A competency based application form is required to be completed by candidates in many organisations now, both private and public (especially government bodies) instead of submitting a Curriculum Vitae. The employers are assured that each application is the same regarding layout, are easy to read and screen, and generally make the whole process that bit easier for everyone.
The competency based application forms serve the same purpose as a CV, but the applicant is restricted to what they can include in the competency-based application form due to space and word count constraints.
Therefore, what you include has to really promote you as the ideal candidate for the position. Many application forms are now competency-based where clients expect candidates to outline with examples why they are suitable for the position in the following format (or similar):