August 2024 Civil Service Exam: Requirements & Application

What is the Civil Service Exam?

For Filipinos who wish to work in government organizations, passing the Civil Service Exam, also known as the Career Service Examination—Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT), is a crucial prerequisite. This standardized test assesses a person’s knowledge and proficiency in a variety of subjects, including general cognitive ability, mathematics, English, and Filipino. The Civil Service Commission (CSC), an independent government organization entrusted with guaranteeing the effectiveness, honesty, and responsiveness of the civil service, administers the test.

One of the main objectives of the CSE is to promote meritocracy in the Philippine civil service. The exam aims to assess an individual’s qualifications and aptitude, rather than their connections or affiliations. This makes sure that people who can provide effective and efficient public service are qualified and competent to fill government positions. Moreover, the CSE helps promote transparency and accountability in the hiring process, as it provides a level playing field for all applicants.

Passing the CSE is a pre-requisite for many government positions, including administrative, technical, and professional positions. It is an important step towards a career in the Philippine civil service, which offers job security, benefits, and opportunities for professional growth and development. Additionally, because many foreign employers and immigration authorities recognize the CSE, passing it opens up opportunities for Filipinos who want to work in government agencies abroad.

2024 Civil Service Exam Schedule

 

Title of Examination Date of Examination Application Period Target Release of Results
From To
CSE-FSO January 28, 2024 September 18, 2028 October 20, 2023 March 10, 2024
CSE-PPT March 3, 2024 November 20, 2023 January 3, 2024 May 12, 2024
FOE June 2, 2024 March 4, 2024 April 3, 2024 July 14, 2024
POE June 2, 2024 March 4, 2024 April 3, 2024 July 14, 2024
BCTLE June 2, 2024 March 4, 2024 April 3, 2024 July 14, 2024
CSE-PPT August 11, 2024 May 13, 2024 June 13, 2024 October 20, 2024

Modes of Taking the Civil Service Exam

There are two options for taking the CSE:

  • Pen-And-Paper Test (PPT) is the traditional way of taking the test, in which you have to shade circles using a black ballpoint pen. This test costs ₱500, and the results come out 60 days after the exam.
  • Computerized Examination (COMEX) lets you take the exam on a computer at your registered CSC testing center. While this option is on the pricier side compared to the PPT (requiring a ₱680 fee), the exam results can be expected a week after taking the examination.

What are the qualifications?

Who is allowed to apply?

  • Filipino citizen, at least 18 years old, and of good moral character.
  • Has no criminal record, or has not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude.
  • Has not been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government.
  • Has not taken the same level of career service examination within three (3) months from the last examination taken.

Important Note:

  • You can apply regardless of your educational attainment, as long as you meet the qualifications above.

What are the Requirements?

1. Application Form

  • A duly-accomplished application form (CS Form No. 100, Revised 2016).
  • The signature and the right thumb mark as per CSC shall be left blank, as this will be accomplished in the presence of a CSC representative or processor.

2. ID Pictures

  • Four (4) pieces of ID photos printed on high-quality photo paper
  • Passport size, colored with a white background
  • With a handwritten name tag showing the signature over the printed full name format.
  • Simply tell the photo studio that the shot is for a Civil Service application, and they will already know the standards.

specifications are as follows:

  • Passport size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.8 inches x 1.4 inches)
  • Colored, with white background
  • Taken within three (3) months prior to filing of application
  • Printed on good-quality photo paper
  • In standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up with the head and face occupying at least 80% of the picture and with the name tag positioned at approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm below the chin),
  • bare face (with no eyeglasses, colored contact lenses, or any accessories that may cover the facial features; facial features are not computer-enhanced)
  • Showing left and right ears
  • Taken in full-face view, directly facing the camera
  • With neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • With HANDWRITTEN (not computer-generated) name tag legibly showing SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED FULL NAME in the format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name, if any

August 2024 Civil Service Exam: Requirements & Application

 

3. valid ID

  • With a clear picture
  • Date of Birth and Signature
  • Originals and photocopies of the following documents
  • Driver’s license, PRC License ID, SSS ID, GSIS ID, Voter’s ID, BIR ID, PhilHealth ID, Postal ID, Current company ID, Current School ID, Police Clearance, and barangay ID.

List of Accepted Valid IDs:

  • Driver’s License/Temporary Driver’s License (LTO O.R. must be presented together with old Driver’s License; O.R. alone is not allowed)/Student Driver’s Permit (card type with photo);
  • Passport;
  • PRC License;
  • SSS I.D.;
  • GSIS I.D. (UMID);
  • Voter’s I.D./Voter’s Certification;
  • BIR/Taxpayer’s I.D. (ATM type/TIN card type with picture);
  • PhilHealth I.D. (must have the bearer’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number);
  • Company/Office I.D.;
  • School I.D.;
  • Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate (with picture);
  • Postal I.D.;
  • Barangay I.D.;
  • NBI Clearance;
  • Seaman’s Book;
  • HDMF Transaction I.D.
  • PWD I.D.;
  • Solo Parent I.D.
  • Senior Citizen’s I.D.
  • Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-CARD); and
  • CSC Eligibility Card (note: Implemented only beginning with the May 3, 2015 CSE-PPT).

