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MILITARY ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS.
1. Examination for the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and for First Appointments in the Royal Marine Artillery, March 1878* :
(b.) Table of Marks
2. Examination for the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and for First Appointments in the Royal Marine Artillery, July 1878*:
3. Examination for the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and for First Appointments in the Royal Marine Artillery, December 1878*:-
4. Examination for the Royal Military College, and for First Appointments in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, July 1878* :
(b.) Table of Marks
5. Examination for the Royal Military College, and for First Appointments in
(b.) Table of Marks
6. Examination of Lieutenants of Militia for Commissions in the Army, October 1878:
The Examination Papers set at these competitions have been printed in a separate form, and may be obtained, through any bookseller, from W. Clowes & Sons, 13 Charing Cross; Harrison & Sons, 59, Pall Mall; W. H. Allen & Co., 13, Waterloo Place; W. Mitchell, 39, Charing Cross; Longman & Co., Paternoster Row; Trübner & Co., 57 and 59, Ludgate Hill; Stanford, Charing Cross; and C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1, Paternoste rSquare: Also from Griffin & Co., The Hard, Portsea; A. & C. Black, Edinburgh; Alex. Thom, Abbey Street; and E. Ponsonby, Grafton Street, Dublin.
1.-EXAMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR ADMISSION
Extract from the General Regulations for the Government of the Royal
2. Admission to the Royal Military Academy as cadets will be granted to the successful candidates at an open competitive examination. The examinations will be conducted by the Civil Service Commissioners, and will be held twice a year, namely, in December and July.*
3. Notice will be given from time to time of the day and place of the examinations, and of the vacancies to be competed for at each examination.
4. The limits of age will be from 16 to 18, the candidates being required to be within those limits on the 1st day of the January next following for the winter examination, and on the 1st of July for the summer examination.
5. Candidates for admission to the December or July examination must send to the Military Secretary, not later than the 15th October or 15th May respectively, an application to be examined, accompanied by the following papers :
(a.) An extract from the register of his birth, or, in default, a declaration made by one of his parents or guardians before a magistrate, giving his exact age.
(b.) A certificate of good moral character, signed by the tutors or heads of the schools or colleges at which he has received his education from his twelfth year to the date of application, or some other satisfactory proof of good moral character.
6. When a candidate who has once been examined applies to be examined again, he will only be required to forward a certificate as to his moral character for the interval between the two examinations.
7. The number of trials allowed will not exceed three.
8. All candidates will be inspected by a medical board, and no candidate will be allowed to proceed to examination by the Civil Service Commissioners unless certified by the board to be free from bodily defects or ailments, and in all respects, as to height and physical qualities, fit for Her Majesty's Service. Cases of exceptional shortness of stature will be referred to the War Office for special consideration.
9. A candidate will be required to satisfy the Civil Service Commissioners in the following subjects:—
(1.) Mathematics, viz., (a) arithmetic, and the use of common logarithms; (b) algebra, including equations, progressions, per
* See Extract from G.O. 83 of 1877, p. 239.
mutations and combinations, and the binomial theorem; (c) geometry, up to the standard of the sixth book of Euclid; (d) plane trigonometry, including the solution of triangles. (2.) French, German, or some other modern language, the examination being limited to translation from the language, and grammatical questions.
(3.) Writing English correctly and in a good legible hand, from March 1878. dictation, and English composition.
(4.) The elements of geometrical drawing; including the construction of plane scales and the use of simple mathematical instruments. (5.) Geography.
A thorough knowledge of each of the four branches of mathematics will be required.
The Commissioners may, however, if they think fit, dispense with this preliminary examination, except as regards mathematics, English composition, and geometrical drawing, in the case of any candidate who has satisfied them on a previous occasion.
10. No marks will be allotted for the above preliminary examination, excepting for mathematics (2,000), for English composition (500), and for geometrical drawing (300).
11. The "further examination " will be proceeded with immediately on the conclusion of the "preliminary examination." Candidates who fail in the preliminary examination will be informed of their failure as soon as possible, and they will then be released from further attendance.
