National Recruitment Agency, which is set up by the Central Government will conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) to recruit candidates for Group B and Group C posts in various government organizations. Candidates who are 10th passed out and willing to get a job in the government sector are also eligible for CET exam. Go through the complete post get an idea about various job opportunities through NRA CET for 10th pass.

NRA CET for 10th Pass

The CET exam is conducted to ease out the recruitment process of various government jobs. the exam is conducted for 10th, 12th, and graduate students for various non-technical posts in SSC, Railway, Banking, etc., and the difficulty level of the paper is different for all these three categories. The NRA CET for 10th pass will begin from September 2021.

  • Candidates who are 10th passed can apply for the exam under the level 3 category.
  • Before applying for the exam, candidates must make sure to meet the required eligibility criteria for a particular post they are applying for.
  • The Common eligibility test for 10th will be held in 12 different languages to enable the candidates of every state and region to sit for the upcoming exam.
  • In this post, we have provided all the details regarding eligibility criteria, salary, selection process, syllabus, and more.
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Important details of CET for 10th pass

  • The CET exam is conducted in online mode by the NRA.
  • The Common Eligibility Test will be a single prelims exam that will be held to recruit candidates for IBPS, SSC, and RRB posts.
  • NRA CET for 10th will be conducted twice a year. Therefore, it is a great opportunity for candidates who are willing to get a government job.
  • The NRA will conduct CET exam separately for graduates, 12yth pass, and 10th pass candidates.
  • It is noted that the CET score is valid for three years.
  • The CET score will be shared with all the central government agencies.
  • There will be no fixed limit to apply for the NRA CET for the 10th pass candidates. However, there will be an upper age limit that candidates must meet to appear for the exam.

Exams Included under CET for 10th Pass Candidates

The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will conduct the preliminary exams of Group B and C posts conducted by the three government agencies:

  • Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
  • Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), and
  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).

Let us have a look at the table below to know the exams that included under NRA CET for 10th pass candidates.

CET Exams Important CET Exam
CET Banking IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, IBPS SO, RBI Grade B, RBI Assistant, NABARD Grade A, SBI PO, SBI Clerk

NRA CET for 10th Pass Eligibility Criteria 2020

The eligibility criteria for the CET exam will remain the same as now it is for 10th pass candidates. Go through the detailed eligibility criteria for different category of posts from the post below.


  • A candidate must be a citizen of India or a citizen of Nepal/Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugee settled in India before January 01, 1962, is also eligible to apply for the CET exam.
  • Candidates who have migrated from any country but permanently residing in India are also eligible.

Age Limit

  • The age limit varies for each exam the candidate wishes to take up. However, the eligibility criteria are the same as the respective exam boards. 
  • There is no change in the age limit of the exam.
  • The age relaxation for different categories will remain the same. 

Age Relaxation

The age relaxation will be provided for EWS and PwD candidates as per the government rules.

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Educational Qualification

As the NRA conducts the examination for all three levels, the qualification for each level will be different. 

The educational qualification for the NRA CET for the 10th pass candidates will have different criteria and they must fulfil that criterion. The basic educational requirement is the 10th pass from a recognized school.

NRA CET 10th Pass Exam Pattern 2020

The Common Eligibility Test will include four sections namely: Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, General Awareness, and Reasoning. 

  • It is expected that the CET exam is conducted for a total of 200 marks.
  • Each section consists of 25 questions and each question carries 2 marks.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrongly answered question.
  • The time duration of the exam is 60 minutes i.e., 1 hour.
Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200

NRA CET Syllabus for 10th Pass 2020

As the syllabus is not yet released for the CET exam, we have provided important topics based on the syllabus of all the three exams.

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English Language General Awareness
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension General Knowledge
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test Current Affairs
Alphabet Test
Mixtures &Alligations Para jumbles General Science
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest &
Surds & Indices
Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting History
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks Geography
Seating-Arrangement Time & Distance Miscellaneous Political Science
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion Dates and Events

NRA CET for 10th pass Selection Process 2020

Candidates can go through the selection process of the NRA CET exam and apply for their desired post.

  • Firstly, candidates need to crack the CET exam to get shortlisted for the next round of the recruitment process.
  • After qualifying the exam, candidates will have to appear for the next round of selection process conducted by SSC, IBPS, and RRB.

NRA CET for 10th pass Preparation Tips 2020

Candidates preparing for the CET exam can follow the simple preparation tips provided below by our experts.

  • Before starting the preparation, go through the complete exam pattern and syllabus in and out.
  • Then, prepare a proper preparation strategy that covers all the topics as per the latest syllabus.
  • Start with easy topics and later move to tricky topics. This will help increase your confidence levels.
  • Allot at least 2 hours to practice Quantitative Aptitude as it is considered to be the most challenging section of the paper.
  • While preparing for the GK section, make sure you give time to both Static G.K. and current affairs.
  • Prepare your own notes that include all the important formulas and concepts.
  • Solve previous year question papers to know the difficulty level of the paper and type of questions asked in the exam.
  • Take up mock tests regularly to increase your speed, time management skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Reading the newspaper regularly will help improve your grammar & vocabulary.
  • Try to learn at least 15-20 new words and use them in your daily life.
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NRA CET Best Books for 10th pass 2020

To help candidates, we have assembled some of the best books for the preparation of the NRA CET Exam 2020. Check the important books from the table below and enhance your preparation for the exam.

Book Name Author
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
Objective General English by S P Bakshi Arihant
Elementary and Advanced Mathematics Kiran Prakashan
Manorama yearbook Manorama
Lucent’s General Knowledge (English and Hindi) Lucent’s


What is the CET Exam?

The CET exam is a computer-based online exam which is used to shortlist candidates at the preliminary exam for IBPS, SSC, and RRB posts. Candiadtes who will get qualify in CET exam will be eligible to appear for further stages of the selection process conducted by the SSC, RRB, and IBPS.

For which posts CET Exam will be conducted?

The CET exam is conducted to recruit eligible candidates for non gazetted posts in various government organizations such as SSC IBPS, and RRB.

What will be the language medium of CET 2020 Exam?

The CET exam 2020 will be conducted in 12 different languages by the National Recruitment Agency.

What is the exam pattern and syllabus for NRA CET 2020 Exam?

The exam pattern and syllabus is the same as the preliminary exam conducted by all the government recruitment agencies. This will help candidates to reduce the burden to prepare for each exam separately.

What is the eligibility for CET Exam?

The candidate must be a citizen of India and he/she must have completed matriculation to apply for the CET Exam 2020. There will be an upper age limit restriction to apply for the exam.