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Women accounted for a record-high 20.1 percent of those who passed the Level-1 civil service examination for fiscal 2009, the first time the ratio has topped 20 percent since the current test was adopted in 1960, the National Personnel Authority said Tuesday.

The 300 women were among the 1,494 applicants who passed the government’s top-tier exam, the authority said. The total number of successful applicants, however, fell 51 from fiscal 2008.

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