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CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSIONERS,
Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.
[C.-2178.] Price 38. 3d.
PRINTED BY GEORGE E. EYRE AND WILLIAM SPOTTISWOODE,
APPENDIX I.-ORDERS OF HER MAJESTY IN COUNCIL -
APPENDIX II.-Regulations respecting Open Competitive Ex-
APPENDIX IX.-Papers relating to Examinations for Admission
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR MAJESTY,
WE, Your Majesty's Civil Service Commissioners, humbly offer to Your Majesty this our Twenty-second Report.
The statistical tables appended to the Report present in detail an account of the examinations held during the year 1877.
The total number of cases dealt with in that year was 15,888 ;* the corresponding number in 1876 having been 14,362. These numbers may be distributed under the following heads:
I. Cases falling within the provisions of the Order in Council of June 4th, 1870II. Cases not falling within the provisions of this Order,
Candidates who were passed and certificated
who were rejected on examination
who were ineligible in respect of age
For Home Services
The following statement shows in a summary form the particulars of the 11,882 Home Civil Service cases dealt with under the Order in Council in 1877, as compared with the 11,396 cases similarly dealt with in 1876 :
who were ineligible in respect of health
who were ineligible in respect of character
who were unsuccessful in competition
who passed preliminary test examinations
who failed in preliminary test examinations
who did not proceed to examination
In these and similar statements a candidate who appeared twice (or more) is counted as two (or more) candidates.
The principal competitions held during the year 1877, were as follows:
*These were open competitions.
The only competition in the above list which presents any novel feature is that for the appointment of Student Dragoman in the Consular Service in Turkey, Persia, and Egypt. The nature of these appointments and the conditions of the competition are stated at p. 566 of the Appendix. At the examination held in August 1877, a large number of candidates offered themselves, viz., 432 for eight appointments. Of this large number 254 actually went through the examination; but of these not more than 17 showed a competent knowledge of the prescribed subjects.
The following is a list of the DEPARTMENTS to which LOWER DIVISION CLERKS (Men or Boys) have been assigned in pursuance of the Order in Council of 12th February 1876:-Admiralty;
Charitable Bequests Commission (Ireland); Charity Commission; Chief Secretary's Office, Ireland; Civil Service Commission; Colonial Office; Constabulary, Ireland, Inspector-General's Office; Dublin Metropolitan Police (Commissioners' Office); Dublin Metropolitan Police (Divisional Offices); Education Department; Exchequer and Audit Office; Home Office; Inland Revenue; Judge Advocate General's Office; Local Government Board (England); Local Government Board (Ireland); Lunacy Commission, Scotland; Mint; National Education Office, Ireland; Patent Office; Paymaster-General's Office, including the Chancery Pay Office; Post Office; Prisons Service, Ireland; Privy Council Office; Public Works Loan Office; Public Works Office, Ireland; Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer's Office (Scotland); Reformatories Office; Registrar-General's Office, England; Registrar General's Office, Scotland; Seamen's Registry Office; Trade (Board of); Treasury; War Office; Woods (Office of); Quit Rent Office, Dublin; Works (Office of).
In pursuance of the provisions of clause 12 of the same Order, 55 appointments were, during the year 1877, made exceptionally to the Lower Division of clerks either from the body of writers serving before 4th June 1870, or from those subsequently placed on our register; while 14 writers of the latter class, who were proposed for appointment, failed in the "supplementary examination" which all such candidates are required to pass.
The number of copyists examined and registered in the year 1877, as compared with the two previous years, is exhibited in the following statement:
The number on the register on the 30th June 1878 was 1,484 men and 293 boys, and the number in actual employment (as nearly as can be stated), 1,147 men and 158 boys; the difference between the number registered and the number employed being made up almost wholly by copyists who, for the time, were unprepared to serve as such.
Compared with previous years, these numbers show some diminution, due, no doubt, to the reorganizations which have been effected in various departments, resulting in the substitution, in lieu of copyists, of clerks of the Lower Division. The exact comparison is as follows: