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 2 and 9 October 2021, or another date within October 2021 if necessary. The application period will be from7 to 20 August 2021.  The application details and an on-line application system will be available on our webpage at during the application period.  Applicants may choose to take any of the CRE papers / or the BLT paper in this examination.

The CRE and BLT is open to all holders of degree or a qualification meeting the entry requirement on professional qualifications for civil service degree or professional posts.  Students who will have attained a degree in the 2021-22 academic year may also apply to take the coming CRE and BLT.

For the convenience of those studying or residing outside Hong Kong, the CRE and BLT is tentatively to be held on 4 December 2021 in seven other cities, namely Beijing, London, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney.  The call for applications for taking the examination outside Hong Kong will be made later this year. The application details, including the advertisement, will be sent to you before the start of the application period.  Persons applying to sit the examination in Hong Kong will NOT be allowed to apply again for sitting the examination outside Hong Kong.

In the light of the evolving situation of the COVID-19, the Civil Service Bureau will adjust the arrangements for the examination if the situation warrants.  For the examination outside Hong Kong, it may only be held subject to the regulations and prevailing measures in that particular city in the light of the development of the COVID-19.  If the situation warrants, the examination may be deferred or cancelled.  Any updates on the examination arrangements will be announced on our webpage. Persons who wish to take the coming CRE and BLT should visit the said webpage regularly and refer to the relevant details on it.