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APPENDIX V.

SPECIMENS OF EXAMINATION PAPERS
HOME CIVIL SERVICE.

1872-73.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Papers used at Open Competitions :-
Clerkships (Class I.), June 1873

Clerkships in the Offices of the Solicitor to the Treasury and the Solicitor
to the Customs

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[*** For papers set at the Military Entrance Examinations, see Appendix VI., p. 365, and for those set at the examinations for the India Civil Service, see Appendix VII., p. 467.]

COMPETITION, PAPERS SET AT AN OPEN COMPETITIVE EXAMINA-
SCHEME I.
TION FOR CLERKSHIPS IN THE HOME CIVIL SER-
JUNE 1873.
VICE (HELD IN JUNE 1873 UNDER THE REGULATIONS No. I.
OF DECEMBER 6th, 1870.†)

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*In these subjects there will be an oral examination, the time and place of which will be notified to the candidates who take them up.

† See regulations printed at p. 21.

NOTICES.

1. Every Candidate is required to present himself punctually at the times specified in the Time Table.

2. No Candidate can be allowed to quit the Examination Room until he has given up the Paper on which he is engaged.

3. Candidates are required to write their Names at the top of every sheet of paper which they use.

4. Any Candidate who is dissatisfied with the pens, ink, or paper supplied to him is requested to apply to one of the Examiners; but those who are accustomed to use any particular kind of pen are recommended to bring it with them.

5. Cases having occurred in which Candidates under examination have been detected in attempting to use books and manuscripts which they had brought with them for their assistance, the Civil Service Commissioners think it right to give notice that they will regard any offence of this description, committed either in the Examination Room or elsewhere during the hours of examination, as affecting the moral character of the Candidate, and as rendering it necessary that his certificate should be refused.

Any Candidate copying from the papers of another, or permitting his own papers to be copied, or receiving or giving assistance of any description, will expose himself to the same penalty.

6. The result of the Examination will be communicated to each Candidate by letter from this Office.

Civil Service Commission.

June 1873.

SUBJECTS FOR ENGLISH COMPOSITION.

Tuesday, 10th June 1873.. 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

In this exercise attention should be paid to handwriting, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and style.

I. The use and abuse of Fiction as an Instrument of Education;

or

II. Illustrate from History the advantages or disadvantages of Government by Party;

or

III. Selecting any one of the following countries, viz., Russia, Egypt, Brazil, Scotland, show how its history has been influenced by its geographical position and physical features.

One subject only to be attempted.

COMPETITION,
SCHEME I
June 1873.

COMPETITION,
SCHEME I.

June 1873.

PRÉCIS.

10th June 1873. 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.

Time allowed, 3 hours.

Having read the accompanying Correspondence

1. Make a short Abstract, Schedule, or Docket of the several letters and other papers.

2. Draw up a Memorandum or Précis, i.e., a brief and clear statement of what passed, not letter by letter, but in the form of a

narrative.

DIRECTIONS.

(1) The object of the Abstract, Schedule, or Docket is to serve as an
Index. It should contain the date of each letter; the names of
the persons by whom and to whom it is written; and, in as few
words as possible, the subject of it. The merits of such an
Abstract are (1) to give the really important point or points of
each letter, omitting everything else; (2) to do this briefly; (3)
distinctly; and (4) in such a form as readily to catch the eye.
(2) The object of the Memorandum or Précis, which should be, not
letter by letter, but in the form of a narrative, is that any one
who had not time to read the original letters might, by reading
the Précis, be put in possession of all the leading features of what
passed. The merits of such a Précis are- -(1) to contain all that
is important in the Correspondence, and nothing that is unim-
portant; (2) to present this in a consecutive and readable shape,
expressed as distinctly as possible; (3) to be as brief as is
compatible with completeness and distinctness.

Brevity should be particularly studied.

The Abstract should occupy 1 or 2 pages only, or 3 at the most.
The Précis about 2 pages, or 3 at the most, of ordinary handwriting.

CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING CENTRAL ASIA.

SIR,

No. 1.

The Earl of Clarendon to Sir A. Buchanan.

Foreign Office, March 27, 1869.

I HAVE lately, and on more than one occasion, spoken to Baron Brunnow respecting Central Asia, and the rapid advance of the Russian troops towards the frontier. I have done so in a friendly tone, stating that I had no complaint to make on the part of her Majesty's Government, who felt neither suspicion nor alarm, as they had often received satisfactory assurances concerning the policy of Russia in those regions, and were strong enough in India to repel all aggression; but that these feelings, as his Excellency must be well aware, were not generally shared either by the British or the Indian public; and it was highly desirable, with reference to the friendly relations with Russia, which we were so desirous to maintain, that this uneasiness should be allayed.

The language of Baron Brunnow on such occasions has always been positive as to the desire of his Government to restrict rather than to

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