12. The subjects of the further examination and the maximum number of marks obtainable for each subject will be as follows:
(1.) Mathematics; viz., further questions and problems on the subjects of the qualifying examination, and the elements of the following subjects: Theory of equations; Analytical geometry; Conic sections; Solid geometry; Differential and integral calculus; Statics; and Dynamics
N.B.—In all the subjects great importance will be attached to accuracy in numerical results.
(2.) English; English literature, limited to specified authors ;† and English history, limited to certain fixed periods;‡ the authors and periods being notified beforehand
Essay on the Human Understanding, Book III.,
Reflections on the French Revolution.
The period specified was A.D. 1789 to A.D. 1815, with special reference to the War in the Peninsula.
§ Including 500 allotted to English composition in the preliminary examination.
ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY, WOOLWICH, AND ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY. March 1878.
(4.) French; the examination to be partly colloquial
(8.) General and physical geography, and geology
Of these nine subjects candidates will not be allowed to take up more than four, exclusive of drawing.
13. A certain number will be deducted from the marks gained by a candidate in each subject, except mathematics; and the remainders will be added to the marks gained by the candidate in the preliminary examination in mathematics, English composition, and geometrical drawing. The resulting total will determine the candidate's place in the competitive list; the successful candidates being those who stand first on the list up to the number of vacancies competed for.
OPTIONAL EXAMINATION IN MATHEMATICS.
14. Further questions and problems on the subjects of the qualifying examination.
Theory of equations: first principles.
Solid geometry [not treated analytically], first principles, with easy exercises.
Analytical geometry: problems on straight line and circle.
Conic sections: elementary properties, with easy problems, both on the analytical and geometrical methods.
Differential calculus. Differentiation of functions of one independent variable. Taylor's and Maclaurin's theorems; applications. Maxima and minima of functions of one independent variable. Method of infinitesimals first principles, with easy applications. Tangents and normals to curves. Points of inflexion. Curvature of curves. lutes and evolutes.
Integral calculus. Elementary integrations. Integration considered as summation. Rectification and quadrature of plane curves.
Statics: equilibrium of forces and couples in one plane. Friction; centre of gravity; mechanical powers. Problems on elementary statics: the graphical or geometrical method of treating such problems should be studied as well as the analytical. No applications of the differential calculus to statics will be required.
Dynamics: elementary principles; projectiles; motion of a heavy particle on a smooth curve; centrifugal force; simple pendulum. Problems and exercises. No applications of the differential calculus will be required.
* Classics are divided into two sections, Latin and Greek, either or both of which the candidate may take up as one subject.
† Subjects (a) and (b) are alternative; a candidate will not be allowed to take up
G.O. 83 of 1877.
(1st November 1877.)
I. In consequence of an increased demand for officers of Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers there will be, during the next twelve months, three admissions to and three exits from the Royal Military ARTILLERY. Academy instead of two.
III. Successful candidates at the usual winter and summer examinations will enter the Academy in January and September respectively, and an additional examination will take place early in March 1878, for admission to the Academy in May.
IV. Candidates for the examination in March must be within the regulated limits of age on the 1st of that month, and must forward to the Military Secretary, not later than the 15th of January next, their applications to be allowed to compete, accompanied by the papers required by paragraph 5 of the Regulations issued with G.O. 89 of 1876.
Extract from Regulations respecting Examinations for First Appointments to the Royal Marine Artillery. [Admiralty, 14th May 1877.]
1. Admission to the Royal Marine Artillery as probationary lieutenants will be offered to the successful candidates in order of merit (according to the number of vacancies) at the open competitive examination for admission to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. The examinations will be conducted by the Civil Service Commissioners, and will be held twice a year, namely, in July and December.
Candidates who have received permission from the Horse Guards to attend the examination, and who are desirous of obtaining an appointment in the Royal Marine Artillery, should send in their names to the Secretary of the Admiralty, to whom all inquiries on the subject should be addressed.
2. The limits of age will be from 16 to 18, the candidates being required to be within those limits on the 1st day of January next following for the winter examination, and on the 1st of July for the summer examination. They must be 5 ft. 5 in. in height.
3. The successful candidates will be appointed lieutenants on probation. They will proceed to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, on the 1st October, and after the Easter vacation.