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DECREE ON PUBLIC OFFICIALS APPOINTMENT EXAMINATIONS

Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 18424, jun. 11, 2004

Amended by Presidential Decree No. 18617, Dec. 30, 2004

Presidential Decree No. 18716, Feb. 25, 2005

Presidential Decree No. 18842, May 26, 2005

Presidential Decree No. 18932, jun. 30, 2005

Presidential Decree No. 19252, Dec. 30, 2005

Presidential Decree No. 19252, Dec. 30, 2005

Presidential Decree No. 19549, Apr. 27, 2006

Presidential Decree No. 19513, jun. 12, 2006

Presidential Decree No. 19808, Dec. 29, 2006

Presidential Decree No. 19808, Dec. 29, 2006

Presidential Decree No. 20060, May 16, 2007

Presidential Decree No. 20492, Dec. 28, 2007

Presidential Decree No. 20492, Dec. 28, 2007

Presidential Decree No. 20492, Dec. 28, 2007

Presidential Decree No. 20650, Feb. 22, 2008

Presidential Decree No. 20741, Feb. 29, 2008

Presidential Decree No. 20888, jun. 27, 2008

Presidential Decree No. 21086, Oct. 20, 2008

Presidential Decree No. 21086, Oct. 20, 2008

Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009

Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009

Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009

Presidential Decree No. 22029, Feb. 12, 2010

Presidential Decree No. 22029, Feb. 12, 2010

Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011

Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011

Presidential Decree No. 23014, Jul. 4, 2011

Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011

Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011

Presidential Decree No. 23644, Feb. 29, 2012

Presidential Decree No. 23759, May 1, 2012

Presidential Decree No. 23899, jun. 29, 2012

Presidential Decree No. 23899, jun. 29, 2012

Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012

Presidential Decree No. 24380, Feb. 20, 2013

Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013

Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013

Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013

Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013

Presidential Decree No. 25000, Dec. 16, 2013

Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014

Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014

Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014

Presidential Decree No. 25840, Dec. 9, 2014

Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015

Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015

Presidential Decree No. 26566, Sep. 25, 2015

Presidential Decree No. 26654, Nov. 18, 2015

Presidential Decree No. 26233, Dec. 30, 2015

Presidential Decree No. 27787, Jan. 10, 2017

Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017

CHAPTER I GENERAL PROVISIONS
 Article 1 (Scope, etc. of Application)
(1) Except as otherwise provided for by other Acts and subordinate statutes, this Decree shall apply to examinations for the appointment of State public officials in general service and foreign service officers (hereinafter referred to as "public officials"): Provided, That Articles 20, 20-2 through 20-5, 21 through 23, 23-2, 23-3, 24, 25 and 36 through 46 shall not apply to public officials who work during the term of office on a contractual basis.
(2) Where this Decree applies to specialized public officials who work during the term of office on a contractual basis (including specialized public officials who have flexible working hours and work during the term of office on a contractual basis) and public officials who work temporarily during the term of office on a contractual basis, the ranks shall be deemed to include positions of specialized public officials who work during the term of office on a contractual basis (including specialized public officials who have flexible working hours, and work during the term of office on a contractual basis) and public officials who work temporarily during the term of office on a contractual basis corresponding thereto. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25000, Dec. 16, 2013>
(3) Where this Decree applies to public officials in postal service, public officials in postal service in Grades 1 and 2 shall be deemed public officials in general service in Grade 5; public officials in postal service in Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 shall be deemed public officials in general service in Grade 6; public officials in postal service in Grade 7 shall be deemed public officials in general service in Grade 7; public officials in postal service in Grade 8 shall be deemed public officials in general service in Grade 8; and public officials in postal service in Grade 9 shall be deemed public officials in general service in Grade 9.
(4) Where this Decree applies to specialized public officials, chief specialized officers shall be deemed public officials in general service in Grade 3 or 4, and specialized officers shall be deemed public officials in general service in Grade 5. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 27787, Jan. 10, 2017>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24869, Dec. 4, 2013]
 Article 2 (Principles of Implementation of Examinations)
(1) Examinations for the appointment of public officials shall be conducted for each grade and, for a special series of class, examinations for the appointment of public officials may be conducted, divided into each sub-series: Provided, That where the head of the agency conducting examinations deems it necessary to fill vacancies in a smooth manner, he/she may conduct examinations for the appointment of public officials, divided into each geographical area in which they are scheduled to work, each agency in which they are scheduled to work, and each area in which they reside; and, where he/she deems it necessary to promote the appointment of persons with disabilities (referring to persons with disabilities under the Act on the Employment Promotion and Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities; hereinafter the same shall apply) or persons in the low income bracket (referring to recipients under the National Basic Living Security Act or persons who are placed under protection under the Single-Parent Family Support Act for at least two consecutive years; hereinafter the same shall apply) to positions of public officials, he/she may conduct an examination for the appointment of public officials by separating a portion of the number of persons to be selected so that only persons with disabilities or persons in the low income bracket may take such examination; and, where subjects tested in examinations provided for in Article 7 are identical among examinations, he/she may conduct examinations by combining the series of classes and sub-series. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(2) The Minister of Personnel Management shall prescribe specific matters concerning the calculation of the period during which persons in the low income bracket under paragraph (1) belong to the low income bracket. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 3 (Agencies, etc. Conducting Examinations)
(1) The Minister of Personnel Management shall conduct any of the following examinations, and the competent Minister (hereinafter referred to as "competent Minister") under subparagraph 3 of Article 2 of the Decree on the Appointment of Public Officials shall conduct other examinations in accordance with a human resource management plan formulated pursuant to Article 8 of the Decree on the Appointment of Public Officials: Provided, That where the competent Minister conducts an examination for employment (hereinafter referred to as "competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials") under the main sentence of and the proviso to Article 28 (2) of the State Public Officials Act (hereinafter referred to as the "Act"), he/she shall consult with the head of a central agency in charge of personnel management under Article 6 (1) of the Act about the necessity of the examination, methods of the examination, etc., as prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 24380, Feb. 20, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
1. Open competitive examinations for the employment of public officials at least in Grade 5, and examinations for the promotion of public officials to Grade 5;
2. Open competitive examinations for the employment of public officials in the series of classes of correction, protection, prosecution, narcotics investigation, immigration control, administration, tax matters, customs, social welfare, audit and inspection, industry (referring to the sub-series of general machinery, electricity, chemical engineering), agriculture (referring to the sub-series of general agriculture), infrastructure (referring to the sub-series of urban planning, general civil engineering, architecture, traffic facilities, urban transportation planning), the series of classes of computerization in Grade 6 or lower;
3. Open competitive examinations for the employment of foreign service officers and open competitive examinations (hereinafter referred to as "examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates") under the proviso to Article 10 (1) of the Foreign Service Officials Act;
4. Competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials in Grade 5 (excluding public officials who work during the term of office on a contractual basis);
5. Competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials in Grade 7 (excluding public officials who work during the term of office on a contractual basis) the Minister of Personnel Management deems necessary.
(2) The competent Minister may delegate his/her authority to conduct an examination under paragraph (1) to the head of the agency under his/her jurisdiction to whom authority to appoint public officials has been delegated pursuant to Article 5 of the Decree on the Appointment of Public Officials or the head of the agency superior to the aforesaid agency. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009>
(3) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination (including the head of the agency conducting the examination, to whom authority to conduct the examination has been delegated pursuant to paragraph (2)) deems it necessary, he/she may conduct the examination for the appointment of public officials wholly or partially in cooperation with the head of another agency conducting examinations or a non-governmental institution, or by entrusting such examination to the said head or institution. In such cases, necessary matters concerning the registration of candidates for appointment and recommendation for the appointment of public officials, and the implementation of the examination in cooperation with the head of another agency conducting examinations or a non-governmental institution or by entrusting such examination to the said head or institution shall be prescribed by relevant agencies through consultation among the said agencies. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012>
(4) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) 4, where it is necessary for the competent Minister to urgently fill vacancies or to select persons in the special fields or specific positions, he/she may directly conduct a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials in Grade 5 in consultation with the Minister of Personnel Management. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 4 (Duties, etc. of Heads of Agencies Conducting Examinations)
(1) The head of the agency conducting an examination shall take charge of the public announcement and implementation of the examination, determination, and notification of persons who pass the examination, preparation of a list of candidates for appointment, and other matters necessary to conduct the examination.
(2) In order to conduct an examination in a smooth manner, the head of an agency conducting the examination may request the head of the agency conducting another examination and the head of the administrative agency related to the relevant examination to provide cooperation necessary to conduct the examination, such as preparation of the place where the examination is to be conducted and the dispatch of proctors, and may request relevant agencies to provide cooperation necessary to maintain order.
(3) Where it is necessary when the head of the agency conducting an examination determines those passing the examination, he/she shall gather related data from the heads of schools from which they graduated and utilize such data.
(4) Where persons with disabilities take an examination, the head of an agency conducting the examination may provide the persons with disabilities with necessary accommodations in accordance with the types and degrees of disabilities.
(5) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems it necessary for efficient and fair management of matters concerning the implementation of the examination under paragraph (1), he/she may establish an advisory committee consisted of nongovernmental experts, relevant public officials, etc. and require the advisory committee to deliberate on matters concerning the implementation of the examination, such as the implementation of the examination, determination of persons who pass the examination. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 5 (Methods of Examinations)
(1) Applicants who ultimately pass an examination shall be determined through a written examination, oral examination, practical examination, document screening, etc.
(2) A written examination shall be administered to examine the level of general education, knowledge necessary to perform the relevant duties, and the ability to apply knowledge.
(3) An oral examination shall be administered to examine the ability and competence necessary to perform the relevant duties, and all the elements of assessment shall be assessed through the oral examination as excellent, fair, or poor, respectively: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013>
1. Mental attitude as a public official;
2. Specialized knowledge and the ability to apply specialized knowledge;
3. Clarity and logicality of expression;
4. Etiquette, conduct and conscientiousness;
5. Creativity, will power and the possibility of development.
(4) A practical examination shall be administered to examine knowledge, skills or physical aptitude necessary to perform the relevant duties through the method of a test, practice, or display of practical skills.
(5) Document screening shall be conducted in writing through the examination of whether qualifications, work history, etc. of applicants related to the performance of the relevant duties meet the prescribed criteria, and applicants shall be judged as either qualified or disqualified.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 6 (Steps of Examinations)
(1) In the examination for appointment conducted, which is divided into a primary examination, secondary examination and tertiary examination, the applicants who fail to pass the primary examination shall not be invited to the secondary examination; and the applicants who fail to pass the secondary examination shall not be invited to the tertiary examination: Provided, That the head of the agency conducting the examination may conduct an examination for a grade whose details of duties are special by changing the sequence of the steps of the examination conducted. In such cases, unless applicants pass the examination in the preceding step, such applicants shall not be invited to the examination in the following step.
(2) Where the head of the agency conducting examinations conducts a competitive examination, etc. for employment of experienced public officials, an examination for changing jobs, and an examination for the general promotion of public officials to Grade 5 step by step pursuant to paragraph (1), in which case he/she deems it necessary, notwithstanding paragraph (1), he/she may conduct the examination in the following step before he/she determines the applicants who pass the examination in the preceding step. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 7 (Subjects Tested in Examination)
(1) Subjects tested in all of the kinds of examinations shall be as specified in attached Tables 1 and 2: Provided, That among the subjects tested in examinations specified in attached Tables 1 and 2, the subjects tested in the following examinations shall be replaced with the ones provided for in the relevant subparagraphs: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
1. English, among the subjects tested in the primary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5, examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates and open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 7 (including the open competitive examination for the employment of foreign service officers corresponding thereto): The English proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3;
2. An optional subject in foreign language, among the subjects tested in the primary examination of the examination for selection of foreign service officer candidates: The foreign language proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3-2 limited to the foreign languages prescribed in attached Table 3-2;
3. The History of Korea among the subjects tested in the primary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5, and the examination for selection of foreign service officer candidates: The test to measure the knowledge of the History of Korea prescribed in Attached Table 4.
(2) The competent Minister shall determine the subjects to be tested in examinations for occupational groups, the series of classes and sub-series not prescribed in attached Table 1 in accordance with the details of duties to be performed. In such cases, the subjects tested in the examination shall be at least two subjects including the subjects tested in the examination related to duties to be performed. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
(3) Where public officials are employed through a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials, etc. pursuant to Article 28 (2) 6, 8 and 12 of the Act, notwithstanding paragraph (1), the subject tested in the primary examination shall be the History of Korea; and the head of the agency requesting an examination shall determine the subjects to be tested in the secondary examination based on the following classification in consultation with the head of the agency conducting the examination: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
1. In case of employment under Article 28 (2) 6 and 12 of the Act: One subject among the subjects tested in the secondary examination of competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials, etc. for each grade to which they are scheduled to be appointed under attached Table 1;
2. In case of employment under Article 28 (2) 8 of the Act: One subject among foreign languages and one subject among the subjects tested in the secondary examination of competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials for each grade to which they are scheduled to be appointed under attached Table 1.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 8 (Change, etc. of Subjects Tested in Examination)
(1) Where the head of the agency requesting for an examination (in case of an open competitive examination for employment, referring to the head of the agency conducting the examination, and in case of an examination the Minister of Personnel Management directly conducts pursuant to Article 26 (3), referring to the Minister of Personnel Management; hereafter the same shall apply in this Chapter) deems the implementation of a competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials (hereinafter referred to as "competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials") under the main sentence of Article 28 (2) of the Act or the implementation of an examination in accordance with the subjects tested in the examination under Article 7 (1) and (3) inappropriate in consideration of the special characteristics of duties or the correlation between the duties and subjects tested in the examination, he/she may change, decrease or increase the number of subjects tested in the examination: Provided, That he/she shall not change, decrease or increase the number of subjects tested in an examination for changing jobs, and shall not change, decrease or increase the number of compulsory subjects among the subjects tested in the examination for each grade to which the test takers are scheduled to be appointed under attached Tables 1 and 2 in the examination not intended for a large number of people (hereinafter referred to as "examination for employment not intended for a large number of people") under the proviso to Article 28 (2) of the Act. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(2) Notwithstanding Article 7 (1) and (3), the combined primary examination and secondary examination of the written examination of the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials in Grade 5, etc. and the examination for the employment of foreign service officers in Grade 5 (referring to the examination under the main sentence of and the proviso to Article 10 (3) of the Foreign Service Officials Act; hereinafter referred to as "competitive examination, etc for the employment of experienced persons for positions of foreign service officers") under Article 3 (1) 4 and the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced persons for positions of public officials in Grade 7 under Article 3 (1) 5 may be conducted. In such cases, the language and logic field, the data interpretation field and the situation analysis field which are the subjects tested in the primary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of persons for positions of public officials at least in Grade 5 specified in attached Table 1 may be the subjects tested in the examination. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
