Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test

Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Applications for Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades)

The coming Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test (Degree / Professional Grades) (CRE and BLT) is tentatively scheduled to be held in Hong Kong on 5 and 12 June 2021 or another date within June 2021 if necessary. The application period is from 2 to 15 April 2021. Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers and / or the BLT paper in this examination. They will be arranged to sit the examination on one of the above examination dates mainly according to their choice of examination papers and will be notified by email of the examination date by the end of May 2021. Any requests for change of examination date / venue will not be considered. In the light of the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19, the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) will adjust the arrangements on the examination if the situation warrants and announce them on the CSB webpage at Persons who wish to take the coming CRE and BLT should visit the said webpage regularly and refer to the relevant details on it.
Precautionary measures will be taken to safeguard the health of candidates and invigilators including setting up of body temperature screening at the designated location of the examination centres, requiring all candidates and invigilators to wear masks and widening the seat spacing among candidates, etc. If the situation warrants, the examination will be held on separate days to reduce the number of candidates in each examination centre to achieve social distancing.

Common Recruitment Examination:

The CRE consists of three 45-minute papers, namely Use of English (UE), Use of Chinese (UC) and Aptitude Test (AT), in multiple-choice format. Applicants may choose to attempt all, any one, or any combination of the papers.
In general, applicants for civil service posts at degree or professional level are required to obtain either Level 2 or Level 1 in the UE and UC papers of the CRE for meeting the language proficiency requirements as stipulated by individual recruiting departments / grades in the relevant recruitment advertisements. Applicants for some of these posts are also required to obtain a Pass in the AT paper.

The CRE is held independently of the recruitment process for any civil service post. Persons who wish to apply for civil service posts at degree or professional level should first obtain the requisite CRE results unless otherwise specified in the relevant recruitment advertisements. Applicants for the CRE are advised to ascertain the requirements of the civil service post(s) in which they are interested and other examination results accepted as equivalent to CRE results before deciding on which paper(s) they should attempt in the coming examination. More details of the examination, as well as the list of civil service grades which require valid CRE results for appointment, can be found on the CSB webpage.

Basic Law Test:
The BLT is a 20-minute bilingual paper comprising 15 multiple-choice questions. The paper assesses candidates’ knowledge of the Basic Law (BL). There is no passing mark set for the BLT and the full mark of the paper is 100.
For the purpose of heightening public awareness of the BL and promoting a culture of learning the BL in the community, applicants for civil service posts will be assessed on their BL knowledge. The result of the BLT will be one of the considerations to assess the
suitability of. a candidate. More details about the BLT can be found on the CSB webpage.

Applicants for the coming CRE and BLT should be holders of degree, or a qualification meeting the entry requirement on professional qualifications for civil service degree or professional posts, or university students who will have attained a degree in the 2020-21 academic year.

Application Procedure:
Applicants should submit an application for the CRE and BLT before 5:00 p.m. on 15 April 2021 (Hong Kong time) through one of the means below: (i) through the on-line application system on the CSB webpage; or (ii) by post to the Civil Service Examinations Unit (CSEU) at Room 718, 7/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Central, Hong Kong (date of postmark on or before 15 April 2021). Application form (CSB31 (3/2021)) can be downloaded from the CSB webpage or obtained from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of the Home Affairs Department or Job Centres of the Labour Department. Applications with incomplete or unclear information, late applications, duplicate applications, or applications submitted by fax or e-mail will not be processed.

Enquiries may be directed to CSEU by phone at (852) 2537 6429 or by e-mail to