NRA CET 2020 Exam Notification

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NRA CET 2020 Exam Notification

CET stands for Common Eligibility Test. NRA would conduct an online CET which would serve as a screening or a preliminary examination for various non-gazetted government jobs including the RRBs, IBPS (banking jobs) and the SSC jobs (CGL, CHSL, etc.). It would only be the first level of examination which can be taken by the candidates. If qualified, candidates would then have to appear for the Tier 2 and 3 of the examinations, which would consequently be conducted by the NRA.

NRA CET 2020 Exam Notification

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) that will be responsible for conducting the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for selection to non-gazetted posts in the central government and public sector banks. According to the NRA, there will be a single entrance examination for all non-gazetted posts which are Group B and C posts.

What is the ‘National Recruitment Agency'(NRA)?

National Recruitment Agency will be an autonomous body that will help to ease job recruitment process. It will be responsible for conducting preliminary eligibility’ examination’ (CET) for non-gazetted government posts such as banking, railway (RRB) and Staff Selection Commission (SSC) jobs. The NRA will have representatives from the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, the SSC, RRB & IBPS.

Key Points of NRA CET

  • NRA will be an autonomous society under Societies Act
  • NRA will conduct the Tier-1 examination- Common Eligibility Test, CET that will be an online examination.
  • A single exam will be held for IBPS, SSC, and RRB initially. This will be the preliminary exam.
  • The CET score will be valid for three years from the date of declaration of the result and will be made available to the candidates as well as the recruiting agency.
  • Each candidate will have two additional chances to improve his or her scores and the best scores will be taken into consideration.
  • Every district will have at least one exam center.
  • Separate CET will be held for graduate, higher secondary and class 10 level
  • There will be a common syllabus for the CET
  • As per the PIB, the list of successful candidates from CET can be utilized by State Governments also

CET Important Dates 

You should know that the NRA CET 2021 will take place after the recruitment agency is fully set up. However, there is no official notification released by NRA on the CET exam dates. We will keep you posted on all the latest updates regarding NRA CET Exam Dates.



CET Online Registration Starts 


Last Date to Apply Online for CET


CET Admit Card 


CET Tier 1 Exam (Bank, SSC & RRB)


CET Tier 1 Result


Exams Covered Under NRA CET

The first round of the selection process which is the screening process (Tier 1 or Prelims) will be taken under CET for the following exams:

NRA CET Exam Level

Level 1 Graduate (स्नातक)
Level 2 12th Pass (12वीं पास)
Level 3 10th Pass (10वीं पास)

List of Exams To Be Conducted By NRA

The NRA will initially aim at replacing the preliminary exams of 3 agencies namely the following:

  • Staff Selection Commission (SSC) which includes SSC CHSL, CGL, Steno Group C, D, JHT, etc.
  • Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) 
  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) which includes Clerk, PO

CET Score & Validity 

  • CET score will remain valid until three years from the date of participation
  • One can take the exam again in the following years in order to improve your NRA CET Score 
  • Your CET score will define your aptitude ability and will be counted as Tier 1 or Prelims exam score 
  • For Tier 2, & Tier 3 you can select your desired exams and based on the CET Score you can further take the Tier 2 & Tier 3
  • CET is only the screening test for CET SSC, CET RRB and CET IBPS exams

CET Eligibility Criteria 

It is expected that there will be no or minor changes in the eligibility criteria to apply for the Prelims/ Tier 1 CET test for Bank, SSC & RRB exams. Additionally, the age relaxation to various categories will remain the same, although the final notification is yet to be released on this. 

  • There will be no restriction on the no. of attempts by the candidates subject to upper age limit prescribed.
  • Relaxation in age limit to be given to SC/ST/OBC/PwD candidates.
  • 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.
  • The age relaxation given to different categories will remain same.
  • Candidates no need to panic as it is a single prelims exam for the major govt. exams which are Railways, SSC, and IBPS.

CET Age limit

As mentioned earlier, there will be no major changes in the age limit. The NRA CET will be conducted in three levels: 10th pass, 12th pass and graduates. The age limit and eligibility will be based on these three levels. Stay tuned to get the latest updates on CET Age Limit.

CET Syllabus 2021

The CET syllabus will be mostly dependent on the current exams for Bank, SSC & Railways. The final syllabus for the NRA CET will be released on the official website of National Recruitment Agency (NRA). There will be one common CET Syllabus which is in-line with the existing preliminary examinations for Bank, SSC & Railways. 

