Choosing the right career must be your priority when you are studying in 12th standard or after passing 12th. Getting a government job can be on your list if you are interested to work in any government sector.

This year, the Union Cabinet of India has introduced a Common Eligibility Test through which you can apply for all non-gazetted government jobs that fall under Group B, C, and D. Doesn't this sounds interesting? Through one single exam, you can apply for banking, railway, and SSC jobs. 

Check out the complete details about the NRA CET 12th Pass level and apply for your desired field. You can know about the exam pattern, syllabus, selection process, and more. 

NRA CET for 12th Pass

The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) is the exam conducting authority for the first stage of government exams in three different sectors. As per the recent announcement, the NRA CET 2021 is set to begin from September 2021.

  • In order to make the application process easier for non-technical or non-gazetted government jobs (which come under Group B, C, and D), the Union Cabinet of India decided to set up NRA CET. 
  • There were multiple prelims exams conducted by the SSC, Railways, and Banking. But, from 2021, there will be only one single preliminary examination for all these three sectors i.e., a common entrance exam. 
  • This will result in just one exam for all government jobs. The NRA CET for the 12th pass will be a screening test for shortlisting candidates to the next stages. 
  • Currently, there is no notice about the NRA CET Syllabus. Though the pattern is the same for all levels of exam, the syllabus might vary. 
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Important Details of CET for 12th Pass Aspirants

  • Candidates can attempt the exam any number of times unless candidates fulfill the eligibility criteria.
  • Since the NRA CET Exam for the 12th pass is conducted across India, the question paper will be in 12 different languages.
  • The scores will be valid for the next three years.
  • The Common Eligibility Test will be conducted twice in a year.
  • Candidates in remote locations need not worry, as there are exam centers in districts too.
  • Also, students must remember that there is negative marking for wrong answers.

Exams Included in NRA CET

The government exam for the 12th pass is conducted for various posts under SSC, RRB, and Banking. The below table lists the Exams included in NRA CET.

NRA CET Exams List of CET Exam 
SSC Steno Group C, D
RRB Group D Exam
NRA CET Banking  IBPS PO & Clerk
SBI Clerk & PO
Other banking exams

NRA CET for 12th Pass Eligibility Criteria 2021

It is mandatory for all aspirants to fulfill the eligibility criteria completely. Here is the brief information on the eligibility criteria of CET Exam for 12th pass. The NRA CET Eligibility remains the same for all exams, however, check the required criteria below


  • The candidate can be a citizen of India or a citizen of Nepal/Bhutan,
  • If a candidate is a Tibetan refugee settled in India before January 01, 1962, will also be counted as eligible to appear in the exam.
  • Any candidate who has migrated from any country but permanently residing in India is also eligible.

Age Limit

  • The age limit varies for each exam the candidate wishes to take up.
  • As said above, 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. 

Educational Qualification

As the NRA conducts the examination for all three levels, the qualification for 12th pass students is explained below:

  • 12th Pass Category: Candidates to apply for 10+12 level of exams must fulfill the qualification based on the level for which they will appear in CET. The basic educational requirement is a 12th pass from a recognized & affiliated school

Reservation for EWS and PwD

  • The official notification is not yet released by the authorities, but it is expected that there would be a 10% reservation for PwD and EWS candidates.

NRA CET 12th Pass Exam Pattern 2021

As the official notification is not yet out, we have explained the pattern based on the overview of all three exams. Check out expert suggested NRA CET Online Preparation Tips and know subject-wise tricks. Go through the below table for the exam pattern of NRA CET:

  • There are four sections included which are Reasoning, GK, quant, and English. 
  • These are the most common sections in all three exams i.e., SSC, RRB, and IBPS. 
  • For each correct answer, 2 marks are awarded while 0.25 marks is deducted for each wrong answer.
  • The total time duration for completing the exam will 60 minutes i.e., 1 hour.
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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 12th Pass 2021

Since the official notification is not yet released, there is no clear picture of the topics involved. However, based on the subjects and examinations, we have tabulated the important topics in each of these subjects below:

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 12th Pass Selection Process 2021

The selection process of common eligibility test for 12th pass conducted by NRA is as follows:

  • Firstly, candidates need to crack the NRA CET Exam which is the preliminary examination conducted for shortlisting candidates to the next stage.
  • After qualifying CET, candidates will be shortlisted for further rounds that will be conducted by respective exam boards i.e., SSC or RRB or IBPS.

NRA CET Cut Off Marks for 12th Pass

As there are three levels of examinations to be conducted by the NRA, there would be different cut off marks. The pattern of the exam is the same however, the difficulty level and syllabus will vary. The cut off for the 12th pass level will be decided based on certain factors like

  • Difficulty Level of the exam
  • Number of vacancies
  • Number of candidates appearing for the exam

NRA CET Books for 12th Pass

During preparation is suggested to refer to the best books which cover all the topics. Here is the list of books recommended by experts for better preparation. 

Subject Book Name Author
Reasoning A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
English Objective General English by S P Bakshi Arihant
Quantitative Aptitude Elementary and Advanced Mathematics Kiran Prakashan
General Awareness Manorama yearbook Manorama
General Awareness Lucent’s General Knowledge (English and Hindi) Lucent’s
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I am studying in 12th standard currently, can I also apply for NRA CET for 12th pass?

As per the eligibility criteria, students must have passed 12th while filling the application. If you have completed 12th standard only then you can apply. 

Does CET better than individual conduction of exams?

Yeah, it does, because there is no need of multiple applications for each post. Also, there is an opportunity for applying to more than 1 exam at a time. 

Is the syllabus for NRA CET for the 12th pass candidates same as other levels?

Yes, the syllabus and pattern of the exam remains same. 

In which language is CET for 12th pass students conducted?

Since, the exam is common across India, the exam is conducted in 12 different languages.

Is the NRA CET Exam conducted in online or offline mode?

The NRA CET Exam is conducted in online mode. 

Does the marking scheme vary for each levels of NRA CET?

No, the marking scheme is same for all the levels i.e., 10th, 12th, and graduation.