In a major move, the Centre has proposed that all recruitment for Group B and C posts be done by a specialised agency through a single examination – the Common Eligibility Test (CET).
“It is proposed to set up a specialised agency to conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to shortlist candidates for appointment to Group ‘B’ non-gazetted posts, certain Group ‘B’ gazetted posts, Group ‘C’ posts in the government and equivalent posts in instrumentalities of the government,”
the Personnel Ministry said. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said the proposed move will provide a level playing field for all regardless of their background besides being cost-effective both for those appearing in the examination and the government agencies conducting it. “It is one of the many innovative steps taken by the government under the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring in ease of governance and thereby ease of living,” Singh told PTI.
The ministry has sought response from ministries/departments of government of India, state governments/Union territories administrations and public/ stakeholders, “particularly candidates aspiring to join government/public sector jobs” within one month.
According to a latest government data, of the total of 6,83,823 vacant posts in central government departments, 5,74,289 are in Group C, 89,638 in Group B and 19,896 in Group A category, as on March 1, 2018.
The proposal will mitigate the hardship faced by candidates who have to appear for multiple examinations conducted by multiple agencies, where similar eligibility conditions have been prescribed.
Besides, candidates will not have to pay multiple application fees and also save travelling cost incurred to appear in these examinations. Such test will improve access to rural candidates by setting up at least one test centre in every district and to facilitate candidates to schedule tests and choose an examination centre of their choice. It will also reduce the time taken in the selection process.
To begin with, separate CETs shall be conducted for graduate, higher secondary (class 12-pass) and matriculate (class 10-pass) candidates for non-technical posts, for which recruitment is currently carried through the SSC, the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
The score obtained by the candidate in the CET will be made available to him as well as to the individual recruitment agency. The score will be valid for a period of three years from the date of declaration of result, it said. “Each candidate will have two additional chances to improve his score, and the best of all available scores shall be deemed to be the current score of the candidate,” the proposal said.