(3) Where the Minister of Personnel Management conducts an examination for the general promotion of public officials to Grade 5, notwithstanding Article 7 (1), he/she may decrease the number of subjects tested in the examination. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(4) Subjects tested in the examination changed, decreased or increased pursuant to the main sentence of paragraph (1) and subjects tested in the examination under paragraph (2) shall be publicly announced pursuant to Article 47 or notified to applicants. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 9 (Designation, etc. of Subjects Tested in Examination)
(1) Where the head of the agency requesting an examination deems that it is necessary to conduct the examination by designating a specific subject among the subjects that should be selected in the subjects tested in the examination under Article 7 (1) in consideration of the special characteristics of the duties or the correlation between the duties and subjects tested in the examination, he/she may designate such subject in consultation with the head of the agency conducting the examination.
(2) Where the head of the agency requesting an examination deems it necessary, he/she may limit the covered range of the questions about the subjects tested in the examination under Articles 7 (1) and (3) and 8 (1) in consultation with the head of the agency conducting the examination.
(3) In case of an examination for general promotion, where the head of the agency requesting an examination intends to designate the subjects tested in the examination or to limit covered range of the questions about the subjects tested in the examination pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2), he/she shall consult with the head of the agency conducting the examination one year before the date he/she requests for the examination.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 10 (Simultaneous Implementation, etc. of Practical Examination)
(1) Where the head of the agency requesting an examination deems it necessary, notwithstanding Articles 22, 24, 29, 37, 39 and 43, he/she may conduct a practical examination simultaneously or add a subject tested in the practical examination as a special subject tested in consultation with the head of the agency conducting the examination when he/she conducts the examination about the subjects under Articles 7 and 8. In such cases, he/she may set the perfect score of subjects tested in the examination conducted together with the practical examination or the perfect score of the practical examination added as a special subject tested differently from that of the other subjects tested. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
(2) Where the practical examination is conducted pursuant to paragraph (1), the head of the agency requesting an examination shall determine the specific method of conducting the practical examination, the method of determining the successful applicants and other matters necessary to conduct the practical examination. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 11 (Perfect Score in Subjects Tested in Examination)
(1) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems it necessary, he/she may determine the perfect score in some subjects tested in the examination under attached Tables 1 and 2 differently from the perfect score in the other subjects tested in the examination. In such cases, he/she shall publicly announce the details thereof in the Official Gazette, and the details thereof publicly announced shall apply one year after the date of the public announcement thereof.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the head of the agency conducting an examination shall determine the same perfect score in each compulsory subject in the secondary examination of the examination for the employment of persons for positions of public officials in Grade 5 specified in attached Table 1, and the perfect score in the optional subjects shall be 50 percent of the perfect score in compulsory subjects: Provided, That among compulsory subjects of sub-series of personnel management and organization, the perfect score in personnel management and organization theory shall be 50 percent of the perfect score in other compulsory subjects. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26820, Dec. 30, 2015>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 12 (Level of Questions)
The level of the questions in the examinations for appointment shall be high enough to examine matters based on the following classification: Provided, That the Minister of Personnel Management may separately determine the level of questions for the examination in a special grade: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
1. Examinations for public officials at least in Grade 5: Ability and knowledge necessary to plan and manage policies;
2. Examinations for public officials in Grades 6 and 7: Ability and knowledge necessary to perform specialized administrative affairs;
3. Examinations for public officials in Grade 8 or lower: Basic ability and knowledge necessary to perform administrative affairs;
4. Deleted. <by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 13 (Appointment of Examiners)
(1) The head of the agency conducting an examination may appoint or commission any of the following persons as examiners in charge of making questions and grading the tests for the examination, oral examination, practical examination, document screening and other matters necessary to conduct the examination. In such cases, the examiners in charge of making questions and grading the tests for each subject in the written examination, and examiners in charge of the oral examination and document screening shall be at least two persons (the examiners in charge of the oral examination portion of the examination for the employment of public officials at least in Grade 5 shall be at least three persons); and at least half of the examiners shall be public officials belonging to another administrative agency or civilians, as prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
1. A person who has specialized knowledge or ability in the field of the relevant duties;
2. A person who has specialized knowledge concerning the devising of the questions for the examination;
3. A person who has thorough knowledge of the practical business concerning the duties to which the public officials are scheduled to be appointed.
(2) A person appointed or commissioned as an examiner pursuant to paragraph (1) shall faithfully implement the matters to be attended to in the preparation of questions for the examination and the matters to be observed, such as a written oath, requested by the head of the agency conducting the examination.
(3) Where there is an examiner who has performed an act significantly compromising the confidence in the examination in violation of paragraph (2), the head of the agency conducting the examination shall notify the heads of all central administrative agencies and the agency to which such examiner belongs, of the list of such examiners. In such cases, he/she shall request the head of the agency to which the relevant examiner belongs to take appropriate measures, such as a disciplinary action against the examiner.
(4) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination receives a notification pursuant to paragraph (3), he/she shall not appoint or commission the relevant examiner as an examiner of any examination under this Decree or other examinations for appointment of State public officials for five years from the date he/she receives such notification.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 14 (Physical Examination)
(1) Where a person who has authority to appoint public officials employs public officials (including the selection of persons to work as probationers under Article 26-4 (1) of the Act; hereafter the same shall apply in this paragraph), he/she shall conduct physical examinations under Article 3-2 of the Regulations on Physical Examination for Employment of Public Officials, and he/she shall not employ any person who fails to meet the criteria for passing the physical examination as a public official: Provided, That where he/she employs any former State public official or local public official who retired as a State public official, to whom the same criteria for passing physical examination apply, within six months from the date he/she retires, and appoints a person who works as a probationer pursuant to Article 26-4 (1) of the Act as a public official, he/she may choose not to conduct a physical examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26566, Sep. 25, 2015>
(2) Where a person who has authority to appoint public officials or person who has authority to make recommendations for and request the appointment of public officials transfers a public official to whom different criteria for failing to pass physical examination under Article 4 of the Regulations on Physical Examination for Employment of Public Officials apply, he/she may conduct a physical examination pursuant to paragraph (1).
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
CHAPTER II ELIGIBILITY TO TAKE EXAMINATIONS
 Article 15 (Grounds, etc. for Disqualification for Taking Examinations)
(1) No person who is not eligible to be appointed as a public official pursuant to the Act or other Acts and subordinate statutes shall take an examination for appointment.
(2) Whether a person is disqualified for taking an examination under paragraph (1) shall be determined as of the scheduled date of the final examination (hereinafter referred to as "scheduled date of the final examination") of the relevant examination: Provided, That in case of an examination for the employment of public officials not intended for a large number of people, where the head of the agency requesting for an examination is different from the head of the agency conducting an examination, whether a person is disqualified for taking an examination under paragraph (1) shall be determined as of the date the examination is requested. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 16 (Age Eligible to Take Examinations)
(1) A person who intends to take an examination for the employment of public officials shall be of the age eligible to take an examination based on the following classification in the year to which the scheduled date of the final examination belongs: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
1. At least Grade 7: 20 years of age or older;
2. Grade 8 or lower: 18 years of age (in case of the series of classes of correction and protection, 20 years of age) or older.
(2) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems the application of the age eligible to take an examination under paragraph (1) difficult or inappropriate because he/she should quickly fill vacancies or because of other extraordinary circumstances, he/she may, as an exception, determine the age eligible to take an examination for an examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower after obtaining approval from the Minister of Personnel Management. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 17 (Prohibition of Restriction based on Educational Background)
Except as otherwise prescribed by this Decree and other Acts and subordinate statutes, educational background shall not be a cause for restriction from taking an examination for employment of public officials.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 18 (Certificate of Qualification Necessary to Take Examinations)
(1) A person who takes an examination for the employment of public officials in the grades prescribed in attached Table 5 and examination for changing jobs shall hold a certificate of qualification prescribed in the aforesaid attached Table.
(2) Article 15 (2) shall apply mutatis mutandis to whether an applicant holds a certificate of qualification under paragraph (1). In such cases, "whether he/she has a reason for disqualification for taking an examination" shall be deemed "whether he/she holds a certificate of qualification." <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 19 (Exceptions to Eligibility, etc. to Take Examinations)
(1) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems that he/she will be unable to fill vacancies if he/she applies Article 18, he/she may choose not apply Article 18 after obtaining approval from the Minister of Personnel Management. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(2) In case of an open competitive examination for employment, where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems it necessary, in consideration of the appointment of the persons who pass the examination to the region to which the successful exam takers have a connection and other regional characteristics, he/she may conduct the examination by limiting the eligibility to sit for the examination to persons who have been residing in a certain region for a certain period.
(3) In case of a competitive examination for employment of experienced public officials, where the head of the agency conducting an examination only deems it extraordinarily necessary for the performance of duties of the positions to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed, he/she may conduct the examination by limiting the eligibility to sit for the examination, by measures such as imposing of age, education background, and residence requirements. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
CHAPTER III EXAMINATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT
 Article 20 (Success of Males or Females in Examination Exceeding the Number of Persons to Be Selected)
(1) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems it necessary to provide more opportunities for equal appointment of public officials to males and females, notwithstanding Articles 23, 23-3, 25, 30, and 40, he/she may allow males or females to pass the examination exceeding the number of persons to be selected so that males or females may temporarily account for more than the percentage of the number of persons to be selected in each step of the examination conducted. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012>
(2) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination allows males or females to pass the examination pursuant to paragraph (1), he/she shall determine the kinds of examinations intended to be conducted for such purposes, the percentage of the employment objective, methods of determining the persons who pass the examination, and other matters necessary to conduct examinations.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 20-2 (Success of Local Talented People in Examination Exceeding the Number of Persons to Be Selected)
(1) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems it necessary to provide more opportunities for appointment of local talented people to positions of public officials, notwithstanding Articles 23, 23-3, and 25, he/she may allow local talented people to pass the examination exceeding the number of persons to be selected so that the local talented people may temporarily account for more than a certain percentage of the number of persons to be selected in an open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5, examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates, and open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 7 (including an open competitive examination for the employment of foreign service officers corresponding thereto). <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(2) The term "local talented people" in paragraph (1) means graduates and prospective graduates of the universities located in the areas other than Seoul Metropolitan City or people who ultimately graduated from the said schools, left schools without completing the course, are attending the said schools, or are temporarily withdrawing from the said schools, located in areas other than Seoul Metropolitan City.
(3) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination allows local talented people to pass the examination pursuant to paragraph (1), he/she shall determine the local talented people eligible to pass the examination, a percentage of the employment objective, methods of determining the persons who pass the examination, and other matters necessary to conduct the examination.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24380, Feb. 20, 2013]
<<Enforcement Date: Jan. 1, 2015>> Article 20-2 (1) (limited to matters concerning open competitive examinations for the employment of public officials in Grade 7)
 Article 20-3 (Provision of More Opportunities for Employment of Persons with Severe Disabilities)
(1) Where necessary to provide more opportunities for appointment of persons with severe disabilities (referring to persons with severe disabilities under the Act on the Employment Promotion and Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities; hereafter the same shall apply in this Article) to the positions of public officials, the head of the agency conducting an examination, who conducts a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials, may allow persons with severe disabilities only to apply for the relevant competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(2) Where the head of the agency conducts a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials pursuant to paragraph (1), the head of the agency conducting such examination shall determine the kinds of duties for which such examination is conducted, the kinds of disabilities a person may have and still apply for an examination for each kind of duties, and other matters necessary to conduct the examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(3) The Minister of Personnel Management shall formulate and implement the necessary plans, such as identification of the kinds of duties suitable for persons with disabilities to perform and the provision thereof to the head of the agency conducting an examination, to provide more opportunities for the appointment of persons with severe disabilities to positions of public officials. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 20-4 (Examinations, etc. for Employment of People in Low-Income Bracket)
(1) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination conducts an open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 9 and competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials in Grade 9, he/she shall conduct such examinations so that people in the low-income bracket may be employed in accordance with the following classifications, as prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
1. Open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 9: At least two percent of the number of persons to be selected;
2. Competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials in Grade 9: At least one percent of the number of persons to be selected.
(2) Notwithstanding Article 25, the head of the agency conducting an examination may allow people in the low-income bracket who obtain a score higher than the score obtained by successful applicants at an examination other than a separate examination intended for persons with disabilities and people in the low-income bracket, from an open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 9 conducted separately, so that only people in the low-income bracket may apply for the examination pursuant to the proviso to Article 2 (1), to pass the examination exceeding the number of persons to be selected in each step of the examination conducted. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012>
