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Test takers chase civil servant positions

TENS of thousands of people who want to become civil servants flooded into test centers across the city over the weekend, with an average of 17 competing for one job opening.

Nearly 60,000 out of the more than 110,000 applicants took the test on Saturday.

Competition for the "iron ice bowl" positions was more fierce this year as only 3,416 posts, down from 3,618 in 2009, were offered by the Shanghai government this year. However, examinees increased 25 percent from last year's 47,649 and 2008's 45,108.

Wang Yan, 29, who works for a public institution, said the promising salary and benefits attracted her interest to the civil servant posts. She has taken the test several years.

"I will apply every year until I get the job or reach the age limit of 35," Wang told Shanghai Daily outside a test center in Xuhui District.

But Wang, who started her career seven years ago, said she thinks she has a better chance this year because more than 70 percent of the posts required people with at least two years of work experience.

Still, it didn't deter university students from around the country from taking the test.

Feng Chao, 22, from Shandong Province, who arrived in Shanghai on Friday, said that being a civil servant or an official is good.

She was competing with 200 others for the same job in the quality and technical supervision bureau.

Jin Wanna, a 23-year-old accountant, said civil servant jobs are stable and she would prefer a government position over other opportunities she has already received.

Applicants will learn in mid-May whether they get an interview or not.


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