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New round of applications for Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law and National Security Law Test opens tomorrow
     A new round of Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) and the Basic Law and National Security Law Test (BLNST) will open for application from tomorrow (March 31). Prospective applicants for civil service posts at the degree or professional level are welcome to apply before the deadline of 5pm on April 13.
     This round of CRE and BLNST is tentatively scheduled to be held on June 3 (or within June).
     A spokesman for the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) reminds persons planning to apply for civil service posts at the degree or professional level in the near future that they are required to have valid CRE results and should seize the opportunity of taking this round of examination. Only holders of a degree, or a professional qualification meeting the entry requirement of the posts, or university students who expect to have obtained a degree in the 2022/23 academic year may apply.
     The CRE consists of three papers, namely Use of English (UE), Use of Chinese (UC) and Aptitude Test (AT). 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 UC and UE. Applicants should note that different civil service posts have different Chinese and English language proficiency requirements. No public examination results are accepted as being equivalent to the AT.
     All applicants are required to obtain a pass result in the BLNST for all civil service recruitment exercises, regardless of whether they have taken any Basic Law Test centrally conducted by the CSB or individual bureaux/departments in previous recruitment exercises.
     Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and/or the BLNST paper in the coming examination.
     Details about the coming CRE and BLNST will be uploaded to the CSB webpage (www.csb.gov.hk/eng/cre.html) tomorrow. Persons interested in taking the examination may apply through the online application system on the CSB webpage, or by using the CRE and BLNST application form (CSB31 (3/2023)) 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.
     General enquiries may be directed to the Civil Service Examinations Unit by phone at 2537 6429 or by email to csbcseu@csb.gov.hk.
Ends/Thursday, March 30, 2023
Issued at HKT 16:00
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