially the civil services exams.

It’s indeed a great move made in the direction of generating more jobs and making the whole recruitment process quicker, hassle-free and transparent. Youngsters will surely get benefited with this new scheme.