(3) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination allows people in the low-income bracket to pass the examination pursuant to paragraph (2), he/she shall determine people eligible to pass the examination, methods of determining people who pass the examination, and other matters necessary to conduct the examination. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(4) Deleted. <by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 20-5 (Success of Persons with Disabilities in Examination Exceeding Number of Persons to Be Selected)
(1) Notwithstanding Article 25, the head of the agency conducting an examination may allow persons with disabilities who obtain a score higher than the score obtained by successful applicants at an examination other than a separate examination intended for persons with disabilities and people in the low-income bracket, from an open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower and the open competitive examination for the employment of foreign service officers in Grade 4 or lower (hereinafter referred to as "open competitive examination, etc. for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower") conducted separately, so that only persons with disabilities may apply for the examination pursuant to the proviso to Article 2 (1), to pass the examination exceeding the number of persons to be selected in each step of the examination conducted. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012>
(2) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination allows persons with disabilities pass the examination pursuant to paragraph (1), he/she shall determine persons with disabilities eligible to pass the examination, methods of determining persons with disabilities who pass the examination, and other matters necessary to conduct the examination.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011]
 Article 21 (Series of Classes for Which Examinations Are to Be Conducted by Means of Open Competitive Examinations for Employment of Public Officials in Grade 5)
A series of classes for which examinations are to be conducted by means of open competitive examinations for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 shall be as specified in attached Table 6.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014]
 Article 22 (Methods of Open Competitive Examinations for Employment of Public Officials in Grade 5)
(1) An open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 shall be conducted by dividing it into a primary examination, secondary examination, and tertiary examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(2) In principle, the primary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 shall be conducted using multiple-choice questions, and fill-in-the-blank items may be included therein. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(3) In principle, the secondary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 shall be conducted using essay items, and subjective short-answer items for each subject may be included therein. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(4) The tertiary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 shall be conducted by means of an oral examination or practical examination; Provided, That where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems necessary due to the extraordinary characteristics of duties, he/she may conduct both the oral examination and the practical examination; in such cases, the head of the agency conducting the examination or the competent Minister shall determine the method of determining persons who pass the practical examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(5) Where both the oral examination and the practical examination are conducted, the oral examination shall be conducted intended for persons who pass the practical examination.
(6) A person who fails to pass the tertiary examination shall be exempted from the primary examination, limited to the next examination: Provided, That the foregoing shall apply only where the person submits an application form of the relevant examination from which he/she intended to be exempted. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 23 (Determination of Success in Open Competitive Examinations for Employment of Public Officials in Grade 5)
(1) Persons who pass the primary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 shall be determined one by one beginning with the persons who obtain the highest scores, in consideration of the scores on the examination, the number of applicants for the secondary examination, etc. within ten times the number of persons to be selected among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject in the subjects other than English, the History of Korea and the Constitution, and at least 60 percent of the total scores in all subjects, who obtain at least 60 percent of the perfect score in the Constitution among those who obtain at least the relevant standard score on the English proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3 and the test to measure the knowledge of the History of Korea prescribed in attached Table 4. In such cases, the number of persons exempted from the primary examination pursuant to Article 22 (6) shall not be included within ten times the number of persons to be selected. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 22029, Feb. 12, 2010; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
(2) Persons who pass the secondary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 shall be determined one by one beginning with the persons who obtain the highest total scores in all subjects, in consideration of scores on the examination, the number of applicants for the tertiary examination, etc. within 150 percent of the number of persons to be selected (where the number of persons to be selected does not exceed three, within the number of persons obtained by adding two to the number of persons to be selected; hereinafter the same shall apply) from among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject: Provided, That where both the practical examination and the oral examination are conducted in the tertiary examination pursuant to the proviso to Article 22 (4), persons who pass the secondary examination may be determined within twice the number of persons to be selected. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(3) The results of evaluation of the oral examination of the tertiary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 shall be divided into the following grades: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
1. Where a majority of examiners assess all five items of the elements of assessment under Article 5 (3) as "excellent": "Excellent";
2. Where a majority of examiners assess at least two items of five items of the elements of assessment under Article 5 (3) as "poor," or a majority of examiners assess the same element of assessment as "poor": "Poor";
3. In cases other than subparagraphs 1 and 2: "Fair."
(4) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems it necessary to secure objectivity and fairness of the oral examination in accordance with the standards prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management, in consideration of grades under paragraph (3), the number of applicants, the number of persons to be selected, the method of the oral examination, etc., he/she may conduct an additional oral examination for applicants who have received the grade of "excellent" or "poor." In such cases, notwithstanding paragraph (3), an applicant who has received the grade same as the grade of the first oral examination shall be deemed to have received the grade of the final oral examination, and an applicant who has received the grade different from the grade of the first oral examination shall be deemed to have received the grade of "fair." <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(5) Persons who ultimately pass the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 shall be determined through the following methods in accordance with the grade of the oral examination under paragraphs (3) and (4) and the scores on the secondary examination: <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
1. Applicants who have received a grade of "excellent" shall be deemed to have passed the examination: Provided, That where the number of applicants who have received a grade of "excellent" exceeds the number of persons to be selected, such applicants shall be deemed to have passed the examination one by one beginning with the persons who obtain the highest scores on the secondary examination until the number of such persons reaches the number of persons to be selected;
2. Applicants who have received a grade of "fair" shall be deemed to have passed the examination one by one beginning with persons who obtain high scores on the secondary examination including the number of applicants who have received a grade of "excellent" until the number of such persons reaches the number of persons to be selected;
3. Applicants who have received a grade of "poor" shall be deemed to have failed to pass the examination.
(6) Notwithstanding paragraph (2), where the number of applicants for the tertiary examination is expected to be less than the number of persons to be selected due to circumstances in which persons who pass the secondary examination forgo to take the tertiary examination when persons who pass the secondary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 are determined, additional persons who pass the secondary examination may be determined one by one beginning with the persons who obtain the highest total scores in all subjects among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject within the original number of persons who pass the secondary examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(7) Where it is necessary to fill vacancies due to circumstances in which persons who ultimately pass the examination waive their appointment to positions of public officials, the head of the agency conducting the examination may determine additional persons who pass the examination one by one beginning with the persons who obtain the highest scores on the secondary examination among those who have not failed to meet the standards for passing the examination within six months from date of announcement of the persons who pass the examination. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 23-2 (Methods of Examinations for Selection of Foreign Service Officer Candidates)
(1) Examinations for the selection of foreign service officer candidates may be conducted by dividing them into the following fields in accordance with the demand, etc. for foreign and trade affairs. In such cases, examinations for the selection of foreign service officer candidates may be conducted by dividing the number of persons to be selected into the combination of related regions and languages in cases under subparagraph 2 and the related specialty fields in cases under subparagraph 3:
1. Field of general diplomacy: Field in which candidates are selected to respond to demand for the affairs concerning foreign affairs and trade as a whole;
2. Field of regional diplomacy: Field in which candidates are selected to respond to demand for the affairs concerning foreign affairs and trade in a specific region;
3. Field of specialty in diplomatic relations: Field in which candidates are selected to respond to demand for the affairs that require specialty, such as the affairs concerning international trade or international law.
(2) An examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates shall be conducted by dividing it into a primary examination, secondary examination, and tertiary examination. In such cases, Article 22 (2) through 6 shall apply mutatis mutandis to the details of the implementation of each step of each examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(3) Persons who have not been appointed, among those who have completed the regular course of study under Article 6 (1) of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy Act, shall be exempted from the primary examination among the examinations under paragraph (2), limited to the first examination conducted after they have not been appointed: Provided, That the foregoing shall apply where they submit an application form for the relevant examination. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(4) In case of the field of regional diplomacy among examinations for the selection of foreign service officer candidates, where an applicant meets the requirements for a career in the examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates under attached Table 2-2 of the Decree on the Appointment of Foreign Service Officers, the standard score on the foreign language proficiency test that replaces an optional subject in foreign languages shall apply thereto by dividing the standard score pursuant to attached Table 3-2. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(5) The head of the agency conducting an examination may assess the ability to use foreign languages, such as conversation and the ability to construct sentences, concerning the foreign languages not prescribed in attached Table 3-2 among the optional subjects in the primary examination of the examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates in the language certification test conducted before the tertiary examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26820, Dec. 30, 2015>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012]
 Article 23-3 (Determination of Persons Who Pass Examination for Selection of Foreign Service Officer Candidates)
(1) In the primary examination of the examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates, persons who pass the primary examination shall be determined in accordance with the following classification: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015; Presidential Decree No. 26820, Dec. 30, 2015>
1. Field of general diplomacy under Article 23-2 (1) 1: Persons who pass the primary examination shall be determined one by one beginning with the persons who obtain the highest scores, in consideration of the scores on the examination, the number of applicants for the secondary examination, etc. within ten times the number of persons to be selected among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject in the subjects other than English, the History of Korea and the Constitution, and at least 60 percent of the total scores in all subjects, who obtain the score at least 60 percent of the perfect score in the Constitution, among those who obtain at least the relevant standard score on the English proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3, on the foreign language proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3-2, and on the test to measure the knowledge of the History of Korea prescribed in attached Table 4. In such cases, the number of persons exempted from the primary examination pursuant to Article 23-2 (2) and (3) shall not be included within ten times the number of persons to be selected;
2. Field of regional diplomacy and field of specialty in diplomatic relations under Article 23-2 (1) 2 and 3: Persons who pass the primary examination shall be determined one by one beginning with the persons who obtain the highest scores, in consideration of the scores on the examination, the number of applicants for the secondary examination, etc. within ten times the number of persons to be selected which has been fixed for each combination of related regions and languages or each related field among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject in the subjects other than English, an optional subject in foreign languages, the History of Korea and the Constitution, who obtain the score at least 60 percent of the perfect score in the Constitution, among those who obtain the score at least the relevant standard score on the English proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3, on the foreign language proficiency test (excluding cases in the field of specialty in diplomatic relations and cases where the ability to use foreign languages is assessed by the language certification test pursuant to Article 23-2 (5) in the field of regional diplomacy) prescribed in attached Table 3-2, and on the test to measure the knowledge of the History of Korea prescribed in attached Table 4. In such cases, the number of persons exempted from the primary examination pursuant to Article 23-2 (2) and (3) shall not be included within ten times the number of persons to be selected.
(2) Persons who pass the secondary examination of the examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates shall be determined one by one beginning with the persons who obtain the highest total scores in all subjects in consideration of scores on the examination, the number of applicants for the tertiary examination, etc. within 1.5 times the number of persons to be selected (where the number of persons to be selected does not exceed three, referring to the number of persons to be selected and two added thereto) among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject in each field (in cases of the field of regional diplomacy and the field of specialty in diplomatic relations, referring to the division into each combination of the related region and language and each related field): Provided, That where the ability to use foreign languages is assessed by the language certification test pursuant to Article 23-2 (5), persons who pass the secondary examination may be determined in consideration of scores on the examination, the number of applicants for the tertiary examination, etc. within five times the number of persons to be selected. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26820, Dec. 30, 2015>
(3) The results of assessment of the oral examination of the tertiary examination of the examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates shall be divided into the following grades: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013>
1. Where a majority of examiners assess all five items of the elements of assessment under Article 5 (3) as "excellent": "Excellent";
2. Where a majority of examiners assess at least two items of the five items of the elements of assessment under Article 5 (3) as "poor," or a majority of examiners assess the same element of assessment as "poor": "Poor";
3. In cases other than subparagraphs 1 and 2: "Fair."
(4) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems it necessary to secure objectivity and fairness of the oral examination in accordance with the standards prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management in consideration of grades under paragraph (3), the number of applicants, the number of persons to be selected, the method of oral examination, etc., he/she may conduct an additional oral examination for the applicants who have received a grade of "excellent" or "poor." In such cases, notwithstanding paragraph (3), an applicant who has received a grade same as the grade of the first oral examination shall be deemed to have received the grade of the final oral examination, and an applicant who has received a grade different from the grade of the first oral examination shall be deemed to have received a grade of "fair." <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(5) Persons who ultimately pass the examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates shall be determined through the following methods in accordance with the grade of the oral examination under paragraphs (3) and (4) and the scores on the secondary examination: Provided, That where the ability to use foreign languages is assessed by the language certification test pursuant to Article 23-2 (5), persons who ultimately pass the examination shall be determined from among those who obtain the score higher than the standard score on the language certification test prescribed in attached Table 6-2: <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 26820, Dec. 30, 2015>
1. Applicants who have received the grade of "excellent" shall be deemed to have passed the examination: Provided, That where the number of applicants who have received the grade of "excellent" exceeds the number of persons to be selected, persons who obtain the highest scores on the secondary examination shall be deemed to have passed the examination until the number of such persons reaches the number of persons to be selected;
2. Applicants who have received the grade of "fair" shall be deemed to have passed the examination until the number of persons who obtain the highest scores on the secondary examination including the number of applicants who have received the grade of "excellent" reaches the number of persons to be selected;
