Fewer cheats caught in China's national civil service exam

09:57, April 16, 2010      

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Exam supervisors caught 561 cheats in China's national civil service exam last year, down 43.9 percent from about 1,000 cheats caught in 2008.

A statement released Thursday by the State Administration of Civil service said most of last year's cheating comprised the use of wireless earphones and mobile phones to obtain answers during the exam, sitting the exam with fake identity cards, and hiring proxy exam-takers.

Cases of identical answers fell 76 percent from 635 in 2008 to 152 last year, and cases of cheating with wireless equipment plummeted from 34 to three, with only five exam-takers involved, down from 59 in 2008.

Also, authorities found only 12 cases of cheating with high-tech equipment, which the statement did not specify, in last year's exam, down from 38 such cases in 2008.

Under the exam regulations, 300 of the cheats would score zero, 152 would be barred from the next round and government jobs for the next five years, and the remaining 109 would be banned for life from working in government posts, said the statement.

About 1.04 million Chinese, mostly college educated, sat the exam to compete for only 15,000 national government job vacancies on Nov. 29 last year. The number for 2008 was 1.05 million.

In China's tough job market, government positions are believed by many to be "iron rice bowl" jobs that are immune to economic fluctuations.

Source: Xinhua


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