APPLICATIONS OPEN (again) | Crisis Management | Migration & Internal Security | EPSO Exams

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This is an exciting EU career opportunity for those who are experts in these fields: Crisis Management and Migration and Internal Security. EPSO is selecting from candidates to be put on the reserve list for open positions at the EU Institutions. This competition is for grade AD7.

PLEASE NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect the changes EPSO made to the Notice of Competition and the reopened application period.

Originally released on 27 July 2023, the amendment to the Notice of Competition reflecting the changes made to the EPSO Selection process and eligibility criteria has now been published.

The new application period is from 28 May to 9 July 2024.

To help you, the EPSO candidate, decipher the multitude of information given by EPSO in this Notice of Competition, EU Training will hold a free webcast: EPSO Reopened Applications | Refresher Webcast | Wednesday, 29 May 2024 | 12:30 pm (Brussels time).

The aim of this competition is to select administrators in the fields of Crisis management and Migration & internal security. Successfull candidates will be put on a reserve list and can then be recruited by EU Institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg. 

As already mentioned  there are two main profiles in the EPSO/AD/403/23 competition, as follows:

  1. Crisis management
  2. Migration and internal security

We will delve into all the specifics of this competition below, but first some useful resources.

Become part of your EPSO community

Join the Crisis Management & Migration and Internal Security - EPSO Exams Facebook group to get all the latest news, preparation materials and much more.

Getting ready for this EPSO competition? Get everything you need to prepare in one convenient, customized package, included CBT, field-related MCQ and the written test: 

Now, let's take a closer look at the amended Notice of Competition:

Competition Snapshot  I  Eligibility Criteria  I  Selection Process  I  How Can You Apply?



  • Reopened for applications: 28 May 2024
  • Application Deadline: 9 JULY 2024 at noon (Brussels time)
  • Grade: AD7
  • This competition covers two profiles - you may apply for only one - and you cannot change profiles after you have validated your application
  • Posts will be based in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg

Under this competition, the following TWO reserve lists have been advertised, from which the various European Institutions may recruit new members:

Profile & Competition Code Candidates Sought
  Crisis management | EPSO/AD/403/23 - 1 168
  Migration and internal security | EPSO/AD/403/23 - 2 118

Please read the Notice of Competition's section titled"what duties can I expect to perform" for details on the main roles covered by each field. 




General criteria:

  • Have EU citizenship
  • Fulfilled any military service requirements
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties concerned

Language Requirements UPDATED

Candidates must know at least two official EU languages.

  • Language 1: Minimum C1 level of one of the 24 official EU languages (regardless of your citizenship).
  • Language 2: Any of the remaining 23 official languages of the EU at a minimum level of B2. 

Language 1 and Language 2 must be different!

Qualifications & Work Experience

  • In the original Notice of Competition find the section "Specific conditions — qualifications and work experience" for the specific requirements according to your chosen profile. 




Candidates applying to this competition must submit their application online through the EPSO website by 9 July 2024 at noon, Brussels time. The application can be filled out in any of the EU's 24 official languages.

Candidates who had already submitted their applications for the original deadline, or the extended deadline, referred to as 'existing candidates' in the NoC, will have their applications reopened.

Existing candidates are required to review and validate their applications AGAIN. If you don't re-validate your application by the new deadline you cannot participate in the competition.

Existing candidates can change their language choices and make any other changes they would like.

Scanned copies of documents that support the declarations made in your applications should be updated no later than has to be done by 4 September 2024 at noon, Brussels time.

Existing candidates do not have to upload documents again, but they can add more supporting documents.

  1. TESTS

All the candidates who have validated their applications on time will be invited to sit a series of tests:


These tests are done in your chosen Language 1 and are pass/fail, which means it will not count towards the final overall score. Only those who reach the pass mark will have their MCQ scored.




Pass mark

Verbal Reasoning

20 questions

35 min


Numerical Reasoning

10 questions

20 min

NR and AR combined pass mark: 10/20

Abstract Reasoning

10 questions

10 min

b) FIELD-RELATED MCQ  | Language 2

The EPSO field-related MCQ will be specific to your chosen Economics profile.





Field-related MCQ


40 min


Candidates need to reach the pass mark, as well as be among those who score the highest overall. Candidates who reach the pass mark will be ranked in descending order of the scores obtained. The ranking will be used to determine whether or not candidates will have their written test scored and eligibility checked, and to establish the reserve lists.


The EPSO Case Study Written Test is used to assess how well a candidate communicates in writing. The Written Test will be done in your chosen Language 2.

The scoring is based on 0/10 and the pass mark 5/10

The Selection Board will then assess and score the case studies written tests of candidates based on the ranking order determined by candidates' MCQ scores (highest first), until the number of candidates is reached that is not more than 1.5 times the number of places on the Reserve List for each field.

If there is a tie for the last available place on the Reserve List, all candidates in that tie will also have their case study scored. The case studies of the remaining candidates will then not be scored.


The scoring of the case study written test and eligibility checks will be done in parallel. The Selection Board will only score the written tests and check the eligibility for those candidates who ranked the highest on the field-related MCQ scores, and these will be checked until not more than 1.5 times the number of successful candidates sought is reached.

Eligibilty is checked according to the general requirements and comparing declarations made in candidates' application forms against the supporting documents uploaded.


The EPSO Selection Board will draw up the Reserve List of eligible candidates who got all the required pass marks in ranking order as established by the highest MCQ scores and passed the eligibility check until the number of successful candidates sought has been reached.

The candidates who make it onto the Reserve List will be notified directly by EPSO. The Reserve List will then be made available to the recruiting services of the EU institutions.



ALWAYS double check the official EPSO Notice of Competition to be sure you have the required qualifications and satisfy the eligibility criteria before submitting your application. Also make sure to be familiar with the General Rules Governing Open Competitions 

To start the application process make sure your EPSO account is created and ready to go then click on your chosen profile:

  1. Crisis management
  2. Migration and internal security


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