Important Note:

  • A photocopy only of the I.D. card or a cellphone photo of the I.D. shall not be accepted.
  • All other I.D. cards not included in the above list shall not be accepted.
  • As a last resort, an expired I.D. card may be presented/submitted during the filing of the examination application, provided that the expiry date of the I.D. card is within the preceding months of the year reckoning the date of filing of the application (or from January 1, 2019 to the date before application filing).
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4. NSO/PSA Birth Certificate

  • If the applicant’s ID does not include his or her birth date, he or she must bring an authenticated birth certificate.

5. Examination Fee:

  • ₱500.00 examination fee shall be paid during the filing of application at any CSC Regional or Field Offices nationwide.

Step-by-step Application Procedure

Due to the huge number of applicants every year, the Civil Service Commission and its regional and field offices nationwide may have different application procedures, depending on the office concerned. Some CSC Regional and Field Offices may accept walk-in applicants, while other offices only accept online applications. Kindly check the step-by-step application procedures below:

A. Online Application via OCSEAS

1. Sign-up for an account at https://ocseas.csc.gov.ph/. After a successful registration, an activation link will be sent to your registered email.

2. Access your email and click on the activation link. The account must be activated within one (1) hour after it was created.

3. Once activated, go to https://ocseas.csc.gov.ph/, log in to your account using your login credentials, and immediately update your profile. Please take note that you can only update this once. As such, you are advised to double check what you have entered before clicking the Save/Update button. Your personal information, specifically your full name, date of birth, and place of birth, must be accurate and exactly the same as what is reflected in your PSA-issued birth certificate.

Commencing at exactly 8:00 a.m. on June 2, 2022, interested examination applicants are advised to do the following:

4. Carefully select your preferred type of exam (professional or subprofessional) and test center.

Be advised that you can no longer transfer to another test center and/or type of exam after successfully submitting your application.

5. Read carefully, comply with the admission and application requirements, and click “Proceed.”.

6. Read and comply with the important reminders before clicking “Apply Now.”.

7. Properly, completely, and accurately fill out the additional personal data, then click “Submit Application.”.

8. Review the details you encoded (any discrepancy in your full name, date of birth, or place of birth will be grounds for disapproval of your application).

9. Click “Save and Proceed.”.

10. Select from the drop-down list the CSC Field Office (CSC FO) where you could submit your application. The list varies depending on the test center you selected in Item 4.

11. Upload all the documentary requirements to supplement your application:

a. passport-size ID picture with nametag and signature (refer to https://bit.ly/PictureSpecs for the specifications);
b. Valid I.D. card (front and back);
c. Duly accomplished Certificate of Consent (which may be downloaded through this download link);
d. Proof of Full Vaccination (only if applicable);
e. Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority or the Local Civil Registry (only for applicants without date of birth in their I.D. card(s);
12. Once complete, click “Upload Documents”.Please be advised that the application process (items 4–11) must be completed within one (1) hour; otherwise, the system will automatically cancel your application and you will have to repeat the process starting from Item 4, subject to availability of slots.13. After successfully submitting your online application, constantly check the status of your application through your OCSEAS account’s system dashboard.

Please be informed, however, that a successfully submitted application does not automatically confirm your slot for the said examination.

14. In the event that your application is disapproved, the applicant must comply with the reason for disapproval and reapply or resubmit the application (starting from Item 4, subject to availability of slots).

15. Once your application has been reviewed and verified, you must immediately set an appointment schedule and select your preferred date of personal appearance for you to pay the examination fee and submit the hard copies of all the documentary requirements by clicking on the calendar icon, then clicking “Submit.”.

Your online application will be cancelled if you fail to select an appointment schedule within 48 hours, reckoning from the date it was verified/evaluated. In this case, you need to reapply (starting from Item 4, subject to availability of slots).

Likewise, ensure your availability on the chosen date for your personal appearance. Transfer of venue for the personal appearance is strictly not allowed. Further, the system will automatically cancel your online application if you fail to personally appear before 5:00 p.m. on your chosen date. In this case, you need to reapply (starting from Item 4, subject to availability of slots).

16. Download and print your application form. The name of the CSC Evaluating Officer must be reflected on the system-generated application form.

The system-generated Application Form must be printed back-to-back on legal-size bond paper.

