Results Written Exams – List of Candidates for the Interviews (31/MAR/2016)

Results Written Exams – List of Candidates for the Interviews (31/MAR/2016)

Results Written Exams – List of Candidates for the Interviews (31/MAR/2016)

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, signed by the YCS Secretariat Staff and Ministry of European Integration’s (MEI) Representatives present in the room where the exams took place. On Monday 21st March all sealed envelopes were sent, at the presence of MEI representatives and once informed the European Union Office in Kosovo, to a company in EU, specialized in OMR services for universities and public sector, to be corrected by optical marker reading.

As established by the Rules, 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 from Wednesday 6th April to Friday 8th April, during office hours (10:00 to 16:00).

As already published on 22nd March, a total of 436 applicants were invited to the written tests, 56 candidates did not come or did not complete the test (one did not return after the break and one was expelled) and 380 candidates completed all tests, divided in the following sectors:

– Law: 61

– Public Administration: 122

– Economics: 197

Of those who completed the tests, there were a number of applicants who had been conditionally invited to the written exams, pending completion of their applications, which were missing documents like copy of ID, original or certified copies of transcripts, copy of diploma/certificates, etc.. They had been given time until 31st March at 17:00 to complete their applications. A total of 9 applicants amongst those who completed the written tests failed to produce the required documents by the set deadline (4 in Law, 2 in Public Administration and 3 in Economics). Therefore, as already communicated on 22nd March, their applications have been rejected as incomplete, and their results in the written tests are not disclosed, with the exception of the English Language Threshold if they passed it.

The results published below are divided per sector, as the ranking order of candidates is established sector by sector based on the points scored in the Verbal and Numerical Reasoning (VNR) test & the EU General Knowledge (EUGK) Test.

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%, the performance in of the 5 tests are shown, but the final results from the written tests are not calculated because candidates did not meet the minimum English Language requirements and therefore the results from their VNR and EUGK tests are irrelevant.

As also explained in the Rules of Procedure, the written test could award a maximum of 60 points, ie: the VNR test could award a maximum of 35 points for 40 correct answers (ie, 0.875 points for each correct answer) and the EUGK test could award a maximum of 25 points for 80 correct answers (ie, 0.3125 points for each correct answer).

The overall results in the 3 combined English tests (valid for the English Language Threshold) were the following:

Law: 28 candidates out of 61 who took the written exams passed the 65% threshold;

Public Administration: 59 candidates out of 122 who took the written exam passed the 65% threshold.

Economics: 114 candidates out of 197 who took the written exam passed the 65% threshold;

The Rules of Procedure established to invite to the interviews up to 80 candidates, divided by Sectors in the following manner:

– for Law – up to 40 applicants for 16 scholarships available

– for Public Administration – up to 20 applicants for 8 scholarships available

– for Economics – up to 20 applicants for 8 scholarships available

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.

Confronted with the results mentioned above (in particular the overall performance of candidates in the sector of Law), EU Office and MEI decided to change the number of candidates invited to the interviews, as per the Rules of Procedure:

“(…) If not enough suitable candidates are found within individual sectors as indicated in the call for application then candidates invited to the oral examination may be recruited from the other lists, if there are enough suitable candidates. Accordingly, and depending on the written tests results, EU Office and MEI may also decide to either increase or decrease the number of available scholarships per individual sectors, or alternatively to reduce the overall number of available scholarships and invite to the interviews fewer candidates than initially planned, and/or they may propose a change of sector for suitable candidates. (Rules of procedure, pag.15/16)”

Accordingly, EU Office and MEI also 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 32. This is the new allocation of scholarships within the 3 sectors:

– Law: 5 scholarships available (it was 16);

– Public Administration: 10 scholarships available (it was 8)

– Economics: 17 scholarships available (it was 8)

for an overall total of 32 scholarships.

Furthermore, EU Office and MEI, depending on the outcome of the interviews, and in agreement with the members of the panel (5 academics from different Universities across the EU), may decide to award up to additional 3 scholarships in any of the 3 sectors combined, with the purpose of trying to award up to an overall total of 35 grants. EUO and 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.

The above differences in the numbers of grants per sector are explained, as already mentioned, by the related poor or good performance of candidates in the written tests.

In line with this and the Rules of Procedure it was decided to interview 77 candidates. All candidates are interviewed by the same panel, composed by Professors of Law, Politics and Economics.

The following number of candidates is therefore invited to the interviews:

Law: the first 10 candidates in the rankings who passed the English Threshold;

Public Administration: the first 25 candidates in the rankings who passed the English Threshold;

– Economics: the first 42 candidates in the rankings who passed the English Threshold;

In Law the EU Office and MEI decided to lower the minimum ratio of number of candidates invited to the interview for maximum number of available grants from 2.5 to 2.0. This reflects the sheer need of Kosovo Public Administration for qualified lawyers, however it does not mean, as already explained, that all 5 grants will be awarded under this sector if the performance of lawyers during interviews will be as poor as during written exams. On the other hand if their performance will be particularly positive, as the one of other candidates in other two sectors, the interview panel can decide to award more scholarships for individual sector accordingly to the final ranking after interviews (i.e. more than 5 scholarships for Law or more than 10 for PA or more than 17 for Economics). This will be done redistributing the 32 scholarships among individual sector.

Out of 18 Civil Servants (CS) who took the written exams (in total 22 CS applied to Round X but 4 did not show to written examination) only 4 CS (3 in Public Administration sector and 1 in Law sector) have been admitted to oral exams as most of them did not pass the English Language Threshold. As stated in the Rules of procedure the Round X selection foresees that up to 10% of the Scholarships can be awarded to Civil Servants.


The results of the written exams can be downloaded below, divided per sectors:




>>>> INTERVIEWS TIMETABLE: Candidates invited to the interviews can download here the INTERVIEWS TIMETABLE – ALL SECTORS

Those interested can also download:

List of No-Show Applicants to the Written Exams

List of Conditionally_Incomplete