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Chutian Metropolis Daily丨More Than 6,000 Wuhan Undergraduates Were Listening to Wendu Lecture in Stadium

On this morning, Wendu 2019 public welfare lecture for postgraduate entrance examination was held in the stadium of Wuhan Sports University. Eight famous teachers such as He Kaiwen, Tang Jiafeng, Jiang Zhongting, Ren Yanxiang, Liu Yinan, Tan Jianbo, Wan Lei and Chang Cheng had released the latest changes of 2019 postgraduate entrance examination and guided candidates to plan the examination preparation reasonably. More than 6,000 candidates listened carefully, and many people took notes while recording. Nearly one million netizens across the country watched the lecture through a number of live-broadcasting platforms.

Reporters at the scene saw that the seats in the stadium were fully occupied, and there were still some people on the aisle. When it was the turn for the famous teachers He Kaiwen and Tang Jiafeng to make speeches, the audience were even more excited. "For me, Mathematics is the biggest obstacle standing in my way to the pass of the postgraduate entrance examination. I think I'm out this year because I got only 40 points. I should be preparing for "Battle II" (take part in the examination for the second time), and Mathematics should be the focus of my review and preparation." Xiaoxu, a fresh graduate of Wuhan Textile University, said that after listening to lecture delivered by Mr. Tang, he was determined to start reviewing from now on and should try to understand and grasp the basic knowledge first. Xiaohu, a sophomore of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, said that he came here for his preparation for the examination next year in advance.

"The number of students who took part in the postgraduate entrance examination kept increasing in recent years. The number in 2018 was 2.38 million and more than 1 million for 'Battle II'. It is expected that it will continue to increase in 2019. What should people do to prepare for the postgraduate entrance examination? Scientific planning and perseverance." Li Ping, General Manager of Hubei Wendu Education, suggested that the 2019 applicants should start reviewing Mathematics and English now. While the review of Politics can be kicked off from July and made as a focus after September. For the review of professional courses, non-interdisciplinary candidates can start after August, while the interdisciplinary candidates should start as early as possible. "Nowadays, there are lots of people who are determined to take part in the postgraduate entrance examination. However, there are few who actually put them into action. In fact, people who win in the end actually win because of their perseverance. In order to 'force' themselves to prepare for the examination with maximum efforts, many candidates would choose to take part in the Wendu postgraduate-entrance-examination training camp with semi-military management, which means they would pay the teachers for keeping an eye on them in learning. 

Attachment: The big data for postgraduate entrance examinations in the past two years

Millions of Candidates Take the Postgraduate Entrance Examination "For the Second Time"

Both the Number of Applicants and Difficulties of the Examination Are Increasing

In 2018, the number of students who took part in the postgraduate entrance examination in China reached 2.38 million, hitting a record high. Among them, the number of students who fought for "Battle II" (those who took part in the examination for the second time) exceeded one million. In 2018, the number of fresh college graduates in China reached 8.2 million. Whether it is the national or the provincial examination, the threshold of passing the civil servants examination is getting higher and higher. Meanwhile, the employment situation of undergraduates is grim, and we can see an increase of difficulty of getting through the civil servants examination. With the effect of those multiple factors such as the national policies, social development and economic situation, it is expected that the number of students who will take part in the postgraduate entrance examination in 2019 will continue to grow.

Why is there a sharp increase in the number of 2018 candidates of the postgraduate entrance examination? First of all, there were new changes in employment cushions and the employment concept of the post-90s, making the postgraduate entrance examination the first choice for many students. At present, the employment pressure of college graduates is high. In many enterprises, the threshold of recruitment and the requirement on education background for candidates are becoming higher and higher. Many students still consider taking part in the postgraduate entrance examination as an alternate to increase their weights in employment in the future. More than half of the students who took part in the postgraduate entrance examination believes that postgraduate education would have a great impact on their employment and it could improve the their satisfaction on salary. Through the road of postgraduate entrance examination, most students did get help in their job hunting. In addition, many of the post-90s now shew special preference to "slow employment". In the case of having good family conditions, they are not anxious to rely on the salary to support their families.

Secondly, the professional master enrollment has increased substantially, and the threshold for civil servants examination has been raised. It was only in 2009 that full-time students were enrolled in professional master program. Within just a few years, the professional master program developed rapidly. With more and more people attaching importance to training objectives and the characteristics of application, the professional master program has been chosen by more and more people.