3. Applicants who have received the grade of "poor" shall be deemed to have failed to pass the examination.
(6) Notwithstanding paragraph (2), where the number of applicants for the tertiary examination is expected to be less than the number of persons to be selected due to circumstances in which persons who pass the secondary examination choose not to take the tertiary examination when persons who pass the secondary examination of the examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates are determined, additional persons who pass the secondary examination of the examination may be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest total scores in all subjects among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject within the original number of persons who have passed the secondary examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013>
(7) Where it is necessary to fill vacancies due to circumstances in which persons who ultimately pass the examination choose not to be admitted to the course of study under Article 6 (1) of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy Act, the head of the agency conducting the examination may determine additional persons who pass the examination one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores on the secondary examination among those who have not failed to meet standards for passing the examination within six months from the date of announcement of persons who ultimately pass the examination. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012]
 Article 24 (Methods of Open Competitive Examinations, etc. for Employment of Public Officials in Grade 6 or Lower)
(1) An open competitive examination, etc. for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or Lower), etc. shall be conducted by dividing the examination into a primary examination, secondary examination and tertiary examination: Provided, That where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary, he/she may conduct the combined primary examination and secondary examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(2) Where the combined primary examination and secondary examination of the open competitive examination, etc. for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower are conducted pursuant to the proviso to paragraph (1), the combined examination shall be conducted using multiple-choice questions, as a rule.
(3) Deleted. <by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
(4) Article 22 (2) through (5) shall apply mutatis mutandis to the examinations under paragraph (1): Provided, That where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary, he/she may conduct the secondary examination under the main sentence of paragraph (1) using multiple-choice questions and fill-in-the-blank items only. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 25 (Determination of Persons Who Pass Open Competitive Examination, etc. for Employment of Public Officials in Grade 6 or Lower)
(1) Persons who pass the primary examination of the open competitive examination, etc. for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores in consideration of scores on the examination within five times the number of persons to be selected among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject: Provided, That persons who pass the primary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 7 (including an open competitive examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates corresponding thereto) shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores in consideration of scores on the examination within five times the number of persons to be selected among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject in the rest of subjects excluding English, who obtain the score not lower than the relevant standard score on the English proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
(2) Persons who pass the secondary examination (including cases where the combined primary examination and secondary examination are conducted pursuant to the proviso to Article 24 (1)) of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower shall be determined within 1.5 times the number of persons to be selected in accordance with the following classifications: Provided, That where both the oral examination and the practical examination are conducted in the tertiary examination pursuant to Article 24 (4), persons who pass the secondary examination may be determined within twice the number of persons to be selected: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
1. Where the combined primary examination and secondary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 7 (including an open competitive examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates corresponding thereto) are conducted: Persons who pass the secondary examination shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores in consideration of scores on the examination, the number of applicants for the tertiary examination, etc. among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject in the rest of subjects excluding English, who obtain the score not lower than the relevant standard score on the English proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3;
2. Cases other than subparagraph 1: Persons who pass the secondary examination shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores in consideration of scores on the examination, the number of applicants for the tertiary examination, etc. among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject.
(3) The results of evaluation of the oral examination of the tertiary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower shall be divided into the following grades: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
1. Where a majority of examiners assess all five items of the elements of assessment under Article 5 (3) as "excellent": "Excellent";
2. Where a majority of examiners assess at least the two items of five items of the elements of assessment under Article 5 (3) as "poor," or a majority of examiners assess the same element of assessment as "poor": "Poor";
3. In cases other than subparagraphs 1 and 2: "Fair."
(4) Where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems it necessary to secure objectivity and fairness of the oral examination in accordance with standards prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management in consideration of the grades under paragraph (3), the number of applicants, the number of persons to be selected, the method of the oral examination, etc., he/she may conduct an additional oral examination for applicants who have received the grade of "excellent" or "poor." In such cases, notwithstanding paragraph (3), an applicant who has received the grade same as the grade of the first oral examination shall be deemed to have received the grade of the final oral examination, and an applicant who has received the grade different from the grade of the first oral examination shall be deemed to have received the grade of "fair." <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(5) Persons who ultimately pass the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower shall be determined through the following methods in accordance with the grade of the oral examination under paragraphs (3) and (4) and the scores on the secondary examination: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
1. Applicants who have received the grade of "excellent" shall be deemed to have passed the examination: Provided, That where the number of applicants who have received the grade of "excellent" exceeds the number of persons to be selected, such applicants shall be deemed to have passed the examination one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores on the secondary examination until the number of such persons reaches the number of persons to be selected;
2. Applicants who have received the grade of "fair" shall be deemed to have passed the examination one by one beginning with persons who obtain high scores on the secondary examination until the number of such persons including the number of applicants who have received the grade of "excellent" reaches the number of persons to be selected;
3. Applicants who have received the grade of "poor" shall be deemed to have failed to pass the examination.
(6) Notwithstanding paragraph (2), Article 23 (6) shall apply mutatis mutandis to the secondary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower: Provided, That Where the combined primary examination and secondary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 7 (including an open competitive examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates corresponding thereto) are conducted, persons who additionally pass the secondary examination may be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores within the original number of persons who pass the secondary examination in consideration of scores on the examination among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject in the rest of subjects excluding English, who obtain the score not lower than the relevant standard score on the English proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
(7) Notwithstanding paragraph (2), where the number of applicants for the tertiary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower is less than the number of persons to be selected, a special tertiary examination may be conducted after determining persons who additionally pass the secondary examination within 1.5 times the number of persons less than the number of persons to be selected (where the number of persons less than the number of persons to be selected is not more than three, referring to the number of persons less than the number of persons to be selected, plus two persons) in accordance with the following classifications: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
1. Where the combined primary examination and secondary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 7 (including an open competitive examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates corresponding thereto) are conducted: Persons who pass the examination shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores in consideration of scores on the examination among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject in the rest of subjects excluding English, who obtain the score not lower than the relevant standard score on the English proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3;
2. Cases other than subparagraph 1: Persons who pass the examination shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores in consideration of scores on the examination among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject.
(8) Notwithstanding the main sentence of paragraph (2) and paragraph (7), where the number of persons who pass the secondary examination exceeds the number of persons to be selected or 1.5 times the number of persons less than the number of persons to be selected because all persons who obtain the same score are determined to be persons who pass the secondary examination, persons who pass the secondary examination may be determined in excess of 1.5 times the number of persons less than the number of persons to be selected. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
(9) Where it is necessary to fill vacancies due to circumstances in which persons who ultimately pass the examination choose not to be appointed to positions of public officials, the head of the agency conducting the examination may determine persons who additionally pass the examination according to the following classification, from among those who have not failed to meet standards for passing the examination, within six months from date of announcement of persons who pass the examination: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015; Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017>
1. Where the combined primary examination and secondary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 7 (including an open competitive examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates corresponding thereto) are conducted: Persons who pass the examination shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores in consideration of scores on the examination among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject in the rest of subjects excluding English, who obtain the score not lower than the relevant standard score on the English proficiency test prescribed in attached Table 3;
2. Cases other than subparagraph 1: Persons who pass the examination shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores in consideration of scores on the examination among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 26 (Procedures for Requesting Competitive Examination, etc. for Employment of Experienced Public Officials, etc.)
(1) Where a person who has authority to appoint public officials or person who has authority to make recommendations for and request the appointment of public officials intends to employ public officials through a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials, he/she shall request the head of the agency conducting the examination to conduct the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials along with information about grades to which public officials are appointed, reasons why employment through the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials (hereinafter referred to as "competitive employment, etc. of experienced public officials") is required, and other necessary matters. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(2) Where the head of the agency conducting the examination receives a request under paragraph (1), in which case he/she deems it appropriate to appoint public officials through the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials, he/she shall conduct the relevant examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) and Article 3 (1), the Minister of Personnel Management may directly conduct competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials under Article 28 (2) 11 of the Act and other competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials he/she deems necessary. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 27 (Eligibility, etc. to Take Competitive Examinations, etc. for Employment of Experienced Public Officials)
(1) Persons eligible to take competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials under Article 16 (1) 2 of the Decree on the Appointment of Public Officials shall be those who hold a certificate of qualification for the duties to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed among certificates of qualification for each grade to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed prescribed in attached Tables 7 and 8: Provided, That where the competent Minister deems it necessary, he/she may allow persons who hold any of the following certificates of qualification to take the examination: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
1. A certificate of qualification not prescribed as a certificate of qualification for each grade to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed prescribed in attached Tables 7 and 8, which is a national certificate of qualification under the National Technical Qualifications Act or other Acts and subordinate statutes;
2. A certificate of qualification the competent Minister deems equal to a certificate of qualification for each grade to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed prescribed in attached Tables 7 and 8, which is a private certificate of qualification under Article 19 of the Framework Act on Qualifications;
3. A certificate of qualification the competent Minister deems equal to a certificate of qualification for each grade to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed prescribed in attached Tables 7 and 8, which is a certificate of qualification recognized as a national certificate of qualification pursuant to Acts and subordinate statutes among certificates of qualification obtained in a foreign country.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), where the competent Minister deems that it is noticeably difficult to apply the standards under paragraph (1) due to the special characteristics of duties to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed or other extraordinary circumstances, he/she may recognize a certificate of qualification corresponding to lower grades among certificates of qualification for each grade to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed prescribed in attached Tables 7 and 8 as a certificate of qualification corresponding to higher grades, or shorten the basic period of experience required, and allow persons who hold any of the following certificates of qualification related to the duties to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed to take the examination in consultation with the Minister of Personnel Management: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
1. A private certificate of qualification not authorized by the State pursuant to Article 19 of the Framework Act on Qualifications;
2. A certificate of qualification not recognized as a national certificate of qualification among certificates of qualification obtained in a foreign country.
(3) Eligibility to take a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials under Article 16 (1) 3 of the Decree on the Appointment of Public Officials shall be limited to cases where applicants have work experience equivalent to the grade to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed according to the classifications specified in attached Table 9 for at least three years in the field identical or similar to the details of affairs of the series of classes to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed: Provided, That the grade to which public officials in extraordinary civil service who receive remuneration equivalent to that of the grade corresponding to public officials in general service are scheduled to be appointed shall follow the remuneration standards, and the competent Minister shall determine the grade to which experienced public officials in the field of duties not prescribed in attached Table 9 are scheduled to be appointed in consideration of the details of the relevant duties, difficulty, the level of responsibility, etc. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(4) The period of work experience required for eligibility to take competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials shall be calculated based on the scheduled date of the final examination (in case of an examination for the employment of public officials not intended for a large number of people, where the head of the agency requesting the examination is different from the head of the agency conducting the examination, referring to the date the examination is requested). In such cases, where the period of work experience required is calculated, the period during which applicants have worked on a non-regular basis in the field of duties related to the grade to which public officials are scheduled to be appointed may be fully or partially included in the period of work experience, as prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 28 (Restrictions on Eligibility to Take Examinations for Employment of Public Officials not Intended for Large Number of People)
Eligibility to take examinations for the employment of public officials not intended for a large number of people to the same grade based on the same requirements shall be limited to three times; and where an applicant fails to pass the examination because he/she obtains a score less than 40 percent of the perfect score in at least one subject on the primary examination or the secondary examination (in case of public officials at least in Grade 5 and foreign service officers at least in Grade 5, applicable to the primary examination only) of the examination for the employment of public officials not intended for a large number of people, he/she shall not take the examination for the employment of public officials not intended for a large number of people to the same grade based on the same requirements again within six months from the date he/she takes the primary examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 29 (Methods of Competitive Examinations, etc. for Employment of Experienced Public Officials)
