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Why is NRA in the headlines?

We all know that the world is facing a hard time due to this ongoing pandemic. However, no one can deny the fact that the Education Ministry of India is revolutionizing the education sector amidst the ongoing global pandemic. Very recently, the Union Cabinet, chaired by PM Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal to set up a NATIONAL RECRUITING AGENCY (NRA).
What is NRA?
NRA is a multi-agency body that will be instituted under the Society Registration Act,1860.
This multi-agency body will be responsible for conducting the Common Eligibility Test (CAT) as a preliminary test to screen out the eligible candidate for the next phases of examination for non-gazetted post i.e. Group C and Group D.
Exams which are proposed to be conducted under the CET
As per the NRA, the agency will comprise representatives from the finance ministry, railway ministry, IBPS, SSC & RRB. CET will be conducted twice a year and different CETs will be held for 10th and 12th pass aspirant.

As per the govt. approximately 1.25 lakh govt. jobs are advertised each year and around 2.5 crore aspirants apply for various jobs (as the major chunk of our GDP is provided by the service sector), which, in turn, creates a hassle among the students. Such a cumbersome system of multiple examinations leads to a great dent on the State exchequer.

CET -Medium of languages.
According to the Minister of DoPT, JITENDRA SINGH, the exam will be conducted in 12 languages of the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution.
The validity of marks of CET
The marks of CET will be valid for 3 years and among them, only the best score will be considered as the final score.

Advantages of CET
As per the PIB, CET will bring many advantages to the students and the concerned institutions
Advantages for students
Removed the hassle of appearing in multiple examinations
Reduced the burden of fees for various examinations
No need to apply in multiple portals
No need to worry about the clashing of examination dates
The exam will be conducted in every district.

Advantages for the institution
Removed the hassle of conducting a preliminary examination
Standardization in the exam pattern
Reduced costs for recruiting agencies. 600 crore is expected to be saved.
Money spent by the govt. for the NRA
The govt has sanctioned a sum of 1517.15 crore rupees for NRA. The expenditure will be undertaken after 3 years.
Now the question remains, Will NRA bear the fruit as envisaged by the government of India?

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