Is an Exam Required?
Most Jobs in the Executive Branch are:
- In the Classified Service
- Competitive and
- Require an Examination
Please familiarize yourself with the following definitions and identifiers.
Classified/Competitive: a State examination is required for appointment to jobs in this title. Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the position and pass the exam in order to be appointed. Examples of Classified/Competitive job classes: Secretary 1, Accountant and Social Worker, State Police Trooper Trainee, and Correction Officer
Classified/Non-Competitive: a State examination is not required for appointment to jobs in this title; however, the minimum qualifications required must be met at time of application. Examples of Non-Competitive job classes: Clerk and Maintainer
Classified/Non-Examined: a State examination is not required for appointment to jobs in this title; however, specific licensure and/or educational credentials are required at time of application. Examples of Non-Examined job classes: Nurse Consultant, Physician 1 and Clinical Social Worker
Unclassified: In general, appointments made to unclassified positions in the Executive Branch are at the discretion of the Governor or Agency Head. All positions within the Judicial and Legislative Departments are unclassified. Many positions within the University of Connecticut, the University of Connecticut Health Center and the Connecticut State University System are also unclassified. Jobs in the unclassified service do not require an examination; however, the minimum qualifications required must be met at time of application.