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National Recruitment Agency (NRA)

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National Recruitment Agency (NRA)


What to study?

For Prelims: NRA- composition, objectives and functions.

For Mains: Need for and significance.


Context:  Finance Ministry has approved the proposal for creation of a National Recruitment Agency (NRA).

Objective: To streamline recruitment of some posts in the government along with various equivalent recruitment in public sector banks.


Key facts:

  • A new National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will be set up to conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for all various competitive examinations, in which an estimated 2.5 crore candidates appear annually.
  • NRA will conduct preliminary examinations for all these recruitment, which are at present conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
  • It will then subsequently forward the list of qualifying candidates to the respective recruiting agencies to conduct the mains examinations.
  • The basic idea behind this proposal is to shortlist qualifying candidates through a Common Eligibility Test before sending them for the mains examination.


Need for a new agency:

  • To streamline recruitment process on subordinate-rank posts in the government.
  • To reduce the burden of SSC and the IBPS, among others, from holding preliminary recruitment exams, which is an extensive exercise.


Sources: the Hindu.