Examinations for Promotions

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Examinations for Promotions

Postby Peter » 08 Nov 2013 09:03

In 1889 public service entrance exams in Victoria Australia,
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Liz advised:

“You may have heard about there being entrance exams for some Victorian professions including the artillery and the Indian Civil Service. Ever wondered what those exams might be like? Well, I've recently stumbled across a copy of the actual exams you had to pass to get into the public service (clerical division) in Victoria, Australia. There are four exams in all. Here's the first, I will post the rest when time permits”.

I’ve just stumbled across the Syllabus of Subjects For The Examination Of Officers For Promotion, and Instructions ….. for 1883 – 84:

Army & Navy Calendar for the Financial Year 1883 – 84, London, WH Allen & Co, 1883, Third edition, p 80 et seq / https://archive.org/stream/armynavycale ... 1/mode/2up
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Re: Examinations for Promotions

Postby Peter » 21 Feb 2014 16:43

There is a considerable amount of information concerning Examinations ….. and Instruction ..... as at 1869 and 1871 here:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/44443/44 ... ml#page544.

See particularly pp 553 & 554.

There is also some Historical discussion.

Table of Contents:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/44443/44 ... l#contents
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Re: Examinations for Promotions

Postby Peter » 24 Feb 2014 07:35

1861

Examination for RA Subalterns to be promoted to Captain:

War Office, Great Britain, Royal Warrants, Circular, General Orders and Memoranda, Issued by the War Office and Horse Guards, Aug. 1856 - July 1864, https://archive.org/stream/royalwarrantsci00offigoog, (Also Google eBook:
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=lFEBAAAAQAAJ), Glascow, James Maclehose, 1864, pp 53 / https://archive.org/stream/royalwarrant ... 1/mode/2up & 54.
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Re: Examinations for Promotions

Postby Peter » 02 Mar 2014 13:37

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Naval And Military Intelligence, The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Nov 11, 1884; pg. 12; Issue 31288
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Re: Examinations for Promotions

Postby Peter » 24 Dec 2014 10:12

Examination of Officers. A system
carried out in the army whereby commis-
sioned officers are examined in military
subjects before they are promoted to a
higher grade. In accordance with the
rules of the service, each officer up to the
rank of field officer has to be examined in
the subjects and drill laid down for officers
of the army, before he can be promoted
to the rank above that in which he
is. In garrisons, periodical boards, or, as
occasion may require, boards on applica-
tion, are assembled for the examination
of officers of the several ranks. Papers
for the examination of infantry and ca-
valry officers are sent to the board by the
Director-General of Military Education.
The subjects officers have to pass in are
laid down in the Queen's Regulations ;
they include viva voce questions ; and the
drill test in the field is under the eye
and presence of the board.

Artillery and engineer officers are also
examined by a board of officers in regi-
mental duties, military law, and drill.
The former are further required to pass
an examination in artillery, and the latter
must have passed satisfactorily at the
School of Military Engineering.

The examination papers of infantry and
cavalry officers, with the board's report,
are sent through the general with his
remarks to the Director-General of Mili-
tary Education. Those of officers of
artillery and engineers are sent through
the general to the adjutant-general of
their respective regiments, but answers
to the questions in military law to the
Director of Military Education. ( Vide
Appendix A.*)

Voyle, GE, (Maj Gen), A military dictionary, comprising terms, scientific and otherwise, connected with the science of war, London, William Clowes and Sons, 1876, 3rd ed, p 133/ https://archive.org/stream/militarydict ... 2/mode/2up

* https://archive.org/stream/militarydict ... 2/mode/2up
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Re: Examinations for Promotions

Postby Peter » 23 Oct 2016 09:12

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The United Service Magazine, 1850, Vol 63 (May-Aug),
pp 306 / https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id= ... up;seq=318 - 309
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Re: Examinations for Promotions

Postby Frogsmile » 24 Oct 2016 10:35

Very interesting Peter, thank you for posting it.
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Re: Examinations for Promotions

Postby Peter » 03 Nov 2016 09:06

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The United Service Magazine, 1857, Vol 85 (Sept.-Dec)
p 286 / https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id= ... up;seq=300 – 288

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The United Service Magazine, 1858, Vol 87 (May-Aug)
pp 462 / https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id= ... up;seq=476 - 463


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The United Service Magazine, 1858, V 88 (Sept.-Dec)
pp 446 / https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id= ... up;seq=458 - 448

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The United Service Magazine, 1859, V 90 (May-Aug)
pp 450 / https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id= ... up;seq=464 - 451


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The United Service Magazine, 1859, V91 (Sept.-Dec)
pp 127 / https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id= ... up;seq=142 – 128


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The United Service Magazine, 1859, V91 (Sept.-Dec)
pp 609 / https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id= ... 5;size=150 - 610
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