'Unique online test for unpublished publications; the scores will be valid for 3 years'

NEW DELHI: About 2.5 million applicants for crore, who take separate and multiple exams conducted by different recruitment agencies for the selection of about 1.25 lakh government The jobs announced each year will soon have to appear for a single common eligibility test online () with the test scores valid for three years for recruitment to any post not published in the newsletter.

In an important budget announcement that seeks to cut costs, inconvenience and time — for the government , recruiting agencies and candidates — taken in recruitment process for non-gazetted posts in the government and public sector banks, Finance Minister said a National () was proposed for conduct of a computer-based CET for recruitment to non-gazetted posts. A test centre in every district, particularly in the aspirational districts, would be set up.

From now on, applicants must apply for multiple examinations conducted by different agencies at different times, for similar positions that require similar eligibility criteria. This places a huge burden on the time, effort and cost of young people, the minister said.

The proposed CET found mention in the PM’s post-budget remarks as well. “At present, youths need to appear for separate examinations for recruitment to government jobs. We are revising this arrangement by starting an online common examination for such appointments,” he stated.

MoS (staff) Jitendra Singh said CET would help candidates who lack financial resources by saving money on fees for multiple recruitment exams, in addition to travel costs to the test center. It will provide a level playing field for applicants, he told TOI.

The CET score, valid for three years from the date of declaration of the result, will be made available to the candidate and the individual recruitment agency. Each candidate will have two additional opportunities to improve their score, and will be considered the best score.

CET merit list may be made available to the states by NRA on cost-sharing basis, for undertaking recruitment to state government jobs. “The CET score can also be utilised by private sector for consideration of eligible candidates other than those selected by government recruitment agencies, through an arrangement with NRA,” said a government functionary.

The budget has estimated that more than 2.62 lakh jobs are likely to be created between March 2019 and March 2021 in various government organisations.

The strength of government establishments was 32,62,908 as on March 1, 2019.

The CET proposal was placed in the public domain in December, inviting comments of all central government departments, state government s and public. “We will incorporate the suggestions received and move a Cabinet note soon. Hopefully, the CET can be rolled out in the second half of this year,” said a government functionary.

CET will be carried out separately for graduated candidates, class XII and level enrolled for non-technical positions, for which recruitment is currently done through (SSC), railway recruitment boards (RRB) and selection of Institute staff of Banking (IBPS).