The Union Cabinet has approved the formation of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA). This agency will bring uniformity in the recruitment process for non-gazetted posts of Central Government and Public Sector Banks.
Right now, the entire process of recruitment to all the posts of this category is handled by different agencies in their own way. They all have different examinations, which do not mean anything to each other.
In such a situation, the youth who want to be recruited have to keep an eye on all these and according to whichever agency comes the information of recruitment, according to the filling of the form, the entire process has to go through. Obviously, not only their money but also energy is wasted.
Under the new arrangement, the NRA will presently conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for all the recruitments of the Staff Selection Commission (SAC), Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) and the Railway Recruitment Board and on the basis of this, shortlist the eligible candidates and name them in these agencies.
After this, the concerned agencies will call these candidates for the main examination, who have proved their ability to a level.
CET scoring will remain in effect for three years and there is no seating limit. This means that as long as age is there, one can sit in CET as many times as young people want.
However, the process of NRA formation is still in the initial stage and all the provisions related to this are not yet clear. Yet one thing is clear that this new system does not reduce the length of the appointment process in any way, but adds an examination to it.
However, it will definitely benefit the pressure on the existing system to conduct recruitment examinations will be reduced.
Right now, whether it is appointments of banks or railway and SSC, lakhs of applications are also received for one and a half thousand posts. Every agency has to deal with this crowd of applicants separately.
The CET will introduce primary level filter, after which only a limited number of candidates will be able to appear in the main examinations, from which the selection of qualified candidates will not be very difficult.
But the danger is that this exercise to reduce the pressure of recruitment agencies may not increase the pressure on the new generation of the country. We will have to keep making careful efforts on this front by taking special precautions so that the youth who do not succeed in CET is also not stressed.
A big question is related to the system of reservation. At present, it is not clear how the reservation system will be implemented in the CET. Hope that with the details of the test coming out, the situation in this subject will become clear.