Are you dreaming of a government job after the completion of your graduation? Then, to help you get desired government job, the National Recruitment Agency is going to conduct the Common Eligibility Test. This post takes you through the various opportunities through NRA CET for Graduates.

NRA CET for Graduates

As per the latest notice, NRA CET 2021 is expected to begin from September 2021. 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).

  • The NRA CET for Graduates will be a screening test for shortlisting you to the next stage of the selection process.
  • In order to make the application process easier for non-technical or non-gazetted government jobs, the Union Cabinet of India decided to conduct the NRA CET.
  • Before proceeding with the application form, you must make sure to meet the required eligibility criteria set by the exam conducting body.

NRA CET Eligibility

NRA CET Eligibility

NRA CET 2021 for Graduates Highlights

Exam Name NRA CET (National Recruitment Agency Common Eligibility Test)
Conducting Body NRA (National Recruitment Agency)
Exam Level National
Exam Date September 2021
Exam Mode Online 
Application Mode Online
Frequency of Exam Duration Twice a year
Score Validity 3 years
Educational Qualification Bachelor's degree
Selection Process Prelims Exam
Official Website To be Notified

Exams Included in NRA CET for Graduates

Let us have a look at the table below to know the Exams included in NRA CET for Graduates.

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

Key Points for NRA CET for Graduates 

  • The CET exam is conducted in online mode by the NRA.
  • NRA CET for Graduates will be conducted twice a year. 
  • You must note that NRA will conduct the CET exam separately for graduates, 12th pass, and 10th pass candidates.
  • There will be no fixed limit to apply for the NRA CET for graduates. However, there will be an upper age limit that candidates must meet to appear for the exam.
  • It is noted that the CET score is valid for three years.
  • The CET score will be shared with all the central government agencies such as public sector undertakings, state recruiting agencies, private companies, etc.
  • Every district will have at least one CET exam center.
  • The CET score will be utilized by the state government organizations as well.

NRA CET for Graduates Eligibility Criteria 2021

Go through the eligibility criteria set by the concerned exam conducting body to apply for the NRA CET.


  • You 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.
  • If you have migrated from any country but permanently residing in India can also apply.

Age Limit

  • The age limit depends on the exam that you wish to take up and it varies for each post.
  • There is no change in the age limit of the exam. It remains the same as it is now for graduate students.

Age Relaxation

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

Educational Qualification

The educational qualification for the NRA CET for graduates will have different criteria and you must fulfill that criterion. The basic educational requirement is that you must have completed graduation.

SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria

You need to fulfill the below eligibility to apply for the SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam.


You must be a citizen of India, subject of Nepal/Bhutan, Tibetan refugee, a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania(Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India are eligible to appear for the SSC CHSL Exam.

Age Limit

  • The minimum age limit to apply for CHSL is 18 years and the maximum age limit should not exceed 27 years as of 01-01-2021 ( must born not before 02-01-1993 and not later than 01-01-2002) are eligible to apply for the CHSL Exam.
  •  As per the SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level Eligibility Criteria, age relaxation is provided as per the government norms if you belong to the reserved category.
Category Age Relaxation
OBC 3 years
ST/SC 5 years
PH+Gen 10 years
PH + OBC 13 years
PH + SC/ST 15 years
Ex-Servicemen (Gen) 3 years
Ex-Servicemen (OBC) 6 years
Ex-Servicemen (SC/ST) 8 years

Educational Qualification 

  • For LDC/ JSA, PA/ SA, DEO Posts:You must have passed the 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.
  • For the post of DEO (Data Entry Operator): You should have passed 12th standard in science stream with Maths as a subject from a recognized government university. 

SBI PO Eligibility Criteria

Checking the eligibility before applying for SBI PO Exam is necessary if you wish to apply for SBI PO post. We have given detailed information on SBI PO eligibility below.


  • You should be a citizen of India.
  • Also, immigrants from Nepal or Bhutan are subject to apply for SBI PO Notification 2021.
  • Tibetian Refugee who have come to India before 1st January 2021

SBI PO Education Qualification

  • Graduation or Degree holders from a recognized university are eligible to apply for SBI PO Exam 2021.
  • If are pursuing the final year exams or semesters can also apply.

SBI PO Age Limit

Age criteria for General candidates should not be less than 21 years and must be below 30 years of age. However, age relaxation for reserved category is given as per the Govt Guidelines.

How to Apply for NRA CET

How to Apply for NRA CET

RRB NTPC Eligibility Criteria

You must satisfy the eligibility of the government exam for graduates you are willing to apply for the Common Eligibility Test. Let us have a look at the detailed RRB NTPC Eligibility in terms of age, qualification, and nationality.


  • You must be a citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal/Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugee who came over India before 1st January 1962 who was intended to settle in India permanently
  • If you are migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Burma with the intention of permanently settling in India are eligible to appear for the RRB NTPC Exam.

