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EU Competitions – 2011 Statistics

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Following our EPSO 2012 statistics, we are happy to provide you fresh information concerning EU Competitions held in 2011. As you’ll see from the graphs, 2011 was a good year. There were plenty of EU competitions and numerous available positions for the reserve lists, complete Administrator, Assistants and Linguists cycle together with Specialists competitions. All in all, 2011 covered almost all fields EPSO normally recruits.

Let’s see the full statistics.

There were 1285 EPSO advertised jobs in total in 2011 distributed as follows in the EU Competitions:

Administrators (AD)- 864

Assistants (AST)– 421

EPSO 2011 Total Positions


While there were 3 AD grades (AD5, AD6, AD7) Posts, for AST there were only 2 grades (AST1 and AST3). Their distribution by grade is shown below

EPSO AD Grades


EPSO AST Distribution Grade


The number of AD Posts Distribution per Profile in all EU Competitions is shown as it was advertised on the Official Journal of each competition. There were cases where the number of candidates on a reserve list was different than the number of posts EPSO initially sought to fill.

EPSO AD Profiles Distribution


EPSO AD Profiles Percentage


EPSO AST Profiles Distribution


The total number of AD and AST applications per profile is below:

EPSO AD Applications per Profile


EPSO AST Applications per Profile


The average applications for an EPSO AD competition fluctuated between highest applicants for European Public Administration (EPA) and lowest applications for Interpreters

Average AD Candidates


The highest ratio of EPSO AST candidates / available position was registered for Project/Programme/Contract Management competition while mean AST1 Secretaries competition had the lowest number of participants per available position.

Average EPSO AST Candidates


Below is the minimum CBT Preselection pass marks needed in the AD/AST Cycle competitions. We recommend that you compare your EPSO exam preparation results with the values below when taking part in AD/AST Cycle competitions as pass marks normally gravitate around these values.

AD5 Administrators Cycle – lowest CBT Pass mark – 79,37/100

AD7 Administrators Cycle – lowest CBT Pass mark – 81,87/100

AST1 Secretaries – lowest CBT pass mark – 58,91/100

AST3 Cycle – lowest CBT pass mark – 83,14/100

The toughest/Easiest EU Competitions in terms of no of applications / advertised positions were as follows:

–          There were 1231 applicants for Italian Language editors for only 3 available positions.

–          There were 9 applicants for Maltese AD7 Interpreters for 10 available places.

There were 4 competitions (3 for Maltese citizens and one for Swedish) with only 1 candidate on the reserve list.

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EU Competitions – 2012 Statistics

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For those of you preparing for the EU Competitions, we consider that it is important in a first instance to know what has happened in the previous exams. Therefore, we have interpreted existing data on EU competitions from 2012 to give you an overview concerning the Administrators and Assistants competitions.

You will be able to discover the total advertised posts, toughest CBT preselection exams or profiles EU Institutions sough to recruit in 2012.

As some results from 2012 EU Competitions are not yet published, this data is based only on available information.


We begin with the total number of available positions within the EU Institutions

EU Competitions 2012 positions total



AD/AST Posts Percentage

While Administrators competitions were at different grades from AD5 to AD12, at Assistants level there were only AST 3 competitions.

AD Grades Distribution

EPSO AD Distribution 2012

From the two pictures below you can see the available positions distribution per profile, both for Administrators and Assistants EU Competitions.

EPSO AD Profiles

EPSO AST Profiles

In 2012, there were 19335 candidates applying for the EU Competitions, distributed as pictured below:

EPSO Applications 2012

EPSO Competitions Average Applications 2012


Toughest/Easiest EU Competition – no of applications / advertised positions


EPSO/AD/236-237/12 for Danish  AD7 interpreters with 1.3 candidates / available position was the ‘easiest’ in terms of number of candidates per available position

EPSO/AST/125/12 on Finances/Accounting with 117 candidates / available position was the ‘toughest’ in terms of number of candidates per available position


Toughest/Easiest EU Competition Preselection Tests


The preselection pass mark for EPSO/AD/240/12 – Estonian Translators

was the lowest – 53.32/100


The preselection pass mark for EPSO/AST/125/12 on Finances/Accounting was the highest – 86.3/100




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My Epso Account – The Gateway to EPSO Exams

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This article aims to be a concise tutorial on how an EPSO exam application from “my epso account” should be completed. It will be a part of the beginners guide to Epso competitions.

You’ve decided that you want to apply to an EPSO Competition. Sounds great! First thing you should ask yourself is : do I meet the eligibility conditions as expressed in the notice of competitions/ call for expression of interest and the general admission conditions (Member State citizen, full rights as citizen of the EU, military service obligations, etc )? Cool! Let’s go on!

Next thing you’ll need is an EPSO Account – the electronic interface between EPSO and you.

You’ll use this account to apply to one or more competitions. It is recommended that you create your EPSO account as soon as possible, this way you’ll have time to familiarize yourself with the site’s layout.

Now that you have an account, you are watching EPSO’s indicative planning to see the upcoming EU Competitions for which you might be suitable. Once a competition has been announced, it is time to apply! Our suggestion is to never leave the validation of the application close to the deadline as EPSO’s website might encounter technical problems due to high traffic.

As soon as you start completing your application in your EPSO account you will receive a temporary reference number (T-XXXXX) which will change  into the actual application number (XXXXX) once your application is complete and is validated.

Filling out the epso exam application could turn out to be a lengthy process so you’d better have something prepared in advance. You’ll notice that the application is split (more…)