Common Eligibility Test for Government Jobs


Common Eligibility Test To Replace Preliminary Examination of All Govt Jobs – Rajyasabha Report :

Common Eligibility Test CET may be introduced from year 2019 to replace preliminary examination or first stage test for various govt jobs. As per the report 95 dated 14 March 2018 of Rajyasabha, it is proposed that there should be a CET  to shortlist candidates for vacancies of Group ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted) and below level posts in the government jobs. This proposal is mentioned in order to bring transparency in the recruitment process.

What is CET Score ?

  • Common Eligibility Test is a preliminary examination or first stage examination to shortlist candidates for next phase of examination to be selected in Non-Gazetted / Clerical Posts by govt recruiting agencies i.e SSC, Railways, IBPS etc.
  • Marks obtained in the Common Eligibility Test known as CET Score will be used for 2nd Stage Examination of various Recruitment Agencies i.e SSC, RRB , IBPS etc. The score will be valid for 2 years. In future recruitment notifications, you may see minimum qualifying CET Score criteria for various job posts.
  • Candidates must register themselves on National Career Services (NCS) portal which will generate a unique user ID for each candidate.
  • CET would be conducted at three levels:
    • Matriculation level
    • Higher Secondary (10+2) level
    • Graduation Level
  • It is also proposed to conduct CET for only those exams which are held in only 2 languages i.e English & Hindi. That is why, in February 2019, CET of only graduation level will be conducted. Other CET level exams will be conducted when commission acquires the necessary capability to conduct exam in the 8th schedule languages.
  • 2nd Stage and further process of selection to be conducted independently by the concerned recruiting agencies.

Important Note : These are only the proposals as per the Report submitted by Rajyasabha Members. It may or may not be accepted. The chances of acceptance are high and if it’s implemented, it will expedite the selection process and reduce the burden of attempting so many prelim examinations.


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