Earlier this year, the Central Government has announced that SSC (Staff Selection Commission) will organize a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for all the candidates across the country to make competitive exams more transparent and feasible. The main reason behind CET is to conduct government exams properly and to avoid the difficulties that candidates face during or after the exam. The CET for all government exams will make the recruitment process fair.
Earlier this year a Bill was introduced in the upper house of the Parliament of India by the Indian Government to bring in transparency in all government recruitment exams. According to the bill, the candidates for Group B (Non-Gazetted) and other lower grade Posts will be chosen through CET. It is assumed that about three crore candidates can register for all three levels of CET which will make it the world’s biggest test.
The CET will be held for various government exams such as SSC, Banking, Railway and other exams from 2019 onward.
Important Information Available as of Today
- Conducting Organisation: SSC (Staff Selection Commission)
- Medium of Examination: Bilingual (Hindi + English)
- Probable Month of Examination: February 2019
- Score / Rank Valid Upto: 2 Years
- Scores can be used for: Preliminary Selection of Group B (Non-Gazetted) and other lower grade Posts of Banking Exams, Railway Exams, Other Government Exams
What was the need of CET exam?
Every year many cases related to paper leaks are coming out in open. No one takes the responsibility neither takes the appropriate measures to ensure that these won’t happen again. Still, the fate of SSC CGL 2018 is pending in the Apex Court of India.
Difficulty in Organising Various Examinations
As of now, there are hundreds of examinations which are conducted every year by various organisations such as SSC, MHA, SBI, Railways, IBPS, etc.
There are a lot of steps and processes to conduct such examinations, which takes time, expenses and lots of effort.
SSC itself conducts many examinations such as CGL, CHSL, MTS, etc. for different posts.
All of this seems unnecessary because ultimately the aim of these examinations is to select the better candidates and to filter out the number of candidates which outnumber the vacancies.
Unnecessary Difficulties for Aspirants
It seems totally unnecessary for candidates to prepare for various examinations and all examinations having different syllabus and exam pattern. Also, these exams do not guarantee final selection. So, if these are conducted just for the sake of filtration purpose. Why not combine all of these so-called preliminary examinations into one.
What’s the Purpose of CET?
The following reasons have been given by the Government:
- To bring in the transparency in all government recruitment exams and to conduct exams systematically.
- To overcome the irregularities and disorder in the conduction of the examinations.
- Dealing with Challenges With Less Manpower.
Is Registration for CET Mandatory?
In order to start the process under the amended system, Candidates are required to register themselves on the official site of National Carrier Services (NCS), Ministry of Labour and Employment which will provide a unique id for each candidate.
What are the possible reasons behind organising CET?
In previous years, most of the government exams failed for some reason which was conducted for selection to the post of Staff/Officers by various government organizations. This is the reason for the government taking the idea of Common Eligibility Test (CET) seriously. According to the Staff Selection Commission, the Commission had to cancel nine exams partially or completely in the last five years.
What’s the Selection Process for CET?
The exam will be conducted in two phases for the entire recruitment system
- Tier 1: A common screening test for all government recruiting agencies exam such as SSC, Banking, Railway etc.
- Tier 2: Main exams organised by respective recruitment agencies.
Education level and system under CET
It has been suggested to conduct the exam into the following three stages under CET:
- Matriculation Level
- Senior Secondary Level
- Graduate Level
It is also proposed that only a common exam will be conducted at graduation level from the financial year 2018-2019. In the consistent year, there is a proposal to conduct the exam into three phases.
Benefits / Advantages of Common Eligibility Test (CET)
- There are hundreds of exams that are organised by various government and non-government organisations for the selection of candidates for various posts. CET will benefit these organisations to select candidates based on a ranking of a single exam. Further, this will reduce the expenditure of present exam conducting bodies to many folds.
- The CET scores can be used by the central recruitment agencies as well as by the state organisations.
- As the scores or ranking of candidates are valid for two years, it will be very useful for candidates if they want to join for the employment in the successive years.
Drawbacks of Common Eligibility Test
- Bilingual Language: Until now the government has planned to conduct the Common Eligibility Test in a bilingual mode i.e., in only English and Hindi language. Thus regional candidates who are not much comfortable in these two languages, especially those who are from Southern India or those who are from rural areas, won’t have many benefits of these central tests.
- Pattern and Syllabus: Although it is a big relief for those aspirants who were preparing for government exams or banking sector exams that they don’t have to worry about the difference in the syllabus that was there earlier. But it is a downside as well because it is going to be a tough challenge to create a single syllabus and exam pattern for various sectors such as Banks, SSC, RRB, etc.
- Still there is not much information about how this exam will be conducted, when exactly it will be conducted. There is so much uncertainty among aspirants. Also, because of the ongoing SSC CGL 2017 case in Supreme Court, everything related to this exam is vague.
Our Take on CET
This test is a much-needed one to overcome the unnecessary wastage of efforts, wastage of money and wastage of time. Because ultimately the aim of these various examinations is to filter out the best of the candidates which can be fulfilled by a single exam as well.
With that said, there are still issues which government has to work on. Carrying out this largest scale examination is not easy. The respective organisation has to ensure the correct measures to restrain corruption and to handle millions of participants as well.
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