Imperial Civil Examination System
The imperial civil examination system, also known as "ke ju" in Chinese, is a system established to select officials through examination in ancient China. It selected the talent for specific disciplines. Featuring the longest duration in the world, it spanned over 1,300 years from the Sui Dynasty (Tang Dynasty in another version) to the 21st year of Emperor Guangxu of Qing, as the method for selection of talents. It exerted far-reaching influence on many countries in the circle of the Han culture, including China.