(1) Except in any of the following cases, competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials shall be conducted by means of a written examination, oral examination, practical examination, or document screening: Provided, That where persons among those falling under Article 28 (2) 3 of the Act are appointed to positions of public officials through a competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials, persons being appointed to open positions are employed by means of competitive employment of experienced persons, or persons are employed by means of competitive employment, etc. of experienced persons in accordance with a personnel exchange program (excluding a personnel exchange program under the proviso to paragraph (8)) implemented by the Minister of Personnel Management, such persons may be exempted from taking a written examination; and where a public official in general service who retired to become a public official in non-career service or public official in career service of another type is reappointed to a position of a public official in general service in the grade in which he/she holds office at the time of his/her retirement, he/she shall be exempted from the competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013 Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
1. Document screening and an oral examination or practical examination shall be conducted for those falling under Article 28 (2) 1, 2, 4, 10, and 11 of the Act (in case under Article 28 (2) 4 of the Act, only applicable to those who graduated from or completed the course of study at an educational institution designated by the Minister of Personnel Management, which aims at the training of public officials, and in the cases falling under subparagraph 11 of the aforesaid paragraph, limited to cases where those who had received a scholarship while in school and graduated are appointed to positions of public officials pursuant to Article 85 of the Act);
1-2. Where those falling under Article 28 (2) 2, 3, 8, or 10 of the Act are employed as public officials who temporarily work during the term of office on a contractual basis or public officials who have flexible working hours, and work during the term of office on a contractual basis, document screening and an oral examination shall be conducted, as prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management;
2. Where public officials who retired among those falling under Article 28 (2) 3 of the Act are reappointed to the grade in which they held office before their retirement within three years, and where those who have passed a bar examination are appointed to positions of public officials in the occupational group of administration, document screening and an oral examination shall be conducted;
3. Document screening shall be conducted for those who fall under Article 28 (2) 5 of the Act;
4. Where the head of the agency conducting an examination or the competent Minister intends to conduct a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced persons in special fields designated by the Minister of Personnel Management pursuant to Article 28 (2) 6 of the Act, he/she may conduct an oral examination and practical examination or document screening;
5. Where eligibility to take an examination is limited to those who meet requirements under Article 28 (2) 2, 3 and 10 of the Act among persons falling under Article 28 (2) 13 of the Act, the examination shall be conducted by means of document screening and an oral examination or practical examination.
(2) In cases falling under Article 28 (2) 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 11 of the Act pursuant to the proviso to the aforesaid paragraph, the head of the agency conducting an examination may employ public officials through the examination for the employment of public officials not intended for a large number of people. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(3) In cases falling under any subparagraph of paragraph (1), in which case the head of the agency conducting an examination conducts a competitive examination for the employment of experienced pubic officials, notwithstanding the subparagraphs of paragraph (1), he/she may additionally conduct a written examination. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(4) In the case of a competitive examination for the employment of experienced pubic officials, where the number of persons who apply for document screening is three times the number of persons to be selected, notwithstanding Article 5 (5), the head of the agency conducting the examination may determine persons who pass document screening in accordance with standards appropriate for the duties to which such persons are scheduled to be appointed he/she has prescribed. In such cases, the number of persons who pass document screening shall be at least three times the number of persons to be selected. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(5) With regard to the methods of examinations under paragraph (1), Article 22 shall apply mutatis mutandis to examinations for the employment of public officials at least in Grade 5 and foreign service officers at least in Grade 5; and Article 24 shall apply mutatis mutandis to examinations for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower and foreign service officers in Grade 4 or lower: Provided, That examinations for the employment of public officials at least in Grade 5 and foreign service officers at least in Grade 5 conducted through competitive examinations for the employment of experienced public officials may be conducted using multiple-choice questions by combining the primary examination and secondary examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
(6) In a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials among public officials in general service and foreign service officers or competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced foreign service officers, they shall be exempted from the examination of overlapping subjects tested among the subjects tested in the examination under Article 7 (1) and (2): Provided, That the foregoing shall not apply to the subjects in which the method of examination is different, or which are elective. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(7) Where persons assigned to positions are employed through the competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials of changed kinds or kinds of public officials added as plural positions because kinds of public officials appointed to specific positions are changed, or changed to plural positions due to changes to the table of organization and the fixed number of persons, in which case duties which they are in charge of remain unchanged and the head of the agency deems it necessary, he/she may exempt them from the primary examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(8) Where local public officials are employed as State public officials through competitive employment, etc. of experienced public officials, local public officials may be exempted from the examination: Provided, That where local public officials are employed through competitive employment, etc. of experienced public officials in accordance with a personnel exchange program between State public officials and local public officials conducted by the Minister of Personnel Management, they shall be exempted from the examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 30 (Determination of Success in Competitive Examinations, etc. for Employment of Experienced Public Officials)
(1) Success in a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials shall be determined as follows: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
1. In case of the competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials, persons who pass the primary examination shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores in consideration of scores on the examination within five times the number of persons to be selected among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject and scores at least 60 percent of the total scores in all subjects; and persons who pass the secondary examination shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain high scores in consideration of scores on the examination, the number of applicants for the tertiary examination, etc. within 150 percent of the number of persons to be selected among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject and scores at least 60 percent of the total scores in all subjects: Provided, That where the combined primary examination and secondary examination are conducted pursuant to Article 29 (5), persons who pass the combined primary examination and secondary examination shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores in consideration of scores on the examination, the number of applicants for the tertiary examination, etc. within 150 percent of the number of persons to be selected among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject and scores at least 60 percent of the total scores in all subjects;
2. Notwithstanding subparagraph 1, Article 23 (6) shall apply mutatis mutandis to the secondary examination (where the combined primary examination and secondary examination are conducted, referring to the combined examination conducted) of the competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials;
3. In case of an examination for the employment of public officials not intended for a large number of people, persons who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject and scores at least 60 percent of the total scores in all subjects at the primary examination and the secondary examination respectively shall be persons who pass the primary examination and the secondary examination, respectively: Provided, That where the combination of primary examination and secondary examination is conducted pursuant to Article 29 (5), persons who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject and scores at least 60 percent of the total scores in all subjects shall be persons who pass the combination of primary examination and secondary examination;
4. Notwithstanding subparagraphs 1 and 3, in case of a written examination of a competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 and competitive examination for the employment of foreign service officers in Grade 5 under Article 3 (1) 4 and competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 7 under Article 3 (1) 5, persons who pass the written examination thereof shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest scores within ten times the number of persons to be selected among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject: Provided, That where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary to expand opportunities for the appointment of persons who have an extensive career background, he/she may additionally determine persons who pass the examination in comprehensive consideration of requirements, etc. for application for the examination other than the score on the examination, as prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management.
(2) In case of an oral examination of the tertiary examination of the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials, where a majority of examiners assess at least two items of five items of the elements of assessment under Article 5 (3) as "poor," or a majority of examiners assess the same certain element of assessment as "poor," persons who obtain the grade of "poor" shall fail to pass the oral examination: Provided, That in case of the oral examination of the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials, the head of the agency conducting the examination may determine persons who pass the oral examination one by one beginning with persons whose assessment grade is excellent among those who meet the criteria for passing the oral examination, or determine persons who pass the oral examination one by one beginning with persons whose assessment grade is excellent by scoring each element of assessment differently from the method of assessment prescribed in Article 5 (3) after making a public announcement under Article 47 (2). <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013>
(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (2), where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary when he/she determines persons who pass the oral examination of the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials and the final suitability review, he/she may determine persons who pass the examination by applying Article 23 (3) and (5) mutatis mutandis. In such cases, an "open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5" shall be deemed a "competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials." <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
(4) In case of a competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials, where it is necessary to fill vacancies due to circumstances in which persons who ultimately pass the examination choose not to be appointed to positions of public officials, the head of an agency conducting the examination may additionally determine persons who pass the examination within six months from the date of announcement of persons who pass the examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 31 (Special Favor for Persons Holding Certificate of Qualification, etc. in Examination for Employment)
(1) Deleted. <by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
(2) Where a person who holds a certificate of qualification prescribed in attached Table 12 among certificates of qualification under the National Technical Qualifications Act or other Acts and subordinate statutes takes an examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower (in case of a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials; only applicable to cases where a written examination is conducted, but excluding the series of classes prescribed in attached Table 5 and competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials under Article 28 (2) 2 of the Act), a score based on a percentage specified in attached Table 11 shall be added to the score in each subject in the written examination not exceeding the highest score within five percent of the perfect score in the subject of the examination. Where he/she holds at least two certificates of qualification eligible for recognition of an additional score, only one certificate of qualification advantageous to him/her shall be used to add an additional score. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
(3) Deleted. <by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
(4) The addition of a score under paragraph (2) shall only apply to persons who obtain the score at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject, and any subject replaced with an examination under each subparagraph of Article 7 (1) pursuant to aforesaid paragraph shall be excluded from subjects eligible for the additional score. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015; Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017>
(5) The addition of a score under paragraph (2) shall not apply to a written examination conducted pursuant to the latter part of Article 8 (2) whose subjects tested in the examination are the language and logic field, data interpretation field, and situation awareness field. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
(6) Where an applicant obtains a score at least equal to a certain standard score (grade) in the test to measure the knowledge of the History of Korea (referring to the test conducted under the supervision of the National Institute of Korean History) in examinations that may be converted to scores, such as the written examination or document screening of competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials, the head of the agency conducting the examination may add a score within five percent of the perfect score on the examination or the perfect score in a subject tested in the examination. In such cases, where a written examination is conducted for each subject, scores may be added to each subject. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
(7) The head of the agency conducting the examination shall determine the standard score (grade), percentage of addition, etc. under paragraph (6). <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 31-2 (Special Favor to Persons Who Died or Were Injured for Public Good, etc. in Examination for Employment)
(1) Where any of the following persons takes an examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower, the head of the agency conducting the examination shall add scores to the score in each subject (excluding subjects replaced with examinations under the subparagraphs of Article 7 (1) pursuant to the aforesaid paragraph) of the applicant in accordance with the following classifications pursuant to Article 36-2 (1) 2 or 3 of the Act: Provided, That the foregoing shall not apply where there is a subject in which the applicant has obtained a score less than the perfect score or the examination cannot be converted to a score: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017>
1. Persons in whose case five percent of the perfect score in each subject is added:
(a) Persons who fall under Article 36-2 (1) 2 of the Act;
(b) Persons who were injured for public good eligible for the protection of employment pursuant to Article 13 of the Act on Honorable Treatment of and Support for Persons Who Died or Were Injured for Public Good among those who fall under Article 36-2 (1) 3 of the Act;
2. Persons in whose case three percent of the perfect score in each subject is added: A spouse or child of a person falling under subparagraph 1 (b).
(2) Where a person eligible for the addition of a score under paragraph (1) becomes a person eligible for support for employment pursuant to any of the following, only one additional score selected by a test taker shall be awarded:
(3) Persons who pass an examination for employment by receiving an additional score pursuant to paragraph (1) shall not exceed ten percent (where the number of persons to be selected is calculated based on the additional score, the said number shall be rounded down) of the number of persons to be selected in the examination for employment: Provided, That the foregoing shall not apply where the number of applicants is equal to or less than the number of persons to be selected.
(4) Where a score is added pursuant to paragraph (1), the head of the agency conducting the examination shall determine the method of determining persons who pass the examination and other matters necessary to conduct the examination.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 26654, Nov. 18, 2015]
 Article 32 (Calculation, etc. of Scores Obtained on Examination for Employment)
(1) Scores under Articles 23, 23-3, 25 (including cases where scaled scores under paragraph (4) are calculated), and 30 shall be calculated down to two decimal places. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012>
(2) Where there are persons who obtain the same score in excess of the number of persons to be selected in the process of determining success in an open competitive examination for the employment of public officials, competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials, and examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates, such persons who obtain the same score shall be deemed persons who pass the relevant examination. In such cases, the same score obtained by multiple persons shall be calculated down to two decimal places. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012>
(3) Where there are persons in the same grade in excess of the number of persons to be selected in the process of determining success in an oral examination under the proviso to Article 30 (2), the oral examination intended for persons in the same grade shall be conducted again until the number of persons reaches the number of persons to be selected to determine persons who pass the oral examination.
(4) Scores obtained by test takers in optional subjects in an open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grades 8 and 9 shall be scores scaled (hereinafter referred to as "scaled scores") in accordance with the calculation formula specified in attached Table 13 after calculating the standard deviation and the average score of scores in subjects selected by test takers. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012>
(5) "At least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject" in Articles 25 (1) and (2) and 31 (4) means that any of the scaled scores and raw scores of a test taker is at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 33 (Methods of Calculation of Period of Application for Examination by Persons Scheduled to Be Discharged from Military Service)