17. On the scheduled date of appointment, the applicant must immediately proceed to the CSC RO/FO concerned and submit the hard copies of the following documentary requirements:

a. System-generated application form (printed back-to-back on legal-size bond paper);
b. Four (4) pieces of identical passport-size I.D. pictures (refer to https://bit.ly/PictureSpecs for the specifications);
c. Duly accomplished Certificate of Consent;
d. Original and photocopy of any valid I.D. card(s) (refer to CSC MC No. 2, s. 2018 and/or Philippine Identification card pursuant to RA 11055);
e. a birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Local Civil Registrar (LCR) if the valid I.D. card submitted lacks information, particularly the applicant’s date of birth;
f. Original and photocopy of Proof of Full Vaccination (only if applicable);
Only those with examination application appointments will be entertained on their scheduled date of appointment. Incomplete documentary requirements submitted on the scheduled date of personal appearance shall be grounds for disapproval of the application.The system will automatically cancel the applicant’s evaluated/verified application if they do not appear on their scheduled date of personal appearance. In this case, they need to reapply (starting from Item 4, subject to availability of slots).

All exam applicants are reminded of the basic health and safety protocols, including the mandatory wearing of face masks.

18. Pay the examination fee of five hundred pesos (₱500.00).

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19. After a successful transaction, the CSC Evaluating Officer will give you your application receipt and CSC Official Receipt.

This now confirms your slot for the said examination.

Approval of applications, however, may be recalled at any time upon discovery of the applicant’s disqualification, for which the examination fees paid shall be forfeited.

Exam applicants who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will be required to undergo a COVID-19 antigen test and/or COVID-19 RTPCR test a day before examination day, at their own cost.

For pregnant women, only those who are in their 6th month in August 2022 will be allowed to apply for the examination.

The online application system will no longer receive applications once slots are full. However, a slot may be made available again in the event of any disapproved or cancelled applications since the system will automatically adjust to any action taken, granting that it is still within the application period. Walk-in applicants will not be accepted.

B. Walk-in Application

Applicants must personally file their applications at the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO) or at any of the CSC RO’s field offices where they intend to take the examination.

Important Note:

  • A complete directory of CSC regional and field offices nationwide is available at the CSC website, www.csc.gov.ph, for reference.
  • Only applications with a complete set of application documentary requirements must be submitted to the CSC Regional/Field Office.
  • Proper attire should be worn during the filing of the application. SLEEVELESS SHIRT/BLOUSE, SHORTS/SHORT PANTS, and SLIPPERS are NOT allowed.

We advise all applicants to bookmark and follow your respective regions/provinces’ official CSC Facebook Pages to be updated about the latest exam announcements:

Region 1: Ilocos Region
Region 2: Cagayan Valley
Region 3: Central Luzon
Region 4: CALABARZON & MIMAROPA
Region 5: Bicol Region
Region 6: Western Visayas
Region 7: Central Visayas
Region 8: Eastern Visayas
Region 9: Northern Mindanao
Region 10: Zamboanga Peninsula
Region 11—Davao Region
Region 12: SOCCSKSARGEN
Region 13—Caraga Administrative Region
NCR (National Capital Region)
CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region)
BARMM: Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Examination Coverage

The following topics were covered in the March 2023 CSE-PPT for both Professional and Subprofessional levels:

1. Professional Level: In English and Filipino

  • Numerical Ability (Basic Operations; Word Problems)
  • Analytical Ability (Word association—identifying assumptions and conclusions; Logic; Data Interpretation)
  • Verbal Ability (Grammar and Correct Usage; Vocabulary; Paragraph Organization; Reading Comprehension)

2. Subprofessional Level: In English and Filipino

  • Numerical Ability (Basic Operations; Word Problems)
  • Clerical Ability (Filing and Spelling)
  • Verbal Ability (Grammar and Correct Usage; Vocabulary; Paragraph Organization; Reading Comprehension)

The general information items on the following: Philippine Constitution; Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713); Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts; and Environment Management and Protection are also included for both professional and sub-professional exams. (Source: Civil Service Commission)

Number of Items

  • For Professional level, 170 items in 3 hours and 10 minutes will be given
  • For Sub-Professional level, 165 items in 2 hours and 40 minutes

The applicant is advised by the Commission to come at the examination center one hour before the test proper.

Passing Score

To pass the examination, the examinee must get an overall score of 80.00%.

