National Recruitment Agency and Government Jobs – what Union Budget 2020 announcements means for job aspirants

FM Nirmala Sitharama has in her Union Budget 2020 Speech announced the setting up of National Recruitment Agency or NRA. Here’s what it is and how it impacts Government Job aspirants.

National Recruitment Agency: All you need to know

National Recruitment Agency: All you need to know  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Union Budget 2020-21 was presented today by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. With the on-going unemployment crisis in the country and the incremental increase in the work force in the country, there was an urgent need to address the employment concern. The Union Budget 2020 has, by means of infrastructural development allocation as well as educational reforms, has tried to tackle the same. Government jobs, in the situation has the potential to provide a direct solution. The proposed NRA, hence, becomes important development.

National Recruitment Agency or NRA may play an important role in handling the government jobs and providing better access and direct employment opportunities to lakhs of youth. At present, lakhs of aspirants appear for multiple examinations for various non-gazetted government jobs. To do away with this, a National Recruitment Agency has been proposed.

NRA would work as an independent agency that would be set up to conduct computer based Common Eligibility Test for recruitment to non-gazetted posts. The agency is expected to work in a manner similar to the National Testing Agency or NTA which would do away with different tests. It can also be hoped that NRA in turn would facilitate quick recruitment and better access to job seekers.

What are non-gazetted posts?

Simply defined, these are the government jobs or posts which do not give the person the authority to issue an official stamp on the behalf of the government. In terms of types of jobs, this includes Group B, Group C and Group D government jobs. Proposed NRA is expected to conduct a CET or Common Eligibility Test, the score of which may be used instead of multiple graduate level examinations conducted by SSCs and PSCs. Railway Group D examinations may also be conducted by NRA in future. Few jobs that may fall under the same are listed below.

  • Railway Group D Recruitment Exams
  • Railway NTPC Recruitment Examination
  • SSC CGL Examination
  • SSC CHSL Examination
  • SSC MTS Examination
  • SSC JHT Examination

While details for the scope of NRA is awaited, it may be possible that the banking examinations may also be included within the score of NRA. It is important to note that UPSC examinations, which cater to Group A recruitment would not be included under the ambit of NRA.