A specialized agency for the purpose of conducting a Common Eligibility Test (CET) has been proposed by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training). As per the proposal, the CET will be used for shortlisting candidates to the Group-B Non-Gazetted posts, some of the Group-B Gazetted posts as well as Group C posts in the some of the Government offices, departments and ministries.
The Ministry has issued a Common Eligibility Test 2019 notification, which has emphasized on the key elements of the test. All stakeholders, even those who are preparing for government exams have been requested by the Ministry to drop in their comments and suggestion on the proposed CET.
The objective of introducing the Common Eligibility Test 2019 is to provide a common score while replacing the exams that are conducted for the recruitment to various government posts in different ministries, offices, and departments of the Indian Government.
The proposal has been made to reduce the need for filling out various forms and preparing for separate examinations across the fields. Currently, different bodies are responsible for conducting the Tier-1 Online Exa, Tier-2 Objective or Descriptive Test and Tier-3 Skill Tests.
As per the proposal, the Common Eligibility Test will be conducted as a Computer-Based Test (CBT) and will only be a method of shortlisting candidates for further selection processes. The candidates who are shortlisted through the CET will need to go through specialized tests designed particularly for various Government posts.
The first order of business that will be undertaken by the Specialized body for CET will be to conduct the recruitment exams that are conducted by RRBs (for Railways), IBPS (for banks) and SSCs (for Government departments).
The proposal also mentioned that the Common Eligibility Test will be conducted for candidates who have completed three degrees of qualification. In other words, a different CET will be conducted for those candidates who have completed their graduation, one for those who have completed their class 12 and one for those who cleared class 10.
The proposal claims that the scope of CET will be immense, as different parties involved in the recruitment processes will be able to use the test scores for various posts. It states that individual recruitment agencies will be allowed to use the CET scores. It added that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) can be signed between the state government and the CET conducting body, to use the CET scores for the recruitment to the state-level government posts.
Among the other scope of CET scores, the Central Government will be able to use the scores to recruit people to the Central Government posts, which lay outside the realm of SSC. It also added that companies in the private sector companies will also be allowed to use the CET scores.
The Common Eligibility Test is also designed to offer the students more opportunities to crack the examination, i.e. after the first attempt, the candidates will be allowed to attempt the examination two more times, which can be used to improve the previous scores. The best of the three scores that have been obtained by the candidate will be considered for the shortlisting of the candidates.
As per the proposal, once the CET score has been obtained, it will remain valid for a duration of three years, thereafter. The Ministry has requested all the stakeholders to provide their suggestions and comments on the Common Eligibility Test. They have also requested for a suitable name for the specialized agency in the proposal.