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AO, EOII, ALOII, ATOII and TOII applicants reminded to apply for Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test

The Government announced today (August 4) that the next round of recruitment exercises for the posts of Administrative Officer (AO), Executive Officer II (EOII), Assistant Labour Officer II (ALOII), Assistant Trade Officer II (ATOII) and Transport Officer II (TOII) will begin in September 2016.

Applicants for the posts will need to have obtained Level 2 in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) or equivalent results and a Pass in the Aptitude Test paper in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) as part of the entry requirements for the posts. In addition, candidates' performance in the Basic Law Test (BLT) will be one of the considerations in assessing the suitability of a candidate.

The CRE and the BLT are scheduled to be held in Hong Kong on October 8 and 15. The application period for these local examinations will begin on August 5 and end at 5pm on August 18 (Hong Kong time).

For the convenience of those studying or residing outside Hong Kong, the CRE and the BLT will also be held on December 10 in Beijing and six overseas cities, namely London, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney. The application period for the non-local examination will begin on September 24 and end at 5pm on October 7 (Hong Kong time).

Applicants who wish to apply for the AO, EOII, ALOII, ATOII and TOII posts in the 2016-17 recruitment exercises but do not possess the requisite CRE results or equivalent results, as well as those who would like to sit for the BLT, must file a separate application to take the relevant CRE and/or BLT paper(s) during the relevant application period. Applicants for the AO, EOII, ALOII, ATOII and TOII posts will not automatically be given places at the upcoming CRE and BLT. Moreover, all CRE and/or BLT applicants may apply to take the examination in either Hong Kong or any one of the above-mentioned cities outside Hong Kong (i.e. Beijing and six overseas cities), but not both.

Details relating to the CRE and BLT and an online application system will be made available on the website of the Civil Service Bureau ( during the said application periods, while details of the 2016-17 AO, EOII, ALOII, ATOII and TOII recruitment exercises will be separately announced in September.


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