NRA CET 2021: Ultimate Guide to the Recruitment Process

Mashum Mollah 10 June, 2021

NRA Common Eligibility Test is a screening exam organized by the newly approved National Recruitment Agency to shortlist applicants for various non-technical and non-gazetted posts under Group B and Group C categories. NRA CET will be held twice annually.

NRA CET will be a single preliminary exam conducted for the various posts of IBPS, SSC, and RRB. The candidates will be selected for the further rounds conducted by the respective recruitment authority on the basis of the scores obtained in the NRA CET.

Therefore, it is a great employment opportunity for the candidates to get one step closer to achieve their goal as the obtained scores in the Common Eligibility Test may be shared with the Central Government, State/UT Government, and Public Sectors Bank for the recruitment purpose.

The best part is the aspirants will get the chance to compete for various posts by appearing for a single preliminary exam. In order to ace the exam, it is important for the candidates to know all the important information about the recruitment exam starting from eligibility criteria to the application process, admit card, result, and etc. We have come up with this article to guide the aspirants with complete information on the NRA CET.

NRA CET- Ultimate Guide to the Recruitment Process

While preparing for the exam, candidates should know that the NRA CET for Graduates Syllabus and Exam Pattern will be different from the NRA CET 10th & 12th exam pattern and syllabus. The difficulty level varies as per the educational qualification of the candidates.

With this in mind, the candidates will be able to focus only on the topics relevant to the syllabus based on their educational qualifications and will not waste their time on unimportant topics. The NRA CET Recruitment Process is divided into five stages discussed below:

Stage 1: The NRA CET will be held at three different levels that are 10th, 12th, and Graduates. It implies that candidates who fulfill the NRA CET for Graduates Eligibility Criteria or NRA CET 10th or 12th Eligibility as per their qualification will be eligible to fill the online application form on the official portal. Candidates are required to pay the online application fee, schedule their test and select the test center as per their preference to complete the application process.

Stage 2: The National Recruitment Agency will release the admit card on the official website a few days before the exam. Only the candidates who have submitted the application form will be eligible to download the NRA CET Admit Card. They need to compulsorily carry the admit card with the required documents to the allotted test center.

Stage 3: After downloading the admit card successfully, the eligible candidates will have to appear for the NRA CET exam which will be conducted in online mode. The NRA CET paper will carry objective-type questions (MCQs) and will be held in 12 Indian languages including Hindi and English. The difficulty level and exam format will depend on the educational qualification of the candidates.

Stage 4: The National Recruitment Agency will release the result on the official website after the exam is administered. The NRA CET Result is expected to be declared in the form of a merit list. The merit list will contain the name of the candidates selected based on the marks obtained in the NRA CET exam. The validity of the NRA CET score will be for three years.

Stage 5: Next, the candidates who qualified in the NRA CET will move to the next round/stage of the selection process to be conducted by their respective recruitment bodies that are IBPS, SSC, and RRB.

Preparation Tips for NRA CET 2021

Candidates should plan an effective preparation strategy to increase their chances of selection for the further rounds. We have discussed below the preparation tips for the candidates planning to appear for the NRA CET:

Familiarity with Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The first and foremost step for any candidates willing to appear for the NRA CET exam is to have detailed information about the exam pattern and syllabus to get a better insight into the exam.

It is important for the candidates to be familiar with the topics that are relevant to the syllabus so that they can plan the preparation strategy accordingly. With the help of the exam pattern, they will get the right information related to the exam format, weightage of topics, exam duration, section-wise & overall marks, and the marking scheme.

Therefore, candidates are advised to know the exam pattern and syllabus before planning the NRA CET Preparation Strategy to prepare well for the exam.

Create an NRA CET Study Schedule

Next, the candidates should create a study schedule and follow it during the entire NRA CET Preparation. In the first place, the candidates should give priority to all the topics equally.

In doing so, they can divide the topics as per the syllabus and allocate the time according to the difficulty level and the marks weightage.

Jot down important points while preparing for a specific topic and revise the notes after finishing each chapter so that you don’t forget any of the important details.

Refer to the Latest Study Material

Candidates should refer to the best books and the study material during the preparation of the NRA CET. Many of the students prefer the traditional way of learning so they purchase textbooks, manuals, paperback books, and other important study material.

However, amid the rise of the COVID, it is difficult to purchase books and study material from the store. Therefore, the candidates can download the books or study material in PDF Format from a reliable website. There is a variety of study materials available online either for free or at affordable rates.

So the candidates should download the important notes or the study material online to strengthen their preparation level. They must refer only to those books and study material that are updated according to the latest exam pattern and syllabus.

In-Depth Knowledge of General Awareness

General Awareness is one of the most scoring and important sections of the NRA CET exam. If the candidates excel in this section, then it would be easy for them to ace the exam. They should make a habit of reading newspapers and journals for at least 30 minutes daily and must maintain the important notes for revision purposes.

Along with the newspaper, they should gain knowledge about authors, important days, awards & recognition, books, appointments, and so on. They should increase their reading speed as it would improve their English Language skills as well.  Attempt current affair quizzes from a reliable website to sharpen the General Knowledge skills.

Take Regular Mock Tests & Quizzes

NRA CET preparation is incomplete without practicing the important topics relevant to the syllabus. It is important for the candidates to attempt the mock tests as they will be able to analyze their preparation level in order to achieve the best results.

By attempting the mock tests, the candidates will be able to know their strong and weak areas and improve the weak areas by allocating extra time for the same.  With the help of the mock tests, the candidates can improve their speed & accuracy in solving the questions.

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Mashum Mollah

Mashum Mollah is a tech entrepreneur by profession and passionate blogger by heart. He is on a mission to help small businesses grow online. He shares his journey, insights, and experiences in this blog. If you are an entrepreneur, digital marketing professional, or simply an info-holic, then this blog is for you.


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