Breaking down misconceptions about competitive examinations
You have several questions…You think that competitive examinations are not within your reach… Well think again, this is a misconception, and we will prove you wrong!
Updated on 03 March 2020
So competitive examinations still exist?
Yes, examinations make it possible to guarantee equal access to public employment for all. Thanks to examinations, all candidates start with equal opportunities.
I don’t stand a chance among so many candidates!
False, we receive 9 applications for each position on average. INRAE competitive examinations are “human-scaled”. The objective is not to organise mass examinations for broad-based positions. Each exam corresponds to a specific occupation.
I will have to spend hours revising!
False, the written exams are within your reach because the proposed exercises concern the core activity that you will practice. Your experience and/or training are your assets for success. And you can train thanks to our past exam papers. As for the oral exam, it is very similar to a standard job interview, with a set of questions / answers.
A competitive examination sounds vague… Where would I be assigned and what would I be doing?
At INRAE, before you take the exams, you have access to the specific job description, the list of assignments as well as the job location. You thus apply for a job and workplace of your choice.
Registering for a competitive examination is always an arduous task…
False, at INRAE, we are connected! You can register online, it only takes a few minutes.
The step-by-step approach to getting ready for a competitive examination
Certain essential questions must be asked before applying for a competitive examination, and we are here to answer them and guide you in the process.