Computer-based tests for recruiting public servants are expected to be implemented widely with the aim of making the process fairer, more transparent and more effective in choosing the best candidates.

The new method also saves time, cost and manpower, and minimises negative phenomena in the recruiting process, according to Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Thai Binh.

It is expected that by 2015 all central agencies and 70 percent of local agencies will utilise computer-based testing in public service exams. The reform aims to improve the quality of public servants at every level in the country.

The tests will be used to select personnel at all levels, including senior management, and will also be used later to assess performance of staff throughout their employment.

Minister Binh said his ministry has been working closely with ministries, sectors and localities to carry out the project on public service reform, as part of the State administration reform programme for the 2011-2020 period approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in October last year.

Besides, the Ministry will continue to update test software for approval and the implementation at all branches and levels, while promptly completing and improving the test question bank in line with each profession, he added.
The Ministry of Home Affairs became the first Government department to utilise computer-based testing in early January when more than 300 applicants applied for a job in the ministry.-VNA