Thousands of Applicants Competed for 554 Civil Service Positions in the Exam Centers of Kabul and Provinces

A total of 5851 applicants (5297 males and 554 females) competed in the exams for senior, mid-management and entry-level civil service positions in the Fatema Qaderiyan and the Afghan Girls Robotics Team Exams Center (Kabul), Civil Service Institute Exams Center (Kabul), Maleka Suraya Exams Center (Khost), Rabia Balkhi Exams Center (Balkh), Shaheed Muhammad Musa Shafiq Exams Center (Nengarhar), and Kandahar, Bamyan and Herat’s exams centers.

One thousand three hundred applicants (1249 males and 51 females) competed for 143 senior (central and provincial) positions of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Information and Culture, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, Supreme Audit Office, Afghanistan National Standards Authority, Attorney General’s Office, Meshrano Jirga, Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Technical Vocational Education and Training Authority, Water Affairs Regulation Authority, National Statistics and Information Authority, National Environmental Protection Authority, and the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority.

Furthermore, 4551 applicants (4048 male and 503 females) competed for 411 mid-management and entry-level (central and provincial) positions of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Health, State Ministry for Martyrs and Disabled Affairs, Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Interior Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation,  Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Information and Culture, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, Supreme Audit Office, Afghanistan National Standards Authority, Attorney General’s Office, Meshrano Jirga, Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Technical Vocational Education and Training Authority, Water Affairs Regulation Authority, National Statistics and Information Authority, National Environmental Protection Authority, Afghanistan Railway Authority, General Directorate of Kuchi, General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports, and the Access to Information Commission.

Najibullah Saba, who participated in the exam for Ghor province’s Directorate of Economy positions, is the first to walkout of the exam centre. He looks happy and satisfied. He says: “Until I took the exams, I had my doubts about the recruitment process and viewed it negatively, but now that I have attended both exams, it has become clear to me that the process is completely transparent and professional.”

Ahmad Shakeel Hazim is an economics graduate who has participated in the exam for the General Directorate of Planning and Unification of the Ministry of Economy, he has past experience of participating in the recruitment exams. Even though, Mr Hazim considers the recruitment process to be transparent, standard and satisfactory, he complains about some issues and unjust behaviours after successfully passing the exams. He says: “even though there are no issues in the recruitment process and that it is a just process, but in some departments there are two kind of salaries and if an acquaintance of the officials pass the exam and is recruited they will be given high salary and if someone else is recruited, the salary will be low.” Mr Hazim calls on the IARCSC’s officials to address the issue of salaries, as they have addressed the issues in the recruitment process.

Nahid Rahmati came from Herat province, she competed for Herat province’s Directorate of Economy position. Ms Rahmati describes the questions in both stages of the competitive exams as standard and professional. Like many, she did not trust the recruitment process at first and even once gave up on the whole idea of participating in the exams. But now that she has seen and experienced the process herself, she suggests to others that they should rely only on their knowledge and expertise to get recruited in civil service positions.