Thirdly, in the job requirement chart of the civil servants examination, more and more qualification requirements for applicants are postgraduate degree, especially for some good departments and good posts. If you want to be admitted into a good work unit, you must be admitted to graduate school first. Taking the graduate entrance examination and studying in graduate school have become important "springboards" for the civil servants examination.

According to the big data on education from the Teaching and Research Institute of Wendu Kaoyan, on-the-job graduate students were included in the unified examination for the first time in 2017(the Ministry of Education and the National Development and Reform Commission issued both full-time and part-time graduate enrollment plans), resulting in a significant increase in the number of applicants for graduate programs. The total number of applicants reached 2.38 million in 2018, an increase of 370,000 over 2017, of which 1.31 million were applicants who graduated from university in the same year, 180,000 more than last year, and 1.07 million were applicants who graduated in the past years, 190,000 more than last year. The acceptance rate is decreasing year by year, and the competition is becoming more and more intense.

In 2017 alone, the number of applicants increased by 240,000 compared with 2016, and by 370,000 in 2018. It can be seen clearly that the number of people taking part in the postgraduate entrance examination keeps increasing. As for the area of the graduate school, most people have chosen to apply for graduate programs of colleges and universities in the first-tier cities. The more economically and culturally developed the area is, and the more high-quality university resources the area has, the more popular it is among applicants. As for the applicants' target schools, the "211" and "985" universities and colleges have always been the main targets and the number of students who apply for non-famous universities and colleges is relatively small. As for the specific majors people apply for, management, science, and medicine majors in some "211" and "985" universities and colleges are most popular. In contrast, history, philosophy, and other majors are chosen much less often.

The Number of Students Applying for Professional Master Is Increasing Year by Year

Professional Master's Examination is Simpler Than Academic Master's Examination

In the past two years, in order to make up for the deficiency of academic master program, train application-oriented talents which are in short supply in the market, and overcome the shortcomings of academic master, the model of professional master has been greatly promoted, and the number of applicants for professional master program has been increasing year by year. It can be seen from the following data:

The head in charge of the Teaching Research Institute of Wendu Kaoyan said that no matter what the trend is as to the change of the total number of the applicants, the number of the applicants for professional master programs is increasing year by year. In 2017, people applying for professional master programs even account more than half of all the applicants in Beijing, reaching 52.2 percent. This shows that the professional master program is more and more well-known and accepted nowadays. Under such circumstance, it is undergoing some changes quietly. Take the 2018 exam results that have just come out recently, many applicants for professional master program have got a surprisingly high score. In contrast, it is not as easy to get high scores for applicants for academic master programs of the same major, which shows that the exams for professional master programs are much simpler than that for academic master programs.

  In addition, with the rapid increase in the number of people who register for the postgraduate entrance examination, the proportion of the people giving up the examination every year is not small, and the ratio of people who give up the examination is between 10% and 20%.

  The Predicted Enrollment and Admission Ratio of 2018 was 4:1

Business Administration, Accounting and Law Masters were the Most Popular Specialties

In recent years, the degree of competition and the difficulty of admission for postgraduate entrance examination are on the rise nationwide. The acceptance rate was 4.8:1 in 1998 and reached 2.8:1, the highest in the recent year in 2009. Since 2014, the number of people who applied for master programs has continued to decline for two years, but the enrollment plan has not diminished. In 2015, the acceptance rate was again above 3:1, reaching 2.9:1. The acceptance rate was about 3:1 in 2017. Some insiders predicted that the enrollment and admission ratio of 2018 would be as high as 4:1.


Big data of Wendu education shows that the number of people who applied for graduate programs of key universities and colleges like 985 and 211 remains high. In 2017, the number of people applying for graduate programs of Shandong University reached 25,301, rising 28.8% compared with 2016, those for Nankai University reached 13,819, rising 11.58% with an increase of 1434 compared with 2016, and those for Southeast University nearly reached 13,000, rising by more than 10 percent. Meanwhile, the number of people applying for master programs of Nanjing University at Nanjing University registration point alone increased by more than 2,000.

According to data from the Teaching Research Institute of Wendu Kaoyan, the top 10 master majors which attracted most applicants in 2017 were business administration, accounting, Juris (not law), finance, public administration, computer science and technology, finance, materials science and engineering. Chinese international education, and computer technology.

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