Computer-Based Exams Have Not Been Eliminated; Nine New Computerized Exams Centers Will Be Established This Year

The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC), in order to ensure transparency in the recruitment processes, will establish nine new computerized exams centers in nine provinces of the country.

Currently, two computerized exams centers in Kabul and 12 computerized exams centers in provinces are used for recruitments for civil service positions. Thus, by the end of the year, the number of computerized exams centers will reach 21.

With voicing their opinions and suggestions, citizens of the country have always welcomed the e-recruitment system, especially holding computer-based exams for grade three and grade four civil service positions. Maintaining and continuing this achievement will not be possible without citizens’ support. The IARCSC, as an accountable institution, while appreciating citizens’ unconditional support, deems it necessary to highlight the following points regarding the computer-based exams process.

After reviewing the opinions of ministries and government agencies regarding the recruitment process of grade three and grade four civil service positions, at central and provincial levels, the IARCSC amended the Procedure on Recruitment of Civil Servants for grade three and grade four civil service positions with the addition of Appendix No. 3, on April 27, 2021. Amending the procedure does not, in any way, mean elimination of the electronic exams.

Some ministries and government agencies believed that the capacity of applicants of some positions, which require specialization in a field such as lab technicians, civil engineers, information technology specialists, etc., should be practically evaluated. Furthermore, some applicants of civil service positions had complained that they cannot travel to neighboring provinces, where computerized exams centers have been already established, due to security problems and long distances.

Thus, the IARCSC, in order to prevent the civil service positions remaining vacant, decided that:

  1. The recruitment for grade three and grade four specialist positions such us doctors, information technology specialists, civil engineers, etc., shall be carried out with using the exams centers, in provinces where computerized exams centers have been established. The transparency of this process will be ensured through the presence of representatives of the civil society organizations and the media. Also, the list of applicants, the shortlist and the results will be announced through available means.

The IARCSC will facilitate computer-based recruitment exams for specialist positions of ministries and government agencies, on their request. The recruitment of all other civil service positions are carried out through the computer-based exams, with the exception of the specified specialist positions.

  1. The recruitment exams for grade three and grade four civil service positions shall be carried out without the use of the computerized exams centers, subject to conditions of ensuring transparency referred to in paragraph one, in provinces where computerized exams centers have not been established so far and where applicants have issues traveling to neighboring provinces due to security problems and long distance travel.

The list of the provinces, where traveling to neighboring provinces for participation in the computer-based exams is difficult for applicants due to long distance travel and security problems, will be shared with the provinces and published. Ministries and government agencies are responsible for the recruitment for grade three and grade four civil service positions, according to third paragraph of Article nine of the Civil Servants Law, and the IARCSC is only responsible for monitoring and providing facilities that contribute to the transparency and quality of recruitments.

Once more, all citizens are assured that the amendment to the Procedure on Recruitment of Civil Servants does not, in any way, imply the elimination of the e-exams system. This method of recruitment exams remains the same, with a few exceptions.