BENGALURU, NOVEMBER 25: The Central Government has proposed to roll out Common Eligibility Test (CET) to shortlist candidates for vacancies of Group ‘B’ Non-Gazetted posts, some Group ‘B’ Gazetted posts, Group ‘C’ posts in various government departments. The Centre has also suggested that all recruitments for Group B and C posts are to be done by a specialised agency and through a single examination, CET.
According to the proposal, the agency will conduct separate CETs as per the educational qualification required for the advertised jobs. There will be different CETs for candidates at the Graduate, the Higher Secondary (Class 11th & 12th) and the Matriculate (10th) level recruitments. Moreover, these exams will be conducted only for non-technical posts.
As per the current scenario the recruitment for these posts will be conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs), LIC, Department of Posts and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
The Ministry of Personnel said, “It is proposed to set up a specialised agency to conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to shortlist candidates for appointment to Group ‘B’ non-Gazetted posts, certain Group ‘B’ Gazetted posts, Group ‘C’ posts in the government and equivalent posts in instrumentalities of the government.”
The rationale behind this proposal is to make recruitment hassle-free, transparent and time-bound so to fill the available vacancy on time.
“At present, candidates seeking government jobs have to appear for multiple separate examinations conducted by various recruiting agencies for posts, for which similar eligibility criteria has been prescribed. These recruitment examinations comprise of multiple layers viz. Tier-I, Tier-Il, Tier-Ill, Skill Tests etc. Ordinarily, the Tier-I examination comprises of a computer-based online multiple-choice objective type test,” a notice form the Ministry of Personnel read.
If the latest government data on the number of vacant posts are to be believed, more than 6.8 lakh posts are to be filled in various departments of Central government. Among the total posts, 5,74,289 are in Group C, 89,638 in Group B and 19,896 in Group A category.
The proposal has been put in the public domain for comments from stakeholders, including Government job aspirants.
CETs for Group B, C positions: How will it benefit aspirants?
- – To mitigate the hardship faced by candidates who have to appear for multiple examinations conducted by multiple agencies, where similar eligibility conditions have been prescribed
- – To bring in savings to the candidates towards multiple application fees and travelling cost to appear in these examinations
- – To improve access to rural candidates by setting up at least one test centre in every district
- – To facilitate candidates to schedule tests and choose an examination centre of their choice
- – To reduce the time taken in the selection process
- – To facilitate employment generation
CETs for Group B, C recruitment: Salient features
- – There shall be common registration of candidates through an online Portal.
- – To begin with, separate CETs shall be conducted for the Graduate, the Higher Secondary (12th pass) and the Matriculate (10th pass) candidates for non-technical posts for which recruitment is currently carried through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
- – The score obtained by the candidate in the CET will be made available to him as well as to the individual recruitment agency.
- – The score of a candidate will be valid for a period of three years from the date of declaration of result
- – Each candidate will have two additional chances to improve his score, and the best of all available scores shall be deemed to be the current score of the candidate
- – Final selection for recruitment shall be made through separate specialized examinations to be conducted by the respective recruitment agencies
CETs for Group B, C recruitment: How will it benefit in recruitments of State Governments, PSU and Private Sector?
- – State Governments/UT Administrations may also use the results of CET on a cost-sharing basis by entering into MoUs with the specialized agency for CET. States too would tap this robust mechanism for undertaking recruitment to State Government jobs
- – The CET score of the candidates can also be used by Central Government Ministries/Departments for any recruitment made other than through the SSC
- – The CET score can also be utilized by the private sector, for consideration of eligible candidates, other than those selected by Government recruitment agencies, for appointment in their organizations, by entering into an arrangement with the specialized agency for CET
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