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1.48 million candidates compete in China's national civil service exam
   2016-11-27 14:20:58    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Ding Xiaoxiao

A large number of candidates prepare themselves for the 2016 national civil service exam. [Photo: Chinanews.com]

The Guokao, or China's national civil service exam, takes place on Sunday, November 27. This year, the competition reached a record of 1.48 million people competing for a position. For some positions, there is only 1 place available for 10,000 participants.

On Sunday morning, China's national civil service exam started nationwide. The civil service exam is China's way of enrolling government employees and a large number of people are attracted to the positions each year. This year, more than 1.48 million people compete for about 20,700 posts. On average, 55 people try out for one post.

Many people, however, don't make it through the exam between 2014 and 2016; more than 400,000 people quit the exam.

A candidate is ready to take the 2016 national civil service exam. [Photo: Chinanews.com]

Peng Zhongbao from State Administration of Civil Service said every year there are about 1 million people who take the exam, a normal floating boundary.

The most sought after position this year is reception specialist for the central office of the China Democratic League. Only one position is available, but 9,837 people are applying for it.

This year's exam will enforce the strictest rules. Candidates caught cheating will be deprived of the right to re-take the exam for five years or more. If candidates are involved in organized cheating, this will be the last time they will be able to take the exam.

Peng Zhongbao said experienced teachers are dispersed throughout the rooms to oversee the performance along with a great deal of high tech equipment monitoring the environment.

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