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NRA CET 2022: Common Eligibility Test by National Recruitment Agency

According to the last update of July 6, 2021, Union Minister Jitendra Singh announced that the Common Eligibility Test (CET) will take place for candidates in all districts of the country from 2022: The early recruitment of CET for positions in the central government was planned before the end of 2021, but is likely to be delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. 

 The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the proposal to create the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) on August 19, 2020.

What is the common eligibility test?

Common Eligibility Test is a national-level combined competitive exam conducted by a recently established National Recruitment Agency to shortlist primary (Tier-I) candidates for the Common Eligibility Test (CET) to qualify for group ‘B’ Non – Gazetted posts, certain positions in Group “B”, positions in Group “C” in government and equivalent positions in government agencies. 

 NRA takes full responsibility for taking the Level I online exam for the three major government recruitment agencies: 

  1. Staff Selection Committee (SSC). 
  2. Railway Recruitment Boards (RRB) 
  3. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) 

 Number of attempts: There is no limit to the number of attempts a candidate must make in order to appear in the CET subject to the upper age limit. Age relaxation for SC / ST and OBC candidates apply according to existing rules.

Common Eligibility Test

Particulars Summary
Exam Name Common Eligibility Test
Abbreviation CET
Exam Conducting Body National Recruitment Agency
Year Started March 2022
Exam Level National
Exam Type Objective type test
Exam Language 12 languages including English and Hindi
Types of CET exam Three types (10th class, 12th class, graduate-level)
Exam Frequency Twice a year
Exam Purpose  Shortlist candidates for Tier-2, Tier-3 exam for Group-B and Group C non-technical posts
Validity of CET score Three years
Official Website to be updated

 What is the National Recruitment Agency? 

 The National Recruitment Agency is a recently established central body responsible for conducting a Common Eligibility test for the Level I selection of Non – Gazetted Group ‘B’ positions, certain Group ‘B’ Gazetted positions, and Group ‘C’ positions for the Staff Selection Commission, IBPS and Indian Railways. 

 NRA was founded on August 19, 2020. It would be registered as a company under the Company Registration Act of 1860. 

 Advantages for students 

  • There is no need to take multiple exams. 
  • The one-time exam fee would reduce the financial burden of multiple exams. 
  • Since the exams are held in all districts, the travel and accommodation costs of candidates would be significantly reduced. The exam in their own district would encourage more and more womwn candidates also to register for government jobs. 
  • Applicants must register on a single registration portal. 
  • You don’t have to worry about Conflict of the exam date.


The syllabus for the NRA will be announced in the official announcement after the establishment of the National Recruitment Agency. However, the syllabus is expected to be consistent with the current syllabus of the various tier-1 IBPS, SSC and RRB exams. In the syllabus, questions may be asked on topics such as Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Current Affairs, Static G.K and English.

Sr.no Topics
1 Awards and Recognition
2 Important Appointments
3 Schemes and Policies
4 Sports Affairs
5 Ranking and Index
6 National Affairs
7 International Affairs
8 Defence Affairs
9 Agreement and MOUs
10 Portals and Apps
11 Obituary
12 Days and Themes
13 Books and Authors
14 Conferences and Summit
15 Misc.

S. No Chapter Name
1 Dance
2 First in India/world
3 Sports 
4 Cricket
5 Books and Authors
6 Famous Personality
7 Important Days
8 States G.K
9 Organization
10 Fairs
11 Festivals
12 World G.K.
13 Computer
14 Full form
15 Religious
16 Awards
17 Painting / Dress / Tribes
18 Important Events
19 Instruments
20 Miscellaneous
21 Founder
22 Entertainment
23 Schemes
S.N Chapter
1 Spot the Error
2 Sentence Improvement
3 Narration
4 Active Passive
5 Para Jumble
6 Fill in the blanks
7 Cloze test
8 Comprehension
9 One word Substitution
10 Idioms
11 Synonyms
12 Antonyms
13 Spelling Check
S.N Topics
1 Analogy Verbal
2 Odd One Out
3 Coding Decoding
4 Series
5 Missing Number
6 Statements and Conclusion
7 Blood Relation
8 Venn Diagram
9 Dice and Cube
10 Sitting Arrangement
11 Direction
12 Arithmetic Reasoning
13 Mathematical Operations 
14 Word Arrangement
15 Age
16 Calendar
17 Series Non Verbal
18 Counting Of figures
19 Paper Cut/Fold
20 Embedded Figure
21 Completion of Figure
22 Mirror/water Image
S.N Topics
1 Number system
3 Simplification
4 Average
5 Ratio and Proportion
6 Mixture and Alligation
7 Percentage
8 Profit and Loss
9 Discount
10 Simple Interest
11 Compound Interest 
12 Work and Time
13 Pipe and Cistern
14 Speed and Distance
15 Boat and Stream
16 Mensuration
17 Geometry
18 Algebra
19 Trigonometry
20 Height and Distance
21 Coordinate Geometry 
22 Data Interpretation
23 Mean, Median and Mode