Millions take shengkao test for civil service jobs

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About 10 provinces in China have announced the results and marking process of 2018 provincial civil servant examination, or shengkao, in recent days.

Fierce competition

This year’s shengkao received over three million applications, slightly lower than the previous year. Candidates are competing for some 122,000 vacancies offered by local government agencies.

The average ratio of applicants to openings is about 25 to 1, with the competition for some posts being particularly fierce.


To guarantee a fair marking process, relevant departments reportedly took targeted measures during the marking process.

Teachers must undergo strict security checks before they mark the papers of shengkao. They were also banned from carrying cellphones or any other digital equipment when grading test papers.

Marking teams mainly consisted of officials at government departments and teachers at colleges.

Punishment for rule breakers

It is reported that several provinces have exposed inappropriate behavior and punished those suspected of cheating in accordance with relevant rules and regulations issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China.

Six candidates in Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province and some 30 candidates in Central China’s Hunan Province have been punished for breaking the rules during the written examination.

Civil servant jobs offer a relatively stable career, although the popularity of government posts has dropped in recent years.

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