BEIJING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- More than 60 percent of civil servants in central government organs have been recruited from ordinary urban and rural households, the minister of human resources and social security said Tuesday.
Minister Yin Weimin said the methods used to examine and recruit civil servants are largely considered to be fair, although the popularity of the civil servant exam has stirred some debate.
The exam includes an aptitude test and a written essay on policy, with successful candidates going on to an interview after passing these portions of the exam.
Government posts are sought after for their stability, as employment pressure has increased in recent years.
Yin said 90 percent of civil servants are working in mid-level administrations, with 60 percent serving at the county level or below.
"Civil servants at the county level will be promoted and receive greater benefits if they work hard," Yin said.
About 1.12 million candidates took the national public servant exam on Nov. 25, 2012, an increase of 150,000 from 2011, according to the State Administration of Civil Service.
One out of every 53 examinees will successfully obtain a government post, according to the administration.
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