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Examination Papers.

The following pages are compiled from the most recent specimens of their Examination Papers, which have been issued by the Civil Service Commissioners. In some of the principal subjects of examination it will be seen that several illustrations are given; but it must be understood that Candidates are not examined in more than one paper on each subject. The facts contained in the annexed table are gathered from the Fourth Report, which gives in detail the particulars of upwards of one hundred and twenty competitions held in the year 1858. The distribution of the marks of merit may at any time be altered; but the following is a correct statement of the number at present assigned. It is important that Candidates should recollect that, though perhaps all the prescribed subjects are not of equal importance, there is none that can be safely neglected. A certain degree of acquaintance must be shown with each subject, and great proficiency in one is never accepted as a compensation for ignorance of another.

Showing the Maximum number of Marks obtainable, and the highest and

lowest numbers respectively obtained, by SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES in the Competitions held in the Year 1858 for Appointments in certain Government Departments.

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mission. MAXIMUM Highest Candidate*

300 50 100 100 100 200 200 150 150.. 300 300 1950 290 10 85 58 85/ 136 140 81 116 237 230 1468

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Competitions (for
several Appointments).
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Highest Candidate
Lowest

300 100 100 100 100 150 200 150 150 200 300 300 2000+ 260 82 100 95 95 120 190 140 150 89 155 1558 186 37 75 85 95 80 120 100 120 11 120 X114

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• Only one Competition held in the year 1858.

+ “STOCKS AND EXCHANGES” was also in this case a prescribed subject; the maximum number of marks assigned to it was 150, the number obtained by the highest successful candidate in these competitions was 82, and by the lowest candidate 85.

GEOGRAPHY.

Questions set to Candidates for Clerkships in the Customs.

(Time allowed, 3 hours.) 1. On the accompanying map of England insert the names of the chief

bays, headlands, and rivers, and of twelve principal towns. 2. Explain fully the meaning of the following geographical terms :

Peninsula, promontory, sound, estuary, plateau, watershed, delta;

and give three instances of each. 3. Mention the chief ports (1) of Europe, (2) of Asia, with which Great

Britain trades; and state what is the nature of the trade carried on

with each. 4. Give a list of the military posts in Scotland, stating in what county

each one is situated. 5. What districts in Scotland are most productive (1) of coal, (2) of iron,

(3) of corn ? 6. Enumerate the islands which are adjacent to the coast (1) of England,

(2) of Scotland, (3) of Ireland ; describing as accurately as you can

the situation of each. 7. Describe the position of the following places, stating to whom they

belong, and mentioning any circumstances of interest connected
with them :-
St. Helena, St. Alban’s, Corfu, Toronto, Salisbury, Copenhagen,

Agran Vienna, Inverary, Singapore, Stirling, Cairo, Killala,

Meerut, Hastings, Owhyhee. 8. Write a geographical description of any one country of continental

Europe ; stating its boundaries, physical features, chief products, and manufactures, divisions, if any, principal towns, &c.

Another paper :

(Time allowed, 3 hours.) 1. On the accompanying map of England insert the names of the chief

bays and headlands, trace the course of six important rivers, and mark the position of Brighton, Lincoln, Carlisle, Leeds, Hereford, Bangor, Morpeth, Chester, Salisbury, Cowes, Plymouth, the Menai

Straits. 2. Explain fully the meaning of the following geographical terms:

Peninsula, promontory, sound, estuary, plateau, watershed, delta;

and give three instances of each. 3. Mention the chief ports (1) of Asia, (2) of North America, with which

England trades; and state what is the nature of the trade carried

on with each. 4. Mention the principal islands which form part of Europe, describing

their situation as well as you can, and stating to what country they belong.

5. Describe the course of any one of the great rivers of Europe, mentioning

the countries it flows through, the principal towns on its banks, and

where it flows into the sea. 6. Explain the terms latitude and longitude, stating how they are measured,

and giving roughly the latitude and longitude of any four places you

choose to select. 7. Describe the position of the following places, stating to whom they

belong, and mentioning any circumstances of interest connected
with them :-
St. Helena, Quebec, Corfu, Stonehenge, Copenhagen, Sligo, Agra,

Vienna, Inverary, Singapore, Stirling, Cairo, Athlone, Meerut,
Londonderry, Owhyhee.