CET Syllabus for the English Language (Expected)

CET English Language Syllabus (Expected)

Reading Comprehension

Cloze Test

Para jumbles


Fill in the blanks

Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting

Paragraph Completion

CET Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude (Expected)

CET Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus (Expected)


Profit & Loss

Mixtures & Allegations

Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

Work & Time

Time & Distance

Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

Data Interpretation

Ratio & Proportion, Percentage

Number Systems

Sequence & Series

Permutation, Combination Probability

Also Check: CET Eligibility 2020-21

CET Syllabus for Reasoning (Expected)

CET Reasoning Syllabus (Expected)

Logical Reasoning 

Alphanumeric Series

Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test

Data Sufficiency

Coded Inequalities

Seating Arrangement




Blood Relations

Input Output

Coding Decoding

CET Syllabus for General Awareness (Expected)

General Awareness







Biology, etc

CET Exam Pattern 2021

The exam pattern will be in accordance with the existing Preliminary Exam Pattern for Bank, SSC & Railways. All the three levels of CET exams (10th pass, 12th pass and graduates) will have separate exam patterns for common exams. Read more about CET Exam Pattern in detail here.

CET SSC Exam Pattern 2021 (Expected)


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

General Intelligence and Reasoning



60 Minutes (Total)

For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- 80 Minutes.

General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Comprehension






The exam pattern mentioned above is for SSC prelims exams, it is expected that exam pattern will remain around the existing SSC exam pattern for Tier 1 exam, however, we will update the latest CET exam pattern as soon as it is announced in the official site. 

CET Banking Exam Pattern 2021 (Expected)

Section Name

Total Questions

Total Marks



30 questions

30 marks

20 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

35 questions

35 marks

20 minutes

Reasoning Ability

35 questions

35 marks

20 minutes


100 Questions

100 Marks

60 minutes

The above-mentioned table denotes the Banking Prelims (Tier 1) exam pattern. The CET exam pattern will be designed around the existing exam pattern. You can keep an eye on this space to get the latest information on the CET Exam Pattern 2020. 

CET Railways Exam Pattern 2021 (Expected)

The CET to be conducted by NRA will take place for Group B & C Railway posts. 


No. of Questions

Total Marks





90 minutes

General Intelligence and Reasoning



General Awareness






The exam pattern for NRA CET 2020 will be developed on the basis of the above-mentioned table for Railway Tier 1 (Prelims) exam. The final CET exam pattern will be released soon on their official website

NRA CET Exam Centres 

The exam centre list will be out soon before the exam date of the CET exam. This time, the NRA has made sure that every district will have at least one exam center. Based on your choice of centres and availability you will be allotted the exam centre. We will update the list of the exam centre of NRA CET as soon as it is out. 

Benefits of Instructing NRA 

  • The NRA will replace 20 recruitment agencies and set up three main entities to conduct exams in three levels; 10th pass, 12th pass and graduates
  • Now candidates don’t need to spend money to pay the application fee for each exam separately. This is a big relief for candidates from weaker economic backgrounds 
  • There will be a total of 12 languages in which the candidates can take up the exam, that also includes regional languages 
  • There is no bar to attempt the CET, however, the score will remain valid till three years from the date of participation
  • This single CET exam will help students reduce their stress and time while letting them focus on their aptitude and other skills.
  • The candidates from rural areas will be able to take these exams as each district will have minimum one exam centre
  • The CET will be held twice every year, giving students more opportunities to perform and succeed. 
  • Now you don’t need to worry about the exam-dates clashes, as you will appear for the single exam for all- Bank, SSC & Railways Recruitment. 
  • By standardising the examination process, the government is expecting to save up to ₹ 600 Crores.

CET for Banking Exams 

The CET will conduct a single exam for Bank (Group B & C) Non-Gazetted mainly for IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, IBPS SO. Now the screening of the first level will be done by NRA CET for three levels of categories; 10th, 12th & Graduates. This is going to be the biggest relief to Bank aspirants, as they can further focus on Tier 2 & Interview process which they mainly failed to earlier. 

CET for SSC Exams

Now candidates can appear for multiple SSC exams by giving a single CET test. Based on their CET scores, candidates can further apply for their dream SSC exam. The SSC exams that will now be conducted by NRA CET are SSC CGL, SSC CPO, SSC CHSL, SSC SSC Steno Group C, D, JHT, etc. 

CET for Railways Exams

CET is also going to take over the RRB Group B & C exams. Based on the CET score candidates can appear for a higher level of the selection process; which is Mains or Tier 2 & 3. The exam covered under CET Railway is RRB NTPC, etc.

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