CET 2020-21: Common Eligibility Test

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CET Exam 2020-21

CET Exam 2020-21: Introduction

National Recruitment Agency-Common Eligibility Test (NRA-CET) is a kind of screening/preliminary exam /or a kind of common entrance test which will be conducted by NRA (national recruitment agency) in order to shortlist the candidates for various non-technical and non-gazetted posts. NRA will bear the whole responsibility of conducting the tier-I online exam for three major government recruitment bodies:

  1. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
    • IBPS PO (Probationary officer)
    • IBPS Clerk
  2. Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)
    • RRB Group-D
    • RRB NTPC
  3. Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
    • SSC CGL (combined graduate level)
    • SSC CHSL (combined higher secondary level)
    • SSC GD (general duty)
    • SSC CPO (central police organization)
    • SSC Stenographer
    • SSC MTS (multitasking)
    • SSC Selection Post Exam

Note: All the candidates who successfully pass NRA CET will have to appear for the further stages (mains exam / tier 2 & 3 if applicable) of their respective exams which will be conducted by the respective government bodies –IBPS, SSC, Railways.

NRA CET 2020-21: At a Glance
Name of exam NRA CET (National Recruitment Agency Common Eligibility
Conducting Body NRA (National Recruitment Agency)
Level of Exam National
Mode of Exam Online
Frequency Twice a year
Exam Purpose Selection of candidates for various Group-B and C non-technical posts and non-gazetted posts
Exam Helpdesk No. Not declared
Official Website Not declared

CET Exam 2020-21: Eligibility

Below mentioned are the CET Eligibility criteria that needs to be fulfilled in order to apply for NRA CET 2021

  1. Educational qualification: This exam will be conducted at three levels –
    • Class 10
    • Class 12
    • Graduation
    It clearly implies that the candidates who have passed Class 10, Class 12 and graduation are all eligible to apply.
  2. Age limit: An upper age limit for the exam will be considered. As per the post being applied for, the age limit will vary. However, relaxations will be considered in the upper age limit for the candidates belonging to reserved categories such as Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Class (OBC), Persons with Disability (PwD), etc.
  3. Number of attempts: There has no restriction been notified till now with respect to attempts one can take for the CET test.

CET Exam 2020-21: Important Dates

The Union Cabinet has given its consent for the creation of NRA. However, there is no clarity on the creation of the agency. Therefore, it seems that the first NRA CET notification 2021 will get published in 2021 and only then CET date would be announced. So, you all are advised to keep visiting this section for more CET updates.

NRA CET Exam (Events) NRA CET Exam Date Expectation
Vacancy Notification To Be Announced NRA CET notification is likely To Be Announced in the initial months of 2021.
Application form(notification) 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 held in 2021.

CET Exam 2020-21: Salient Features & Advantages

Go through the salient features and advantages of National Recruitment Agency CET below:
  • NRA CET will be conducted with the view to screen (filter) the candidates at the first/entry level only for SSC, IBPS and RRB recruitment.
  • On the basis of NRA CET score, the separate specialized tier-II/tier-III exams will be conducted by respective recruitment agencies (SSC/IBPS/RRB) and then final selection will be made accordingly.
  • In a calendar year, NRA exam shall be conducted twice.
  • The whole exam process including fill-up of the application form, release of admit card, announcement of result, etc. will be done online.
  • Online NRA CETs for graduates, Class 12 and Class 10 candidates will be conducted separately.
  • For assistance and guidance: mock tests and 24X7 helpline number will be available on the official website of NRA.
  • The most important point is that, candidates will be able to schedule their tests and choose exam centre of their choice.
  • The validity of NRA CET score will be for three years.
  • Best available NRA CET score of three years will only be considered for selection/recruitment.
  • The scores obtained in NRA CET can be shared with central government, state governments, Union Territories (UTs), Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and all private sectors.
  • The biggest opportunity for the candidates through NRA CET is that they will get the opportunity to compete for many posts by appearing for just one exam.

