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Competition Stages and Timing

EPSO Competitions take part in several stages.  There are two main stages: the pre-selection and the Assessment Centre. Depending on the number of applicants in a Specialist Competition, the whole process could even finish in a day or two.  If there are more than 600 applicants, the pre-selection test takes place after the application closes with the Assessment Centre usually taking place 2-3 months after the preselection tests. This is the timeline being followed for EU Competition.  Usually, it may take almost nine months from the announcement of an exam to the results of the reserve list. The times may vary according to the exam type, but this is a general overview of the EU exam timeline.

  1. The competitions published in the Official Journal of the European Union on day X.
  2. Eligible applicants are given one month to apply after the announcement was posted. Applications can be done online via the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) website.
  3. If there are pre-selection tests organised, they would begin about one and a half months after day X and may last around 4-6 weeks for all applicants. These timelines are indicative as they may vary for each exam.
  4. In the cases where the applicants are not numerous, the Assessment Centre kicks-off about six months after day X. This may last about two months or even less depending on the number of candidates invited to the Assessment Centre.

It is usually after 9 months that the reserve list with the successful candidates is published. Candidates are, however, announced with a month in advance of the official publication of their results.

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