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Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.

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PRINTED BY GEORGE E. EYRE AND WILLIAM SPOTTISWOODE,

PRINTERS TO THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.

FOR HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.

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THIRD REPORT.

WE, Your Majesty's Civil Service Commissioners, humbly offer to Your Majesty the following Report of our proceedings for the past year. We are the more anxious to perform this duty, because we earnestly desire to give as much publicity to all that we do as is consistent with the due fulfilment of our functions. With this view we have in our preceding Reports given copious specimens of our examination papers, and stated in general terms the various causes of rejection of candidates. On the present occasion we propose to go further in this direction, and to set forth in the Appendix the examination papers which have been set during the last year. We have made exceptions as regards the papers in arithmetic and orthography, which are of so simple and uniform a character as to render it superfluous to give more than a few examples of them; and as regards passages to be translated, we have given references to the books from which they are selected.

In the multitude of questions which will be found in the examination papers which are thus set forth-varied as they necessarily must be in order to prevent unfair advantage being taken by surreptitiously acquired knowledge of them -there are in all probability some which may deserve and will doubtless undergo adverse criticism.

Far from deprecating such criticism we shall gladly take advantage of any useful suggestions it may afford to us. We may venture, however, to say that the assistance we have received in this portion of our duties from gentlemen of the highest ability and of great experience induces us to believe that our examination papers will be found to be free from general and serious objections. We may

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