The National Recruitment Agency has decided to conduct the (Common Eligibility Test) CET exam to shortlist candidates for different posts in different government organizations. Candidates appearing for the exam must be aware of the Common Eligibility Test Syllabus 2020. IN this post, we have provided complete details about subject-wise syllabus for SSC, Banking, Railways, etc.

  •  Knowing the syllabus of common eligibility test will help candidates to know what are the important topics that need to be prepared as the exam point of view.
  • As the NRA CET Exam date is not yet announced, going through the syllabus and preparing for the exam well in advance will help clear the exam in the first attempt.
  • In this post, we have provided the subject-wise topics as per the common eligibility test 2020 syllabus.
  • Candidtes can view or download the common eligibility test syllabus 2021 and start their preparation accordingly for the upcoming exam.
  • Solving IBPS, RRB, and SSC CGLPrevious year questions papers will help aspirants to know the type of questions asked in the exam and the difficulty level of the paper.
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Common Eligibility Test Syllabus Highlights

Let us have a look at the detailed key highlights of the NRA CET Syllabus 2020.

  • All the eligible candiadtes need to register under NRA by paying a single time process fee.
  • As per the news, there will be separate eligibility criteria and exam pattern for a different level of CET.
  • The NRA will conduct separate CET for secondary, higher secondary, and graduate-level students.
  • The Common Eligibility Test will be conducted twice a year.
  • There is no maximum limit for attending the CET exam. However, the candiadtes will be able to apply for the exam only if they satisfy the eligibility criteria.
  • The CET score remains valid for 3 years.
  • If there is more than one attempt, the best of the scores will be considered by the government.
  • The CET score will be shared by all the government recruiting agencies.
  • The exam is conducted in multiple centers in each district.
  • The Common Eligibility Test is conducted in 12 different languages.
  • The CET score can also be used by the State Governments'.

NRA CET Expected Sections 2020

According to the syllabus and exam pattern of the existing SSC, IBPS, and RRB exams, it is expected that the common eligibility test syllabus 2021 includes four subjects: General Intelligence & Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, General Awareness.

General Intelligence & Reasoning

The questions are asked from both verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Candiadtes have to focus on topics like analogy, symbolic operations, number analogy, trends, semantic series, number series, figural classification, critical thinking, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, word building, etc to score good marks in this section.

Quantitative Aptitude

Questions are designed to test the aptitude skills of the candidate. Most fo the questions are asked from topics like number systems, fundamental arithmetical operations, algebra, geomey=try, mensuration, etc, Hence, candidates need to start their preparation well in advance to cover all the topics NRA CET Syllabus of the quantitative section.

English Language

In this section, candidates are tested for vocabulary and grammar skills. Hence it is important to focus on topics like fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spot the error, improvement of sentences, active voice, passive voice, etc to crack the section easily.

General Awareness

The general awareness questions are designed to test the candidate's general knowledge and its application to society. Candidates must be aware of questions based on history, India and its neighbouring countries, geography, culture, general policy, and scientific research as they are also tested on the knowledge of current affairs.

Common Eligibility Test 2020 Syllabus

The common eligibility test SSC syllabus is the same as the syllabus of SSC, RRB, and IBPS exams. Let us have a look at the detailed syllabus of the common eligibility test from the post below and plan your preparation accordingly.

Common Eligibility Test Syllabus for English

Go through the table below to know all the important topics that need to be prepared under the English section.

Basics of English Language Vocabulary
Grammar Sentence structure
Spot the Error Fill in the Blanks
Synonyms Antonyms
Active/Passive Voice of Verbs Conversion into Direct/Indirect Narration
Comprehension Passage Spellings/Detecting Miss-Spelt Words
One-Word Substitution Cloze Test
Para Jumbles Idioms and Phrases

CET English Expected Questions

Go through some of the expected questions of English from the syllabus of the Common Eligibility Test. 

