Two Thirds of Diplomatic Academy Exam Takers Are Women

Paul Lee, Sept. 30, 2016, 10:01 a.m.

This year’s exam for the diplomatic academy revealed some shocking results, showing that women accounted for over two-thirds of the total candidates, with three male candidates passing only due to gender equality quotas. The Ministry of Personnel Management announced that 29 out of the total 41 candidates were women.


The candidate with the highest score and the youngest candidate to pass were both women as well. The Government removed the diplomatic service exam in 2012, and set up an academy in its place to train future diplomats on a one-year, non-degree program.


Three of twelve male candidates passed only due to the gender equality rule for any test that was given to recruit more than five civil servants. The rule states that the bar was lowered for one gender if few than 30% of that gender pass. This is the first time since 2005 that women made up more than half of the successful candidates in the service exam.


Although the trend is obvious in terms of government service exams, the proportion of women in the upper ranking positions for civil service is only at 4.7 percent.

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