The period of six months preceding the scheduled date of discharge from service under Article 16 (2) of the Support for Discharged Soldiers Act shall be counted from the scheduled date of the final examination of the examination for employment which persons scheduled to be discharged from service intend to take.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 34 (Documents to be Submitted by Applicants)
(1) A person who intends to apply for an examination for employment and examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates shall submit a copy of an application form (including submission through the information and communications network) prescribed by the head of the agency conducting the examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012>
(2) Where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary, he/she shall verify the following documents through the common use of administrative information (hereinafter referred to as "common use of administrative information") under Article 36 (1) of the Electronic Government Act with regard to persons who pass the secondary examination: Provided, That where any person who passes the secondary examination does not consent to the confirmation thereof or the head of the agency conducting the examination cannot verify the documents through the common use of administrative information, the person who passes the secondary examination shall submit such documents within the period fixed by the head of the agency conducting the examination: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015; Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017>
1. A physical examination report (only applicable to cases where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary while conducting the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials) under the Regulations on Physical Examination for Employment of Public Officials;
2. An abridged transcript of a resident registration card including the details of military service (only applicable to cases where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary);
3. Documents related to scholastic records (only applicable to cases where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary);
4. A copy of a certificate of qualification (only applicable to a certificate of qualification meeting the requirements for application for the examination under Article 18);
5. A certificate of a recipient under the National Basic Living Security Act;
6. A certificate of a disabled person under the Act on Welfare of Persons with Disabilities;
7. A certificate of a single-parent family under the Single-Parent Family Support Act.
(3) Where an applicant files an application for privilege of addition to the scores on the examination, the head of the agency conducting the examination shall verify the following documents through the common use of administrative information: Provided, That where the applicant who files an application for privilege of addition to the scores on the examination does not consent to the confirmation thereof or the head of the agency conducting the examination cannot verify the documents through the common use of administrative information, the applicant shall submit documents within the period fixed by the head of the agency conducting the examination: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 22029, Feb. 12, 2010; Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015; Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017>
1. A certificate of a person eligible for support for employment, issued by the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs;
2. A copy of a certificate of technical qualification (only applicable to the certificate of technical qualification obtained before the written examination is conducted) under the National Technical Qualifications Act;
3. A certificate of a person who died or was injured for public good under the Act on Honorable Treatment of and Support for Persons Who Died or Were Injured for Public Good.
(4) An applicant who intends to replace subjects tested in the examination pursuant to Article 7 (1) shall submit document(s) specifying the kind of and scores (grades) on the examination he/she intends to replace (including submission through the information and communications network) in accordance with the method prescribed by the head of an agency conducting the examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2016>
(5) Where it is inevitable to conduct the examination and affairs concerning employment under this Act, the head of the agency conducting the examination may process the information concerning health under Article 23 of the Personal Information Protection Act or the data including resident registration numbers under subparagraph 1 of Article 19 of the Enforcement Decree of the aforesaid Act or alien registration numbers under subparagraph 4 of the aforesaid Article. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2016>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 35 (Application Fees)
(1) Applicants for the examinations for the employment of public officials and examinations for the selection of foreign service officer candidates shall pay an application fee based on the following classifications by the use of a revenue stamp: Provided, That where any applicant submits an application form through the Internet, he/she shall pay an application fee by means of electronic money, electronic payment, etc. using an information and communication network: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
1. Examination for the employment of public officials at least in Grade 5: 10,000 won;
1-2. Examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates: 10,000 won;
2. Examination for the employment of public officials in Grades 6 and 7: 7,000 won;
3. Examination for the employment of public officials in Grades 8 and 9: 5,000 won.
(2) In any of the following cases, an application fee under paragraph (1) shall be returned: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
1. Where the application fee is erroneously paid or overpaid: the amount of the application fee erroneously paid or overpaid;
2. Where the applicant fails to take the examination for reasons attributable to the agency conducting the examination: the full amount of the application fee paid;
3. Where the applicant withdraws his/her intention of taking the examination during the period of receiving application forms or within three days from the day after the deadline: the full amount of the application fee paid.
(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the head of the agency conducting the examination may exempt recipients under the National Basic Living Security Act or persons eligible for protection under the Single-Parent Family Support Act at the time application forms are received from an application fee, as prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(4) Where the head of the agency conducting the examination intends to exempt an applicant from an application fee pursuant to paragraph (3), he/she shall verify whether the applicant is eligible for exemption through the common use of administrative information: Provided, That where the applicant does not consent to the verification thereof or the head of the agency conducting the examination cannot verify documents through the common use of administrative information, the applicant shall submit the relevant documents within the period fixed by the head of the agency conducting the examination. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 36 (Transfer of Public Officials Belonging to National Assembly, etc.)
Where the head of the agency conducting an examination wishes public officials belonging to the National Assembly, a court, the Constitutional Court, or the National Election Commission to be transferred to the agency, he/she shall follow the method of a competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials under Article 28 (2) 3 of the Act: Provided That where requirements for qualification for appointment to the relevant grade, the minimum number of years required for promotion, and subjects tested in the open competitive examination for employment are same as those of the competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials, applicants shall be exempted from the written examination in such subjects. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
CHAPTER IV EXAMINATIONS FOR CHANGING JOBS AND EXAMINATIONS FOR PROMOTION
 Article 37 (Methods of Examinations for Changing Jobs)
(1) An examination for changing jobs of public officials at least in Grade 5 and foreign service officers at least in Grade 5 shall be conducted by dividing it into the primary examination and secondary examination using multiple-choice questions (fill-in-the-blank items may be included); and where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary, he/she may conduct an oral examination or practical examination. In such cases, where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary, he/she may exempt public officials from the primary examination.
(2) An examination for changing jobs of public officials in Grade 6 or lower and foreign service officers in Grade 4 or lower shall be conducted using multiple-choice questions by combining the primary examination and secondary examination; and where the head of the agency conducting the examination deems it necessary, he/she may conduct a practical examination.
(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the secondary examination for public officials at least in Grade 5 in the series of classes of correction, protection, prosecution, narcotics investigation, immigration control, railroad police, administration, tax matters, customs, social welfare, statistics, audit and inspection, and librarianship, and foreign service officers at least in Grade 5 in the series of classes of foreign affairs and trade and consular affairs specified in attached Tables 1 and 2 shall be conducted using essay items, and short-answer questions may be included therein. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24380, Feb. 20, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25000, Dec. 16, 2013>
(4) Deleted. <by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
(5) An examination for changing jobs where a person who passes the bar examination is appointed to a position of a public official in the occupation group of administration shall be conducted by means of an oral examination and document screening.
(6) Where subjects tested in the examination overlap each other among the subjects tested in the examination under Article 7 (1) and (2) in the examination for changing jobs among public officials in general service and among foreign service officers, public officials, and foreign service officers shall be exempted from such subjects in the examination: Provided, That the foregoing shall not apply to subjects whose method of examination is different or which are elective. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 38 (Determination of Success in Examination for Changing Jobs)
(1) Persons who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject and at least 60 percent of the total score in all subjects in the primary examination and the secondary examination respectively shall be determined to be persons who pass the primary examination and the secondary examination: Provided, That where the combination of primary examination and secondary examination is conducted pursuant to Article 37 (2), persons who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject and at least 60 percent of the total score in all subjects shall be determined to be persons who pass the combination of primary examination and secondary examination.
(2) The main sentence of Article 30 (2) or paragraph (3) of the aforesaid Article shall apply mutatis mutandis to cases where an oral examination is conducted pursuant to Article 37 (1) and (5). In such cases, a "competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials" shall be deemed an "examination for changing jobs." <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 39 (Methods of Open Competitive Examinations for Promotion to Grade 5)
(1) An open competitive examination for promotion to Grade 5 shall be conducted by dividing it into the primary examination, the secondary examination, and the tertiary examination.
(2) Article 22 (2) through (5) shall apply mutatis mutandis to the examination under paragraph (1).
(3) A person who passes the primary examination of the open competitive examination for promotion to Grade 5 shall be exempted from the primary examination of the next open competitive examination for promotion to Grade 5 only: Provided, That the foregoing shall be limited to cases where he/she is eligible to take the relevant examination from the primary examination of which he/she intends to be exempted.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 40 (Determination of Success in Open Competitive Examinations for Promotion to Grade 5)
(1) Persons who pass the primary examination of the open competitive examination for promotion to Grade 5 shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain high scores in consideration of scores on the examination within five times the number of persons to be selected among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject and at least 60 percent of the total score in all subjects; and persons who pass the secondary examination thereof shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the high total scores in all subjects in consideration of the number of persons to be selected, scores on the examination, conditions of filling vacancies, etc. among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject.
(2) The main sentence of Article 30 (2) or paragraph (3) of the aforesaid Article shall apply mutatis mutandis to the determination of persons who pass the tertiary examination and final suitability review of the open competitive examination for promotion to Grade 5. In such cases, a "competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials" shall be deemed an "open competitive examination for promotion to Grade 5." <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 41 (Public Officials Eligible for Open Competitive Examination for Promotion to Grade 5)
Where the Minister of Personnel Management deems it necessary to promote a balance of opportunities for promotion among agencies or to select capable public officials, he/she shall conduct an open competitive examination for promotion to Grade 5 intended for public officials in Grade 6 in whose case their appointment and promotion are restricted or their eligibility to take the examination is not being suspended, whose minimum number of years required for promotion under Article 31 of the Decree on the Appointment of Public Officials has elapsed. In such cases, whether or not they are eligible to take the examination shall be determined as at the scheduled date of the final examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 42 (Request for Examination for General Promotion to Grade 5)
(1) Where a person who has authority to make recommendations for and request the appointment of public officials requests the head of the agency conducting an examination to conduct the examination for general promotion to Grade 5, he/she shall request the head of the agency conducting the examination to conduct the relevant examination for the number of persons equivalent to at least twice but no more than five times the total number of vacancies summing up the number of vacancies and expected vacancies one by one beginning with persons whose grade is the highest, excluding those whose appointment and promotion are restricted or eligibility take the examination is not being suspended in the list of candidates for promotion to Grade 5 as at the date the agency is requested to conduct the examination within the period fixed by the Minister of Personnel Management. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(2) The competent Minister shall determine the total number of vacancies under paragraph (1) in accordance with the human resource management plan for each agency formulated pursuant to Article 8 of the Decree for the Appointment of Public Officials, and maintain the appropriate balance between the number of persons to be employed through the open competitive examination and the number of persons to be employed through the competitive examination of experienced public officials for public officials in general service at least in Grade 5 of the relevant agency. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(3) A person who has authority to make recommendations for and request the appointment of public officials may make requests for an examination for general promotion to Grade 5 under Article 40-4 (1) of the Act and Article 35-2 (1) 1 through 3 of the Decree on the Appointment of Public Officials up to four times for each public official eligible for promotion to Grade 5. In such cases, notwithstanding the rule regarding taking the examination at least twice but no more than five times under paragraph (1), he/she may request the head of the relevant agency conducting the examination to conduct the examination; and where he/she requests the head of the relevant agency conducting the examination to conduct the examination for general promotion for reasons under Article 35-2 (1) 1 and 2 of the Decree on the Appointment of Public Officials, he/she may request the head of the relevant agency conducting the examination to conduct the examination for only persons eligible to take the examination for general promotion.
(4) Where the head of the relevant agency conducting the examination conducts the examination for general promotion to fill the total number of vacancies, he/she shall conduct the relevant examination once a year for each agency or each series of classes: Provided, That where the number of persons who pass the examination is less than the total number of vacancies or other special reasons are recognized, he/she may conduct an additional examination.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 43 (Methods of Examinations for General Promotion to Grade 5)
(1) An examination for general promotion to Grade 5 shall be conducted by dividing it into the primary examination and the secondary examination, using multiple-choice questions (fill-in-the-blank items may be included) or essay items (subjective short-answer items may be included; hereafter the same shall apply in paragraph (2)): Provided, That where the Minister of Personnel Management deems it necessary, the primary examination and secondary examination may be conducted in a combined form, and an oral examination or practical examination may be conducted. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(2) The competent Minister may request the Minister of Personnel Management to conduct the secondary examination of the examination for general promotion to Grade 5 using essay items. In such cases, he/she shall request the relevant secondary examination using essay items one year before the date the relevant examination is requested to be conducted. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(3) Persons who pass the primary examination shall be exempted from the primary examination of the next examination for general promotion to Grade 5 which they take after meeting the requirements for taking the relevant examination.
(4) An examination for general promotion where persons who pass the bar examination are appointed to positions of public officials in the occupational group of administration shall be conducted by means of an oral examination and document screening.
(5) Persons who hold a doctoral degree and a certificate of qualification (or a license), who are exempted from a written examination of the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials for public officials in Grade 5 and the competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced foreign service officers for foreign service officers in Grade 5 pursuant to Article 28 (2) 2 and 10 of the Act and Article 29 (1) of this Decree, take an examination for general promotion to Grade 5 in the series of classes corresponding to such doctoral degree and certificate of qualification (or such license), the examination for general promotion to Grade 5 may be conducted by means of an oral examination and document screening. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 44 (Determination of Success in Examinations for General Promotion to Grade 5)
