Common Recruitment Examination

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Common Recruitment Examination

Introduction Preparations Enquiries

The next round Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades) (CRE and BLT) will be held on 8 October 2016 in Hong Kong. For the convenience of those studying or residing outside Hong Kong, the above examination will also be held on 10 December 2016 in seven other cities, namely Beijing, London, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney.

Application details

The application period for the coming CRE and BLT to be held in Hong Kong will be from 5 to 18 August 2016 while application for sitting the examination outside Hong Kong will be opened from 24 September to 7 October 2016. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and / or the BLT paper in this examination either in Hong Kong OR in one of the cities outside Hong Kong. The application details and an on-line application system will be available on Civil Services Bureau webpage at during the application periods.

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 2016-17 academic year may also apply to take the coming CRE and BLT for future job applications.

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 early September. The schedule have been uploaded onto our website. Interested students please register at our enrollment system ( For enquiries related with preparations and mock tests, please contact Career Centre via email at