Error Spotting

Q) The new inner ring road in Hyderabad (1)/ is a bane to the commuters (2)/ as it is estimated to reduce (3)/ the travelling times by up to 50% (4)/ No error (5).

a) 1

b) 2

c) 3

d) 4 e) 5

Q) The confederacy rested (1)/ upon the tribes ostensibly, (2)/ but primarily (3)/ at common gentes (4)/ No error (5)

a) 1

b) 2

c) 3

d) 4

e) 5

Idioms & Phrases

Q) There is no cut and dried method for doing this.

a) Simple

b) Honest

c) Readymade

d) Understandable

Q) Hold your horses for a moment while I make a phone call.

a) Be patient

b) stay out

c) Be quiet

d) wait

Fill in the Blanks

Q) The flash of the torch .......a cobra

a) Exposed

b) Displayed

c) Disclosed

d) Revealed

Q) It was his......that led him to penury

a) Flamboyance

b) Arrogance

c) Extravagance

d) Ebillience


Q) Select the synonym of Bristle

a) Thorn

b) Tranquil

c) Friction

d) Sleek

Q) Confuse

a) Explicate

b) Perplex

c) Mix

d) Divert


Q) Castigated

a) Approve

b) Rate

c) Flay

d) Drub

Q) Deliberate

a) Judge

b) Imprudent

c) Cogitate

d) Argue

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Quant/Maths Syllabus for Common Eligibility Test 2020

Here, we have provided the detailed common eligibility test IBPS Syllabus, SSC, and RRB of the quantitative aptitude section. Go through all the important topics that need to be prepared under the Quant section and prepare accordingly.

Number System Computation of Whole number, decinal & fractions, relationship between numbers
Fundamental arithmetical operations Percentages, ratio and proportion, square roots, averages, interest (simple & compound), profit & loss, discount, partnership business, mixture & allegation, time & distance, time & work
Algebra Basic algebraic identities of school algebra and elementary surds (simple problems) and graphs of linear equations
Geometry Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: traingle and its various kinds of centers, congruence and similarity of traingles, circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtented by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles
Trigonometry Trigonometric ratios, complementary angles, height and distances
Mensuration Triangle, quadrilaterals, regular polygons, circle, right prism, right circular cone, right circular cylinder, sphere, rectangular, parallelepiped, regular right pyramid with triangular or square base
Statistical charts Use of tables and graphs: histogram, frequency polygon, bar diagram, pie chart

CET Quant Expected Questions

Here, we have provided some important quant questions for Common Eligibility Test. Practicing these questions will help candidates to improve their speed and accuracy.

Speed, Time & Distance

Q) Walking at 3 km/hour, Pintu reaches his school 5 minutes late. If he walks at 4 km/h he will be 5 minutes early. The distance of Pintu's school from his house is

a) 1 1/2 km

b) 2 km

c) 2 1/2 km

d) 5km

Q) A boat goes 8 km an hour in still water but takes twice as much time in going the same
distance against the current. The speed of the current is

a) 2 km/hr

b) 4 km/hr

c) 3 km/hr

d) 5 km/hr

Compound Interest

Q) The compound interest on a sum of Rs. 5000/- at 8% per annum for 9 months when interest is compound quarterly is?

a) Rs. 300

b) Rs. 300.12

c) Rs. 306.04

d) Rs. 308

Q) What is the compound interest (in Rs) on a principal sum of Rs. 2800 for 2 years at a rate of 12% per annum?

a) 687.18

b) 634.46

c) 712.32

d) 568.68


Q) The edge of an ice cube is 14cm. The volume of the largest cylindrical ice cube that can be formed out of it is?

a) 2200

b) 2000

c) 2156

d) 2400

e) None of the above

Q) A rope makes 125 rounds of a cylinder with base radius 15cm. How many times can it go-round with base radius 25cm?

a) 100

b) 75

c) 80

d) 65

e) None of the above

Number System

Q) The number 323 has

a) three prime factors

b) five prime factors

c) two prime factors

d) no prime factor

Q) The least number that should be added to 2055 so that the sum is exactly divisible by 27 is 

a) 28

b) 24

c) 27

d) 31

Mixtures & Allegations

Q) The cost of three different varieties of rice A, B, and C is Rs. 20/kg, Rs. 25/kg and Rs. 30/kg respectively. If A, B, C are mixed together in the ratio of 2: 1: 2, what will be the cost of mixture per kg?

a) Rs. 75

b) Rs. 25

c) Rs. 30

d) Rs. 125

e) Rs. 100

Q) A mixture contains water and milk in the ratio of 3: 5. If 4 litres of water and 5 litres of milk are added to the mixture, the ratio of water and milk becomes 2 : 3. What is the quantity of water in the final mixture?

a) 11 litres

b) 12 litres

c) 8 litres

d) 10 litres

e) 9 litres


Q) If x is an acute angle such that Tan (4x – 50°) = Cot ( 50° – x), then the value of x would be?

a) 60

b) 45

c) 50

d) 30

Q) If cosec 9x= sec 9x (0<x<10), what is the value of x?

a) 9°

b) 3°

c) 5°

d) 6°


Q) If 3.352 – (9.759 – x ) – 19.64 = 7.052, then what is the value of x?

