Are you 12th passed out and willing to join a government job? Well, here is a great opportunity for all 12th passed students as they can apply for various government job openings at one place. Yes, you hear it right. There is a Common Eligibility Test introduced for all various levels through which candidates can have their career in Banking, Railway, and SSC. Check out the complete details about NRA CET for 12th Pass and apply for your desired field. 

NRA CET for 12th Pass 2020

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 2020 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 codnucted 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 12th pass will be a screening test for shortlisting candidates to the next stages. 
SSC CGL Mock Test Series

Attempt 150+ Test Series as per Latest Exam Pattern & Syllabus | Get Detailed Analysis Report

Attempt FREE Test

Important Details of CET for 12th Pass Aspirants

  • Candidates can attempt the exam any number of times unless candidates fulfil the eligibility criteria.
  • Since the NRA CET Exam for 12th pass is conducted across India, the question paper will be of 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 centres in districts too.
  • Also, students must remember that there is negative marking for wrong answers.
  • The NRA CET Exam will be codnucted in online mode.

NRA CET for 12th Pass Eligibility Criteria 2020

It is mandatory for all aspirants to fulfill the eligibility criteria completely. Here is the brief information about the eligibility for 12th passed students CET Exam. The eligibility remains same for all exams, however check the required criteria below


  • 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 12th pass from a recognized & affiliated school

Reservation for EWS and PwD

  • As 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 2020

As the official notification is not yet out, we have explained the pattern based on the overview of all three exams. 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 the three exams i.e., SSC, RRB, and IBPS. 
  • For each correct answer 2 marks is 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.
RRB Group D Mock Test Series

Expert Designed Mock Tests for Enhanced RRB Exam Preparation, Topic-Wise Mock Tests with Detailed Analysis Report

Take FREE Test
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 2020

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 2020

The selection process of common eligibility test for 12th pass conducted by NRA is as 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 further rounds that will be conducted by respective exam boards i.e., SSC or RRB or IBPS.
IBPS RRB Officer Mock Test

Topic-Wise Tests | English & Hindi | Detailed Analysis Report

Take Free Test


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.