2017 EPSO CAST Competition: Everything You Need To Know

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) released the 2017 CAST competitions Notice of Competition on Thursday, 5 January 2017.

In response to this, EU Training held a FREE Information Webcast on 6 January, 2017 to familiarise you with the upcoming CAST exams’ eligibility requirements, the competitions' structure, the individual tests to be undertaken, as well as effective preparation strategies. 

Presented by András Baneth, Europe’s #1 expert on EU careers and a former EU official. 


Topics covered include the latest and most accurate information on:

  • Introduction to EPSO exams
  • Understanding the Notice of Competition
  • CAST exams explained
  • CAST selection process explained
  • How to get the EU job you want?
  • Test-taking strategies and best practices


Snapshot of the 2017 EPSO CAST Competitions:

This open competition is being held to recruit temporary contract agents in multiple fields of expertise. The following CAST competitions have been advertised to launch on 5 January, 2017:


  • EPSO/CAST/P/5/2017  (Finance, FG II)
  • EPSO/CAST/P/1/2017  (Finance, FG III)
  • EPSO/CAST/P/2/2017  (Finance, FG IV)

Project Management

  • EPSO/CAST/P/3/2017  (Project/Programme Management, FG III)
  • EPSO/CAST/P/4/2017  (Project/Programme Management, FG IV)


  • EPSO/CAST/P/6/2017  (Secretariat/Clerical Tasks, FG II)


  • EPSO/CAST/P/7/2017  (Human Resources/Administration, FG II)
  • EPSO/CAST/P/8/2017  (Human Resources/Administration, FG III)
  • EPSO/CAST/P/9/2017  (Human Resources/Administration, FG IV)


  • EPSO/CAST/P/10/2017  (Communication, FG III)
  • EPSO/CAST/P/11/2017  (Communication, FG IV)

Political Affairs / EU Policies

  • EPSO/CAST/P/12/2017  (Political Affairs/EU Policies, FG III)
  • EPSO/CAST/P/13/2017  (Political Affairs/EU Policies, FG IV)


  • EPSO/CAST/P/14/2017  (Law, FG III)
  • EPSO/CAST/P/15/2017  (Law, FG IV)

Information and Communication Technology

  • EPSO/CAST/P/16/2017  (Information and Communication Technology, FG III)
  • EPSO/CAST/P/17/2017  (Information and Communication Technology, FG IV)

Click here to view the 2017 CAST Information Webcast

To hear about the upcoming 2017 CAST competition updates and to interact directly with other candidates, you may be interested in joining the 2017 EPSO CAST Exams Facebook group.

Click here to register for the CAST Information Webcast


CAST Practice Packages Now Available

Over the last few months, the EU Training team has been working hard to put together special CAST practice packages. Regardless of which profile you will be applying for – law, finance, HR etc. - we have a practice package for you.

You can view our offering here - including FREE trial packages

Please note that currently the Law, FinanceHuman Resources, Information and Communication TechnologySecretariatCommunication and Political Affairs product packages have been loaded. The Project Management product package will be loaded and available in the coming day, so please check back for those.

EU Training monitors all sources and will always keep you immediately up to date about the latest EPSO news, rumours and exams. You may also be interested in joining our Facebook Group, which features all the latest news as it becomes available.


Are you new to EPSO Competitions? 

Our research shows that most candidates who succeed start preparing 2-3 months before the pre-selection tests take place.

EU Training offers a wealth of practice materials for all stages and levels of the EU institutions’ selection exams.

Check out our FREE E-bookswebinarswebcasts and e-learning materials to help you excel.

If you have a question or need additional help in understanding the EPSO processes, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Want to see what these EPSO Pre-Selection exams look like? 
Try our FREE EPSO Exam Demo

Unsure how the EPSO selection process works? 
View our short video - ‘New To EPSO Competitions’


Useful reading:

The Motivation Challenge - What To Write In Your EPSO Application?

How To Make The Most Of Your EPSO Talent Screener

What EU Job Applicants Should Always Keep in Mind

6 Reasons Why EU Exam Candidates Fail