(1) Persons who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject and at least 60 percent of the total scores in all subjects in the primary examination of the examination for general promotion to Grade 5 shall be determined to be persons who pass the primary examination portion thereof, and, among those who obtain scores at least 40 percent of the perfect score in each subject in the secondary examination thereof (including cases where the combined primary examination and secondary examination are conducted pursuant to the proviso to Article 43 (1)), persons who pass the secondary examination shall be determined one by one beginning with persons who obtain the highest total scores in the ratio of 70 percent of scores on the examination and 30 percent of the evaluation scores in the list of candidates for promotion until they reach the number of persons requested to pass the secondary examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012>
(2) The main sentence of Article 30 (2) or paragraph (3) of the aforesaid Article shall apply mutatis mutandis to the determination of persons who pass the oral examination and final suitability review under Article 43 (1), (4), and (5). In such cases, a "competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials" shall be deemed an "examination for general promotion to Grade 5." <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 45 (Suspension of Eligibility to Take Examination for General Promotion)
For any of the following persons in the examination for general promotion to Grade 5, his/her eligibility to take an additional examination to be conducted in the relevant year shall be suspended:
1. Where he/she fails to pass the examination because he/she obtains a score in at least one subject in the primary examination less than 40 percent of the perfect score;
2. Where he/she fails to take the examination without justifiable reasons, such as a sickness or the performance of duties under other Acts and subordinate statutes.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 46 (Calculation, etc. of Scores on Examination for Changing Jobs and Examination for Promotion)
(1) Scores under Articles 38, 40, and 44 shall be calculated down to two decimal places.
(2) Where there are persons who obtain the same scores in excess of the number of persons to be selected when determining success in the open competitive examination for promotion and the examination for general promotion, all such persons who obtain the same scores shall be determined to be persons who pass the examination. In such cases, the same score obtained by several persons shall be calculated down to two decimal places (in case of the examination for general promotion, the same score shall be calculated down to three decimal places).
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
CHAPTER V SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS
 Article 47 (Public Announcement of Examination)
(1) Where the head of the agency conducting examinations intends to conduct an open competitive examination for employment, open competitive examination for promotion, or examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates, he/she shall publicly announce such examination in daily newspapers, broadcasting, or the Internet, or by other effective means no later than 20 days before the date of examination, so that all applicants may know the following: Provided, That matters required to be publicly announced in advance, such as the schedule of the open competitive examination for employment and the examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates, shall be publicly announced no later than 90 days before the date of examination; and, where he/she alters the details of the public announcement due to reasons beyond his/her control, he/she shall publicly announce the details of the alteration thereof no later than seven days before the date of examination: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 22029, Feb. 12, 2010; Presidential Decree No. 2, May 1, 2012; Presidential Decree No. 2, Nov. 27, 2012>
1. Matters provided for in Article 37 of the Act;
2. Subjects tested in the examination and a percentage allocation of the scores;
3. Time and Method of announcement of persons who pass the examination;
4. Place where application forms are delivered; the place where application forms are received; and the deadline for the receipt thereof;
5. Matters concerning various special favors and benefits to persons who pass the examination;
6. Other matters necessary to conduct the examination.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), where the head of the agency conducting examinations intends to conduct a competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials, he/she shall publicly announce matters under the subparagraphs of paragraph (1) on the website, etc. of the agency conducting examinations no later than ten days before the date of examination, so that all persons eligible to take the examination may know the aforesaid matters: Provided, That where he/she alters the details of the public announcement for reasons beyond his/her control, he/she shall publicly announce the details of the alteration thereof no later than seven days before the date of examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 22029, Feb. 12, 2010; Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(3) Where the number of persons who take the examination is equal to or less than the number of persons to be selected (including cases where there is no person who takes the examination) after public announcement under paragraph (2), the head of the agency conducting the examination may determine the date of examination again and publicly announce the competitive examination for the employment of experienced public officials under the main sentence of paragraph (2) again. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 22029, Feb. 12, 2010; Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
(4) To select public officials who work during the term of office on a contractual basis, the head of the agency conducting the examination may choose not to publicly announce the examination in any of the following cases, notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2): <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
1. Where he/she incurs too much expenses in conducting the examination for employment when he/she employs specialized public officials who work the term of office on a contractual basis or there are other extraordinary reasons corresponding thereto;
2. Where he/she employs foreigners and North Korean refugees under subparagraph 1 of Article 2 of the North Korean Refugees Protection and Settlement Support Act as public officials who work during the term of office on a contractual basis, in which case there are reasons beyond his/her control;
3. Where he/she employs public officials who work during the term of office on a contractual basis within six months for filling vacancies of persons who take a leave of absence or to implement a project for a short period;
4. Where he/she employs public officials who temporarily work during the term of office on a contractual basis.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 48 (Postponement or Alteration of Examinations)
Where the head of the agency conducting an examination deems it difficult to conduct the examination on the date publicly announced due to a natural disaster or other reasons beyond his/her control, he/she may postpone all or part of the examination or conduct the examination after altering the date publicly announced. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 49 (Inspection of Examinations)
(1) The Minister of Personnel Management shall inspect the implementation of examinations of each agency and may request the competent Minister to take corrective measures where he/she deems that matters concerning the implementation of examinations violate Acts and subordinate statutes or the administration of examinations is especially inappropriate. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(2) Unless the head of the agency requested to take corrective measures pursuant to paragraph (1) has a proper reason for not taking corrective measures, he/she shall immediately take necessary measures and notify the Minister of Personnel Management of the result thereof. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 49-2 (Inspection of Competitive Examinations, etc. for Employment of Experienced Public Officials)
(1) Where the competent Minister conducts a competitive examination, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials under Article 28 (2) of the Act, he/she shall organize its own committee and inspect whether the employment process has been conducted appropriately prior to the announcement of persons who ultimately pass the examination, and notify the Minister of Personnel Management of the result of the examination and the result of its own inspection immediately after the announcement of persons who ultimately pass the examination. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011; Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
(2) The Minister of Personnel Management shall determine the specific matters concerning the organization and operation of the committee, inspection of the employment process, notification of the result of the examination, etc. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 50 (Payment of Stipends to Examiners, etc.)
Stipends shall be paid to examiners, examination proctors and examination developers within the budgetary limits.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 51 (Measures against Cheaters, etc.)
(1) A person who engages in any of the following acts in an examination for appointment shall be punished by a suspension or annulment of the examination, or his/her success in the examination shall be cancelled, and his/her eligibility to take examinations under this Decree or other examinations for the appointment of State public officials shall be suspended for five years from the date such measures are imposed: <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 22029, Feb. 12, 2010; Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
1. Copying another test taker's answer or showing his/her answer to another test taker;
2. Requesting another person to take the examination on his/her behalf or taking the examination on behalf of another person;
3. Communicating with others concerning the details of the relevant examination using a communications device, other signals, etc.;
4. Having or using unauthorized materials;
5. Having an undue influence on the result of the examination by making a false statement in certificates concerning the examination, such as matters concerning military service, an additional score, scores in the English proficiency test and the test to measure knowledge of Korean history, or by forging or altering such documents;
6. Taking a prohibited drug or using a prohibited method prescribed and announced by the Minister of Personnel Management for the purpose of having an influence on a practical examination measuring physical strength under Article 5 (4) by means of practice;
7. Having an influence on the result of the examination taken by him/her or another person by other unlawful means.
(2) A person who engages in any of the following acts in an examination for appointment shall be punished by a suspension or annulment of the examination:
1. Reading examination questions before the commencement of the examination;
2. Answering questions before the commencement of the examination or after the completion of the examination;
3. Having a communications device or electronic calculator not allowed;
4. Other acts prescribed and announced by the head of the agency conducting an examination as criteria for suspension or annulment of the examination, which have an influence on fair administration of the examination.
(3) No person whose eligibility to take an examination has been suspended because he/she committed cheating in the examination for the appointment of State public officials or local public officials shall take any examination under this Decree during the period of suspension of his/her eligibility.
(4) Where the head of the agency conducting the examination imposes measures under paragraph (1), he/she shall immediately notify the persons on whom measures are imposed of the measures imposed along with the reasons therefor, and publish the list of such persons in the Official Gazette.
(5) Where a person who committed cheating is a public official, the head of the agency conducting the examination shall request the competent disciplinary committee to vote for disciplinary action or the head of the agency to which the public official belongs to take disciplinary action.
(6) The head of the agency conducting the examination shall confirm whether a test taker falls under paragraph (1) 6, as prescribed by the Minister of Personnel Management. <Newly Inserted by Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014; Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 52 (Issuance of Certificate, etc. of Success in Examination)
(1) Where a person who passes the examination for appointment applies for an issuance of the certificate of success in the examination, etc., the head of the agency conducting the examination shall issue a certificate of success in the examination, etc.
(2) A person who intends to be issued a certificate of success in the examination, etc. shall pay a fee of 200 won per copy by using a revenue stamp: Provided, That where he/she applies for an issuance of the certificate of success in the examination, etc. through the Internet, he/she shall pay a fee by means of electronic money, electronic payment, etc. using the information and communications network; and where he/she is issued a certificate of success in the examination, etc. in electronic form, the fee shall be waived. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009]
 Article 53 (Review of Restrictions)
(1) The Minister of Personnel Management shall review the validity of the following matters every three years (referring to the period ending on the day preceding the base date in every third year) as at the following base date and take measures, such as making improvements:
1. Period of withdrawal of a person's intention of taking an examination under Article 35 (2) 3: January 1, 2015;
2. Verification of whether a person took a prohibit drug or used a prohibited method under Article 51 (6): January 1, 2015.
(2) The Minister of Personnel Management shall review the validity of the following matters every two years (referring to the period ending on the day preceding the base date in every second year) as at the following base date and take measures, such as making improvements:
1. Administration of physical examination under Article 14 (1): January 1, 2015;
2. Age eligible to take examinations under Article 16 (1): January 1, 2015.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Presidential Decree No. 25840, Dec. 9, 2014]
ADDENDA
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on June 12, 2004: Provided, That matters concerning an examination for the selection of high-level administrative officials in the amended provisions of Articles 7, 22 and 23, and attached Table 1 and 3 shall enter into force on January 1, 2005.
Article 2 (Applicability to Subjects Tested in Primary Examination of Examination for Selection of High-level Administrative Officials, etc.)
Notwithstanding the provisions of attached Tables 1 and 2, the provisions of attached Table 2-2 shall apply to the subjects tested in the primary examination of an examination for the selection of high-level administrative officials and examination for the selection of high-level foreign service officers conducted in 2005 and 2006.
Article 3 (Applicability to Determination, etc. of Success in Oral Examination)
The amended provisions of Articles 5 (3), 23 (3), 25 (3), 29 (3), 30 (2), 38 (2), 40 (2) and 44 (2) shall apply beginning with the first examination publicly announced and conducted after this Decree enters into force.
Article 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Transfer of Personnel Management Function)
A person who passes an examination conducted by the Minister of Government Administration and Home Affairs pursuant to the former provisions at the time this Decree enters into force shall be deemed a person who passes an examination conducted by the Central Personnel Committee, and, where consultation with the Minister of Government Administration and Home Affairs was held or approval of the Minister of Government Administration and Home Affairs was obtained in other examinations, and examinations were conducted in accordance with standards or procedures prescribed by Ordinance, instructions, established regulations, etc. of the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs prescribed by the Minister of Government Administration and Home Affairs, consultation with the Central Personnel Committee shall be deemed held or approval of the Central Personnel Committee shall be deemed obtained, or examinations shall be deemed conducted pursuant to Presidential Decree or instructions, established regulations, etc. prescribed by the Central Personnel Committee.
Article 5 (Transitional Measures Following Repeal, etc. of Regulations on Exemption from Primary Examination of Examination for Selection of High-level Administrative Officials, etc.)
(1) Persons who meet requirements for exemption from the primary examination of the next examination pursuant to the former provisions of Article 12-2 (5) and (6) (referring to the provisions prior to amendment pursuant to the Decree on Examinations for the Appointment of Public Officials amended by Presidential Decree No. 17496) among those who passed a primary examination of an examination for the selection of high-level foreign service officers conducted before December 31, 2003 and an examination for the selection of high-level administrative officials conducted before December 31, 2004 shall be exempted from the primary examination of the next examination.
(2) Persons who meet the requirements for exemption from the primary examination of an examination for the selection of high-level technical officials conducted before December 31, 2003 shall be exempted from the primary examination of the first examination (referring to the examination in the series of classes which the persons initially passed, which is conducted for the first time) for the selection of high-level administrative officials in the relevant series of classes after 2004.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 18617, Dec. 30, 2004>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Decree shall enter into force on January 1, 2005.
(2) (Transitional Measures concerning Examinations Being Conducted) The former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 18716, Feb. 25, 2005>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) and (3) Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 18842, May 26, 2005>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 18932, Jun. 30, 2005>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 2005.
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 19252, Dec. 30, 2005>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 20-2 and attached Table 3 shall enter into force on January 1, 2007, respectively.
(2) Deleted. <by Presidential Decree No. 24380, Feb. 20, 2013>
(3) (Transitional Measures concerning Examinations Being Conducted) The former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 19459, Apr. 27, 2006>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on May 1, 2006. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 19513, Jun. 12, 2006>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on July 1, 2006.
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 19808, Dec. 29, 2006>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Decree shall enter into force on January 1, 2007: Provided, That the amended provision of Article 23 (2) shall enter into force on January 1, 2008.
(2) (Applicability to Exemption from Primary Examination Following Reorganization of Series of Classes and Sub-series) Where the series of classes or sub-series in which persons took a primary examination at first are altered pursuant to this Decree when they are exempted from the primary examination of the next examination pursuant to the former provisions (referring to the provisions before they are amended pursuant to the Decree on Examinations for the Appointment of Public Officials amended by Presidential Decree No. 17496) of Article 12-2 (5) and (6), among those who passed the primary examination of the examination for the selection of high-level technical officials conducted before December 31, 2003 or the examination for the selection of high-level administrative officials conducted before December 31, 2004, they are deemed to have passed the primary examination in the series of classes or sub-series altered.
