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National Recruitment Agency – An Appraisal

India, the second most populous country and therefore the most populous democracy within the world. The population of India is about 1,380,004,385 (an increasing everyday) with a worldwide share of 17.71%. The world sex ratio is 1.018 %, which convey that in India we have got slightly more men than woman. The population is increasing so the needs of the people in day to day life are also increasing. The people become more attentive to their rights and duties asserted to them. Every individual of India wishes to own a government job so as to secure their upcoming future. Everyone is attempting to reach heights as per their wishes by crossing hurdles at every path of their life.

If one applies for any post or government jobs they have to undergo many stages of rounds, including a written exam, personal interview, computer exams, and medical exams and so on, creating lots of tensions in their mind thinking of varied tactics and ways of cracking the exam. Out of this huge population of India, there are about twenty-five million aspirants who apply for multiple government jobs in passing succeeding years. An individual who applies for every exam separately had to pay fees for every recruiting agency. The individuals even have to travel long, far distances for appearing in various exams at their given centers. These things seem to create a burden on the heads of the applicants as well as on the enlisting agencies as it leads to avoidable and repetitive expenditure, law and order, security related issues, place related issues and rules and regulations on to be followed for the proper performance of the exams.

In order to put an end to these present major issue faced by the aspirants the Cabinet ministers under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave their assent to line up a system of National Recruitment Agency which ultimately will benefit ample government job aspirants by providing relaxation in various ways to tackle their problems and needs.[1] This pace will generate lots of attention and engrossment among job aspirants, students, and educationalists by visualizing it as a specialized body, bringing the state of the art mechanism and best practices to the division of central government enrollment.

Common Eligibility Test (CET)

The national recruitment agency will hold a Common Eligibility Test for all, on:

  1. Non-gazetted Posts

  2. Non-technical Posts (Group B and Group C)

This test will be conducted at the place of prelims exams for all the government Departments. The score of this test will be utilized by different organizations to pick the candidate for the next level of examination for the posts mentioned. It will be conducted twice in an exceedingly year and also the scores provided in these tests will be valid for the next three years. This decision was made so as to curb the difficulties faced by the aspirants.

Members of the Agency

It will be lead by the Chairman who will be of the rank of Secretary to the Government of India. [2] This agency will include the spokespersons from the:

  1. Railways Ministry

  2. Ministry of Finance - Department of Economic Services

  3. The Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

  4. Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)

  5. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)


Recurring separately for multiple exams is being put an end to. The aspirants’ now on, will only have to appear once for the Common Eligibility Test (CET). CET is a Preliminary Test whose scores shall be valid for 3 consecutive years and will be taken into consideration from the date of the declaration of the results. The candidates qualifying CET will be eligible for the mains exam which will be followed by the Personal Test and the Medical Test resulting in the reduction in the time taken wholly for any recruitment. Separate CET for 10th, 12th, and Graduates will be conducted with each stage followed by their typical syllabus which will function as the preliminary screening test for that level. The candidates qualifying the CET will be eligible to appear for Mains Exam once every year for three consecutive years. Relaxation to the candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category will be adhered according to the policy of the Government with no bar on the number of attempts taken by the aspirant lead by the upper ordinances. The aspirants from now on by passing of this agency has a positive side i.e., has a right to relinquish a choice of centers. The centers choice is total of the aspirants’ decision. Worthwhile the candidates will not have to bear an additional expense which one uses for going to their examination centers, protect one from the financial burden. Proposal predicted to ease the access to aspirants residing in rural areas as the government have sanctioned a sump of 1517.57 Crores for fixing exams infrastructure in 117 Districts with a massive number of aspirants. The language of CET will be convenient as per the regions of the Country, as in present days, most of the exams are basically taken in two languages i.e., English and Hindi or State's Official Language.


This step by the government has been considered as a boon to the aspirants. The youths i.e., the future of tomorrow will not have to take the burden of giving so many exams every year, visiting new exams centers for every exam. They will not have dig around through every minute detail of every topic, scratching their heads every time as this decision has put an end to multiple exams. It is been considered by the youngsters as the big boost to transparency. The common benchmark is being set by the Government of India which will ultimately fall in the bags of the aspirants.

This historic step taken by the government under the leadership of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is taken into account as the boon for all the youth of the nations as this decision will ultimately benefit the job-seeking youth of the country. It will hold the uniform transformative recruitment process as it has specified the due right to the duty seeking youth by ensuring transparency and ease in providing recruitment and making one employed without any form of discrimination in the society, and which will reduce the financial burden and greatly benefit the candidates.


[1] Susmita Pakrasi, 'National Recruitment Agency: All You Need to Know' (Hindustan Times August 21, 2020) <> accessed April 4, 2021. [2] Susmita (n 1)

*The author of this post is Rajshree Lakshmi a law student from the Faculty of Law, University of Lucknow; and, a member of the Editorial Board.

Image Source: The Week

Article Number: 2021/LKLR/04B18


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