The new paradigm of Indonesia civil service operates by adhering to the standard of appointing people with a
merit standard. For a long time, appointing people on the basis of merit was basic principle of the promoting
employees in Indonesia civil service system. PP Nomor 100 Tahun 2000 endorcement of the principless
of openness, fairness, competition and selecting the best. This regulations requires using examinations for
entry level positions. Unfortunately, some local goverments have not taken the requirement even futher by
using competition as a mechanism to fill upper-level positions as well.
Key words: Civil Service Performance, merit system, competence, proffesional officer