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Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.
PRINTERS TO THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.
FOR HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.
THE NEW YORK
ASTOR, LENOX AND
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR MAJESTY,
WE, Your Majesty's Civil Service Commissioners, humbly offer to Your Majesty this our Twenty-first Report.
The statistical tables appended to the Report present in detail an account of the examinations held during the year 1876.
The total number of cases dealt with was 14,362,* which may be thus distributed :I. Cases falling within the provisions of the
Order in Council of June 4th, 1870 - 11,396
this Order, viz. :-.
For Home Services - - 7717
The following statement shows in a summary form the particulars of the 11,396 Home Civil Service cases dealt with under the Order in Council in 1876, as compared with the 12,174 cases similarly dealt with in 1875 :
* 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 1876, were as follows:
* Under Regulations I.
and Men Clerkships, Lower Division) * Boy Clerkships, Lower Division - Colonial Office :-Ceylon Writerships and
Straits Settlements Cadetships * County Surveyorships in Ireland - * Customs:-Out-door Officerships Foreign Office Clerkships (including Libra
rian's Department) - - * Foreign Office :-Student Interpreterships * India Office :-Clerkships of the superior class
in the Accounts and Store Branches * Inland Revenue :--Assistants of Excise Post Office :--Female Clerkships.
Female Returners and Coun
terwomen * Woods, Office of :--Supplementary Clerkships * Works, Office of :- Junior Examinerships
It will be seen that during the year 1876 only one competition was held “under Regulations I.” for Clerkships of the Higher Division in the Civil Service, being the fourth since the date at which the Regulations were framed, viz., December 1870. In the spring of 1877, however, a fifth competition took place, of which it may be desirable here to give some particulars.
Early in the month of February it was announced that on the 20th of March an examination would be held, at which there would be offered for competition, among other appointments, two clerkships in the Colonial Office, exceeding in value any which up to that time had been competed for under this scheine. The announcement attracted a large number of candidates, especially from the Universities. For the preliminary examination in handwriting, spelling, arithmetic, and English composition, 78 presented themselves, out of whom 31 were rejected; the remaining 47, together with 14 others who had already on some previous occasion satisfied the preliminary test, were submitted
* These were open competitions.