Common Eligibility Test (CET) - One Exam for All Government Jobs (SSC, Banking, Railways Exams)

Common Eligibility Test (CET) - One Exam for All Government Jobs (SSC, Banking, Railways Exams)

There are speculations from the start that there might be a common entrance exam for all the existing exams which would eradicate the numerous tests which are conducted by various organisations for the posts lying vacant in various government sector organisations. Recently, an All India Exam was announced for the Medical Examinations and was announced that this common test will be followed in the forthcoming days.
Common Eligibility Test (CET) - One Exam for All Government Jobs (SSC, Banking, Railways Exams)

A Report has been proposed by the government of India has Imposed a bill in Rajya Sabha on 14th March 2018 regarding the common test for all competitive Exams i.e. CET (Common Eligibility Test) to shortlist candidates for vacancies of Group ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted) and below level posts in the Government of India. Here our MME team is going to discus about the Details regarding CET like Reasons for conducting the exam, selection process of the Exam and the levels of the exam as follows:

Is Common Eligibility Test is now being taken forwarded?

These are the reasons provided in the report submitted in the Rajya Sabha on 14th March, 2018.
  • To bring transparency in various recruitment procedures
  • To ease the difficulty faced by surging candidates after failure in the proper conduction of exam, to short out plethora of challenges with proliferated workload and less manpower.

Why Common Eligibility Test  CET?

Recently, the SSC had to recommend for a CBI enquiry into allegations pertaining to the conduct of CGL (Tier-II) Examination 2017. Such cancellation of exams is a complete waste of efforts and resources of both the aspirants and the Government and darkens the image of the Commission in the eyes of public. Aspirants lose their precious time and effort that they have put in preparing for those exams.

SSC Exam Cancelled in Past Five Years:

Sl. No.
Name of Examination Cancelled
Reason(s)
1.
Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGLE), 2013
Various irregularities and malpractices
2.
Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination (CHSLE), 2013
Non-issue of admit card to the total no. of 432 candidates.
3.
CGLE, 2014
Loss of post examination material
4.
CHSLE, 2014
Cheating and malpractice cases at Raipur, Chandigarh, Allahabad and Delhi.
5.
Constable (GD) Examination, 2015
Cheating cases
6
SI / CAPF Examination, 2016
Leakage of question papers (OMR mode)
7
MTSE (NT), 2016
Leakage of question papers (OMR mode)
8
CGLE, 2016 (CBE – Tier I)

CGLE, 2016 (CBE – Tier II)
Leakage of question paper

Server glitches affecting 9571 candidates

The cancellation of the exam leads many other problems like bad image of the commission, wastage of time/money & efforts of the aspirants as well as the commission.

Therefore, the Committee recommends that learning from the past experiences, the Commission should spare no efforts in making the process of examination free from all types of malpractices and technical glitches. In addition to this, regular audit of the hardware and software should be carried out by government agencies for making the examination foolproof.

The Commission Conducting CET:

The SSC (Staff Selection Commission) has been taken the responsibility for conducting Common Eligibility Test (CET) from next year, the Commission has promised to conduct the exam in a fair and efficient manner, free from all malpractices.

Selection Process of CET: The selection process of the exam is mainly divided into two stages as follows:

(i) Tier-I: This stage of the examination is common screening test subsuming the preliminary Tier-I examinations conducted by all recruiting agencies of the Government of India, viz. SSC, Railways, Banking, etc.

(ii) Tier-II: The main Examinations to be conducted independently by the concerned recruiting agencies.

Registration for CET:

Candidates would mandatorily have to register themselves on a dedicated portal developed by the National Career Services (NCS) of the Ministry of Labour & Employment, which would generate a unique ID for each candidate.

Levels of the examination:  CETs would be conducted at three levels as follows:
(i) Matriculation Level
(ii) Higher Secondary (10+2) Level
(iii) Graduation Level
Note: It has been proposed that in the Financial Year 2018-19, only one level of CETs, i.e. at the Graduation Level, would be conducted in February 2019. In the successive year(s), all the three levels of examination would be conducted.

Validity of CET Exam: The Government has the proposal to make CET scores valid for a period of two years. The candidates would use their scores for appearing in Tier-II examinations, which would be conducted independently by the respective recruiting agencies. There is also scope for the CET scores to be used by State Governments / Public Sector Undertakings / Private Sector for recruitment of their manpower.

Advantages of Common Eligibility Test (CET)

The Common Eligibility Test (CET) proposed to be conducted from next year (2019) is an ambitious endeavour of the Commission and in the long term will benefit both the Government and the job aspirants.
There are plenty of advantages to the candidates and to the govt, that are mentioned below.
  • CET will reduce the number of examinations conducted by various agencies of the government and will save significant amount of money spent on conducting these examinations by different recruiting agencies.
  • In future, the CET scores may be further used by State Governments, if they so desire and even private companies may use it for short-listing candidates for employing them.
  • The CET Score will be valid for 2 years. This CET score will help candidates to appear for Tier II examinations which would be conducted independently by the respective recruiting agencies like SSC, Bank, Railway and other exams.
  • There may be a scope that the CET score would also be considered by State Government/ PSUs/ Private sectors for the recruitment of manpower.

Disadvantage of CET Examination:

  1. The Committee notes that initially the Government will be conducting the CET only in English and Hindi medium. CET Exam will not be conducted in regional languages. This wold be the huge drawback for the candidates preparing for Public Service Commission Examinations in Regional Languages.
  2. The government has estimated that, around 5 crores candidates might be registering for all of the above CET level exams. This would increase the competition level to the next level.
Note: In February 2019, CET – Graduation Level Exam will only be conducted. Other CET level exams will be conducted when commission acquires the necessary capability to conduct exam in the 8th schedule languages.

Note to the candidates:

As per the information provided by the Commission, the SSC has had to cancel Nine Recruitment examinations, fully or partially, in past five years.

It is yet to be revealed officially and will be treated as a supposition until it is proclaimed on the papers.

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