4th August 2022 – (Hong Kong) A spokesman for the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) today said that prospective applicants for civil service posts at the degree or professional level can apply from tomorrow onwards to take the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) and the Basic Law and National Security Law Test (BLNST) in Hong Kong tentatively scheduled to be held on 8th and 15th October.
In view of the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19, the CSB may adjust the arrangements for the examination and announce them on the CSB webpage. Prospective applicants should pay attention to the latest announcements.
Precautionary and social distancing measures will be taken. They include body temperature screening, compliance with the Vaccine Pass requirements, use of the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app and face masks, and wider seat spacing among candidates, etc. The examination may also be held on separate days to reduce the number of candidates in each examination centre.
For the convenience of applicants studying or residing outside Hong Kong, the CRE and BLNST are also tentatively scheduled to be held on 10th December in seven other cities, namely Beijing, London, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney. An announcement on the details will be made separately later this year on the CSB webpage. Persons who have applied to take the examination in Hong Kong will not be allowed to apply again for taking the examination outside Hong Kong.
All applicants for civil service posts at the degree or professional level are required to have valid CRE results. Persons planning to apply for these posts in the near future should consider taking this round of the examination. Otherwise, they may miss the opportunity if vacancies are available before another CRE is held.
Results in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination or other specified public examinations are accepted as equivalents to different levels of results for the Use of Chinese and Use of English papers (details at www.csb.gov.hk/eng/cre.html). Different civil service posts have different Chinese and English language proficiency requirements. Applicants should note the language proficiency requirement of the posts for which they intend to apply. No public examinations results are accepted as being equivalent to the Aptitude Test.
In addition, all applicants are required to obtain a pass result in the BLNST for all civil service recruitment exercises advertised on or after 1st July, 2022, regardless of whether they have taken any Basic Law Test centrally conducted by the CSB or individual bureaux/departments in previous recruitment exercises.
The BLNST (degree/professional grades) is a 30-minute bilingual paper (in both English and Chinese) comprising 20 multiple-choice questions. Applicants scoring at least 10 questions will get a pass result which is accepted for the purpose of applying for all civil service jobs.
Applicants for the coming CRE and BLNST should hold a degree, or a professional qualification meeting the entry requirement of the posts, or be a university student who expects to have obtained a degree in the 2022-23 academic year. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and/or the BLNST paper in the coming examination.
Persons interested in taking the examination may apply from tomorrow through the online application system on the CSB webpage at www.csb.gov.hk/eng/cre.html; or by using the CRE and BLNST application form (CSB31 (7/2022)), which can be downloaded from the CSB webpage or obtained from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centre of the Home Affairs Department or Job Centre of the Labour Department. Applications must be made before 5pm on August 18 (Hong Kong time).
More details about the coming CRE and BLNST are available on the CSB webpage (www.csb.gov.hk/eng/cre.html). General enquiries may be directed to the Civil Service Examinations Unit by phone at 2537 6429 or by email to [email protected].