Another paper :

(Time allowed, 3 hours.) 1. On the accompanying map of England insert the names of the chief

bays and headlands ; trace the course of six important rivers ; and mark the position of Rochester, Colchester, Wakefield, Holyhead, Whitby, Truro, Helvellyn, Swansea, the Needles, Lancaster, Exeter,

Sandwich, Boston, Snowdon, Plymouth. 2. Explain the meaning of the following geographical terms:- - Archi.

pelago, frith, creek, basin, haven, chersonese ; and give three

instances of each. 3. Mention the chief ports (1) of Europe, (2) of South America, with

which England trades; and state what is the nature of the trade

carried on with each. 4. Mention six of the principal mountain ranges in Europe, stating the

country or countries to which they belong, their extent, height,

direction, and most striking physical features. 5. Mention six places in Scotland, and as many in Ireland, which are

remarkable for beautiful scenery, stating in what county each is to

be found. Give a minute description of any one of them. 6. Describe the position of the following places, stating to whom they

belong, and mentioning any circumstances of interest which attach
to them:
Naples, Bombay, San Francisco, Balmoral, Macao, the Hague,

Dundee, Montreal, Sarawak, Berlin. 7. Write a geographical description of either France or Italy, stating its

boundaries, physical features, chief products, and manufactures,

divisions, principal towns, &c. 8. Mention in order the counties and the most important towns through

which a traveller would pass in going from
and the chief objects of interest which he might see.

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Questions set to Candidates for the Constabulary in Ireland.

(Time allowed, 2} hours.) 1. On the accompanying map of Ireland insert the names of the chief

bays, headlands, loughs, and rivers, and of twelve principal towns.

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2. Explain fully the meaning of the following geographical terms :

Peninsula, promontory, sound, estuary, plateau, watershed, delta ;

and give three instances of each. 3. Mention the chief ports (1) of Europe, (2) of Asia, with which Eng

land or Ireland trades; and state what is the nature of the trade

carried on with each. 4. Give a list of the military posts in Ireland, stating in what county each

one is situated. 5. What districts in Ireland are most productive (1) of coal, (2) of iron,

copper, (4) of marble ? 6. Enumerate the islands which are adjacent to the coast (1) of England,

(2) of Scotland, (3) of Ireland; describing as accurately as you can

the situation of each. 7. Describe the position of the following places, stating to whom they

belong, and mentioning any circumstances of interest connected
with them :-
St. Helena, St. Alban's, Corfu, Toronto, Salisbury, Copenhagen,

Agra, Vienna, Inverary, Singapore, Stirling, Cairo, Killala,

Meerut, Hastings, Owhyhee. 8. Write a geographical description of any one country of continental

Europe; stating its boundaries, physical features, chief products and manufactures, divisions, if any, principal towns, &c.

Questions set to Candidates for Offices where Geography is required, with the exception of the Customs.

(Time allowed, 21 hours.) 1. On the accompanying map of Europe insert the names of the seas,

islands, chief bays, and headlands; trace the course of the Ebro, Garonne, Guadalquivir, Elbe, Arno, Spree, Oural, Vistula, and the line of the Apennines, Cevennes, Caucasus, Hartz, and Doffrine mountains; mark the position of Rome, Moscow, Bergen, Mount Etna, Vienna, Marseilles, Berne, Gottenburg, Heidelburg, Varna,

Seville, Belgrade. 2. On the accompanying map of

insert the names of the places marked *, and of the principal bays, harbours, rivers, and

headlands. 3. Name in order the countries and the most important towns through

which a traveller would pass in going from

and mention any objects of special interest which he might see. 4. Describe as minutely as you can the position of the following places,

and mention any circumstances of interest which attach to them: Trieste, Avignon, Florence, Candahar, Philadelphia, Pitcairn's

Island, Bomarsund, San Francisco, the Khyber Pass, Oregon

Territory, Port Natal. 5. From what countries are the following articles imported in the greatest

quantities into England :

Cotton, wine, opium, indigo, palm oil, mahogany?

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