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INDIA CIVIL looking to the very great deficiencies displayed by Mr.



the last examination, in disregard of a grave warning which was addressed to him on the occasion of his previous failure, they have thought it right, after full consideration of all the circumstances, in pursuance of the 10th of the regulations herewith enclosed,* to remove his name from the list of selected candidates, as having persisted in " wilfully "neglecting his studies."

I have, &c.


REGULATIONS for the OPEN COMPETITION of July 1878.† N.B.-The Regulations are liable to be altered in future years. 1. On June 25th, 1878, and following days, an examination of Candidates will be held in London. At this examination not fewer than Candidates will be selected, if so many shall be found duly qualified. will be selected for the Presidency of Bengal, for the Lower Provinces,] for that of Bombay.‡-Notice will


Of these,

for the Upper Provinces, and for that of Madras, and

hereafter be given of the days and place of examination.

2. Any person desirous of competing at this examination must produce to the Civil Service Commissioners, before the 1st of May 1878, evidence showing:

(a) That he is a natural-born subject of Her Majesty.

(b) That his age, on the 1st of January 1878, will be above 17 years and under 19 years. [N.B.-In the case of Natives of India this must be certified by the Government of India, or of the Presidency or Province in which the Candidate may have resided.]

(c) That he has no disease, constitutional affection, or bodily infirmity unfitting him, or likely to unfit him, for the Civil Service of India.§

(d) That he is of good moral character. §

He must also pay such fee as the Secretary of State for India may prescribe.

3. Should the evidence upon the above points be prima facie satisfactory to the Civil Service Commissioners, the Candidate will, upon payment of the prescribed fee, be admitted to the examination. The Commissioners may, however, in their discretion, at any time prior to the grant of the certificate of qualification herein-after referred to, institute such further inquiries as they may deem necessary; and if the result of such inquiries, in the case of any Candidate, should be unsatisfactory to them in any of the above respects, he will be ineligible for admission to the Civil Service of India, and if already selected, will be removed from the position of a probationer.

* See p. 293.

† An examination will also be held at Easter, 1878, under the Regulations printed at p. 293.

The number of appointments to be made, and the number in each Presidency, &c., will be announced hereafter. It will probably be about half the usual number. § Evidence of health and character must bear date not earlier than the 1st April


The fee for this examination will be 57., payable by means of a special stamp according to instructions which will be communicated to Candidates.

4. The examination will take place only in the following branches of knowledge :



*English Composition

† History of England-including a period selected by
the Candidate

† English Literature-including books selected by the





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* Mathematics (pure and mixed)

Natural Science: that is, the elements of any two of
the following sciences, viz. :--

Chemistry, 500; Electricity and Magnetism,
300; Experimental Laws of Heat and Light,
300; Mechanical Philosophy, with outlines of
Astronomy, 300.


Elements of Political Economy


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Candidates are at liberty to name, before April 1st, 1878, any or all of these branches of knowledge. No subjects are obligatory.

5. The merit of the persons examined will be estimated by marks; and the number set opposite to each branch in the preceding regulation denotes the greatest number of marks that can be obtained in respect of it.

6. The marks assigned to Candidates in each branch will be subject to such deduction as the Civil Service Commissioners may deem necessary, in order to secure that "a Candidate be allowed no credit at all "for taking up a subject in which he is a mere smatterer."

7. The examination will be conducted by means of printed questions and written answers, and by vivá voce examination, as may be deemed necessary.

8. The marks obtained by each Candidate, in respect of each of the subjects in which he shall have been examined, will be added up, and the names of the Candidates who shall have obtained a greater aggregate number of marks than any of the remaining Candidates will be set forth in order of merit, and such Candidates shall be deemed to be selected Candidates for the Civil Service of India, provided they

* Marks assigned in English composition and mathematics will be subject to no deduction.

† A considerable portion of the marks for English history and literature will be allotted to the work specially prepared. In awarding marks for this, regard will be had partly to the extent and importance of the periods or books selected, and partly to the thoroughness with which they have been studied.

§ The examination will range from arithmetic, algebra, and elementary geometry, up to the elements of the differential and integral calculus, including the lower portions of applied mathematics.

The standard of marking in Sanskrit and Arabic will be determined with reference to a high degree of proficiency, such as may be expected to be reached by a native of good education.



INDIA CIVIL appear to be in other respects duly qualified. Should any of the selected Candidates become disqualified, the Secretary of State for India will determine whether the vacancy thus created shall be filled up or not. In the former case, the Candidate next in order of merit, and in other respects duly qualified, shall be deemed to be a selected Candidate. A selected Candidate declining to accept the appointment which may be offered to him will be disqualified for any subsequent competition.

9. Selected Candidates, before proceeding to India, will be on probation for two years, during which time they will be examined periodically, with a view of testing their progress in the following subjects:-*

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3. Vernacular Languages of India (each)
4. The History and Geography of India
5. Political Economy

In these examinations, as in the open competition, the merit of the
Candidates examined will be estimated by marks, and the number set
opposite to each subject denotes the greatest number of marks that can
be obtained in respect of it at any one examination. The examination
will be conducted by means of printed questions and written answers,
and by vivâ voce examination, as may be deemed necessary. The last of
these examinations will be held at the close of the second year of pro-
bation, and will be called the "final examination," at which it will be
decided whether a selected Candidate is qualified for the Civil Service
of India. At this examination Candidates will be permitted to take up
any one of the following branches of Natural Science, viz., Botany,
Geology, and Zoology, for which 350 marks will be allowed.

10. Any Candidate who, at any of the periodical examinations, shall appear to have wilfully neglected his studies, or to be physically incapacitated for pursuing the prescribed course of training, will be liable to have his name removed from the list of selected Candidates.

11. The selected Candidates who, at the final examination, shall be found to have a competent knowledge of the subjects specified in Regulation 9, and who shall have satisfied the Civil Service Commissioners of their eligibility in respect of age, health, and character, shall be certified by the said Commissioners to be entitled to be appointed to the Civil Service of India, provided they shall comply with the regulations in force, at the time, for that Service.

12. Applications from persons desirous to be admitted as Candidates are to be addressed to the "Secretary to the Civil Service Commis"sioners, London, S.W.," from whom the proper form for the purpose may be obtained.

September 1877.

*Full instructions as to the course of study to be pursued will be issued to the successful Candidates as soon as possible after the result of the open competition is declared.

The Civil Service Commissioners are authorised by the Secretary of INDIA CIVIL State for India in Council to make the following announcements :


(1.) Selected Candidates will be permitted to choose, according to the order in which they stand in the list resulting from the open competition, as long as a choice remains, the Presidency (and in Bengal the Division of the Presidency) to which they shall be appointed, but this choice will be subject to a different arrangement, should the Secretary of State, or Government of India, deem it necessary.

(2.) The Probationers, having passed the necessary examinations, will be required to report themselves to their Government in India not later than the close of December 1881.

(3.) The seniority in the Civil Service of India of the selected Candidates shall be determined according to the order in which they stand on the list resulting from the final examination.

(4.) An allowance of 150l. a year will be given during each of the two years of their probation to all Candidates who pass their probation at some University to be approved beforehand by the Secretary of State, provided such Candidates shall have passed the required examinations to the satisfaction of the Civil Service Commissioners, and shall have complied with such rules as may be laid down for the guidance of selected Candidates.

(5.) All selected Candidates will be required, after having passed the second periodical examination, to attend at the India Office for the purpose of entering into an agreement binding themselves, amongst other things, to refund in certain cases the amount of their allowance in the event of their failing to proceed to India. A surety will be required.

(6.) After passing the final examination, each Candidate will be required to attend again at the India Office, with the view of entering into covenants. The stamps payable on these documents

amount to 17.

(7.) Candidates rejected at the final examination of 1880 will in no case be allowed to present themselves for re-examination.

*This choice must be exercised immediately after the result of the open competition is announced, on such day as may be fixed by the Civil Service Commissioners.



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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