Na­tional civil ser­vice exam poses up-to-date ques­tions

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY

The an­nual civil ser­vice exam kicked off on Sun­day, and some re­cent top­ics — such as col­lege grad­u­ates start­ing their own busi­nesses and the Yutu lu­nar rover — ap­peared in the exam ques­tions.

The 1.48 mil­lion peo­ple who qual­i­fied to take the exam marked an in­crease of 90,000 over last year, while the num­ber of po­si­tions of­fered— 27,000— re­mained al­most the same. The num­ber of peo­ple who ac­tu­ally took the exam is yet to be re­leased.

Last year, only 930,000 of the 1.39 mil­lion qual­i­fied fi­nally en­tered the exam halls.

Ac­cord­ing to exam ques­tions and some test-tak­ers’ feed­back posted on­line af­ter the exam, the dif­fi­culty of the ques­tions was mod­er­ate and hot po­lit­i­cal and so­cial is­sues, such as the LongMarch rock­ets, China’s for­eign af­fairs, the Yutu (Jade Rab­bit) lu­nar rover and en­trepreneurial ef­forts by col­lege stu­dents, were men­tioned.

The exam, con­sist­ing of writ­ing tests and in­ter­views, is a re­quire­ment to be hired by the cen­tral govern­ment to work as a civil ser­vant, of­ten con­sid­ered a stable line of work with a good salary.

The in­ter­views were ex­pected to be held in Fe­bru­ary or March, af­ter the writ­ing test re­sults come out in Jan­uary.

This year, for the most hotly con­tested po­si­tion— one at the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the China Demo­cratic League’s re­cep­tion of­fice — there were about 10,000 com­peti­tors.

Peo­ple’s in­ter­est in tak­ing the exam re­cov­ered this year, af­ter de­clin­ing the pre­vi­ous two years.

Peng Zhong­bao, an of­fi­cial of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Civil Ser­vice, said the fluc­tu­a­tion is nor­mal, as “the num­ber of peo­ple reg­is­ter­ing for the exam is af­fected by a series of fac­tors, in­clud­ing the num­ber of young peo­ple en­ter­ing the job mar­ket each year, the fair­ness of the civil ser­vant re­cruit­ing sys­tem and so on.”

Peo­ple dubbed this year’s exam “the most strin­gent one in his­tory”, as a series reg­u­la­tions took ef­fect in Oc­to­ber, stip­u­lat­ing that those cheat­ing or be­ing in­volved in cheat­ing will per­ma­nently lose their qual­i­fi­ca­tion to be­come a civil ser­vant.

What’s more, those caught cheat­ing could face a prison sen­tence of be­tween three and seven years, ac­cord­ing to an amend­ment to the Crim­i­nal Lawthat took ef­fect in­Novem­ber last year.

LIU JIANHUA / FOR CHINA DAILY

Test-tak­ers check their notes at Nan­jing Forestry Univer­sity in Jiangsu prov­ince be­fore the na­tional civil ser­vice exam be­gins on Sun­day.

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