CSE-PPT Exam Statistics & Passing Rate

Here is the summary of Civil Service Exam Results (Professional & Subprofessional Levels) in previous years:

 

Exam Date No. of Examinees No. of Passers Passing Rate
August 2023 345,194 64,635 18.72%
March 2023 381,607 64,420 16.88%
August 2022 138,671 26,307 18.97%
June 2022 129,117 20,996 16.26%
March 2022 70,833 12,179 17.19%
March of 2019 264,473 27,944 10.57%
March of 2018 279,787 30,175 10.78%
August of 2017 228,917 25,127 10.98%
March of 2017 219,679 25,090 11.42%
October of 2016 203,339 22,978 11.30%
April of 2016 229,463 25,276 11%
October of 2015 119,333 13,152 11.02%

Testing Facilities

 

Area Testing Facility
1. La Union and San Fernando City
1. City of Vigan
1. City of Laoag
1. City of Urdaneta
1. Pangasinan’s Lingayen
2. City of Tuguegarao
2. City of Cauayan
2. Bayombong, Vizcaya del Sur
2. Quirino Diffun
2. Batanes, Basco
2. Cagayan and Calayan
3. San Fernando, Pampanga City
3. City of Malolos
3. City of Cabanatuan
3. City of Balanga
3. Aurora Baler
3. City of Tarlac
3. Zambales and Botolan
4 City of Imus
4 Rosa City Sta.
4 City of Batangas
4 Rizal and Cainta
4 Lucena City
4 Quezon’s Pagbilao
4 Occidental Mindoro’s Mamburao
4 City of Calapan
4 Marinduque’s Boac
4 Romblon, Romblon
4 The City of Puerto Princesa
4 Point Brooke, Palawan
5. City of Legazpi
5. City of Naga
5. City of Masbasbate
5. Catanduanes, Virac
5. Camarines Norte’s Daet
5. Camarines Sur’s Nabua
5. The City of Sorsogon
Six Iloilo Cily
Six City of Bacolod
Six City of Roxas
Six Aklan and Kalibo
Six Antique, San Jose
Six Guimaras and Jordan
7. City of Cebu
7. The City of Dumaguete
7. City of Tagbilaran
7. City of Bogo
7. Siquijor’s Larena
8 City of Tacloban
8 City of Ormoc
8 Maasin City
8 The City of Catbalogan
8 City of Borongan
8 Samar’s Northern Catarman
9. The City of Zamboanga
9. City of Dipolog
9. The City of Pagadian
10 The City of Cagayan de Oro
10 City of Oroquiela
10 City of Liigan
10 Valencia City
11 City of Davao
11 City of Tagum
11 Mati City
11 Digos City
12 Cilty Koronadal
12 Santos City, General
12 Kindapawan City
12 City of Tacurong
12 AlabeI, Sarangani
NCR City of Quezon
NCR Manila
CAR The City of Baguio
CAR Benguet’s La Trinidad
CAR Abra, Bangued
CAR City of Tabuk
CAR Province, Mount Bontoc
CARAGA City of Butuan
CARAGA In Agusan del Norte, Buenafista
CARAGA California, San Francisco
CARAGA City of Surigao
CARAGA City of Tandag
BARMM The City of Cotabato
BARMM City of Liigan
BARMM Tawi-tawi, Bongao
BARMM Sulu and Jolo
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Results Publication

On October 20, 2024, the Civil Service Commission is anticipated to announce the results of the August 2024 Civil Service Exam (CSE). The announcement date that has been set is merely a goal date and could alter at any time.

Without regard to time, the List of Passers will be made available on the CSC website, www.csc.gov.ph, on the designated date. Examinees are encouraged by CSC to communicate directly with the CSC Regional Office regarding any additional problems, such as examinee number verification and other matters pertaining to examination results.

Rating Verification (OCSERGS)

Examinees can use the Online Civil Service Examination Result Generation System (OCSERGS) or the CSC Website to create their individual examination rating. This system is available around 15 days following the exam, or as specified in the accompanying issuance/advisory.

Examinees can use https://erpo.csc.gov.ph/ocsergs/ to generate their unique examination rating, regardless of whether they passed or failed. After passing the exams, candidates can inquire about the availability of Certification of Eligibility (CoE) at the CSC Regional Office. It is not possible for representatives to claim the CoE. After the results are publicized, certification claims will be available for thirty (30) days or so.

Eligibility for Civil Service

For candidates who wish to apply for a permanent position or a promotion but are not yet eligible, there are planned Career Service Examination Pen and Paper Tests. Exams for eligibility also provide opportunities for employees under service contracts and job orders.

According to CSC, a bachelor’s degree in education is the minimum requirement for professional eligibility, which is required for appointment to second-level (technical) posts in the government. First-level (clerical) government positions requiring fewer than four years of college education are eligible for subprofessional status. Clerical positions can also benefit from professional eligibility. However, positions involving the practice of a profession and those regulated by special legislation are ineligible for both.

To accommodate the increasing number of examinees, CSC regularly administers the Career Service Exam, Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT), both for the Prof and Subprof levels, twice a year.

The goal of the CSE-PPT exam is to create a Register of Eligibles (RoE) from which candidates will be certified and appointed to first- and second-level civil service positions, with the exception of those that involve the practice of their profession or are exempt from special laws, as long as they fulfill the qualifications and other requirements of the positions.

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