CET Exam 2020-21: Exam Pattern

  • This exam will be conducted in 12 major Indian languages including English and Hindi.
  • The NRA CET question paper will consist of objective-type multiple choice questions (MCQs) only.
  • NRA CET 2021 syllabus and level of difficulty will be different and according to the qualification of a candidate – Class 10, Class 12 or graduation.

First of all, we must look at some of the points of the test pattern highlighted by the government, then we will elaborate the expected NRA CET exam information.

Particulars NRA CET Exam Pattern Highlights
Number of papers 3 (at the level Class 10, Class 12 and graduation)
Mode of Exam Online only
Language (s) of paper 12 major Indian languages including Hindi and English
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Difficulty level Based on the educational qualification of a candidate – Class 10, Class 12 or graduation, whichever is applicable

If we consider the current tier-I test patterns of SSC, RRB and IBPS exams, it is highly expected that NRA CET 2020-21 exam pattern will be as follows:

Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
General Awareness and General Knowledge 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude / Numerical Ability (Maths) 25 50
Language (English, Hindi & Regional) 25 50
Total 100 200

CET Exam 2020-21: Syllabus

As per the existing syllabus of SSC, IBPS & Railways, the expected common eligibility test syllabus is tabulated below:

General Intelligence & Reasoning
Syllogism Alphabetical and Number Series
Directions Figure Classification
Relationship Concepts Non-Verbal Series
Coding and Decoding Mathematical operations
Visual Memory Analogies
Jumbling Venn Diagram
Data Interpretation and Sufficiency Conclusions and Decision Making
Semantic Analogy Statement – Arguments and Assumptions
Space Visualisation Similarities and Differences
Analytical Reasoning Word Building
Critical Thinking Problem Solving
Emotional Intelligence Punched Hole/Pattern-Folding & Unfolding
Social Intelligence Input Output
General Awareness
Physical, Social and Economic Geography of India and World Indian and World History
Environmental Issues Concerning India and World at Large Economic Scene
Monuments and Places of India General Science
Games and Sports Current Affairs of National and International Importance
Indian Polity and Governance General Scientific and Technological Developments
Indian Economy Art and Culture of India
Basics of Computers and Computer Applications Common Abbreviations
Flora and Fauna of India United Nations and other important World Organisations
Famous Personalities of India and World Flagship Government Programs
Quantitative Aptitude/ Numerical Ability
Simple and Compound Interest Computation of Whole Numbers
Decimals Fundamental Arithmetical Operations
Elementary Algebra Simplification
Fractions Relationship between Numbers
Percentages Ratio and Proportion
Averages Number Systems
Data Interpretation Use of Tables and Graphs
Profit and Loss Discount
Permutations and Combinations Mensuration
Time and Distance Ratio and Time
Time and Work LCM, HCF
Geometry and Trigonometry Elementary Statistics
English Language
Parts of speech Vocabulary
Grammar Sentence structure
Spot the Error Fill in the Blanks
Synonyms Antonyms
Active/Passive Voice of Verbs Conversion into Direct/Indirect Narration
Unseen passage Spellings/Detecting Miss-Spelt Words
One-Word Substitution Cloze Test
Para Jumbles Idioms and Phrases

CET Official Notification

Now that you know an overview of NRA CET 2020, you can read the Official CET 2020 Notification to know the detailed vacancy list, exam pattern & selection process, eligibility criteria, syllabus and much more as soon as it gets released.

CET 2020: Common Eligibility Test FAQ's

Answer: NRA or "National Recruitment Agency" is a multi-agency body which will conduct CET-the first level of test by IBPS, SSC & RRB’s for non-gazetted (Group B & Group C) posts.
Answer: NRA will come into effect from next year (2021) onwards.
Answer: The NRA will conduct two tests per calendar year.
Answer: The CET scores of the candidates will remain valid for 3 years from the date of declaration of exam result by NRA.
Answer: There will be no restriction for the no of attempts. However, the deciding factor shall be the Upper age limit for a particular exam as per Notification.
Answer: As per initial reports, NRA will conduct this exam for Graduates, Intermediate(12th) & Matric(10th) pass candidates.
Answer: The NRA CET shall be conducted in 12 languages which are mentioned in the 8th schedule of Constitution of India.
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