Age Limit

Your age should be between 18-30 years for undergraduate posts and 18-33 years for graduate posts.

Educational Qualification

  • You must have the official 12th certificate if you are applying for Undergraduate posts
  • You should hold a graduate certificate from a university or an educational institute which is easily recognized by the Parliament or State Legislature
  • You should have accurate knowledge and proficiency in Hindi and English Typing if you are applying for the positions of Junior Accounts Assistant cum Typist (JAA), Senior Clerk cum Typist (SCT) and Time Keeper (TK)

NRA CET Exam Pattern for Graduates 2021

It is expected that the Common Eligibility Test will include four sections namely: Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, General Awareness, and Reasoning. 

  • The common eligibility test 2021 for Graduates 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 Graduates 2021

You must be aware of  NRA CET Syllabus as this will help you know the important topics from the exam point of view. As the syllabus is not yet released for the CET exam, we have provided important topics based on the syllabus of SSC, RRB, and IBPS.

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 Selection Process for Graduates 2021

The selection process of the various government posts through the Common Eligibility Test for Graduates is as follows:

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

NRA CET Exam Centers 2021 for Graduates 

As per the announcement made by the NTA, there will be more than one test center in each district. You no need to travel long distances to attempt the common eligibility test.

To reduce the expenses in terms of examination fees, travel charges, and other expenses, the government has decided to arrange one or more test centers in each district depending on the number of students appearing for the exam.

NRA CET Cut Off for Graduates

The cut off marks are the minimum qualifying marks that you need to score to get shortlisted for the next round of the selection process.


Let us have a look at the table below to know the expected cut off marks of the govt job for graduates.

Category Cut off
General 204
OBC 196
SC 185.5
ST 175.5

SBI PO Cut Off

Here is the list of category-wise expected cut off marks for the government exam for graduates.

Category Cut Off Marks
SC  62.35
ST  56.75
OBC  69.35
GEN  72
LD  60
VI  65.75
HI  17.25


Go through the table below to know the expected cut off marks of the CET exam for graduates.

Category Expected Cut Off
General 82-84
OBC 76-78
SC 70-72
ST 64-66

NRA CET for Graduates Preparation Tips 2021

Following the NRA CET Preparation Tips provided by experts will help you know how to plan your preparation in a better way.

  • 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.
  • Try to learn at least 15-20 new words and use them in your daily life.
  • Allot at least 2-3 hours to learn Quantitative Aptitude as it is considered to be the most challenging section of the paper.
  • Prepare your own notes that include all the important formulas and concepts as this will help during your revision.
  • Solve previous year question papers to know the difficulty level of the paper and type of questions asked in the exam.
  • You are advised to follow daily Current Affairs to stay updated about all the happenings around the world. This will help score good marks in the GK section.
  • Reading the newspaper regularly will help improve your grammar & vocabulary.

Best Books for NRA CET for Graduates

As per the experts, referring to the best books will help enhance your preparation for the upcoming govt exam for graduates. 

Here, we have assembled some of the best books for the preparation of the common eligibility test 2021 for graduates. Check the important books from the table below.

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
Fast track objective arithmetic Rajesh Varma
How to crack test of Reasoning Jaikishan


What is the eligibility for CET for graduates Exam?

The candidate must be a citizen of India and he/she must have completed their graduation to apply for the CET Exam 2020-21. Alos, there will be an upper age limit restriction to apply for the exam.

What will be the language medium of the common eligibility test 2020 for Graduates?

The CET exam is conducted in a total of 12 different languages. Candidates can attempt the exam as per the choice of their interest 

What is next after qualifying govt job for graduates Exam?

Candidates who will get shortlisted in the CET exam are called to appear for the next round of selection process such as Tier 2 and Tier 3 conducted by SSC, IBPS, and RRB.

For which posts the common eligibility test for graduates is conducted?

The common eligibility test for graduates is conducted by the NRA to recruit candidates for non gazetted posts in various government organizations like SSC, Banking, and railways.

Is NRA will conduct separate CET exam for graduates?

Yes. The NRA will conduct common eligibility test separately for all three category of students as mentioned below:

  • Graduates
  • 12th pass candidates
  • 10th pass candidates

Where will be the govt exam for graduates exam centers located?

To conduct the CET exam for graduates, the exam centers will be developed in every district of the country. As per the news, the exam centers will be developed in rural areas to help candidates residing in far-away places.

Will there be different govt exam for graduate candidates?

 Yes. The National Recruitment Agency will conduct a different govt exam for graduates candidates. Candidates can apply for different posts based on their based on their eligibility.

How will government exam for graduates benefit candidates?

The CET exam for graduates will save time, application fee, and travel expenses of the candidates.

What is the validity of CET score for graduates?

The CET score for graduates will be valid for three years from the date of result declaration.

When will the CET Exam for Graduates conducted?

As per the latest notice, the CET exam for Graduates will begin in the month of September 2021.