a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement

Meritocracy

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Meritocracy

Meritocracy

\ ˌmer-ə-ˈtä-krə-sē \ – noun

a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievementmerriam-webster.com
A meritocracy in which young players must supplant each other or supplant veterans to earn minutes should force all the players to raise their games.Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, 25 June 2017