Common Recruitment Examination

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Common Recruitment Examination

Introduction Preparations Enquiries

The coming Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades) (CRE and BLT) will be held on 11 and 18 June 2016 in Hong Kong.

Application details

The application period for the coming CRE and BLT will be from 1 to 14 April 2016. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and / or the BLT paper in this examination. The application details and an on-line application system will be available on the Civil Services Bureau webpage at during the application period. Please visit this website regularly for the latest information.

The CRE and BLT are open to all holders of degree or professional qualifications who are interested in applying for civil service posts at degree or professional level. Students who will have attained a degree in the 2015-16 academic year may also apply to take the coming CRE and BLT.

Year-end CRE and BLT

Please also note that another round of the CRE and BLT will be held in late 2016. For the convenience of those studying or residing outside Hong Kong, this round of examination will also be held in some non-local cities. The examination is tentatively scheduled for 8 and 15 October 2016 in Hong Kong, and 10 December 2016 in non-local cities.

Enquiries related with CRE/BLT

General enquiries regarding the CRE and BLT may be directed to CSB by phone at 2537 6429 or by e-mail to

Mock practices for CRE & BLT

In order to help students to familiarize with the CRE/BLT format, Career Centre will organize a series of mock practice sessions and workshops in May. The schedule will be uploaded onto our website in late April. Interested students please register at our enrollment system ( in due course. For enquiries related with preparations and mock tests, please contact Career Centre via email at