Union Minister Jitendra Singh said Saturday that Union states and territories can use points for the Common Eligibility Test, run by the National Recruitment Agency (NRA), to shortlist candidates for government jobs.
This would actually help the recruiting agencies, including the state and UT governments, save the cost and time spent on recruiting, while also being convenient and inexpensive for the young aspirants, he said.
An agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) could be made to use the CET score from them, said Singh, the minister of state for personnel.
Joint aptitude test by #NationalRecruitmentAgency can be shared with recruitment agencies in State & UT Govts, PSUs and also in the Pvt sector. This would save the cost and time of hiring, which is convenient and inexpensive even for young applicants. A win-win agreement for both. pic.twitter.com/8Us7RBG4iA
– Dr. Jitendra singh (@DrJitendraSingh) 22nd August 2020
“Ultimately, this could be a win-win agreement for both employer and employee,” he said.
Singh said the CET score could be shared with the recruitment agencies in the state and territory of the Union, as well as with public sector companies (PSUs) and later the private sector, according to an official statement.
“States and Union territories can take advantage of the joint aptitude test to be carried out by the National Personnel Agency for the selection of jobs, the decision of which was taken at the cabinet meeting of the Union chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday,” it said.
The NRA is tasked with conducting CET online to select candidates for the majority of the positions in the central government.
Singh said the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and himself have been in contact with many state and territory governments who have expressed their propensity to be part of the CET score sharing agreement.
Most prime ministers are also very enthusiastic and support this reform, he said.
Singh said that for those who show up for examination, in certain areas, concerns should be resolved that SC / ST / OBC candidates should be relaxed as other categories of castes in the upper age limit according to government policy.
He said the Common Eligibility Test would have no correlation or inconsistency with hiring rules like residence, etc., followed by specific states or union territories, the Department of Personnel’s statement said.
Contrary to concerns in certain areas, CET will not only be conducted in Hindi and English, but initially in 12 Indian languages as other languages will gradually be added to the constitution’s 8th timetable, it said.
Singh welcomed the personal intervention and forbearance of Prime Minister Modi, “without whom this revolutionary decision would not have been possible,” and said the move will prove to be an important reform to make life easier for struggling youth and aspiring professionals.
He said it is also a reflection of the sensitivity and thoughtfulness with which the government, led by Prime Minister Modi, is working.