New National Recruitment Agency

New National Recruitment Agency


Why is it in the news?

The new National Recruitment Agency (NRA) is established to streamline the recruitment process for subordinate posts in government. Preliminary recruitment examinations in the proposed NRA are expected to reduce the burden of SSC and IBPS, which is a widespread practice. The NRA will work as an initial single-window agency to shortlist qualified candidates for initial applicants and will further list SSC, IBPS etc.

Important point:-

  • This is expected to streamline the recruitment of Group-B (Non-Gazetted), Group-C (Non-Technical) and Clerical posts in Government along with various equivalent recruitment in Public Sector Banks (PSB).
  • By conducting the proposed National Recruitment Agency Preliminary Selection Examination, it is expected to reduce the obligation of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), which is a widespread practice.
  • The recruitment conducted at present through SSC and the proposal to move to a new agency include Assistant Section Officer in the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination to enter government departments and Customs and Central Excise, Income Tax Department and Railways. Many other examinations for the ministry are included.
  • Similarly, for the recruitment of clerical level in public sector banks, it is proposed to go to the recruitment examination NRA. The proposed agency, however, will not be in charge of recruitment of Probationary Officers (POs) in banks.

Staff Selection Commission:-

  • The Staff Selection Commission is an attached office of the Ministry of Personnel and Training, Department of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
  • On 4 November 1975, the Government of India in the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms chaired its proposal and set up a Commission called the Subordinate Services Commission. The same was re-designated as the Staff Selection Commission effective 26 September 1977.
  • It recruits various Group "B" and Group "C" posts in various Ministries / Departments and Subordinate Offices of the Government of India.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection: -

  • The IBPS is an autonomous body formed in 1984.
  • It is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and is also a public trust under the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950.
  • It was created to provide assistance to organizations in personnel areas such as recruitment, selection, appointment, etc.
  • It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra.