YCS Round X: Pre-Selection Stage Results (10/MAR/2016)
The Pre-Selection stage for Round X Selection Procedure is now over, and the lists of those rejected as well as of those retained and of applicants invited to the Written Exams can be downloaded here together with the rules for the written exams:
We have received a total of 450 applications. Out of these applications, 14 have been rejected (the list is published above) and 436 applicants are invited to the written tests (218 on Saturday 19th March and 218 on Sunday 20th March). Applicants have been rejected because their applications were substantially incomplete:
- missing the YCS Application Form,
- missing CV in English or missing the Letter of Motivation in English,
- no sector chosen,
- missing Self declaration, copy of ID, signature in the application form at the same time,
- the date indicated in the self-declaration for completion of studies by undergraduate students is clearly after the deadline of June 30th set in the Rules of procedure.
Candidates whose application has been rejected have time between Wednesday 16th March at 9:00 am and Friday 18th March at 12:00 am to lodge motivated complaints for review of their file. Complaints must be presented in writing with a clear explanation of the reasons why their files should be reviewed. Complaints will be accepted only where and if there has been a material error on the side of the Pre-Selection Committee.
Of the 436 applicants invited to the Written exams, 314 presented a complete application as required by the Rules of Procedure.
The YCS Round X Selection Committee, taking into consideration the above numbers, instead of inviting only those 314 eligible applicants with complete applications, has decided to “conditionally invite” also the other 122 applicants in order not to reduce the number of scholarships available (see YCS Rules of Procedure, pages 8-11).
The 122 “conditionally invited” applicants who have presented applications that are formally not complete are required to complete their applications from 21st to 31st March 2016 by bringing to the YCS office in British Council Building the missing documents. These 122 applicants are “conditionally” invited to the written exams. The “condition” is that these 122 applicants complete their application before 31st March 2016 at 17h00. In almost all cases the application is incomplete because the copies of the Transcripts (which were required from ALL applicants) have not been enclosed as originals or as certified copies. If you are one of these 122 applicants you will receive a separate email requiring the missing documents and explaining which documents need to be produced. Even if these 122 applicants are invited to the written exams it does not mean that their written exam will be taken into consideration if their application will not be completed on time. These 122 applicants must complete their application by 31st March 2016 otherwise they will be rejected and eliminated from the Selection, no matter the results of the written exams.
Furthermore, 3 candidates with degrees eligible under other sectors from the one they applied for will also be directly contacted by email since they applied for a Sector where their degree was not actually eligible. In these cases, to avoid rejection of the applicant, the YCS Stakeholders gave the option to the applicants to re-qualify their application under a sector where their degrees are actually eligible and they have been included in the list of “conditionally invited” applicants. This group of 3 applicants has time until 16th March 2016 at 17h00 to confirm they agree to compete in a different Sector than the one they indicated in their YCS Application Form. Missing this deadline means to be rejected.
Finally, in line with the Rules of Procedure and considering that the preliminary distribution in Sectors of the 436 eligible applications is highly unbalanced (ie, most of applicants have been received for Economics) the European Union Office and the Ministry of European Integration, Scholarships’ stakeholders, already anticipate the likelihood to a change in the number of scholarships provided under each sector, reserving to take a final decision only once the results of the written exams will be known.
TIPS FOR THE WRITTEN EXAMS
These are suggestions on how to prepare for the Written Exams. These suggestions have been published in the Rules of Procedure since the 25th January and we wish to draw applicants’ attention to them once more.
All exams are multiple choice papers, with 4 possible answers for each questions and only one answer correct.
English Knowledge exams: it will be composed of 3 parts, as described in the Rules of Procedure (Listening, Reading and Grammar & Structure). We strongly advise you over the next week to be exposed to English language as much as possible (read books and newspapers in English, review your grammar knowledge, and try to listen as much as possible to broadcasts in English – radio, news, movies, entertainments, etc.). Use every possible opportunity you may have to practice your skills in this language. The time for this test will be of ca 3h00 minutes (in 3 different parts) and you will not be allowed to leave the room during the whole of the test. If you finish the individual parts before others you will be required to stay at your place quietly.
Verbal and Numerical Reasoning: This exam requires you to read and understand several short paragraphs in English. For each paragraph you will have then to answer 3 to 4 multiple-choice questions related to the contents of the specific paragraph. The questions will require from you to elaborate and work with the information contained in the specific paragraph in order to find the right answers. You do not need prior knowledge of any kind for this test. You only need to use your logical reasoning with both words and numbers. The exam has 2 parts, one “Verbal Reasoning” and one “Numerical reasoning“. In the “Verbal reasoning” part (25 questions) you will need to reason on the wording of the paragraphs in order to provide the correct answers. In the “Numerical reasoning” (15 questions) instead you will have to reason on numbers, ratios (hence fractions) and percentages, and you will be required to make elementary operations (additions, subtractions, multiplications, divisions and percentages). The use of a calculator will not be allowed for the test as the numerical operations required to answer the questions are very simple. Use your logics and remember that on this exam time is crucial. You will have a maximum of 1h30 min., which means less than 2 and half minutes per question as there are 40 questions. Do not exceed the time for each question. The best way to prepare yourself for this test is to search on internet for this kind of exams, and practice similar tests a few times until you feel comfortable.
Prepare yourself on the following chapters of the “Facts Sheets on the EU” (July 2014 online edition), by the European Parliament: Part 1, HOW THE EUROPEAN UNION WORKS, Part 3, THE INTERNAL MARKET, Part 4, ECONOMIC AND MONETARY UNION, Part 6, THE EU’S EXTERNAL RELATIONS. This document can also be downloaded here: http://ycskosovo.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/EU-Fact-sheets-2014.pdf (please be aware that this is a 6.4MB file). Questions for the EU General Knowledge exam have been drew only from this material, therefore if you study well the suggested document you will not have problems with this test.
Venue for the written exams:
University of Prishtina – “Hasan Prishtina”
Faculty of Education – ground floor
Agim Ramadani n.n. – 10000 Prishtina