Civil Service Direct Appointment Scheme 2020

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Hi everyone,

since the final pass marks for FSAC have been set and FSBs are well underway, the first DAS expression of interest e-mails should be coming out soon. I have added info from last year's thread as compiled by Aox. As the e-mails come rolling in let's update on this thread and maybe we'll get a good idea of the acceptance cut-off scores as well as between EO and HEO offers.

Keeping in mind that our batch seems to have scored higher than previous years, here is some info from last year:

You might be contacted about the DAS if you either failed the FSAC with a high score, (>8), or if you passed the FSAC but failed the FSB again with a high score. You don’t need to have scored >2 in all the competencies tested in the FSAC to be eligible for DAS


General information on the scheme:
  • The first emails were sent out at the end of February, with some being as late as April.


  • The email contains an Expression of Interest (EoI) and lets you know that there could be interest in hiring you through the DAS. You fill out the form with a preference of your location and start date.


  • At this stage, your email will indicate whether it's an EO or HEO position you're being considered for. There will be an FAQ attached to the email. Whether you're offered an EO or HEO role seems to depend on your FSAC score. Some with scores between 9-10 were offered HEO roles. I'm not sure what the cutoff score was, it could depend on the department or scheme you applied for.


  • There can be a wait up to 3-4 months to hear back once you've returned your EoI. Some people heard back within a month.


  • Responses come back department by department, BEIS was the first last year, followed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), DEFRA, DExEU, Home Office, MoD. (I may have missed one or two, they are not in order of responses other than BEIS being first)


  • You are contacted to let you know one or more of these departments are interested in you. It can take a month or so to be contacted by the department directly.


  • Once contacted, you arrange an informal phone call to discuss your role and suitability. It seems this is a friendly call with no prior preparation required.


  • Once offered a role, you go through the standard pre-employment checks. This can take 6-8 weeks. For some roles such as MoD, you may require a DV security check with can take 3-6 months.


  • Start dates seemed to begin from June-July onwards.


  • EO offers generally go out a few weeks before HEO offers, as some high scorers will still be in FSB-limbo.


  • Last year's cut-off:

EO: 8.69 - ~9.5
HEO: ~9.5 - 12.2

I will strive to update the band for this year including department as they come rolling in. Good luck to everyone!
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Thanks! Fingers crossed we here soon 🙂
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Thanks for starting this thread!
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Hello all, thanks for the info. Does anyone know whether you are eligible for the DAS if you have been offered (and accepted) a place on the generalist but missed out on your top preference at FSB level?
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TLDR; Are DAS offers always in the same department as the scheme you applied / were left in for?I scored 10.71 on the FSAC, but failed at the FSB for project delivery. Does anyone know if, although I was rejected from the social research stream before the FSAC, I might be able to get a role in this area through the DAS? I would only accepted a DAS offer if it was possible for me to work in social research, since that's what i really care about, not project delivery.
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Thanks for starting this thread KaiChR
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Hello all, thanks for the info. Does anyone know whether you are eligible for the DAS if you have been offered (and accepted) a place on the generalist but missed out on your top preference at FSB level?
i'm pretty sure if you've accepted a place on the fast stream you are not eligible for the DAS
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i'm pretty sure if you've accepted a place on the fast stream you are not eligible for the DAS
As far as I know even if you were offered a place and didn’t accept it, that would make you ineligible. I really wonder what the cutoff score between EO and HEO will be this year
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I'm just wondering if any as contacted the CS to ask when we should expect to hear anything?
I just don't want it to go to my junk email and miss it!
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I'm just wondering if any as contacted the CS to ask when we should expect to hear anything?
I just don't want it to go to my junk email and miss it!
Dont think so
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Commenting so I get updates. Also, the PD FSBs finalise the end of this month (march) so I'd expect to see DAS appointments go out in April at the earliest. The interviewer said around summer but he didn't seem certain
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I wonder why it’s so late this year.

I had a look at a few of the previous years’ DAS threads and they all seem to send EoI in late February.

I suppose since the FSAC results have been delayed this year compared to previous it’s probably set it back.
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Reaaaaallly thought/hoped we would hear this week...didnt realise how little patience I had til I started this process
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I'm just wondering if any as contacted the CS to ask when we should expect to hear anything?
I just don't want it to go to my junk email and miss it!
I emailed them and got this response February 4th:

Unfortunately, we do not have a specific date or time of year as to when these considerations will begin. However, you will be notified by the direct appointments team via email or call if a job offer is available.

Please note that that the DAS scheme depends on the number of positions available and this can vary every year.
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I wonder why it’s so late this year.

I had a look at a few of the previous years’ DAS threads and they all seem to send EoI in late February.

I suppose since the FSAC results have been delayed this year compared to previous it’s probably set it back.
They ****ed up the video interviews for people that were supposed to have extra time, and I'm pretty sure the number of applicants is up this year.
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I emailed them and got this response February 4th:

Unfortunately, we do not have a specific date or time of year as to when these considerations will begin. However, you will be notified by the direct appointments team via email or call if a job offer is available.

Please note that that the DAS scheme depends on the number of positions available and this can vary every year.
Really instilling hope there 🤣
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I’m not holding out for much to be honest.

I live in Glasgow and would prefer something in Scotland. However having went through previous years threads it seems unlikely. Again like the FS, most jobs are in London.

It seemed like 2016 was quite varied in terms of roles and locations. In 2018 it seemed like there was also lots of positions offered in comparison to most years.

I suppose student room shouldn’t be taken as gospel and there’s lots more elsewhere who will be offered positions elsewhere that we are unaware of.

It’s one thing moving location for the FS and the great career progression (which I would do in a heartbeat), but to move for for a direct appointment to London and potentially on less than 30k per year, for me it wouldn’t be worth it.

It’ll be interesting to see though.
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I emailed them and got this response February 4th:

Unfortunately, we do not have a specific date or time of year as to when these considerations will begin. However, you will be notified by the direct appointments team via email or call if a job offer is available.

Please note that that the DAS scheme depends on the number of positions available and this can vary every year.
Thanks! Please can I ask What email address did you use? And what did you ask? It's been a month since then so maybe if someone else emails they might have more info to give now...
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Commenting so I get updates. Still waiting the results of my FSB which I done on jan 16th. To be honest with each passing day I lose more and more interest and am content to wait for borderforce to come calling
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Thanks! Please can I ask What email address did you use? And what did you ask? It's been a month since then so maybe if someone else emails they might have more info to give now...
The email I used is; [email protected] binetoffice.gov.uk, and this is what I asked:

Are you able to provide information on how I would be contacted if I was being considered for the Direct Appointment Scheme and when these considerations are likely to begin?

Also, are you able to suggest anywhere to go so that I can do some research on the DAS?
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