Common eligibility test (CET)

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  • March 14, 2020
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Common eligibility test (CET)

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- Governance

In News:

  • Government will have common test – CET-  for railway, bank, Central government jobs from 2021
  • The CET will replace the first level tests conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
  • To streamline the hiring process, Centre will set up an autonomous National Recruitment Agency to conduct the online test.
  • There will be Common Portal for registration, single entrance fee and Common Curriculum
  • Merits of having Common test are:
    • Level playing field for all candidates by removing the obstacles involved in appearing for multiple examinations
    • Reduced Chances of Paper Leak: A standardised question bank with multiple questions of similar difficulty levels will be created in a central server. 
    • An algorithm will be used to jumble and dole out different questions, so that each candidate receives a different question paper, reducing the chances of cheating and paper leakage.
    • Quick Process: Scores will be generated quickly, delivered online and be valid for a three-year period. Presently these exam cycle process takes on an average 6-12 months
    • Huge Savings: For the recruiting agencies, the savings in terms of logistics will be huge.
    • For more specialised positions, the CET will act as the preliminary elimination level, which can be followed by further testing by the separate agencies.
  • One of the big concerns is language but the Centre has planned to make the test available in multiple languages including all those notified under Schedule 8 of the Constitution

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