NB: The results of the written exams and the list of candidates invited to the interviews, together with the Interviews Timetable are available for download below. Kindly read the following paragraphs first, then scroll down to find the downloads.
Report on the Written Exams
The answer sheets filled in by the candidates during the exams were placed in sealed envelopes at the end of each test, signed by the YCS Secretariat Staff and Ministry of European Integration (MEI) Representatives present in the room where the exams took place. On Monday, 17th December 2018 all sealed envelopes were shipped, at the presence of MEI representatives and once informed the European Union Office in Kosovo, to an EU based company, specialized in OMR services for universities and public sector, to be corrected using the most recent optical marker reading technology.
As established by the Rules of Procedure (p. 7), all participating candidates are welcomed to control by themselves their own results in case they believe there has been a mistake in marking their tests. Candidates can come to the premises of the YCS Secretariat, located in the British Council Building, ground floor, Perandori Justinian 106 – Qyteza Pejton 10000 Pristina, to control their results on Tuesday, 15th January and Wednesday, 16th January, during office hours (10:00 to 16:00).
As already published on 17th December 2018, a total of 325 applicants were invited to the written tests, 62 candidates did not come (31 on Saturday, 15th December and 31 on Sunday, 16th December 2018) and 1 candidate did not complete all the tests (this candidate did not return after one of the breaks). So 262 candidates completed all tests, divided in the following sectors:
– Law: 76
– Public Administration: 74
– Economics: 88
– Culture and Health: 24
We remind here, that there were 88 applicants who had been conditionally invited to the written exams, pending completion of their applications, which were missing documents like copy of ID/passport, self-declaration on the expected date of graduation, original or certified copies of transcripts, copy of diploma/certificates, etc.. They had been given time until 4th January 2019 at 17:00 to complete their applications. 59 applicants, amongst those who completed the written tests (27 candidates who were amongst conditionally invited did not show to written exams), produced the required documents by the set deadline (10 in Law, 23 in Public Administration, 19 in Economics and 7 in Culture and Helath). Therefore, there are 2 additional applications rejected as incomplete and the results of tests of these two candidates are not published according to the Rules of Procedure.
The results published below are divided per sector, as the ranking order of candidates is established sector by sector. We remind here that Round XII competition is organised not as a mixed competition between sectors but as a separate competition within each sector (i.e. each grantee will compete only within the sector he applied for). Therefore, there are and there will be four separate final rankings (one for each sector) and the scores for written exams and interviews will be taken into account for each sector separately.
We remind also that these rankings are based only on the combined points scored in the Verbal and Numerical Reasoning (VNR) test & the EU General Knowledge (EUGK) Test as the English language test was only an in/or out threshold.
Only candidates who passed the minimum English Language threshold of 65% of correct answers in the 3 combined English test have been considered for the rankings and their overall score from the written tests calculated. As explained by the Rules of Procedure, for those who have not passed the English Language threshold of 65%, their performance in the VNR and EUGK tests are not shown even if they have been recorded and are available upon request by candidates.
As also explained in the Rules of Procedure, the written test could award a maximum of 50 points, i.e. the VNR test could award a maximum of 30 points for 40 correct answers (0.75 points for each correct answer) and the EUGK test could award a maximum of 20 points for 80 correct answers (0.25 points for each correct answer).
The overall results in the 3 combined English tests (valid for the English Language Threshold) were the following:
– Law: 41 candidates out of 76 who took this test passed the 65% threshold (i.e. 53,94%);
– Public Administration: 43 candidates out of 74 who took this test passed the 65% threshold (i.e. 58,10%).
– Economics: 48 candidates out of 88 who took this test passed the 65% threshold (i.e. 54,54%);
– Culture and Health: 13 candidates out of 24 who took this test passed the 65% threshold (i.e. 54,16%)
The Rules of Procedure established to invite to interviews minimum 80 and maximum 90 candidates.
1) Law sector is a high priority for the GoK;
2) it was not possible to find enough suitable candidates under the Culture and Health sector to cover 8 grants (i.e. 16 candidates should have been invited to interviews to cover 8 available places , following the ratio of 1 grant each 2 interviewees established in the Rules of Procedure)due tothe overall poor results in the two combined VNR and EUGK tests and to the scarce number of applicants (only 24);
3) the overall results in combined VNR and EUGK tests for the other three sectors were far better for PA and Economics than for Culture and Health, the YCS Secretariat agreed with the EUO and the MEI to review the distribution per sector of candidates invited to sit interviews in the following manner:
– for Law – 31 applicants invited for 16 scholarships available (as before)
– for Public Administration – 22 applicants invited for 10 scholarships available (before only 8 scholarships were available)
– for Economics – 22 applicants invited for 10 scholarships available (before only 8 scholarships were available)
– for Culture and Health – 9 applicants invited for 4 scholarships available (it was 8 scholarships before, 2 were moved to PA and 2 to ECO)
As for the above, EU Office and MEI decided to reallocate some of the available scholarships within the sectors in order to maintain the award of as many as possible grants and up to a maximum of 40.
This re-distribution of available grants among sectors has been agreed to respect in general terms the ratio of at least ca. 1 grant each 2 applicants invited to interviews foreseen by the Rules of Procedure, allowing as well not to lower the total number of grants available (40).
According to the above and in line with provisions set in the Rules of Procedure, the interview panel and project’s stakeholders reserve the right to review the distribution of grants according to the final results after the interviews.
As explained in the Rules, these numbers were established as long as a sufficient number of suitable candidates would have emerged from the written exams in each of the specific sector.
The EUO and the MEI decided also that the interview panel, considering the performance of candidates during the interviews, may decide to award more scholarships for each sector depending on the final ranking after interviews, changing the allocation of scholarships within the three sectors.
In line with this and the Rules of Procedure it was decided to interview 84 candidates. All candidates are interviewed by the same panel, composed by Professors in Law, Economic, History, Public policies, employed in EU universities.
The following number of candidates is therefore invited to the interviews:
– Law: the first 31 candidates in the rankings who passed the English Threshold;
– Public Administration: the first 22 candidates in the rankings who passed the English Threshold;
– Economics: the first 22 candidates in the rankings who passed the English Threshold;
– Culture and Health: the first 9 candidates in the rankings who passed the English Threshold.
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The results of the written exams can be downloaded below, divided per sector
>>>> INTERVIEWS TIMETABLE: Candidates invited to the interviews can download the INTERVIEWS TIMETABLE (considering that there is no competition between sectors but only within each sector the timetable is divided by sector: Monday 28.01 LAW, Tuesday 29.01 LAW/PA, Wednesday 30.01 PA, Thursday 31.01 PA/ECO and Friday 01.02 ECO/CH) at the following link: