In the latest round of civil service examinations specifically targeting young people who were born post-1980s, 3,532 qualified candidates will compete for 231 government vacancies in Beijing.
According to the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, statistics show that 3,532 out of 4,957 applicants have been accepted to sit the exam to select government officials for deputy director level.
"The hottest position is the deputy director of the administrative office at Zhongguancun Administrative Committee in Haidian district, which attracted 98 candidates," said an anonymous official from the organization department of the committee Monday.
The next most sought after positions are for deputy director of the general office of the Municipal Development and Reform Commission with 82 qualified candidates and deputy director of the administrative office at the Beijing Municipal Federation of Trade Unions with 62 applicants.
However, some positions have been withdrawn since less than six people passed the preliminary selection.
"The withdrawal reflects that we don't have adequate young cadre resources. Although the selection has attracted many young and excellent officials to register, due to the imposed conditions, such as working experience, we don't have enough candidates for some positions," Ding Yuanzhu, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, told the Global Times Monday.
The withdrawn positions include 15 in the financial field and eight in construction and asset management area.
The post in Zhongguancun is in demand because the area is a national-level technology hub, and the successful candidate will have many opportunities in the future, said Ding.
Qualified candidates must be born after January 1, 1980 and must already have some years of experience working in government positions.
"It's a good way get a quick promotion and may be a way to get a quick return if you get a good job. I'd try for it if I get a chance," said Jessie Wang, who works at a State-owned enterprise.
Ding said the move is part of a national strategy to foster a strong force of young officials.
"Competition comes from the challenge the position will bring. The return from a popular position doesn't indicate money, but includes the personal opportunity for future development and public acknowledgement," Ding said.
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