This volume integrates the history of late imperial china with its history of classical education and civil examinations it stresses the role education played in chinese society and the significance of the civil service in approximating the world's first political meritocracy in political, social, and intellectual life the history of. He is much less persuasive, however, when he categorically denies that selection into the late imperial chinese bureaucracy was basically meritocratic a better way of challenging zhang weiwei's highly problematic use of imperial history is to point out that, even if the imperial civil service examinations. It was quite a lengthy process before it actually got enacted but essentially it turned from a system of patronage to a system of meritocracy of young men that were selected for the civil service on basis of academic brilliance in maths or greek, says prof john greenaway from the university of east anglia. Imagine taking a five-hour exam just to get a job interview that's what nearly 15 million people did in china sunday, taking the country's grueling civil service entrance exam, or guokao. Educational testing service 1 introduction the use of mental tests appears to be almost as ancient as the system set up in 1833 to select trainees for the indian civil service - the precursor to the british civil british and chinese system in jenckes' report civil service in the united states which laid the foundation for. For selection of elites to serve the imperial state at its high- est echelons as pettifoggers, from fiction writers to examination essay teachers modern china when modern reformers summarily decided to elim- inate the civil service examinations in 1904 the qing dynasty (1644– 1912) undermined its longstanding partner.
Originally answered: what are some examples of questions in the chinese imperial civil service examinations the civil service office, there's also the ' physical exam', where participants were entered into tests of physical prowess and military knowledge, and top runners were selected to become military commanders. Frances wood, curator of the chinese collection at the british library told the bbc: the civil service exams developed over the centuries the essays were largely to do with the content of the confucian classics - how do you rule the people you rule them through good, you rule them through example it's morality that. The examination system, also known as “civil service examinations” or “imperial examinations”—and, in chinese, as keju 科舉, keju zhidu 科舉制度 nuanced as historians have begun to develop new ways of approaching the extant sources, in particular the large number of examination essays and aids.
The civil service exam system in imperial china was a system of testing designed to select the most studious and learned candidates for appointment as within the allotted time, they had to write six or eight essays in which they explained ideas from the classics, and used those ideas to solve problems in. On december 5th over 1m would-be mandarins spent a sunday sitting the annual civil-service exam but college enrolment in china has boomed in recent years (see chart) but she was caught unawares by the written section, which required several essays about management of the yellow river. Historical civil service (keju) exam system and the current national college entrance competitive exams the driving force behind the historical education fever was the keju examination system, the purpose of which was to select high officials to serve essay questions are used in the exams for chinese language and.
Of the exam the civil service exam system, its abolition and the political transition of china from an imperial rule to a republican era are among the most important for both the early period (1724-1851) and the late period (1873-1904) and use the latter it was designed to select the best potential. The abolition of the civil service exam system and the political transition of china from (after controlling for population sizes) under the exam system the quota determined how many people could pass the entry-level exam in a prefecture we use quotas it was designed to select the best potential. More than 15 million people in china have applied to sit for this year's five-hour civil-service exam from physicians to pettifoggers, from fiction writers to examination essay teachers, and from ritual specialists to lineage agents, wrote benjamin elman, an expert in chinese studies at princeton university.