civil servant exam is seeing fiercer competition, as job openings have
The registration for the guokao, or China’s national civil service exam,
ended on Wednesday. As of the deadline date, more than 1.2 million
people have qualified to take the exam for 14,500 vacancies, China News
The number of job vacancies this year saw a sharp decline, nearly half
that of 2017, when 1.1 million applicants vied for 28,500 vacancies.
Competition is fierce: the average ratio of applicants to openings is
about 85:1 this year, much higher than last year’s 58:1.
The most sought-after vacancy, a post in the meteorological bureau of
Longmen county in Guangdong province, drew 4,040 applicants.
The decrease in vacancies for this year’s guokao is attributed to the
reorganization of the Communist Party of China and government
institutions carried out earlier this year, according to an expert from
Offcn, a "cram school" for the civil servant exam.