a) -6.181

b) 13.581

c) 33.099

d) 39.803

Q) If 2x – 2(4 – x) < 2x – 3 < 3x + 3; then x can take which of the following values?

a) 2

b) 3

c) 4

d) 5


Q) The average revenues of 9 consecutive years of a company is Rs 68 lakhs. If the average of the first 5  years is Rs 63 lakhs and that of the last 5 years is Rs 75 lakhs, find the revenue for the 5th year?

a) Rs 80 lakhs

b) Rs 76 lakhs

c) Rs 78 lakhs

d) Rs 74 lakhs

Q)The average revenues of 7 consecutive years of a company is Rs 71 lakhs. If the average of the first 4 years is Rs 66 lakhs and that of the last 4 years is Rs 78 lakhs. What is the revenue for the fourth year?

a) Rs 81 lakhs

b) Rs 77 lakhs

c) Rs 79 lakhs

d) Rs 75 lakhs

Common Eligibility Test Syllabus for General Intelligence & Reasoning 

Check the table below to know all the topics from the CET Syllabus of the general intelligence and reasoning section.

Analogies Alphabetical and Number Series
Similarities and Differences Space Visualisation
Visual Memory Non-Verbal Series
Coding and Decoding Mathematical operations
Relationship Concepts Syllogism
Jumbling Venn Diagram
Data Interpretation and Sufficiency Conclusions and Decision Making
Semantic Analogy Analytical Reasoning
Figure Classification Directions
Statement – Arguments and Assumptions Punched Hole/Pattern-Folding & Unfolding
Critical Thinking Problem Solving
Emotional Intelligence Word Building
Social Intelligence Input-Output

CET General Intelligence & Reasoning Expected Questions

Candidates need to apply their logical skills to answer the general intelligence & reasoning questions. 

Seating Arrangement

Q) Six family members Pankaj, Gopi, Chetan, Dinesh, Akash and Vyom are standing around a circular table. Gopi is between Vyom and Chetan. Pankaj is between Akash and Dinesh. Vyom is to the immediate right of Dinesh. Who is opposite to Dinesh?

a) Pankaj

b) Chetan

c) Vyom

d) Gopi

Q) P, Q, R, S and T are sitting together. T is at one extreme end. P is the neighbour of T and is third to the left of Q. Who is fourth to the right of T?

a) P

b) T

c) Q

d) S


Q) Statement: Aggressive animals can be trained with care and affection to behave as the occasion demands.


I. Trained dogs cannot be aggressive.

II. Animals are always aggressive unless care and affection are given to them.

a) Both I and II follow

b) Only I follow

c) Only II follows

d) Neither I nor II follows

Q) Statement: A friend in need is a friend indeed.

Conclusions :

I. All are friends in good times.

II. Enemies in bad times are not friends.

a) Neither conclusion I nor II follows

b) Only conclusion I follow

c) Only conclusion II follows

d) Both conclusions I and II follow

Logical Reasoning

Q) Y, T, O, J,?

a) G

b) E

c) F

d) D

Q) If today is Thursday, then what day of the week will it be after 147 days?

a) Monday

b) Sunday

c) Saturday

d) Thursday



a) VWX

b) STU

c) UVW

d) RST

Q) Tiger: Tigress:: Bull:?

a) calf

b) Ox

c) Buffalo

d) Cow

Blood Relations

Q) R is the sister of M who is the brother of H. D is the mother of K who is the brother of M. How is R related to D?

a) Sister

b) Daughter

c) Mother

d) Data inadequate

e) None of these

Q) Pointing to the lady in the photograph, Seema said, “Her son’s father is the son-in-law of my mother”. How is Seema related to the lady?

a) Sister

b) Mother

c) Cousin

d) Aunt

e) None of these

General Intelligence

Q) Vineet is taller than Raman but shorter than Jyoti. Sumit is the shortest. Deepak is taller than Sumit but shorter than Raman. Who is the tallest?

a) Jyoti

b) Raman

c) Vineet

d) Deepak

Q) There are five boys P, Q, R, S and T standing in a line. Q is taller than T but shorter than P. S is shorter than T but taller than R. Who is the shortest?

a) S

b) R

c) T

d) P

NRA CET Syllabus for GK and GA

Here is the common eligibility test RRB syllabus for the general awareness section.

