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1.33 million people take civil servant exam

By Chen Jia  (China Daily)

08:29, November 28, 2011

An examinee at the national civil servant examination in Hefei, Anhui province, on Sunday waits to take the test as a proctor checks her identity. Liu Junxi / Xinhua

BEIJING - For 28-year-old Lin Ying, taking the national civil servant examination in Ningbo of East China's Zhejiang province on Sunday was of extraordinary significance. Lin was one among the roughly 1.33 million hopefuls who sat the exam across the country, hoping to secure a stable job.

"I'm not sure if I would get a job in the government even though I took the exam. I'm here because my parents consider civil services a stable and sought-after career," she told China Daily on Sunday.

"My advantage is my work experience as a magazine editor," she said.
This year having at least two years of work experience is a pre-requisite for almost all vacancies in the central departments and their branches. Last year about 85 percent of the jobs required this qualification.

The exam attracted more than 1.41 million qualified applicants last year, and 1.44 million in 2009.

The State Administration of Civil Service attributed the decreasing numbers to stricter assessment standards adopted this year and more career paths opening up for university graduates.

More than 130 central departments and their grassroots institutions plan to recruit over 18,000 workers next year, an increase of 2,000 on this year.

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