| The exams, one comprising
of an administrative aptitude test and the other an essay test, was held
on Saturday across China.|
Chinese authorities on Monday denied reports that
the national civil servant recruitment examinations were leaked, saying
that such reports were "misleading" and "extremely irresponsible".
The exams, one comprising of an administrative aptitude test and the other an essay test, was held on
Saturday across China.
More than half a million Chinese sat for the exams in the hope of
landing a government position. On average 42 people are competing for
every available position.
A number of online articles claiming that certain test questions were
dropped has led to rising suspicion that the tests were leaked.
The Western China City News reported Monday that an article was posted
on a test website (www.ksgov.cn) last Thursday, suggesting examinees pay
attention to social security problems of farmers deprived of land in
preparation for the essay test.
On Sunday, the website posted another article, hailing Wang's "correct"
The Ministry of Personnel
said in a statement that the so-called "correct predictions" differed
greatly from the test's questions.
The essay test, which lasted 110 minutes on Saturday, consisted of five
questions, mainly on the sustainable use of China's land resources.
The ministry said the test papers are confidential documents before exam day and
the setting, printing, delivering, safekeeping and using of the test
papers follow strict procedures.
"Investigations show that test questions of the 2007 national civil
servant recruitment examination were not disclosed," said the ministry.
The ministry said the results of the examination will be released by
the end of December.
Since 1994, China has organized 13 civil servant recruitment
examinations for departments of the central authorities and regional units
of these departments.
This year more than 1.16 million people applied to sit for the examinations, 530,000 people
were deemed qualified to take the tests. They are competing for 12,700
A string of cheating scandals, including test paper leaks and surrogate
exam-takers, plagued China's university entrance exams in recent years.
In 2004, several people, including college teachers, were convicted of
selling test papers and sentenced to jail terms.