According to state media, 133 million candidates had enteredtheir names for the contest, although only 97 million actuallytook the written exams. This means each job vacancy is beingchased by 54 candidates. The hottest one is 4124:1. Those whopass the first written exams will have to take more tests, such asoral exams, special skill exams and background checks.
While the nominal starting salary for a low-ranking civil-servicejob may not be much, there are various benefits, such as freemedical care and a lifetime retirement stipend. In addition, thereare always the expectations of raises and promotions - not tomention reaping "gray income" through the power that comeswith civil-service jobs. It is no wonder that such a job is seen byuniversity graduates as a "golden rice bowl".
the provincial industry leaders inspect the work