Current Affairs of National and International Importance Games and Sports
Art and Culture of India Economic Scene
Monuments and Places of India General Science
Indian and World History Physical, Social and Economic Geography of India and World
Indian Polity and Governance General Scientific and Technological Developments
United Nations and other important World Organisations Environmental Issues Concerning India and World at Large
Basics of Computers and Computer Applications Common Abbreviations
Flora and Fauna of India Indian Economy
Famous Personalities of India and World Flagship Government Programs

CET GK and GA Expected Questions

To score good marks in this section, candidates must be aware of all the issues happenings around the world on a daily basis. Candidates can check some of the expected questions from the General Knowledge and General Awareness section.


Q) What is the FDI limit for Civil Aviation?

a) 49%

b) 0.51

c) 1

d) None of the above

Q) Who is the current road, transport, highways and shipping minister (as of 26 February 2018)?

a) Jairam Ramesh

b) Manohar Parikkar

c) Nitin Gadkari

d) Jayant Sinha


Q) Name the recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award, 2019 for Trade and Industry (Food Processing).

a) Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati

b) Narsingh Dev Jamwal

c) Harvinder Singh Phoolka

d) Vallabhbhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya

Q) Tennis player Somdev Kishore Devvarman was awarded 2018?

a) Padma Bushan

b) Bharat Ratna

c) Padma Vibhushan

d) Padma Shree


Q) Which among the following is the name given to the cursor for the computer language ‘LOGO”?

a) Robot

b) Frog

c) Spider

d) Turtle

Q) Which of the following was used as circuitry for the first generation of computers?

a) Vacuum Tube

b) Transistors

c) Integrated circuits

d) Microprocessors


Q) Who discovered Pluto?

a) Jim Maxwell

b) Tim Heynman

c) Myne Ketteborough

d) Clyde Tombaugh

Q) In terms of size, Venus ranks no. in our Solar System.

a) 5

b) 6

c) 7

d) 8


Q) Who was the first ruler of Pala dynasty?

a) Gopala

b) Vivyanathan

c) Dharmapala

d) Bhaskaran

Q) Who was the trusted General of the Mughal emperor Akbar?

a) raj Todar Mal

b) Man Singh I

c) Birbal

d) Tansen

NRA CET Exam Pattern 2020

It is expected that the NRA CET exam pattern will be as same as the pattern of the SSC, IBPS, and RRB exams. 

  • There will be 25 questions from each section and each question carries two marks.
  • The exam paper consists of 100 questions for a total of 200 marks
  • The Time duration of the exam is 60 minutes.
Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
General Awareness and General Knowledge 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
Language (English, Hindi, etc.) 25 50
Total 100 200

List of Exams under NRA CET

All the preliminary examinations of Group B and C will be combined into a single common eligibility test (CET). 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).

All the examinations conducted by these three agencies will now have to appear for the NRA CET Exam 2020 for the preliminary exam. 

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Exam Level for CET

The NRA will conduct the Common Eligibility Test at the three different levels as mentioned in the table below. Candiadtes can attend these levels of exams based on their eligibility. Candidates qualifying the level of the examination will get shortlisted for the next round of the selection process.

Level 1 Graduate
Level 2 12th Pass
Level 3 10th Pass
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CET Syllabus in Hindi

Candiadtes preparing for the SSC, IBPS, and RRB exams can download the CET Syllabus in Hindi PDF from the official website and start their preparation for the upcoming exam.

  • As per the CET Syllabus, candiadtes will be tested on their quantitative skills, reasoning, general awareness, and the English language.
  • Before starting the preparation, it is important for candiadtes to go through the complete syllabus and start preparing well in advance to crack the exam in one attempt.


What is the expected NRA CET Syllabus 2020?

The NRA CET Exam is expected to have questions from the following four subjects:

  • General Awareness
  • General Intelligence & Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English

Will the CET Syllabus is the same for all the levels of the exam?

The NRA CET Syllabus for all three levels (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3) is expected to vary depending on the level of difficulty. However, there is no official notification regarding the Common Eligibility Test Syllabus.

Who will prescribe NRA CET 2020 syllabus?

The National Recruitment Agency will prescribe the syllabus for Common Eligibility Test 2020. Candidates are advised to check the official notification for more updates on the CET syllabus.

What are the important topics that need to prepared for the English section of the CET exam?

As per the NRA CET Syllabus, candiadtes can prepare the topics like fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, sentence correction, one-word substitution, para jumbles, close test, idioms & phrases, etc to score good marks in the English section.

What is the importance of CET Syllabus 2020?

The CET syllabus will let candiadtes get a fair idea about the type of questions asked from each topic. Candiadtes are advised to be thorough with the syllabus of the Common Eligibility Test before starting the preparation.