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Civil service test applications surge

By CHEN XIN (China Daily)

08:13, October 25, 2012

A reader selects books in preparation for the national civil servant examination at the Wangfujing Book Store in Beijing on Wednesday. [Photo/China Daily]

More people have successfully applied to take the national civil servant examination in 2013 than did the year before.

As a result, the number of test takers next year is expected to reach a record high after falling for two straight years.

Nearly 1.37 million qualified applicants had registered to take the 2013 exam by the time the application period closed at 6 pm on Wednesday, according to Zhonggong Education, a provider of private training for those who want to take the exam.

Li Yongxin, president of the organization, said that figure was calculated by adding up the number of applicants in the official application system.

The State Administration of Civil Service plans to release a final figure after it finishes examining the qualifications of last-minute applicants on Friday.

"The number is expected to surpass 1.6 million," Li said. "Past experience tells us that the final figure will always be about 20 percent higher than what the number was when the application period closed."

The exam has attracted some 1.3 million qualified applicants this year. In 2011, the number was 1.41 million and it was 1.46 million in 2010.

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