All About Common Entrance Test (CET)

Common Eligibility Test (CET)

Central Govt. to conduct CET for all Government Exams.

In order to make competitive exams highly transparent, the Central Government is organizing a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for all the candidates across the nation. The main notion behind CET is to conduct government exams properly and to avoid the difficulties that candidates face during or after the exam.



Exam Name

NRA CET (National Recruitment Agency Common Eligibility Test)

Conducting Body

NRA (National Recruitment Agency)

Exam Level


Exam Mode

Online only

Frequency of Exam Duration

Twice a year

Score Validity

3 years

Exam Purpose

Selection of candidates for various Group-B and -C non-technical posts

Exam Helpdesk No.

to be updated 

Official Website

to be updated

NRA CET 2020-21: Syllabus and Exam pattern

NRA CET Exam Events

NRA CET Exam Dates

Salient Features


to be announced

NRA CET notification is likely to be announced in 2021 beginning.

Application form

to be announced

NRA CET application form is likely to be out in 2021 beginning.

Computer-Based Test (CBT)

to be announced

The first NRA CET CBT is likely to be conducted in 2021.


There is no defined exam pattern and syllabus for the CET yet. The exam pattern and syllabus of CET will be updated as soon as it is released by NTA. As per the speculation, there will be different exam pattern and syllabus for the graduate, senior secondary, and secondary level exams. Candidates are advised to keep in touch with the website for all the updates regarding the CET exam pattern and Syllabus.

Exams To Be Subsumed Under CET

All the prelims exams of Group B and C posts will be subsumed into a single common eligibility test (CET). The National Recruitment Agency will initially aim at replacing the preliminary exams of Group B and C posts conducted by three government agencies namely:

  • Staff Selection Commission (SSC),
  • Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), and
  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).

          In a bid to streamline the hiring process for government agencies as well as the 2.5 crore candidates who apply each year, the Centre will set up an autonomous National Recruitment Agency (NRA) to conduct this online test.

National Recruitment Agency (NRA):

Under the new NRA system, candidates will apply through a common registration portal, paying a single entrance fee. They will prepare from a common curriculum. Examination centres will be set up in each district, with the Centre committing to invest in the necessary infrastructure for 117 aspirational districts. A standardised question bank with multiple questions of similar difficulty levels will be created in a central server. 

  • Scores will be generated quickly, delivered online and be valid for a three-year period. 
  • Students can write the test multiple times as long as they are within the eligible age limit, with their best score being taken into account.
  • The exam will be conducted in 12 languages.


NRA CET: Salient Features & Benefits

Check out some salient features and benefits of National Recruitment Agency CET below:

  • NRA CET will be conducted to screen candidates at the first level onlyfor SSC, IBPS and RRB recruitment
  • Based on NRA CET score, final selection will be made through separate specialisedtier-II/tier-III exams to be conducted by respective recruitment agency (SSC/IBPS/RRB)
  • NRA CET will be conducted twice a year
  • Complete NRA CET exam processincluding filling up of the application form, release of admit card, announcement of result, etc. will be done online
  • There will be separate online NRA CETs for graduates, Class 12 and Class 10candidates
  • The official website of NRA will have mock testsand 24X7 helpline
  • Candidates will be able to schedule their testsand choose exam centre of their choice   
  • NRA CET scoreof a candidate will be valid for three years
  • Best available NRA CET scoreof three years to be considered for selection/recruitment
  • NRA CET scores can be shared with central government, state governments, Union Territories (UTs), Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and private sector
  • Through NRA CET, candidates will get the opportunity to compete for many posts by appearing for just one exam


NRA CET Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020-21

Check out some of the key highlights regarding NRA CET exam pattern and syllabus below:

  • NRA CET will be conducted in 12 major Indian languagesincluding English and Hindi
  • The NRA CET question paperwill contain objective-type multiple choice questions (MCQs) only
  • NRA CET syllabus and level of difficultywill be standard and in line with the educational qualification of a candidate – Class 10, Class 12 or graduation


CET 2021: Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria for the CET 2021 will be same as it is now for graduate, 12th passed and 10th standard students. There will be 3 levels of exam namely, undergraduate, 12th level exam, and 10th level exam. There is no change in the eligibility of the exam. Candidates no need to panic as it is a single prelims exam only, otherwise there will be no change in eligibility.

NRA CET 2021: Age Limit:

The age limit for the CET 2021 depends on the exam they want to take under CET. The age limit for the exam depend on the exam they want to appear for. The Age-limit will be same as it is now for each exam. There is no change in the age limit of the exam. The age relaxation for different categories will remain same. There is no need to panic as it is a single prelims exam only, there will be no change in age limit.


CET 2021: Scores to be used by PSU's and Private Companies:

The Union cabinet had approved the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will be conducting the common eligibility test (CET) from 2021. The score of CET will hold great value, as it is going toused by many organizations to decide the cut off marks/ eligibility for the candidates. PSUs and even private companies are new in the list, that can use the score of CET for their cut-off marks. CET will be designed in a way that will cover all aspects of life, which are necessary for humans/ student to know and answer.

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