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shall be certified by the said Commissioners to be entitled to be appointed to the Civil Service of India, provided they shall comply with the regulations in force at the time for that Service.

12. Applications from persons desirous to be admitted as Candidates are to be addressed to the "Secretary to the Civil Service Commissioners, London, S. W.," from whom the proper form for the purpose may be obtained.

September, 1877.

The Civil Service Commissioners are authorised by the Secretary of State for India in Council to make the following announcements :(1.) Selected Candidates will be permitted to choose,* according to the order in which they stand in the list resulting from the open competition as long as a choice remains, the Presidency · (and in Bengal the Division of the Presidency) to which they shall be appointed, but this choice will be subject to a different arrangement should the Secretary of State or Government of India deem it necessary.

(2.) The Probationers, having passed the necessary Examinations, will be required to report themselves to their Government in India not later than the close of December, 1881.

(3.) The seniority in the Civil Service of India of the selected Candidates shall be determined according to the Order in which they stand on the list resulting from the Final Examination.

(4.) An allowance of £150 a year will be given during each of the two years of their probation to all Candidates who pass their probation at some University to be approved beforehand by the Secretary of State, provided such Candidates shall have passed the required Examinations to the satisfaction of the Civil Service Commissioners, and shall have complied with such rules as may be laid down for the guidance of selected Candidates.

(5.) All selected Candidates will be required, after having passed the second periodical Examination, to attend at the India Office for the purpose of entering into an agreement binding themselves, amongst other things, to refund in certain cases the amount of their allowance in the event of their failing to proceed to India. A surety will be required.

(6.) After passing the Final Examination, each Candidate will be required to attend again at the India Office, with the view of entering into covenants. The stamps payable on these documents amount to £1.

(7.) Candidates rejected at the Final Examination of 1880 will in no case be allowed to present themselves for re-examination.

*This choice must be exercised immediately after the result of the open competition is announced, on such day as may be fixed by the Civil Service Commissioners.



On the first day of the Examination, Candidates will be required to state on a form which will be placed before them their addresses during the Examination, and they are requested thereafter to keep the Commissioners informed of all changes in their address until they have received the announcement of the result of the Examination.

The result of the Examination will be communicated by letter to each Candidate, probably early in August. The successful Candidates will be required to attend in London, immediately after this announcement, for the purpose of being medically examined, of exercising their choice of Presidency, and of receiving instructions as to the special studies to be pursued during their two years of probation.

Candidates will be required to leave their hats, overcoats, umbrellas, and any books or papers which they may have brought with them in the room provided for this purpose, before proceeding to the Examination Room.

The Examination on paper will in each case begin at the hour indicated in the following, Time Table, but the door of the Examination Room will be kept open for half an hour afterwards, in order that Candidates may not suffer from accidental delays. Candidates arriving after the expiration of that half hour will not be admitted.

No Candidate will be allowed to quit the Examination Room on any day until the expiration of half an hour from the time fixed for the commencement of the Examination.

The number in the margin (and not the name of the Candidate) must be placed outside each book sent in to the Examiners.

No Candidate who has left the Examination Room during the hours assigned to paper work will be permitted to return to the paper which he has quitted.

Candidates wishing for explanation of the meaning of any of the questions before them may apply to the Examiners. With this exception, perfect silence is to be preserved in the Examination Room; and any Candidate guilty of disorderly or improper conduct will be liable to be excluded from the Examination.

Any Candidate detected in the use of a book or manuscript brought with him for his assistance, or in copying from the papers of any other Candidate, or in giving or receiving assistance of any description, will be regarded as disqualified, and his name will be removed from the List.

N.B.-At this Examination 13 Candidates will be selected, if so many shall be found duly qualified. Of these, 7 will be selected for the Presidency of Bengal (4 for the Upper Provinces, and 3 for the Lower Provinces), 3 for the Presidency of Bombay, and 3 for the Presidency of Madras.



June 1878.



TIME TABLE of the EXAMINATION on PAPER to be held at the South Exhibition Galleries, South Kensington (entrance in Exhibition Road).

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There will be vivâ voce Examinations in all the subjects.

Examination Papers.


J. R. DASENT, Esq.

Tuesday, 25th June 1878. 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

Write an Essay on one of the following subjects:


Rightly to be great

Is not to stir without great argument
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
When honour's at the stake.

2. Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature turns to, the more ought law to weed it out.

3. Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.

N.B.-Candidates are desired to bear in mind that their exercises will be valued according to the quality rather than the quantity of what they write.


J. G. FITCH, Esq.

Tuesday, 25th June 1878. 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.

1. Write a dialogue, giving both sides of the argument in relation to one of these topics -

(a.) The choice of a profession, civil or military.

(b.) The good or evil of novel-reading.

2. Construct sentences exemplifying the right use of the following

words :




Individual. Awful.

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3. Explain and illustrate the different significations of the words in the

following groups :

(a.) Proud, conceited, presumptuous, insolent, haughty, vain. (b.) Strong, vehement, powerful, vigorous, able, potent,


4. Paraphrase one of the following passages; and comment on its language or meaning:

(a.) The stateliness of houses, the goodliness of trees when we
behold them, delighteth the eye; but that foundation
which beareth up the one, that root which ministereth
unto the other nourishment and life, is in the bosom
of the earth concealed: and if there be at any time
occasion to search into it, such labour is then more
necessary than pleasant, both to them which undertake
it and for the lookers on. In like manner the use and
benefit of good laws, all that live under them may
enjoy with delight and comfort, albeit the grounds and
first original causes from whence they have sprung be
unknown, as to the greatest part of men they are.

(b.) Nuns fret not at their convent's narrow room;
And hermits are contented with their cells;
And students with their pensive citadels;
Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom
Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom
High as the highest peak of Furness-fells
Will murmur by the hour in foxglove bells:
In truth, the prison unto which we doom
Ourselves, no prison is; and hence to me
In sundry moods, 'twas pastime to be bound
Within the sonnet's scanty plot of ground;
Pleas'd if some souls (for such there needs must be)
Who have felt the weight of too much liberty,
Should find brief solace there, as I have found.




Wednesday, 26th June 1878. 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

1. Give some account of the reigns of Ethelbert, Oswald, and Ini or Ina.

2. How did the legislative and judicial improvements made in the reign of Henry II. tend to hasten the process by which the different elements of the population were being welded into one English people?

3. What were the Provisions of Oxford? What important constitutional change was introduced soon after the Battle of Lewes ?

4. Describe the Statutes of Labourers passed in the fourteenth century. To what disturbances did they lead, and how were those disturbances dealt with by the government?

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