(3) (Exceptions to Subjects Tested in Examination in Series of Classes of Protection) In case of an examination in the series of classes of protection to be conducted in 2007, the examination may be conducted in subjects tested in the series of classes of protection and the series of classes of probation under the former provisions.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 20060, May 16, 2007>
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 20492, Dec. 28, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 5, the proviso to Article 22 (4), and Article 37 (2) shall enter into force on January 1, 2009.
Article 2 (Applicability)
The amended provisions of Articles 4 (4), 5 (4), 20-3, the proviso to Article 22 (4) and Article 37 (2) shall apply beginning with the first examination publicly announced after the respective enforcement date of the relevant Articles.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 20650, Feb. 22, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicability to Examinations Being Conducted)
(1) The former provisions shall apply to any examination(s) being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force: Provided, That the head of the agency conducting the examination may also apply the amended provisions of attached Table 4 to the examination being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force in consideration of the steps being taken in the examination, the number of persons to be employed, the number of persons who take the examination and other circumstances.
(2) Where the head of the agency conducting the examination intends to apply the amended provisions of attached Table 4 to the examination being conducted pursuant to the proviso to paragraph (1), he/she shall make a public announcement of the examination again pursuant to Article 47.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 20741, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 20888, Jun. 27, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 21086, Oct. 20, 2008>
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Articles 16 (1), 17 and 19 (1) and attached Table 4 shall enter into force on January 1, 2009.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 21310, Feb. 6, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicability)
(1) The former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the head of the agency conducting the examination may also apply the amended provisions to the examination being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force in consideration of the steps being taken in the examination, the number of persons to be selected, and other circumstances after making a public announcement of the alteration thereof. In such cases, the head of the agency conducting the examination shall take measures lest reliance interest of persons who take the relevant examination should be infringed unreasonably.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 21721, Sep. 10, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the part concerning the subjects tested in the sub-series of design among the series of classes of facilities and the part concerning the name of the series of classes of communication in the amended provisions of attached Table 1 shall enter into force on February 17, 2010, and the part concerning the subjects tested in a secondary examination for the employment of public officials in Grades 8 and 9 in the series of classes of administrative affairs of public prosecution and of narcotics investigation in the amended provisions of attached Table 1, and the amended provisions of attached Tables 2 and 10 shall enter into force on January 1, 2011.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures)
The former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 22029, Feb. 12, 2010>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Articles 7 (1), 23 (1) and 51 (1) 5, and attached Tables 1 (limited to the part concerning compulsory subjects tested in the primary examination of an examination for the employment of public officials at least in Grade 5) 2 and 4 shall enter into force on January 1, 2012.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures)
The former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 22835, Apr. 4, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provision of Article 35 (3) shall enter into force on January 1, 2012.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures)
The former provisions shall apply to the examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
Article 3 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 23014, Jul. 4, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That ... (omitted) ... the amended provisions of Article 4 (hereinafter referred to as "amended provisions related to public officials in technical service in Grade 10") of Addenda shall enter into force on May 24, 2012.
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 23277, Nov. 1, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on January 1, 2012: Provided, That the part concerning the subjects tested in the examination for the sub-series of accounting of the series of classes of administrative affairs in the amended provisions of Articles 5 and 34 (4), and attached Table 1, the part concerning master craftsmen of the Republic of Korea in the amended provisions of attached Table 7, the part concerning the certificate of qualification for the sub-series of accounting of the series of classes of administrative affairs in the amended provision of subparagraph 2 (a) of attached Table 8, and the amended provisions of attached Table 12 shall enter into force on the date of their promulgation; the part concerning subjects tested in the secondary examination for the employment of, changing jobs of, and promotion to public officials in Grades 8 and 9 in the sub-series of audit and inspection of the series of classes of audit and inspection shall enter into force on January 1, 2013; and the part concerning subjects tested in the examination for the sub-series of computational development of the series of classes of computation in the amended provisions of attached Table 1 shall enter into force on January 1, 2014. <Amended by Presidential Decree No 23899, Jun. 29, 2012>
Article 2 (Transitional Measures)
The former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
Article 3 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 23644, Feb. 29, 2012>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That ... (omitted) ... the amended provisions of Articles 2 and 3 of Addenda shall enter into force on July 22, 2012.
Articles 2 and 3 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 23759, May 1, 2012>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Article 2 (Applicability to Public Announcement of Examination)
Matters that amend the deadline for making a public announcement of the examination, etc. in this Decree shall apply beginning with examinations conducted after January 1, 2013.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 23899, Jun. 29, 2012>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 32, attached Tables 1 (excluding the part concerning the series of classes of correction and the part amending the amended provisions of attached Table 1 of the Decree on Examinations for the Appointment of Public Officials amended by Presidential Decree No. 23277) and 13 shall enter into force on January 1, 2013.
Article 2 (Applicability to Return of Application Fees)
The amended provision of Article 35 (2) shall apply beginning with application fees paid to take examinations for the employment of public officials conducted after this Decree enters into force.
Article 3 (Transitional Measures Following Adjustment of Subjects Tested for Series of Classes of Correction)
Notwithstanding the amended provisions of attached Table 1, subjects tested in examinations for the sub-series of correction in the series of classes of correction conducted by December 31, 2012 shall be subjects tested in examinations for the sub-series of correction in the series of classes of correction under the former attached Table 1.
Article 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Examinations Being Conducted)
The former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 24200, Nov. 27, 2012>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicability to Determination of Success in Secondary Examination of Open Competitive Examinations, etc. for Employment of Public Officials in Grade 6 or Lower)
The amended provisions of Article 25 (6) and (7) shall apply beginning with open competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of public officials in Grade 6 or lower conducted after this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 24380, Feb. 20, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 24425, Mar. 23, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That among Presidential Decrees amended pursuant to Article 6 of Addenda, amended parts of Presidential Decrees which were promulgated before this Decree enters into force, the enforcement dates of which have not come, shall enter into force on the enforcement date of the relevant Presidential Decrees, respectively.
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 24504, Apr. 22, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on January 1, 2014: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 29 (1) 5, and attached Tables 1, 8 and 12 shall enter into force on April 23, 2013.
Article 2 (Applicability)
The amended provisions of Articles 5 (3), 23 (3) through (7), 23-3 (3) through (7), 25 (3) through (9), 30 (1) through (4), 38 (2), 40 (2) and 44 (2) shall apply beginning with the examination publicly announced after January 1, 2014. <Amended by Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 24896, Dec. 4, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on December 12, 2013.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures concerning Former Public Officials in Technical Service Who Retired to Become Public Officials in Non-Career Service)
Notwithstanding the amended provision of Article 29 (1), where a person who retired to become a public official in non-career service while in office as a public official in technical service before this Decree enters into force is employed as a public official in general service equivalent to the grade of the former public official in technical service pursuant to Article 28 (2) 1 of the Act, he/she shall be exempted from the examination.
Article 3 (Transitional Measures concerning Methods of, Procedures for Administration, etc. of Examinations Being Conducted)
The former provisions shall apply to methods of, procedures for administration, etc. of examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 25000, Dec. 16, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 8 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 25648, Oct. 8, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Articles 20-2 (1) (limited to matters concerning the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 7), 20-4 (1), 22 (6), the latter part of Article 23 (1), Article 23-2 (2) through (5), Article 23-3 (1), and the proviso to Article 23-3 (2) shall enter into force on January 1, 2015, and the amended provisions of attached Tables 1 and 3-2 shall enter into force on January 1, 2016.
Article 2 (Applicability of Exemption from Primary Examination)
(1) The amended provisions of Article 22 (6) and the latter part of Article 23 (1) shall apply beginning with persons who fail to pass the tertiary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 publicly announced after this Decree enters into force.
(2) The amended provisions of Articles 23-2 (2) and (3) and 23-3 (1) shall apply beginning with persons who fail to pass the tertiary examination of the examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates publicly announced after this Decree enters into force and persons who have not been appointed yet among those who have completed the regular course of study under Article 6 (1) of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy Act, who have been selected through examinations for the selection of foreign service officer candidates publicly announced after this Decree enters into force.
Article 3 (Transitional Measures concerning Examinations Being Conducted)
The former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 25751, Nov. 19, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That among Presidential Decrees amended pursuant to Article 5 of Addenda, amended parts of Presidential Decrees which were promulgated before this Decree enters into force, the enforcement dates of which have not come, shall enter into force on the enforcement date of the relevant Presidential Decrees, respectively.
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 25840, Dec. 9, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on January 1, 2015.
Articles 2 through 16 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 26233, May 6, 2015>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of the following subparagraphs shall enter into force on the dates based on the classification under the relevant subparagraphs:
1. The amended provisions of the former part of subparagraph 1 of the remarks of attached Table 3, the former part of subparagraph 1 of the remarks of attached Table 3-2, and the remarks of attached Table 4: Date on which six months have elapsed after the promulgation of the amended provisions of this Decree;
2. The amended provisions concerning alteration of subjects tested in competitive examinations, etc. for the employment of experienced public officials in prosecution service at least in Grade 5, examinations for changing jobs and examinations for general promotion among the amended provisions of attached Table 1: January 1, 2016;
3. The amended provisions of Articles 7 (1), 23 (1), 23-3 (1), 25 (1), (2), (6), (7) and (9), 31 (1), (3) and (4), and attached Tables 1 (limited to matters concerning the Constitution in the primary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5), 2, 3 (excluding remarks), 5 (excluding matters concerning the sub-series of information protection of the series of classes of computerization) and 10: January 12, 2017.
Article 2 (Applicability to Adjustment of Period of Recognition of Qualification Examination Replacing English and Foreign Languages as Optional Subjects)
The amended provisions of the former part of subparagraph 1 of the remarks of attached Table 3 and the former part of subparagraph 1 of the remarks of attached Table 3-2 shall apply beginning with persons whose test score has been confirmed true and correct in accordance with the method of explanation announced by the head of the agency conducting the examination pursuant to the amended provisions of the latter part of subparagraph 1 of the remarks of attached Table 3 and the latter part of subparagraph 1 of the remarks of attached Table 3-2, which is a test the period of validity of the score on which prescribed by the relevant company that conducts the English proficiency test, such as the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); and the foreign language proficiency test expires after the date on which one month has elapsed after the promulgation of this Decree.
Article 3 (Exceptions to Exemption from Primary Examination of Open Competitive Examinations for Employment of Public Officials in Grade 5 and Examinations for Selection of Foreign Service Officer Candidates Following Alteration of Subjects Tested)
(1) Notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 23 (1) and attached Table 1 (limited to matters concerning the inclusion of the Constitution), persons who meet the requirements for exemption from the primary examination of the next examination pursuant to Article 22 (6) among those who have failed to pass the tertiary examination of the open competitive examination for the employment of public officials in Grade 5 conducted before the enforcement date under subparagraph 3 of Article 1 of Addenda shall be exempted from the primary examination of the next examination.
(2) Notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 23-3 (1) and attached Table 2, persons who meet the requirements for exemption from the primary examination of the next examination pursuant to Article 22 (6) among those who have failed to pass the tertiary examination of the examination for the selection of foreign service officer candidates conducted before the enforcement date under subparagraph 3 of Article 1 of Addenda shall be exempted from the primary examination of the next examination.
(3) Notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 23-2 (3) and attached Table 2, persons who meet the requirements for exemption from the primary examination of the next examination pursuant to Article 23-2 (3), who have not been appointed yet, among those who have completed the regular course of study under Article 6 (1) of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy Act, who have been selected through examinations for the selection of foreign service officer candidates conducted before the enforcement date under subparagraph 3 of Article 1 of Addenda, shall be exempted from the primary examination of the next examination.
Article 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Repeal of Additional Score of Certificate of Qualification in Fields of Communication, Information Processing and Office Management)
"Paragraph (2)" in the amended provision of Article 31 (5) shall be deemed "paragraphs (2) and (3)" until December 31, 2016.
Article 5 (Transitional Measures concerning Exemption from Primary Examination Following Alteration of Subjects Tested in Examinations for General Promotion of Public Officials to Grade 5 )
Notwithstanding the amended provisions of attached Table 1 (limited to matters concerning the alteration of subjects tested in examinations for general promotion of public officials in prosecution service to Grade 5), among those who have passed the primary examination of the examination for general promotion of public officials in prosecution service to Grade 5 conducted in 2015, persons who fall under Article 43 (3) shall be exempted from the primary examination of the next examination.
Article 6 (Transitional Measures concerning Examinations Being Conducted)
The former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 26566, Sep. 25, 2015>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Presidential Decree No. 26654, Nov. 18, 2015>
This Decree shall enter into force on November 19, 2015.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 26820, Dec. 30, 2015>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions (limited to the part concerning the Constitution in the primary examination of open competitive examinations for the employment of public officials at least in Grade 5) of attached Table 1 shall enter into force on January 1, 2017.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures concerning Examinations Being Conducted)
The former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted at the time this Decree enters into force.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 27787, Jan. 10, 2017>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force one month after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 and 3 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Presidential Decree No. 27823, Jan. 31, 2017>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicability to Period of Determination of Persons Who additionally Pass Examination)
The amended provisions of Articles 23 (7), 23-3 (7), 25 (9) and 30 (4) shall also apply to examinations for the determination of persons who ultimately pass examinations after this Decree enters into force, which were publicly announced before this Decree enters into force.
Article 3 (Applicability to Special Favor in Examinations for Employment to Persons Who Died or Were Injured for Public Good)
The amended provision of Article 31-2 (1) shall apply beginning with the examination publicly announced after this Decree enters into force.
Article 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Examinations Being Conducted)
Notwithstanding the amended provisions of Articles 34 (2) 5 through 7 and (3) 3, and 35 (4), the former provisions shall apply to examinations being conducted, final successful applicants at which have not been announced, at the time this Decree enters into force.