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Joint Recruitment Examination for Administrative Officer, Executive Officer II and Relevant Posts (JRE)


The JRE in both Hong Kong and six cities outside Hong Kong (i.e. Beijing, London, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney) were held on 5 December 2020.


Duration, Sample Task Questions and Intellectual Property Rights Statement 


The JRE aims to assess applicants' analytical and written communication abilities. The examination lasts for three hours.


During the examination, candidates are required to complete two questions.


Question 1 is a task set against a case background.  Candidates can draw on materials from the case background when attempting the task.  Candidates are expected to provide practical and innovative solutions on the basis of good understanding and independent analysis of the issues presented in the question.  Mere reproduction of background materials indiscriminately in content and language will not earn any marks.


Based on the case background provided, candidates should complete the task question in English.  Below is a sample task question –


You work in the Ministry of Welfare of the Government of the City of Jade.  You have been tasked to draft an internal discussion paper on the provision of mental health services, in which you should: –


(a) set out two major problems facing the setting up of integrated centres for mental health and explain the implication of the identified issues; and

(b) recommend feasible measures to address the major problems identified.


Please draft the paper in English.


Question 2 is a question on a specific social or policy issue in Hong Kong.  Candidates should answer this question with their own views and provide justifications for their stance.

Based on the brief background information provided, candidates should complete the task question in Chinese.  Below is a sample task question –








Intellectual Property Rights Statement


All answer scripts submitted by candidates, shall be the sole and exclusive property of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the “Government”).  All intellectual property rights (including copyright) of the scripts shall vest and remain vested in the Government immediately upon creation.  All scripts may be handled by the Government at any time and in any way it deems appropriate.  In particular, the Government may use, those scripts or any part thereof in any manner (including copying, adapting, editing or distributing) in an anonymous format in which the identities of candidates are not traceable for assessment, recruitment or related purposes.  The Government also reserves all rights of action against any unauthorised dealings with the scripts.






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