• In August 2020, Union cabinet approved the proposal of the ‘National Recruitment Agency‘ (NRA). This ‘One Nation – One Exam‘ concept was proposed in the budget speech in February 2020.
  • NRA will conduct the Common Entrance Test to select candidates for non-gazetted government jobs. The recruiting agencies such as SSC, RRB will conduct the next levels to finalize the candidates.
  • The test will be conducted twice per year.
  • At present, NRA will conduct CET for SSC, RRB & IBPS. In the coming days, it will be the common entrance test for all the 20 recruiting institutions of the central government.


  • This will reduce the burden on students. It saves time & effort. And it also saves money, as there will no need to pay a fee for multiple exams, and travel expenses.
  • Single test in place of many individual tests will save time, money and human resources for the country.
  • As this will be an online test, the result will be displayed immediately. This will eliminate the need for waiting to apply for the second stage of the exam or for other jobs.
  • This test will reduce the burden to study different syllabuses for different exams. The single syllabus can save a lot of precious time for the government job aspirants.
  • The score cars will be valid for 3 years. And job aspirants can take the exam, again and again, to improve their score till they attain the maximum age limit.
  • There will be approximately 1000 centres in every district for the exam. Till now, applicants had to travel to cities to write these entrance tests. Some people couldn’t take the exam for this reason. Now, the increase in access will help many applicants in attending the exam.
  • Till now, central government exams are conducted in only English & Hindi languages. Applicants who are not comfortable with both of these languages were at a disadvantage. Now, with NRA the common entrance test will be conducted in 12 languages, and later it will be conducted in all the 22 languages that are mentioned in the 8th schedule of Indian constitution. This will be very beneficial to those who want to take an exam in their mother tongue.
  • It was mentioned that there will be a special focus on 117 Aspirational Districts that are in states with low social development indices. This will help in increasing their representation in central government jobs.
  • The score will also be available for private companies to help them with recruitments.
  • This Common entrance test will increase transparency in recruitments.
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  • Due to pandemic, the unemployment rate is increasing and hence several youngsters are in the hope that through the NRA, the government will fill many vacancies. But at present, the number of government jobs is shrinking. And as private participation in some government sectors is increasing, the number of government jobs will be further reduced. Creating more government jobs is a challenge for the centre.


The establishment of National Recruitment Agency will be a milestone in recruitments for government jobs. This is helpful for all the parties involved – job seekers, recruiting institutions & government by saving money and effort.

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  • Sashi Bhushan, Jan 14, 2021 @ 9:20 pm Reply

    I am not convinced with this move of Government… How can one exam will fufill the job requirement of all the sector such as railway, banking, ssc etc.. Where we can see the job requirement and challenges for all the sector is different… Secondly who will control 1000 exam centre in A distrrict… Who will ensure transparency… Lot of question are there…

  • onkar, Nov 7, 2020 @ 6:04 pm Reply

    Acc. to my thinking and perception, NRA is a good step. But how could we trust it. Just because we know about the case in Assam that a guy instead of true examinee wrote the exam and got99.9 percentile in jee. How will it be a transparent system? Govt. will have to justify it.

  • Rahul Bathla, Sep 2, 2020 @ 8:59 pm Reply

    but if only one exam would be there this might be disadvantageous to some of the people who might have a chance in some of the other exams in the same year.

  • Tinku paul, Aug 31, 2020 @ 10:39 am Reply

    According to me prime minister’s mission in 2020 budget one nation one exam regarding NRA. Its very good thinking but in India how much it will be successful and how long time will take ? If it happens job aspirants will be very happy. Its save time and money. They don’t need to go here and there for exam. But procedure must be transparent. Everybody should get the chance. Higher ups should not biased by the others politician or bureaucrats. Nowadays Govt recruitment is very less if creates more vacancy then youngsters will get the chance.

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